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Tue. 09/22/20
Oregon State Penitentiary reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/22/20 1:38 PM
Jeffrey R. Williams
Jeffrey R. Williams
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Jeffrey R. Williams, died the evening of September 21, 2020. Williams was incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary and passed away in the infirmary while on end of life care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Williams entered DOC custody on May 4, 1989, from Coos County and was sentenced to death. Williams was 59 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

OSP is a multi-custody prison located in Salem that houses over 2,000 adults in custody. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon’s only prison.

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Attached Media Files: Jeffrey R. Williams

Oregon reports 328 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 09/22/20 1:33 PM

Sept. 22, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 328 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 532, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 328 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 31,313.

The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (6), Clackamas (31), Clatsop (2), Columbia (3), Coos (3), Crook (1), Curry (1), Deschutes (11), Douglas (10), Hood River (1), Jackson (12), Jefferson (1), Josephine (4), Klamath (2), Lane (32), Lincoln (1), Linn (10), Malheur (14), Marion (38), Multnomah (60), Polk (9), Umatilla (3), Wasco (25), Washington (42), and Yamhill (6).

Oregon’s 530th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Sept.10 and died on Sept. 20, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 531st COVID-19 death is a 41-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive on Sept. 15 and died on Sept. 20. Place of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 532nd COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on Sept. 1 and died on Sept. 20, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She did not have underlying conditions.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


ODF fire report for Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/22/20 10:46 AM

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Forestry is closely monitoring 10 major fires in Oregon, down from 17 originally (see table below for details). Fires are removed from the list when they are 100% lined and fire managers are confident in their progress toward containment.

There have been more than 7,500 personnel assigned to these fires, not including many of the government employees, landowners, forestland operators, and members of the community who are contributing every day. There have been resources from 39 states and multiple Canadian provinces in this fight alongside Oregonians.

About 1 million acres have burned in Oregon since the start of this year, which is nearly double the 10-year average of approximately 557,811.

Fire name

Acres burned (est.)

Containment

Location

Lionshead

198,916

       13%

20 miles W of Warm Springs

Beachie Creek

192,775

       38%

15 miles N of Detroit

Holiday Farm

173,094

       22%

3 miles W of McKenzie Bridge

Riverside

138,020

       26%

2 miles SE of Estacada

Archie Creek

131,598

       44%

20 miles E of Glide

Brattain

50,510

       55%

8 miles S of Paisley

Slater

42,215 in Oregon

       22%

6 SE of Cave Junction (also in No. California)

S. Obenchain

32,671

       70%

5 miles E of Eagle Point

Two Four Two

14,473

       89%

W/NW of Chiloquin

Thielsen

9,916

       26%

E of Diamond Lake




Attached Media Files: ODF fire map for Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020.

Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/22/20 10:35 AM

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody (AIC) died on September 21, 2020. He was incarcerated at the Snake River Correctional Institution and passed away at a local hospital. He tested positive for COVID-19. He was between 80 and 85 years old. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death. This is the seventh AIC to die who tested positive for COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19 cases inside Oregon’s prisons, please visit DOC’s COVID-19 website. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,000 adults in custody who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state.

Institutions continue to clean and disinfect numerous times a day. DOC asks AICs to report symptoms of COVID to medical staff. Posters are in all DOC institutions encouraging individuals to maintain proper hygiene and to uphold appropriate social distancing to the extent possible. Health screening processes are in place before staff are allowed to enter facilities. Visiting remains closed until further notice.

DOC requires employees and AICs to wear masks if they cannot maintain six feet of social distancing. Wearing masks is mandatory at all times in health services areas, some work areas, and in food services areas. Cloth masks have been provided to AICs and staff. If an AIC becomes ill and exhibits flu like symptoms, then CDC and OHA guidance for supportive care are followed.

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, DOC issued a press release when an AIC passed away. This notification would include the person’s name, county of conviction, sentence length, and date of death. However, no cause of death would be listed because the Medical Examiner makes that determination. In order to balance the desire for transparency with our legal obligation to protect personal health information, we have changed the AIC death notification process when someone dies who has tested positive for COVID-19. DOC is working with the Oregon Health Authority to publish COVID-19 related data and information on the OHA website.

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UPDATE -- Isaiah Moore found
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/22/20 10:20 AM

(Salem, Ore.) – Isaiah Moore, an infant born on July 25, 2020, who went missing after his birth has been found. Isaiah was found Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The Oregon Department of Human Services is thankful for the community support to find him.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. You can also report child abuse by calling a local police department, county sheriff, county juvenile department, or Oregon State Police.

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Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Gaming System Sales Frauds (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 09/22/20 9:00 AM
TT - Gaming System Sales - GRAPHIC - September 22, 2020
TT - Gaming System Sales - GRAPHIC - September 22, 2020
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against online shopping frauds. 

We are six months in to the pandemic now, and one thing is clear: life has changed dramatically. Many kids are going to school in their kitchens, we know we must wear a mask to walk into a grocery store, and finding toilet paper is still something to be celebrated. 

One thing that hasn't changed: fraudsters will take advantage of any situation to empty your wallet. One particular crime that we are seeing on the rise in Oregon involves scams related to the purchase of gaming systems. 

Whether you are trying to find one for you kids or yourself, it is obvious that people are desperate to escape the real world with a journey into the virtual world.? Since the pandemic hit, though, finding a Switch or a PlayStation or any other popular gaming system has been difficult.? 

That has people looking online for any deal they can find. Unfortunately, buying a gaming system through an online platform can leave you empty handed. 

In just a couple weeks, we've had more than 20 Oregonians tell us they ordered and paid for a system only to find out they had been scammed. In at least one case, the buyer eventually ended up receiving a box ... but there was no system inside. When he complained to the online platform, the buyer tried to make him pay to send the bogus item back to China. 

Here's how to protect yourself: 

  • Do your research on the seller. Avoid any seller with bad reviews or no reviews. You can also do an online search for the seller's name with the words "scam" or "fraud". 

  • Stick to reputable online platforms with protection policies in place. Know your rights if something goes wrong.? 

  • Make your payment through the online platform's secure service. Do not take the transaction outside that system. 

  • If the price is low, the risk is high. You often get what you pay for. 

If you have been victimized by a charity fraud scam or any other online scam, be sure to file a report at the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office. 

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Attached Media Files: TT - Gaming System Sales - AUDIO - September 22, 2020 , TT - Gaming System Sales - GRAPHIC - September 22, 2020

First quarter Hospital Financial Reports show drop in revenue due to COVID-19
Oregon Health Authority - 09/22/20 8:36 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 22, 2020

Today the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) provided the agency’s first look at how COVID-19 has impacted hospital revenue during this public health crisis. Hospital revenue and operating margins suffered steep drops at the end of March, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first time OHA is releasing its quarterly hospital financial reports as an interactive online dashboard. The dashboard allows users to interact with hospital financial data from 2007 to 2020, displayed monthly or quarterly.

"The broad health and economic impacts of COVID-19 highlight why we need a sustainable health care system that ensures everyone has access to quality, affordable care when they need it," said Jeremy Vandehey, OHA’s director of health policy and analytics.

Hospitals ended 2019 in a strong financial position, with revenue outpacing expenses. Net patient revenue increased 7.3% compared with the fourth quarter of 2018, while operating expenses increased only 1.2%. Uncompensated care remained essentially flat during that period. Hospitals closed out 2019 with a robust median operating margin of 4.2%.

However, the strong fourth quarter of 2019 stands in stark contrast to the first quarter of 2020. Oregon’s first COVID-19 case was identified on February 28, 2020. To conserve hospital capacity and preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 emergency, on March 19, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued executive order 20-10, prohibiting elective and non-urgent medical procedures.

Decreases in hospital utilization in March led to a drop in patient revenue. At the same time, hospital expenses continued to increase, leading to large drops in operating margins in the first quarter of 2020. A drop in hospital stocks exacerbated the losses.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Statewide total margin fell from 9.3% in the first quarter of 2019 to -8.8% in the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of 19.4 percentage points.
  • Median statewide total margin fell 11.3 percentage points, from 6.7% to -4.6% in the same time period.
  • Statewide net patient revenue was down slightly, $22.7 million or -0.6%, when compared with the first quarter of 2019.
  • Total operating expenses remained on trend, increasing $215 million, 6.3%, when compared with the first quarter of 2019.

The first quarter financial reports don’t reflect financial assistance that was provided to the health system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second quarter hospital financial reports, released later this fall, will reflect federal and state grants or other assistance that was provided to hospitals to stabilize and support the health system.

"We have been working closely with our partners across the health system to contain the rising costs of health care," said Vandehey. "These data demonstrate the risks health systems face when their revenue depends on the numbers of patients they treat and procedures they perform. We see that paying for volume instead of value can contribute to financial uncertainty during a crisis, just when we need hospitals the most."

Quarterly reporting on Oregon's acute care hospitals assists policymakers and the public in monitoring the impact of state and federal health reforms on hospital care and financial stability. These reports track key measures of hospital finances and utilization including profitability, charity care, bad debt, and inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department visits.

For more information about OHA’s hospital reporting program, go to the Health Policy and Analytics website.

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Umpqua Bank Announces Wildfire Relief for Impacted Communities, Customers and Associates (Photo)
Umpqua Bank - 09/22/20 8:26 AM
Wildfires destroyed Umpqua's store in Phoenix, Oregon.
Wildfires destroyed Umpqua's store in Phoenix, Oregon.
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PORTLAND, Ore. – September 22, 2020 – Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ), today announced a package of relief and support for communities, customers and associates impacted by the devastating wildfires raging across the West Coast.

“The personal loss experienced by so many people from these historic wildfires is truly incalculable. As a bank, we’ve experienced the devastation firsthand, including the complete loss of one of our stores in Phoenix, Oregon,” said Umpqua Bank CEO Cort O’Haver. “The road to recovery will take time, but Umpqua is committed to doing all we can to help our communities rebuild what’s been lost.”

Today’s announcement comes as wildfires in Oregon, Washington and California have already consumed more than five million acres and resulted in at least 36 deaths. In response to the devastation, Umpqua has activated relief programs for community, customers and associates to support both immediate needs and longer-term recovery efforts.

Community Relief
Umpqua has committed $750,000 in relief funding for impacted communities. This includes $100,000 for both response and recovery efforts in the coming weeks. An additional $650,000 is allocated for community organizations helping small businesses and local economies recover. The bank has also activated a 3:1 corporate match for associates donating to nonprofits supporting those impacted by the wildfires, as well as expanded its Virtual Volunteer program to support the many Umpqua associates currently volunteering time and resources to recovery efforts.

Customer Relief
The bank has activated its Disaster Relief Loan Program to provide impacted customers quick access to cash as needed, as well as to help them recover financially. Mortgage relief options for homeowners impacted by natural disasters are also being actively made available, and the bank will work with all impacted customers to defer or waive any costs associated with their Umpqua accounts incurred as a direct result of the wildfires.

Associate Relief
For the many Umpqua associates directly impacted by the wildfires, the bank has initiated an emergency assistance fund. In addition to providing direct financial support to these associates, the  bank is also providing impacted associates access to a wide variety of services to meet their immediate and long-term needs.

“Especially in moments like this, we want our communities and people to know they’re not alone,” said O’Haver. “In addition to this initial relief, Umpqua will continue partnering closely with local leaders and organizations to help those we serve recover and move forward.”

