Sherrie Sprenger

UPDATE — 26 March 2020: 
STAYING HEALTHY WHILE STAYING AT HOME
Find a spot to walk alone
Take a drive in the country
Read a book
Repair something in your home
Plan a family game night (with those in your home)
Clean or organize a room or garage
Call a neighbor or friend
Paint a picture
Build something
Find a live stream of a zoo
Go on a virtual tour of a museum
Learn how to play an instrument
Teach yourself a new technology skill
Cook/bake something new
COVID-19 STIMULUS BILL
2020 Coronavirus Stimulus Package Highlights
 
The stimulus package has passed the Senate and is scheduled for a vote in the United State House of Representatives Friday, March 27. President Trump has signaled he will sign the bill.
 
Direct payments to individuals
     Individuals set to receive $1,200
     Married couples $2,400
     Parents $500 for each child under 17
     Phase out for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of more than $75,000.
     Those making more than $99,000 won’t qualify.
     The thresholds are double for couples.
 
Student Loan payments suspended
     The Department of Education will suspend payments of student loans without penalty through September 30.
 
REAL ID deadline delayed
     The federally mandated identification that will be needed for passengers to board aircraft will be extended until at least September 2021.
     This is one year past the current deadline.
 
Historic boost for unemployment benefits
     Gives jobless workers an extra $600 per week for four months on top of current state benefits.
     Additionally, U.S. lawmakers want to add up to 13 weeks of extended benefits.
 
$500 billion lending program for businesses across the United States which will flow through existing programs.
     Provides $500 billion in loans, loan guarantees and investments.
 
Funds for hospitals
     Provides about $117 billion for hospitals.
     Creates a $100 billion public health and social emergency fund to reimburse providers for expenses and lost revenues related to the coronavirus pandemic
 
Funding for food assistance
     Provides $450 million for the Emergency Food Assistance Program which supplies food banks.
     $350 is to be used to buy additional food. $100 million will be used for distribution.
For more information regarding this bill, NCSL has provided an overview here.
 
TAXES: FEDERAL & STATE
The Federal Government has extended the 2019 tax year filing date from April 15 to July 15.
Oregon has also extended most tax filing deadlines.
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. 
COVID-19: WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET SICK
If You’re Sick, Do You Require a COVID-19 Test?
If you have flu-like symptoms – such as fever, coughing, or mild shortness of breath – first stay away from other people and take precautions to avoid transmitting illness to others (even beyond the social distancing measures everyone should follow).
Then, the best person to decide whether you require a test for COVID-19 is your health care provider.
Health care providers can order tests for COVID-19 through commercial labs, just as they order tests for other medical conditions. The testing capacity at commercial labs is nearing 1,000 per day for Oregon and growing rapidly, but is not unlimited.
Even if you have symptoms, your health care provider still might not order a test. A key question for them is whether a positive test would actually change the care they provide. They might simply instruct you to stay home, recover, and take extra care not spread illness to other people – the very same instructions they would give if you did test positive.</div= >
If you have serious symptoms – such as trouble breathing, chest pains, or bluish lips or face – seek care. If it is an emergency, call 911. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of clinics near you. If necessary, visit your local urgent care center.
Call before you go. If you have flu-like symptoms or have reason to think you might have COVID-19, let your health care provider know before you visit. This will help avoid exposing anyone else at the health care facility.
A flyer about testing can be found here. More information about testing and other COVID-10 topics, including the flyer in more languages, can be found at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus
16 March 2020
I'm not an alarmist . . .
I am not an alarmist, but the modeling and the data I see are concerning. This is not about people who can fight this virus, it is about those who cannot. It is not about the low death rate in healthy people. It is about those with compromised immune systems who struggle to fight this.
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