COVID-19 Updates 10/2/2020

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

COVID-19 Updates

It’s Okay to Ask For Help

COVID-19 has changed our lives, and it can feel difficult for anyone. There’s support for you and the people you love. Click the images below or visit here to find resources for mental health and well-being.



COVID-19 Test Site Finder: Get Information on Coronavirus Testing Near You

Click on the graphic below or visit here to find a COVID-19 test site near you.

COVID-19 Testing

Drop in Preventative Cancer Screenings Due to COVID-19

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this recent article by Good Morning America shows that fewer people are going in for preventative screenings due to COVID-19.

"According to recent research, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people being diagnosed with breast cancer has declined by half, suggesting fewer people are visiting their health care providers. "We're seeing a significant drop of screening and diagnosis of breast cancer in the whole U.S.," said Dr. Larry Norton, the medical director of Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center and Norna S. Sarofim Chair in Clinical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering. "And that means we'll probably see a tsunami of breast cancer when people come to medical facilities."

"The reason to get screened is not just to save your life, the reason to get screened is because it's much easier to take care of," Norton said. "Don't wait until you have symptoms."

This is an important reminder to us all to make sure we are continuing to schedule preventative health screenings.

Education Updates

No...Really...Take the Meals

I recently shared the below graphic, from Hillsboro School District, with a friend in House District 30. She and her husband are both working full time from home with a daughter at home in Comprehensive Distance Learning. It is not always easy to stop and prep lunch at the right time. She had encouraged her daughter to take advantage of the daily lunch delivery at the bus stop down the street, but her daughter was hesitant, not wanting to take food that others may need more and feeling unsure even though she really wanted to. As soon as my friend showed her daughter the graphic, she went to the bus stop the very next day, confident and happy to come home with her grab and go meal. This is a great reminder from Hillsboro School District Nutrition Services to go ahead and take the meals and help spread the word that they are there for all kids.

Lunch updates

Small Business Updates

Free Supplies for Small Business and Child Care Providers

The Governor’s office in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 Million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of supplies including masks and gloves for small business. The State of Oregon is fulfilling orders at no charge until resources are depleted. Learn more here.

Business Recovery Centers

From Washington County Business Recovery


Washington County has partnered with the Chambers of Commerce in Hillsboro, Tualatin, Beaverton, and Adelante Mujeres to provide free assistance to all businesses throughout Washington County.  If your business needs assistance with reopening, modifying business plans, accessing Personal Protective Equipment, or other assistance for your business in reacting to COVID-19, the Business Recovery Centers are there to help.  Visit the BRC website to find out what they can do to help or to set up a consultation.

Employment Department Updates

From the Oregon Employment Department

Director Gerstenfeld's Media Briefing Today

Below are audio and video links to this week’s media briefing with Director David Gerstenfeld.

Some highlights from today included:

Lost Wages Assistance  - FEMA extra $300/week for 7/26 – 9/5

We met our goal of issuing LWA payments by the end of the month. In this morning’s initial run, we issued over $225M to almost 148,000 people. Eligible Oregonians should expect to receive their LWA payments via their usual method of payment. This was made possible because we created a way for thousands of people to complete their self-certification (required by FEMA) ahead of time. After today’s initial run of payments, payments will be issued each day.

  • We encourage claimants who believe they are eligible but haven't yet certified to do so ASAP here Online Claims System
  • Certification is the one-time step required by FEMA for claimants who receive UI, PEUC, or EB benefits for a COVID-19 reason.
  • Self-Certify here Online Claims System and scroll down to “Lost Wages Assistance.”
  • Those with language access needs should contact us by email at or call our language hotline 503-606-6969.

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