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Tue. 03/31/20
Oregon COVID Response Team to Ensure Delivery of PPE to all 36 Counties
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/31/20 5:12 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The State of Oregon expects a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) today from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Once received, the personnel at the fully operational PPE Distribution Center in Wilsonville will begin processing and shipping those supplies to all 36 counties and 9 tribes in Oregon.

“Having an adequate supply of PPE—masks, gowns, and gloves––is essential for the safety of first responders and health care workers,” said Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). “We’re currently in a global shortage, but Oregon is working to replenish our supplies of PPE through public and private partnerships, distribute those supplies to all 36 counties in Oregon, and ensure health care workers and first responders are protected.”

As of midday today, the state of Oregon has distributed:

  • Over 1 million gloves
  • 10,000 face shields
  • Over 400,000 N95 masks
  • Over 50,000 surgical masks

OEM’s Emergency Coordination Center, which is managing Oregon’s response, plans to ship PPE to each county and Oregon’s 9 tribes, for allocation. Counties are expected to receive shipments by or before April 6.

“Even with the arrival of PPE and critical care supplies for our front line workers, all Oregonians need to continue working together and take preventative action to flatten the curve to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Phelps added. “By staying in your home, you are helping to flatten the curve. Ultimately, slowing the spread of COVID-19 directly helps to slow the demand for PPE.”

Updated information on the State’s response to COVID-19 is available at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.

Phelps’ regular briefings can be viewed https://oregon-coronavirus-geo.hub.arcgis.com/.

For additional information on COVID-19, visit:

  • Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.
  • United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.
  • Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response



Attached Media Files: 2020-03/3986/132982/Press_Release_Director_Phelps_3-31-20.pdf

Commission hosting webinar to hear from PacifiCorp customers about rate change request
Oregon Public Utility Commission - 03/31/20 1:51 PM

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hosting a public comment hearing via webinar, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, to provide an opportunity for the Commission to hear directly from PacifiCorp customers regarding the proposed increase to electricity rates.  

PacifiCorp’s general rate change request, its first since 2013 and filed prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, is undergoing a nearly year-long review and will be fully investigated by the PUC, the Oregon Citizen’s Utility Board, the Alliance of Western Energy Consumers, and other intervening parties. This public comment hearing is part of that investigation, which will conclude by the end of this year when the Commissioners will rule on the request. 

PacifiCorp is asking for an overall rate increase of 5.4 percent or $70.8 million annually. Under the proposed filing, an average residential customer who uses 900 kilo-watt hours per month would see their bill increase by just under $7 monthly.

The public comment hearing webinar will be held on Thursday, April 2 from 6-8 p.m. To participate in the free webinar, please register in advance at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2389843904203354636. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

PacifiCorp customers and other interested persons may participate in the public comment hearing to provide verbal comments to the Commissioners and the Administrative Law Judge presiding over this rate case. There will not be formal presentations, as the purpose of this webinar is to hear directly from customers.

The Commission will also host a public comment hearing via teleconference on April 13, 2020.  For those unable to participate in the webinar or teleconference, comments can be submitted by email to ings@state.or.us,">puc.hearings@state.or.us, by calling 503-378-6600 or 800-522-2404 (TTY or dial 711), or by mail to:

Oregon Public Utility Commission
Attn: Administrative Hearings Division – UE 374
PO Box 1088
Salem, OR 97308-1088

The PUC’s mission is to ensure that customers of Oregon’s investor owned utilities have access to safe, reliable, and high quality utility services at just and reasonable rates.  The PUC’s ultimate decision will consider the economic impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and seek to protect both the long-term and short-term interests of customers.   

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Oregon reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 84 new COVID-19 cases; OHA gains flexibility in its Medicaid program to better serve low-income Oregonians during COVID-19 pandemic
Oregon Health Authority - 03/31/20 1:46 PM

March 31, 2020

Oregon COVID-19 Joint Information Center (JIC) staff, 503-373-7872, media.COVID-19@state.or.us

Oregon reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 84 new COVID-19 cases; OHA gains flexibility in its Medicaid program to better serve low-income Oregonians during COVID-19 pandemic

PORTLAND, Ore.— COVID-19 has claimed 2 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 16 to 18, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 84 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 690, as of 8 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (10), Douglas (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (1), Klamath (1), Lane (4), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (18), Multnomah (16), Polk (3), Umatilla (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (2), Washington (18), and Yamhill (2). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s seventeenth COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man in Yamhill County, who tested positive on March 25, 2020, and died on March 29, 2020 at Providence Newberg Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s eighteenth COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old woman in Benton County, who tested positive on March 26, 2020, and died March 30, 2020 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. She had underlying medical conditions.

Update: The COVID-19 case data OHA publishes once a day on its website and shares once a day with the media are provisional and subject to change. A case reported yesterday as a Deschutes County case has been updated today to Washington County.

Oregon Health Authority gains flexibility in its Medicaid program to better serve low-income Oregonians during COVID-19 pandemic

The Oregon Health Authority has received flexibility from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove barriers for Oregonians to qualify for, enroll in, and stay enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Oregon has also received flexibility for providers to provide care to members as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly one in four Oregonians currently receives health coverage through OHP.

“The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to act quickly to support the needs of our communities,” said Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority. “This added flexibility in our Medicaid program is going to allow us to more quickly get people access to health care and expand our health system to meet the challenges of this public health emergency.”

The key areas of flexibility that Oregon will gain from this waiver include:

  • All members who are currently enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan will not lose coverage during this crisis. This includes coverage that is only state-funded (i.e. Cover all Kids).
  • Individuals can sign up for OHP without having to verify their income (submit a pay stub) with their application. They will be able to self-attest, which will help Oregonians get access to OHP coverage more quickly.
  • Federal stimulus payments and increased unemployment payments will not affect OHP eligibility. They will not be counted during the application process or when members report a change in their household.
  • Oregon will have additional flexibility to add to its healthcare workforce, provide treatment in temporary sites, and for paying providers during this public health emergency.

Additional information and guidance related to COVID-19 for coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and providers serving OHP members is available on the OHA website. A fact sheet for OHP members about their coverage and COVID-19 can be downloaded on the OHP website in English and in Spanish.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


Boater accessing Siletz River via closed county ramp facilities (COVID-19 Restrictiions)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/31/20 1:45 PM

On 03/30/2020, Lincoln County Deputies dealt with a fisherman boating on the Siletz River that launched at the closed county boat ramp at Moonshine Park, Logsden, Or. The drift boat and occupants were contacted at the Twin Bridges ramp which is also closed along with Moonshine Park and all other county ramp facilities due to current COVID-19 restrictions. 

Deputies confirmed with the vessel operator that Lincoln County Parks officially closed all county operated boat ramps due to the current health hazard, see attachement. Contact with the operator was handled as education, a citation was not issued in this incident.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all our citizens for your patience and understanding as we all navigate the current health crisis. 

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Attached Media Files: 2020-03/5490/132963/Parks_COVID-19.pdf

March 31 COVID-19 press conference available online
Lane Co. Government - 03/31/20 1:21 PM

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Tuesday, March 31, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or a https://vimeo.com/402659869.  

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

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Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon Reports Arrest of Aumsville Man
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/31/20 1:21 PM

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports last night at 5:43 p.m., his deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash on Lyons-Mill City Drive, east of Lyons.  Deputies found a vehicle had crashed into a tree.

A female passenger had been transported by medics to Santiam Hospital for a serious injury. Deputies learned the operator, Hunter Crawford, 19, from Aumsville, had taken his grandparents’ vehicle without permission.

Deputies conducted a DUII investigation and found Hunter impaired.  Deputies transported Crawford to the Stayton Police Department for further investigation.  Crawford attempted to escape from the deputies after exiting the patrol vehicle, but he was stopped. The investigation showed he was under the influence of Cannabis and a depressant. He also damaged the deputies’ police vehicle while being transported.

Crawford was taken to Linn County Jail where he was lodged.  He was charged for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Assault III, Attempted Escape III, Criminal Mischief II, Possession of a Burglary Tool or Theft Device and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Deputies were assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Stayton Police Department and Lyons Fire Department.

 

 

 


DUII Crash (Photo)
Roseburg Police Dept. - 03/31/20 12:19 PM
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On March 28th, 2020 at about 0015 hours Roseburg Police responded to a traffic collision in the parking lot of Red Robin in Roseburg.  A subsequent investigation revealed that Isaiah Irvin (34) of Roseburg was driving south on Stewart Parkway in a 2007 Hyundai Azera, allegedly at a very high rate of speed, and missed the curve in front of Red Robin.  His vehicle went onto the sidewalk, through the grass and bushes in front of Red Robin, and across the mall driveway south of Red Robin.  Irvin’s vehicle struck the concrete curbing, which broke off a 4’ section, sending concrete and flowerbed debris over 60 yards.  The vehicle went airborne for about 10 feet before hitting the ground again and then slid about 45 yards into a parked 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup. 

The Tacoma was parked next to a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2007 Honda Civic which were all originally facing Stewart Parkway.  The force of the collision, shoved the Tacoma into the Silverado and the Civic and all three ended up facing north.  The owners of the vehicles, and some other pedestrians, were standing near the vehicles and had to scatter to avoid being struck by Irvin’s vehicle as well as their own vehicles and the debris sent flying from the impact with the curbing.  Rough estimates suggest Irvin travelled over 100 yards after he left the roadway, before colliding with the first vehicle.

Witnesses stated Irvin had passed them on Stewart Parkway near Mercy Medical Center at a very high rate of speed just before the collision, and they never saw his brake lights activate when he left the roadway.  

Irvin showed signs of alcohol impairment and was ultimately arrested for DUII Alcohol, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.

The Roseburg Fire Department and Bay Cities Ambulance responded and all of the vehicles were towed by Roseburg Towing due to the damage.  Fortunately, no one was injured during the event.  

 




Attached Media Files: 2020-03/5489/132958/sportsmans_warehouse_crash.jpg

New fund to help Oregon businesses respond to coronavirus
SAIF - 03/31/20 11:03 AM

Summary: The coronavirus worker safety fund will help pay for expenses tied to making workplaces safer.

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A new resource will help eligible Oregon businesses pay for expenses tied to making their workplaces safer against the coronavirus and responding to the impact the pandemic has had on workers.

Established by SAIF, the $10 million coronavirus worker safety fund is designed to support employee safety, reduce injuries, and decrease exposures by helping businesses impacted by the coronavirus. More than 53,000 SAIF policyholders across the state are eligible for funds.

The fund will help businesses pay for expenses tied to making workplaces safer against the virus and dealing with the impact of the pandemic on workers. Eligible expenses could include worksite cleaning and disinfection supplies; resources to reopen businesses safely after a coronavirus-related closure; resources to redesign or modify workspaces to encourage social distancing; and mental health and wellness initiatives.

“Our vision is to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work,” said Kerry Barnett, president and CEO of SAIF. “That has never been more important than now.”

Expenses incurred on or after March 1 will be considered. The application, along with additional details about the fund, can be found at saif.com/safetyfund. SAIF will accept submissions until all funds have been expended or until the fund is no longer needed.

“Our goal is to respond quickly to help businesses in this time of greatest need, and we will continue to look at the need for this type of assistance and how we can best support Oregon’s businesses and workers,” said Barnett.

Interviews: We have local leaders and safety and health experts from SAIF available across the state for interviews—please contact Lauren if you’d like more details and contact information.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.


Director Andrew Phelps will give an update on Oregon's supply, procurement, and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/31/20 10:27 AM

March 31, 2020

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

WHAT

Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), will give an update on Oregon’s supply, procurement, and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in his daily update.

WHO

Director Phelps is coordinating the State’s response to COVID-19 from the Emergency Coordination Center in Salem. Under OEM there are 18 emergency support functions from Oregon’s 33 state agencies that provide necessary resources during emergencies.

WHEN

Today, March 31, 2020

1:50 p.m.

WHERE/HOW

Please register for the Daily Press Conference webinar here:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2935623884303595278

 

Note: Due to ongoing connectivity issues, we recommend emailing any prepared questions you may have to Media.COVID-19@state.or.us.

WHY

To report the status of state agencies’ efforts and the management of Oregon’s COVID-19 response.

LEARN MORE

Updated information on the State’s response to COVID-19 will be available at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.

CONTACT

Joint Information Center

503-373-7278

Media.COVID-19@state.or.us

 




Attached Media Files: Media Advisory

Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- March 31 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference)
Lane Co. Government - 03/31/20 10:14 AM

TESTING UPDATE

Lane County has eighteen (18) positive COVID-19 test results and one suspected COVID-19 death (1) as of 0800 on March 31. A total of 577 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents.

 

A male in his 80s from a private residence in Eugene-Springfield is currently hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit.

 

A male in his 50s from a private residence in Eugene-Springfield is currently at home and medically stable. His case is thought to be travel related.

 

Please note: this number is likely below the actual number of tests conducted. Private labs are processing tests from Lane County residents and there is variability in reporting of negative results. Lane County Public Health is being notified of any positive test results.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

For most people, a crisis like what we’re facing now brings out the best in people and drives us to help our neighbors and put our community first. Unfortunately there are some people that use this as an opportunity to victimize others.

 

There are a few categories of scams that people should be on the look-out for: miracle cure scams, personal protective equipment scams, and financial scams.

  • MIRACLE CURE SCAMS
    • Ignore online offers for vaccinations, home test kits or treatments for COVID-19. Scammers are trying to get you to buy products that aren’t proven to treat or prevent the virus — online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus.
  • PPE  SCAMS
    • Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
    • Read the seller’s description of the product closely, especially the fine print. Name-brand items with bargain basement prices could be counterfeits, and “similar to” could mean that the personal protective equipment they are selling doesn’t really work.
  • FINANCIAL SCAMS
    • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
    • Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being worked out.
    • The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.
    • The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
    • ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU THEY CAN GET YOU THE MONEY NOW IS A SCAMMER.
  • There are a few other precautions we can all take to avoid becoming victims of scammers:
    • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
    • Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, review trusted sources, including information and websites from federal, state and local government agencies.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

PREVENTION INFORMATION

Stay home. Save lives.

 

Effective on March 24, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of Executive Order 20-12 is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, must stay home. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.

It is okay to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing. It is not okay to travel to another community, including the Oregon Coast, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Executive Order is in effect until terminated by the Governor.

 

We encourage everyone to make use of technology (FaceTime, video calls, and other tools) to stay in touch with loved ones. Isolation can be unhealthy, especially for elderly community members who live alone. Staying in touch can help people remain connected to their loved ones and their communities.

 

We recommend all residents take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including while they are at home:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations (including the flu vaccine), eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

Don't be fooled by these three coronavirus scams
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/31/20 9:11 AM

Salem – April Fools' Day is near and the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation wants to make sure no one is fooled by three coronavirus scams.

Scam No. 1 –Avoid scams claiming to have a top-secret vaccine or miracle cure, or claiming to offer government assistance or economic relief. These false claims are scams intended to scare people into sharing their personal information.

  • Do not open emails, click links, or open attachments from anyone you do not know
  • Do not share your personal or financial information with anyone you do not know

Scam No. 2 – Avoid scams requiring downloads to view coronavirus maps. This is an attempt to get people to download malware onto their device.

Scam No. 3 – Avoid scams using the market downturn to convince people to invest in a product with a guaranteed or very high return, including investments tied to COVID-19, such as medical supplies, vaccines, and other treatments. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Ask three questions before making any investment:

“We are fortunate to have some great companies doing all they can to help consumers right now,” said Andrew Stolfi, administrator of the Division of Financial Regulation. “We want all Oregonians to make sure they are relying only on trusted sources for the information they need to keep their families safe and healthy during this outbreak.”

The division has set up a COVID-19 insurance and financial services page to help answer consumer questions. For more information on investment schemes related to COVID-19, visit the North American Securities Administrators Association news page.

If you believe you have been a victim of a COVID-19 scam, visit justice.gov/coronavirus to report it to the U.S. Department of Justice.

If you have a question or concern about an investment product or advisor, contact the Division of Financial Regulation advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or email .financialserviceshelp@oregon.gov">dfr.financialserviceshelp@oregon.gov.

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About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. 

About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.

 


Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Fraudulent Sales of COVID-19-Related Medical Equipment (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/31/20 9:00 AM
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Scammers continue to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to steal money through a variety of means. The FBI is warning the health care industry in particular of an increased potential for fraudulent activity dealing with the purchase of COVID-19-related medical equipment. Based on the current stress on the supply chain, scammers may promise equipment they do not have access to in order to capitalize on the medical community’s urgent needs. The FBI asks the medical community to exercise due diligence and appropriate caution when dealing with any vendors with whom they have never worked and/or of which they’ve never heard, and when relying on unidentified third-party brokers in the supply chain.

The FBI advises to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity, to include:

  • Unusual payment terms (e.g., supplier asking for up-front payments or proof of payment)
  • Last-minute price changes
  • Last-minute excuses for delay in shipment (e.g., claims that the equipment was seized at port or stuck in customs)
  • Unexplained source of bulk supply

If you think you have information of suspicious activity by a vendor, or believe you were a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, please report it:

Additionally, the FBI urges everyone to be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products like sanitizing products and personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full-face shields, protective gowns, and gloves.

More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at cdc.gov/niosh. You can also find information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationwebsite and the Environmental Protection Agency website. Counterfeit products can be reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center and to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.

For up-to-date information and accurate information about COVID-19, visit:

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Note to media: There is no audio file available for this Tech Tuesday report. If you would like to request audio, please contact media.portland@fbi.gov.




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Mon. 03/30/20
COVID-19 Evening Update on March 30
Lane Co. Government - 03/30/20 6:05 PM

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified this afternoon of additional positive test results for COVID-19.  This makes a total of sixteen (16) positive tests in Lane County. 

 

The new cases include:

  • A female in her 30s from Eugene-Springfield (private residence) who is medically stable at home
  • A female in her 80s from Eugene-Springfield (private residence) who is medically stable and at home
  • A male in his 60s from Eugene-Springfield (private residence) who is hospitalized and in stable condition
  • A male in his 50s from outside the Eugene-Springfield area (private residence) who is hospitalized and in stable condition

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are currently happening. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Additional information will be shared at tomorrow’s press briefing, if available.

 

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Nurseris and greenhouses are hiring during record unemployment
Oregon Association of Nurseries - 03/30/20 5:23 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wilsonville — March 30, 2020 — The Oregon Association of Nurseries (www.oan.org) is publishing an online list of nursery and greenhouse businesses that have indicated they are hiring seasonal and temporary help. 

As unemployment rates skyrocket during the COVID-19 outbreak, this list provides the contact information of potential employers for anyone who may have recently been laid off or displaced from work. 

“Spring is the peak season for agricultural workers in the ornamental plant industry,” OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. “We operate within a tight time window, set by Mother Nature, so that we can move a beautiful but perishable product to market when it’s needed. Some of our growers have come forward to say they need help and have jobs available for people. If people can work and customers across the United States can still receive Oregon-grown plants and trees, which are the best in the country, it’s a win-win.”

Agriculture is broadly recognized as an essential sector of the economy, and Oregon’s wholesale and retail nurseries are continuing to operate under the ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ executive order issued by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on March 23.

As a dependable industry to work in, Oregon’s nurseries and greenhouses generated nearly $1 billion in sales in 2018, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture — making them the #1 segment in Oregon agriculture. Nearly 80% of the plants and trees grown in Oregon are shipped out-of-state and internationally. 

Positions may be available at all levels of production, often with little to no prior experience in agriculture required. Safety training is integrated into standard work assignments. Retail positions also may be available.

 “Our industry cares about safe practices,” Stone said. “Mitigating the spread of pests and plant diseases has been an ongoing initiative throughout the history of Oregon’s ag sector, and our growers are used to stringent procedures to protect quality and health.” 

The nature of the manual and skilled labor assignments are often outdoors or in designated workspaces that are already in compliance with social distancing recommendations. Measures are already in place to protect staff and consumers from the spread of pathogens in safe work environments. 

