Oregon - COVID-19 Covered

Oregon

Total Cases: 4,302 (June 2)
Tests Administered: 131,618 (June 1)
Fatalities: 154 (June 2)
Testing:
  • The Oregon Health Authority announced the distribution of 12 additional rapid testing instruments to locations throughout the state. (May 12) 
  • Governor Brown announced that rapid testing kits will now be available in rural Oregon. (April 9) 
  • Governor Brown announced that the state received a shipment of 4,000 testing swabs from the US Department of Health and Human Services. (March 26) 
  • Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that $2 million in federal grant funding would be directed to local health centers in Oregon. (March 26) 
  • Oregon is currently awaiting the delivery of 20,000 tests from Quest Diagnostics. (March 19)  
  • Government officials have indicated that testing will be prioritized in four ways: first, workers with symptoms in health care, emergency medical services, public safety and other infrastructure; anyone with symptoms in hospitals or long-term care facilities; high-risk contacts to a known case or other high-risk people; and an existing network of people who specialize in flu surveillance. (March 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/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) 
  • Under Governor Brown’s executive order regarding prohibition of gatherings of over 25, Oregon has indicated that essential businesses and services include but are not limited to workplaces, grocery stores, retail stores, convenience stores, banks and credit unions, gas stations, hotel or motels, health care facilities, pharmacies, child care facilities, and state or local government. (March 17) 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Governor Brown lifted her order delaying non-urgent procedures for health care providers granted that these facilities can meet specific guidelines. These medical facilities will be able to undergo non-urgent procedures beginning May 1. (April 23) 
  • State regulators at Oregon OSHA announced they would be pursuing complaints regarding employers who have ignored the “Stay Home, Save Lives” order. (March 29) 
  • Governor Brown issued an executive order establishing guidelines for facilities offering childcare including prioritizing childcare needs of front line workers. (March 23) 
  • Governor Brown issued an executive order that cancelled or postponed all elective and non-urgent procedure across all care settings that utilize PPE,” which includes hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient clinics, dental clinics, and veterinary clinics. (March 19) 
  • Governor Brown also signed an executive order giving authority to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to determine guidance for limitations and screening for hospital and ambulatory surgical center visitors. (March 19) 
  • Governor Brown suggested that businesses that cannot serve customers in forms that minimize personal contact should shut down for the course of the pandemic. (March 17) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Oregon announced it will contribute $30 million to secure Oregon’s food supply chain. (May 29) 
  • The State says it will begin processing jobless claims for self-employed and gig workers by the end of April. (April 23) 
  • 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) 
  • Garnishment of CARES Recovery Act rebates has been prohibited. (April 17) 
  • Governor Brown announced an additional $8 million in funds will be provided to the Oregon Food Bank. (April 13) 
  • Oregon sent 140 ventilators to New York citing that New York needed more ventilators and Oregon was “in a better position right now.” (April 4) 
  • Governor Brown stated that she would call for a special session at a later date regarding how to handle impacts of the crisis. (April 2) 
  • Governor Brown issued an executive order which expanded protections for the ban on residential evictions rent and prohibits landlords from charging late fees for failure to pay during the 90 day suspension. (April 1) 
  • Oregon has received a shipment of personal protective equipment from FEMA. (April 1) 
  • The White House approved declaring Oregon a major disaster, which allowed for further emergency aid to assist the state. (March 29) 
  • State officials announced they would allow drivers to pump their own gas until at least April 11. (March 28) 
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved Oregon’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver, allowing the state to provide flexibility in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment and to waive certain screening and assessments, among purposes. (March 25) 
  • Governor Brown called for the federal government to create a special enrollment period for Oregonians to buy health insurance and apply for federal subsidies. (March 25) 
  • Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Revenue announced an extension to file state taxes and payment deadlines to July 15. (March 25) 
  • 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)  
  • Governor Brown and other Oregon lawmakers wrote to the White House requesting a major disaster declaration for the state. (March 25) 
  • The Oregon Medical Board implemented emergency rules to make it easier for retired or inactive doctors and health care workers to return to work. (March 24) 
  • Governor Brown issued an executive order establishing a temporary moratorium for Oregon law enforcement actions for residential evictions. (March 22)  
  • Governor Brown issued an executive order declaring an abnormal disruption of the market beginning on January 30Governor Brown also recommended that if any citizen experienced “unconscionably excessive prices for essential consumer goods due to this disruption” should call the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection hotline. (March 17) 

