The Curve

City Department Resources & Contacts During Closures

For a better understanding of the recent shutdowns, we're providing this graph which demonstrates what should happen if we "flatten the curve".

What does "Flatten the curve" mean? 

The "curve" the researchers are talking about refers to the projected number of people who will contract COVID-19 over some time. (To be clear, this is not a hard prediction of how many people will be infected, it is a theoretical number that's used to model the virus' spread.)  See the Graph attached

Here is why "flat" is better;

The tall, skinny curve is bad – it means that a lot of people will get sick at once, in a short time because we did not take enough steps to prevent the virus from spreading from person to person.

Most people won’t get sick enough to need a hospital. However, those who do could overwhelm the number of beds and medical teams available at our nation’s hospitals.

With no vaccine or specific medication to treat COVID-19,  the only way to flatten the curve is through collective action. Self Distancing, which is a term meaning do not congregate in groups, allow enough distance between yourself and others. 

Many states have temporarily closed public schools, and many businesses have advised employees to work from home if possible. On March 15, the CDC recommended all events of 50 people or more should be canceled or postponed for the next eight weeks. 

Will this work?

That is the hope.  We can see how it did in 1918 when a strain of influenza known as the Spanish Flu caused a global pandemic. To see how it played out, we can look at two U.S. cities — Philadelphia and St. Louis.

In Philadelphia, city officials ignored warnings from infectious disease experts that the flu was already spreading in the community and within 48, 72 hours, thousands of people around the Philadelphia region started to die. It is estimated 16,000 people from the city died in six months.

In St. Louis, where city officials quickly implemented social isolation strategies. The government closed schools, limited travel and encouraged personal hygiene and social distancing. The city of St. Louis saw just 2,000 deaths — one-eighth of the casualties in Philadelphia.   Which indicates, it does have an impact.

The City of Pendleton, under the direction of State and Federal Government understand the impact on our small community.  We are encouraging citizens to take the recommendations seriously, wash your hands and practice safe distancing.   

We also encourage you to support local businesses which are so important to our community.  Many businesses in Pendleton are offering a call in to pick up or delivery option, we encourage you to do just that!   

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