The Oregon Association of Nurseries’ seasonal/temporary help page will be updated regularly and can be found at www.oan.org/seasonalhelp.

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CONTACT:

Curt Kipp, Oregon Association of Nurseries, ckipp@oan.org. The Oregon Association of Nurseries, based in Wilsonville, represents more than 700 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Oregon’s ornamental horticulture industry is the state’s largest agricultural commodity, with annual sales of $996 million in 2018. It is also a traded sector, with about 75 percent of the nursery plants grown in Oregon being shipped out of state. For information, visit www.oan.org or email info@oan.org.




Attached Media Files: 2020-03/1413/132940/OAN_jobs_20200330_fin.pdf

Announcing the 2019 Tom Moan Honoree for Excellence in Child Welfare Casework
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/30/20 4:24 PM

(Salem, Ore.) – As part of National Social Work Month in March, the Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Program named Dave Owens of Eugene, the 2019 Tom Moan Memorial Award. The annual award recognizes and promotes leadership and outstanding achievement by caseworkers in the field of child welfare.

“National Social Work month is a time to recognize that social work is more than social workers. Those who work to positively impact communities, families, youth, and children should be celebrated for their contributions to social change and development,” said Child Welfare Director Rebecca Jones Gaston.

The awardee is chosen through nominations from community organizations, Child Welfare employees, and organizational partners and will attend the National Association of Social Work Conference in Washington DC. All expenses for the travel are raised by DHS staff and the Tom Moan award committee. Moan was a career child welfare caseworker and administrator in Oregon.

This year’s winner, Owens, is a caseworker with 20 years of experience in Lane County. Owens was awarded to recognize his exceptional skill at family engagement, connections to community partners and the high level of respect he has from youth and families.

“We are exceptionally proud of Dave’s work serving strengthening Lane County’s children and families,” said Jones Gaston. “He honors the abilities and strengths of families as he works alongside them to address challenges. He is thoughtful and humble, and those he works with know he is not there to judge but to help.”

The National Association of Social Workers organizes Social Work Month to educate the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession. More information is available at www.socialworkmonth.org.

 


Director Andrew Phelps Announces Regular Press Update Schedule, Stresses Importance of Efforts to Distribute PPE
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/30/20 4:07 PM

March 30, 2020

SALEM, Ore.— Today, Andrew Phelps, Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), gave his first status update from the Joint Information Center about the state’s response to COVID-19. Following the directive of Governor Kate Brown, OEM has activated Oregon’s Unified Command structure, the state’s incident command emergency response organizational structure, similar to the response structure that would be activated during a major Cascadia earthquake. Director Phelps will hold regular press conferences to update the media and the public.

While all emergencies begin and end at the local level, the spread of COVID-19 has outpaced the personnel, capacity, and resources of local communities in Oregon.

“In these unusual and dire circumstances,” said Director Phelps, “The ECC is charged with coordinating collective efforts at a statewide level to stem the outbreak of COVID-19 throughout Oregon, working as one team, with one voice, to serve every single Oregonian.”

Director Phelps is coordinating the state’s response to COVID-19 from the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority in that agency’s efforts to coordinate the public health response to COVID-19. Under OEM there are 18 emergency support functions. These functions describe how Oregon’s 33 state agencies will provide and coordinate necessary resources during an emergency.

A key example of how this larger structure works is the assembly and dissemination of personal protective equipment, or PPE. PPE includes items like gowns, masks and gloves that healthcare workers use frequently to protect themselves and their patients. The ECC’s PPE distribution center in Wilsonville is now fully operational. From this location, ECC staff will proactively send PPE out to county emergency managers, tribes and the state.

“COVID-19 affects everyone in Oregon – all 36 counties, all nine tribes,” said Director Phelps. “As we continue to fight the spread of this virus, I want to thank everyone for what they are doing to help flatten the curve, especially our first responders and front line workers. And I’d like to remind Oregonians that the best way they can help is to stay home to save lives.”

Updated information on the State’s response to COVID-19 will be available at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19. Director Phelps’ daily briefings can be viewed https://oregon-coronavirus-geo.hub.arcgis.com/. (When it has been uploaded)

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

 




Attached Media Files: Press Release

March 30 COVID-19 press conference available online
Lane Co. Government - 03/30/20 3:32 PM

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Monday, March 30, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or at https://vimeo.com/402358602.  

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

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ICYMI: Salem Streets Crime Unit Recovers 31 Pounds of Meth & $50,000 (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/30/20 1:22 PM
Gallegos-Mendoza photo - Government Exhibit A
Gallegos-Mendoza photo - Government Exhibit A
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A Salem woman, Maria Gallegos-Mendoza, age 45, faces federal drug distribution charges following an investigation by the Salem Police Street Crime Unit. On March 19, 2020, Salem Police Department Street Crimes Unit, with assistance from FBI and DEA task force partners – arrested Gallegos-Mendoza and another suspect during the service of multiple search warrants in Salem. 

During the course of the search, the task force seized 31 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately $50,000 in cash.

The FBI charged Gallegos-Mendoza via a federal criminal complaint on March 24, 2020, with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. According to the complaint, Gallegos-Mendoza told investigators that she had been selling methamphetamine for two years in amounts of 3.5 grams to one pound. The complaint also details that Gallegos-Mendoza would sell pound quantities of methamphetamine for approximately $2,500 each.

On March 25, 2020, Gallegos-Mendoza made her first appearance in federal court.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: Gallegos-Mendoza photo - Government Exhibit A

03-30-20 Special Local Update COVID-19 - New Positive Cases
Douglas Co. Government - 03/30/20 12:00 PM

SPECIAL LOCAL UPDATE COVID-19 – NEW POSITIVE CASES

Joint Release from Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network

(Douglas County, Ore.) As of 12:00 pm, Monday March 30th, 2020, County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer announced three new positive cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County, bringing the confirmed number of cases in Douglas County to 8. There was one new case over the weekend, these three are new as of Monday morning.  The count of positive cases has been increasing since last week. A week ago, Monday March 23rd we had one positive case in Douglas County.  Douglas Public Health Network has launched their epidemiology investigation related to the new cases, identifying who the individuals may have had contact with.  Identifying information about the newest cases are not being released at this time. Close contacts of the confirmed cases will be notified by public health.

There are currently 8 positive cases of COVID-19, 240 negative tests, 3 hospitalizations, 0 deaths and 0 recovered from COVID-19 in Douglas County. DPHN has set new online tracking system for test results from Douglas County residents.  The goal is to have the chart updated at noon every day.  Residents will be able to go on the website and see the tracking of results.  Again, as a reminder for patient safety, they will not be releasing any identifying information of those that had testing done, or those that have tested positive. If a case comes back positive after that time, DPHN will announce it with a press release and updating their website, until further notice. Go to the DPHN website to view the update: www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.

Stay Informed with the Accurate Information

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely COVID-19 information and response to Douglas County residents.  If you have questions about resources available, call the COVID-19 hotline, staffed by local volunteers at (541) 464-6550

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the DPHN website at www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Find additional information on state, federal and international COVID-19 response from the following websites: Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.


Oregon reports 3 new COVID-19 deaths, 58 new COVID-19 cases
Oregon Health Authority - 03/30/20 11:55 AM

March 30, 2020

Oregon reports 3 new COVID-19 deaths, 58 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 16, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 58 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 606, as of 8 a.m. today. The new COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (1), Deschutes (2), Douglas (4), Jackson (1), Josephine (4), Lane (2), Marion (14), Multnomah (9), Polk (2), Tillamook (1), Wasco (2), Washington (14), Yamhill (1).

Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 14th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old male in Yamhill County, who tested positive on March 20, and died March 29 at Providence Newberg Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 15th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old male in Clackamas County, who tested positive on March 22, and died March 29 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 16th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old male in Linn County, who tested positive on March 15, and died March 29 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon. He had underlying medical conditions.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

 


Federal changes temporarily increase access to food benefits
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/30/20 11:27 AM

Oregonians who have difficulty finding work during the COVID-19 pandemic do not have to worry about losing their food benefits, due to changes included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Normally, benefits are only available for three months for people who are not working but are considered able to work. The act temporarily suspends Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) time limits for a subset of the SNAP population who are required to seek work as a condition of receiving benefits. The changes begin April 1, 2020 and ends the month after the Secretary of Health and Human Services declares the COVID-19 state of emergency is lifted.

“SNAP benefits play a critical role in helping Oregonians get by during difficult circumstances,” said Dan Haun, director of Self-Sufficiency Programs at the Oregon Department of Human Services. “This change ensures that food benefits remain available for the increasingly number of Oregonians losing jobs during this pandemic.”

"As business and schools close because of this public health crisis, Oregonians are losing work and wages. SNAP is there to help put food on the table," said Annie Kirschner, executive director of Hunger-Free Oregon. "By waiving SNAP time limits, more Oregonians can now focus on staying healthy, instead of the threat of hunger."

DHS announced last week that Oregonians statewide now can use their SNAP benefits online to buy groceries at Amazon or Wal-Mart, which support the physical distancing required by Governor Brown’s Stay Home Save Lives Executive Order. In addition, DHS is not requiring interviews for those who report having no household income. Oregonians can apply for SNAP without visiting a DHS office. You can apply online at OHP.Oregon.gov.

"Whether you're experiencing job loss for the first time, or you've been struggling to make ends meet for a while, we want you to know about all the options open to you,” said Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank CEO. “SNAP food assistance is our region's most effective defense against hunger — especially in times of crisis. It’s an important resource that can feed families and help prevent hunger from becoming yet another symptom of COV-19."  

What is SNAP?
SNAP is a federally funded program that offers nutrition assistance to low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. In Oregon, individuals and families apply for SNAP benefits at Department of Human Services (DHS) and Area Agency on Aging (AAA) offices across the state.

Who is an Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependent (ABAWD)?
An ABAWD is an individual:

  • Age 18 but not yet 50; and
  • Does not have children under age 18 in their SNAP filing group.

What are SNAP time limits?
An ABAWD is limited to three months of SNAP benefits in a three-year period, unless the individual:

  • Is participating in work activities
  • Meets an allowable exemption, or
  • Lives in a waived area.

What does the suspension mean for SNAP customers?
While time limits are suspended, SNAP benefits will not be reduced or closed due to not meeting time limit work requirements.

Reporting requirements continue
ABAWDs still may report any changes that may increase their food benefits, such as loss of income or new allowable costs like rent or child care expenses. They are still required to report when their work hours drop below 20 hours per week, their income goes above a certain level, or if they have lottery or gambling winnings equal to or greater than $3,500.

Lost benefits in the past because of time limits?
If someone lost SNAP benefits due to time limit work requirements, they are encouraged to reapply. Apply online at: OHP.Oregon.Gov.

Questions?
SNAP customers can contact their local DHS or AAA office for more information. Find a local office at: oregon.gov/DHS/Offices/Pages/index.aspx

For other ways to connect with DHS, contact 211info:

Additional resources

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Attached Media Files: 2020-03/973/132928/SNAP_time_limits_suspended_Final.pdf

Man Arrested for Menacing Father with Firearm (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/30/20 10:53 AM
Hernandez, Aaron M
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ROSEBURG, Ore. - A 30-year-old Roseburg man was arrested Sunday after he pointed a firearm at his father during a disagreement. 

911 dispatchers were notified around 4:15 pm, that Aaron Michael Hernandez had arrived at a residence in the 3700-block of Hooker Road in Roseburg. Hernandez became upset with his father, 58-year-old Reuben Frausto Hernandez, when he wasn't allowed to come into the home at which point Aaron pulled a firearm from his waistband and pointed it at his Reuben.

Aaron left the residence on Hooker Road and went to a home in the 3700-block of Joseph Street. Multiple law enforcement officers from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department and Oregon State Police went to the Joseph Street address. After 2.5 hours of searching the property, multiple buildings and vehicles and contacting several individuals, Aaron was taken into custody without incident. Deputies also located the firearm which was used. 

Aaron was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged for Menacing, Pointing a Firearm at Another and an active arrest warrant. 




Attached Media Files: Hernandez, Aaron M

03-30-20 DC Public Works - Notice Land & Bridge Closure - Melrose Road
Douglas Co. Government - 03/30/20 10:53 AM

NOTICE: LANE & BRIDGE CLOSURE

Conn Ford Bridge (Melrose Road)

(Douglas County, Ore.) - The Douglas County Public Works Department is planning lane and bridge closures on Melrose Road (County Road 167) in April for pre-design work on the Conn Ford Bridge (aka Melrose Bridge), which crosses South Umpqua River just west of Kruse Farms (Approximately ½ mile west of Garden Valley Road). The work will be done in two phases. The first phase will involve daytime lane closures, and the second phase will require a complete full nighttime bridge closure.

PHASE ONE (April 6-10):

From Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10, 2020, one lane of the Conn Ford Bridge will be closed from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Motorists can expect delays of less than 20 minutes, and flaggers will provide traffic control as needed.  Emergency service vehicles will be given priority through the work zone.

PHASE TWO (April 13-19):

From Monday, April 13, through Sunday, April 19, the Conn Ford Bridge will be completely closed to through traffic from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am. Melrose Road will be closed to westbound traffic just passed Kruse Farms, and closed to eastbound traffic just passed Shady Drive. Warning signs and delineators will be installed to notify the motoring public of the bridge closure and detours.  Eastbound motorists will be instructed to utilize Old Melrose Road to West Harvard Avenue. Westbound motorists will be directed to take Northwest Garden Valley Road to Northwest Stewart Parkway.

Please note that both closures will affect your drive time. Safety is always a priority for the motoring public, as well as bridge workers and flaggers.  We are asking motorists to use caution as they travel through construction zones and detours.  Please follow and obey all posted signs, warnings and flagging instructions.  Please plan and seek alternate routes whenever possible.   A map of the detours, construction timeline and bridge closure is attached.  For further information, please contact the Douglas County Public Works Department at (541) 440-4481.


Oregon Office of Emergency daily virtual press conference - 3/30/2020 at 1:50 PM
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/30/20 10:37 AM

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

WHAT

Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), will give his first of what will be regular press conferences about the status of the State’s response to COVID-19, including a status update on personal protective equipment statewide.

WHO

Director Phelps is coordinating the State’s response to COVID-19 from the Emergency Coordination Center in Salem. Under OEM there are 18 emergency support functions from Oregon’s 33 state agencies that provide necessary resources during emergencies.

WHEN

Today, March 30, 2020

1:50 p.m.

WHERE/how

Please register for the Daily Press Conference webinar here:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2935623884303595278

 

Note: Due to ongoing connectivity issues, we recommend emailing any prepared questions you may have to Media.COVID-19@state.or.us.

WHY

To report the status of state agencies’ efforts and the management of Oregon’s COVID-19 response.

learn more

Updated information on the State’s response to COVID-19 will be available at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.

CONTACT

Joint Information Center

503-373-7278

Media.COVID-19@state.or.us




Attached Media Files: Media Advisory

Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- March 30 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference)
Lane Co. Government - 03/30/20 10:00 AM

TESTING UPDATE

Lane County has twelve (12) positive COVID-19 test results and one suspected COVID-19 death (1) as of 0800 on March 30. A total of 549 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents.

 

Please note: this number is likely below the actual number of tests conducted. Private labs are processing tests from Lane County residents and there is variability in reporting of negative results. Lane County Public Health is being notified of any positive test results.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

On Saturday, March 27, Lane County Public Health announced a location for possible public exposure to COVID-19. The possible exposure was identified as taking place on March 11 at First Christian Church’s Interfaith Prayer Service (1166 Oak Street, Eugene). This was the last service conducted at First Christian Church.

 

Lane County Public Health asks that individuals who were present at this location at the identified time call Lane County Public Health at 541-682-1380 ONLY IF they have developed symptoms of COVID-19 since the date of possible exposure. The 14-day quarantine period from the date of possible exposure has passed, so non-symptomatic people who attended the Interfaith Prayer Service on March 11 are not being asked to self-quarantine.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

PREVENTION INFORMATION

Stay home. Save lives.

 

Effective on March 24, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of Executive Order 20-12 is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, must stay home. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.

It is okay to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing. It is not okay to travel to another community, including the Oregon Coast, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Executive Order is in effect until terminated by the Governor.

 

We encourage everyone to make use of technology (FaceTime, video calls, and other tools) to stay in touch with loved ones. Isolation can be unhealthy, especially for elderly community members who live alone. Staying in touch can help people remain connected to their loved ones and their communities.

 

We recommend all residents take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including while they are at home:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations (including the flu vaccine), eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission meets via conference call April 15
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/30/20 7:00 AM

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will convene via conference call for their second meeting of the year April 15. The call was arranged to protect the health of commissioners and the public, and to comply with Gov. Brown’s March 23 executive order regarding COVID-19.

Commissioners will meet that morning 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. for an executive session to discuss acquisition priorities and opportunities, and potential litigation. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

A business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Members of the public will be able to listen to the call; instructions about listening to the meeting will be available online prior to the meeting: bit.ly/OPRDcommissionAPRIL2020.

Notable requests on the business meeting agenda:

Approve the final report from the Governor’s Task Force on the Outdoors
Gov. Brown established the task force in early 2019 with a one-year directive to explore long-term strategies for elevating outdoor recreation in Oregon. The task force has completed their final report and will share it with the commission, governor, state legislature and the public. 

Approve several legislative concepts for the 2021 legislative session
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has identified several concepts for possible introduction as agency bills during the 2021 legislative session. They relate to drones, all-terrain vehicle safety, historic cemeteries and other historic properties, and other topics. Details are online at bit.ly/OPRDcommissionAPRIL2020.

Approve a property acquisition adjacent to Wallowa Lake State Park to improve emergency access
Access to Wallowa Lake State Park, near Joseph, is limited to the park’s one entrance/exit road that spans the Wallowa River. Should that small bridge be blocked during an emergency, first responders would be unable to enter or exit the park. 

OPRD is proposing to expand park access by purchasing 28.3 acres of land adjacent to the park from a private landowner. If acquired, the land would connect the park to another road access point, and improve the recreational value of the park. A recent appraisal valued the land at $665,000.

Approve grant funding recommendations from the ATV Grant Subcommittee
The ATV Grant Program provides funding statewide for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation. For 2020, the committee is recommending funding for 18 grant applicants, totaling $1.2 million.

The full draft agenda and meeting packet are online at bit.ly/OPRDcommissionAPRIL2020.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.


Sun. 03/29/20
03-29-20 Daily Local Update COVID-19
Douglas Co. Government - 03/29/20 6:17 PM

DAILY LOCAL UPDATE COVID-19

Joint Release from Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network

(Douglas County, Ore.) Since Friday, March 27, 2020, Oregon has confirmed 232 new cases, that equates to a 42% increase in just three days.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, CHI-Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance continue to stress the importance of following the, “Stay Home, Stay Safe” guidelines set forth by the state.

Local COVID-19 Test Results

As of 12:00 pm, Sunday, March 29th, 2020, County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer announced one new positive case of COVID-19 in Douglas County, bringing the confirmed number of cases in Douglas County to five. Douglas Public Health Network has launched their epidemiology investigation related to the new case, identifying who this individual may have had contact with.  Identifying information about the newest case is not being released at this time. Close contacts of the confirmed case will be notified by public health.

There are currently 5 positive cases of COVID-19, 183 negative tests, 0 deaths and 0 recovered from COVID-19 in Douglas County. DPHN has set new online tracking system for test results from Douglas County residents.  The goal is to have the chart updated at noon every day.  Residents will be able to go on the website and see the tracking of results.  Again, as a reminder for patient safety, they will not be releasing any identifying information of those that had testing done, or those that have tested positive. If a case comes back positive after that time, DPHN will announce it with a press release and updating their website, until further notice. Go to the DPHN website to view the update: www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.

DPHN staff are as frustrated as you with the delay in the testing results.  “Unfortunately, they’ll be back when they are back.  We call every day, several times a day and talk with top level people, and we don’t get any better advice. I am very frustrated,” stated Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer. 

