Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 30)

1) OKNA Board meeting
2) Traffic disruption at the I-5 exit on Alberta
3) Get your flu shot

1) OKNA Board meeting

The newly elected Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet for the first time on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Overlook House. The agenda includes selecting an executives and committee chairs, planning for the next Overlook Views and more. Anyone is welcome to attend and observe.

2) Traffic disruption at the I-5 exit on Alberta

The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services has begun an emergency sewer construction project on N Alberta Street at the northbound on- and off-ramps of Interstate 5. Construction is expected to last about two months. The work is part of the N Alberta-Missouri Emergency Sewer Project to replace a 66-foot section of pipe that is failing under the intersection.

Construction will occur during day and some night hours. One lane will be maintained at all times. Travelers (by bike and car especially) should follow all signage and directions of flaggers when present. Expect delays during construction.

Please share the road, drive cautiously and be mindful of workers and other travelers in the area.  Expect delays during construction. If you can alter your route to avoid the intersection, it is advisable.

3) Get your flu shot

The Oregon Health Authority reminds Oregonians that flu season is upon us. Influenza (flu) is a seasonal disease that can cause mild to severe illness. Most experts think flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Less often, a person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

People can spread the flu even if they don’t know they’re sick. The flu can be more serious for some people, including young children, pregnant women, older people, people with certain health conditions and smokers. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

Flu vaccines are available from most primary care providers and at pharmacies.

Other steps to help yourself and others during flu season include:

  • Wash your hands often using warm, soapy water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you get sick.
  • Clean work and household surfaces often.
  • Wear a mask if you have a weakened immune system.
  • Ask your family, friends and health providers to get a flu vaccination.
  • Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy food.
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