CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - As businesses begin going back to normal operations under the governor's phased re-opening approach, there are likely to be changes in workflow and work environments.
At salons and barber shops in Clackamas County, which was just approved for Phase 1 of re-opening, the differences are stark.
"We have a symptom check form that you have to sign. And down here we have a contact tracing information," Eric Rowe, who owns Studio Infinity Hair Salon in Milwaukie, said. "The rules are when you come in, you must wear a mask. Every client and every stylist has to wear a mask. They come up to the front desk and they use some hand sanitizer."
The changes are similar to what many, if not all businesses, are either considering or implementing themselves.
"We're now moving into the period where we need to find the balance between medical intervention and the impact of the virus. This is obviously going to be a gradual transition," said Mike Leavitt, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to a panel of Portland area health experts during a COVID-19 webinar Wednesday.
Changes to work environments could include modifying physical space, separating work stations, directing the flow of foot traffic, and staggering shifts.
At OHSU, minimizing risk relies on what administrators call the four pillars: Good hygiene, health screening, distancing, and masks.
"Each of those individual components have flaws, but it does appear that skipping any of them would have poor outcomes," OHSU President Dr. Danny Jacobs said.
Oregon has done comparatively well as a state during the COVID-19 pandemic, with among the lowest infection and mortality rates in the country.
Local health experts said continued success depends on people continuing to be careful and acting responsibly.
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