COVID-19 to force closure of state-run campgrounds

  • 0
Minam Campground

{span class=”caption-text”}A hiker stands above the Minam River near the Minam State Recreation Area near Elgin. Campgrounds in state parks, forest areas and wildlife areas will close after April 3 as a part of the state’s latest attempt to quell the spread of COVID-19.{/span}

SALEM — Campgrounds in state parks, forest areas and wildlife areas have been ordered to close after April 3 in the state’s latest attempts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will accommodate current overnight guests through April 2, according to a release. Reservations for campsites in state parks from April 3 through May 8 will be canceled and site fees will be refunded.

The recreation department will review the state campground closure prior to May 8 and determine at that time if the closure should be extended. All individual and group overnight facilities are affected, including campsites, yurts, cabins, tepees and services operated by concessionaires. Reservations for group day-use areas are also suspended.

The restrictions do not affect daytime access to state parks, so people are still encouraged to visit state parks in Eastern Oregon.

Most campgrounds run by the Oregon Department of Forestry are currently closed for the season and will not reopen for individual and group use. Year-round campgrounds close starting Monday. Trails, forest roads and trailheads on state forestlands remain open to the public, but day-use campgrounds are temporarily closed due to limited janitorial services.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will close its wildlife areas to overnight camping starting Sunday. The closure affects both dispersed camping and established campgrounds. Wildlife areas currently open will remain open to visitors for day-use activities.

Reporter: 541-617-7818, mkohn@bendbulletin.com

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Coronavirus Sections

Get breaking news!

Coronavirus FAQ

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Can I get COVID-19 from my pets or other animals?

There is no reason at this time to think that any animals, including pets, in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States.

Pets have other types of coronaviruses that can make them sick, like canine and feline coronaviruses. These other coronaviruses cannot infect people and are not related to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, such as washing your hands and maintaining good hygiene.

Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?

You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the new coronavirus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets.

What about imported animals or animal products?

CDC does not have any evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States.

What precautions should be taken for animals that have recently been imported from outside the United States?

At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets and service animals, can spread COVID-19. As with any animal introduced to a new environment, animals recently imported should be observed daily for signs of illness. If an animal becomes ill, the animal should be examined by a veterinarian. Call your local veterinary clinic before bringing the animal into the clinic and let them know that the animal was recently imported from another country.