COVID-19 Updates 8/7/2020

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Mental Health and Well-Being

Yesterday, I was happy to host a virtual Community Conversation on mental health and well-being during the time of COVID-19. We had a wonderful panel of experts and a great conversation. You can watch the one hour Community Conversation at this link here

I want to give a huge thank you to our amazing panelists: Kristin Burke with Washington County Health and Human Services, Mike Marshall with Oregon Recovers, and Elizabeth Nahl, an Elementary Child Development Specialist. The information and resources they provided on topics ranging from loneliness and isolation, to addiction and recovery help, to school aged children and how adults can best be of support, was very helpful. I am including the links they have provided below, in case you or someone you know could use the support. #ListenLearnAct


Mental Health Resources

 Other Resources:

  • Dial 2-1-1 or visit for help connecting to a wide variety of services
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 for support specific to veterans.
  • Alcohol & Drug Helpline: 1-800-923-4357
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Military Helpline: 1-888-457-4838
  • Oregon Youthline: 1-877-968-8491 or text teen2teen to 839863, chat at
Lines for Life

Addiction & Recovery Resources

For Families with Children

Most healthy schedules include:

  • Meeting physical health needs (sleep, healthy meals, physical activity - walk the dog, kick a soccer ball around)
  • Growing your brain (learn something new, read a book, write in your journal, talking to your child about the world around you)
  • Fun (playing cards or a family game, looking up and telling jokes, walking the neighborhood or in a nearby park)
  • Helping the family (chores, shared responsibilities, daily or weekly jobs)
  • Social connection (staying connected while staying safe - phone calls to family and friends, video calls, letters or postcards, text messages; socially distant gatherings)

Ergonomics At Home

Working from home has added new stressors not only to our mental health and well-being, but to our physical bodies as well. Follow the tips below for proper ways to keep your body healthy while working at home. Visit SAIF's website for even more resources for ergonomics in the home office.

Ergo at home

Washington County Updates

Board of Commissioners Seek Public Input Regarding Community Needs

From Washington County's website:

En español

The Washington County Board of Commissioners invite the public to participate in a series of “Community Listening Sessions” intended to help them understand community needs from a wide variety of diverse perspectives. The Board will use the feedback generated to guide future plans related to services, investment priorities and policy direction that are equitable to all residents. In addition to a general conversation about community need, the Board is asking for feedback regarding their recent proposal to fully fund body worn cameras for all Sheriff’s Patrol deputies. A short online survey has been prepared for community members to weigh in on a list of additional subjects that could be discussed at the listening sessions or make additional suggestions.

The listening sessions will take place throughout the last two weeks of August. While all are welcome to attend any session, some meetings are geared to specific cohorts in order to ensure a safe place for all community members and to help all voices be heard. Listening session attendees will be encouraged to reserve input and speaking time for community members who are often marginalized in similar conversations.

For more information, including the schedule of upcoming listening sessions and to register, visit here.

Small Business Updates

Small Business Grants: City of Hillsboro Prepares Round 3

From the City of Hillsboro's website:

Small businesses in the City of Hillsboro can apply to receive up to $3,500 in emergency grant funding during a third round of applications that will be available on our COVID-19 Business Resources webpage.

More details will be announced soon on the City of Hillsboro’s Twitter and Facebook pages, but businesses can begin preparing the information they need in advance.

Businesses must be located inside Hillsboro city limits and have an active business license from the City of Hillsboro prior to applying.

Businesses that have applied in one of the previous two rounds of City Emergency Business Grants or Washington County’s Emergency Business Grant and received funding are eligible to apply in this round, but priority will be given to eligible businesses that have yet to receive emergency grant funding.

The emergency support will help offset some of the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SBA Loans Update


The following is the latest update for Approved Loans and Dollars Amounts at the State of Oregon regarding the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for the COVID-19 Disaster Declaration.

Economic Injury Disaster LoanFigures as of July 26, 2020

  • Approved Loans = 33,116
  • Dollar Amount = $ 1,870,749,340

Oregon’s Current Fire Activity

As of this August 5th, Oregon has experienced 871 fires for 10,057 acres burned. This includes fires and acres burned across all fire jurisdictions in Oregon, such as ODF protected lands, federal lands, tribal lands and the rangeland in southeastern Oregon. The ten-year annual average is 1,983 fires and 517,270 acres burned. There have been 109 fire starts in Oregon since my last report on July 27, but we have had great success at initial attack and kept the majority of these fires small. Two fires have reached large fire status (detailed below). 

Current Fires in Oregon

Additional Information Sources 

Community Outreach

Multicultural Day Reimagined at the Oregon State Capitol

Multicultural Day

Due to the continued presence of the novel coronavirus in our communities, your Oregon State Capitol remains closed to the public until further notice. But there are still plenty of ways that our visitors can experience their Capitol!

In addition to our everyday digital resources—which include a self-guided virtual tour, and an array of videos on our Capitol YouTube Channel—we are excited to announce that we have decided to host Multicultural Day - Reimagined, an  online rendition of our annual Multicultural Day celebration, on Saturday, Aug. 15 starting at 10 a.m. 

After canceling all of our in-person heritage events this year, including Hispanic Heritage Day, which was slated to take place this September, we wanted a way to maintain the momentum of our Capitol History Gateway events.

Multicultural Day - ReImagined will showcase some of the partners that have participated in our cultural and heritage programs during the past five years, through a series of activities, stories, performances, and more. We are thrilled that they have joined us in creating videos to showcase their hard work and dedication to their respective fields.

The event will stream live on Facebook here. After the online event, we will showcase all the videos and partner introductory videos on until November 15, 2020. For your convenience, direct links can be found here. (Note: these links will go live August 15)

Additional Resources

 House District 30 Links

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Utilities Assistance

Food and Housing Assistance

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