COVID-19 Updates 10/16/2020

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Oregon Health Authority Updates

Weekly COVID-19 Report

From the Oregon Health Authority

This week, we released our Weekly Report, which showed that during the week of October 5 - 11, we recorded 2,418 new cases of COVID-19 infection—up 18% from last week’s tally of 2,055 and the highest weekly total reported in Oregon to date:

The number of Oregonians newly tested rose 26%, to 28,490, and the percentage of tests that were positive rose slightly to 6.4% from 6.3% the prior week. Twenty-seven Oregonians were reported to have died in association with COVID-19—compared to 25 last week. One hundred forty-seven Oregonians were hospitalized, up from 119 in the previous week, and the highest weekly figure since mid-July.

OHA Weekly Report

Eye Health In Digital Times

From the Oregon Health Authority

With so many children and college students attending school online, and adults working from home, you may be wondering about how to keep your and your children’s eyes healthy. Staring at digital devices and computer screens can cause eye strain.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends blinking often and following the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes look away from the computer at something that’s 20 feet away for 20 seconds. AAO has a full list of recommendations for reducing eye strain while using digital devices and more specific recommendations for children who are using screens are available on their webpage:

Eye Health Graphic

Unemployment Insurance Updates

PEUC Benefits

From the Oregon Employment Department


When your benefits are exhausted, you can get 13 weeks of additional benefits under PEUC, thanks to an extension under the CARES Act. All you have to do to get PEUC is keep filing weekly like you normal do. You should be prompted to answer a few questions at the beginning of your weekly claim, which will enroll you into PEUC.
Moving forward, keep filing weekly using the “weekly claim” button on the Online Claims System. For more information, we recommend watching our PEUC and EB webinar,

Did you know the Employment Department also sends announcements and shares important updates over email? Make sure you’re on our email list so you don’t miss a thing.


Community Outreach

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Your Child Care Needs?

From the Oregon Department of Education: Early Learning Division

Attention parents and caregivers: ELD wants to hear about your family’s experience searching for and using child care during the pandemic. Take the survey and help make a difference! Your input will help the state understand family needs and supports for child care providers.

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Childcare Provider Education

The need for in-home childcare providers has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic as more working parents need childcare for their children that are in Comprehensive Distance Learning. Washington County Kids is offering classes for providers through their Provider Education Series. Register here for the virtual class, "It Takes Two to Listen: Strengthening Connection and Guiding Behavior through Communication." Online training designed for OR OST providers (children grades K-8). Live, interactive session, set two ORO credit eligible, +door prizes!

  • Thursday, November 5th, 2020
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm

Special Olympics-2020 Fall Virtual Games

Special Olympics Oregon

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Special Olympics Oregon Games will be held virtually. 

From Special Olympics Oregon

Fall Virtual Games presented by Providence Health & Services: Registration is open for athlete, Unified partner, and coach participation across four sport competition categories. Athletes will train and receive instruction in their chosen sports, connect and engage with their peers on Facebook, and submit their scores between November 2-9. There will be a traditional Opening Ceremonies November 2 and we’ll look forward to welcoming family, friends, and the community to cheer on the athletes as they push their own boundaries and experience the joy of sport. 

Visit their website here for information and to register.

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,


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