Upcoming COVID-19 Town Hall

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Representative Smith Warner


This Thursday, May 7 at 5 PM, I will be hosting a Zoom town hall with Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Sen. Michael Dembrow that will focus on the most recent developments concerning Oregon’s coronavirus response efforts. We will be addressing  questions and concerns from the public and providing information about supportive resources for community members in this time of crisis. This event is limited to 100 participants and you must register in advance to gain access to the event here.  As always, please contact my office with any questions you might have, or if you need assistance registering. I hope you are able to join me in this informative public health discussion. In the meantime, here is a quick look at some of the recent news from the Oregon Health Authority.

BSW Town Hall

Oregon Health Authority Update                                                                                      The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports up-to-date information regarding testing statistics that can be found on their website. You can review the daily update and read the weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 response across government agencies.

OHA Daily Update

Diabetes and COVID-19 Guidance                                                                                        People who have diabetes may have a higher risk for contracting COVID-19. According to the Oregon Health Authority, high blood sugars affect the immune system, and high blood sugars, heart and kidney problems can make it harder to recover when you have COVID-19. Here are some important steps you can take to protect your health:

  • Continue taking your diabetes medicine as usual.
  • Test your blood sugar every four hours and track the results.
  • Make sure that you have at least a two-week supply of your diabetes medicine.
  • Follow the sick day guidelines for people with diabetes on CDC’s website.

Limited Opening of State Recreational Areas                                                              Today, Governor Kate Brown announced that some state parks and outdoor recreational facilities will be opening for day use. A forthcoming executive order will allow ski resorts to resume activities. Oregon’s outdoor recreation providers and the Oregon Health Authority have partnered to create recommendations for safely and gradually offering limited outdoor recreation opportunities. This approach will not open all day use and camping opportunities at once.

Here are some guidelines from the Governor’s office on responsible outdoor recreation:

  • Limit your recreation activities, and recreate only with people in your own household.
  • Check what’s open before leaving home. Your favorite trail or camp site may remain closed, or need to be closed on a temporary basis, to prevent crowding and protect public health.
  • Plan ahead and come prepared as service levels may be different than you are accustomed to.
  • Visitors may find limited restroom services available. Plan to bring your own soap, water, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.
  • Bring a mask to cover your nose and mouth. Visit less crowded areas, visit during off-peak times, and have a back-up plan.
  • Not feeling well? Don’t go. If you have symptoms of a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home.

Please reach out to my office if you have any additional questions, or if there’s anything you think I could help with. 



Representative Barbara Smith Warner
House District 45

email: Rep.BarbaraSmithWarner@oregonlegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1445
address: 900 Court St NE, H-295, Salem, OR 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/smithwarner