Openning Up Oregon: What Does It Look Like?- 5/26/2020
For the last few months, there has been extensive changes in everyday life. Along with most States, Oregon shut down in March to slow the spread of COVID-19. Now, as May comes to a close, counties have been given to the green light to apply to slowly re-open into Phase 1 of the Governor’s plan. Only two counties have yet to apply for Phase 1 of re-opening (Multnomah and Washington County). All other counties have applied and been approved to move into Phase 1. The guidance provided by the Governor and OHA are as follows:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- To avoid exposure to COVID-19, people who are at risk for severe complications (over age 60 or have underlying medical conditions) should stay home even if you feel well.
- If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath) while in public, please return home and self-isolate immediately. Contact your health care provider if you need medical attention.
- Practice good hand hygiene with frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).
- Cover coughs/sneezes with elbow or tissue. If you use a tissue, immediately discard tissue in garbage and your wash hands.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Practice physical distancing of at least six (6) feet between you and people who you do not live with.
- Use cloth, paper or disposable face coverings in public. As Oregon is reopening and restrictions are being lifted on businesses and public spaces, it may be difficult to ensure that you can stay six (6) feet away from others at all times.
- Stay close to home. Avoid overnight trips and minimize other non-essential travel, including recreational day trips to destinations outside the community where you live. Travel the minimum distance needed to obtain essential services; in rural areas, residents may have to travel greater distances for essential services, while in urban areas, residents may only need to travel a few miles for those services.
COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency Extended Through July 6th, 2020- Updated 5/4/2020
On May 1st, 2020 Governor Brown made the decision to extend the COVID-19 declaration of emergency for another 60 days, through July 6th, 2020. As public safety remains her top priority, the Governor has been working with State agencies to develop a plan to re-open the state. To read the full executive order click here.
CARES Act Funding Opportunity- Updated 5/1/2020
The Office of Child Care has just opened up applications for a one-time, limited grant opportunity for providers who are currently providing Emergency Child Care. This non-competitive grant opportunity is meant to help support providers during the COVID-19 crisis. Applications are due May 11th, 2020, for more information click here.
Emergency Child Care Extended- Updated 5/1/2020
When Oregon public schools were ordered to close, child care centers weren’t far behind. Child Care providers were ordered to close from March 25th- April 28th unless they filed to become an Emergency Child Care Provider. The closure of child care has been extended until Governor Brown and the Office of Child Care develop a plan for child care to resume safely. Until then, the temporary guidelines for emergency child care can be found on the Early Learning Division’s (ELD) website here.