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Umatilla County Residents, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Receive More than $3 Million for Flood Recovery - 05/26/20

Salem, OR – May 26, 2020 – Over a period of just two months, a combined total of more than $3 million in disaster assistance funds are in the hands of residents of Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to help recover from severe storms, flooding and landslides that occurred in northeast Oregon February 5-9, 2020.

As of May 25, nearly $1.2 million in recovery resources came from the FEMA Housing Assistance (HA) and Other Needs Assistance (ONA) programs, collectively known as Individual Assistance (IA). These funds are awarded to make necessary repairs to homes or may be applied to rental assistance, while ONA funding may cover replacement or repair of personal property that was lost or damaged.

“We are grateful for the quick response and ongoing support from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management and FEMA partners,” said Umatilla County Emergency Manager Tom Roberts. “It has been a significant help to our community, especially as we struggle with the impacts of COVID-19 and the severe rain that we are experiencing this week.”

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims and payouts to insured individuals and families affected by the floods in Umatilla, Wallowa and Union counties, and CTUIR, have exceeded the $1 million mark.

Additionally, as of May 25, the Small Business Administration (SBA) approved 20 disaster loans totaling more than $1.2 million for individuals and families affected in Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation by  February storm damage. These extremely low-interest loans may be used to repair or replace damaged or destroyed homes, and personal property items such as automobiles and appliances. More SBA applications are in the review process.

"We are pleased to work closely with our FEMA partners to provide recovery resources for Umatilla County and CTUIR residents whose lives were upturned and had their homes damaged during the floods this past February,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps

The deadline to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance, and accompanying recovery funding, was extended to July 2, 2020. Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

OEM has created a story map documenting the impacts and support provided for the flooding event.  It can be viewed at https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/cb570e3df4e14e03a096b0b920534db9.

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Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 15th, 2020 - 05/15/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Oregon COVID-19 Joint Information Center Transition - 05/14/20

May 14, 2020


Media Advisory


COVID-19 Joint Information Center Transition


Salem, OR– As Oregon’s COVID-19 statewide response efforts continue to evolve to meet the needs of Oregonians, the Joint Information Center, which has served as a central hub of COVID-19 information to Oregonians, will turn public information functions back over to individual state agencies starting Friday, May 15.


As counties and business begin to reopen, all staff currently assigned to the JIC will return to their state agencies to support their agency-specific needs.


Moving forward, members of the media are advised to reach out directly to their communications contacts within each state agency.


The JIC email and phone line will transfer to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). OEM will monitor the email and phone line, and serve as a clearinghouse, redirecting requests for information to the most appropriate state agency. The email and phone line will be monitored 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


The Oregon Health Authority Health Information Center will continue to provide health data, information and guidance.

Attached Media Files: FINAL-JIC-Transition-05142020.pdf
Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 14th, 2020 - 05/14/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 13th, 2020 - 05/13/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 12th, 2020 - 05/12/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 11th, 2020 - 05/11/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 10th, 2020 - 05/10/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 9th, 2020 - 05/09/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Office of State Fire Marshal extends self-serve gas rules change to May 23rd - 05/08/20

May 8, 2020

Office of State Fire Marshal extends self-serve gas rules change


The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is extending its temporary rules change allowing Oregon gas retailers to provide self-service on a voluntary basis, in order to address worker shortages at stations statewide.


Today State Fire Marshal Jim Walker extended the deadline from May 9 to May 23.


“We want to thank Oregonians and Oregon businesses for adjusting how they fuel up their vehicles and serve customers with this extension of rules suspension, which allows for self-service at Oregon gas stations,” said Walker.


Station operators will continue to have flexibility to manage their operations and ensure refueling is safe for customers and service station attendants, while keeping stations open as COVID-19 impacts fueling stations’ workforce.


This extension of the self-service rules change does not impact areas of the state that are already authorized for self-service refueling under state law. Information about the extended rules change for self-service gasoline can be found on the OSFM website
 

Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 8th, 2020 - 05/08/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Umatilla County and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Workers May be Eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance - 05/07/20

The Oregon Employment Department is announcing the availability of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for individuals who became unemployed as a direct result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that took place in Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation from February 5 to February 9, 2020. Please note DUA is not the same as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) because each program has specific eligibility requirements and they cannot be paid for the same week of unemployment.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is a federal program that provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster. The Oregon Employment Department administers the DUA program for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Individuals eligible for regular unemployment benefits are not eligible for DUA.


In addition to individuals who lost their jobs as a direct result of the major disaster, DUA may include individuals who:
?,? -  were self-employed and prevented from performing such services,
?,? -  were unable to reach their job,
?,? -  were scheduled to and prevented from beginning work or self-employment in the disaster area,
?,? -  were unable to work due to injury as a direct result of the disaster, or
?,? -  became head of household due a death caused by the disaster.

