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A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017
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.
Protect your eyes
Oregon’s eye experts at the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology have information on how to protect your eyes during the eclipse.
More: Visit OregonEyePhysicians.org
Practice food safety to avoid food poisoning and illness
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:
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.
More: Heat-related illness
Plan ahead to stay safe
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 emergency
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
Key contacts for health care 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.
Beach and water-related health
Oregon Poison Center resources
More generalized hazard information
Oregon Department of Forestry
Oregon Department of Transportation
Oregon Office of Emergency Management
Oregon State Parks
Oregon State Police
Frequently asked questions
English (pdf)Spanish (pdf)Japanese (pfd)
Traffic information Call 511TripCheck.com
Poison center help 1-800-222-1222Oregon Poison Center
Emergencies Call 911
General informationCall 211
View NASA's eclipse maps
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