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Representative Smith Warner


I hope you all are staying warm and doing well. Since my last newsletter, Oregon has turned 162 years old, many folks in the metro area and beyond have lost power and internet from ice and snow, lots of new health and safety guidance has gone into effect, and the legislature continues to move bills through the legislative process. 

Each week it has been especially great to hear from so many individuals and organizations about the important issues that they care about. If you are looking for more information about how to participate in the work that is happening in Salem, click here. I will also be holding a constituent chat this coming Saturday, February 20, at 2 PM to discuss resources that you can utilize to stay engaged. Please RSVP using this link.


Severe Weather Resources 

I am thankful to the workers who are working 24/7 to get power back on for Oregon families. Those who need assistance or shelter should also reach out to 211.

Portland General Electric: https://portlandgeneral.com/outages/

Pacific Power: https://www.pacificpower.net/outages-safety.html

211 Housing & Shelter: https://www.211info.org/housing

Additionally, Multnomah County Office of Homeless Services has an urgent need for donations of warm, dry boots for people staying at the Metro Garage shelter (578 NE Irving). Multnomah County will take donations of clean boots in good shape in any adult size  — in any amount — 24/7 on site at the garage. For more information about volunteer opportunities click here.


COVID-19 Vaccine Information

I have heard from many constituents who have questions about Oregon’s COVID-19 distribution process. The Oregon Health Authority released a FAQ sheet to help answer some common questions that people may have. Here are some of those responses below and information about a local COVID-19 vaccine opportunity: 

***Local COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunity***
This Friday, February 19, The Multnomah County REACH Program will be hosting a COVID Vaccination Clinic for seniors from 10:00 am - 3:00 p.m. at Highland Haven: 7600 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213. This event is focused on serving BIPOC, immigrant and refugee communities. This vaccination clinic will be providing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Sign-up using the link below:

How do I find out if I am eligible to get vaccinated?
You can use the Getvaccinated.oregon.gov web tool.This tool will allow people to determine if they are eligible for a vaccine and register to get email alerts or text notifications about vaccine events in their area. This tool will be open to all Oregonians and information will be available in 11 languages. If you can’t get your COVID-19 vaccine question answered on the website, call 211 or 1-866-698-6155 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wait times may be long due to high call volumes. There is an option to get a call back rather than wait on hold. English and Spanish are spoken at the call center. Free interpretation is available for all other languages.


Where can I get vaccinated?
Right now, places that are giving vaccines—when they have them—include local public health authorities or their partners, hospitals and vaccination events. Recently, Safeway and Albertsons launched their COVID-19 vaccine scheduling platform, allowing eligible individuals to sign-up to receive the vaccine at their local, participating Safeway/Albertsons store.  As the vaccine supply increases, you may be able to get vaccinated at other places. For now, due to the limited supply, your primary care provider (your doctor’s office) likely won’t get vaccines. You may also hear about vaccination events on the news. These events will have a way for you to make an appointment to get your shot. 

What happens after I get a vaccine?
You will still need to wear a mask and socially distance after getting the vaccine for now. Things can’t go back to normal until enough people are vaccinated. We don't know yet if a person who got both shots can still spread COVID-19. We don’t want you to spread it to people who haven’t yet been vaccinated. It is important to keep wearing a mask, stay 6 feet from others, wash your hands, and not spend time with people you don’t live with.

You will also need to get two doses of the vaccine.
For most kinds of the vaccine, you will need to get two shots. You get the second shot 3 or 4 weeks after you get the first one. It is important for you to get both shots for the vaccine to work. Talk to who gave you the first shot about when you can get your second shot. You should get your second dose at the same place you got your first one. Do this unless the nurse or doctor tells you to get your second dose somewhere else. You need to make sure your second dose is the same brand as your first vaccine dose.

How long will I need to be observed for after I am vaccinated?
You will be observed for 15-30 minutes. This means you need to wait where you got your shot so the vaccine provider can watch you to make sure you’re feeling okay.