About Umpqua Bank
Umpqua Bank, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, and has locations across Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. Umpqua Bank has been recognized for its innovative customer experience and banking strategy by national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and CNBC. The company has been recognized for eight years in a row on FORTUNE magazine's list of the country's "100 Best Companies to Work For," and was recently named by The Portland Business Journal the Most Admired Financial Services Company in Oregon for the fifteenth consecutive year. In addition to its retail banking presence, Umpqua Bank also owns Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., a nationally recognized commercial finance company that provides equipment leases to businesses. A subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, Umpqua Investments, Inc., provides retail brokerage and investment advisory services in offices throughout Washington, Oregon, and California. 

 


 




Attached Media Files: Wildfires destroyed Umpqua's store in Phoenix, Oregon.

Mon. 09/21/20
Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council Annual Report
Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council - 09/21/20 3:21 PM

Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council 

Annual Report

CEO, Tiffany Scott

To All Who Call Benton and Franklin Counties Home,

Although we have been incorporated as a 501c3 since 1984, to my knowledge, this is our first annual report to the community. I will start by using the same cadence as many Chief Executive Officers (CEO) and then end the only way I know how with reflection and from the heart.

Program Year (PY) 2019 (July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020) was the most dynamic in my career as a Workforce Development Professional.

The Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council (BFWDC), along with its partner, the Educational Services District (ESD) 123, opened a comprehensive re-engagement center for Youth and Young Adults called TC Futures. It was exciting to see an almost 2-year collaborative effort come to fruition in August 2019. We are fortunate at this center to be able to offer employment and training services to customers in an environment that encompasses their generational preferences.

The Tri-Cities is growing quickly with estimates of 300,000 populous. It is important that as the convener of our local Workforce Development System that we focus on the rural communities in Benton and Franklin Counties. Following a competitive process, the BFWDC was awarded resources to serve job seekers in North Franklin County from a grant called Economic Security for All (EcSA). These resources are helping individuals get out of poverty and become self- sufficient.

The BFWDC is governed by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) compliant board of directors comprised of 21 talented, intelligent volunteers from our local area representing labor, business, government, and education. After great input, discussion, and consensus from the BFWDC Board and Board Staff, we changed our mission and vision statements in December 2019. Now, the words resonate more with the scope we perform as leaders in our field. Also, through a two-day Board Retreat, the BFWDC codified four strategic goals addressing outreach, service delivery, funding diversification, and partnership development. We began the work in PY19 and will continue in PY20.

Just a few months into 2020, we began hearing words regularly that were not familiar in our society. Coronavirus, Pandemic, COVID-19, Social Distancing, and Personal Protective Equipment, to name a few. I think we can all agree that our current state is unlike any other we have experienced in our lifetimes. The BFWDC is committed to contributing to solutions related to this crisis by addressing the crippling effects of widespread unemployment by obtaining resources that support getting people back to work. To date, we have secured a little over an additional million dollars in Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Funding and Employment Recovery National Dislocated Worker Funding from the Department of Labor through a competitive grant process. This by no means is enough; however, it is a start, and we will continue to find opportunities to help. For those seeking services, please reach out to our American Job Center, WorkSource Columbia Basin, at 509-734-5900 or TC Futures, at 509-537- 1710. During business hours, leave a message after selecting the general inquires prompt then a local, live person will return your call within the hour. This is because our local Workforce System is currently operating virtually due to COVID-19.

The BFWDC and the Workforce System we oversee was recently recognized for our excellence in the area of Equal Opportunity and received the national William J. Harris award. Although we are proud of this achievement, we know there is always more that can be done when it comes to inclusion and accessibility for all. I would be remiss if I did not mention the racial injustice and inequality happening throughout our Nation. Engaging in honest dialogue, while needed, will not solely create system change. More people of color and LBGTQ must have a seat at the decision-making tables in our community. When BFWDC board seats become vacant, I commit to more diverse representation, and I challenge my peers in Benton and Franklin Counties to do the same. This is one step forward with many more to follow.

In closing, I would like to share words I carry with me always that come from two women I respect immensely. The first, my mother, who the day after losing her son, my brother, in a car accident, reminded me that the sun will come up tomorrow. An optimist even in a time of grief. I have used her perspective and strength to focus on what is next during challenging times and affirm that the future will be better than today. The second, my grandmother, who was raised in the smallest of towns in Iowa and who lived through the great depression, would say, it takes all kinds of people to make the world go around. She knew that life would not be as meaningful if we were all the same.

Although she has passed, the love she embraced her fellow humankind with still lives in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Until next year, be kind, stay healthy, and know we will get through this together. My Best,

Tiffany Scott, CEO

815 N. Kellogg Street, Suite C, Kennewick, WA 99336 509-734-5980

https://www.bentonfranklinwdc.com/

Thank You

We would like to express our thanks to our funders : Employment Security Department, WA State Department of Social&Health Service, and MDRC (Building Knowledge to Improve Social Policy). 

SEE FULL REPORT IN ATTACHMENT or use the following link: https://www.bentonfranklinwdc.com/blog

 




Attached Media Files: BFWDC Annual Report

2020 Oregon Wildfire Response and Recovery Update - Sept. 21, 2020 (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/21/20 3:00 PM
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfires 2020 daily release to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. Additional photos are attached. See today's Wildfire Response and Recovery update here.

Please direct any media inquiries to the Joint Information Center at 503-373-7872 or e.info@state.or.us">fire.info@state.or.us 

 

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

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Stayton, Ore. - September 20, 2020 - "We Will Rebuild" sign on Highway 22 overpass just outside Stayton, Ore. - Justin Marquis / FEMA  

Red Cross Photo

Portland, Ore. - September 14, 2020 - Red Cross volunteers working in a shelter at the Oregon Convention Center. - Dominick Del Vecchio / FEMA  




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Oregon reports 201 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 09/21/20 12:04 PM

Sept. 21, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 201 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 529, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 201 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 30,995.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (16), Clatsop (2), Columbia (2), Coos (4), Curry (3), Deschutes (8), Douglas (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (18), Josephine (3), Klamath (2), Lane (28), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Malheur (12), Marion (18), Morrow (2), Multnomah (35), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (4), Wasco (10), Washington (25), and Yamhill (1).

Oregon’s 527th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 21 and died on Sept. 6, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 528th COVID-19 death is a 54-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 16 and died on Sept. 20, at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 529th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 18 and died on Sept. 19, at OHSU. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.


OHA features new COVID 19 dashboard

Today, Monday, Sept. 21, OHA is unveiling a new version of the dashboard Oregon COVID-19 Case Demographics and Disease Severity Statewide to provide more information on the demographics of COVID-19 cases in Oregon.

The new dashboard will present case rates per 100,000 people, which more clearly shows disparities in the burden of COVID-19 between demographic groups. In addition to case counts and rates, users will be able to view the percent of cases in each age group, sex, race, and ethnicity that have ever been hospitalized for their illness or have died with COVID-19.


OHA Ends Publication of Weekly Testing Summary, Data Published Daily

OHA will no longer issue the Weekly Testing Summary because the data is currently available on a more timely basis on the OHA website. The location of the information is linked below:

  1. Testing totals for the prior week(s)
  2. Test positivity statewide (cumulative)
  3. Test positivity statewide for the prior week (same location as #1)

Other testing-related announcements or issues, such as changes in the national testing supply chain, will be noted in daily press releases on an as-needed basis. OHA’s most recent testing guidance for healthcare providers can be found here.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


ODF fire report and fire map for Monday, Sept. 21, 2020
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/21/20 11:18 AM

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Forestry is closely monitoring 10 major fires in Oregon, down from 17 originally (see table below for details). Fires are removed from the list when they are 100% lined and fire managers are confident in their progress toward containment.

There have been more than 7,500 personnel assigned to these fires, not including many of the government employees, landowners, forestland operators, and members of the community who are contributing every day. There have been resources from 39 states and multiple Canadian provinces in this fight alongside Oregonians.

About 1 million acres have burned in Oregon since the start of this year, which is nearly double the 10-year average of approximately 557,811.

Fire name

Acres burned (est.)

Containment

Location

Lionshead

198,647

       13%

20 miles W of Warm Springs

Beachie Creek

192,764

       38%

15 miles N of Detroit

Holiday Farm

170,637

       17%

3 miles W of McKenzie Bridge

Riverside

137,880

       25%

2 miles SE of Estacada

Archie Creek

131,598

       41%

20 miles E of Glide

Brattain

50,447

       52%

8 miles S of Paisley

Slater

42,214 in Oregon

       18%

SE of Cave Junction (also in No. California)

S. Obenchain

32,671

       65%

5 miles E of Eagle Point

Two Four Two

14,473

       77%

W/NW of Chiloquin

Thielsen

9,689

       22%

E of Diamond Lake

More information




Attached Media Files: 2020-09/1072/138293/Fire_map_for_Monday_Sept._21_2020.pdf

Some Oregonians still eligible for Economic Impact Payment
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 09/21/20 8:46 AM

Salem, OR—More than 130,000 Oregonians will receive a special mailing this month from the IRS encouraging them to see if they’re eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment.

The IRS will mail the letters to people who typically aren’t required to file federal income tax returns but may qualify for an Economic Impact Payment. The letter urges recipients to visit the special Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool on IRS.gov before the Oct. 15 deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment. 

More than 7 million people nationwide have already used the Non-Filers tool to register for a payment.

This month’s letters, delivered from an IRS address, are being sent to people who haven’t filed a return for either 2018 or 2019. Based on an internal analysis, these are people who don’t typically have a tax return filing requirement because they appear to have income below the filing threshold based on Forms W-2 and 1099 and other third-party statements available to the IRS.

The letter urges the recipient to register at IRS.gov by Oct. 15 in order to receive a payment by the end of the year. Individuals can receive up to $1,200, and married couples can receive up to $2,400. People with qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2019 can get up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child.

The IRS cautions that receiving a letter is not a guarantee of eligibility. An individual is likely eligible for an Economic Impact Payment if they:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or resident alien.
  • Have a work-eligible Social Security number.
  • Can’t be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s federal income tax return.

For more information on eligibility requirements, see the Economic Impact Payment eligibility FAQ on IRS.gov.

People who are eligible should not wait to receive a letter and should register now. Alternatively, people can wait until next year and claim the recovery rebate credit on their 2020 federal income tax return by filing in 2021.

Those unable to access the Non-Filers tool may submit a simplified paper return following the procedures described in the Economic Impact Payment FAQ on IRS.gov.

Anyone using the Non-Filers tool can speed up the arrival of their payment by choosing to receive it by direct deposit. Those not choosing this option will get a check.

Beginning two weeks after they register, people can track the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool, available only on IRS.gov.

For Oregon tax issues, visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 800-886-7204.


Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is Requesting Public's Assistance to Identify the Person(s) Responsible for the Unlawful Take of a Bull Elk - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/21/20 8:18 AM
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On September 13, 2020 Oregon State Police Troopers received information that fresh skeletal remains of a bull elk had been discovered on private property between Mt. Richmond Road and Williams Canyon Road.

Evidence at the scene is consistent with a bull elk harvested in the first two weeks of the general archery season.

The person(s) responsible did not have permission to hunt on the property.

The Oregon Hunters Association of Yamhill County has agreed to match the Turn In Poachers (TIP) program reward of $500 for a total reward of $1,000.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-0776 or OSP and leave information for Trooper Tayler Jerome if you are wishing to remain anonymous you may also contact the OSP through the Turn in Poachers line at TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

5 Points-Mountain Sheep

5 Points-Mountain Goat

5 Points-Moose

5 Points-Wolf

4 Points-Elk

4 Points-Deer

4 Points-Antelope

4 Points-Bear

4 Points-Cougar

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

CASH REWARDS:

$1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or OSP(677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

 




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Fatal Crash Hwy 20 - Linn County
Oregon State Police - 09/21/20 8:07 AM

On Sunday, September 20, 2020, at approximately 7:10 A.M.,Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 67.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Nissan Altima, operated by Robert Snyder (60) of Portland, was westbound on Hwy 20 when it went off the road and struck a tree.

