Oregon - COVID-19 Covered

Oregon

Total Cases: 136,839 (January 23)
Tests Administered: 3,023,332 (January 21)
Fatalities: 1,865 (January 23)
Testing:
  • Oregon joined Californias COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which would independently review the safety and efficacy of any vaccine approved by the FDA for distribution. (October 27) 
  • 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) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • The State of Oregon has reached an agreement with several health insurance companies to continue providing expanded telehealth options through at least June 30, 2021. (December 17 
  • Under Governor Brown’s executive orderessential needs were 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:

  • Oregon released sector specific reopening guidelines, which can be found here 
  • Oregon OSHA adopted a temporary rule to combat the spread of COVID-19 in all workplaces by requiring employers to carry out a comprehensive set of risk-reducing measures. (November 6) 
  • Governor Brown extended COVID-19 protections for agricultural workers in employer-provided housing through the off season. (October 23) 
  • The Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services 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 did not have access to COVID-19-related paid sick leave. (September 14) 
  • 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 began 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 moratorium on residential evictions for non-payment and other no-cause evictions between September 30 and December 31. (September 28) 
  • Governor Brown extended protections from foreclosure for Oregon homeowners through executive action until December 31. (August 31)   

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Brown announced the Oregon Department of Revenue would eliminate penalties and interests on 2019 income tax due from Oregon businesses who were struggling to pay tax bills amid COVID-19 restrictions. (December 14) 
  • Governor Brown announced the state would commit $55 million in financial assistance to support Oregon businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. (November 17) 
  • Governor Brown extended protections from foreclosure for Oregon business owners through executive action until December 31. (August 31) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • A full list outlining which counties are in Phase 1, 2, and 3 or reopening can be found here 
  • Governor Brown announced that Oregon would expand COVID-19 vaccinations to include all individuals age 65 and older. (January 12) 
  • Effective January 15 through January 28, 26 Oregon counties would be in the Extreme Risk level, two at High Risk, two at Moderate Risk, and six at Lower Risk. (January 12) 
  • Governor Brown activated the Oregon National Guard to support vaccination efforts. (January 8 
  • Effective January 1 through January 14, 24 Oregon counties would be in the Extreme Risk level, five at High Risk, zero at Moderate Risk, and seven at Lower Risk. (December 29) 
  • Governor Brown extended Oregon’s COVID-19 state of emergency until March 3, 2021. (December 17) 
  • Governor Brown issued an executive order that limited at-home and social gatherings, reduced the maximum capacity for grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores, restricted food and drink establishments to take-out only, required workplaces to mandate work-from-home as much as possible, and closed certain businesses, including gyms, museums, zoos, and indoor recreation facilities. (November 17) 
  • Governor Brown issued travel advisory urging visitors entering the state or returning home from travel outside the state to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. (November 13) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Brown announced updates to Oregon’s school metrics that would allow more students to return to classroom instruction with health and safety measures in place. (October 30) 
  • Officials at the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education said that certain counties would be allowed to have in-person instruction to one-fifth of its students. Due to population sizes, Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Lane counties would still excluded. (October 30) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Oregon universities and colleges that planned to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

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