COVID-19 Updates 7/14/2020

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Governor Updates

Governor Kate Brown Announces New Requirements for Face Coverings, Limits on Social Get-Togethers to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Effective July 15, face coverings to be required outdoors, social get-togethers indoors over 10 prohibited

In response to the alarming rise in COVID-19 case counts across Oregon over the last several weeks, Governor Kate Brown announced yesterday new requirements for face coverings and limits on social get-togethers. Effective Wednesday, July 15, Oregon’s face covering requirement will be expanded to apply to outdoor public spaces when six feet of distance cannot be maintained. In addition, indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people will be prohibited.

The gathering limit applies only to indoor social get-togethers. This new rule does not change the operation of businesses or churches at this time.

Governor Brown noted that failure to comply with the new requirements would lead to more outbreaks of COVID-19 and more restrictive closures with greater impact on Oregon’s economies, communities, health care systems, and families.

“We need to do absolutely everything we can to reduce transmission in ways that do not require us to close down businesses again," said Governor Brown. “The proof here will be in the numbers. Either people will adhere to this requirement and be a positive force for stopping COVID-19, or I will be forced to take more restrictive measures.”

“It all depends on you. Your choices determine our future."

Governor Brown shared the following facts about COVID-19 in Oregon:

  • Oregon reported more cases in the past week than in the entire month of May.
  • The last time Oregon had less than 100 cases in a single day was more than a month ago.
  • Half of all cases in Oregon are from people under the age of 40 and one third of all cases are from people under the age of 30.
  • Currently, people in their 20s and 30s are the most likely group to get sick with COVID-19.
  • Two Oregonians in their 30s have died from COVID-19.

A recording of the Governor’s press conference from Monday, July 13, is available here. Read the full transcript of the Governor’s remarks from Monday, July 13, here.

Mask Guidance

Emergency Board Updates

Today, the Joint Emergency Board will meet and discuss further ways to help Oregonians through the ongoing pandemic. The list of topics being considered are:

  • Oregon Business Development Department and Department of Administrative Services – COVID-19 Emergency Business Assistance
  • Oregon Business Development Department and Department of Administrative Services – Statewide Business and Cultural Support
  • Department of Administrative Services – Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency
  • Department of Consumer and Business Services and Department of Administrative Services – COVID-19 Leave Fund for Quarantined Workers
  • Department of Administrative Services – Emergency Relief Checks
  • Secretary of State – Election Security
  • Oregon Business Development Department – Warm Springs Emergency Water Infrastructure

Read more about each topic in the Meeting Materials here. The link to watch the hearing, starting today at 10:00am, can be found here. Click on the icon next to the date/time listing once the meeting begins, or watch the playback at a later time by following the same link.

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Education Updates

While the calendar puts us in the middle of the Oregon summer, our school districts in House District 30 are working hard to create a safe learning experience for our students this fall. The Oregon Department of Education has required each school to prepare an Operational Blueprint for Reentry. Because so much of the plan is ultimately based on the state of the pandemic at any given time and/or any positive cases that may arise in one or more schools, they need to be flexible in their approach and ready to move between models quickly.

Banks School District

  • The Banks School district intends to post their plan to this link during the first week of August.

Beaverton School District

  • The Beaverton School District will be conducting “Return to School” Q&A sessions on Tuesday 7/14 at 7pm in English and Wednesday 7/15 at 7pm in Spanish at this link.
  • The Beaverton School Board will be meeting Monday 7/20 at 8:30am. More information and an FAQ can be found at this link

Hillsboro School District

  • The Hillsboro School District released a draft of the reopening plan in this presentation.
  • A Q&A session regarding the options will be held in Spanish Tuesday 7/14 at 5:30pm and in English Thursday 7/16 at 5:30pm. The events will be available at this link
  • The Hillsboro School Board will be meeting Wednesday 7/15 at 5:15pm. Weekly updates regarding the HSD plan can be found at this link

Joint Task Force on Access to Quality Affordable Child Care

The Joint Task Force on Access to Quality Affordable Child Care meets this morning to discuss ongoing needs for access for all Oregonians and an update on efforts during COVID-19. Follow along with this morning's hearing, beginning at 8:00am, here. Or watch at a later time using the same link. 

