COVID-19 News and Updates

Representative Raquel Moore-Green

COVID-19 News & Updates

Hello Friends,

Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor and process all the information surrounding education, employment, food, housing, and health needs pertaining to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are briefed daily by the Oregon Health Authority, OHA.

First and foremost, social distancing is the single most important thing we can do to help stem the spread of COVID-19. The Governor announced today that group gathering size is being reduced from 250 to 25. Her full briefing can be seen here: Governors Announcements 03 16 20.

Today we learned the Emergency Command Response Center has been set in place and is operating 24/7. Their primary charge is to coordinate with local emergency management teams. These teams are at the county and city level. For Marion County, which would include the cities of Turner and Aumsville:

  • Marion County Emergency Management / 5155 Silverton Road NE, Salem, OR 97305
  • Kathleen Silva, Emergency Manager / Office Phone: (503) 365-3133 / Office Fax: (503) 589-0943 / E-mail:
  • CITY OF SALEM / Salem Emergency Management / 370 Trade St. SE / Salem, OR 97301
  • Gregory Walsh, Emergency Manager / Office Phone: (503) 589-2139 / Office Fax: (503) 588-6191 / E-mail:

Resources for Business

Federal guidance for small businesses, including information on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

Small Business Administration Guidance

Work Share allows employers to leverage Partial Unemployment Insurance benefits for employers whose workforce is impacted by COVID-19.

Work Share Oregon

Information for employers, workers, and job seekers.

Oregon Employment Department

State guidance for Oregon businesses.

Business Oregon Interim Guidance for Businesses

Paying Your Bills

Portland General ElectricPacific Power, Northwest Natural Gas, and the Portland Water Bureau will all temporarily stop service disconnections for non-payment of bills. Comcast is offering free internet access for some families for the next 60 days.

Additional Resources

The Oregon Health Authority – OHA: is an excellent source of information about resources and benefits, and they are also ready to answer your questions about coronavirus. They are open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. by phone (call 211), text (text your ZIP code to 898211) or email (


In Other News

Shortly after the Governor announced the closure of schools from March 13th-March 31st I was assigned to the Joint Committee on Coronavirus. We are charged with making timely recommendations for legislative action as the state works to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The committee is charged with the following tasks:

  • Identify actions to support short-term economic relief to low-income workers and small businesses. These actions could include wage supports, support for those not eligible for state programs (such as sick leave and unemployment insurance), protection from housing instability, and more.
  • Monitor public health strategies and response for COVID-19 and consider additional statutory changes to assist with the public health emergency.
  • Make timely budget and policy recommendations to the Legislature.

You may expect timely updates from me on all fronts of this issue. Please check my legislative Facebook, @reprmghd19, as well as my legislative website at: for the most current information.

If at any point you have a question or issue that needs addressing our preferred method of contact is email to or via phone if you do not have email access at #503-986-1419. Thank you for engaging with your state government. Please know my door is always open and my staff, Pam McClain, Lena Prine, and I welcome your participation.

Yours truly,

Representative Raquel Moore-Green
House District 19

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1419
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-385, Salem, OR 97301

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