UPDATE — 23 March 2020: I hope you and your families are all doing well and taking the necessary precautions to stay healthy. This morning, Governor Brown issued an executive order in which she made a request of all Oregonians: Stay Home. Save lives. Our public health experts and experts across the state and country believe this week is a critical week to try and bend the curve of COVID-19 in our communities. Every single one of us, no matter our age, plays a crucial roll in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and our state. Please look out for your neighbors too. We are all in this together.
Help for small businesses
Many businesses are reducing employee hours or laying off staff. Business owners want to know what can be done for employees who are wondering how to pay rent and utilities. The following list of resources is from Oregon’s Secretary of State’s Office. The fastest way to get in touch with the SOS team is by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, using the “Need Help?” button found on most state agency websites or visiting www.oregon.gov/smallbusiness.
✦ Unemployment options http://www.oregon.gov/employ, including the WorkShare program atwww.oregonworkshare.com.
✦ The Oregon Labor and Industries Technical Assistance for Employers page athttps://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/TA/pages/index.aspx has information about employer obligations and responsibilities.
✦ Business Oregon has a robust list of financial resources including non-bank lenders athttps://www.oregon4biz.com/Coronavirus-Information/.
✦ The US Small Business Administration offers disaster assistance in the form of SBA loans to designated states. Information about these loans is available athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/Index.
✦ The latest COVID-19/Coronavirus information on resources for workers and business owners is available at https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/coronavirus2020.aspx.
Editor's Note: The resources listed here focus on Clackamas County since the majority of Rep. Drazan's district encompasses much of the rural portions of the county.
Will your family face a food shortage during this time? Here are some local resources to help:
Estacada Food Bank — http://estacadafoodbank.org/
Canby Center — https://www.thecanbycenter.org/
St. Patrick's — https://stpatcanby.org/st-vincent-de-paul-food-bank
Oregon food bank food finder — https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/find-help/find-food/
Resources for your students
The Oregon Department of Education filed a request last week to waive state standardized tests this year. If approved, the waiver would free Oregon schools from testing students this spring. Each school district around the state is working hard to make a plan for our students' success as we navigate through this COVID-19 crisis. Be sure to check your district's website often once spring break is over as they provide different resources for your students. Here is a great link from the Canby School District that offers some at home activities for your students while they work from home.
Need insurance help?
If your work situation has changed, you may qualify for health insurance through the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Eligibility for OHP is based on monthly income and other requirements. That means you may qualify for OHP now, even if you've been denied in the past. The best way to see if you qualify is to apply. Visit OHP.Oregon.gov for more information. Other options for health insurance include: https://www.healthcare.gov/unemployed/cobra-coverage/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/apply-and-enroll/health-insurance-plans-estimator-overview/
10 March 2020
Keeping yourself and others safe from COVID-19
As of today, there are 15 total confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in 7 Oregon counties. Sunday, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency. Monday, the Emergency Board approved $5 million for the state's response to combating the virus as well as $20 million in spending authority when federal funds become available. These actions release valuable resources to the Oregon Health Authority and local public health authorities. Below is a link for you to sign up for the Oregon Health Authority daily email newsletter. You can also call 211 to speak to a specialist and have your questions answered.
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As always, it is my pleasure to serve my community. Please reach out to my office anytime.
State Representative House District 39
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1439
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-388, Salem, OR 97301