Today's Agenda:

  • COVID-19 Update: Miriam Calderon, Early Learning System Director, Early Learning Division, Oregon Department of Education
  • Open Task Force Discussion: Problem statement, Goal statement, One-, three-, and five-year goals
  • Vulnerable populations and access to child care: Elisha Big Back, NAYA (Native American Youth and Family Center), Cori Mielke and Heather Olivier, FACT Oregon (Families and Communities Together), Melinda Benson, Inclusive Partners, Oregon Department of Human Services, Patricia Alvarado, Adelante Mujeres
  • Open Task Force Discussion: Next steps, next meeting

Reusable Shopping Bags Update

GREAT NEWS!! Many stores have allowed customers to return to bringing their own reusable bags when shopping. My local Winco never stopped allowing it. According to the CDC, potential exposure to COVID-19 from handling reusable grocery bags is low. Here (English, Spanish), the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Program offers some recommendations to help address concerns.

For Shoppers:

  • Shopping bags should be washed after every use when carrying food just as you would launder a kitchen towel. Canvas or cloth bags can be laundered in the washer following manufacturer instructions. The inside of plastic-lined bags should be scrubbed using hot water and soap.
  • For all types of grocery shopping bags, remove any inserts (many are cardboard), turn each bag inside out before washing, and pay special attention to the nooks and crannies around the seams. Clean any inserts with a disinfecting spray cleaner and follow the disinfectant label instructions.
  • Find additional cleaning tips:

For Retailers:

  • Encourage customer self-bagging when reusable shopping bags are used.
  • Discourage the placement of reusable grocery bags on conveyor belts or provide a disinfectant that may be used frequently on conveyor belts. 
  • Disinfect conveyor belts and shopping carts:
  • Provide single use bags (paper or plastic, where appropriate) for clerks to use while bagging customer groceries. 
  • Provide alcohol-based hand antiseptic rubs (with at least 60% ethyl alcohol as the active ingredient) for clerks. 
  • Ensure all employees wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Consider installing temporary hand washing stations for clerks.
  • Remind employees to avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to help slow the spread of germs.

Community Outreach

Family Justice Center of Washington County


The Family Justice Center of Washington County is a collaboration of agencies dedicated to providing support and hope to our neighbors, friends and families impacted by domestic violence through comprehensive and compassionate healing services. They are committed to ending the cycle of domestic violence in Washington County.

Due to the COVID-19 virusour operations have changed, but The Family Justice Center (FJC) is open and we are here to connect you to services. At this time our partner agencies are providing all services remotely, except for law enforcement – they are available onsite.

Find more information, including services available and hours of operation, here.

Farmer's Market

Walking Meetings- Meeting while Practicing Physical Distancing During COVID-19

See this recent article from the Washingtonian on how "Walking Meetings are the New Power Lunch."

The sun is shining and we need to think about how we can get together safely to exchange ideas. I am feeling motivated to put a new outreach idea in place. If you would like to meet and discuss an idea or concern, let's do it on the move. Let's take a walk together. With masks required and 6 ft physical distance, we can do this safely. Please contact my office by phone or email to schedule a walking meeting. 503-986-1430 or 

The Dog Days of Summer Virtual Fun Run

Dog Days Fun Run

Special Olympics Oregon is hosting the Dog Days of Summer Virtual Fun Run Walk + Roll. 

    Find a park or trail, cruise your neighborhood, hit the beach…or even participate from the comfort of your home treadmill.
  • DATES: Participate in your activity any time on Thursday, July 16th through Sunday, July 19th. Registration closes on Sunday, July 19th, at 9pm.
  • REGISTRATION: Sign up as an individual or recruit a team! $45 for adults (includes T-shirts & shipping fees) $10 for kids under 12. $5 for pets.

All participants will be able to fundraise – you’ll receive an email with instructions after you register!

Find more information and details here.

Additional Resources

 House District 30 Links

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Utilities Assistance

Food and Housing Assistance


Summer is here and kids (of all ages) need to PLAY! These are hard times and just because we should not travel too far from home doesn’t mean you can’t bring summer-time-fun to your backyard. Enjoy a backyard campout. Cook over a fire. Read a book by flashlight. Sleep under the stars. I have such happy memories of camping with my boys. My sister Kathy used to make the most delicious campfire donuts. So easy to make. Enjoy some with your family (or eat them all on your own).

You will need:  1 can of ready-to-bake biscuits, butter and cinnamon-sugar mix. 1. Cut biscuits in quarter sizes. 2. In a pan, melt butter. 3. Cook your biscuits by campfire on a stick. 4. Dip golden brown biscuit bite in the melted butter. 5. Add it to a zip-lock bag that has a cinnamon-sugar mix. 6. Shake it up. 7.  Remove from the bag and savor your campfire donut. 8. Repeat (over and over). 😊

Be good to yourself and each other. ❤

Onward & Upward,


Capitol Phone: 503-986-1430
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-487, Salem, Oregon 97301