Oregon - COVID-19 Covered

Oregon

Total Cases: 41,739 (October 25)
Fatalities: 653 (October 25)
Testing:
  • Governor Brown announced that Oregon would receive 60,000 to 80,000 COVID-19 rapid tests per week until the end of the year. (October 6) 
  • Lane County Public Health is partnering with Huerta De La Familia and other nonprofits to distribute free COVID-19 tests to the Latinx community. LCPH found that despite being only 10 percent of Lane’s population, Latinx community members make up 35 percent of COVID-19 cases in the countyHuerta De La Familia will host four different free testing events. (June 19) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Under Governor Brown’s executive order to stay home except for essential needs, essential needs are listed as: hospitals and health care, grocery stores, banks and credit unions, pharmacies, take-out and delivery from restaurants and bars, pet stores, gas stations, certain retail stores, outdoor activities (such as walking your dog, jogging, or biking), and childcare facilities. (Oregon Coronavirus Page) 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced the COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program to help people who work in Oregon and need to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 exposure, but do not have access to COVID-19-related paid sick leave. (September 14)  
  • Oregon released sector specific reopening guidelines, which can be found here 
  • Governor Brown announced the launch of a new source of financial assistance for agricultural workers who must self-quarantine in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. (August 1 
  • Oregon OSHA is accepting grant applications for the creation of innovative safety and health training as well as education projects specifically designed to help combat the risk of infectious disease in the workplace. (July 31 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Brown established a new moratorium preventing residential evictions for non-payment and other no-cause evictions between September 30 and December 31. (September 28) 
  • Governor Brown today extended protections from foreclosure for Oregon homeowners and business owners through executive action until December 31. (August 31) 
  • Oregon announced it will contribute $30 million to secure Oregon’s food supply chain. (May 29) 
  • Governor Brown has requested additional federal relief for hospitals, long-term care facilities and small businesses, as well as schools, food assistance programs, and unemployment insurance. (April 21) 
  • Governor Brown announced an additional $8 million in funds will be provided to the Oregon Food Bank. (April 13) 
  • The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services issued an order requiring all insurance companies to extend grace periods for premium payments, postpone policy cancellations, and extend deadlines for reporting claims. (March 25)  

Business Support & Resources:

  • Oregon is encouraging small businesses to apply for Paycheck Protection loans obtained through the Small Business Administration. (May 15) 
  • Oregon launched the “Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator” to provide financial assistance and information to small businesses. (April 2) 
  • The State of Oregon launched a website with resources available for businesses affected by COVID-19. (March 18) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Brown announced that Lane County has been added to the County Watch List, bringing the total number of counties on the Watch List to five. (October 16)  
  • Governor Brown announced that Umatilla County has been added to the County Watch List. (October 9 
  • Governor Kate Brown announced that two counties—Benton and Clatsop—have been added to the County Watch List. (October 2)  
  • Lincoln County will move to Phase 2 of reopening effective Tuesday, September 29. (September 25)  
  • Governor Kate Brown announced that Umatilla and Morrow Counties have succeeded in reducing the spread of COVID-19 sufficiently enough to be removed from the County Watch List. (September 18)  
  • Governor Brown announced that Jackson and Jefferson Counties have succeeded in reducing the spread of COVID-19 sufficiently enough to be removed from the County Watch List. (September 11)  
  • Governor Kate Brown announced that Baker County has succeeded in reducing the spread of COVID-19 sufficiently enough to be removed from the County Watch List. (September 3)  
  • Governor Kate Brown extended her declaration of a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for an additional 60 days until November 3. (September 1)  
  • Governor Brown today announced that two counties—Hood River and Multnomah—have succeeded in reducing the spread of COVID-19 sufficiently enough to be removed from the County Watch List. (August 28)  
  • Governor Brown announced that two counties—Marion and Wasco—have succeeded in reducing the spread of COVID-19 sufficiently enough to be removed from the County Watch List. (August 20)  
  • Governor Brown announced that Malheur County will move from Phase 2 back to Phase 1 status, effective Monday, August 17. (August 13)  
  • A full list outlining which counties are in phase 1, 2, and 3 or reopening can be found here.  
  • Governor Brown announces updates to County Watch List, in tracking spread of COVID-19. (July 30) 
  • Governor Brown announced new statewide health and safety measures, including new requirements for face coverings and businesses that will go into effect July 24. The new regulations include requiring face coverings to be worn by all individuals five years old and up while located in indoor public spaces and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained, limited indoor capacity to 100 people, and requiring restaurants statewide to stop serving customers at 10:00PM. (July 22)  
  • Governor Brown announced that Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces beginning July 1. (June 29) 
  • Governor Brown issued an executive order laying out baseline requirements for reopening, establishing three phases of reopening, sector specific safety regulations for businesses to follow, and workplace restrictions that must continue to remain in place, including offices allowing employees to work from home to the greatest extent possible. (June 5) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Brown announced new safety metrics for school districts as they make decisions about when it is safe to resume in-person instruction, and when a transition to comprehensive distance learning is necessary. (July 28) 
  • Governor Brown announced the release of draft guidance for early learning and childcare programs across the state following this week’s meeting of the Healthy Early Learners Council. (July 23) 
  • Governor Brown announced that public and private schools must submit a written plan by August 15 describing how they will comply with safety and social distancing procedures that have been developed by the Oregon Health Authority in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Education. The use of school sites for all activities, including summer camps and youth groups, must also comply with those safety and social distancing guidelines. In the meantime, schools may use funding from the State School Fund to purchase distance learning and education materials. (June 24) 
  • Governor Brown announced that she has created a Healthy Schools Reopening Council to advise her and the Oregon Department of Education on the reopening of K-12 schools to ensure that safety plans are in place for all school districts. (June 10) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Oregon universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • Higher education institutions must submit plans to the Oregon Health Authority outlining how they will comply with safety standards including face coverings, social distancing, sanitization, and isolation procedures by September 1. (June 12) 

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