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#PCCMaskUp: Practice the three Ws to get us to the finish line of COVID-19

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It’s been one year since Portland Community College transitioned to remote operations and classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As more and more Oregonians are now getting vaccinated, the odds of the state, and PCC, fully reopening are getting better and better, and the end to the pandemic feels like is just right around the corner.

Portland has done a great job staying healthy and practicing all of the safety precautions, but in light of new variances spreading through the country, you can get still COVID-19 and spread it to loved ones and friends. We know young people in their 20s with strong immune systems tend to have great outcomes with the virus. The problem is, they can be infected and not even know it. Then they can spread it to others in their family or community who could experience complications that lead to hospitalization or even death.

There are simple and effective safety practices each of us can do to help in the fight against the virus until everyone gets vaccinated for COVID-19. The best one is wearing a mask, which when worn properly over the nose and mouth, has been proven effective in preventing coronavirus from spreading.

#PCCMaskUp Competition!

Safety and good health starts with you. To celebrate PCC mask-wearers everywhere and get us to the finish line, log on to the college’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts and show us your cool masks, using the hashtag #PCCMaskUp. Get your photos posted by March 19 to win a PCC-branded mask of your very own and other neat prizes!

And, to get us to the finish line, PCC’s Nursing students demonstrate the proper ways to practice the “Three W’s” to help slow the spread of COVID-19: 

Student putting on mask.

Properly wear a mask.

Wear a Mask

#PCCMaskUp when you cannot safely maintain a distance of six feet from others and are indoors. Wear your mask in public settings – indoors and outdoors – when around people who don’t live in your household. Be sure to wash your hands before putting on your mask and make sure it covers your nose and mouth. It should be secured under your chin and fit it snugly against the sides of your face. And, be sure the mask is of sufficient quality (should block light when held up to a source) to protect you and others.

For more information on all things masks, visit the CDC website.

Students show how to socially distance.

Keep your distance. If unsure, raise your arms to measure approximately six feet.

Watch Your Distance

#PCCMaskUp and back up. Stay at least six feet away from others who do not live in your household, whether outdoors or indoors. Avoid crowded places and gatherings and stay home as much as possible, especially if you’re sick or feel like you may be getting sick. 

Learn more about cold and flu symptoms vs COVID-19.

Washing hands

And, of course, always wash your hands.

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available. In addition, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

#PantherCare Resources

PCC supports and follows OHA safety guidelines to ensure staff and the community stay safe and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Since the pandemic started PCC has implemented a health and safety operational plan to ensure the college complies with Oregon Health Authority and Higher Education Coordinating Commission guidelines. 

For any staff or students who must come on campus for business in the meantime, the college has established a set of protocols from location preparations to exposure response to cleaning, which are all designed to keep you safe. In addition, the college has a robust set of protocols for any return-to-learn scenario.

For students needing resources or assistance during the pandemic, visit the PCC’s Student Resources page.

As work is done to make vaccines widely available, the fastest way to get our schools, businesses and communities back open is to keep working together. So, #PCCMaskUp!

#PCCMaskUp Gallery

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, is the Public Relations Manager at Portland Community College. A graduate of Portland State University, James has worked as a section editor for the Newberg Graphic, Wo... more »

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x by Doreen Hanna 1 year ago

Thank you for posting this article and information!!


x by Burke Thornburg 1 year ago

It is simply a matter of particle-size capture and/or blow-by. I was told by looping the ear string it puckers the sides open so ones glasses won’t fog up. One mask or Two it’s still a matter of the capture of a particle and then where it goes from there once captured.
It’s decent policy to have something in the “active” column I suppose.

x by Ryan Flynn 1 year ago

I find it amazing when I run into someone that says they are not wearing a mask because they had the shot. Antibody response is not always that fast, and a person can spread Covid-19 before the antibodies kill the Covid-19 Bug. They can also carry it from person to person via contact (basically surfaces or hands contamination) because the antibodies do not kill germs on the skin. A person still needs to be carful around none vaccinated elderly people (even if they have a shot).
Maybe I am annoyed because I can’t get the shot yet, but the people we are told to protect are now the people flouting there freedom and not always thinking about their neighbors.
This will be worse if the USA is hit by something more extreme such as Ebola where it may stick around in none systematic survivors in there eyes, sperm… Viruses often win eventually and almost no one wants to be the carrier of the next outbreak. I believe that handwashing and avoidance is the best to combat a virus. If you do not get it you do not spread it.