New Information About Reopening Oregon

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Representative Smith Warner

Greetings:

This week we celebrated our teachers, our nurses, and the countless essential workers who continue to serve with compassion and dedication during this time of need. The Oregon Air National Guard flew over hospitals and other locations around the state today to show support and lift morale for all of the Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has officially been forty-six days since the stay at home order was placed. We have all come a long way since then, but there is still work to be done to prepare for reopening parts of the economy.Governor Kate Brown recently held a press conference  addressing new guidance detailing the phases of reopening procedures. You can watch the full press conference below and read the latest details on the framework for restarting public life and business.

press conference

New Public Health Guidance For Industries                                                                            Governor Kate Brown has provided additional information for the public and specific industry sectors on the phases of reopening procedures. You can access detailed information that applies to you below. 


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. Here is some good news and updates from the Oregon Health Authority:

  • The number of hospitalizations in the 20-29, 30-39, and 40-49 age groups each dropped by one. During routine data reconciliation, these people were determined not to have been hospitalized during their COVID-19 illness.
  • The weekly OHA report now includes COVID-19 case data by zip code and by cases per 10,000 within a zip code.
  • The daily  update now includes new presumptive cases. A presumptive case is when a person has not had a positive test but they do have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with someone who had a positive test.
  • The OHA COVID-19 website (https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19) includes updated information and factsheets on symptoms, protecting yourself, physical distancing, and testing, all in twelve languages.

Employment Department Update On Processing Claims                                                The best time to contact the Oregon Employment Department by phone is 7 am Tuesday to Thursday for clarification on claim related questions. As of late, four out of five initial claims for regular unemployment benefits received between March 15 and May 2 have been processed. In addition, 10,000 applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance have been processed. The department is continuing to expand its ability to process claims by hiring more personnel and working seven days a week to process claims. The programming and implementation of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program is underway for those who have run out of benefits and remain unemployed due to COVID-19 related business closures. If you would like more information visit the CARES Act section on the department website

OED Stats

Additional Clarification About Employment Benefits                                                            The Oregon Employment Department  has issued information for people who are seeking benefits while working. If someone is either working full-time or earns more than their regular weekly benefit amount (the extra $600 does not factor into this computation), they are not eligible for any benefits for that week. If you work less than full time and earn less than your  weekly benefit amount, you can generally receive at least some benefits that week. You can earn up to either $125 per week (ten times the highest minimum wage in Oregon) or 1/3 of your regular weekly benefit amount, whichever is higher, without any reduction in benefits. Any amount earned over that threshold reduces your weekly benefits dollar for dollar. For any week between March 29 and July 25, 2020, if you receive any benefits at all in a week, you can also receive the additional $600.


Travel Oregon’s Emergency Response Grant Program                                              Travel Oregon announced the creation of a COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants Program to support businesses that support Oregon’s travel and tourism industry. Applications for this program will open on May 11. Funding can be used to support general operating expenses and  maintaining payroll. For more information on eligibility requirements and the details of this program visit the Travel Oregon website.


List of Oregon State Parks That Are Open                                                                            If you are planning to participate in outdoor activities this weekend you may be happy to hear about the newly opened state parks that you can visit. Here is a list of where you can go. 

  • Tryon Creek in Portland
  • Willamette Mission, north of Keizer
  • Mongold boat ramp at Detroit Lake
  • State Capitol State Park in Salem
  • The Cove Palisades boat ramp at Lake Billy Chinook, near Culver
  • Prineville Reservoir boat ramp, near Prineville
  • Joseph Stewart boat ramp on Lost Creek Lake, near Shady Cove
  • Pilot Butte (no vehicles) in Bend
safe fun in the sun

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

Sincerely, 

Sig

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