What are the vaccine side effects?
After getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you will probably have a sore arm. You might have muscle aches, joint pain, tiredness, headache, chills, or maybe a fever. (Fever is less common.) This often means the vaccine is working to keep your body healthy. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. Sometimes these side effects may stop you from doing your normal activities for a couple days. Most of these side effects should go away in a few days. If you have concerns about any side effects after you leave the vaccination site, you should contact your primary care provider. Or you can go to an urgent care or emergency facility.

Will I need to keep wearing a mask and being physically distant?
You will still need to wear a mask and socially distance after getting the vaccine for now. Things can’t go back to normal until enough people are vaccinated. However, we don't know yet if a person who got both shots can still spread COVID-19. We don’t want you to spread it to people who haven’t yet been vaccinated. It is important to keep wearing a mask, stay 6 feet from others, wash your hands, and not spend time with people you don’t live with.

Portland Public Schools Reopening Update

Beginning in early April, families with students in kindergarten through 5th grade will have the option to participate in “hybrid” learning, attending school in person four days per week for about 2+ hours per day. For families who prefer to have their student continue the school year in online-only Comprehensive Distance Learning, students will still have that option available. You can find out more details by clicking here. Here are details about PPS elementary grades (kindergarten to 5th grade) Hybrid Learning Option:

  • Students will be assigned an AM or a PM time slot to attend school 4 days a week for 2 hours and 15 minutes each day. When not in school, students will continue with distance learning activities. PPS will attempt to keep teachers and students together as much as possible.

  • Each in-person school day, morning and afternoon learning blocks will consist of a Social Emotional Learning check-in, followed by Language Arts, then Math.

  • Students assigned to an in-person morning block will continue their learning in the afternoons from home, by participating in asynchronous learning for Art, Music, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies.

  • Bus transportation will be available to all students who are eligible.

  • The plan also includes learning opportunities for students with disabilities and English language learners.

New Guidance for K-12 Sports in Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority recently announced that guidelines for K-12 school sports are now based on a county’s COVID-19 risk level. K-12 sports may resume in accordance with the new guidance and must comply with the restrictions based on the county’s COVID19 risk level. Here are some of the new changes: 

  •  Inter School competitions for indoor K-12 school sports are permitted but may not involve more than two schools at one time in the same space within the establishment.

  • For Extreme- and High-Risk Counties: Outdoor K-12 full-contact sports, including full contact practice and competition, may take place in counties that are in extreme or high risk, following the opt-in requirements for K-12 schools in the Outdoor Recreation and Fitness Establishments Guidance. 

Support for Renters

Renters who sign and return a Declaration of Financial Hardship for Eviction Protection form to their landlord stating that they are unable to afford their rent will be protected by Oregon’s statewide eviction moratorium (HB 4401). The statewide eviction moratorium makes it unlawful for landlords to evict people who are unable to pay their rent and for landlords to evict renters without cause. Renters must sign and return the form in order to be protected by the moratorium. Renters who need legal advice can find support from community resources such as the Community Alliance of Tenants or Legal Aid Services of Oregon. More information about the moratorium and answers to frequently asked questions can be found here

House Democrats 2021 Legislative Agenda

The House Democrats 2021 Legislative Agenda is now available in multiple languages, specifically: Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, and Spanish. These translations were provided by IRCO’s Language Bank, and are available below:

House Democrats 2021 Agenda - Spanish.pdf

House Democrats 2021 Agenda - Russian.pdf

House Democrats 2021 Agenda - Vietnamese.pdf

House Democrats 2021 Agenda - Simplified Chinese.pdf

Please reach out to my office if you have any additional questions, or if there’s anything you think I could help with. 



Representative Barbara Smith Warner
House District 45

email: Rep.BarbaraSmithWarner@oregonlegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1445
address: 900 Court St NE, H-295, Salem, OR 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/smithwarner