Synder sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Sweet Home Fire Department and ODOT.


The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Wing conducts F-15 Night Flying (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 09/21/20 8:01 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing will conduct routine F-15 Eagle night training missions on September 21-24, 2020.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted as an essential training requirement for nighttime maneuvers to support mission and contingency response. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:00 p.m.

For more information contact TSgt. Steph Sawyer, 503-335-4351

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FILE PHOTO: 051120-Z-CH590-161: An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle, assigned to the 142nd Wing takes off from Portland Air National Guard Base at dusk. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

About the 142nd Wing:

The Portland Air National Guard Base employs around 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from Northern California to the Canadian border, as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.




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Sun. 09/20/20
Yakima School District 2020 Mobile Immunization Clinics
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 09/20/20 8:33 PM

Please see the attached for information regarding mobile immunization clinics.


Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update - Sept. 20, 2020 (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/20/20 1:53 PM
Mayor of Detroit, Jim Trett , Federal Coordinating Officer, Dolph Diemont and Rep. SchraderSeptember
Mayor of Detroit, Jim Trett , Federal Coordinating Officer, Dolph Diemont and Rep. SchraderSeptember
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfires 2020 daily release to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. Additional photos are attached. See today Wildfire Response and Recovery update here.

 




Attached Media Files: Mayor of Detroit, Jim Trett , Federal Coordinating Officer, Dolph Diemont and Rep. SchraderSeptember , Mayor of Detroit, Jim Trett , Federal Coordinating Officer, Dolph Diemont and Rep. Schrader. September 19, 2020

Oregon reports 208 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/20 12:04 PM

Sept. 20, 2020

Oregon reports 208 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 526, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 208 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 30,801.

The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (7), Clackamas (18), Clatsop (4), Columbia (3), Coos (2), Deschutes (9), Douglas (2), Gilliam (1), Hood River (4), Jackson (5), Jefferson (2), Klamath (1), Lane (23), Linn (7), Malheur (15), Marion (21), Morrow (3), Multnomah (41), Polk (1), Umatilla (8), Washington (28), and Yamhill (3).

Oregon’s 526th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Sept. 1 and died on Sept.18, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

County

Cases1

Total deaths2

Negative tests3

Baker

90

2

1,533

Benton

285

6

12,143

Clackamas

2,256

61

56,853

Clatsop

117

0

5,304

Columbia

154

1

6,608

Coos

138

0

6,445

Crook

60

1

2,470

Curry

27

0

1,705

Deschutes

769

12

28,147

Douglas

209

3

12,176

Gilliam

8

0

265

Grant

8

0

862

Harney

12

0

764

Hood River

245

0

4,772

Jackson

1,039

4

31,732

Jefferson

513

8

4,499

Josephine

183

2

11,311

Klamath

273

2

9,844

Lake

28

0

853

Lane

964

15

60,349

Lincoln

472

13

8,406

Linn

466

13

15,580

Malheur

1,527

23

4,819

Marion

4,447

90

45,305

Morrow

488

6

1,682

Multnomah

6,818

130

133,456

Polk

502

15

8,442

Sherman

18

0

327

Tillamook

48

0

2,915

Umatilla

2,913

41

12,629

Union

435

2

3,409

Wallowa

28

1

930

Wasco

234

3

4,709

Washington

4,289

58

87,468

Wheeler

0

0

159

Yamhill

738

14

16,397

Total

30,801

526

605,268

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


Fatal Crash Hwy 42 - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 09/20/20 8:42 AM

On Saturday, September 19, 2020 at approximately 9:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 42 near milepost 74.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Ram pickup, operated by Dustin Robinson (36) from Sutherlin, was westbound when it went off the road.  He struck a Pontiac Grand AM, operated by William McCullough IV (20) from Roseburg,  that was at the intersection of Jackie Avenue and Hwy 42.  

McCullough IV and his passenger, Mark Ritter (20) from Roseburg, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased. 

Robinson sustained minor injuries from the crash.  

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Winston Police Department, Douglas County Fire District 2, ODOT and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. 

Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Robinson) is being investigated as a possible factor in the crash.  Any further information will be released by or with approval from the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.


Sat. 09/19/20
2020 Oregon Wildfire Response and Recovery Update - SEPT. 19, 2020 (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/19/20 2:48 PM
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfires 2020 daily release to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. Additional photos are attached. See today's Wildfire Response and Recovery update here.

Please direct any media inquiries to the Joint Information Center at 503-373-7872 or e.info@state.or.us">fire.info@state.or.us 

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

A7R000845: Marion County, Ore. - September 16, 2020 - US&R Massachusetts Task Force 1 searches homes in Marion County Oregon in response for the wildfires. - Dominick Del Vecchio / FEMA

Marion County: Marion County, Ore. - Vehicles in a yard along Highway 22 burned by wildfire. - Dominick Del Vecchio  FEMA

FEMA Photo: Link  Phoenix, Ore. –  A search and rescue canine, Nyx, working with a handler from a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team from Colorado, CO-TF1, rests after searching through damage caused by the Almeda Fire. Historic wildfires have left many people in Oregon homeless, with some still missing. - David Yost / FEMA

Lions Head Fire: Link with information for September 18 Lions Head Fire photo by Nathan Parsons, Ambo 7/E-63

Red Cross: Link with information for September 18: 2020 Oregon Wildfire Response and Recovery Red Cross responders photo.

Red Cross; Link with information for September 19: 2020 Oregon Wildfire Response and Recovery Red Cross responders photo.

Riverside Fire: LINK with information for September 18: Mt. Hood National Forest Engine 312 photo.

ODOT: LINK with information for September 18: OSP Senior Trooper Jeff Johnson and ODOT Maintenance’s Tim Acrey of Central Point save an U.S. flag that survived the Almeda Fire in Phoenix. Senior Trooper Johnson, stopped Acrey – who served in the Marine Corps – while supporting traffic control in the Almeda Fire closure in Phoenix along Oregon 99.




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Oregon reports 295 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/20 1:43 PM

Sept. 19, 2020

Oregon reports 295 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 525, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 266 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 30,599. The new cases  reported today are in the following counties: Benton (27), Clackamas (14), Clatsop (3), Columbia (2), Curry (1), Deschutes (16), Douglas (6), Jackson (13), Jefferson (6), Josephine (3), Klamath (4), Lane (11), Lincoln (2), Linn (4), Malheur (22), Marion (40), Morrow (1), Multnomah (40), Polk (8), Umatilla (10), Wasco (1), Washington (23), and Yamhill (9).

Note: OHA double counted a death on Sept. 4 that was originally recorded on July 24. The duplication occurred because of an incorrectly reported date of birth. Because of this error we are renumbering our reported deaths starting with 521 today.

Oregon’s 521st COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept. 17, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 522nd COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive on Aug. 28 and died on Sept. 15, at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 523rd COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Morrow County who tested positive on Sept. 4 and died on Sept.14. Location of death is being confirmed. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 524th COVID-19 death is a 97-year-old-woman in Marion County who died on May 10. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 525th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 16 and died on Sept.16 in his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.

See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

County

Cases (1)

Total deaths (2)

Negative tests (3)

Baker

90

2

1,532

Benton

279

6

12,096

Clackamas

2,237

61

56,699

Clatsop

113

0

5,281

Columbia

150

1

6,599

Coos

136

0

6,385

Crook

60

1

2,460

Curry

27

0

1,689

Deschutes

760

12

27,956

Douglas

206

3

12,126

Gilliam

7

0

264

Grant

8

0

857

Harney

12

0

759

Hood River

241

0

4,758

Jackson

1,034

4

31,655

Jefferson

511

8

4,490

Josephine

183

2

11,263

Klamath

272

2

9,806

Lake

28

0

855

Lane

944

15

60,022

Lincoln

472

13

8,409

Linn

458

13

15,566

Malheur

1,512

23

4,790

Marion

4,427

89

45,143

Morrow

485

6

1,678

Multnomah

6,779

130

133,105

Polk

501

15

8,399

Sherman

18

0

326

Tillamook

48

0

2,904

Umatilla

2,905

41

12,651

Union

435

2

3,416

Wallowa

28

1

927

Wasco

234

3

4,701

Washington

4,264

58

87,235

Wheeler

0

0

159

Yamhill

735

14

16,350

Total

30,599

525

603,311

1 - This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2 - For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3 - This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


Oregon State Parks Begins to Assess Wildfire and Windstorm Damage (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/19/20 8:16 AM
Downed trees at Cape Lookout State Park block trails and access.
Downed trees at Cape Lookout State Park block trails and access.
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The devastating wildfires that continue to level the Oregon landscape have so far burned about 900 acres of state park land, most of it undeveloped forest, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) reports. 

 

Some parks remain closed due to windstorm damage, or their proximity to active fires. Twenty-four parks have been closed since Sep. 7, when rare, severe wind events caused wildfires to quickly sweep the landscape. Go to https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=visit.status to check park status.

 

Given the scope and severity of the fires, the 900-acre toll was a testament to both luck and extraordinary first responders, said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption.

 

The heavily forested Collier Memorial State Park took the biggest hit, losing some 400 acres of Ponderosa Pines. OPRD Forester Craig Leech said that “although 400 acres is a lot by any estimation, the careful fuel reduction and stand improvement slowed the fire spread enough to be contained before major damage occurred.


Detroit Lake State Recreation Area and the Mongold day-use area on the lake suffered only minor damage from the Beachie Creek Fire. Local authorities, the Oregon Marine Board and emergency responders are working together to help safely retrieve boats that people had to abandon on the lake when they evacuated.

Nearby, North Santiam State Recreation Area suffered far worse damage. The fire burned straight through the small campground on the North Santiam River.

Several parks in the Willamette Valley and on the north coast are serving as evacuation sites, some in partnership with the American Red Cross. We are happy to help provide a temporary landing place for those whose lives have been uprooted by this wildfire disaster,” said OPRD director Lisa Sumption. “We are looking forward to restoring and reopening our closed parks as soon as is safely possible.”

 

OPRD staff are assessing damage and scheduling repairs, where conditions allow. In many cases, fires are still burning near parks, evacuation orders are still in place and air quality remains unhealthy. OPRD asks the public to stay out of closed parks as restoration and recovery efforts take place.

“We are still very much in the emergency response mode. We will have more information to share about restoring and reopening damaged parks once it is safe for our staff to do so,” said OPRD Communications Director Jason Resch.

A complete list of closed parks is on our Fire Information Page. Please keep in mind that damage is still being evaluated.

  • Silver Falls
    • 125 acres burned on the SE part of the park. Contained at this time.
  • Detroit Lake State Recreation Area
    • Minor damage along some campground loops closer to the highway.
    • Loss of one water storage tank.
    • 40 acres burned.
  • North Santiam State Recreation Area
    • 120 acres burned.
    • Loss of some structures.
  • Bonnie Lure State Recreation Area
    • 40 acres burned.
  • Collier Memorial State Park
    • 400 acres burned.
    • Damage to historic museum and some equipment.
    • Loss of one historic cabin, wood shed, and host trailer.
  • Wallowa Lake State Park
    • Wind damage to dock.
  • Devil’s Lake State Park
    • No fire damage, but many trees down.
  • Other coastal parks with trees down include Munson Creek Falls State Natural Site, Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, Cape Lookout State Park, Beverly Beach State Park, William M. Tugman and many areas of the Oregon Coast Trail are reported to have trees down as well. 

 

Many parks remain open, but still could be experiencing poor air quality. Some major highways and roads used to access parks are closed.

