Sherman County eNews #170

July 5, 2016


  1. Correction: Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council, Oregon Health Plan

  2. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office June Incident Report

  3. Take Precautions to Avoid Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

  4. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. ~ Marcus Aurelius

1.Correction: Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council, Oregon Health Plan

~ Lauren Hernandez, Administrative Assistant to Sherman County Court


The goal of the Local Community Advisory Council is to inform the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) on how to best meet the needs of people enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan, as well as the whole community.

The Community Advisory Council will help the EOCCO:

  • Meet the health care needs of OHP enrollees and the community;
  • Identify and advocate for preventive care services;
  • Oversee the Community Health Needs Assessment;
  • Recommend a Community Health Improvement Plan;
  • Evaluate CCO services;
  • Help the CCO clearly communicate with OHP enrollees and others.

2. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office June Incident Report




3. Take Precautions to Avoid Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

In the midst of wildfire season, North Central Public Health District would like to remind residents to take precautions to avoid illness due to wildfire smoke inhalation.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and all residents should limit their exposure to smoke. Those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children, are advised to stay indoors when the air-quality is poor.

Please visit the DEQ Air Quality Index found at the link below. The DEQ site is updated hourly and is color-coded for easy to read information. Unfortunately, the only permanent monitor for our region is in The Dalles, with Gov. Camp, Madras and Hermiston being the next closest monitors. A link is also provided below with information on the 5-3-1 Visibility Index if there is not a monitor near you.

Avoid breathing problems or other symptoms from smoke:

  1. Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area. See the links below for DEQ’s Air Quality Index and Oregon Smoke blog.
  1. Avoid outdoor exertion during such conditions. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity including sports practice, work and recreation.
  1. Drink lots of water – staying hydrated can keep your airways moist which will help reduce symptoms of respiratory irritation such as scratchy throat, running nose and coughing.
  1. Try to avoid driving in smoky areas. If you do need to drive in these areas, keep your windows rolled up and vents closed. If you need air conditioning, make sure you set your system on “re-circulate” to avoid bringing smoke into your car.
  1. Avoid smoke by staying indoors, closing all windows and doors and use a filter in your heating/cooling system that removes very fine particulate matter.
  1. People with concerns about health issues, including those suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems, should follow their breathing management plans; keep medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary.


DEQ’s Air Quality Index for current air quality conditions

DEQ’s 5-3-1 Visibility Index for estimating smoke levels via visual observation

Oregon Smoke blog for the latest on fires and air quality across the state

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet about the health threats from wildfire smoke

OHA wildfires webpage

For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at

4. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do


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