Stay Home. Save Lives.

Senator Wagner

Staying Home Will Save Lives

Earlier today, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12 and made an urgent request of all Oregonians: Stay Home. Save lives. Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a Class C misdemeanor.

The Governor's Office's press release is available here. OPB's coverage of the executive order is available here.  

Public health experts across the state and country believe this week is crucially important to try and bend the curve of COVID-19 in our communities.

We now have 191 coronavirus cases in Oregon. We need your help to protect our front line health care workers, preserve critical medical supplies, and save space in our hospitals. You can monitor the case numbers here, and find a compilation of resources at this link.

I cannot emphasize enough how important this is - please carefully review the image below for what you should and shouldn't do, and what's open and closed across the state.

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Order to Stop Residential Evictions During COVID-19 Crisis

Yesterday, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-11, placing a temporary moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment in light of the public health emergency caused by the spread of coronavirus in Oregon.

The order is effective for 90 days. “Through no fault of their own, many Oregonians have lost jobs, closed businesses, and found themselves without a source of income to pay rent and other housing costs during this coronavirus outbreak,” said Governor Brown. “The last thing we need to do during this crisis is turn out more Oregonians struggling to make ends meet from their homes and onto the streets. “This is both a moral and a public health imperative. Keeping people in their homes is the right thing for Oregon families, and for preventing the further spread of COVID-19.”

Under the Governor's emergency powers, the order places a temporary hold throughout Oregon on law enforcement actions relating to residential evictions for not paying rent. Recognizing that landlords and property owners face their own costs if tenants are not able to pay rent, the Governor and her Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council are engaging lenders to find potential solutions and are exploring various state and federal policy options that might be available to provide assistance to borrowers or other options for relief. Oregon Housing and Community Services and the Department of Consumer and Business Services are also pursuing relief options at the direction of the Governor.

The order is part of the Governor's coronavirus housing and homelessness strategy, which includes expanding shelter capacity with social distancing measures in place, identifying emergency COVID-19 shelter options for people experiencing homelessness who must be isolated or quarantined, exploring options for rent assistance, seeking expansion of federal eviction moratoriums, and homeowner foreclosure avoidance.

All coronavirus executive orders will be posted on the Oregon Coronavirus Information and Resources Page after they have been issued and signed.

Federal Response to the Coronavirus

Last week, Congress passed and the President signed the second piece of major legislation to respond to the coronavirus. Another bill is currently being debated right now. I will keep you posted on its status as it progresses through the process.


Please #StayHomeSaveLives! Social distancing is slowing the spread. Stick with it and we will get through this with the least damage possible. Be well and take care of one another.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus response at the state or federal level, or need help finding resources, please reach out to my office and we will get you an answer as soon as possible.


State Senator Rob Wagner

email: I phone: 503-986-1719
address: 900 Court St NE, S-215, Salem, OR, 97301