 

 

 

Photos in this release can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q565D2q2AFrScOjJWyO_az9MKaXMxrBJ?usp=sharing

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Attached Media Files: Downed trees at Cape Lookout State Park block trails and access. , Downed trees at Devil’s Lake State Park block access in the campgrounds. , Wildfire burns through the night at Collier Memorial State Park. , host RV trailer survived the fire that burned a OPRD shop building at North Santiam State Recreation Area. , Close up of charred remains of a historic cabin at Collier Memorial State Park illustrate some of the damage at the park. , Charred remains of a historic cabin at Collier Memorial State Park illustrate some of the damage at the park.

Fri. 09/18/20
Pacific Power nears complete restoration in aftermath of Labor Day windstorm
Pacific Power - 09/18/20 6:23 PM

Media hotline: 503-813-6018

NOTE TO MEDIA: Images of restoration work underway are available for use, via this link. Photo credit: Pacific Power
 

Pacific Power nears complete restoration in aftermath of Labor Day windstorm

With repairs substantially complete, communities move to recovery and rebuilding

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 18, 2020) —After 10 days of long shifts, with more than 500 personnel in the field at times, Pacific Power has substantially restored service to all the customers able to receive power.

As of 6 p.m., about 350 customers remain out. Certain isolated pockets of outages are expected to extend into next week. At peak, more than 60,000 customers were without service.

 “We thank our customers for their extraordinary patience during this challenging restoration and we will continue to support our communities as we help them rebuild,” said David Lucas, vice president of operations. “The power and resilience of our communities have truly shone through all these long days. And we salute our own folks in the field who showed tremendous commitment to serving our customers. These dedicated professionals will remain at work until all customers are restored.”

Here to help

Pacific Power customer care agents are available and ready to help customers through this incredibly difficult time. They can be reached 24/7 at 1-888-221-7070. 

The company is working with the Red Cross and local agencies to directly aid people in need. Assistance is available for those in wildfire-affected areas; contact the Red Cross for the latest shelter and emergency support information.

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2020 Oregon Wildfire Response and Recovery Update - SEPT. 18, 2020
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/18/20 3:13 PM

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfires 2020 daily release to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. Additional photos are attached. See today's Wildfire Response and Recovery update here.

Please direct any media inquiries to the Joint Information Center at 503-373-7872 or e.info@state.or.us">fire.info@state.or.us 

 

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Lane County, Ore. - September 16, 2020 - A FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support team installs mobile communications equipment on Mt. Hagen to replace  equipment destoryed by wildfire. - Don Sheppard / FEMA

Blue River, Ore. - September 15, 2020 - The Holiday Farm Fire destroyed businesses, homes, and vehicles. - David Yost / FEMA


Coffee Creek Correctional Institution adults in custody return to facility after wildfire evacuation
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/18/20 2:16 PM

As of September 18, 2020, adults in custody (AICs) who evacuated Coffee Creek Correctional Facility have returned to their home institution in Wilsonville. On September 10, the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) evacuated CCCF to Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI) in Madreas due to threats from the Riverside and Santiam wildfires. At that time, the institution was determined to be in potential danger as these two fires threatened to merge. DOC has worked with the Oregon State Police and the State Fire Marshal to keep everyone who works and lives inside this facility safe.

The total number of AICs evacuated from CCCF was 1,303, including AICs from the Coffee Creek Intake Center. The return trip spanned across four days so the department could rely on internal resources, including a fleet of buses—the majority of which included restrooms. Meals, water, and hygiene items were sent with each AIC, and a supply truck returned CCCF supplies that were taken to DRCI during the evacuation. In addition, an ADA accessible portable restroom was dropped partway along the route, and portable restrooms were made available at CCCF to mitigate any delay in processing AICs into the institution. Once DRCI’s medium facility was vacated, AICs being temporarily housed in the minimum facility returned to the medium facility—a move which was also completed on September 18.

DOC is aware of the impact the decision to evacuate may have had on the spread of COVID-19 within its facilities and took precautions to mitigate the impact whenever possible. While social distancing is always challenging in a prison environment—and made even more difficult in the midst of wildfire evacuations—masks continue to be provided and encouraged among all AICs and employees. In addition, DOC Health Services works closely with DOC transport and institutions to ensure AIC health needs are met during this difficult time.   

CCCF is a multi-custody prison located in Wilsonville accommodating 283 men and 1,020 women. The prison has cell and dormitory housing, work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state’s intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all individuals committed to state custody by the courts. CCCF’s minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet September 25
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/18/20 2:14 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Friday, September 25 at 8:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. The public portion of the meeting begins at 9:35 a.m. To adhere to the state’s social distancing requirements and to slow the spread of COVID-19, this public meeting will be conducted as a virtual meeting.

The meeting agenda is available at https://www.oregongeology.org.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.

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Oregon reports 295 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 09/18/20 1:38 PM

Sept. 18, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 295 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 521, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 295 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 30,342.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (4), Clackamas (28), Clatsop (3), Coos (2), Deschutes (7), Douglas (5), Hood River (1), Jackson (14), Jefferson (2), Klamath (2), Lake (1), Lane (20), Linn (5), Malheur (20), Marion (51), Morrow (7), Multnomah (56), Polk (4), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (16), Wasco (3), Washington (36) and Yamhill (5).


New COVID-19 modeling released

OHA released its latest COVID-19 modeling report today, showing that the current rate of transmission is continuing a downward trend that began in mid-July, meaning that each case is generating less than one other case.

The model looked at the following scenarios:

If transmission continues at its present rate, then by Oct. 8. daily infections would decrease from 360 to 190. New daily cases would decrease to 80. Severe cases – those requiring hospitalization – would decrease to 6 and the reproduction rate would remain at .87.

If there is a 5-percentage-point decline in transmission, over the next month there would be 130 daily infections. New daily cases would decline to 50. Severe cases would drop to four, and the reproduction rate would be .74.

If there is a 5-percentage-point increase in transmission rates over the next month, the model projects 400 new daily infections with new daily cases rising by 80. Under this scenario, severe cases would double from six to 12.

More importantly, this scenario results in a reproduction rate of 1.0, meaning that the spread of COVID would be increasing, reversing the progress made in recent weeks.

As has been shown since the beginning of the pandemic in Oregon, these trends remain very sensitive to small changes in transmission levels.

Wildfires, which started on Labor Day, are widespread throughout Oregon and have led to evacuations of an estimated 40,000 people and extremely hazardous air quality.

The wildfires and subsequent poor air quality have decreased availability of community COVID-19 testing, but it is unclear what effects the evacuations and the poor air quality might have on COVID-19 transmission and symptoms.

Model results should be interpreted with caution, given these recent reductions in testing and uncertainty behind various COVID-19 model assumptions.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

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Northern pikeminnow season extended, rewards increased - Anglers can make more money catching fish and saving salmon
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/18/20 11:54 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – State and federal agencies are extending the season for the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program on the Columbia and Snake rivers until Oct. 11. They are also boosting the per-fish reward amounts for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Effective Sept. 19, the reward for all eligible northern pikeminnow will increase from the $5 to $8 range, to $10 per fish - regardless of how many northern pikeminnow an angler catches. The reward for verified specially-tagged northern pikeminnow will also temporarily increase from $500 to $1,000 per fish.

The program’s goal is to encourage more anglers to participate by harvesting predator-sized northern pikeminnow this fall, which will help protect more young salmon and steelhead from predation next spring.

“Large northern pikeminnow are responsible for eating a majority of the young salmon and steelhead who fall victim to predators,” says Eric McOmie, a BPA program manager. “Reducing the number of large pikeminnow can really help young salmon survive.”

For 30 years the Bonneville Power Administration has funded the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program, paying anglers to remove northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers and protecting endangered juvenile salmon and steelhead. The program’s goal is not to eliminate native northern pikeminnow but reduce the average size and number of the predatory fish.

The 11-day extension offsets the delay at the start of the season in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also appears the pandemic may have discouraged some anglers from participating in the sport-reward fishery, as the number of anglers is down 28% from this time last year. Currently, the 2020 harvest of northern pikeminnow is on track to be the lowest on record.

According to recent data, anglers are catching more northern pikeminnow now than any other time of the season, but fewer people are participating in the program. Average harvest for the past 29 years is approximately 174,000 fish. Last year, anglers removed approximately 146,000 northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. So far this year, that number is just over 88,000.

Nearly anyone can make money fishing for northern pikeminnow, and biologists say late summer and early fall can be one of the best times of the year to catch the salmon eaters. In 2019, the program paid out nearly $1.2 million to northern pikeminnow anglers, with the top fisherman making more than $53,000.

For more details on the season extension and reward increases, go to www.pikeminnow.org.

 About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale, carbon-free hydropower from 31 federal dams in the Columbia River Basin. It also markets the output of the region’s only nuclear plant. BPA delivers this power to more than 140 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA also owns and operates more than 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage power lines and 261 substations, and provides transmission service to more than 300 customers. In all, BPA provides nearly a third of the power generated in the Northwest. To mitigate the impacts of the federal dams, BPA implements a fish and wildlife program that includes working with its partners to make the federal dams safer for fish passage. It also pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain safe, affordable, reliable electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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ODF fire report for Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/18/20 10:24 AM
Firefighters at the Echo Mountain Complex in Lincoln County work on a fire control line.
Firefighters at the Echo Mountain Complex in Lincoln County work on a fire control line.
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SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Department of Forestery is closely monitoring 10 major fires in Oregon, (see table below for details). Echo Mountain and the North Cascade complexes were removed from today’s report. Fires are removed from the list when they are 100% lined and fire managers are confident in their progress toward containment. There are more than 6,500 personnel assigned to these fires from across the nation and Canada. This doesn’t include the many government emergency response employees, landowners, forestland operators, and members of the community who are contributing to the fight in whatever way they can. About 1 million acres have burned in Oregon since the start of this year, which is nearly double the 10-year average of approximately 557,811.

Fire name

Acres burned (est.)

Containment

Location

Lionshead

192,719

10%

20 miles W of Warm Springs

Beachie Creek

192,012

20%

15 miles N of Detroit

Holiday Farm

172,510

10%

3 miles W of McKenzie Bridge

Riverside

137,865

10%

2 miles SE of Estacada

Archie Creek

130,429

25%

20 miles E of Glide

Brattain

44,800

20%

8 miles S of Paisley

Slater

41,395 in Oregon

10%

SE of Cave Junction (also in No. California)

S. Obenchain

32,833

35%

5 miles E of Eagle Point

Two Four Two

14,473

37%

W/NW of Chiloquin

Thielsen

9,995

15%

E of Diamond Lake

Please note: The acres burned estimates above are based very limited information available. These numbers will change over the next several days, in some cases significantly. We will be taking every opportunity to map these fires. Fire maps are an important tool for both ongoing response operations and keeping people informed. 

More information




Attached Media Files: ODF fire report for Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 , Firefighters at the Echo Mountain Complex in Lincoln County work on a fire control line.

Building Codes Division can help people locate manufactured home ownership documents
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/18/20 9:25 AM

(Salem) – Thousands of Oregonians have evacuated to escape wildfires that have damaged and destroyed homes throughout the state. Many who evacuated did not have time to take important documents with them, including ownership documents for their manufactured home, and those documents may now be destroyed.

The Oregon Building Codes Division’s online system can provide manufactured home owners with that information, including the record of ownership. Having these documents is important when navigating the insurance process.

The Oregon Manufactured Home Ownership Document (MHOD) system is available at https://aca-oregon.accela.com/OR_MHODS/. The system allows people to search for their documents and, once they find them, print or email them.

