I know that this is a time of concern for many Oregonians. I have been closely monitoring the ongoing situation at Forest Hills Elementary School in Lake Oswego. My staff and I are in daily contact with federal, state and local public health officials. I know that there is a lot of information being spread right now, so I have created a resource page on my website here. I hope that this is helpful for folks as you navigate how best to prepare your families.
I recommend that Oregonians take these commonsense measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority to protect themselves and their families:
Do not panic! The majority of Coronavirus cases are mild with symptoms similar to the common cold. Should you begin to feel unwell, call your primary care provider right away.
Make sure your vaccinations are up to date and be sure to get a flu shot if you have not.
Wash your hands often with soap and water and avoid groups of people showing coughing and sneezing symptoms.
You do not need a mask unless you are symptomatic.
Disinfect school and work surfaces with soap and water.
Avoid travel to endemic countries. Information about travel to specific countries can be found here through the CDC.
Rely on trusted sources like the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Be wary of false information that is being spread through social media.
If you or a loved one are ill or suffer from a chronic condition such as diabetes consider restricting your out-of-home activities since you are more susceptible to illness.
If you feel ill, self quarantine and call your primary care provider right away.
For more information about what I am doing in Congress to prevent zoonotic disease epidemics like the Coronavirus, read my op-ed in the Statesman Journal here.
I will continue to update constituents via email and on social media. Please call my office at 202-225-5711 if you need assistance or have questions. We are here to help!
I had a great visit with third grade students at Queen of Peace Catholic School in Salem. Students there are learning about the United States Government and it was a pleasure to speak with them about the job Members of Congress do.
Almost every Oregonian has been touched by the opioid epidemic in some way. While I was in Wilsonville, I had the chance to visit the RALI Cares educational trailer that is traveling around the country teaching people to identify the signs of substance misuse, critical to fighting this epidemic. Thank you to RALI OR and CODE 3 for bringing the trailer to to Oregon!
We got some great news for our coastal veterans this month! I am proud to share that after working with VA and TriWest representatives, two new urgent care facilities have be added to TriWest’s urgent care network in Tillamook County. I had written to the VA Portland Health Care System expressing my concern about lack of access to urgent care services for our veterans in Tillamook County. This is a huge win for veterans and their caregivers and I am proud to have advocated for our coastal communities. Veterans will no longer have to make long, unnecessary trips to facilities over 50 miles away to receive care.
Use this link to find your closest urgent care location:https://vaurgentcarelocator.triwest.com/
I testified last week in front of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to advocate for funding for three critical water infrastructure projects back home in Oregon:
1. Reconstruction of the South Jetty into Tillamook Bay
Watch my full testimony here.
2. Reopening Willamette Falls Locks
3. Replacing Big Creek Dam in Newport
My fantastic caseworkers spent last Friday at the Silverton Senior Center assisting constituents with veteran's casework, issues with the VA, Social Security, the IRS, Medicare, Medicaid and more. They received such a great response that we will now be having monthly mobile office hours at the Silverton Senior Center. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more information about our next office hours. In the meantime, if you need assistance with any of the above agencies, please call my Salem office at 503-588-9100.
I hosted my fourth town hall of 2020 at Center 50+ in Salem. I talked with Marion County constituents about issues like climate change and health care. Caesar the Llama was also in attendance, although he didn't ask any questions. If you missed it, you can watch the town hall here.
In February I also hosted a telephone town hall where constituents can call in and ask me questions from the comfort of their own homes. Stay tuned for information on upcoming town halls and telephone town halls.
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