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) 
  • Governor Brown issued an executive order prohibiting commercial evictions for failure to pay rent for the next 90 days. (April 1) 
  • The Small Business Administration approved Oregon’s request to declare an economic disaster, allowing small businesses to apply for emergency loans from the SBA. (March 20) 
  • The State of Oregon launched a website with resources available for businesses affected by COVID-19. (March 18) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Shelter-In-Place Orders:

  • Governor Brown announced Phase 1 approval for Washington County, which will begin reopening on June 1. (May 28) 
  • Governor Brown announced Phase 1 approval for Polk and Marion Counties, which will begin reopening on Friday, May 22. (May 21) 
  • Governor Brown announced the framework for A Safe and Strong Oregon. This includes each county meeting baseline requirements before reopening, limiting public gatherings to groups of 25 or less, phased reopeningsoff-premise consumption for bars and restaurants, and the continued closure of certain establishments such as amusement parks, salons, bowling alleys, cosmetic stores, gyms, hookah bars, malls, museums, massage parlors, and tattoo and piercing studios. Businesses are encouraged to have employees continue to work from home to the greatest extent possible. Government buildings will remain closed to the maximum extent possible and continue providing virtual and phone services. K-12 schools have been instructed to work with the state on a reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. (May 14) 
  • Governor Brown announced that Oregon will begin the first phase of reopening the state on May 15. Counties must submit plans for reopening and datshowing declining COVID-19 cases and comprehensive testing and contact tracing. Plans will be approved by the state on a case by case basis. (May 7) 
  • Oregon has extended its state of emergency for 60 days, through July 6. (May 1) 
  • Governor Brown released a draft for a more comprehensive framework for reopening the economy, including provisions for expanded childcare and the reintroduction of non-emergency medical procedures in phase one, increasing gathering capacity to 50 people in phase two, and allowing restaurants and bars to have more seating and nursing homes to have visitors in phase three. The plan also calls for a two-week waiting period between phases. (April 20) 
  • Governor Brown announced that she will begin reopening the economy as soon as there is a declining growth rate of active cases, sufficient personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, surge capacity in hospitals, increased testing capacity, and tracing and isolating positive cases and strategies to protect vulnerable communities, including nursing homes and the homeless population. (April 14)  
  • Governor Brown announced that the economy will reopen in close coordination with California and Washington. (April 13) 
  • Governor Brown issued guidance regarding her “Stay Home, Safe Lives” order, which allows social service agencies and shelter providers to continue offering services. Additionally, Brown specified that persons experiencing homelessness would not be subject to enforcement. (March 27)  
  • Governor Brown issued a “Stay Home, Save Lives” order requiring that individuals stay home to the maximum extent possible and closed a number of businesses. (March 23) 

Curfews:

  • No records found.

Social-Distancing Guidelines:

  • Governor Brown announced the limited reopening of some state parks for recreational use, including skiing and camping. (May 5) 
  • Oregon launched Safe + Strong, a website that provides safety guidelines and COVID-19 updates in 12 languages, with a focus on getting information to minority and immigrant communities. (SafeStrongOregon) 
  • Governor Brown has advised that Oregonians follow the CDC’s recommendation to wear face coverings, including homemade masks, when outside. (April 7) 
  • Gatherings of over 25 people are canceled statewide until April 14. (March 17 

Delivery Services:

  • Governor Brown has aligned the effective date for the closing of bars and restaurants with that of her Stay Home, Save Lives Order.  (April 7) 
  • Governor Brown issued an executive order that closed restaurants, bars, taverns, brew pubs, wine bars, cafes, food courts, coffee shops, clubs, or other locations that offer food or drink. These premises are allowed to offer food or drink for take-out, drive-through, or delivery. (March 17) 

SCHOOL CLOSURES

K-12:

  • Governor Brown announced school closures would last through the end of the year. (April 8) 
  • Governor Brown directed schools to continue providing supplemental education through appropriate options, such as independent study. (March 17) 

State Higher Education:

  • Governor Brown announced school closures through June 13. (April 17) 

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