“These times are stressful enough without having to locate ownership documents in a damaged or destroyed manufactured home,” said Lori Graham, interim administrator of the Building Codes Division, which is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. “Using the MHOD system is the easiest and quickest way for people to get their documents. Yet, if they need help, we can send them a printed copy.”

If customers need an existing ownership document mailed to them, but are displaced from their home, they can email or call, and the division can send it to any address customers want. Call 503-378-4530 or 800-442-7457 (toll-free) or email mhods.bcd@oregon.gov for help.

The MHOD system also has forms and applications, as well as other resources. People can access the records without needing to log in.

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The Building Codes Division administers Oregon’s statewide building code, which provides uniform standards that ensure newly constructed residential and commercial buildings are safe for people to occupy.


Thu. 09/17/20
Board considers bringing PreK-2 students back by transitioning to Yellow Stage based on recent viral trends (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 09/17/20 4:18 PM
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WALLA WALLA – The school board has scheduled a special board meeting Sept. 29 to review data and make a decision on transitioning to the Yellow Stage of the district’s Roadmap to Reopening Schools based on an update from the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health. If the school board approves the transition to the Yellow Stage, the district will implement their Pk-2nd grade hybrid model for in-person instruction on Oct. 19 as approved by County officials. Communicated with parents prior to the start of school, most students would attend either a morning or afternoon session for face-to-face instruction, and receive their remaining learning remotely in order to comply with strict social distancing guidelines. A limited number of pre-identified students who receive special education, English learners and other remediation supports may be provided a full day experience on a case-by-case basis while in the Yellow Stage.

In a letter to Walla Walla County school administrators sent Sept. 17, Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (DCH) officials reported they have been monitoring COVID-19 disease activity throughout the county. Disease activity, as indicated by new cases/100,000 population over 14 days, has been decreasing over the past month, warranting a new recommendation on hybrid learning.

At this time, the overall Walla Walla County disease activity, and the City of Walla Walla, remain above the WA DOH recommendation, but rates have been steadily dropping throughout the last month. If current trends continue, local health experts project rates across the county will continue to drop below the DOH recommended benchmark by the middle of October. If rates reach 45 cases or less over a two-week period, this will permit WWPS to begin transitioning back their youngest learners as soon as October 19. 

“Advancing to the hybrid learning model is not expected to pose a significantly greater risk to staff and students than their current activities,” said Larry Jecha, M.D./MPH Health Officer, Walla Walla County. “A Hybrid mode permits schools to provide in-person instruction at roughly 50% capacity.”  

If viral counts permit, and the Board approves transition to the Yellow Stage, the district plans to communicate schedules, bussing and other health-related protocols to Prek-2nd grade families the week of October 5. Once viral conditions dip below 30 cases or less over a two-week period, WWPS would then be in a position to bring back all students under their hybrid-learning plan. More information regarding the district’s Safely Reopening Schools Plan can be found on their website here: https://www.wwps.org/safely-reopening-schools  

“These dates allow sufficient time to continue to monitor disease activity through the end of September to ensure that it will not escalate significantly,” said Dr. Jecha. “Strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, according to state and local guidance, including use of face coverings and physical/social distancing will be necessary to ensure that students and staff are able to return safely.”

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Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Troopers Requesting Public's Assistance with Unlawful Killing/Waste of Elk - Lincoln County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/17/20 4:01 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a spike bull elk and cow elk in Lincoln County.

On Sunday, August 23, 2020, a Newport OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper discovered a deceased spike bull and cow elk.

The elk were located on the USFS 5390 road just outside of Waldport.

The cow elk was left to waste with no meat removed from the carcass and was not salvageable.  Most of the meat had been taken from the spike elk.   

The elk were most likely shot the evening prior - Saturday, August 22, 2020.

OSP is asking anyone who was in the area or anyone who may have information on the suspect(s) to call the TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or dial OSP or by email TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

 

Preference Point Rewards:

5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

5 Points-Moose

5 Points-Wolf

4 Points-Elk

4 Points-Deer

4 Points-Antelope

4 Points-Bear

4 Points-Cougar

 

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

 

CASH REWARDS:

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

$200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s)

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or OSP(677)

 

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)




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Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update - Sept. 17, 2020  (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/17/20 3:56 PM
An Oregon Army Guard HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter empties a water bucket onto flames on the Brattain Fire on September 15, 2020 near Paisley, Ore. Two Army Guard Black Hawks, headquartered out of Salem, Ore. are currently assigned to the fire. The helicop
An Oregon Army Guard HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter empties a water bucket onto flames on the Brattain Fire on September 15, 2020 near Paisley, Ore. Two Army Guard Black Hawks, headquartered out of Salem, Ore. are currently assigned to the fire. The helicop
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfires 2020 daily release to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. Additional photos are attached. See today Wildfire Response and Recovery update here.

Please direct any media inquiries to the Joint Information Center at 503-373-7872 or fire.info@state.or.us 




Attached Media Files: An Oregon Army Guard HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter empties a water bucket onto flames on the Brattain Fire on September 15, 2020 near Paisley, Ore. Two Army Guard Black Hawks, headquartered out of Salem, Ore. are currently assigned to the fire. The helicop , Oregon National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen with NG1 team six, grid an area of the Two-Four-Two fire during mop up operations, Chiloquin, Ore., Sept. 14. Approximately 1000 Oregon Guard members are supporting overall firefighting efforts wit

Fatal Crash on Hwy 212 - Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 09/17/20 3:50 PM

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at approximately 5:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 212 near Hwy 224.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Kawasaki motorcycle, operated by Dakota Teeter (20) of Milwaukie, was eastbound on Hwy 212 when it left the roadway and struck the guardrail.

Teeter sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Clackamas Fire.

 


Fatal Crash on Hwy 18 - Yamhill County
Oregon State Police - 09/17/20 3:40 PM

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at approximately 8:35 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 18 near milepost 48.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a Nissan Sentra, operated by Matthew Revelette (34) of Healdsburg, CA. was stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Cruickshank Rd. and Hwy 18. The Nissan proceeded north across Hwy 18 and into the path of a eastbound Yamaha motorcycle operated by Anthony Banta (29) of Newberg.  The Yamaha and Nissan collided.

Banta sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The eastbound lane of Hwy 18 was closed for approximately 4 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff's Department, ODOT, McMinnville Police Department and McMinnville Fire Department.


"Working While Claiming" Lets Oregonians Earn More Before Benefits Are Reduced
Oregon Employment Department - 09/17/20 3:39 PM

September 17, 2020 (SALEM, ORE.)—Today the Oregon Employment Department announced an update to the “Working While Claiming” program, a result of Oregon Senate Bill 1701. It allows Oregonians to work and earn more each week before having their weekly benefit amount reduced.

“We are glad to share another piece of positive news today with the implementation of Senate Bill 1701. This change in how earnings are reported for those who are “working while claiming” allows us to put more unemployment benefits in the hands of under-employed Oregonians. Originally anticipated to be complete in December, we are proud of our ability to get ahead on this programming change while keeping our other IT priorities on track,” said David Gerstenfeld, acting director of the Oregon Employment Department.

Senate Bill 1701 allows claimants to earn up to $300 before seeing a reduction in their weekly benefits. Claimants working 39 hours or less per week and earning less than their weekly benefit amount can earn up to $300 without seeing any change to their weekly benefits. Any amount earned over $300 will be reduced from their weekly benefit, dollar-for-dollar. However, claimants working 40 hours or more or earning the same or more than their weekly benefit amount in a week are not eligible to receive any benefits.

This statutory change is effective from September 6, 2020 through January 1, 2022. The new income threshold applies to all benefit programs, including regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Extended Benefits (EB).

For Oregonians receiving any type of unemployment benefits during this period, adjustments to their weekly benefit amount will be automatic. Claimants do not need to contact the Department to request an adjustment, unless they made a mistake when reporting their earnings. For claims already paid this week, the Department will make manual adjustments as needed and will issue retroactive payments to claimants who qualify. 

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Basic Police Class 399 to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/17/20 3:33 PM

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 399th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 399 will graduate during a private ceremony at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon on Thursday, September 24, 2020

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the need for social distancing the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training regrets that this ceremony will be closed to the public. However, we would like to publicly congratulate the diverse group of men and women from agencies around the state who are members of Basic Police #399 on their successful completion of basic training.

Graduation Roster Basic Police BP399 / DPSST Class Coordinator: Robert Ledford

Deputy Sheriff Andres Aldana / Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Shelby Biencourt / Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Police Officer Blake Bowers / Philomath Police Department

Police Officer Drake Brennan / Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Police Officer Victor Brett / Tigard Police Department

Police Officer James Brewer / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Nicholas DePaulo / Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Police Officer Spencer Douglas / Tigard Police Department

Police Officer Garrett Garcia / Portland Police Bureau

Deputy Sheriff Kyle Geraci / Linn County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jeobany Giron / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Brandon Halter / Roseburg Police Department

Police Officer Kyle Henderson / Tigard Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Kathleen Herboth / Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jose Jimenez / Woodburn Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Dawson Jinkins / Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Johnson / Union County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Yan Kuvaldin / Salem Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Lanier / Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Scottie Lathrom / Brookings Police Department

Police Officer Ryan Lutz / Oregon City Police Department

Police Officer Jesse Manipol / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Morgan McBride / Salem Police Department

Police Officer Jared McLennan / Ashland Police Department

Police Officer Valeri Miller-Fillman / Oakridge Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Corey Nealeigh / Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Kelly Powell / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Sebastian Precup / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Valeria Ramirez / Salem Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Mark Rose / Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer William Schaap / Silverton Police Department

Police Officer Benjamin Schulz / Roseburg Police Department

Police Officer Nicholas Skelton / Salem Police Department

Police Officer Rachael Skjelstad / Beaverton Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Maksim Solnyshkin / Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Benjamin Stubbs / Beaverton Police Department

Police Officer Elliott Walker / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Samuel Whisler / Astoria Police Department

Police Officer Johnny Whitaker / Salem Police Department

Police Officer Anthony Young / Canby Police Department

 

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Darren Bucich, Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue, serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

 


Colorado Man Charged With Hate Crime After Unprovoked Stabbing of Black Man
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 09/17/20 2:30 PM

EUGENE, Ore.—U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that a Colorado man has been charged with a hate crime after stabbing a Black man from Ontario, Oregon while the man was sitting in a fast food restaurant.

A federal grand jury in Eugene has returned a one-count indictment charging Nolan Levi Strauss, 26, a Colorado resident, with a hate crime involving an attempt to kill.

According to the indictment, on the morning of December 21, 2019, a 48-year-old Black man arrived at an Arby’s fast food restaurant adjoining the Pilot Travel Center in Ontario where he planned to provide final documentation for a pending job application. The man sat in the lobby of the restaurant while waiting for the manager.

Unprovoked and without warning, Strauss approached the man from behind and stabbed him in the neck. Following a struggle for the knife, the man freed himself and Strauss was detained by store employees. When asked by the store employee why he attacked the man, Strauss stated he did so because the man “was Black, and I don’t like Black people.”

The stabbing resulted in two lacerations to the victim’s neck. Afterward, he was life-flighted to Boise, Idaho for emergency surgical intervention.

Strauss will make his first appearance in federal court on October 19, 2020. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from the Ontario Police Department, Oregon State Police, and the Malheur County District Attorney’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Gavin W. Bruce, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, and Cameron A. Bell, Trial Attorney for the Civil Rights Division.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Oregon reports 215 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 09/17/20 1:24 PM

Sept. 17, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 215 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 521, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 215 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 30,060.

The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (11), Clatsop (1), Columbia (3), Deschutes (7), Douglas (1), Grant (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (14), Jefferson (7), Klamath (7), Lane (23), Linn (11), Malheur (11), Marion (28), Morrow (1), Multnomah (43), Polk (2), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (7), Washington (29), and Yamhill (3).