Local COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Clinic

DPHN hosted the fourth COVID-19 drive-through clinic on Friday, March 27, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, in which they conducted another 39 tests .  DPHN has conducted 134 tests thus far with the drive-through COVID-19 testing clinics.  Residents that were tested were identified by their health care provider, as a patient that is symptomatic, and needed to be tested.  They presented their test order at the drive-thru clinic, their specimen was collected and was then flown to a Quest Lab for processing.  Results will be sent back in about a week to their physician or health care provider that ordered the test.  Those tested are asked to please self-quarantine at home and continue to quarantine for 72 hours after symptoms subside.

At this time, you can only get a COVID-19 test through your healthcare provider. Information has been given to providers and clinics about how to get their patients signed up for the drive-through testing process.  Tests are currently being processed at the Oregon State Public Health Lab and a growing number of commercial labs, like Quest and LabCorp. There are very few outpatient clinics in Douglas County offering testing at this time. Community health partners are working very hard to make testing available to a wider number of people. The first drive thru testing site was piloted in the county on March 17.

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

As of 8:00 am today, Sunday, March 30, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority reported another 69 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, bringing the state total to 548. No new deaths were reported. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Oregon remains at 13. OHA reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

The COVID-19 cases by county are as follows: The breakdown of cases: Washington County 154 cases; Marion County 109 cases; Multnomah County 91 cases; Clackamas County 39 cases; Linn County 36 cases; Deschutes County 23 cases; Jackson County 19 cases; Polk and Yamhill County 13 cases each; Lane County 10 cases; Benton County 8 cases;  Josephine County 6 cases; Douglas, Klamath and Umatilla County 4 cases each; Clatsop and Wasco County 3 cases each; Hood River and Tillamook County 2 cases each; Columbia, Grant, Lincoln, Morrow and Union County 1 case each.  24 Oregon Counties have confirmed cases. (Please note the new case in Douglas County will be updated on the State’s total tomorrow).

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer

Join Douglas Public Health Network for another virtual town hall Q&A with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer Monday, March 30 at 6:00 pm, on the DPHN Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasPublicHealthNetwork/.

Blood Donations are Critical – New Blood Drives Announced

Leaving home to donate blood is considered a lifesaving and essential need. Here in Oregon, more than 344 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 9,194 fewer blood donations, we need you now more than ever. Those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling (800) 733-2767.? Donate your blood and save a life. There are a few upcoming blood drives scheduled in Douglas County this week and next. 

Red Cross Donor Center – 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd in Roseburg

  • Monday, March 30 from 12:30pm to 6:30pm

Community Blood Drives

  • Tuesday, March 31 from 9am to 3pm, First Presbyterian Church, 823 SW Lane Ave, Roseburg
  • Tuesday, April 21 from 9am to 2pm, YMCA of Douglas County, 1151 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg
  • Tuesday, April 28 from 10:30am to 3:30pm, YMCA of Douglas County, 1151 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg

Commissioners Here to Help Local Businesses with New Relief Programs

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners is working directly with our state and federal partners to develop and implement relief programs for our community and our businesses.  President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that Congress passed on Friday, March 27.  The CARES Act contains programs and initiatives that are expected to help business owners make it through these difficult times.  Once implemented there will be a number of resources available for small businesses, some non-profits and other employers.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) has developed a guide to help you navigate through the new programs and initiatives.  Read the SBA CARES Act guide here. Commissioner Chris Boice has been working with local businesses and economic development partners during the crisis to find support for those dealing with hardships and challenges.  “As more information becomes available on the CARES Act and other relief programs, we will be here to help you find the resources you need to help your business stay afloat as we weather this storm together,” commented Commissioner Boice. 

How to Keep Kids Busy During School Closures

With schools closed, Douglas County parents are facing the question of how to keep kids busy and happy during the day. There are plenty of activities you can do at home or outdoors that are safe, creative and fun! Here are some tips for parents, plus links to helpful resources:

TIPS:

  • Structure is important in keeping kids happy and balanced. Try to maintain a normal sleep schedule and meal times, and have a predictable structure to your days. Routine helps kids feel safe.
  • Reduce screen time and get outdoors. This is important for the mental health and wellbeing of both kids and adults. County parks offer opportunities for picnicking, hiking, fishing and more, and the $4 parking fee has been suspended.  Or, simply take a walk around your neighborhood. Remember to practice social distancing.
  • Get creative and keep your sense of humor. For instance, make funny family videos and post them on social media. Have a talent show in your living room, or create an obstacle course with household items.
  • Help your kids remain calm through your example. Here are the CDC’s guidelines for talking to your kids about COVID-19.

ACTIVITY IDEAS & LINKS:

  • Keep learning. Scholastic has free daily online courses for preschoolers through ninth-graders. The New York Times’ “The Learning Network” has great educational activities for young people, including writing contests. Great for older children and teens.
  • Cooking with Kids – The Food Network’s website offers recipes and tips on fun ways to cook with kids.
  • Gardening – Here are HGTV’s tips on gardening with kids.
  • Read with your kids. If you get tired of reading stories yourself, watch celebrities like Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner read children’s stories online in a new campaign called “Save with Stories.”
  • Children’s author Mo Willems is offering a daily YouTube “Lunch Doodles” program here.
  • Indoor activities – Parents.com offers a list of creative indoor activities here.
  • Dance! There’s nothing like a good living-room dance party.
  • Take a virtual tour – Museums, zoos and other facilities are offering online programs.
  • Here is a list of 125 more creative activities you can do with your kids from Parade.com.

Stay Informed with the Accurate Information

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely COVID-19 information and response to Douglas County residents. If you have questions about resources available, call the COVID-19 hotline, staffed by local volunteers at (541) 464-6550.  Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the DPHN website at www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Find additional information on state, federal and international COVID-19 response from the following websites: Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.


Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) Provides Clarification on Temporary Suspension of Oregon's Ban on Self-Service Gas Stations
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/29/20 6:04 PM

Oregon’s COVID-19 Statewide Joint Information Center and the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) are 
providing additional clarification related to yesterday’s announcement from the Office of the State 
Fire Marshal, which temporarily suspended Oregon’s ban on self-service gas stations.

This temporary suspension does not make self-service mandatory. The intention is to ensure fuel is 
available to essential personnel who need to travel. The Oregon Fuels Association (OFA) states, 
“This change allows gas station attendants to help these customers while avoiding face-to-face, 
hand-to- hand contact and apply social distancing practices. Attendants will sanitize equipment and 
fuel nozzles and assist customers with refueling as needed.”

ODOE is responsible for maintaining a reliable source of fuel for Oregonians. The gas station 
workforce has recently reduced by as much as 50 percent due to illness, childcare issues and safety 
concerns according to the fuel industry. Self-service allows some gas stations to continue 
operations with fewer staff and ensures Oregonians can refuel their vehicles.

OFA adds, “Unattended self-service will only happen if and when a gas station owner exhausts all 
staffing options.” Those stations that do not have an attendant on hand are required to post safety 
signs for social distancing as well as instructions for how to operate a fuel pump.

This temporary suspension is currently in effect through April 11, 2020, and may be extended by the 
Oregon State Fire Marshal. Amidst the COVID-19, the goal of this change is to make refueling safer 
for both customers and service station attendants, while keeping stations open.

This does not affect existing areas of the state already authorized for self-service refueling 
under Oregon law.


For more information, contact the Joint Information Center.


Oregon COVID-19 Joint Information Center (JIC) Staff, 503-373-7872, media.COVID-19@state.or.us
 




Attached Media Files: News Release

COVID-19 Evening Update on March 29
Lane Co. Government - 03/29/20 4:30 PM

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified this afternoon of another positive test result for COVID-19.  This makes a total of twelve (12) positive tests in Lane County. 

 

The resident is a woman in her 30s who lives in a private residence in Eugene-Springfield. She is currently at home, following all LCPH recommendations, and is medically stable. The case is thought to be travel-related.

 

Individuals who had contact with this community member will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care provider on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are currently happening. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Additional information will be shared at tomorrow’s press briefing, if available.

 

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03-29-20 Special Local Update COVID-19 - Fifth Positive Case
Douglas Co. Government - 03/29/20 12:16 PM

SPECIAL LOCAL UPDATE COVID-19 – FIFTH POSITIVE CASE

Joint Release from Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network

(Douglas County, Ore.) As of 12:00 pm, Sunday, March 29th, 2020, County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer announced one new positive case of COVID-19 in Douglas County, bringing the confirmed number of cases in Douglas County to five. Douglas Public Health Network has launched their epidemiology investigation related to the new case, identifying who this individual may have had contact with.  Identifying information about the newest case is not being released at this time. Close contacts of the confirmed case will be notified by public health.

There are currently 5 positive cases of COVID-19, 183 negative tests, 0 deaths and 0 recovered from COVID-19 in Douglas County. DPHN has set new online tracking system for test results from Douglas County residents.  The goal is to have the chart updated at noon every day.  Residents will be able to go on the website and see the tracking of results.  Again, as a reminder for patient safety, they will not be releasing any identifying information of those that had testing done, or those that have tested positive. If a case comes back positive after that time, DPHN will announce it with a press release and updating their website, until further notice. Go to the DPHN website to view the update: www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.

Stay Informed with the Accurate Information

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely COVID-19 information and response to Douglas County residents.  If you have questions about resources available, call the COVID-19 hotline, staffed by local volunteers at (541) 464-6550

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the DPHN website at www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Find additional information on state, federal and international COVID-19 response from the following websites: Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.


OHA News Release: Oregon reports 69 new COVID-19 cases
Oregon Health Authority - 03/29/20 10:57 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon Health Authority reported 69 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 548, as of 8 a.m. today. No new deaths were reported. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Oregon remains at 13, as of 8 a.m. today.

 The new COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (3), Deschutes (3), Hood River (1), Jackson (11), Josephine (1), Klamath (2), Lane (1), Linn (4), Marion (15), Multnomah (10), Polk (2), Tillamook (1), Wasco (1), Washington (14). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

 Update: The 93-year-old man whose death was reported yesterday had an underlying condition. The data posted once a day on Oregon Health Authority’s website and shared once a day with the media are provisional and may be updated as more information becomes available after the daily reporting.


Two new positive test results bring Lane County's total to 11
Lane Co. Government - 03/29/20 10:48 AM

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified this morning of two more positive test results for COVID-19.  This makes a total of eleven (11) positive tests in Lane County. 

 

The residents are two members of the same household in Eugene-Springfield. Both are in their 40s and currently medically stable at home. A communicable disease investigation is underway.

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Additional information will be shared at tomorrow’s press briefing, if available.

 

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Sat. 03/28/20
Commissioners Here to Help Local Businesses with New Relief Programs
Douglas Co. Government - 03/28/20 7:48 PM

Commissioners Here to Help Local Businesses with New Relief Programs

(Douglas County, Ore.) As you drive around our county, you see the take-out only and delivery signs; the doing business online only signs and the business temporarily closed signs.  This is unprecedented times for all of us. The COVID-19 crisis has definitely changed how we live, work and play.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners is working directly with our state and federal partners to develop and implement relief programs for our community and our businesses. 

President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that Congress passed on Friday, March 27.  The CARES Act contains programs and initiatives that are expected to help business owners make it through these difficult times.  Once implemented there will be a number of resources available for small businesses, some non-profits and other employers.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) has developed a guide to help you navigate through the new programs and initiatives.  Read the SBA CARES Act guide here.

Commissioner Chris Boice has been working with local businesses and economic development partners during the crisis to find support for those dealing with hardships and challenges.  “As more information becomes available on the CARES Act and other relief programs, we will be here to help you find the resources you need to help your business stay afloat as we weather this storm together,” commented Commissioner Boice. 

As a reminder, it is important to continue to support our local businesses and business owners as much as we can during this crisis.  Businesses are the cornerstones of our communities, they are our neighbors, our friends and our family. They need your continued support.  So, order that take-out meal, rent that movie, get your carpets cleaned, get your oil changed, drop off your dry cleaning and pick out that new paint color.  Make sure to practice no contact or 6 feet distancing. Reach out to business owners that have closed and see how you can help them.  Support them today, so they will be around tomorrow.  


Junction City Police Request Assistance Locating Suspect in Multiple Thefts from Vehicles (Photo)
Junction City Police - 03/28/20 6:29 PM
Most Recent Photo of Steven Mitchell Mercier
Most Recent Photo of Steven Mitchell Mercier
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During the late-night hours of Thursday March 26th and the early morning of Friday March 27th, 2020 multiple Junction City residents were victimized by having items stolen from their unlocked vehicles parked at or near their homes.  Junction City Police have identified a suspect this is case as 24-year old Steven Mitchell Mercier.   Mercier is described as a white male, 5’08” tall, with weight fluctuating from about 175-200 pounds, partly balding with close-shaven head (his natural hair color is brownish to blondish in color), and has hazel-colored eyes.

Among the items stolen was Oregon license plate number D64665.  This is a yellow-colored permanent-issue disabled vehicle plate with dark blue lettering.

Anyone with information on Mercier’s whereabouts and/or information on any crimes he may have committed is urged to immediately contact the Junction City Police Department at 541-998-1245.  Citizens are advised to use caution and should not approach or attempt to apprehend Mercier.

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Attached Media Files: Most Recent Photo of Steven Mitchell Mercier

Point of possible community exposure to COVID-19 identified
Lane Co. Government - 03/28/20 3:13 PM

Lane County Public Health has reason to believe that unidentified community members may have spent time in close contact with someone who has severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, also known as coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

 

The suspected point of exposure occurred on March 11 at First Christian Church’s Interfaith Prayer Service (1166 Oak Street, Eugene). The individual who tested positive did not get tested until March 17 due to preexisting medical conditions that made it difficult to assess COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Lane County Public Health asks that individuals who were present at this location at the identified time call Lane County Public Health at 541-682-1380 ONLY IF they have developed symptoms of COVID-19 since the date of possible exposure. The 14-day quarantine period from the date of possible exposure has passed, so non-symptomatic people who attended the Interfaith Prayer Service on March 11 are not being asked to self-quarantine.

 

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:

  • the air by coughing and sneezing.
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

 

People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus, including:

  • fever (a temperature of 100.4º F / 38º C or greater)
  • cough, and
  • difficulty breathing.

 

There will be no media interviews available at this time.

 

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03-28-20 Special Local Update COVID-19 - COVID-19 Case Hospitalized
Douglas Co. Government - 03/28/20 12:24 PM

SPECIAL LOCAL UPDATE COVID-19 – COVID-19 CASE HOSPITALIZED

Joint Release from Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network

(Douglas County, Ore.) As of 12:00 pm, Saturday, March 28th, 2020, County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer announced the hospitalization of a Douglas County resident that tested positive for COVID-19.  The individual hospitalized tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and is one of the 4 current positive cases in Douglas County. Any additional identifying information of this individual is not currently being released.  Douglas Public Health Network launched their investigation earlier this week, and close contacts of the confirmed, now hospitalized case, have already been notified by public health.

As of 12:00 pm, today, there are four individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19 in the county, zero deaths and 173 negative tests for COVID-19.  There have been no recovered cases of COVID-19 in the county yet. 

DPHN has set new online tracking system for test results from Douglas County residents.  The goal is to have the chart updated at noon every day.  Residents will be able to go on the website and see the tracking of results.  Again, as a reminder for patient safety, they will not be releasing any identifying information of those that had testing done, or those that have tested positive. If a case comes back positive after that time, DPHN will announce it with a press release and updating their website, until further notice. Go to the DPHN website to view the update: www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.

Stay Informed with the Accurate Information

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely COVID-19 information and response to Douglas County residents.  If you have questions about resources available, call the COVID-19 hotline, staffed by local volunteers at (541) 464-6550

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the DPHN website at www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Find additional information on state, federal and international COVID-19 response from the following websites: Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.


OHA News Release: Oregon reports 13 COVID-19 death, 65 new COVID-19 cases
Oregon Health Authority - 03/28/20 12:09 PM

Oregon reports 13 COVID-19 death, 65 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore.— COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 12 to 13, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8:00 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 65 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 479, as of 8:00 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (5), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (2), Jackson (2), Josephine (1), Linn (4), Marion (11), Multnomah (14), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (18), Yamhill (2).

Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 13th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old male in Yamhill County, who tested positive on 3/18/20, and died 03/27/2020 at Providence Newberg Medical Center. He had no known underlying medical conditions.


I-5 southbound lane south of Eugene/Springfield to close on Sunday evening for emergency repairs
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 03/28/20 10:09 AM

One lane of southbound Interstate 5 just south of the Eugene-Springfield Metro Area will need to be closed Sunday night so that an ODOT maintenance crew can repair a deep pothole. The pothole is located at milepost 200.6.

The lane will be closed starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 and will re-open at 4 a.m. on Monday, March 30.

To repair the pothole, the crew must first remove two feet of old asphalt and much of the road base.

Travelers should expect delays, drive slowly and use extreme caution while in the construction zone.


Saturday Morning Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Arrested for DUII
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/28/20 10:01 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A crash just after midnight on Saturday has claimed the life of a 22 year-old Roseburg woman. 

On Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 12:09 am, 9-1-1 dispatchers were notified of an injury roll-over crash on public lands managed by the BLM off of road 26-7-33.0. This is an area generally referred to as Long's Ranch. 

Deputies learned a 1986 Honda Civic, operated by 22-year-old Andrew Joseph Clements of Roseburg, was traveling approximately 20 miles per hour on a gravel road when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled approximately 150 feet down an embankment. Clements and his passenger, 22-year-old Savannah Jean Nardli of Roseburg, were ejected from the car. 

EMS attempted lifesaving efforts on Nardli, which were ultimately unsuccessful. Clements suffered minor injuries and was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for evaluation. He was later released from the hospital and taken into custody for DUII. 

The crash remains under investigation at this time. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or by email at dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance Service, the Douglas County District Attorney's Office, Oregon State Police and the Winston Police Department. 

Next of kin has been notified.

Case #20-1422 


Oregon Credit Unions are Here for You
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 03/28/20 8:22 AM

We hope this finds you and your hard-working news team healthy and holding up. Your jobs are not easy.

We are sharing a video that your viewers and online audiences may find to be reassuring. We know they have a lot of anxieties right now. Access to their funds need not be one of them. The video is about the special programs credit unions have in place to help Idahoans, and about the safety and soundness of Oregon credit unions.  https://youtu.be/6my6ATldrP4

You may air it and post it in its entirety or pull soundbites from it. If you would like to interview Rick Metsger please contact me.


Videos, Cards Come in from Around the World to Encourage Staff, Residents at Oregon Veterans' Home (Video)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 03/28/20 8:18 AM

While millions of Americans adjust to the new realities brought about by the unprecedented public health situation that is the coronavirus pandemic, some are reaching out to the residents of the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon to assure them they are appreciated, cared for and remembered.

Staff at the Home and Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs call it “Operation Well Wish,” and the well wishes have flooded in from all over. Many have sent letters, postcards, pictures and artwork, which are cleared by the Home’s infection prevention team before being shared with residents.

Others have sent in videos, and thanks to an article this week by the military-focused media outlet We Are The Mighty, they have come in from Virginia, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, Hawaii and even as far as Italy. These videos are being played for residents on the Home’s closed-circuit TV channel.

Some have included their children or pets. Others have shown video footage from their favorite places in nature at their hometowns. Some have sung their favorite songs.

(Some of these videos have been cleared for public release, and are available for media to use and disseminate at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1J8av68xi073H5hQsm6gaabrOrCI8AMIm)

“With the lock-down protocols that are currently in place to keep our community safe, it has been a tremendous change in the residents’ way of life,” said ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick. “These men and women at our Lebanon Veterans’ Home have borne the battles to keep this nation safe and free. It’s wonderful for so many of the people that they have protected to be remembering them in this challenging time.”

One resident of the Home, Vern, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran, said he turns on the closed circuit TV channel first thing every morning.

