COVID-19 Updates 6/19/2020

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Governor Updates

Governor Announces Plans for Face Covering Requirement, Outlines Next Steps in County Reopening Process

Since Governor Brown issued a statewide pause on all county applications to move into Phase 1 or Phase 2 due to the rising number of cases in both rural and urban communities, the Oregon Health Authority has continued to analyze data in the state, including the source of the growth in new cases, hospitalizations, results of contact tracing, and other metrics. Additionally, she has consulted with independent health experts, business leaders, and local elected officials. Yesterday, she announced the following four decisions:

  • First, I will be instituting a requirement to wear face coverings while in indoor public spaces, such as grocery stores and other businesses, for the following counties: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Polk, and Lincoln. This mandate will be effective beginning Wednesday, June 24.
  • Second, I am moving Marion, Polk, and Hood River Counties to Phase 2 beginning Friday, June 19. Marion and Polk Counties are seeing a decline in hospitalizations, and Hood River has had only one new hospital admission in the past two weeks. All three counties have implemented timely follow up on cases in the past week.
  • Third, I am allowing Multnomah County to move to Phase 1 starting Friday, June 19. While Multnomah County has seen an increase in new cases recently, the county has not experienced an uptrend in new hospital admissions, and overall hospitalizations remain well within capacity.
  • Finally, I will be grouping several counties together as regional units for future reopening decisions. This will apply to the tri-county area––Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties will be treated as a single unit in future reopening decisions. And Marion and Polk Counties, which each include parts of the City of Salem, will also be treated as a unit going forward. Both of these regions include a highly-connected urban area, making it difficult to monitor the disease based solely on the contours of county jurisdictional lines.

As a result of these decisions, the entire tri-county region will remain in Phase 1 for at least 21 days after June 19 before the three counties together will become eligible for Phase 2.

Watch the Governor's press conference from yesterday, discussing these new requirements. Please keep checking the website for information on the new requirement. They are working to update before the weekend.

The Governor’s Office also provided a more detailed update from the Oregon Health Authority on the trends in cases of COVID-19 in Oregon.

Education Updates

DACA

PCC stands with its undocumented, documented immigrant students

College provides statement on yesterday’s SCOTUS decision

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) reached a 5-4 decision to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides work permits and protection from deportation for close to 800,000 DACA recipients in the U.S.

In particular, the Supreme Court noted that these recipients relied on the DACA program in continuing to put down roots in the U.S., by enrolling in degree programs, embarking on careers, starting businesses, purchasing homes, and starting their own families.

“We are overjoyed by this decision,” said Portland Community College President Mark Mitsui. “While we are in a time of unprecedented uncertainty, Portland Community College remains committed to every member of our community, and it stands with our DACAmented and DREAMer students, and all immigrants regardless of immigration status. The college will continue to advocate for a more robust, humane, long-term solution for these childhood arrivals and firmly opposes any executive action or legislation that would unfairly deprive DACA recipients their right to pursue their educational goals in their country of residence.”

On Dec. 20, 2016, the PCC Board of Directors resolved to make PCC a “Sanctuary College” when concerns emerged about the impact of potential changes in federal immigration policy for undocumented and documented immigrant students. Concerns centered on potential changes to federal laws and policies that protect individuals from discrimination and harassment.

Mitsui said it is vital that every member of the PCC community feels safe and welcomed.

“At Portland Community College, we hold dear a vision for our community and for our country—a vision of a diverse and an inclusive democracy,” Mitsui said. “We believe in our DREAMers. They are leaders, scholars, and community supporters. They are key members of student government, active participants in clubs and organizations, scholarship earners, program initiators, people who, every day, contribute in countless ways to the diversity, inclusiveness, and excellence of our college.

“This is, quite clearly, an issue of equity and justice for the several hundred thousand people who only know the U.S. as home,” he continued.

President Mitsui said it’s important to support DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) students. Last November, PCC welcomed more than 220 attendees from throughout the metro area for PCC’s inaugural DREAMers Breakfast, which raised more than $36,000 for scholarships through the PCC Foundation to help support PCC’s DACA students who lack access to federal financial aid. 

In 2017, through the Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded PCC Foundation a $50,000 grant to help launch the DREAMers Resource Center, located at the Rock Creek Campus. At the time it was the first resource center for undocumented students at any Oregon community college or university. Today, it provides outreach, education, advocacy and community resources, bilingual materials, and funding for urgent and emergency services for undocumented and DACA students and their families.

“We will continue to collaborate with institutions, agencies and community organizations that uphold the mission of PCC and the United States Constitution of ‘equal protection under the law,’” Mitsui said.