Testing Note: The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory resumed normal operations yesterday after a three-day closure caused by HVAC problems and related poor indoor air quality. The lab is once again accepting and testing specimens.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


ODF map of current Oregon wildfires
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/17/20 1:04 PM

SALEM, Ore. - Attached is a map of 12 current Oregon wildfires that the Oregon Department of Forestry. The map includes the largest wildfires currently burning in Oregon.




Attached Media Files: ODF fire map for Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

Pacific Power adjusts outage numbers to reflect structures lost in windstorm aftermath
Pacific Power - 09/17/20 12:13 PM

Media hotline: 503-813-6018

NOTE TO MEDIA: Images of restoration work underway are available for use, via this link. Photo credit: Pacific Power

 

Pacific Power adjusts outage numbers to reflect structures lost in windstorm aftermath

As access to areas expands, company is better able to determine how many customers need to rebuild in order for electric service to be restored

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 17, 2020) —As of noon., Sept. 17 Pacific Power has restored service to approximately 95 percent all of the customers in Oregon and northern California who lost power due to damage inflicted by a historic wind storm.

Current outage map numbers include some customers remaining out due to fire suppression efforts. At peak a week ago, more than 60,000 were without power. Pacific Power is at work to reconcile those numbers and assure that the information available to the public via its online outage map is line with actual circumstances on the ground.

“We are revising our outage numbers based on what we know now with the full knowledge that our customers are needing this information to rebuild and move forward,” said David Lucas, vice president of operations. “We are getting very close to restoring all the power that is possible for us to restore, but we know a tremendous amount of work remains for those customers who will need to rebuild or do significant repair work before service restoration is possible. We’re committed to helping simplify that work and lend a hand with temporary connections during reconstruction whenever possible.”

Based on customers able to receive power, current outages include:

 

  • Medford area, less than 500 customers
  • Happy Camp, Calif., approximately 250
  • Lincoln City, approximately 230
  • Glide/Umpqua Canyon, approximately 250

 

Pacific Power’s website will provide up-to-date estimates of local restorations times at www.pacificpower.net/outage-updates. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Additional outage maps are available at: www.pacificpower.net/outages-safety.

Community spirit

Pacific Power employees are rolling up their sleeves wherever they can, supporting the communities they serve.

  • Linn County Relief Fund. Donated $10,000 to locally-initiated fund to help residents get back on their feet.
  • Douglas Timber Operators Relief Fund. Donated $2,500 to fund
  • Talent. Purchased and distributed N95 masks to Talent and Shady Cove residents who have been let back into their neighborhoods to assess damage.

How to be ready, how to get help

Pacific Power customer care agents are available and ready to help customers through this incredibly difficult time. They can be reached 24/7 at 1-888-221-7070. 

The company is working with the Red Cross and local agencies to directly aid people in need. Assistance is available for those in wildfire-affected areas; contact the Red Cross for the latest shelter and emergency support information.

Oregon:

  • Josephine County Fairgrounds – 1451 Fairgrounds Rd, Grants Pass
  • Jackson County Expo – 1 Peninger Rd, Central Point
  • Oregon State Fairgrounds – 2330 17th St. NE, Salem
  • Klamath County Fair Grounds – 3531 S 6th St, Klamath Falls
  • Kla-Mo-Ya Casino – 34333 US-97, Chiloquin
  • Lincoln City Community Center--2150 NE Oar Place
  • Linn County Fairgrounds – 3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany
  • Benton County Fairgrounds – 110 SW 53rd St, Corvallis
  • Deschutes County Fairgrounds – 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond
  • Douglas County Fairgrounds – 2110 Frear St., Roseburg
  • Polk County Fairgrounds – 520 S Pacific Hwy W, Rickreall 

Northern California:

  • Kahtishraam Wellness Center – 1403 Kahtishraam, Yreka
  • Siskiyou County Fairgrounds (taking large animals) – 1712 Fairlane Rd, Yreka

 

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FBI Offers Reward of up to $10,000 in Fatal Arson Case in Warm Springs (Photo) (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 09/17/20 12:05 PM
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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or people responsible for an arson fire that killed one person and injured two others. The Warm Springs Police Department responded to a fire in a home located at 1713 Foster Street at approximately 11:05 p.m. on May 17, 2020. When the officers arrived, they saw flames shooting 15 feet out the front living room window. 

Officers entered the burning home, removed two victims, and provided medical assistance until paramedics arrived. Lamont Brown, age 77, died of his injuries following transport to a medical facility. The second adult victim removed from the residence suffered critical injuries. A third resident was able to exit the residence on her own but suffered serious burn injuries. A fourth person was able to escape through a ground-floor window and was uninjured.

Investigators with the Warm Springs Fire Department, the Jefferson County Fire Department, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office ruled the fire an arson. The FBI and Warm Springs Police Department are jointly investigating this case.

As part of this publicity effort, the FBI has created a "Seeking Information" poster which is attached and can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/structure-fire---arson and a Facebook ad (attached).

Anyone with information concerning this fire is asked to contact the FBI in Bend at (541) 389-1202 during normal business hours, the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 twenty-four hours a day, or the Warm Springs Police Department at (541) 553-3272. Information may also be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov 

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Public invited to comment on proposed ATV access route in Sumpter
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/17/20 10:00 AM

Sumpter, Ore. — A proposed ATV access route designation would allow ATVs on a 1¼ mile segment of Sumpter Highway No. 410, located in the town of Sumpter, west of Baker City.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee is soliciting public comments on the stretch that runs from approximately Cracker Creek Road to Sawmill Gulch Road (from milepost 0.0 to 1.18). If designated, the segment would provide ATV access to local businesses as well as Umatilla National Forest lands to the north and south of Sumpter.

Members of the public may submit comments about the proposed designation through Oct. 4; send comments via email to ATV.highway@oregon.gov.

A public conference call/webinar is scheduled for 6 - 7 p.m. Sep. 29, 2020 and will feature an overview of the proposed access route along with more information about the ATV Highway Access Routes program.

The public is invited to listen or view the presentation:

Individuals who need special accommodations to listen to the presentation, or need information in alternative formats, should contact Ian Caldwell, OPRD grants and community programs representative, at 541-410-5512 or ian.caldwell@oregon.gov

Learn more about the Oregon ATV Program at www.OregonOHV.org


The Bureau of Land Management seeks nominations to fill vacancies on National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 09/17/20 9:36 AM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking nominations to fill three positions on its National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board plays an important role in our efforts to be a good neighbor in states where the BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) oversee wild free-roaming horses and burros. The Board advises the agencies on the protection and management of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands administered by those agencies.

 

Selected board members advise both the BLM and USFS in wild horse and burro management. This call for nominations is for the positions that represent natural resource management, public interest (with special knowledge of equine behavior), and wild horse and burro research.

 

The board typically meets twice annually, though the BLM may call additional meetings when necessary. Members serve a three-year term without salary, though members are reimbursed for approved travel and per diem expenses related to their activities on the board.

 

The board is comprised of nine members who represent a range of interests. Individuals qualify to serve on the board because of their education, training, or experience that enables them to give informed and objective advice regarding the interest they represent. Successful nominees will demonstrate experience or knowledge of the area of their expertise and a commitment to collaborate in seeking solutions to resource management issues.

 

Any individual or organization may nominate one or more persons to serve on the board; interested parties may also nominate themselves. However, current federal and state government employees are not eligible to serve on the board. 

 

If interested, please submit an application packet that includes a resume and nomination letter. Also provide the following information as part of the application packet:

 

  • The nominee’s first, middle, and last name
  • Position(s) for which the nominee wants to be considered
  • Business and home addresses and phone numbers
  • E-mail address
  • Present occupation/title and employer
  • Education (colleges, degrees, major field(s) of study)
  • Career highlights (significant related experience, civic and professional activities, elected offices, including prior advisory committee experience or career achievements related to the interest to be represented)
  • Relevant education, training, and experience
  • Experience or knowledge of wild horse and burro management
  • Experience or knowledge of horses or burros (equine health, training, and management).
  • Experience in working with disparate groups to achieve collaborative solutions
  • Identification of any BLM permits, leases, or licenses held by nominee or employer
  • Indication of whether the nominee is a federally registered lobbyist
  • Explanation of interest in serving on the Board
  • Reference letter(s) from special interests or organizations the nominee desires to represent. References may include, but are not limited to, business associates, friends, co-workers, and local, state and/or federal government representatives or elected officials. All nominations must include at least one letter of reference

 

Submit nominations by e-mail to Dorothea Boothe, Wild Horse and Burro Program Coordinator, at dboothe@blm.gov. To send by U.S. Postal Service, mail to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 9828 31st Avenue; Attn:  Dorothea Boothe, WO-260; Phoenix, Arizona 85051. To send by FedEx or UPS, please mail to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Wild Horse and Burro Division, 9828 31st Avenue; Attn:  Dorothea Boothe; Phoenix, Arizona 85051. For questions, Ms. Boothe can also be reached by phone at (602) 906-5543 or at the email address listed above.

 

Nominations must be received no later than 45 days after the notice has been published in the Federal Register or postmarked by the same date. The BLM request for nominations appears in the Sept. 17, 2020 edition of the Federal Register.  For more information on the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, visit the BLM website at BLM.gov/WHB.

 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.


Oregon Health Authority releases 2019 CCO Metrics Report
Oregon Health Authority - 09/17/20 9:30 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 17, 2020

Oregon Health Authority releases 2019 CCO Metrics Report

Oregon coordinated care organizations (CCOs) continue to work on health system transformation by focusing on better care and better health outcomes while controlling health care costs. The 2019 CCO Metrics Report shares the results of Oregon’s pay-for-performance quality incentive program. To earn their full incentive payment, CCOs must meet benchmarks or improvement targets on at least 12 of the 16 measures, achieve a performance goal related to enrollment in patient-centered primary care homes, and report data for two electronic health records metrics.

"Oregon’s quality incentive program continues to play a key role in improving health outcomes and the care received by our more than 1 million members," said Jeremy Vandehey, OHA's director of health policy and analytics. "As individuals and families begin to re-engage with the health system after the significant disruption caused by COVID-19, these quality measures will help us see how effective CCOs are in connecting people to the care they need during challenging times."

The report includes three new measures: oral evaluation for adults with diabetes; preventive dental services; and well child visits in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth years of life. Preventive dental care and well child visits are part of a multi-year strategy focused on the health sector’s role in preparing children for kindergarten.

For the 2021 measurement year, the Metrics and Scoring Committee added a new measure focused specifically on health equity: Meaningful language access to culturally responsive health care services.

Report highlights

  • The percentage of children in foster care who received timely mental, physical and dental health assessments has improved by more than 200 percent since 2014.
  • Cigarette smoking prevalence declined among 13 of 15 CCOs in 2019. The overall smoking prevalence among CCO members decreased by nearly 9 percent.
  • Emergency department utilization among members with mental illness was first included in the Quality Incentive Program in 2018. In 2019, nine of 15 CCOs improved, and seven achieved their improvement target.

Additionally, 2019 was the first year postpartum care was included in the Quality Incentive Program. All but two CCOs achieved the benchmark or improvement target. This was also the first year timeliness of prenatal care was no longer an incentive measure. Statewide performance on this measure dropped by 12 percentage points, and no CCOs demonstrated improvement on the rate of women receiving timely prenatal care.

The quality pool model rewards CCOs for the quality of care provided to Oregon Health Plan members. This model increasingly rewards CCOs for outcomes, rather than utilization of services, and is one of several key health system transformation mechanisms for achieving Oregon’s vision for better health, better care and lower costs.

