Important Update 7-13-2021

Statewide Reopening Requirements and Recommendations
On June 30, 2021, Governor Kate Brown rescinded Executive Order 20-66 and many other executive orders that directed the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to issue enforceable guidance for various sectors of the state regarding COVID-19 restrictions.

OHA is pulling down guidance documents, and in some cases will be posting public health recommendations or best practices for certain settings. The transition of documents may take a few days, so please keep checking back for updates.

Entities must continue to follow all applicable federal or state statutes, regulations and rules, and local ordinances.

https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

Covid-19 Updates
https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

Jackson County has had 36 New Cases between 7-9-21 and 7-11-21

Josephine County has had 30 New Cases between 7-9-21 and 7-11-21

Douglas County has had 23 New Cases between 7-9-21 and 7-11-21

Klamath County has had 7 New Cases between 7-9-21 and 7-11-21

Public Health Recommendations:
Wearing Masks, Face Coverings and Face Shields and Physically Distancing in Public Settings

The Oregon Health Authority strongly recommends that:
• Individuals who are unvaccinated or who are at risk for severe COVID-19 disease continue to wear a mask or face covering and maintain physical distancing of at least six (6) feet from other individuals when in crowded areas and in large gatherings of individuals. Crowded areas and large gatherings of individuals include but are not limited to venues, event areas, sports events, fairs, festivals, parades, graduation ceremonies or wedding receptions.

o OHA does not recommend that individuals wear a face shield instead of a mask or face covering. Face shields can be very good at blocking droplets that individuals release, but they are not as effective at limiting the release of aerosols that can go around the shield. Wearing a face shield without a mask or face covering underneath the shield should be limited to situations when wearing a mask or face covering is not feasible, such as:

 When a person has a medical condition that prevents them from
wearing a mask or face covering.

 When people need to see mouth and tongue motions in order to communicate (e.g., for communicating with children in certain developmental stages or people hard of hearing).

• Individuals who are fully vaccinated and immunocompromised speak to their
healthcare provider about what precautions they need to keep taking. Evidence
suggests vaccines may be less effective in immunocompromised people. OHA
recommends that for some immunocompromised individuals the safest option is to keep masking and physical distancing particularly when around people that are unvaccinated.

• Individuals review and follow mask guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

Oregon counties have new outdoor capacity limits for outdoor recreation and outdoor entertainment

Under the direction of Governor Kate Brown, outdoor capacity limits are now updated for outdoor recreation and fitness, and outdoor entertainment for Oregon counties. As of today, outdoor entertainment establishments and outdoor recreation and fitness establishments in all Oregon counties may allow the following:

  • Lower risk: Maximum 50% occupancy
  • Moderate risk: Maximum 25% occupancy
  • High risk: Maximum 15% occupancy
  • Extreme risk: Maximum 50 people

For updated outdoor capacity limits, please refer to the Sector Risk Level Guidance Chart.

Oregon, California & Washington Issue Travel Advisories

Jackson County Enters “Extreme Risk” Category

Business Resources

Employee Resources

Miscellaneous

  • Business Guides. Business Oregon has developed Business Survival Tips During a Pandemic, viewable here. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a Coronavirus Small Business Guide, with a range of resources for employers.
  • Travel Oregon has created an online form to capture feedback on how to best meet the needs of the 115,000 Oregonians who are directly employed in the tourism industry.
  • Executive Order Compliance. The State has set up a process to handle complaints about Executive Order compliance, i.e., complaints about violations. The general public should be directed to OSHA.
  • Child Care. Rules are rapidly evolving on the child care front. All child cares that want to remain open must pply to be designated as an emergency child care provider. Hopefully, an expanded list of approved emergency child care providers will be available on Monday. Emergency child care is intended to serve health care and other essential workers. A detailed list of workers that are considered essential for this purpose, and how they are being prioritized.
  • Individuals seeking child care can use the following:
    • CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155 Listen for the “Child Care” prompt, otherwise there may be a long wait
    • TEXT keyword “children” or “ninos” to 898211 (TXT211)
    • EMAIL children@211info.org
    • To search for child care providers online, click here.
  • FEMA Public Assistance (PA) is available to state and eligible local, tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in all counties in the State of Oregon. The Public Assistance Program provides Federal financial assistance at a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 emergency at the direction of guidance of state, local, tribal and territorial public health officials. For detailed information on how to apply, feel free to reach out to me, or contact your County emergency manager.
  • The Oregon Arts Commission, in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, has just launched a statewide Artist Relief Program. The Artist Relief Program provides relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals (or other activities with a stipend), events, teaching opportunities, book signings, or other professional presentation opportunities.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.
  • Business Oregon has analyzed and released the results of the survey conducted with Travel Oregon and SBDC.
  • Guidelines Regarding Face Covering Use in Public.