“It is encouraging,” he said. “While this virus is going on, I think this is a very good idea!”

Lebanon Veterans’ Home Program Director Jeremy Woodall said the well wishes have been a huge boost to both residents, who have been isolated in their rooms for over two weeks as part of the facility’s infectious disease prevention protocols, and staff, who have been working tirelessly to provide excellent care.

“Seeing the smiles and songs and well wishes come in from literally around the world has lifted their spirits,” he said. “Young children, men and women, veterans and civilians… everyone has a chance share love and hope to others in this time.”

If you would like to be part of Operation Well Wish, please send your cards, letters or other materials in an unlicked envelope to ATTN: Operation Well Wish, Oregon Veterans’ Home, 600 N. 5th St., Lebanon, OR 97355. Videos may be sent to mation@odva.state.or.us">ODVAInformation@odva.state.or.us.


Office of State Fire Marshal Suspends Enforcement of Gas Station Self--Service Regulations
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 03/28/20 6:00 AM

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on Oregon, the Office of State Fire Marshal is suspending regulations over self-service stations and implementing measures to ensure the health and safety of gas retailers.

“During this unprecedented time of state emergency, we need to ensure that critical supply lines for fuels and other basic services remain uninterrupted,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

A. Effective immediately today, until April 11 (two weeks from effective date), retail facilities of Class 1 flammable liquid transportation fuels prohibited from offering self-service refueling shall:

  1. Prepare, implement and enforce social distancing policies consistent with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority,
  2. Require an attendant to be on duty to supervise self-service refueling consistent with the social distancing policies and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through sanitization measures, and
  3. Designate an employee at each station to implement and enforce the social distancing policies.

B. For retail facilities of Class 1 flammable liquid transportation fuels compliant with paragraph A, the State Fire Marshal’s office shall not enforce the self-service prohibition under ORS 480.310 through ORS 480.385.

C. Notwithstanding (A2), a station owner may only offer self-service without an attendant if:

  1. The owner retains documentation that there are no employees available to work as an attendant, including documentation for absences and employee hiring and retention efforts;
  2. The owner is subject to State Fire Marshal audit and has posted safety signs for how to safely operate a fuel pump; and
  3. The hours of operation under this subsection do not exceed 10 consecutive hours.

Station owners who need help finding employees to cover shifts should contact Miriam Nolte (Miriam.l.nolte@oregon.gov; 503-612-4252) for help finding workers.

For more information, please see our online FAQs.


Eugene Springfield Fire Battling 2nd alarm in Springfield
Eugene Springfield Fire - 03/28/20 4:49 AM

Crews are currently on scene at the 4000 Blk of E Street with 2nd alarm fire.  One victim transported for evaluation.


Fri. 03/27/20
03-27-20 Daily Local Update COVID-19
Douglas Co. Government - 03/27/20 5:10 PM

Joint Release from Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network

(Douglas County, Ore.) The message today from State officials is one of continued emphasis to please, “Stay Home, Stay Safe.”  Click here for the latest guidance to the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Order 20-12.  Which provides further information for programs that provide for the basic human needs of low- and extremely low-income households, as well as individuals experiencing homelessness and housing instability.   Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance want to reassure residents that local efforts are operating at the highest level of cooperation to protect and care for our residents.

Local COVID-19 Test Results

As of 12:00 pm today, March 27th, 2020, Douglas County still has 4 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, zero deaths and 170 negative tests for COVID-19.  Douglas Public Health Network will be updating their website with local numbers daily around noon on their website, www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  If a case comes back positive after that time, DPHN will announce it with a press release and updating their website, until further notice.  Again, as a reminder for patient safety, they will not be releasing any identifying information of those that had testing done, or those that have tested positive.

“This is the most critical time for us to continue to try to contain this with social distancing.  It may seem like this is dying down but it’s actually the calm before the storm.”  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas Public Health Officer

Local COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Clinic

Douglas Public Health Network hosted another COVID-19 drive-through clinic today, Friday, March 27, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  They anticipate conducting another 45 tests today.  Residents that were tested were identified by their health care provider, as a patient that is symptomatic, and needed to be tested.  They presented their test order at the drive-thru clinic, their specimen was collected and will be flown to a Quest Lab for processing.  Results will be sent back in about a week to their physician or health care provider that ordered the test.  Those tested are asked to please self-quarantine at home and continue to quarantine for 72 hours after symptoms subside.

At this time, you can only get a COVID-19 test through your healthcare provider. Information has been given to providers and clinics about how to get their patients signed up for the drive-through testing process.  Tests are currently being processed at the Oregon State Public Health Lab and a growing number of commercial labs, like Quest and LabCorp. There are very few outpatient clinics in Douglas County offering testing at this time. Community health partners are working very hard to make testing available to a wider number of people. The first drive thru testing site was piloted in the county on March 17.

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

The Oregon Health Authority reported 98 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, that bring the state total to 414. Sadly, they also reported another death, bringing the total to 12 deaths in Oregon. 

The COVID-19 cases by county are as follows: The breakdown of cases: Washington County 122 cases; Marion County 83 cases; Multnomah County 67 cases; Clackamas County 31 cases; Linn County 38 cases; Deschutes County 18 cases; Yamhill County 11 cases; Polk County 10 cases; Lane County 9 cases; Jackson County 6 cases; Benton County 5 cases; Douglas and Josephine County 4 cases each; Umatilla County 3 cases; Clatsop, Klamath and Wasco County 2 cases each; Columbia, Grant, Hood River, Lincoln, Morrow, Tillamook and Union County 1 case each.  24 Oregon Counties have confirmed cases.

Oregon’s latest COVID-19 death was an 82-year-old woman in Marion County. She tested positive on March 20, and died March 25 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer

Join Douglas Public Health Network for another virtual town hall Q&A with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer tonight at 6:00 pm, on the Douglas Public Health Network Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasPublicHealthNetwork/

Bottle Return Information

Many grocery stores have chosen to temporarily stop accepting bottle returns during the COVID-19 crisis to help protect the health and safety of their staff and customers. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has granted grocery stores and supermarkets permission to decline returns until April 30. If there are no stores near you currently accepting bottle returns, local officials recommend keeping your beverage containers until stores resume accepting them. Eligible beverage containers will still be worth 10 cents each when bottle drops reopen. The Roseburg BottleDrop Redemption Center at 740 NE Garden Valley Blvd. currently remains open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For other BottleDrop locations in the state, log onto: https://www.bottledropcenters.com/

President Signs Coronavirus Relief Bill

Today, President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act), a $2 trillion coronavirus aid bill, after it passed the House this afternoon and flew through the Senate yesterday.  The bill represents the largest emergency relief package in U.S. history. Click here to read the full text of the stimulus bill.  This legislation will result in sweeping actions including the following:

  • Direct payments of $1,200 to individual U.S. residents with a Social Security number who earn up to $75,000 annually, plus $500 per child. Married couples with joint incomes of up to $150,000 will receive payments of $2,400.
  • $350 billion in SBA loans will be available to small businesses through local banks and credit unions. Businesses applying for a loan will be eligible for an emergency grant of up to $10,000.
  • $100 billion in emergency assistance will go toward hospitals on the front lines of the pandemic
  • Unemployment benefits are expanded: Eligible workers will receive an extra $600 per week on top of their state benefit. Self-employed individuals including freelancers, gig workers and independent contractors will be newly eligible for unemployment benefits. Part-time workers will also be eligible for benefits. Benefits will be extended by 13 weeks.
  • Payments on student loans held by the federal government will be suspended until Sept. 30. Student loan interest will be waived during that time period.

Circulate the Love and Give Blood:

Leaving home to donate blood is considered a lifesaving and essential need. Those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling (800) 733-2767.? Donate your blood and save a life. There are a few upcoming blood drives scheduled in Douglas County this week and next. 

Red Cross Donor Center – 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd in Roseburg

  • Monday, March 30 from 12:30pm to 6:30pm

Community Blood Drives

  • Tuesday, March 31 from 9am to 3pm, First Presbyterian Church, 823 SW Lane Ave, Roseburg

Greater Douglas United Way – Local COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The Greater Douglas United Way (GDUW) has set up a local COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.  100% of your donation will go to help local people in need as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  GDUW has also pledged that they will not be charging any administrative fees on the fund.  GDUW will focus the funding on basic needs through local nonprofits, childcare needs, and other basic needs for people affected by the pandemic. Deposits can be made at any Banner Bank location using the GDUW COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. More information available at: GDUW website.

Join the Umpqua Sewing Warriors and Make Masks:

Umpqua Sewing Warriors formed by Oregon Serigraphics set up a grassroots mask making program specifically for DPHN distribution. Volunteer sewing warriors are needed to help with the cause. Mask sewing kits can be picked on Saturdays from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the entrance to Serigraphics, located at 333 SE Jackson Street in Roseburg. Kits contain: 25 or so double layer fabric panels, elastic cord and instructions. Volunteers sew the masks and return them to Serigraphics the following Friday for sterilization and pick up by DPHN. Last Saturday they sent out 1,500 mask sewing kits to be sewn by local volunteers. Although the CDC and OHA guidance states that they do not recommend that people who are NOT sick to be wearing masks, the masks will be helpful for people who are sick or are being treated for COVID-19. They are hoping to donate 1,000 masks per week. They would also appreciate local business support to help with supplies. For more information, call (541) 672-6296 or the Umpqua Sewing Warriors Facebook page.

Helpful Information for Small Businesses from the Roseburg Chamber of Commerce:

Debbie Fromdahl, President and CEO of the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce shared this message with us, “As most of you know, Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help our small businesses through the process.”  Please see the loan guide attached below.

Stay Informed with the Accurate Information

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely COVID-19 information and response to Douglas County residents. If you have questions about resources available, call the COVID-19 hotline, staffed by local volunteers at (541) 464-6550.  Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the DPHN website at www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Find additional information on state, federal and international COVID-19 response from the following websites: Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.




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Housing Stability Council meeting will be on Friday, April 3, 2020, Call-in Meeting ONLY
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 03/27/20 4:53 PM

April 3, 2020
 
The next Housing Stability Council meeting will be on Friday, April 3, 2020. The meeting will be a CALL-IN ONLY meeting.
Call-In: 1-631-992-3444; Participant Code: 912898045

AGENDA:

9:00 Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call 

9:05 Public Comment 

9:15 Report of the Director: COVID-19 Updates

10:00  
Homeownership Division (pg. 01)
Emese Perfecto, Director, Homeownership Division
Oregon Bond Loan Approvals - Kim Freeman, Single Family Program Manager
Restore Health & Safety Framework - Kim Freeman, Single Family Program Manager, Abenet Gebre, Program Analyst
Manufactured Housing Advisory Committee Report - Chelsea Catto, Program Analyst
HOAP DPA RFA Awards - Alycia Howell, HOAP Coordinator
10:45 
Affordable Rental Housing Division updates  (pg. 19)
Julie Cody, Director, Affordable Housing Finance
Multifamily Housing Transactions: Sunrise Vista - Joanne Sheehy, Production Analyst, Casey Baumann, Production Manager
Rent Assistance for Permanent Supportive Housing - Natasha Detweiler-Daby, Senior Policy Analyst
11:30 
Housing Stabilization Division (pg. 43)
Andrea Bell, Director, Housing Stabilization
US Department of Energy State Plan - Steve Divan, Weatherization Program Manager & Tim Zimmer, Energy Services Section Manager
12:00 Report of the Chair

12:30 Meeting Adjourned

The meeting materials packet at https://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/OSHC/Documents/APRIL-2020-HSC-Packet.pdf


Reminder: Recreation areas are closed for travelers and locals alike
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/27/20 4:03 PM

Joint news release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // Oregon Department of Transportation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release date: March 27, 2020

Recreation areas closed for travelers and locals alike

Salem, Ore – Many of the state’s top federal, state, and local recreation areas are closed to all use following Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order on Monday, March 23 that prohibits all non-essential travel. Oregon has reached a critical moment in the COVID-19 health emergency when limiting contact between people will save lives and flatten the infection curve.

All state parks, parts of national forests, and some city recreation areas shuttered their doors over the past week to reduce crowds and discourage travel. The closures also affect local use, and land management authorities acknowledge this will be frustrating. With parks and other public lands closed, safety-related services like restrooms are closed and trash collection is suspended, increasing the risk of injury when a person visits in violation of the closure. Local health care professionals are focused on using resources to prepare for COVID-19 care and cannot afford to spend limited time and resources on people injured during recreational activities. All use, whether originating locally or not, is prohibited in a closed park.

The closures do not yet affect the ocean beaches, though all state and many federal and local access points are closed. If problems arise with people traveling unnecessarily or congregating there, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will reconsider that decision.

Some travel is necessary, and state highway rest areas are open for travel-related needs. Some parks also serve as rest areas, and while nearly all are available for rest area-type functions, they are closed to recreation. Some rest areas may have reduced service or may be difficult to access. Parks that attract too many people seeking recreation rather than rest area services will be closed to all service. A map of state highway rest areas is available at TripCheck.com.

People are encouraged to exercise as close to home as possible, including backyards and neighborhoods where social distancing is easier to maintain.

Stay home, save lives.

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March 27 COVID-19 press conference available online
Lane Co. Government - 03/27/20 2:17 PM

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Friday, March 27, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or at https://vimeo.com/401447917.  

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

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Free Ticket Leads to $6.3 Million Megabucks Win! (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 03/27/20 2:17 PM
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March 27, 2020 - Salem, Ore. Robert (Bob) McCauley of Mt. Vernon is the Oregon Lottery’s newest Megabucks jackpot winner. McCauley matched all six of his numbers – on a free Megabucks ticket he’d won from a previous drawing – and won the $6.3 million jackpot for the Monday, Mar. 23 Megabucks drawing.

“I decided to go to the Post Office,” said McCauley. “It’s only a couple of blocks away.” Luckily for him, as he passed the Blue Mountain Mini Mart on his way to the Post Office, he thought he’d check his Megabucks ticket from the last drawing and get a new ticket for the next drawing.

Practicing good social distancing, McCauley went to the Mini Mart’s drive-up window to make his Lottery purchase. Working at the store was Mini Mart Manager Jolene Moulton. “I checked Bob’s ticket and actually gave him the voucher slip that came with his free ticket,” said Jolene. “As he was walking away, I saw the free play ticket sitting on the counter and realized Bob had the wrong ticket. I called him back to the window gave him the free ticket.”

The next day, McCauley had a knock on his door at home. “It was Bill, from the city,” said McCauley. “I answered the door and Bill says, ‘Bob. You need to check your ticket because Jolene thinks you may have won the lottery.’” Knowing the winning jackpot ticket had been sold in Mt. Vernon, population 512, and knowing she’d sold only three Megabucks tickets at the Mini Mart for Monday’s Megabucks drawing, Jolene dispatched Bill to McCauley’s house.

McCauley asked his daughter, Pam, to check the winning numbers online. They soon learned that Jolene’s hunch was true “Pam was screaming and jumping up and down,” said McCauley. “I was cool as a cucumber.”

After calling the Lottery to make an appointment, Bob arrived in Salem Thursday, Mar. 26 with a small group of family and friends to claim his prize. Asked what he was going to buy first, he said his wife wanted a new refrigerator. And after the fridge, Bob will get a new truck.

McCauley chose to take the bulk-sum option, which splits the prize in half, and after taxes, he took home $2.14 million.

At this time, to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public, we have temporarily closed the Salem and Wilsonville Lottery offices and continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. We know our players are interested in knowing how their lottery play might be affected.

For now, prizes up to $50,000 should be claimed by mail. For prizes greater than $50,000, players need to make an appointment, just as McCauley did, to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 billion for economic development, public education, Outdoor School, state parks, Veterans services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Suspicious powder received at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/27/20 2:04 PM

On March 27, 2020, at 10:15 a.m., the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) mailroom received an envelope with an unknown substance. The mailroom area was secured and the administration building evacuated. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Hazardous Materials Team, the Oregon State Police, and the Federal Bereau of Investigations were on site to evaluate the powder for any hazardous substances. Seven employees were working in the mailroom, and one has been transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Every day, thousands of pieces of mail are received at the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) 14 institutions, and each piece is opened and examined. DOC mailroom employees are a critical component of operating safe and secure institutions because they help keep drugs and other contraband out of the state’s prisons. 

This is the third evacuation of the CCCF administration building in recent months. This incident presents an additional challenge to first responders and staff who are working hard to protect CCCF’s employees and incarcerated population from Oregon’s COVID-19 outbreak. 

CCCF is a multi-custody prison located in Wilsonville accommodating approximately 1,200 adults in custody. The prison has cell and dormitory housing, work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state’s intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all individuals committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 adults in custody. CCCF’s minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.


OBA Statement on U.S. Congress's passage of the CARES Act
Oregon Bankers Assn. - 03/27/20 1:21 PM

The Oregon Bankers Association and Community Banks of Oregon applaud the U.S. Congress’s passage of the CARES Act, an important federal stimulus bill. Oregon’s banks are very aware of the economic challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and are deploying assistance to their impacted customers and communities in a variety of ways. The stimulus bill contains several important provisions to enhance how banks of all sizes can help Oregonians and Oregon businesses through this crisis.

Among the provisions of the CARES Act are substantial enhancements to the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs made directly through banks. These loans – under the umbrella of SBA 7a loans – will be available from banks and other lenders just as soon as the SBA releases the program parameters. This will inject $350 billion into small businesses – including nonprofits and independent contractors – in a more rapid and responsive way than we’ve ever seen. We are particularly optimistic about the impact of a new Payroll Protection Program that will provide small businesses with immediate, low-cost assistance for payroll and operating costs.

While we have to wait for the programs to become operational, we expect that to be soon and are encouraging the SBA and Treasury to act swiftly. In the meantime, Oregon businesses can prepare by assembling their financial information so they are ready to go when they approach a participating bank.

About the Oregon Bankers Association
Established in 1905, the Oregon Bankers Association is Oregon's only full-service trade association representing FDIC-insured state and national banks and trust companies doing business in Oregon. More information is available at www.oregonbankers.com.


Oregon reports 1 COVID-19 death, 98 new COVID-19 cases
Oregon Health Authority - 03/27/20 12:34 PM

March 27, 2020

Oregon reports 1 COVID-19 death, 98 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 12, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 98 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 414, as of 8 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (10), Columbia (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1), Jackson (2), Klamath (1), Lane (2), Linn (2), Marion (26), Morrow (1), Multnomah (22), Polk (4), Umatilla (1), Wasco (1), Washington (18), Yamhill (4). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 12th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman in Marion County. She tested positive on March 20, and died March 25 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

Video link: Dawn Mautner, senior health advisor at Oregon Health Authority, explains the increase in case numbers during an internal agency briefing today.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

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Umpqua Bank Announces Pandemic Relief and Support for Impacted Associates, Customers and Communities (Photo)
Umpqua Bank - 03/27/20 11:15 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. – March 27, 2020 – Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ), has announced a package of relief and support to help ease the financial burden of COVID-19's impact on customers, associates, and communities. 

“As the economic impact from the coronavirus continues to grow, we want all those we serve to know that Umpqua is here to help,” said Cort O’Haver, Umpqua Bank president & CEO. “In addition to taking action to provide immediate financial relief for customers, we’re expanding investments in our associates—particularly those on the frontlines of service—and our nonprofit partners working so hard to help our customers and communities get through this difficult time.”

Consumer Relief
For consumer customers experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, Umpqua is deferring loan payments upon request and waiving all fees associated with deferred payments on existing loans and lines of credit for up to 90 days. The bank is also waiving ATM fees for all customers.

Small Business Relief
Umpqua small business customers impacted by COVID-19 can defer loan payments for up to 90 days and have the related deferral fees waived on deferred loans and lines of credit. The bank is also an active participant in numerous Small Business Administration programs, which offer additional avenues of assistance for small businesses.