Unemployment is a direct result of the major disaster if the unemployment resulted from:
?,? -  the physical damage or destruction of the place of employment;
?,? -  the physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by the federal, state, or local government in immediate response to the disaster; or
?,? -  lack of work, or loss of revenues, if, prior to the disaster, the employer or self-employed business received at least a majority of its revenue or income from an entity in the major disaster area that was damaged or destroyed in the disaster or an entity in the major disaster area closed by the federal, state, or local government.

DUA is available to individuals beginning the week of February 9, 2020. Benefits for this disaster will be available for individuals until October 3, 2020, as long as their unemployment continues to be a direct result of the major disaster. Individuals should file as soon as possible, although they are allowed to file up to 30 days after the announcement date. Initial applications must be received on or before June 1, 2020.

Individuals will need to provide supporting documentation, including but not limited to, income information for tax year 2019, evidence of employment at the time of the disaster, or evidence of self-employment at the time of the disaster.

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes a Social Security number and a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to support that the individuals were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. Documentation for the self-employed can be obtained from banks or government entities, or affidavits from individuals having knowledge of their business.

Applications for DUA can be accessed through www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster. The application may be mailed or faxed to the address or phone number listed above. Please include the weeks you would like to claim in your initial application. For additional questions or to request an initial application, please email: OED_UI_DUA@oregon.gov.

Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 7th, 2020 - 05/07/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 6th, 2020 - 05/06/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

DHS suspends Healthcare at Foster Creek license, relocates residents - 05/05/20

May 5, 2020

DHS suspends Healthcare at Foster Creek license, relocates residents  

Salem, OR ? The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) today issued an emergency suspension of Healthcare at Foster Creek’s state license to operate a nursing facility and is seeking alternative care providers for its residents due to ongoing concerns about inadequate infection control to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To date, 117 cases of COVID-19 and 28 deaths have been associated with the outbreak at Healthcare at Foster Creek, which is located in Portland, according to a May 5 report from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

DHS and other state agency actions prior to the emergency suspension have included, but are not limited to:

  • Implementation of a March 24 DHS executive order outlining required infection control measures, which was updated on April 11.
  • Issuance of a DHS license condition on the facility on April 15, which was updated on April 29.
  • Assistance with personal protective equipment to staff to aid in infection control, and funding for additional staffing.
  • Securing a management consultant to assist with operations at the facility.
  • Dedicating two DHS registered nurse surveyors to monitor and provide guidance to the facility on site.
  • Assistance with moving residents to alternate care sites as needed to address care needs and help curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We have worked on multiple strategies to contain the COVID-19 outbreak at Healthcare at Foster Creek and have concluded that moving all residents is mandatory at this stage,” said Mike McCormick, interim director of the DHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities, which licenses long-term care facilities. “Our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by COVID-19 at this facility and our focus now is on providing a smooth transition for residents and their families.”

The state’s multi-agency support team assesses the needs of long-term care facilities experiencing increased COVID-19 cases, to help them access resources such as staffing and personal protective equipment. The team includes DHS, OHA, and local public health authorities. 

Resources:

A copy of the DHS order of emergency suspension on Healthcare at Foster Creek is attached with this news release.

For a lists of state-licensed long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 cases or tests pending on suspected cases visit: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/COVID- 19/Pages/LTC-Facilities.aspx.

For an update on COVID-19 cases at long-term care facilities see the weekly report under “additional data” at this OHA website: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

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Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 5th, 2020 - 05/05/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Oregon to provide over 351,000 children with benefits to replace the meals they get at school - 05/05/20

May 4, 2020

Oregon to provide over 351,000 children with benefits to replace the meals they get at school


(Salem, Ore.) – The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) announced today that Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school even if they have been accessing meals from schools during the closure.


The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) authorized DHS to provide Oregon P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits to more than 351,000 students receiving free or reduced-price school meals in Oregon, including almost 147,000 students already receiving Nutrition Assistance. Households will receive benefits equivalent to one free
lunch and one free breakfast for each eligible child – $5.70 per normal school day for the months of March, April, May and June.


“Together, DHS and ODE are working to ensure no child in Oregon goes hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dan Haun, DHS Self-Sufficiency Programs Director. “This resource is the result of our strong collaboration and will provide additional support for child nutrition and expand families’ options for healthy food.”


“The approval of this program highlights the tremendous partnership between ODE and DHS and our shared desire to strengthen our communities,” said Dustin Melton, Director of ODE’s Child Nutrition Programs. “The P-EBT program will support student’s nutritional needs during a time of crisis and uncertainty.”


Eligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households will have their March, April and May benefits automatically deposited to their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accounts in late May. Students who get free or reduced-price school meals Oregon Department of Human Services Safety | Health | Independence but do not receive SNAP benefits will automatically receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail.


Families who have experienced significant income loss may have become eligible for free
or reduced-price school meals, and there is still time to apply. Apply online at https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/FRLApp/Default or contact your local school.

