Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update: March 23, 2020

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Dear Friends,

Over the past week, many of you have reached out to show your support for our work to keep you updated and informed. Many of you have shared your personal experiences, and they have been informative, instructive, and inspiring. Your support and personal stories mean so much to me and my staff. It has kept us going strong, and we are so grateful.  

New Developments (Nuevas Órdenes Ejecutivas en Español al Final)

  • The Governor announced today a “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order, effective immediately. Read the full text of the executive order here. To balance the need to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to keep essential businesses operational, the Governor is prohibiting social gatherings with people from outside of your household and the operation of the following types of businesses: 
    • Dine-in restaurants and bars
    • Nightclubs and concerts
    • Shopping: Outdoor or indoor malls and retail complexes
    • Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios, dance and yoga studios
    • Grooming: Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, day spas and massage services, non-medical wellness spas, cosmetic stores, tattoo parlors
    • Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, music concerts, sporting events, museums, skating rinks
    • Outdoors: State parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, pools, skate parks, festivals
  • The Executive Order also requires workplace restrictions, effective March 25, 2020. Any business remaining open must have their employees telework and work from home to the full extent of their resources. Working in offices is prohibited if teleworking is possible. Open businesses must also designate a point person to create, implement, and enforce strict social distancing policies for employees and business-critical visitors.
  • The Governor issued an additional Executive Order, placing a temporary moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment. The order places a temporary hold throughout Oregon on law enforcement actions relating to residential evictions for not paying rent. This will put a financial burden on landlords and property owners, and the Governor’s Economic Advisory Council is currently working with lenders and policy makers on a relief plan through federal and state policy. 
  • You can read and stay updated on all signed Executive Orders here.
  • The Department of Human Services, Aging and People with Disabilities Program has temporarily amended rules to increase access to ventilator assisted services in nursing facilities by raising the Medicaid rate for qualifying nursing facility ventilator assisted programs.


Best Practices

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Stay at least 6 ft from others
  • Go out only for essentials
  • Exercise outside if you can stay 6 ft from others
  • Have video and phone chats
  • Drop food off to neighbors who can't go out
Dos and Don'ts
  • Don't gather in groups
  • Don't get together with friends (not even drinks or dinners)
  • Don't have play dates for kids
  • Don't make unnecessary trips

New Resources

  • If you or your business would like to donate personal protective equipment, volunteer, or enter into a contract with the state to help with the response, click here
  • The IRS is allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020 until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.  Oregon’s Department of Revenue is evaluating their ability to extend filing deadlines and will publicise that information as soon as possible. Click here for updates on guidelines for filing your state taxes (including CAT payments and income taxes)

Pets and Animals

  • Foster a furry friend for some comfort and companionship! Read about being a foster volunteer, and sign up with Oregon Humane Society here
  • The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association has updated information for both veterinarians and pet owners on their homepage.
  • The Humane Society of the United States posted FAQs about pet preparedness and what people can do to help animals in need. 
  • Here is a blog for groups that do community outreach and pet owner support work.

Nuevas Órdenes Ejecutivas de la Gobernadora Brown

  • La gobernadora Kate Brown emitió hoy la Orden Ejecutiva 20-12, ordenando a todos en Oregon que se queden en casa el mayor tiempo posible (la orden ejecutiva aquí (en inglés). La orden es efectiva de inmediato y permanece vigente hasta que el gobernador diga lo contrario. Está diseñada para “aplanar la curva,” preservando el escaso espacio y equipo hospitalario. Todas las reuniones sociales y recreativas no esenciales de individuos están prohibidas inmediatamente, independientemente de su tamaño, si no se puede mantener una distancia de al menos seis pies entre individuos. Se permiten reuniones de miembros del mismo hogar residencial. Las empresas minoristas cerradas por la Orden Ejecutiva 20-12 incluyen:
      • Compras: Centros comerciales al aire libre e interiores y complejos comerciales, aunque los tipos individuales de negocios no sujetos a las medidas pueden permanecer abiertos.
      • Gimnasio: Gimnasios, centros deportivos y de acondicionamiento físico, clubes de salud y estudios de ejercicios
      • Grooming: Peluquerías, salones de belleza y uñas, y spas de bienestar no médicos
      • Entretenimiento: teatros, parques de atracciones, arcadas, boleras y salas de billar
  • Otras empresas minoristas no podrán continuar operando a menos que puedan implementar estrictas medidas de distanciamiento social y designar a un empleado o funcionario encargado de garantizar el cumplimiento. Las empresas minoristas capaces de adaptarse a las experiencias de compra de estilo para llevar también pueden permanecer abiertas. Si las empresas pueden tener empleados trabajan desde casa, entonces deben hacerlo

Governor's COVID page

Floor Speech 2020

Yours truly,

Representative Susan McLain

Representative Susan McLain
House District 29

email: I phone: 503-986-1429
address: 900 Court St NE, H-376, Salem, OR 97301