Associate Support
For all associates, Umpqua has established a pandemic pay bank, providing additional paid time-off for COVID-19-related exposure or sickness, caring for an impacted loved one, as well as for childcare. The company has also implemented a Retail Frontline Pay program to recognize the dedication of associates who are continuing to deliver in-store customer service during this time.

Community Support
Umpqua has pledged $1 million in support through a combination of donations to nonprofits focused on alleviating the financial hardships of families and small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and capital investments in organizations that provide micro loans and capital to small businesses. In addition, Umpqua is providing a 3:1 match of all associate donations to community partners and activating its innovative Virtual Volunteer program, which allows the company’s associates to continue serving nonprofit organizations and practice safe social distancing.

According to O’Haver, “This combination of support provides immediate relief. But we recognize that the impacts of this crisis will be with us for some time, and we’ll continue to monitor the financial impact on the ground in the coming weeks and months. Above all, we want our associates, customers, and communities to know that we are with them and for them as we all face this challenge together.”

More information is available at https://www.umpquabank.com.

About Umpqua Bank
Umpqua Bank, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, and has locations across Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. Umpqua Bank has been recognized for its innovative customer experience and banking strategy by national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and CNBC. The company has been recognized for eight years in a row on FORTUNE magazine's list of the country's "100 Best Companies to Work For," and was recently named by The Portland Business Journal the Most Admired Financial Services Company in Oregon for the fifteenth consecutive year. In addition to its retail banking presence, Umpqua Bank also owns Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., a nationally recognized commercial finance company that provides equipment leases to businesses. A subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, Umpqua Investments, Inc., provides retail brokerage and investment advisory services in offices throughout Washington, Oregon, and California. 


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Marine Board Places Temporary Boating Restrictions on Deschutes, John Day Rivers
Oregon Marine Board - 03/27/20 10:19 AM

In response to current public health concerns, many access sites have already been closed or will be closed soon on the Deschutes and John Day Rivers. To ensure the safety of boaters, the Marine Board will be temporarily closing stretches of these waters to all boating beginning on Saturday, March 28, 2020. These restrictions are scheduled to be in place through April 30 and will protect boaters from entering a river system where the availability of access and take-out points is uncertain.

All boating activities on the Deschutes River will be restricted from the Pelton Dam (River Mile 97) to its confluence with the Columbia River near Biggs Junction. The temporary closure on the John Day River extends from the mouth of the North Fork John Day River (River Mile 184) in Kimberly, downstream to Tumwater Falls, approximately 10 miles from the Columbia River. In both rivers, both motorized and non-motorized boats will be restricted.

The Marine Board will continue to work with its partners to safeguard boaters during these challenging times. We are also committed to ensuring consistency between boating regulations and other local restrictions necessitated to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Oregon Legislature to consider emergency relief funding for arts and culture
Oregon Cultural Trust - 03/27/20 10:04 AM

Salem, Ore. – In response to communication from the Oregon Cultural Trust, its Statewide Partners and arts and cultural organizations across the state, Governor Kate Brown directed the agency to explore opportunities to identify relief funding to address the devastating impact the COVID-19 health crisis is having on Oregon’s arts and cultural community.

Since the crisis began, nonprofit cultural organizations across the state have canceled thousands of performances, events and activities – including key fundraising events – and most have closed their doors to the public. As of March 24, 423 Oregon cultural organizations had already reported financial losses to-date of $8,611,881 with data still being collected from more than 1,000 organizations (Source: Americans for the Arts). Organizations in in the Portland area alone are estimating losses of $45.8 million by the end of May (Source: Regional Arts and Cultural Council).

The loss of projected earned income, lifeblood for most cultural organizations, has already resulted in significant layoffs and furloughs, with many more to come if relief doesn’t arrive soon. Many organizations are already facing bankruptcy and permanent closure.

In addition, cancellations of events and programming, as well as school closures, have adversely affected hundreds of artists and cultural workers whose livelihoods depend on income from teaching, performing and participating in cultural activities.

Following consultation with the Governor’s Office, Business Oregon and its Statewide Partners, including sister agency the Oregon Arts Commission, the Cultural Trust Board of Directors held an emergency meeting on Saturday, March 21, and unanimously voted to use up to $10 million of its $29 million permanent fund to create an emergency relief funding program.

Because the current Cultural Trust statute does not contain a provision for emergency relief funding, the program requires approval by the Oregon Legislature. A concept for consideration by the Legislature is being developed and will be presented during an anticipated special session within the next few weeks. The Cultural Trust will convene a committee of stakeholders to fully and quickly develop and implement an emergency funding program that is equitable and easy to use to expedite funding.

The Oregon Cultural Trust permanent fund was created by the Legislature to protect Oregon’s cultural organizations for future generations. That future is currently at dire risk.

The Cultural Trust Board of Directors respects and honors the commitment that thousands of Trust donors have made with their contributions to the permanent fund. It is the Board’s sincere hope that donors will respect that, at this unprecedented time in Oregon history, the funds will be used exactly as they were intended: To protect the future of Oregon culture.

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About the Oregon Cultural Trust

Created in 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Cultural Trust is a testament to how much Oregonians value culture. No other state provides a 100 percent tax credit to inspire cultural giving. As uniquely Oregonian as public beaches and the bottle bill, the Oregon Cultural Trust was designed as an ongoing funding engine for arts and culture across the state. Oregonians fund the Cultural Trust. We, in turn, fund the artists, potters, poets, acrobats and dreamers who define our famous quality of life.

In 2019 Oregonians gave $4.5 million to the Cultural Trust. Sixty percent of that went straight back to the field. The remaining 40 percent helped grow our permanent fund. Our three grant programs fund our five Statewide Partners, 45 County and Tribal Coalitions and 1,450+ qualified cultural nonprofits through competitive Cultural Development Grants.

More information at culturaltrust.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- March 27 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference)
Lane Co. Government - 03/27/20 9:51 AM

TESTING UPDATE

Lane County has nine (9) positive COVID-19 test results and one suspected COVID-19 death (1) as of 0800 on March 27.

 

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of another positive test result for COVID-19.  This makes a total of nine (9) positive tests in Lane County. 

 

The resident man in his 60s who lives in a private residence in Eugene-Springfield. He is currently hospitalized and is in stable condition.

 

Individuals who had contact with this community member will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care provider on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are currently happening. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

A total of 424 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents. Please note: this number is likely below the actual number of tests conducted. Private labs are processing tests from Lane County residents and there is variability in reporting of negative results. Lane County Public Health is being notified of any positive test results.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

Leaders Urge All to Stay Home and Save Lives:

 

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis and Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Heather Buch will share updates on COVID-19 response, as well as urge all community members to stay home and save lives.

 

New Positive Test Result:

 

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified this afternoon of another positive test result for COVID-19.  This makes a total of eight (8) positive tests in Lane County. 

 

The resident is a woman in her 50s who lives in a private residence in Eugene-Springfield. She is currently at home, following all LCPH recommendations, and is medically stable.

 

Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment. 

 

PREVENTION INFORMATION

Stay home. Save lives.

 

Effective on March 24, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of Executive Order 20-12 is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, must stay home. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.

It is okay to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing. It is not okay to travel to another community, including the Oregon Coast, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Executive Order is in effect until terminated by the Governor.

 

We encourage everyone to make use of technology (FaceTime, video calls, and other tools) to stay in touch with loved ones. Isolation can be unhealthy, especially for elderly community members who live alone. Staying in touch can help people remain connected to their loved ones and their communities.

 

We recommend all residents take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including while they are at home:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations (including the flu vaccine), eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

BLM temporarily closes developed recreation facilities in Oregon
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 03/27/20 9:50 AM

Despite facility closures, millions of acres of BLM-managed public lands across Oregon remain open to enjoy, as long as you do so responsibly

Portland, Oregon – The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the number one priority of the Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of Oregon public health officials, the BLM will temporarily close many of its developed recreation facilities to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

This closure includes all campgrounds, and some day use sites, and restrooms. Trash pickup and sanitation services on most of these recreation facilities will also be temporarily suspended.

Despite the closure of these facilities, multiple opportunities remain for the public to enjoy the outdoors as long as visitors heed orders, guidance, and advice of local and state officials and the Centers for Disease Control. BLM-managed trails and open spaces remain open across Oregon.

“Local, state or federal, we’re all in this together. The BLM is doing what we can as part of the whole of America response to the coronavirus,” said Jose Linares, acting State Director BLM OR/WA. “Although we have vast open spaces we continue to want people to use, we can’t stress enough that everyone listen to local officials and practice safe social distancing.”

Visitors may continue to enjoy their BLM managed trails and open spaces in Oregon while following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Local and State public health authorities. Social distancing recommendations are extremely important to reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and may require that visitors avoid public lands during high-use times, such as weekends. Please limit any group activities to members of your household, and keep your total party to 10 or fewer participants. At all times, maintain a distance of six feet or more from other people.

 

The BLM encourages responsible, local recreation to avoid putting strain on other communities. To ensure public lands and waters remain intact for future generations, visitors are encouraged to utilize Leave No Trace practices, such as picking up all trash and human waste, while services at recreational facilities are suspended. Please bring your own sanitary products, including toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and pack out all trash.

Providing for recreation opportunities during this time is just one of the many activities BLM Oregon/Washington staff continues to perform each and every day remain because they are vitally important to the nation and our neighbors. Our work continues to support the nation’s energy and food security. We provide for sustainable timber harvests and provide protection from wildland fire. We are stewards of amazing landscapes and provide for enjoyment of all types of outdoor recreation.

If you’d like to do business with the BLM, please do so by email or phone whenever possible.  If you need to come into one of our offices, please contact us first so we can arrange an appointment to help you during normal business hours. Contact information is available on our website at www.blm.gov/oregon-washington.

Information on the affected BLM Oregon-Washington facilities will be posted on https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington/covid-access-restrictions. Please check with individual field and district offices and visitor centers for specific details on operations in your area.

  • Burns District: 541-573-4400
  • Coos Bay District: 541-756-0100
  • Lakeview District: 541-947-2177
  • Medford District: 541-618-2200
  • Northwest Oregon District: 503-375-5646
  • Prineville District: 541-416-6700
  • Roseburg District: 541-440-4930
  • Vale District: 541-473-3144

These closures are pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): 43 CFR § 8364.1, 43 CFR § 9268.3(d)(1), and 43 CFR § 8365.1-4.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.


Garden retailers offer 'Safer Shopping' measures to help customers practice healthy gardening
Oregon Association of Nurseries - 03/27/20 7:29 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wilsonville — March 27, 2020 — As a bittersweet side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending more time in their yards and gardens. They are eager to still tend their gardens, put in vegetable starts, beautify their yards, try new things and enjoy healthy outdoor time.

But they also want to observe social distancing. 

To help them, the Oregon Association (OAN) has launched a web page that lists garden retailers in Oregon and Southwest Washington offering “Safer Shopping” services such as advance ordering, curbside pickup, home delivery, special hours and more. It can be found at www.PlantSomethingOregon.com/coronavirus.

“Our local independent garden centers have always been the gardener’s best friend, offering expert advice to help them succeed and have fun in the garden,” said Jim Simnitt of Simnitt Nursery, president of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. “Now these retailers are going the extra mile to help garden lovers take some degree of refuge in their gardening routine.”

The “Safer Shopping” list is part of the OAN’s Plant Something Oregon consumer site, which offers regionally relevant gardening tips from experts. As the site explains, gardening has many research-proven benefits for human health, which include:

  • Houseplants reduce indoor air pollution
  • Plants reduce stress in the workplace
  • Plants provide healing powers
  • Landscaping boosts property values 
  • Plants save energy and maintenance costs

And, of course, starts and seeds from your local garden center can provide a food source right at home. 

A complete list of the benefits of gardening is provided on the Plant Something Oregon website atwww.PlantSomethingOregon.com/pmlb, including citations from research.

“We’re in a health crisis, and most people don’t realize plants provide these health and well-being benefits,” said Dr. Charlie Hall, an expert in horticulture and economics at Texas A&M University.

With the customized support of garden retailers, the home gardener can have a better experience. Nurturing loyal customers is critical for the survival of independent garden centers during the economic shock and daily disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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CONTACT:

Curt Kipp, Oregon Association of Nurseries, ckipp@oan.org

The Oregon Association of Nurseries, based in Wilsonville, represents more than 700 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Oregon’s ornamental horticulture industry is the state’s largest agricultural commodity, with annual sales of $996 million in 2018. It is also a traded sector, with about 75 percent of the nursery plants grown in Oregon being shipped out of state. For information, visit www.oan.org or call 503-682-5089.




Attached Media Files: 2020-03/1413/132856/PSO_Safer_Shopping_20200326_fin.pdf

Oregon State Police involved in an Officer-Involved-Shooting- Marion County
Oregon State Police - 03/27/20 6:42 AM

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, shortly before midnight, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers from the Salem Area Command were involved in an officer-involved-shooting on Interstate 5 (I-5) near milepost 248, on the southbound side. The involved troopers were uninjured and the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Per Marion County Deadly Force Protocols, the Salem Police Department (SPD) is leading the investigation in cooperation with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. The involved troopers have been placed on paid administrative leave as is standard practice for these events.  All future media releases on this incident will be from the Salem Police Department.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has closed that portion of I-5 at the request of investigators and established a detour. The highway is expected to remain closed until approximately 9:00AM, with a detour in place. Drivers are urged to use caution and expect delays when travelling south of Salem on I-5.


Thu. 03/26/20
03-26-20 Daily Local Update COVID-19 (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 03/26/20 5:59 PM
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Joint Release from Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network

(Douglas County, Ore.) In light of some of the new projections and data being passed down from the state level on the spread and life of COVID-19 in Oregon, your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance want to stress how important it is to follow the “Stay Home, Save Lives” orders outlined by state officials on Monday, March 23, 2020 in the Executive Order 20-12. (Read the Executive Order Here.) 

            “The number one thing for residents to understand is how imperative it is that everyone practices the proper social distancing, hand washing and staying healthy mandates set forth for your protection and health.  This is not a test, we are in a real crisis.  Please take care of yourself, your family and neighbors.  The sooner we all step up and do our part to actively execute the social distancing orders, the greater the impact will be in shortening the life of this virus, and saving the lives of our family and friends,” commented Dr. Dannenhoffer.

Local COVID-19 Test Results

As of this 12:00 pm, Thursday, March 26, 2020, County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer announced one new positive case of COVID-19 in Douglas County to report, bringing the confirmed number of cases in Douglas County to four.  Douglas Public Health Network has launched their epidemiology investigation related to the new case, identifying who this individual may have had contact with.  Identifying information about the newest case is not being released at this time. Close contacts of the confirmed case will be notified by public health.

Currently, there are zero deaths and 139 negative tests for COVID-19 in Douglas County.  DPHN has set up a new online tracking system on their website, www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org, with test results for Douglas County residents.  The goal is to have the chart updated at noon every day.  Again, as a reminder for patient safety, they will not be releasing any identifying information of those that had testing done, or those that have tested positive. If a case comes back positive after that time, DPHN will announce it with a press release and updating their website, until further notice.  

Local COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Clinic

Douglas Public Health Network will host the next COVID-19 drive-through clinic tomorrow, Friday, March 27, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  Residents that will be tested were identified by their health care provider, as a patient that is symptomatic, and needed to be tested.  They will present their test order at the drive-thru clinic, where their specimen will be collected and then flown to a Quest Lab for processing.  Results will be sent back in about a week to their physician or health care provider that ordered the test.  Those tested are asked to please self-quarantine at home and continue to quarantine for 72 hours after symptoms subside.

At this time, you can only get a COVID-19 test through your healthcare provider. Information has been given to providers and clinics about how to get their patients signed up for the drive-through testing process.  Tests are currently being processed at the Oregon State Public Health Lab and a growing number of commercial labs, like Quest and LabCorp. There are very few outpatient clinics in Douglas County offering testing at this time. Community health partners are working very hard to make testing available to a wider number of people. The first drive thru testing site was piloted in the county on March 17 and additional drive-through testing clinics were conducted on March 20, 23 and 24.

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority announced that as of 8:00 am today, March 26, 2020, that another life has been claimed by the COVID-19 virus, bringing the State’s total to 11 deaths.  There are now 316 cases in Oregon, as they reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 today.  The COVID-19 cases by county are as follows: The breakdown of cases: Washington County 104 cases; Marion County 57 cases; Multnomah County 45 cases; Linn County 26 cases; Clackamas County 21 cases; Deschutes County 15 cases; Lane and Yamhill County 7 cases; Benton and Polk County 6 cases each; Jackson and Josephine County 4 cases each; and Douglas County 3 cases; Clatsop and Umatilla County 4 cases each; Grant, Hood River, Klamath, Lincoln, Tillamook, Union and Wasco County 1 case each.  23 Oregon Counties have confirmed cases.

Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website and today new demographic information was added www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  Oregon’s eleventh death is a 69-year-old woman from Washington County, who tested positive on March 15, and died on March 25, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.  The Oregon Health Authority is now releasing the daily situation status report, which is produced jointly with Oregon Office of Emergency Management. It details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak and the response across government agencies. Read more here about the daily situation status report.

A Message from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office – Help Our 911 Center (See attached Facebook clip)

Donation Blood Today!

Yes, these are uncertain times, but leaving home to donate blood is considered a lifesaving and essential need. Those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling (800) 733-2767.? Donate your blood and save a life. There are a few upcoming blood drives scheduled in Douglas County this week and next. 

Red Cross Donor Center – 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd in Roseburg

  • Friday, March 27 from 9am to 3pm
  • Monday, March 30 from 12:30pm to 6:30pm

Community Blood Drives

  • Friday, March 27 between 1pm to 6pm, Grocery Outlet, 130 Petite Street, Myrtle Creek
  • Tuesday, March 31 from 9am to 3pm, First Presbyterian Church, 823 SW Lane Ave, Roseburg

Stay Informed with the Accurate Information

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely COVID-19 information and response to Douglas County residents. If you have questions about resources available, call the COVID-19 hotline, staffed by local volunteers at (541) 464-6550.  Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the DPHN website at www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Find additional information on state, federal and international COVID-19 response from the following websites: Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.




Attached Media Files: DCSO Help 911 Call Center

COVID-19 Evening Update on March 26
Lane Co. Government - 03/26/20 4:51 PM

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified this afternoon of another positive test result for COVID-19.  This makes a total of eight (8) positive tests in Lane County. 

 

The resident is a woman in her 50s who lives in a private residence in Eugene-Springfield. She is currently at home, following all LCPH recommendations, and is medically stable.

 

Individuals who had contact with this community member will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care provider on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are currently happening. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Additional information will be shared at tomorrow’s press briefing, if available.


Oregonians statewide can now use SNAP to buy groceries online
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/26/20 4:41 PM

SALEM, OR – In keeping with Governor Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order, Oregonians across the state who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can now purchase groceries online from Walmart and Amazon, helping to keep SNAP recipients and their families safe from COVID-19 by opening new avenues for social distancing.

Oregon has been exploring ways to increase access to food including a pilot project to provide Oregonians the opportunities to purchase groceries online with SNAP benefits. In March 2020, the Department of Human Services (DHS) provided access to online purchasing in Portland and Grants Pass at Walmart and Amazon. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, both retailers moved up their expansion dates for online food shopping to help those who are unable or who have difficulty getting to the store another option to purchase food.

“We are grateful that these retailers expanded their grocery services to all Oregonians receiving SNAP benefits,” said Dan Haun, Self-Sufficiency Programs director at the Oregon Department of Human Services. “Convenience, quality and fresh groceries should not be determined by how someone pays. The expansion will increase food access for those who experience challenges visiting brick-and-mortar stores.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the number of people eligible for SNAP, the ability to purchase groceries online supports physical distancing necessary to help slow the spread of the virus.

“We appreciate the accommodations that many retailers have made to support individuals at high risk of serious health consequences from COVID-19,” said Mike McCormick, interim director of the DHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities. “Anything we can do to help Oregonians access necessities and limit their potential exposure to illness, is absolutely crucial at this time.”

