Please postpone or cancel your Oregon Desert Trail plans due to COVID 19.
Because no one can travel long distances on the Oregon Desert Trail and be certain of avoiding any exposure to the coronavirus, and because anyone at any time can be a carrier of the virus without knowing it, it is clear that anyone traveling the ODT and resupplying in communities along the trail represents a serious risk to others on the trail and people in those communities — particularly high-risk individuals for whom the virus could be deadly.
Under these circumstances, choosing to travel to — and start or continue — a journey on the ODT runs counter to widely-accepted medical, government, and scientific recommendations for not only avoiding exposure to the coronavirus but also for limiting the spread of COVID-19. For more information, please see the CDC’s information on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/
Limiting the spread of the virus — and the associated economic fallout — requires sacrifice from everyone.
Because of the above, and in recognition of the increasing burden that healthcare and other vital services in trail communities will bear in treating their general populations, ONDA asks all those who are already on the trail — as well as those waiting to start — to cancel or postpone your journeys. The choice is no longer only personal, but one of social responsibility. We all must do everything we can to get beyond this pandemic as quickly as possible.
On Monday, March 23, 2020, Oregon’s Governor Brown issued a stay-at-home order; violations will be treated as a class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,250 fine. Please read more here: https://govsite-assets.s3.
Thank you for your support and commitment to avoiding risk to yourselves and others. This is an unprecedented, rapidly evolving, and difficult situation for us all. We will be constantly assessing conditions in the coming weeks and notify you if anything changes.