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Planning for the Potential Public Health Impacts of August Eclipse

As reported by The Lund Report, a million or more people could visit Oregon during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017 and that influx of visitors can have an impact on our communities, from traffic jams preventing emergency vehicles from getting through to inadequate sanitation options for the large influx of tourists.

Hospitals and clinics could see an increase in patients during the time around the eclipse, particularly in the rural parts of the state that are in the solar eclipse path of totality, providing the best view of the eclipse and the most likely areas where the tourists will congregate.

To prepare, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are building lists of emergency resources to share with hospitals and emergency services.
As nurses, it is important we are informed so we can be prepared for the possible impacts to ensure the health of our communities.

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