If your work hours are reduced or you lose your job, you may become eligible for SNAP if you meet eligibility requirements. You can apply for SNAP benefits without visiting an office. Apply online at OHP.Oregon.Gov.

DHS is keeping local offices open during this pandemic to serve people who do not have access to the Internet. To find an office in your community: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/Offices/Pages/Self-Sufficiency.aspx.




Attached Media Files: 2020-03/973/132849/Oregonians_statewide_can_now_use_SNAP_to_buy_groceries_online.pdf

Oregon releases health care system action plan to fight COVID-19
Oregon Health Authority - 03/26/20 3:36 PM

March 26, 2020

Media contacts: OHA Joint Information Center (JIC) Staff, 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon releases health care system action plan to fight COVID-19

New projections show social distancing must be maintained to protect health care system

(Portland – March 26, 2020) The fight against the coronavirus depends on Oregon hospitals having enough beds to treat the coming surge in patients who will become seriously ill with the virus. Today, Oregon health officials and hospitals announced a joint statewide action plan to dramatically bolster the state’s ability to treat people with COVID-19 illness who need hospital care.

The plan was developed by the “Governor’s Joint Task Force for Health Care Systems Response to COVID-19,” convened by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). It includes a broad range of health systems, health care providers, human services organizations, public health and public safety agencies, insurers and other organizations needed in the battle.

The plan addresses 4 urgent actions necessary to expand the health care system’s capacity and maintain its capability as Oregon braces for a projected spike in new coronavirus cases:

  1. Procure and distribute critical medical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers and ventilators.
  2. Optimize hospital capacity to be able to treat COVID-19 cases.
  3. Mobilize the health care workforce to respond to COVID-19.
  4. Maintain a unified, coordinated and transparent emergency response to COVID-19.

New projections of COVID-19 cases in Oregon show the state is at a critical moment in the fight against the disease. Social distancing measures could alter the trajectory of new infections, which gives Oregon’s health care system the chance to ramp up to meet the coming surge. But the state has little margin for error. A return to “business as usual” or slight differences in actual infection rates (compared to projected ones) could swamp hospitals with more coronavirus cases than they could treat.

Governor Brown said, “Hospital leaders and health officials are doing their part to find beds, secure supplies and protect health care workers. Oregonians can make a difference too: stay home and save lives. We all have a role to play in an unprecedented, unified effort across Oregon to stop the coronavirus from taking the tragic toll we’ve seen it claim elsewhere.”

State agencies, hospitals and health care providers have already begun to implement the plan.

  • The state is collecting PPE for re-distribution to facilities in need.
  • Regional hospitals have signed mutual aid agreements to shift equipment, workforce and patients from overburdened facilities to others with adequate capacity.
  • The state is working with providers to stand-up alternate care locations (such as the Oregon Medical Station), identify and develop new alternate care sites, enable ambulatory care centers to house patients and re-purpose long-term care facilities.
  • The state and hospitals are sharing hospital bed utilization data so hospitals can manage the use of beds and equipment across their region.
  • The state is developing childcare options for health care workers, so their work isn’t interrupted by school closings and family responsibilities.

OHA Director Patrick Allen said, “Oregon’s health care system began preparing for a pandemic years ago, which gave us a head start on this plan. From expanding testing to securing more ventilators for Oregon hospitals, we are united by a set of common strategies to save lives in every corner of the state.”

The latest models state health officials released today forecast the following outcomes for 3 different scenarios:

  • Return to business as usual: If Oregon lifted all the social distancing measures state leaders have instituted in recent weeks, there will be an estimated 15,000 cumulative infections by May 8th (within a range of 5,900-26,000). Approximately 1,100 people would need inpatient beds (850 AAC/250 ICU) across Oregon.
  • Maintain bans on large gatherings and indefinite school closures: There would be an estimated 6,100 cumulative infections by May 8th (within a range of 2,000-12,000) and 340 people will need inpatient beds (260 AAC/80 ICU).
  • Maintain aggressive interventions put into place on Monday, March 23rd (i.e.., Stay Home, Save Lives) with high public adherence: There will be an estimated 1,000 (within a possible range of 700-3,800) cumulative infections by May 8th. Under this scenario, hospitals would have to boost capacity by a smaller number of beds.

The models show that only aggressive interventions, like the Stay Home, Save Lives executive order Governor Brown issued on March 23rd, are predicted to decrease the number of active infections.

The models state health officials released today were prepared by the Institute for Disease Modeling. While similar to projections completed earlier by researchers at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), these newer models from IDM take into account the impact of community-level social distancing interventions, which were not incorporated into the OHSU study. Researchers from OHSU and other hospitals are collaborating with OHA to forecast the COVID-19 burden for their specific hospitals based on this information.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state health officer at OHA, said: “These projections tell us the sacrifices Oregonians are making right now can save lives. At the same time, they paint a dark picture of what could happen. We can’t afford to drop our guard.”


Oregon releases health care system action plan to fight COVID-19 (Photo)
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New projections show social distancing must be maintained to protect health care system

(Portland – March 26, 2020) The fight against the coronavirus depends on Oregon hospitals having enough beds to treat the coming surge in patients who will become seriously ill with the virus. Today, Oregon health officials and hospitals announced a joint statewide action plan to dramatically bolster the state’s ability to treat people with COVID-19 illness who need hospital care.

The plan was developed by the “Governor’s Joint Task Force for Health Care Systems Response to COVID-19,” convened by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). It includes a broad range of health systems, health care providers, human services organizations, public health and public safety agencies, insurers and other organizations needed in the battle.

The plan addresses 4 urgent actions necessary to expand the health care system’s capacity and maintain its capability as Oregon braces for a projected spike in new coronavirus cases:

  1. Procure and distribute critical medical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers and ventilators.
  2. Optimize hospital capacity to be able to treat COVID-19 cases.
  3. Mobilize the health care workforce to respond to COVID-19.
  4. Maintain a unified, coordinated and transparent emergency response to COVID-19.

New projections of COVID-19 cases in Oregon show the state is at a critical moment in the fight against the disease. Social distancing measures could alter the trajectory of new infections, which gives Oregon’s health care system the chance to ramp up to meet the coming surge. But the state has little margin for error. A return to “business as usual” or slight differences in actual infection rates (compared to projected ones) could swamp hospitals with more coronavirus cases than they could treat.

Governor Brown said, “Hospital leaders and health officials are doing their part to find beds, secure supplies and protect health care workers. Oregonians can make a difference too: stay home and save lives. We all have a role to play in an unprecedented, unified effort across Oregon to stop the coronavirus from taking the tragic toll we’ve seen it claim elsewhere.”

State agencies, hospitals and health care providers have already begun to implement the plan.

  • The state is collecting PPE for re-distribution to facilities in need.
  • Regional hospitals have signed mutual aid agreements to shift equipment, workforce and patients from overburdened facilities to others with adequate capacity.
  • The state is working with providers to stand-up alternate care locations (such as the Oregon Medical Station), identify and develop new alternate care sites, enable ambulatory care centers to house patients and re-purpose long-term care facilities.
  • The state and hospitals are sharing hospital bed utilization data so hospitals can manage the use of beds and equipment across their region.
  • The state is developing childcare options for health care workers, so their work isn’t interrupted by school closings and family responsibilities. 

OHA Director Patrick Allen said, “Oregon’s health care system began preparing for a pandemic years ago, which gave us a head start on this plan. From expanding testing to securing more ventilators for Oregon hospitals, we are united by a set of common strategies to save lives in every corner of the state.”

The latest models state health officials released today forecast the following outcomes for 3 different scenarios: 

  • Return to business as usual: If Oregon lifted all the social distancing measures state leaders have instituted in recent weeks, there will be an estimated 15,000 cumulative infections by May 8th (within a range of 5,900-26,000). Approximately 1,100 people would need inpatient beds (850 AAC/250 ICU) across Oregon.
  • Maintain bans on large gatherings and indefinite school closures: There would be an estimated 6,100 cumulative infections by May 8th (within a range of 2,000-12,000) and 340 people will need inpatient beds (260 AAC/80 ICU).
  • Maintain aggressive interventions put into place on Monday, March 23rd (i.e.., Stay Home, Save Lives) with high public adherence: There will be an estimated 1,000 (within a possible range of 700-3,800) cumulative infections by May 8th. Under this scenario, hospitals would have to boost capacity by a smaller number of beds.

The models show that only aggressive interventions, like the Stay Home, Save Lives executive order Governor Brown issued on March 23rd, are predicted to decrease the number of active infections.  

The models state health officials released today were prepared by the Institute for Disease Modeling. While similar to projections completed earlier by researchers at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), these newer models from IDM take into account the impact of community-level social distancing interventions, which were not incorporated into the OHSU study. Researchers from OHSU and other hospitals are collaborating with OHA to forecast the COVID-19 burden for their specific hospitals based on this information.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state health officer at OHA, said: “These projections tell us the sacrifices Oregonians are making right now can save lives. At the same time, they paint a dark picture of what could happen.  We can’t afford to drop our guard.”




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Extra Patrols and Prescription Delivery
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/26/20 2:20 PM

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon is offering extra patrols for those businesses across the Linn County that have had to close their doors or are operating under reduced hours because of the Governor’s Executive order.  We want to do everything we can to protect everyone during these uncertain times. 

I am requesting you click the link below to get us your information, so we have a good list for our deputies to check. 

 https://www.linnsheriff.org/contact/

We are also going to follow the Sweet Home Police Department by offering prescription medication delivery to the more vulnerable population.  In support of Governor Kate Brown's most recent Executive Order regarding social distancing, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office will begin offering a prescription pick-up and delivery service.

Effective March 30, 2020, we will pick-up and deliver life-preserving prescription medication to private residences within Linn County from pharmacies within the county. This program will be valid during the governor's executive order, currently set to expire on April 28, 2020.

Program participation is available to anyone 65 years old or older, have a life-threatening pre-existing medical condition, and lives within the county.

If you meet the above criteria, contact the Linn County Sheriff’s Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 541-967-3911. A participating resident will need to provide the following: 
- Name
- Address
- Phone Number
- Date of Birth
- Requested Prescription
- Pharmacy Name

Further, the resident must complete the following before contacting the Sheriff’s Office:
- Contact the pharmacy and order the prescription.
- Pre-pay for medicine over the phone.
- Advise the pharmacy the Linn County Sheriff’s Office will be picking up the prescription.
- Have a valid identification available when the deputy arrives at your residence.

Staff making the deliveries will always be in approved Linn County Sheriff’s Office attire with identification, personal protective equipment, and will maintain social distancing.

We are all in this together and we are simply trying to help our community the best way we can. 


Oregon Guardsmen transport supplies to support medical response (Photo)
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SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon National Guard, in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is scheduled to provide and deliver 150 military cots along with blankets and hygiene packs to La Grande, Oregon, March 26. The supplies were requested by Union County Emergency Management to support ongoing medical response in Oregon.

“We are all part of one team working together to ensure the safety of our communities throughout Oregon,” said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

A crew of four Oregon Army National Guardsmen assembled the military cots, blankets and hygiene packs in Salem on March 25, and then loaded and transported the items to be delivered today in La Grande.

In addition to delivering the supplies, the team is scheduled to support a Grant County request by assisting in setting up a temporary structure/s at the Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Oregon, to be used to support short-term medial stations if/when needed.

“Our team at Blue Mountain Hospital District is thankful to the Oregon Army National Guard for answering our call for support. We envision using this tent as an important extension of our emergency department in the event there is an influx of patient volume”, said Derek Daly, the Chief Executive Officer for Blue Mountain Hospital District.

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200325-A-LM216-269: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Luke Fox, prepares 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, to be delivered by a team of four Oregon Army National Guardsman from Salem to La Grande, Ore., at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation, March 25, 2020. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used, if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 

200325-A-LM216-290: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Luke Fox, prepares 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, to be delivered by a team of four Oregon Army National Guardsman from Salem to La Grande, Ore., at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation, March 25, 2020. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used, if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 

200325-A-LM216-311: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Luke Fox prepares a trailer and Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) for his team to deliver 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to La Grande, Ore., March 25, 2020. The team of four Oregon Army National Guardsman will travel from Salem to La Grande at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used, if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 

200325-A-LM216-354: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Gerod Martin (left) and Sgt. Luke Fox, prepare a trailer and Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) for his team to deliver 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to La Grande, Ore., March 26, 2020. The team of four Oregon Army National Guardsman will travel from Salem to La Grande at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used, if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 

200325-A-LM216-379: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Luke Fox guides a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) driven by Spc. Gerod Martin as the team of four Oregon National Guardsman depart to deliver 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to La Grande, Ore., March 26, 2020. The team will travel from Salem to La Grande at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 

200325-A-LM216-398: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Gerod Martin (right) and Sgt. Luke Fox, prepare a trailer and Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) for his team to deliver 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to La Grande, Ore., March 26, 2020. The team of four Oregon Army National Guardsman will travel from Salem to La Grande at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used, if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 




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Oregon reports 1 new COVID-19 death, 50 new COVID-19 cases
Oregon Health Authority - 03/26/20 1:35 PM

March 26, 2020

Media contacts: OHA Joint Information Center (JIC) Staff, 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 1 new COVID-19 death, 50 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore.— COVID-19 has claimed 1 more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 10 to 11, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8:00 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 50 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 316, as of 8:00 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clatsop (1), Deschutes (5), Josephine (2), Lane (2), Linn (1), Marion (14), Multnomah (12), Polk (3), Tillamook (1), Wasco (1), and Washington (8). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website and today new demographic information was added: : www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s eleventh COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old woman in Washington County, who tested positive on 3/15/2020, and died 3/25/2020 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

The Oregon Health Authority is now releasing the daily situation status report, which is produced jointly with Oregon Office of Emergency Management. It details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak and the response across government agencies. Read more here: https://govsite-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/SLdyToaAQ2i1P0EsaL7t_Oregon-COVID-19-SitStat-03-26-2020-FINAL.pdf

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


03-26-20 Special Local Update COVID-19 - Fourth Positive Case
Douglas Co. Government - 03/26/20 12:33 PM

Joint Release from Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network

(Douglas County, Ore.) As of this 12:00 pm, Thursday, March 26, 2020, County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer announced one new positive case of COVID-19 in Douglas County to report, bringing the confirmed number of cases in Douglas County to four.  Douglas Public Health Network has launched their epidemiology investigation related to the new case, identifying who this individual may have had contact with.  Identifying information about the newest case is not being released at this time. Close contacts of the confirmed case will be notified by public health.

Currently, there are zero deaths and 139 negative tests for COVID-19 in Douglas County.  DPHN has set new online tracking system for test results from Douglas County residents.  The goal is to have the chart updated at noon every day.  Residents will be able to go on the website and see the tracking of results.  Again, as a reminder for patient safety, they will not be releasing any identifying information of those that had testing done, or those that have tested positive. If a case comes back positive after that time, DPHN will announce it with a press release and updating their website, until further notice. Go to the DPHN website to view the update: www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.

Stay Informed with the Accurate Information

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely COVID-19 information and response to Douglas County residents.  If you have questions about resources available, call the COVID-19 hotline, staffed by local volunteers at (541) 464-6550

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the DPHN website at www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Find additional information on state, federal and international COVID-19 response from the following websites: Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.


Media briefing: Health care leaders to release health care systems' plan to fight COVID-19 in Oregon and latest projections on infection and hospitalization rates (Photo)
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(Portland, OR – March 26, 2020) State health officials and hospital leaders will release the “Governor’s Joint Task Force for Health Care Systems Response to COVID-19” today in a media briefing. They also will present the latest projections on coronavirus infection and hospitalization rates in the state.

The Governor’s Joint Task Force for Health Care Systems Response to COVID-19 report outlines coordinated steps state agencies and Oregon’s health care system are taking to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Oregon.

The media briefing will be held at 1:00 p.m. Speakers will include:

  • Overview of latest COVID-19 projections in Oregon: Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon Health Authority
  • Summary of Governor’s Joint Task Force action plan: Dr. Dana Hargunani, Oregon Health Authority
  • Collaborative efforts across the health care system to fight COVID-19: Becky Hultberg, CEO, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

Webinar login information:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1397125641980035851

 
Dial-in: (415) 655-0052
Access Code: 902-062-156



Attached Media Files: Media Advisory , Stay Home, Save Lives

Media briefing: Health care leaders to release health care systems' plan to fight COVID-19 in Oregon and latest projections on infection and hospitalization rates
Oregon Health Authority - 03/26/20 12:06 PM

March 26, 2020

Media contacts: OHA Joint Information Center (JIC) Staff, 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Media briefing: Health care leaders to release health care systems’ plan to fight COVID-19 in Oregon and latest projections on infection and hospitalization rates

(Portland, OR – March 26, 2020) State health officials and hospital leaders will release the “Governor’s Joint Task Force for Health Care Systems Response to COVID-19” today in a media briefing. They also will present the latest projections on coronavirus infection and hospitalization rates in the state.

The Governor’s Joint Task Force for Health Care Systems Response to COVID-19 report outlines coordinated steps state agencies and Oregon’s health care system are taking to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Oregon.

The media briefing will be held at 1:00 p.m. Speakers will include:

  • Overview of latest COVID-19 projections in Oregon: Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon Health Authority
  • Summary of Governor’s Joint Task Force action plan: Dr. Dana Hargunani, Oregon Health Authority
  • Collaborative efforts across the health care system to fight COVID-19: Becky Hultberg, CEO, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

When: 1 p.m. TODAY, March 26, 2020.

Webinar login information: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1397125641980035851

Dial-in: (415) 655-0052
Access Code: 902-062-156


March 26 COVID-19 press conference available online
Lane Co. Government - 03/26/20 12:00 PM

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Tuesday, March 24, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or at https://vimeo.com/401068607.  

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

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Respite sites for unhoused Lane County residents identified in Eugene and Springfield
Lane Co. Government - 03/26/20 11:23 AM

As part of its COVID-19 response, Lane County has identified two temporary respite sites where unhoused individuals can receive services, including a safe place to sleep, meals, showers and medical screenings.

 

The first site, in Eugene, is the Lane County Fairgrounds. People showing no symptoms or signs of illness will be placed in the convention center. Those who are showing signs of illness will be directed to the Wheeler Pavilion.

 

The second site, in Springfield, is the Memorial Building, owned by Willamalane Park and Recreation District.

 

Lane County has contracted with St. Vincent de Paul to operate the shelter aspect, and is working to establish Occupy Medical as the medical screening resource. The City of Eugene, which has an existing network of outreach teams, will provide street outreach to make unhoused individuals aware of the sites and what services are available once both sites are open.

 

Participation in the service is voluntary. Only the individuals staying at one of the locations overnight will have access to the facilities. Lane County Environmental Health employees are assisting with set up of both sites to ensure that proper social distancing can be observed.

 

The Fairgrounds general shelter site will open today; the Wheeler Pavilion is expected to open tomorrow. The Springfield site is on track to open tomorrow.

 

“Our unhoused community members are among our most vulnerable residents,” said Lane County Incident Commander Karen Gaffney. “Not only is it more difficult from unhoused people to maintain the good hygiene and social distancing that is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19, but many of the social services they depend on for meals are not able to operate right now, or operating at a much small scale.”

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- March 26 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference)
Lane Co. Government - 03/26/20 10:04 AM

TESTING UPDATE

Lane County has seven (7) positive COVID-19 test results and one suspected COVID-19 death (1) as of 0800 on March 26.

 

A total of 349 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents. Please note: this number is likely below the actual number of tests conducted. Private labs are processing tests from Lane County residents and there is variability in reporting of negative results. Lane County Public Health is being notified of any positive test results.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

Lane County Public Health was notified of two more positive test results yesterday afternoon.

 

One resident is a woman in her 60s who lives in a private residence in Eugene-Springfield. She is currently at home, following all LCPH recommendations, and is medically stable. Her illness is thought to be related to domestic travel.

 

The other is a man in his 30s who lives in Eugene-Springfield. He is currently at home, following all LCPH recommendations, and is medically stable.