The quality pool comprised 4.25 percent of CCOs’ monthly payments in 2019, for a total of more than $166 million. While all CCOs showed improvement on a majority of measures, five out of 15 earned 100 percent of their quality pool dollars. Six CCOs met 11 of the benchmarked measures and 80 percent of their quality pool, and four CCOs earned 60 percent. This left nearly $46 million for the challenge pool. The challenge pool was distributed to CCOs that met the benchmark or improvement target on four measures that impact early childhood: assessments for children in ODHS custody, childhood immunization status, developmental screenings in the first 36 months of life and timeliness of postpartum care.

Changes to the program due to COVID-19

Early in the COVID-19 emergency, OHA evaluated sources of funding that could be released quickly to support CCOs and members during the emergency. Sixty percent of the 2019 quality pool dollars were distributed to CCOs in April, with the remaining balance released to CCOs in June based on the performance described in this report.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related disruption to the health care system, the Metrics and Scoring Committee elected to modify the design of Quality Incentive Program for 2020 so that CCOs earn credit for reporting only.

For a detailed report of the CCO metrics and how much each CCO earned through the pay-for-performance program, visit the OHA Health Policy and Analytics website.

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 199 - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 09/16/20 7:41 PM

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at approximately 7:02 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 199 near milepost 13.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevrolet Cavalier, operated by Timothy Ibarra (38) of Ashland, was southbound when it traveled into the northbound lane colliding with a Toyota operated by Jeffrey Roberts (42) of Wilderville.

Ibarra sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Roberts was transported to the hospital for injuries.

OSP was assisted by Rural Metro Fire, ODOT, and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office


OHA's Weekly Report Shows Declining Case Count Trend
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/20 5:00 PM

Sept. 16, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

OHA’s Weekly Report Shows Declining Case Count Trend

Today’s Weekly Report showed that new cases in Oregon have continued to decline as 1,294 cases were recorded from Sept. 7-13 —down 12% from last week’s tally of 1,477. In that same period, the number of Oregonians newly tested declined 35%, to 17,365, and the percentage of tests that were positive rose from 4.3% to 5.6%. This decline in the number of Oregonians tested occurred during the context of numerous active wildfires. OHA is closely monitoring this situation.

Twenty-nine Oregonians were reported to have died last week in association with COVID-19, compared to 23 last week. Eighty-three Oregonians were hospitalized; and with 47 in the previous week, the reported number of Oregonians hospitalized with COVID-19 is the lowest for any two-week period since mid-June.

As in past weeks of declining case counts, OHA reminds Oregonians that it remains very important to continue to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing and avoid gatherings to sustain the progress the state has made.


Oregon joins Western States Pact in testing exposure notification technology

Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregon has joined with Western States Pact members California, Washington, Colorado and Nevada in a pilot project to test COVID-19 exposure notification technology. The pilot project will test the Exposure Notification Express mobile application developed by Google and Apple. For those who voluntarily choose to use the exposure notification technology, the app confidentially notifies individuals who may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus. Privacy and security are central to the design of the technology, which does not collect location data from any device and never shares user identities. Users must opt in to the technology.

“Knowledge is power when it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19, and this pilot project will help people make informed decisions to keep themselves healthy, while still protecting individual privacy,” said Governor Brown. “COVID-19 knows no state borders, and my goal is to make sure, if more widely implemented, this exposure notification technology is made available to those communities that have been disproportionately impacted by this disease — Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Pacific Islander and Tribal communities, as well as those living in the rural parts of our states.”


Firefighters ask the public to keep personal drones on the ground to enable aircraft to engage on wildfires (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/16/20 3:23 PM
Once skies over Oregon start to clear, more aircraft will engage on wildfires. Firefighters are asking owners of personal drones to help by keeping their equipment grounded over and around wildfires.
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SALEM, Ore. – Oregon fire officials are expecting that as visibility improves, a large number of helicopters and planes will soon take flight and start engaging on the many wildfires in the state. They are appealing to  drone enthusiasts to not fly their equipment while skies over Oregon are so busy.

“We’re looking to Oregonians statewide to help us make the most of these resources and ensure our people stay safe by keeping their personal drones on the ground. If you fly, we can’t,” said ODF’s Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe.

Grafe said two key ways firefighters use aviation assets is to actively fight fires using water and retardant drops and to provide an aerial view of the fires, especially hidden hot spots that need extinguishing.

 “That aerial view informs our operational decisions and helps us provide accurate information about fire perimeters and activities to the public,” Grafe said.

State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said:, “We appreciate the cooperation from drone hobbyists. By keeping their drones on the ground for the time being, we’ll be able to get our helicopters and planes safely in the air fighting fires.”

Poor visibility over the state from the heavy smoke has prevented firefighting aircraft from fully engaging on wildfires. With forecasts calling for clearer skies in coming days, fire officials say the public should expect to see many more planes and helicopters in and around wildfires, sources of water and airstrips.

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Attached Media Files: Once skies over Oregon start to clear, more aircraft will engage on wildfires. Firefighters are asking owners of personal drones to help by keeping their equipment grounded over and around wildfires.

Affected Oregonians may enroll in health coverage due to Oregon wildfires (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/16/20 3:16 PM
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(Salem) – Oregonians affected by the wildfires can use the federal emergency declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to take advantage of an exceptional circumstances special enrollment period (SEP). FEMA declared the Oregon wildfires a federal emergency on Sept. 15, 2020.

Oregonians will have up to 60 days from the end of the FEMA-designated incident period to select a new health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov or make changes to their existing health insurance plan. People who experienced a life change are eligible for a standard special enrollment period that allows them to sign up for a plan 60 days before or 60 days after their life change to enroll in a plan. Examples of a life change include loss of coverage due to loss of employment, marriage, addition of a new family member, gaining lawful immigration status, and moving homes.

Oregonians who were eligible for a standard special enrollment period, but missed this window due to the Oregon wildfires, can use the FEMA SEP to enroll in a plan. Applications are being accepted at HealthCare.gov if the life change is a loss in coverage and at 800-318-2596 (toll-free) for all other life changes.

The FEMA SEP due to the Oregon wildfires is available for people who qualified for a special enrollment period from Sept. 8 through up to 60 days after the FEMA emergency has ended. The declaration of emergency for the Oregon wildfires was issued Sept. 15, 2020, and is still active. Oregonians still have at the very earliest until Nov. 15, 2020 to use the FEMA SEP.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a part of state government, helps people get health insurance when they do not have job-based coverage, and do not qualify for the Oregon Health Plan or another program. The Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov, and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.




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Portland Man Charged in June 26, 2020 Arson at Portland Police Bureau North Precinct (Photo)
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 09/16/20 2:57 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore.—U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that Gavaughn Gaquez Streeter-Hillerich, 22, has been charged by criminal complaint with two counts of using fire to maliciously damage and attempt to damage a building housing the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct and various private businesses on June 26, 2020.

According to court documents, in the early morning hours of June 26, 2020, a group of demonstrators were present near the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct on NE Emerson Street in Portland. The precinct is located in a city-owned building containing multiple private businesses. Streeter-Hillerich was seen in video footage intentionally setting a large dumpster on fire near the building’s northwest exterior corner. The fire was set on top of the dumpster, which had been pushed up against plywood affixed to the building to protect windows and prevent break-ins. Officers used fire extinguishers to try and extinguish the fire before firefighters arrived.

The fire caused damage to the building and, were it allowed to spread, would have threatened the safety of 15 police personnel and four individuals in custody inside the building. Video evidence of the fire submitted by a private citizen led investigators to identify Streeter-Hillerich and bring charges in this case.

Streeter-Hillerich was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Vancouver, Washington on September 15, 2020. He made his first appearance in federal court today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge and was ordered released pending further court proceedings. Arson is punishable by up to 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years.

This case is being jointly investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the FBI with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

Criminal complaints are only accusations of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

To help identify actors who are actively instigating violence in the city of Portland, the FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting violent encounters during demonstrations. If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant to investigations at fbi.gov/PDviolence. You may also call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) to verbally report tips.

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OHA Releases Updated Data on Certain Deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/20 2:49 PM

Sept. 16, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

OHA Releases Updated Data on Certain Deaths

Today, Oregon Health Authority released updated data on certain deaths reported over the past several months. The updates are part of OHA’s data reconciliation and the details are listed below.

Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Oregonians and a reminder of the terrible impact of COVID-19. OHA extends its condolences and sympathies to family members, friends, relatives and colleagues of those who have died.


