COVID-19 Update

Senator Ginny Burdick

COVID-19 Update - March 27th

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

I hope everyone is staying home and staying healthy. 

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to limit your contact with others. If you are able, please stay home. By doing so, you are directly helping to protect our community resources and our frontline workers. You are helping save lives.

National Response


Yesterday, the United States Senate passed a $2 trillion dollar rescue package. Today, the House passed the bill and the President signed it. This linked synopsis, put together by the Senate Majority Office, highlights the major provisions in the bill.

We have been working to understand the details of what is in the bill and analyze what it means for Oregon. This will be important for me and my legislative colleagues to understand what state action will be needed.

Role of the Legislature

As I have said in my previous newsletters, Governor Kate Brown will likely call the legislature into a Special Session soon. In the meantime, the Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response co-chairs have submitted their policy recommendations to leadership for what the legislature should consider in a Special Session.

Additionally, the Senate Democratic Caucus has launched a new webpage with resources and information about the response to COVID-19. You can find helpful links, infographics and more information about legislative action there. My office will continue to build upon the resources on this site.

Senate District 18 Updates

  • There have been rumors circulating about law enforcement officers initiating traffic stops in order to investigate why people are leaving their homes. These rumors are NOT TRUE.
    • Oregon State Police have provided a helpful FAQ for any questions that you might have regarding enforcement of the Governor's Executive Order
  • Oregon's Tax Filing Date has been pushed back to July 15th.
    • Oregon Department of Revenue tax relief information can be found here.
      • Please note: If you follow a quarterly tax payment plan, the deadline has not been extended.
    • View this FAQ from the Oregon Department of Revenue for further details.
  • City of Portland Arts Tax deadline has also been extended to July 15th. 
  • If you or a loved one are struggling right now, you are not alone. Please access our local mental health resources to receive support:

Helpful Links 

How Can You Help?

As I have been sending these newsletters, there is one thing that I have repeatedly been asking us all to do: take care of each other. Some of you have asked what you can do for your community, so I am providing a list below of activities and donations you can make to help your fellow Oregonians at this time.

My office remains a resource for you in these trying times. Please reach out if you have any additional questions or concerns. 

Yours in Sequestration, 


Senator Ginny Burdick 
Senate Majority Leader  
District 18

email: I phone: 503-986-1718
address: 900 Court St NE, S-223, Salem, OR, 97301


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