 

Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Additionally, as part of its COVID-19 response, Lane County has identified two temporary sites where unhoused individuals can receive services, including a safe place to sleep, meals, showers and medical screenings.

 

Sarai Johnson, Joint Housing & Shelter Strategist for Lane County and the City of Eugene, will be available to share more information about the respite sites and answer questions.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment. 

PREVENTION INFORMATION

Stay home. Save lives.

 

Effective on March 24, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of Executive Order 20-12 is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, must stay home. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.

It is okay to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing. It is not okay to travel to another community, including the Oregon Coast, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Executive Order is in effect until terminated by the Governor.

 

We encourage everyone to make use of technology (FaceTime, video calls, and other tools) to stay in touch with loved ones. Isolation can be unhealthy, especially for elderly community members who live alone. Staying in touch can help people remain connected to their loved ones and their communities.

 

We recommend all residents take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including while they are at home:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations (including the flu vaccine), eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meeting on April 10 canceled
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/26/20 9:44 AM

SALEM, Ore. — The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee’s scheduled meeting for April 10 in Salem has been canceled due to ongoing county commissioner responsibilities related to managing the COVID-19 outbreak. The next meeting is scheduled for May 29, also in Salem.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Record Initial Claims for Unemployment Benefits
Oregon Employment Department - 03/26/20 9:20 AM

During the week of March 15, the Oregon Employment Department received more than 76,500 initial claims for Unemployment Insurance benefits. During the first three days of the week of March 22, initial claims have been tracking at record levels again. This comes as a sharp increase from 4,900 initial claims filed during the week of March 8. The Employment Department is taking several measures to meet the unprecedented need for unemployment benefits, which is largely due to reduced hours and layoffs related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Helping Oregonians

The Employment Department has been proactive in its response to an abrupt disruption in the economy by enhancing the performance and stability of our online claims system. Over the past two weeks, the agency also hired new employees, shifted existing staff working in other program areas, and trained them, doubling the number of employees working on unemployment claims. We will continue adding and training employees to process unemployment claims in the coming weeks.

Still, record levels of unemployment claims cause longer wait times, as the department works to gather and process the details factoring into each individual claimant’s eligibility and weekly benefit amount. We encourage Oregonians who have lost their jobs to file claims using our online system to lower wait times by phone. A new video from the Employment Department shows step-by-step details for filing an online claim.

The department also continues to offer job seeker and employer services, including more phone and virtual options for appropriate social distancing. We are present to help Oregonians who have experienced tremendous disruptions, while also doing our part to follow health and safety guidelines for our communities.

The Employment Department’s COVID-19 web page serves as a resource guide. It includes an overview of the Unemployment Insurance program, along with questions and answers about specific COVID-19 coronavirus-related situations and unemployment benefits. We continue to update our site with the latest information related to COVID-19 as new federal and state guidelines change or expand benefits. The Employment Department has also enacted temporary rules, adding more flexibility for unemployment benefits to help Oregonians affected by COVID-19 business closures.

Initial Claims

Of the 76,500 initial claims filed, the Employment Department has detailed information for the 22,800 claims processed during the week. The leisure and hospitality sector, which includes hotels and restaurants, saw the greatest number of initial claims for unemployment benefits (10,700). This reflects some of the early impact of public health and safety measures. Many initial claims also came from workers in health care (2,100) and retail trade (1,400).

Multnomah, Washington, and Lane counties had the largest number of processed claims during the week of March 15. The largest increases in initial claims occurred in Union and Clatsop counties. More initial claims data by industry and area can be found on the QualityInfo.org COVID-19 page.

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To file an online claim for unemployment benefits, go to Oregon.gov/employ or call 1-877-FILE-4-UI.

For help finding jobs and training resources, contact your local WorkSource Oregon center or go to WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.




Attached Media Files: 2020-03/930/132818/03.26.20_Employment_Department_COVID-19_Claims_and_Response_Release_FINAL.pdf

Oregon Credit Unions Continue to Step Up for Members (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 03/26/20 8:54 AM
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As essential financial services providers, they’re offering special services to members impacted by COVID-19.

Tigard, Oregon (March 26, 2020) – Credit unions are considered essential businesses under Governor Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Safe Lives” Executive Order, and are here to support more than two million Oregonians. As not-for-profit, cooperative financial services providers, credit unions are already mobilized to help their members who are facing financial hardships as the result of COVID-19.

Credit Unions are Here for You

Oregonians are facing life-changing disruptions as schools and many businesses close. Unfortunately, for many, this has meant the loss of jobs or income. Oregon’s credit unions have special programs in place to help consumers through these difficult times, and have already provided hundreds of solutions such as:

  • Loan modifications to make payments more affordable
  • Options to skip mortgage payments for as long as 90 days
  • Emergency low-interest to zero-interest loans

At a credit union, you’re not a number – you’re a member, and each member’s needs are unique. If you are being impacted financially by COVID-19, contact your credit union to find out about the solutions that are best for you. If you aren’t a credit union member, and unsure where to start, visit YourMoneyFurther.com to learn more and find one near you.

Still Connected During Social Distancing

Like your family, the credit union family is following best “social distancing” practices to keep members and employees safe. Some branches are closed, but drive-throughs remain open, ATMs are operating, employees are answering questions at call centers, and online and mobile apps are available for 24/7 account access.

There is no Need to Carry Large Amounts of Cash

With full access to your money through digital technology, there is no reason for you to withdraw large amounts of cash; in fact, we’re hearing many merchants may prefer that you use a debit or credit card right now. If your cash is lost or stolen, it cannot be replaced, but your credit union can fix you up with new credit and debit cards if they are lost or stolen.

We as credit unions understand the difficulty this situation presents, and we are working through this together.

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 175 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 7.3  million consumer members. As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions look out for their members’ financial well-being. Everyone should open their eyes to a credit union.  For more information, please visit: https://yourmoneyfurther.com




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Tip of The Week for March 30, 2020 - Security Tips for Telecommuters (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/26/20 7:00 AM
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Date:            March 26, 2020                                    

Contact:        Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0652

                   clanders@co.lincoln.or.us

 

 

SECURITY TIPS FOR TELECOMMUTERS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

WORKING FROM HOME?

Keeping your home online workplace secure during the COVID-19 outbreak:

While working from home can - and hopefully will - help slow the spread of the coronavirus, it brings new challenges: juggling work while kids are home from school; learning new software and collaboration programs; and managing paper files at home. As you're getting your work-at-home systems set up, here are some tips for protecting your devices and personal information.
 

Start with- cybersecurity basics like Do Not Click! Keep your security software up to date. Use passwords on all your devices and apps. Make sure the passwords are long, strong and unique: at least 12 characters that are a mix of numbers, symbols and capital and lowercase letters.

Secure your home network- Start with your router. Turn on encryption (WPA2 or WPA3). Encryption scrambles information sent over your network so outsiders can't read it. WPA2 and WPA3 are the most up-to-date encryption standards to protect information sent over a wireless network. No WPA3 or WPA2 options on your router? Try updating your router software, then check again to see if WPA2 or WPA3 are available. If not, consider replacing your router. For more guidance, read Securing Your Wireless Network and Secure Remote Access.

Keep an eye on your laptop and cell phone- If you're using a laptop or a cell phone to work, make sure it is password-protected, locked and secure. Never leave it unattended - like in a vehicle or at a public charging station.

Securely store sensitive files- When there's a legitimate business need to transfer confidential information from office to home, keep it out of sight and under lock and key. If you don't have a file cabinet at home, use a locked room.

Dispose of sensitive data securely- Don't just throw it in the trash or recycling bin. Shred it with a micro-cut shredder. Paperwork you no longer need can be a treasure to identity thieves if it includes personal information about customers or employees.

Follow your employer's security practices- Your home is now an extension of your office. So, follow the protocols that your employer has implemented.

Want to learn more? Read our previous alerts on COVID-19 and learn how to file a complaint about price gouging by calling our new price gouging hotline at 503-378-8442.

Information provided by Oregon Department of Justice, Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section.




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Wed. 03/25/20
COVID-19 Evening Update on March 25 & Press Conference Link
Lane Co. Government - 03/25/20 6:02 PM

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified this afternoon that two more tests have come back positive for COVID-19.  This makes a total of seven (7) positive tests in Lane County. 

 

One resident is a woman in her 60s who lives in a private residence in Eugene-Springfield. She is currently at home, following all LCPH recommendations, and is medically stable. Her illness is thought to be related to domestic travel.

 

The other is a man in his 30s who lives in Eugene-Springfield. He is currently at home, following all LCPH recommendations, and is medically stable.

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care provider on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are currently happening. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Additional information will be shared at tomorrow’s press briefing, if available.

 

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Wednesday, March 25, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or at https://vimeo.com/400694527

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

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03-25-20 Daily Local Update COVID-19
Douglas Co. Government - 03/25/20 5:22 PM

Joint Release from Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network

(Douglas County, Ore.) We want to assure the public that your Douglas County Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas Public Health Network, Douglas County Emergency Services and local health partners are stepping up their response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Douglas County.   

Local COVID-19 Testing Clinics

Douglas Public Health Network has now hosted three local COVID-19 drive-through clinics at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  The latest was yesterday, March 24, in which they collected 43 samples.  A total of 95 residents have been tested at the drive-through clinics, and their specimens were flown to a Quest Lab for processing.  Results will be sent back in about a week to the health care provider that ordered the test.  Those tested are asked to please self-quarantine at home and continue to quarantine for 72 hours after symptoms subside.

At this time, you can only get a COVID-19 test through your healthcare provider. Information has been given to providers and clinics about how to get their patients signed up for the drive-through testing process.  Tests are currently being processed at the Oregon State Public Health Lab and a growing number of commercial labs, like Quest and LabCorp. There are very few outpatient clinics in Douglas County offering testing at this time. Community health partners are working very hard to make testing available to a wider number of people. The first drive thru testing site was piloted in the county on March 17 and additional drive-through testing clinics were conducted on March 20 and March 23.

Local COVID-19 Test Results

As of 12:30 pm today, March 25th 2020, Douglas County still has only 3 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, zero deaths and 135 negative tests for COVID-19.  Douglas Public Health Network will be updating their website with local numbers daily around noon. If a case comes back positive after that time, DPHN will announce it with a press release, while updating their website, until further notice.

DPHN has set new online tracking system for test results from Douglas County residents.  The goal is to have the chart updated at noon every day.  Residents will be able to go on the website and see the tracking of results.  Again, as a reminder for patient safety, they will not be releasing any identifying information of those that had testing done, or those that have tested positive.  DPHN has launched their epidemiology investigation related to these two new cases, identifying who these individuals may have had contact with.  Anyone that might have come in contact with the two newest confirmed individuals will be notified by public health directly. 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority announced today, March 25, 2020 that there are a total of 266 positive cases, 10 deaths 10 and 5,476 negative tests associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Take Care of the Mental You

Fear and anxiety are normal reactions to the abnormal situation we are all living with right now. There are lots of ways to manage your fear and anxiety.  Management often begins with staying connected to your friends and family, the people we love. During this crisis however, we have to create new ways to stay connected that respect social distancing and self-quarantine.  Look at staying connected over the phone or internet, plan daily check ins or virtual meetings/get togethers using technology if you are able. Other ways of managing fear and anxiety include taking care of your own health by eating well and doing activities you take pleasure in.  Stay informed, but also remember to take a break from reading or watching coverage about the virus.  Continual monitoring of the onslaught of COVID-19 information can be very upsetting to your mental health.  Find information sources that you trust and that give local information regularly. Balance information seeking with activities you enjoy and that make you happy.

Many of us were dealing with fear and anxiety before this happened and this public health crisis could make that worse.  Reach out and seek help if you have the common signs of mental distress or an increase in any of the following:

Feelings of numbness, disbelief, changes in appetite, energy and activity levels, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting images or thoughts, physical reactions such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems and skin rashes, anger or short-tempter, worsening chronic health problems or increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. 

You can seek help locally by calling the Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550 or Compass Behavioral Health at (541) 440-3532 or (800) 866-9780.

Outbreaks and disasters like this often also lead to increases in domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, if you are a victim of domestic or sexual violence, there is help available. Call Peace at Home Advocacy Center (formerly Battered Persons’ Advocacy) at (541) 673-7867 or (800) 464-6643. 

The CDC also has an updated webpage to help people deal with stress during the crisis.  CDC Managing Stress and Anxiety Website.

DCSO - Oregon State Police - Emergency Declaration Enforcement FAQ

In behalf of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, we are sharing guidance to frequently asked questions from the Oregon State Police, relating to the enforcement of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-12 “Stay Home, Save Lives.”

Is this martial law?

No, not even close. There are no curfews and a person’s movements are not restricted under the Governor’s Executive Order. While details are offered in the order relating to social distancing, specific business closures and non-essential social gatherings- Oregonian’s movements are generally unrestricted.

Do I need documentation from my employer deeming me essential?

No. The Governor’s Executive Order closes certain businesses, outlined in section (2). These businesses reflect operations that would make close contact difficult or impossible to avoid. Officers are not asking or looking for any type of special paperwork from your employer.

Do I need a special placard on my car, when going to work or if I drive for work?

No. There is no special documentation or placards for people going to work or permitted activities.

Will I be pulled over for driving on the highway?

Not for violation of the Governor’s Executive Order, which specifically outlines efforts to avoid large gatherings- not restrict the movement of Oregonians. If, however, you are committing a traffic violation or crime that would be enforced independent of the order, you may be stopped, like any other day.

Are the state lines closed and are there roadblocks?

No, traffic is moving freely within Oregon and our border states. There are no roadblocks or restrictions of vehicle movement. Washington State is operating under a similar executive order from their Governor, so Oregonians should be aware of these provisions when traveling in their state.

If my business is closed, can I still go to work if my employer makes me? Won’t I be arrested?

While the order prohibits the public from congregating at a closed business, the employer may still have work to do on site. As long as employees are not conducting business that is prohibited by the Executive Order, it is okay to still be at the worksite. No “passes” or paperwork is required.

Are rest areas open?

Yes, generally. Some rest areas are connected to parks, which are currently closed to comply with the Executive Order.

Are police arresting or ticketing people in public or in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order?

People that violate the Governor’s Order in an Emergency Declaration could be arrested or cited, which is a C Misdemeanor- the lowest level of criminal conduct designation. All Oregon law enforcement are united on the premise that police action is extremely undesirable and we hope to educate Oregonians if congregating in violation of the Governor’s Order. Citation or arrest would be an extreme last resort if a person failed to comply with the lawful direction of a police officer.

What about my kids that may congregate in a place without my permission, like a skate park?

Police know our children don’t often take their parent’s advice and may ignore direction when away. Like adults found to be congregating in a location, officers will likely approach the youths and educate them on the order. Citations and arrest are extremely unlikely, reserved for only the most extreme circumstances.

Can I still go hiking and fishing?

Yes. Oregonians can still recreate outdoors, if their recreational activity involves non-contact with others and they can maintain appropriate social distancing- which is defined as 6 feet or more from others. Oregonians and visitors to our state should be aware most campgrounds and boat ramps are closed, so you should research your plans before recreating.

Should I call 911 if I see people congregating?

No. The level of this violation is not for reporting police, fire or medical emergencies through 911. People may choose to self-educate their fellow Oregonians or if a large gathering is noted, they may call their respective police agency’s non-emergency number.

Help Keep the Blood Donations Going – Circulate the Love

Yes, these are uncertain times, but leaving home to donate blood is considered a lifesaving and essential need. Those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling (800) 733-2767.? Donate your blood and save a life. There are a few upcoming blood drives scheduled in Douglas County this week and next. 

Red Cross Donor Center – 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd in Roseburg

  • Friday, March 27 from 9am to 3pm
  • Monday, March 30 from 12:30pm to 6:30pm

Community Blood Drives

  • Friday, March 27 between 1pm to 6pm, Grocery Outlet, 130 Petite Street, Myrtle Creek
  • Tuesday, March 31 from 9am to 3pm, First Presbyterian Church, 823 SW Lane Ave, Roseburg

Greater Douglas United Way – Local COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The Greater Douglas United Way (GDUW) has set up a local COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.  100% of your donation will go to help local people in need as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  GDUW has also pledged that they will not be charging any administrative fees on the fund.  GDUW will focus the funding on basic needs through local nonprofits, childcare needs, and other basic needs for people affected by the pandemic. Deposits can be made at any Banner Bank location using the GDUW COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. More information available at: GDUW website.

FEED IT FORWARD Movement

FEED IT FORWARD: Feed a family or our first responders. A local group has been working on a program with Aviva Health to help feed families in need for a few months, even before the coronavirus pandemic. They also wanted to include first responders.  You can contribute online or in person.  To contribute online click here.  You can also contribute in person at Loggers Tap House in Roseburg, OR.  Just let them know if you want it to go toward a family or a first responder. $3 feeds one person, $6 feeds 2, and $10 feeds a family of 4. Loggers is not making a profit from this activity. Contribute as little or as much as you like. As funds come in, they will work with their local community partners to find those in need.

Stay Informed with the Accurate Information

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely COVID-19 information and response to Douglas County residents. If you have questions about resources available, call the COVID-19 hotline, staffed by local volunteers at (541) 464-6550.  Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the DPHN website at www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Find additional information on state, federal and international COVID-19 response from the following websites: Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.


Financial Institutions Work Together to Address the Impact of COVID-19
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 03/25/20 3:58 PM

                         Oregon’s credit unions and banks are safe, sound, and here to serve consumers.

Tigard, Oregon (March 25, 2020) — Oregon’s financial institutions stand by consumers and communities during good times and challenging times. While COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges, it is reassuring to know that credit unions and banks have activated plans to minimize the impact of COVID-19.  

The Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) and the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) are jointly sharing information to assure consumers that their financial institutions are safe, sound, and reliable.

“We are all in this together. Oregon’s financial institutions, like the communities we serve, are adapting to COVID-19 realities while continuing to meet the financial needs of our customers,” said OBA President and CEO Linda Navarro. “In addition to providing the usual suite of financial services, banks and credit unions are working closely with their customers to address any concerns they have as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.”

 

Banks and credit unions are considered essential services and continue to serve consumers and businesses.

 

“Oregon’s community banks and credit unions play a critical role in supporting families and businesses across our state,” said Oregon Division of Financial Regulation Administrator Andrew Stolfi. “Challenging times like this show how important it is to have community-focused financial institutions willing to step up and work with their customers and members.”

Use Digital Technology for Your Financial Transactions

While communities come together to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some financial institutions may have to temporarily close branches, limit foot traffic or limit hours. 

Rest assured you can easily conduct financial transactions from your home.

“All of the modern-day advances financial institutions have made to provide technology are relevant on Main Street,” said NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang. “Through online and mobile apps and ATMs, you have total access to your money, anywhere at any time. You can conduct most any necessary financial transactions you need to from your home.”

There is No Need to Withdraw Large Amounts of Cash

With full access to your money through digital technology, there is no reason for you to withdraw large amounts of cash from your bank or credit union.

If cash is lost or stolen, it cannot be replaced. Your cash is much safer in your bank or credit union account, where it is insured.

Deposits in banks and credit unions are generally federally insured up to $250,000, and the insurance programs are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government.

“Credit union members have never lost a penny of savings at a federally insured credit union,” said Rodney Hood, Chairman, NCUA. “All deposits at federally insured credit unions are protected by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund.”

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has also reiterated that since deposit insurance was founded in 1933, “no depositor has ever lost a penny of FDIC-insured funds.” Today, the FDIC insures up to $250,000 per depositor, per FDIC-insured bank.

FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams added, “The nation’s banking industry is responding to rapidly evolving business conditions that are unprecedented in our history,  We have encouraged the industry to work with borrowers who may be impacted by the COVID-19 virus, including offering loan modifications and payment extensions. Institutions want to assist their customers.

The banks and credit unions of Oregon protect over $103 billion in financial assets.