Benefits will be retroactive to March 16, 2020 for students who received free and reduced price meals when schools closed. For newly eligible free or reduced-price meals or SNAP households, benefits will start at the beginning of the month they become eligible. Eligible families will receive the following for each child:

  • $69 for March
  • $126 in April
  • $120 in May
  • $69 in June

Additional options to strengthen food security among Oregonians, include the ability for households to:

  • use their EBT card to include online food purchases through Amazon and Walmart (delivery fees not included).
  • take advantage of the double up food bucks program, which matches every $1 ofEBT funds spent – up to $10 – on fresh fruit and vegetables at participating local farmers markets.

DHS will continue to work with federal partners to provide greater assistance to Oregonians in need. To apply for Nutrition Assistance, visit needfood.oregon.gov or call 2-1-1.


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The University of Oregon partners with the State of Oregon in fight against COVID-19 with decontamination system for N-95 respirators - 05/04/20

May 4, 2020

Battelle cleaning system will extend lifespan of masks to up to 20 uses for health care workers.


A machine being installed today at the University of Oregon (UO) will decontaminate N-95 respirators, allowing the critical personal protective equipment to be used up to 20 times by frontline health care workers.


The decontamination unit is coming to Oregon courtesy of the U.S. government and to the Eugene campus through an agreement with the state and the university, which will house the unit.


N-95 respirators have been in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic and are typically used just once and then thrown away. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of decontamination units, which sterilize the masks so they can be reused. While state and private procurement of PPE has improved in recent weeks, the new decontamination system will significantly increase the lifespan of Oregon’s supply of N-95 respirators.


Maintaining adequate reserves of PPE is a key component of Governor Kate Brown’s framework for reopening Oregon safely.


“We are happy to be able to support our healthcare workers and first responders in this way,” said Cass Moseley, senior associate vice president for research and innovation. “All the pieces fell into place quickly and, in a week or so, agencies across most of the state will be able to send masks here to be sterilized.”


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has contracted with the Battelle Memorial Institute of Ohio. The agency plans to cover the cost of installation and will manage the operations, providing decontamination free of
charge for public and private personnel who use N-95 masks from across Oregon.


“An emergency of this scale requires partnerships across all levels of government and with the private sector,” said Andrew Phelps, Director of Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management. “This is a great example of partners working together to bring an innovative solution forward to help save lives.”


The unit consists of eight shipping containers that have been converted into airtight chambers that use vaporized hydrogen peroxide to sterilize the masks. The state, U.S. government and Battelle are collaborating to ensure the chambers operate under peak safety conditions to protect the local area. The UO will house the containers for a nominal charge in facilities at the Romania lot, at the corner of Franklin Boulevard and Orchard Street. Oregon’s decontamination unit is one of 60 being placed around the country.


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Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 4th, 2020 - 05/04/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 3rd, 2020 - 05/03/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 2nd, 2020 - 05/02/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.

Press Release: May 1st, 2020 - OEM issues updated statewide distribution guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE) - 05/01/20

May 1, 2020

Office of Emergency Management issues updated statewide distribution guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE)

SALEM – Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) issued updated guidelines today to help ensure distribution of protective equipment across the state as needed.

Governor Kate Brown announced on April 23 a lift on the statewide delay of non-urgent medical, dental and veterinary visits and procedures, with several new conditions to help safeguard the health of both workers and patients.

Among those, providers must have adequate supplies of medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) as based on CDC’s best practices, such as masks, respirators, gloves and face shields, which are critical in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Anticipating increased demand for PPE, OEM announced new streamlined steps to ensure PPE is sent across Oregon, when and where it is most needed. The state will funnel equipment once a week to counties and Oregon’s sovereign tribes, based on a priority matrix.

“The health and safety of Oregonians is our highest priority,” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. “With more elective medical procedures, we will be seeing a need for more PPE, and we are adapting quickly to get Oregon’s medical providers what they need in order to protect themselves and the public.”

The new distribution process calls for once-a-week deliveries and an allocation system to evaluate local needs and ensure supplies are not stockpiled in some locations and unavailable in others.

The shipments will be managed based on local supply levels and priority formulas. This needs-based formula considers factors such as population, case counts and PPE per patient.

Officials also are asking local jurisdictions to track the “burn rates” of PPE, to better track how quickly the equipment is being used and disposed of. This rate helps inform supply and demand needs.

Crafted by the Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group, with data from the Oregon Health Authority, the new guidelines are part of a directive from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requiring more data to justify the need for additional PPE resources. The MAC includes representatives of the Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Department of Administrative Services and the Oregon Governor’s Office.

You can learn more about Oregon’s supply of PPE Here.

Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update May 1st, 2020 - 05/01/20

Today the State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem, distributed the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update. This attached report provides a summary of combined information from the State ECC and Oregon Health Authority Agency Operations Center. The document details COVID-19 cases in Oregon, hospital capacity and PPE supply inventory. It also offers a summary from each of the state’s 18 emergency support functions.

 

This report was previously distributed by OHA.