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2017 Total Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017

Preparing for the Solar Eclipse

Up to 1 million visitors are expected to come to Oregon to view the eclipse. The path of total solar eclipse, where the moon will completely cover the sun, crosses through Oregon starting near Lincoln City and ending just north of Ontario. The Oregon Health Authority is working with partners across the state to ensure the health and safety of all Oregonians and visitors during the eclipse.

 Check out the resources below or contact the Public Health Division if you have questions.

For the Public

solar-glasses.jpgProtect your eyes

Oregon’s eye experts at the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology have information on how to protect your eyes during the eclipse.

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Practice food safety to avoid food poisoning and illness

  • Cook food to the right temperature.
  • Wash hands and surfaces used to prepare food, like cutting boards, often.
  • Chill foods that can spoil. Store foods that can spoil below 40°F.
  • Keep raw foods separate from cooked foods. Use separate utensils for meat, poultry, seafood and eggs.

Grill Safely (pdf) |  Español (pdf)

Planning to sell food during the eclipse?

You must be licensed to provide food to the public.

Know before you go

Food carts and pop-up food vendors are common at large events. Many will be licensed, but some may not. Before you take your first bite:

  • Check whether the vendor is licensed. Ask to see their food service license if you do not see one posted.
  • Check inspection scores online if they are available.
  • Look around to make sure the restaurant is clean.
  • Check that your food is cooked thoroughly.
  • Properly handle and store any leftovers.

Protect yourself when eating out (pdf)

Power outages and food safety

Watch this video for food safety tips when the power is out

 More: Food safety

Stay cool. Stay hydrated. Stay informed.

Heat-related illnesses are serious and one, heat stroke, can be deadly.

  • Be prepared to stay cool wherever you are during the eclipse.
  • Make sure you have plenty of water for everyone, including your pets.
  • Oregon Department of Transportation expects traffic delays. Always have extra water for everyone in the car in case you get stuck in traffic.
    • Check in advance for traffic delays at or by calling 511. Know where you can stop off for extra water if you need it.
  • Stay informed of the temperature and heat index when you plan your activities so you can plan to stay cool and hydrated. The heat index is a measure of how hot it feels when humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.
  • Learn how to prevent heat-related illnesses. You should also learn the signs of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.

 More: Heat-related illness

Plan ahead to stay safe

  • Stay informed about wildfires and smoke that may affect your area.
  • Ticks and mosquitoes can spread diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile virus. Use EPA-approved insect repellents to protect yourself, such as those containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picardin, and follow the directions on the container. Learn more.
  • Know the signs of a harmful algae bloom in a waterbody. When in doubt, stay out! Never drink or cook with affected water. Learn more.
  • Boiling or filtering the water will not remove the toxins.
  • Bats in Oregon can carry rabies. Avoid all physical contact with bats.
  • To prevent injury from other animals, follow instructions from parks, recreation and wildlife authorities about what you should and should not do around wildlife.

 More: Recreational advisories in Oregon

​We expect large crowds during the eclipse, and access to hygiene may be limited. Disease can spread more easily in these conditions.

Help protect yourself and others by practicing good hygiene:


 More: Safe camping, hiking and travel

Be prepared for an emergencyfirst aid

Traffic may slow down first responders. Make sure you have emergency supplies like a first aid kit and a 3-day supply of food, water and any medications that you need.

 More: Preparedness tools

For Partners

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)

The Oregon Health Authority has existing Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication toolkits that may be useful during the Eclipse season.

Wildfire Smoke and Extreme Heat toolkits are available and include translations into Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese and Somali. Visit our CERC web page to download materials.

Additional toolkits are under development for Fecal-Oral, Airborne Droplet and Contact Droplet outbreaks. These are not yet finalized and ready for publication. However, if you need support in disease communication, please contact the Acute and Communicable Disease section for assistance.

Note: Key health education messages and resources for the public on topics that are most relevant statewide can be found in the “For the public” section of this webpage.

Public health education resources from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Poison Center are available. Links provided below provide expanded health education resources for some statewide health concerns. Other resources provided here address concerns that may be more regionally relevant like recreational, beach, and water related health and snake bites.

Food safety

Beach and water-related health


Oregon Poison Center resources

More generalized hazard information

 Media contact

 Frequently asked questions

English (pdf)
Spanish (pdf)
Japanese (pfd)

 Traffic information
Call 511

 Poison center help
Oregon Poison Center

Call 911

 General information
Call 211

Social Media




View NASA's eclipse maps

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