“We know you have a lot of concerns during the COVID-19 crisis,” said the NWCUA and OBA joint statement. “Fortunately, the safety and security of your money need not be one of them.”

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing 58 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Oregon, and their two  million consumer members. As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions look out for their members’ financial well-being. Everyone should open their eyes to a credit union.  For more information, please visit: https://yourmoneyfurther.com.

Established in 1905, the Oregon Bankers Association is Oregon's only full-service trade association representing state and national commercial banks, thrifts and savings banks chartered to do business in Oregon.  More information is available at www.oregonbankers.com.

 




Attached Media Files: 2020-03/4992/132802/COVID-19_OR_Financial_Institutions_Work_Together_to_Serve_Consumers.pdf

Department of Revenue announces extension of tax filing deadlines and payments
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/25/20 3:48 PM

At the direction of Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Department of Revenue today announced an extension for Oregon tax filing and payment deadlines for personal income taxes and some other taxes closely following the IRS extension declaration. This move is a result of the governor’s priority to keep Oregonians safe and healthy, while also providing relief and consistency for Oregon taxpayers affected by the federal and state COVID-19 emergency.

“The governor’s clearly stated goal is for Oregon families to stay home, save lives,” said Oregon Department of Revenue Director Nia Ray. “After consultation with the state treasurer and state budget officials, the Department of Revenue will extend personal and corporate income tax deadlines during this challenging period.” 

Under the authority of ORS 305.157, the director of the Department of Revenue has determined that the governor’s state-declared emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the action of the IRS will impair the ability of Oregon taxpayers to take certain actions within the time prescribed by law. Therefore, the director has ordered an automatic extension of the 2019 tax year filing and payment due dates for certain affected taxpayers as indicated below.

For personal income taxpayers:

  • The Oregon return filing due date for tax year 2019 is automatically extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. 
  • The Oregon tax payment deadline for payments due with the 2019 tax year return is automatically extended to July 15, 2020.
  • Estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 are not extended.
  • The tax year 2019 six-month extension to file, if requested, continues to extend only the filing deadline until October 15, 2020.
  • Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call us to qualify for this automatic Oregon tax filing and payment extension.
  • If you have questions about your personal income tax, contact questions.dor@oregon.gov.

For corporate income/excise taxpayers:

  • The Oregon return filing due date for tax year 2019 is automatically extended from May 15, 2020 until July 15, 2020. Returns due after May 15, 2020 are not extended at this time.
  • The Oregon tax payment deadline for payments due with the 2019 return by May 15, 2020 is automatically extended to July 15, 2020. Payments for returns due after May 15, 2020 are not extended at this time.
  • Estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 are not extended.
  • Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call us to qualify for this automatic Oregon tax filing and payment extension.

Interest and penalties:

  • Because of the extension of the due dates for filing returns and making payments, any interest and penalties with respect to Oregon tax filings and payments extended by this order begin accruing on July 16, 2020.
  • No automatic extension is provided in this order for the payment or deposit of any other type of Oregon tax or for the filing of Oregon information returns.

Taxpayers can find resources such as forms and publications, information regarding filing as an individual or business, and helpful tools, such as Where’s My Refund and What’s My Kicker, on the Department of Revenue webpage. You can also keep up to date with the latest developments and news surrounding impacts of COVID-19 to your taxes at www.oregon.gov/dor/.

You can visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can call 503-378-4988 or 800-356-4222 (toll-free) or email questions.dor@oregon.gov for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing- or speech-impaired, call 800-886-7204.


System of Care Advisory Council meets by teleconference April 15
Oregon Health Authority - 03/25/20 3:04 PM

March 25, 2020

Program contact: Hilary Harrison, 503-209-1949, y.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us">hilary.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us

What: A regular public meeting of the System of Care Advisory Council.

When: April 15, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Where: By teleconference at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/706039269. The public can also dial in by telephone at 872-240-3212, access code 706-039-269. The meeting will be listen-only until the public comment time.

Agenda: The council will be discussing bylaws, reviewing the first report on agency successes, data for the data dashboard, and public comment.

Details: Senate Bill 1 in 2019 established a Governor-appointed System of Care Advisory Council to improve the the state and local continuum of care that provides services to youth and young adults. The council's immediate work is to develop and maintain a state System of Care and a comprehensive long-range plan for a coordinated state system.

Learn more: System of Care Advisory Council website.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Hilary Harrison at 503-209-1949, 711 TTY, or y.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us">hilary.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us at least two business days before the meeting.

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Oregon reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 57 new COVID-19 cases
Oregon Health Authority - 03/25/20 2:24 PM

March 25, 2020

Media contacts: OHA Joint Information Center (JIC) Staff, 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 57 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore.— COVID-19 has claimed 2 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 8 to 10, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8:00 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 57 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 266, as of 8:00 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (4), Douglas (2), Jackson (1), Josephine (1), Lane (1), Lincoln (1), Linn (5), Marion (11), Multnomah (8), Washington (20), Yamhill (1). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s ninth COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman in Clackamas County, who tested positive on 3/23/20, and died 3/24/2020 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s tenth COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman in Marion County, who tested positive on 3/22/20, and died 3/23/20 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


DPSST Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training MEETING SCHEDULED
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/25/20 12:01 PM

For Immediate Release                                        

March 25, 2020

Contact:                Theresa Janda
                                503-373-1553

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:00 p.m. on March 31, 2020.  The meeting will be held by Teleconference.   Anyone wishing to join this meeting may do so by calling the contact listed above for teleconference access numbers.  A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group.  Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes of Executive Committee meeting held December 10, 2019.

2. Review/Adoption of Temporary Administrative Rules – Chapter 259, Divisons 008, 009, 020, 060 and 061 - Temporary Regulatory Adjustments in Response to COVID-19.

3.  Next Meeting – None currently scheduled

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Executive Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Patricia Patrick-Joling, public member, serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.


Oregon requests federal government open up HealthCare.gov to all Oregonians amid COVID-19 outbreak
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/25/20 11:35 AM

(Salem) – Governor Kate Brown yesterday, in order to ensure all Oregonians have access to the health insurance they need during this unprecedented public health crisis, called on federal Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to open a special enrollment period for Oregonians to buy health insurance and apply for federal subsidies through HealthCare.gov. The open enrollment deadline passed on Dec. 15 and does not open again until November. 

“Many Oregonians are uninsured or underinsured and now find their families’ budgets significantly tightened due to this national emergency,” Brown said in a letter to Azar. “In order to remove any potential barriers that remain, it is critical for all Oregonians to have access to a special enrollment period.”

A widespread special enrollment period would allow anyone legally present in the United States to buy a private plan and apply for a subsidy to help afford it. The governor requested that the enrollment period open as soon as possible and last at least 30 days.

Oregon needs Azar to allow the special enrollment period via HealthCare.gov because the application consumers need for federal subsidies, and Oregon’s online system for selection of plans available through HealthCare.gov, is run by the federal government. HealthCare.gov sells individual health insurance plans to Oregonians under an agreement with the state and in partnership with the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

“The Marketplace is our state’s pathway to coverage and federal subsidies,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “Until the federal government unblocks the gate to those options for all Oregonians, the only people who can enroll now are those who just lost other coverage or had another major qualifying event.”

The governor's letter to Azar emphasized the importance of meeting the needs of income-strapped families during a national crisis. 

“Your administration has stressed the value of allowing Americans to make their own coverage choices. During open enrollment last fall, a moderate-income adult might have made a rational decision to skip coverage or buy one of the extremely limited, short-term plans now available under federal rules that currently are not required to cover testing for the novel coronavirus and waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment,” Governor Brown wrote. “A national emergency has changed conditions vastly, and those Oregonians deserve a chance to get the coverage they need.”




Attached Media Files: 2020-03/1073/132782/032320-OR-SEP-request-secAzar-adminVerma-COVID19.pdf

03-25-20 Douglas County Planning Commission Meeting Notice
Douglas Co. Government - 03/25/20 11:25 AM

MEETING

DOUGLAS COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

March 26, 2020

(Douglas County, OR) The Douglas County Planning Commission will hold a teleconference meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2020 to approve and sign a finding of facts from the previous meeting. 

The virtual meeting will be held at 6:00 pm. This meeting will be conducted via a teleconference format, in which the members of the Planning Commission will call-in on a multiple line telephone/speaker system to convene on the finding of facts agenda items only.

There is no opportunity for public participation in either of these matters. The Planning Commission has made their decision and the record is closed. We are required to make these proceedings open to the public, and will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to listen in on the proceedings.

Please email planning@co.douglas.or.us for information on how you can listen in on the proceedings  The agenda and additional information can be found on our website at: www.co.douglas.or.us.

 
 

Douglas County strives to provide public accessibility to its services, programs and activities. If accommodation is needed to participate in this meeting, please email planning@co.douglas.or.us prior to the scheduled meeting time.

 

 


Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- March 25 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference)
Lane Co. Government - 03/25/20 9:57 AM

TESTING UPDATE

Lane County has five (5) positive COVID-19 test results and one suspected COVID-19 death (1) as of 0800 on March 25.

 

A total of 222 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents. Please note: this number is likely below the actual number of tests conducted. Private labs are processing tests from Lane County residents and there is variability in reporting of negative results. Lane County Public Health is being notified of any positive test results.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

Lane County Public Health was notified of a fifth positive test result for a Lane County resident yesterday afternoon. The resident is a woman in her 40s who lives in the Eugene-Springfield area. She is at home and medically stable.

 

A communicable disease investigation is underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

PREVENTION INFORMATION

Stay home. Save lives.

 

Effective on March 24, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of Executive Order 20-12 is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, must stay home. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.

It is okay to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing. It is not okay to travel to another community, including the Oregon Coast, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Executive Order is in effect until terminated by the Governor.

 

We encourage everyone to make use of technology (FaceTime, video calls, and other tools) to stay in touch with loved ones. Isolation can be unhealthy, especially for elderly community members who live alone. Staying in touch can help people remain connected to their loved ones and their communities.

 

We recommend all residents take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including while they are at home:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations (including the flu vaccine), eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

 

 

 

 

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State issues grace period order for insurance deadlines
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/25/20 9:40 AM

Salem – The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services issued a temporary emergency order today in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. It requires all insurance companies to extend grace periods for premium payments, postpone policy cancellations and nonrenewals, and extend deadlines for reporting claims.

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused widespread business closures, job losses, and social distancing measures. This severe disruption to business in the state includes some Oregonians’ ability to make insurance premium payments, report claims, and communicate with their insurance companies.

“During this crisis, we must all do our best to help Oregonians focus on staying healthy, care for their families, and prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” said Andrew Stolfi, insurance commissioner. “Many of our insurers have already stepped up and done the right thing. This order will ensure every Oregonian who needs it has relief from these insurance policy terms, giving them a measure of security and stability.” 

Insurance companies must take steps immediately to do the following until the order is no longer in effect:

  • Institute a grace period for premium payments on all insurance policies issued in the state
  • Suspend all cancellations and nonrenewals for active insurance policies
  • Extend all deadlines for consumers to report claims and communicate about claims
  • Provide consumers the ability to make premium payments and report claims while maintaining safe social distancing standards

The order is effective immediately, and will be in force through at least April 23. If necessary, the department may extend the duration of this temporary order.

If Oregonians have questions or concerns about their insurance company or agent, they can contact the department’s advocacy team at 888-877-4894 (toll free) or visit dfr.oregon.gov for more information or to file a complaint.

For insurance and financial services information related to COVID-19, visit the department’s website: https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/health/understand/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

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About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. 

About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.

 


Springfield House Fire Sends Two to the Hospital (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire - 03/25/20 7:48 AM
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Eugene Springfield Fire is on scene of a house fire on the 3100 block of Partridge Way in Springfield.  Three occupants were able to escape with two being transported for smoke inhalation.  Crews were able to confine the fire with damage estimate and cause to be determined 




Attached Media Files: 2020-03/4466/132772/24400DBB-174F-4928-9B7A-6CD6566905B8.jpeg

Tue. 03/24/20
03-24-20 Daily Local Update COVID-19 Evening
Douglas Co. Government - 03/24/20 9:06 PM

Joint Release from Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network

(Douglas County, Ore.) The main topic today was that Douglas County has two more confirmed cases. We want to assure the public that your Douglas County Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas Public Health Network, Douglas County Emergency Services and local health partners are quickly stepping into action.  DPHN has launched their epidemiology investigation related to these two new cases, identifying who these individuals may have had contact with.  Identifying information about the two new residents with COVID-19 is not being released at this time. Close contacts of the confirmed cases will be notified by public health.

"We know that COVID-19 is already here, in Douglas County, and although we are still waiting on dozens of test results to come back, the early numbers coming in of positive and negative tests tell us that our efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of the disease is working. It is not a time to give up our efforts, the next 14 days will be critical,” says Laura Turpen, Communicable Disease Epidemiologist at DPHN.

Local COVID-19 Partial Test Results

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, County Public Health officials reported two new cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County, bringing the confirmed number of cases in the county to three.  Partial results are back from the Douglas Public Health Network sponsored COVID-19 Drive-thru clinics last week, but DPHN is still waiting on the majority of those test results.  The two new confirmed positive cases were not from the drive-thru clinic.  Of the 52 tests done at the drive-thru clinics on March 17th and 20th, 6 have been returned as negative.  DPHN reports that as of 12:30 today, Tuesday March 24th, we are still waiting on the remaining 46 tests.

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

As of today, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Oregon official COVID-19 count is at 209 cases.  Three more deaths have been reported bringing Oregon’s COVID-19 related death toll to 8.  The breakdown of cases: Washington County 76 cases; Marion County 32 cases; Multnomah County 25 cases; Linn County 20 cases; Clackamas County 17 cases; Deschutes County 10 cases; Yamhill County 6 cases; Benton and Lane County 4 cases each; Polk and Jackson County 3 cases each; Umatilla County 2 cases; and Douglas, Clatsop, Grant, Klamath, Union, Josephine and Hood River County 1 case each. 

Third Local COVID-19 Testing Clinic Today

Douglas Public Health Network hosted a third COVID-19 drive-through clinic today, Tuesday, March 24 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  45 residents were scheduled to be tested today.  Those residents and were identified by their health care provider, as patients that are symptomatic, and needed to be tested.  They followed the same procedure as previously established, with residents presenting their test order at the drive-thru clinic, getting their specimen collected and then having their test flown to a Quest Lab for processing.  Results will be sent back in about a week to the health care provider that ordered the test.  Those tested are asked to please self-quarantine at home and continue to quarantine for 72 hours after symptoms subside.

At this time, you can only get a COVID-19 test through your healthcare provider. Information has been given to providers and clinics about how to get their patients signed up for the drive-through testing process.  Tests are currently being processed at the Oregon State Public Health Lab and a growing number of commercial labs, like Quest and LabCorp. There are very few outpatient clinics in Douglas County offering testing at this time. Community health partners are working very hard to make testing available to a wider number of people. The first drive thru testing site was piloted in the county on March 17.

Separating Fact from Fiction with COVID-19

Alongside genuine medical advice, false messages have been spreading, distorting the facts about COVID-19.  Whatever the advice, there's a great deal of misinformation online. Bogus messages have been circulating on Facebook claiming such things as:

Post:  You have to have a trip permit or special paperwork to drive anywhere or go to work.

False:  This a false statement.  You are currently not required to have a special permit or special paperwork to drive or go to work in Douglas County.  Some businesses and agencies are issuing travel letters to employees as a precautionary measure. 

Post:  All businesses, establishments and venues are supposed to be closed in Oregon.

False: No, the most recent Executive Orders 20-12 from Governor Brown clearly lists those businesses and venues that were temporarily closed. To read the March 23, 2020, Oregon Executive Order No. 20-12, Click Here.  Outside those closures, if a business can comply by the social distancing rules of 6 feet apart, then they are allowed to remain open for business.  Patrons are asked to comply by the social distancing, hand washing and stay home if you are sick orders. Here is a list of the open and closed businesses and venues:

OPEN: Grocery Stores; Banks; Pharmacies; Bars, restaurants (takeout and delivery only); Other businesses where social distancing can be practiced; Gas stations; County Government. Some have locked their doors, but are still doing business virtually or with limited contact, via phone, email, online or by appointment only. 

CLOSED: Malls and retails complexes; Fitness, yoga and dance centers; Barbershops, hair and nail salons, spas, cosmetic stores, tattoo parlors; Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, museums; Concerts, sporting events, festivals; Campgrounds, pools, skate parks, playgrounds. 

Post:  You are not allowed to go outside for walks or ride your bike. 

False:  This also false.  While the Governor issued a ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, we have listed the do’s and don’ts from the campaign below.  Remember it is important for your mental and physical health, as well as stress relief, to eat healthy, exercise regularly and get enough rest.

DO: Do stay home as much as possible (kids, too); Do stay at least 6 feet away from others anytime you are out; Do only go out for essentials like work, groceries and medical care; Yes, Exercising, walking, bicycling outside is ok, as long as you can be 6 feet apart from others; Do try to utilize video and phone chats with family and friends; Do check on and drop off food to neighbors who are unable to go out – practicing social distancing measures; Do try to call and do business over the phone or by email; Do reschedule vacations.

DON’T: Do not gather in groups; Do not get together with friends or others for drinks or dinner; Do not have play dates for kids; Do not make unnecessary trips; Do not travel unless necessary.

Typically, the ‘fake news’ stories or posts are copied-and-pasted texts which claim to be from someone the forwarder says they know, often with a medical background.  99% of the time they are just hype and false.  Make sure you are getting accurate information from reputable sources.  Please be in the know, and only share accurate information.

Blood Donations Still Needed

Yes, these are uncertain times, but leaving home to donate blood is considered a lifesaving and essential need. Those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling (800) 733-2767.? Donate your blood and save a life. There are a few upcoming blood drives scheduled in Douglas County this week and next. 

Red Cross Donor Center – 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd in Roseburg

  • Friday, March 27 from 9am to 3pm
  • Monday, March 30 from 12:30pm to 6:30pm

Community Blood Drives

  • Friday, March 27 between 1pm to 6pm, Grocery Outlet, 130 Petite Street, Myrtle Creek
  • Tuesday, March 31 from 9am to 3pm, First Presbyterian Church, 823 SW Lane Ave, Roseburg

Greater Douglas United Way – Local COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The Greater Douglas United Way (GDUW) has set up a local COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.  100% of your donation will go to help local people in need as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  GDUW has also pledged that they will not be charging any administrative fees on the fund.  GDUW will focus the funding on basic needs through local nonprofits, childcare needs, and other basic needs for people affected by the pandemic. Deposits can be made at any Banner Bank location using the GDUW COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. More information available at: GDUW website.

Statewide Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19

There are numerous resources available for Oregon businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are a few:

  • Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 Information & Resources page – Includes information for employers and employees here.
  • Layoff aversion – Limited grant funding is available through the Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board to help small businesses avert layoffs. Businesses in Douglas County can send inquiries to esponse@sowib.org">response@sowib.org
  • OEDA – The Oregon Economic Development Association has a list of helpful resources, from information on grants and loans to tips on negotiating rent relief with landlords.
  • Oregon Unemployment Department – The OED’s website has info for employees and employers on workplace safety, layoffs and unemployment benefits. 
  • Oregon Department of Revenue Website includes guidance on COVID-19 tax relief options.
  • The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Website highlights COVID-19 resources for Oregon manufacturers.
  • Oregon Department of Agriculture – Officers COVID-19 resource page with information about farm workers, animal health, food safety and more.
  • Business Oregon “Business Survival Tips” available in English and Spanish.
  • National Main Street Center – Offering a series of webinars to support local businesses and communities.

Stay Informed with the Accurate Information

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely COVID-19 information and response to Douglas County residents.

If you have questions about resources available, call the COVID-19 hotline, staffed by local volunteers at (541) 464-6550. 

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the DPHN website at www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Find additional information on state, federal and international COVID-19 response from the following websites: Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.