Oregon - COVID-19 Covered

Oregon

Total Cases: 21,488 (August 10)
Tests Administered: 447,037 (August 9)
Fatalities: 357 (August 10)
Testing:
  • 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) 
  • The Oregon Health Authority announced the distribution of 12 additional rapid testing instruments to locations throughout the state. (May 12) 

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) 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • 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 
  • Oregon released sector specific reopening guidelines, which can be found here 
  • Governor Brown issued an executive order establishing guidelines for facilities offering childcare including prioritizing childcare needs of front line workers. (March 23) 

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) 
  • Governor Brown announced an additional $8 million in funds will be provided to the Oregon Food Bank. (April 13) 
  • 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) 
  • The White House approved declaring Oregon a major disaster, which allowed for further emergency aid to assist the state. (March 29) 
  • 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)  

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 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

Reopening:

  • Governor Brown announced that Lake County has succeeded in reducing the spread of COVID-19 sufficiently enough to be removed from the County Watch List. (August 6)  
  • 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, effective July 15Oregon’s face covering requirement will be expanded to apply to outdoor public spaces, and indoor gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited. (July 13 
  • Governor Brown announced increased statewide enforcement of face covering requirements, physical distancing, and occupancy standards to ensure restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules over the Fourth of July holiday weekend and thereafter. (July 3 
  • Governor Brown added eight Oregon counties to a Watch List for COVID-19: Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wasco. (July 3 
  • Governor Brown extended her declaration of a state of emergency for an additional 60 days, until September 4. (June 30 
  • Governor Brown announced today that Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning Wednesday, July 1. (June 29)  
  • Governor Brown today announced that Clatsop County will be added to the list of counties that require face coverings in indoor public spaces. (June 26) 
  • Governor Brown issued an order requiring face coverings in indoor spaces in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Marion, Polk, Hood River, and Lincoln Counties, effective Wednesday, June 24. Businesses must require employees and customers to wear face coverings, with the exception of children under twelve, and those with a medical condition preventing them from wearing a mask. (June 19) 
  • Marion, Polk, and Hood River counties are moving into phase 2 of reopening effective June 19. (June 17) 
  • Governor Brown announced that she is instituting a policy to make face coverings mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Polk, and Lincoln counties, beginning June 24. (June 17) 
  • A full list outlining which counties are in phase 1, 2, and 3 or reopening can be found here.  
  • Governor Brown announced a pause on accepting applications for reopening from counties from June 12 to June 19 due to concern over an increase in COVID-19 cases. (June 11) 
  • 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) 
  • Governor Brown announced the limited reopening of some state parks for recreational use, including skiing and camping. (May 5) 
  • Oregon has extended its state of emergency for 60 days, through July 6. (May 1) 
  • 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) 

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 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 she will be convening a Healthy Early Learners Council to advise her and the Early Learning Division (ELD) on guidance for the reopening and ongoing operation of early learning and childcare programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 6 
  • 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) 
  • Oregon Department of Education released continued learning guidelines from spring to the 2020-2021 school year. (May 15 

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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