COVID-19 Updates 1/15/2021

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Governor Brown held a press availability today at 2 p.m. to discuss the state's ongoing response to COVID-19. Watch the press conference here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Oregon Health Authority Updates

Weekly Report

From the Oregon Health Authority

Our COVID-19 Weekly Report shows an increase in weekly cases:

We reported 8,150 new daily cases during the week of Monday, Jan. 4 through Sunday, Jan. 10, a 3% increase from the previous week.

There were 357 people hospitalized for COVID-19, nearly identical to the previous week's 358. There were 107 deaths in association with COVID-19, up from 73 the previous week.

People age 20 to 49 have accounted for 55% of the cases, while people 70 and older have accounted for 77% of the deaths.

The proportion of cases classified as “sporadic”—i.e., with unknown source—has risen from about one-third of cases in July through September to more than half of cases in recent

Finally, during the week of Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, the number of COVID-19 tests administered to Oregonians was 113,648. The percentage of positive tests increased to 8.2%.
For more information on COVID-19 cases and deaths in care facilities, senior living facilities and congregate care settings and on active and resolved COVID-19 outbreaks, please view our Outbreaks Report:

Weekly Report

Testing Homes for Radon Gas Remains Key

From the Oregon Health Authority

Many people in Oregon are spending more time at home than ever. While our homes are the safest place to stay in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19, there can be risks to being at home.

Many parts of Oregon remain at risk of exposure to high levels of radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes up from the ground and is drawn into buildings, where it can build up to dangerous levels. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.

This January, during National Radon Action Month, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) urges people to test their homes for radon. Many test kits are priced between $15 and $25 and can be found in most hardware stores.

The Oregon Radon Awareness Program is offering a free radon test kit to residents whose homes are in ZIP codes where fewer than 20 radon test results have been recorded. Free test kits are available while supplies last.

For more information, including how to order a test kit online, contact the Oregon Radon Awareness Program at, or visit

Legislative Updates

Committee Assignments

For the 2021 Legislative Session, I am honored to serve on five committees. I will continue as Co-Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety and am a new member of the full Joint Ways and Means Committee. I also will continue as a member of the House Education Committee and will newly serve on the House Behavioral Health Committee. Links to the committee pages are below. You can sign up on each committee page to get alerts to upcoming meetings and agendas.

Additional responsibilities:

Education Updates

Last night, Washington County legislative elected members and elected school board members, virtually gathered together for the annual Washington County Legislative Summit. For a decade this group, working with the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), has worked to bring education issues to forefront of the discussion. The highlight of the night was hearing the voices of students from our districts. I will continue to carry their hopeful and inspirational messages with me into the 2021 Legislative Session. 

OSBA Event

Insurance Updates

2021 Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (Jan. 1 through March 31)

The Medicare Advantage open enrollment period is from Jan. 1 to March 31. Beneficiaries who take advantage of this open enrollment period will have coverage that starts the first day of the month after they enroll. Beneficiaries must have an existing Medicare Advantage plan on Jan. 1 to use this enrollment period.

During this time frame, beneficiaries who already have a Medicare Advantage plan can:

  • Change to a different Medicare Advantage plan, either with or without drug coverage
  • Enroll in a stand-alone Part D (prescription drug) plan, which returns the beneficiary to Original Medicare

NOTE: Signing up for Part D prescription drug coverage is not guaranteed unless the beneficiary was already in a Medicare Advantage plan on Jan. 1. Beneficiaries can make only one change during this enrollment period and cannot change from one stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan to another stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan.

Beneficiaries who want assistance evaluating their options or making a change can contact Oregon’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program at 800-722-4134 (toll-free) or online at

Período de inscripción abierta de Medicare Advantage de 2021 (1 de enero al 31 de marzo)

El periodo de inscripción abierta de Medicare Advantage dura desde el 1 de enero hasta el 31 de Marzo. Los beneficiarios que aprovechen este periodo de inscripción abierta tendrán cobertura que empieza el primer día del mes después de su inscripción. Los beneficiarios necesitan tener un plan de Medicare Advantage existente en el 1 de enero para utilizar este periodo de inscripción.

Durante este periodo, los beneficiarios que ya tienen un plan de Medicare Advantage pueden:

  • Cambiar a un plan de Medicare Advantage diferente, con o sin cobertura de medicamentos
  • Inscribirse en un plan independiente de la Parte D (para medicamentos), que devuelve al beneficiario al Medicare Original

NOTA: La inscripción en la cobertura de medicamentos de la Parte D no está garantizada a menos que el beneficiario ya estaba inscrito en un plan de Medicare Advantage el 1 de enero. Los beneficiarios sólo pueden hacer un cambio durante este periodo de inscripción, y no pueden cambiar de un plan independiente de la Parte D a otro plan independiente de la parte D.

Los beneficiarios que deseen asistencia para evaluar sus opciones o hacer un cambio pueden contactar al programa de Asistencia de Beneficios de Seguros Médicos para Personas de la Tercera Edad de Oregon (SHIBA, por sus siglas en inglés) al 800-722-4134 (sin cargo) o en línea en

SHIBA Graphic

Community Outreach

Team Raise Hope

Lily Letter

Lily Donis is a high school intern on the House District 30 Team and a wonderful, caring human being. She has been selected as a 2021 Student of the Year. Together, with her team, Team Raise Hope, they will embark on a 7 week philanthropic leadership development program in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), January 14 -March 6. To learn more, follow Lily and her team on Instagram at team_raise_hope_2021 and on her Facebook group page here Lily would really love and appreciate all of our community's support for a great cause. #SOY4LLS #LLS #TeamRaiseHope


Virtual Community Conversation

Join me Saturday, 1/30, from 9:30-10:30 am for my 72nd Community Conversation. Come join the conversation and share your thoughts or bring your questions. Sign up below for the link.

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Additional Resources

 House District 30 Links

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Utilities Assistance

Food and Housing Assistance

Umbrella pic

Whether I am prepared for COVID-19 protection or good ole Oregon rain, this message also is a friendly reminder to be sure we are continuing to extend kindness to each other as we move forward. Be good to yourself and each other. ❤

Onward & Upward,


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Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-487, Salem, Oregon 97301