Unemployment Insurance Updates

PUA Webinar

PUA Webinar

 

In an effort to continue our Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) outreach, the Employment Department will be hosting another Zoom webinar with our program experts on June 19, at 1:00 p.m. They will talk through more key points of the program, talk about the upcoming online PUA claim form improvements, and questions we hear the most about PUA. Then people with PUA claims can ask them questions through the Zoom chat feature.

Attendees need to register in advance at https://bit.ly/OED_PUA_Webinar2, and will receive a confirmation email with more details after they do register. Please note we only have 500 spots for this webinar.

For those who are unable to attend, we will post a recording of the webinar afterward on our COVID-19 page, and our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Our first PUA webinar recording is also on our COVID-19 and PUA pages.

Community Outreach & Updates

Juneteenth

Today, we celebrate Juneteenth and the abolition of slavery and emancipation of African American slave in the United States. Learn more about the holiday's history and celebrations around the country. 

Are you looking for ways to celebrate Juneteenth? The annual celebration here in Oregon has been moved online, so you can take part from every corner of the state. Learn how to participate and celebrate here.

Enjoy the following Youtube read aloud with the whole family from Sankofa Read Aloud: "Juneteenth for Mazie" by Floyd Cooper. 

"Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history ― the day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth."

Juneteenth for Mazie

Resources To Learn More About Oregon's Racist History

We must acknowledge a history in Oregon that saw those in power, previous legislatures and governors, pass policies that built racist structures designed to oppress people of color. It is our responsibility, as current legislators, to take action to dismantle these structures and build a state that is truly equitable. 

  • Oregon’s founders sought a ‘white utopia,’ a stain of racism that lives on even as state celebrates its progressivism. READ MORE
  • When Portland banned blacks: Oregon’s shameful history as an all white state. READ MORE
  • A Racist History Shows Why Oregon Is Still So White. READ MORE
  • Why aren't there more Black people in Oregon? A hidden history. WATCH MORE
Grow

Civil Rights Law Protects LGBTQ Workers from Discrimination

This week saw the Supreme Court of the United States rule that the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more here.

I am in agreement with Governor Brown as she says, "This Supreme Court decision allows the rest of the nation to enjoy the same employment protections Oregonians have celebrated for years. We still have more work to do to ensure equality is reflected in our laws, courtrooms, and constitutions, but this victory is a historic moment in our nation's history." Read Governor Kate Brown's full statement on this landmark decision here.

TriMet Update

TriMet reallocates $1.8 million in funding from Transit Police and additional sources to community-based services that preserve public safety

TriMet shares the outrage, frustration and pain over the recent tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson and Ahmaud Arbery. Their deaths and those of too many others lost to unconscionable violence, magnify the systemic racism, discrimination and disparate treatment against African Americans and other people of color still rampant in this country. The movement that we see happening across Portland and the country reflects a national awakening of the need for immediate, yet lasting change to stop racial injustice once and for all. TriMet has made some changes but we know our riders and our community want and deserve more. 

  1. Reallocating funding to community-based public safety
  2. Community-wide listening sessions
  3. Establish blue-ribbon committee –
  4. Piloting community-based public safety approaches

Read more details here.

Occurring Tomorrow

Community Conversation

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City of Hillsboro Library Board Seeking Applicants

Library Board

The Library Board has two vacant positions to fill. 

Consider joining this group of dedicated volunteers and advocates who help our libraries by supporting a community of readers, engaging with the community, and providing ideas for services, collections, and spaces For Everyone/Para Todos. The two vacant positions require applicants to be residents of unincorporated, Washington County.

For more information and eligibility requirements, visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/CommitteesBoards or call the City Recorder’s Office at 503-681-6117.

Additional Resources

 House District 30 Links

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Utilities Assistance

Food and Housing Assistance

  • Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-11: places 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.
  • Governor Brown's Executive Order 20-13 strengthens Governor Brown's previous ban on residential evictions, and prohibits landlords from charging tenants late fees for nonpayment of rent during the moratorium. 
  • Community Action.org
  • Oregon Food Bank
  • Meals on Wheels

It was a beautiful moment captured for us to see and feel when a Portland State University student got a welcome surprise while she was performing on campus. Madisen Hallberg was being filmed singing the National Anthem on campus for her university’s virtual graduation when a beautiful voice, Emmanuel Henreid, suddenly joined her in harmony. I loved that Emmanuel shared, “It was a beautiful moment that we shared and in that moment I realized, that it is essential for us to raise our voices in empowerment and in love for one another.” ❤

Madisen H. PSU

Onward & Upward,

Janeen

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1430
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-487, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Rep.JaneenSollman@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/sollman