COVID-19 Updates 10/27/2020

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Emergency Board Updates

On Friday, the Joint Emergency Board met to consider further proposals that would help meet urgent needs across the state, due to impacts from the wildfires and the pandemic. The proposals that passed were:

  • $30 million to Project Turnkey, Wildfire Response, for shelter needs for counties impacted by the recent fires.
  • $10 million to Housing and Community Services Department to support the operations of shelter services, with funding prioritized for wildfire-impacted communities.
  • $7.4 million to the Oregon Department of Education to disburse to school districts, education service districts, and public charter schools to mitigate the cost of damages related to the wildfires and/or help students and their families recover from the impacts of recent wildfires.
  • $1.4 million for the procurement of a Statewide Alert System that all counties will be able to utilize soon.
  • $50 million to the Oregon Department of Transportation for ash and debris removal and the authorization of the use of $295.7 million for hazard tree removal along wildfire-impacted roads.

One proposal did not pass and that was an additional $35 million to Project Turnkey, Pandemic Response, to support a broader need for shelters across the state due to the pandemic.

You can read the full Emergency Board agenda here and watch the meeting at this link here.

Governor Updates

Governor Kate Brown Extends COVID-19 Housing Protections for Agricultural Workers

On Friday, Governor Kate Brown extended COVID-19 protections for agricultural workers in employer-provided housing through the off season. Executive Order 20-58 addresses requirements related to physical distancing, sanitation, and isolation in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among Oregon's agricultural workers, farmers and ranchers, and surrounding communities.

“Agricultural workers have continued to go to work during this pandemic so that Oregon families can put food on the table,” said Governor Brown. “There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on historically underserved and marginalized communities, including migrant and seasonal farmworkers. As workers continue critical farm labor activities through the off-season, it is important that these much-needed protections remain in place.”

Executive Order 20-58 implements requirements that mirror provisions of Oregon OSHA’s temporary rules that are set to expire on October 24. The Governor’s Executive Order is in effect through April 30 while Oregon OSHA works to adopt permanent rules.

A full copy of Executive Order 20-58 is available here .

COVID-19 resources and financial assistance for Oregon’s agricultural producers and workers are available. For more information, visit:

Oregon Health Authority Updates

Flu and COVID-19 Facts

From the Oregon Health Authority

The data is clear and decisive: COVID-19 is more deadly than seasonal influenza.
Respiratory viruses also tend to be more severe in older adults, and COVID-19 is particularly so. Another key difference is that there is a vaccine for the flu. The flu vaccine is very effective, even when it isn’t a perfect match for the strain of influenza that’s circulating.

Don’t wait to vaccinate: You can protect yourself from the flu by getting a vaccine. To find a flu vaccine clinic, visit www.flu.oregon.gov and use the flu vaccine locator tool.

Flu graphic

OHA Live Stream Event

While it's unclear how the pandemic will affect the flu season, we’re preparing for COVID-19 and seasonal flu to spread at the same time this year. We know that, for many of you, this has raised a number of health questions and concerns. Join us Today, October 27 at noon to have your flu and COVID-19 questions answered by our experts directly.

Tune in to watch live here.

Washington County Resources

Handbook: COVID-19, After You Get Tested

From Washington County Health and Human Services

Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia and Washington County worked together to put together a comprehensive guide to help people who have been tested for COVID-19.

The document includes information on isolation and quarantine, what you can and can't do, how to tell close contacts you tested positive, telling your employer, ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home, how to stop the spread of germs, using a face covering properly and more.

For COVID-19 testing sites in Washington County visit here: Testing Sites information

For more COVID-19 information and other resources from Washington County, visit here

What to do after you get tested

Community Outreach

FACT Oregon

FACT Oregon is an organization that works to "Empower Oregon families experiencing disability in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community, and equipping families."

FACT Oregon has resources and toolkits here for families whose children are in comprehensive distance learning and that receive special education services.

Pandemic Could Propel New Prison Reforms

A new article, provided by Law360, discusses how COVID-19 has changed the way we conduct daily business in all areas of our lives. According to the article, prison releases resulting from coronavirus have shown that not all nonviolent offenders need to be jailed. This should spur penal system reform that includes expanded probationary alternatives, tax incentives for companies that employ ex-offenders and government transparency to ensure unbiased sentencing, says Abbe Lowell at Winston & Strawn. Read the full article here.

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,

Janeen

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1430
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-487, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Rep.JaneenSollman@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/sollman