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COVID-19 and Coronavirus

A topical guide providing reliable and current resources about the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Resource Guide

The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in late 2019 and has spread to more than 60 countries, including the United States, as of March 2, 2020. A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The corona family of flu-like viruses gets its name from the Latin word for crown because of its crown-like appearance. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” abbreviated to “COVID-19." Similar outbreaks include the MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) of 2012 and the SARS-CoV (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus) of 2002.

This guide was created to compile a list of current, reliable resources to help with research and understanding of COVID-19. Additionally, information regarding Oregon and local responses to COVID-19 will be included in this guide. 

Oregon and Local Resources

Oregon Health Authority

COVID-19 Updates for Oregon


Central Oregon Emergency Information Network



Deschutes County Health Services

COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus


Central Oregon Community College

Information from COCC

Evaluating information you find about the coronavirus

With the rapidly changing developments regarding COVID-19 coming from so many different sources it can be easy to get outdated, incorrect information or even dis-information, mis-information, or mal-information. To help you stay informed, try incorporating SIFT into your daily habits. 

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This tutorial can walk you through applying SIFT to coronavirus information.

For additional help, you can email, chat, or book an appointment with a librarian.

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