COVID-19 Updates 10/13/2020

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Oregon Health Authority Updates

Halloween Updates

From the Oregon Health Authority

OHA Live Stream Event Tomorrow, Wed. 10/14 at Noon

COVID-19 is reshaping how Oregonians celebrate holidays, including Halloween. But that doesn’t mean Halloween can’t still be spooky and fun this year! Join us on Wednesday, October 14 at noon for tips on how to celebrate safely and to have your questions answered by our experts directly.

Ideas for Celebrating Halloween Safely During COVID-19

Thank you to the Oregon Health Authority for the following tips and suggestions.

Since trick or treating is not recommended this Halloween, parents will be looking for safe, but still spooky, ways to create a fun and memorable holiday. Children may be disappointed, but there are lots of fun possibilities. Consider involving your children in the planning to add to their enthusiasm for the holiday.

Here are some ideas of ways to celebrate safely:
-- Host an online costume contest with friends and family both near and far away. (Governor Kate Brown is hosting one on her Facebook page using #SpookySafeOregon. Make sure you include a face covering!)

-- Watch a scary Halloween movie online.
-- Carve pumpkins with members of your household.
-- Have a neighborhood jack-o’-lantern contest.
-- Tour a neighborhood yard and home displays with household members.
-- Decorate your house, apartment or living space.
-- Make your own Halloween candy or caramel apples.
-- Have a Halloween scavenger hunt in or around your home.

Remember that the safest activities are celebrating with members of your own household. If you gather with people outside your own household, you can decrease the risk by being outside, maintaining at least six feet of distance, and wearing a mask.

Halloween graphic

Rainy Weather and COVID-19

From the Oregon Health Authority

Rain is coming. Throughout much of Oregon people are used to getting wet, and in fact many don’t even bother with carrying an umbrella. But rainy weather is yet another part of life that’s a little different during the COVID-19 pandemic: Letting your face covering get wet may decrease its effectiveness and make it difficult to breathe.

Masks in the Rain

Mental Health and Well-Being During COVID-19

You Are Not Alone

From the Oregon Health Authority

You are not alone

We know that for many people in Oregon, physical distancing creates increased concerns, but there is help. The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) has created the You Are Not Alone website to provide resources for those at risk of harm due to isolation during COVID-19: All resources offer translation services and are confidential.
ODHS provides direct services to more than 1 million Oregonians each year, helping Oregonians achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity.


Apply to serve on DRO's Mental Health Advisory Council 


Through all the stresses and strains of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health care has become such an important issue. Share your perspective and consider serving on the Disability Rights Oregon Mental Health Advisory Council. Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is recruiting members to serve on their Mental Health Advisory Council. The Council is made up of people who experience mental illness and their family members, mental health providers, members of the public knowledgeable about mental illness, and attorneys. Its purpose is to advise DRO on their priorities and strategies to advance the rights of people with mental health conditions in Oregon. Learn more about applying here.

Education Updates

The Unequal Costs of the Digital Divide During COVID-19

Thank you to the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for highlighting this article in their recent News Clips Newsletter.

Please read this important article about the 'digital divide' that many students are facing due to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. As author Audrey Williams June points out "attending college during the coronavirus has meant added costs. And the digital divide that was a problem for many students last academic year hasn’t disappeared. In fact, with the fall semester already underway, institutions are still working to assess and overcome the gaps in technology for students."

Hillsboro Public Library Updates

HPL Express is Ready for You


From Hillsboro Public Library

Beginning Monday, October 12, we’re bringing holds pick up service inside and expanding our services to include computer access and notary appointments.

Visit us at either the Brookwood or Shute Park Library to pick up your requested items and to access our technology services. Book a notary appointment with us online or by phone at 503-615-6500.

We look forward to serving you and we appreciate your patience with us as we’ve been adapting to this changing world of service.

To best serve you, no late fees will be charged on physical items until further notice, and we are happy to work with you on the status of your library account. We understand that this is a tough time for everyone in our community and we want to work with you so you can still use the library during this time. Please give us a call, if you need assistance, at (503) 615-6500.

While we are not able to offer full access or browsing inside our library buildings at this time due to COVID-19, we are actively seeking creative and innovative ways to best serve you. If you have questions or suggestions about library services, please contact us.

More information about HPL Express services and safety practices is available here.

Additional Resources

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Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

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Be good to yourself and each other. ❤

Onward & Upward,


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