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31 of Oregon's counties have been approved to begin PHASE 1 of the State's reopening plans. Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Polk, and Marion counties remain under stay home orders at this time.
CLICK HERE to see where your county stands and to read the PHASE 1 guidelines. I urge all Oregonians to follow local government guidance and take practical measures to stay healthy and protect the most vulnerable in our communities.
The COVID -19 pandemic has touched us all. Whether you are concerned for your own health and that of your loved ones, or you are seeking help navigating the economic distress caused by our Public Health response, I hope you will find the following resources helpful. As always, if you have additional questions, please contact my office HERE or at (202) 225-5711.
Benefits.gov - an online resource to help you find federal benefits you may be eligible for in the United States.
Oregon Health Authority – Find up to date information on COVID-19 in Oregon.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Find extensive information on the COVID-19 virus, how it works, and how the United States is responding to this emerging threat.
Where to Find School Meals – Oregon Public Schools are closed, but they will still be offering free grab and go meals to any children 18 and under.
Portland VA – Find the latest information for veterans relying on the VA health care system.
Oregon Department of Education – Public Schools are closed for the remainder of the academic year. Find the latest information on how COVID-19 is affecting schools in Oregon.
World Health Organization – Find information on the spread of COVID-19 around the world and how the international community is managing the outbreak, as well as guidance and advice for the public.
CDC Travel Advisories – Find out where it is safe to travel.
Vaccine Finder - Make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Use this tool to see where flu shots are available in your area.
For general information, call 211.
Social Distancing: What it is and Why it is Important
Governor Brown recently took additional extraordinary actions to slow the spread of the virus – limiting public gatherings, restricting restaurants to take out and delivery service and extending school closures. These are important statewide measures, but there is more that you can do on a personal level to protect your fellow Oregonians.
Why are these measures in place?
If Oregon’s health care system is swamped by a sudden spike in cases, hospitals in communities across the state will not have enough beds and life-saving equipment, such as ventilators, to manage the crisis.
Statewide and individual social distancing measures are designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and blunt the looming spike in new cases. This is often called “flattening” the epidemiological curve – i.e., spread the number of cases out over time to protect hospitals so they can serve the patients who need them.
What steps should you take?
- Work from home if you can. Avoid close contact with others, especially people who are sick (keep a distance of 3-6 feet).
- If you are 60 years of age or older, avoid groups of people, including small family gatherings. Stay in your home as much as possible. People your age and above are at greatest risk of being hospitalized. The same cautions apply for people who have other serious medical conditions (e.g., heart disease or diabetes). If you have a chronic medical condition, you are also at high risk, no matter what your age.
- If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others. Talk to your health care provider before you visit a clinic or hospital emergency department. It’s critical for all of us to make sure hospitals are seeing only those people who need hospital care.
- If you are an employer, direct your employees to work from home if they can. Stagger schedules so fewer people are working together at one time. Send anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 home.