New information is available on Oregon’s 128th COVID-19 death, reported May 11, a 91-year-old man in Polk County, who tested positive on May 2 and died on May 10, at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 170th COVID-19 death, reported June 11, an 84-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 6 and died on June 9 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 183rd COVID-19 death, reported June 17, a 95-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 4 and died on June 11 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 184th COVID-19 death, reported June 18, an 82-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on June 4 and died on June 14 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 186th COVID-19 death, reported June 18, an 89-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 6 and died on June 16 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 187th COVID-19 death reported June 18, an 87-year-old man in Clackamas County who became symptomatic on May 13, after close contact with a confirmed case, and died on May 23 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 194th COVID-19 death, reported June 24, a 78-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 16 and died on June 22 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 202nd COVID-19 death, reported June 27, an 84-year-old man in Multnomah County who became symptomatic on June 21, after close contact with a confirmed case, and died on June 22 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 208th COVID-19 death, reported July 1, a 91-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on June 18 and died on June 29 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 209th COVID-19 death, reported July 2, a 73-year-old woman in Klamath County who tested positive on June 20 and died on June 30 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 226th COVID-19 death, reported July 9, an 83-year-old man in Umatilla who tested positive on July 4 and died on July 3 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 232nd COVID-19 death, reported July 10, a 99-year-old woman in Lincoln County who tested positive on June 26 and died on July 9 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 233rd COVID-19 death, reported July 12, an 86-year-old woman in Malheur County, who tested positive on June 29. She died on July 9, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 234th COVID-19 death, reported July 9, a 93-year-old woman in Washington County who died on July 7 and tested positive on July 11 in her residence. She did not have underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 244th COVID-19 death, reported July 14, a 95-year-old woman in Lincoln County who tested positive on June 29and died on July 13 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 255th COVID-19 death, reported July 18, a 78-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on July 14 and died on July 17 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 264th COVID-19 death, reported July 21, an 88-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on June 28 and died on July 19. She died at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 268th COVID-19 death, reported July 21, an 87-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 23 and died on July 20. He died at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 270th COVID-19 death, reported July 22, a 77-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 9 and died on July 20 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 271st COVID-19 death, reported July 22, an 82-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 16 and died on July 21 at Good Shepherd Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 276th COVID-19 death, reported July 24, a 92-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 18 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 280th COVID-19 death, reported July 24, a 62-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 18 and died on July 18. She died at Adventist Health Portland. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 285th COVID-19 death, reported July 25, an 87-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 7 and died on July 17. He died at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 286th COVID-19 death, reported July 25, an 85-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 16 and died on July 24. He died in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 292nd COVID-19 death, reported July 28, a 77-year-old woman in Jefferson County who tested positive on June 30 and died on July 23 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 296th COVID-19 death, reported July 28, a 91-year-old woman in Clackamas County who became symptomatic on July 22, after close contact with a confirmed case, and died on July 26. She died in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 299th COVID-19 death, reported July 28, a 64-year-old woman in Jefferson County who tested positive on July 14 and died on July 27. She died at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 300th COVID-19 death, reported July 28, an 82-year-old woman in Jefferson County who tested positive on July 20 and died on July 26. She died at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 302nd COVID-19 death, reported July 28, a 66-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on July 14 and died on July 24. She died in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 303rd death, reported July 28, an 84-year-old woman in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 22 and died on July 25. She died in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 308th COVID-19 death, reported July 29, an 85-year-old woman in Morrow County who tested positive on July 10 and died on July 21. She died at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 311th COVID-19 death, reported July 29, a 73-year-old woman in Umatilla County who tested positive on June 21 and died on July 19. She died at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 317th COVID-19 death, reported July 31, a 90-year-old woman in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 28, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 322nd COVID-19 death, reported July 28, an 81-year-old man in Lincoln County who tested positive on June 23, and died on July 29. He died in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 325th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 1, a 91-year-old woman in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 28. She died in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 327th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 3, a 71-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on July 6 and died on Aug. 1. He died at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 328th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 1, a 50-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 20 and died on July 29, at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 333rd COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 4, a 96-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on July 27 and died on Aug. 2. at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 334th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 5, an 87-year-old woman in Clackamas County tested positive on July 8, and died on Aug. 1 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 336th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 5, a 74-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 12 and died on Aug. 1 at St. Anthony Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 340th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 7, a 90-year-old man in Clackamas County, who tested positive on July 30 and died on Aug. 5 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 341st COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 7, an 80-year-old woman in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 20 and died on July 31 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 348th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 7, a 93-year-old woman in Yamhill County who tested positive on July 28, and died on Aug. 6. She died at Willamette Valley Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 353rd COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 8, an 80-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 23 and died on Aug. 7 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 354th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 8, an 85-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug.6 and died on Aug. 7 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 355th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 8, a 41-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died on Aug. 5 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 370th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 12, a 95-year-old woman in Washington County, who tested positive on Aug. 6 and died on Aug. 8 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 374th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 12 a 57-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on July 17 and died on Aug. 9 at Legacy Good Samaritan. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 378th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 13, an 80-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 2 and died on Aug. 9 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 381st COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 13, a 55-year-old man in Columbia County who tested positive on Aug. 7 and died on Aug. 9 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 394th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 18, a 97-year-old woman in Lincoln County who tested positive on Aug. 2 and died on Aug. 15 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 395th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 18, a 90-year-old man in Lincoln County who tested positive on Aug. 2 and died on Aug. 14 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 412th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 20, a 60-year-old man in Linn County who tested positive on July 11 and died on Aug. 19 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 431st COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 26, an 82-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 25 and died on Aug. 21 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 432nd COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 26, a 55-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on May 11 and died on Aug.15 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 440th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 28, a 50-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on June 4 and died on Aug. 23 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 441st COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 28, a 73-year-old male in Umatilla County who tested positive on Aug. 9 and died on Aug. 23 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 444th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 28, a 73-year-old woman in Malheur County who died on Aug. 1. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She died at St. Alphonsus Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 455th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 30 a 70-year-old woman in Douglas County who tested positive on Aug. 9 and died on Aug. 29 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She did not have underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 462nd COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 1, a 66-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 31 and died on Aug. 28 at Good Shepherd Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 467th COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 2, a 73-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive on Aug. 14 and died on Aug. 29 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 478th COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 5, a 68-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on June 21 and died on July 16 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 485th COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 8, a 72-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died Sept. 6 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 493rd COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 9, an 88-year-old man in Morrow County who tested positive on Aug. 7 and died on Sept. 4 at Good Shepherd Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 502nd COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 12, a 97-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 29 and died on Aug. 29 at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 507th COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 13, a 76-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Sept. 3 and died on Sept. 12 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.


Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update - Sept. 16, 2020 (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/16/20 2:08 PM
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfires 2020 daily release to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. Additional photos are attached. See today Wildfire Response and Recovery update here.

Please direct any media inquiries to the Joint Information Center at 503-373-7872 or e.info@state.or.us">fire.info@state.or.us.




Attached Media Files: Lionshead Fire Photo , September 15, 2020. Silverton, Oregon. Terri Vasche of the Silverton Creek Fellowship working in partnership with the American Red Cross writes words of support on sifters. These sifters will be used to salvage items remaining at burned homes in the Silve

Oregon Granted Major Disaster Declaration for September Wildfires
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/16/20 1:20 PM

Following an expedited request to President Trump by Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Monday, Oregon was notified within 24 hours that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires and straight-line winds beginning on Sept. 7, 2020 and continuing. 

“Oregon is resilient, but to fight fires on this scale, we need all the help we can get,” said Governor Kate Brown. “I am grateful for the White House’s swift response in quickly granting a Presidential Disaster Declaration and the immediate implementation of FEMA’s individual assistance program, which will help bring additional relief to Oregonians impacted by the devastation of these fires.”

The declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY. Affected Oregonians are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Federal assistance through FEMA’s Public Assistance program is available to Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington and Yamhill counties.

“Our office will be working hand-in-hand with FEMA over the coming weeks to ensure that Oregonians know how to apply for assistance,” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. “This is an important step toward rebuilding the strength of our communities.”
 


Oregon reports 195 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/20 12:43 PM

Sept. 16, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 195 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 521, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 195 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 29,850.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (10), Clatsop (2), Coos (2), Deschutes (4), Douglas (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (15), Jefferson (5), Klamath (14), Lane (15), Linn (1), Malheur (17), Marion (23), Multnomah (32), Polk (3), Umatilla (2), Union (1), Wallowa (6), Wasco (2), Washington (33) and Yamhill (4).

Oregon’s 520th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 9 and died on Sept. 8 at OHSU. He did not have underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 521st COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died on Sept. 10 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.


OHA announces new COVID-19 wastewater monitoring project

OHA today announced it had launched a statewide COVID-19 wastewater monitoring project to study the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in more than 40 small- to medium-sized communities around the state. The project, which will include weekly wastewater testing over the next 30 months, will enable epidemiologists to better understand the circulation of COVID-19 in some of Oregon’s communities. It will serve as an “early warning” system to tell if COVID-19 is spreading silently in communities.

“This program holds promise to help us monitor COVID-19 in our communities,” said Melissa Sutton MD, MPH, Medical Director for Respiratory Viral Pathogens at OHA and a principal investigator for the wastewater study. “We look forward to our partnership with local communities and researchers. Together we hope to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon.”

Much of the work will be carried out by Oregon State University researchers, along with local partners. Funding for this program comes from the CDC.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target Implementation Committee meeting on September 18 has been canceled
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/20 11:35 AM
Sept. 16, 2020: The Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target Implementation Committee meeting on Friday Sept. 18. has been canceled because of wildfires and Committee member availability. The agenda below will be covered at the Committee’s next scheduled meeting on Oct. 6.

Contact: Sarah Bartelmann, 971-283-8107, ah.e.bartelmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">sarah.e.bartelmann@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation).

What: A public meeting of the Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target Implementation Committee.

When: Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: By Zoom or conference line.

Join by Zoom at https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1609458049?pwd=aVpLMkhaZFBlS0Rnb0NGaVRWTjVQUT09, meeting ID 160 945 8049, passcode 298032.

One tap mobile: +16692545252,,1609458049#,,,,,,0#,,298032

Agenda: Welcome; agenda review; public comment (9:15 a.m.); steps to increase VBP adoption; criteria for reporting payer and provider performance; Quality and Equity Workstream; next steps.

Please submit public comment in writing before the meeting at e.CostTarget@dhsoha.state.or.us">HealthCare.CostTarget@dhsoha.state.or.us.

For more information, please visit the committee’s website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/HP/Pages/Sustainable-Health-Care-Cost-Growth-Target.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Bartelmann at 971-283-8107, 711 TTY, ah.e.bartelmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">sarah.e.bartelmann@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 


UPDATE WITH PHOTOS: Missing child alert - Missing foster child Mataya Gearhart is believed to be in danger (Photo)
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/16/20 10:52 AM
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(Salem, Ore.) – Mataya Gearhart, age 16, is a foster child who went missing from Portland, Ore. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. She is believed to be in danger.

The Oregon Department of Human Services asks the public to help in the effort to find her and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see her.

Name: Mataya Gearhart
Date of birth: Nov. 7, 2003
Height: 5’06
Weight: 180 pounds
Portland Police Bureau Case #20-276660
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1400569

Mataya Gearhart was last seen Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 in Portland, Ore. 

Anyone who suspects they have information about Mataya Gearhart’s location should call 911 or local law enforcement.

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As DHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

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Oregon OSHA faults 2 employers for similar failures to protect workers against COVID-19 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/16/20 9:28 AM
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Salem – Oregon OSHA has issued more than $23,000 in fines to two different businesses for engaging in the same hazardous behavior: refusing to carry out proven steps to help protect workers from the coronavirus disease.

In separate enforcement actions, the division issued citations to Café 22 West in Salem and Howard’s Pharmacy in Lakeview.

The citations resulted from complaint-based inspections. After attempting unsuccessfully to resolve the issues raised in multiple complaints without an enforcement visit, Oregon OSHA initiated worksite inspections. The inspections found both employers willfully failing to implement health hazard control measures – such as face coverings and physical distancing – and continuing to operate in hazardous conditions, despite having been put on notice well before the inspection itself began.

Both cases illustrate failures to account for reasonable and established measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through employee-to-employee or customer-to-employee transmission.

“In addressing complaints involving COVID-19 and the workplace, we have started with efforts to engage and educate the employers involved about what they needed to do. In most cases, we have been able to resolve any issues without an actual enforcement visit,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “But as these two particular cases demonstrate, we will continue to bring our enforcement tools to bear when employers choose to disregard requirements.”

Here is a summary of each of the division’s enforcement actions:

Café 22 West – citation issued Aug. 18

This inspection concerned activities at a restaurant and retail fruit store.

It found the employer refused to furnish control measures to help protect about 18 employees from potential exposure to COVID-19. The employees’ jobs included hosting, cooking, cleaning, and serving customers.

The control measures that could have been provided – but were not – included implementing physical distancing and ensuring employees and customers wear face coverings.

Because of the employer’s refusal to comply, Oregon OSHA posted a Red Warning Notice at the business. Such a notice makes it clear a workplace is unsafe and should not continue operating until corrections are made.

Still, the employer refused to change course.

Altogether, Oregon OSHA is proposing a total fine of $13,900. That includes an $8,900 penalty for a willful violation of the requirement to provide health hazard controls and a $5,000 penalty for failing to abide by the Red Warning Notice. 

Howard’s Pharmacy – citation issued Sept. 1

This inspection included an examination of worker and customer interactions involving the indoor and outdoor spaces of a pharmacy and retail business.

It found the employer refusing to provide health hazard control measures to help protect an estimated nine employees from potential exposure to COVID-19. The employees were working inside and outside of the establishment.

The control measures that could have been provided – but were not – included implementing physical distancing and ensuring employees and customers wear face coverings.

In this case, too, after working with the employer for a week, Oregon OSHA posted a Red Warning Notice at the business because of its refusal to comply.  

Altogether, the division is proposing a total fine of $9,400. That includes an $8,900 penalty for a willful violation of the requirement to provide health hazard controls. It also includes a $500 penalty for continuing to operate in violation of the Red Warning Notice provisions.

The smaller penalty for the Red Warning Notice violation reflects the employer’s partial attempt to comply by moving operations curbside, although it still had not instituted face coverings when six feet of separation could not be consistently maintained between customers and employees or between employees.

In addition to its enforcement activities, Oregon OSHA offers employers and workers a variety of consultation, information, and education resources addressing COVID-19.

COVID-19 citations – a summary

Since March, Oregon OSHA has issued 18 citations to employers for violating requirements to protect workers from COVID-19. Penalties for non-willful violations ranged from $100 to $2,000, while penalties for willful violations ranged from $8,900 to $14,000. The following summary is not an exhaustive list, as more citations are pending:

Unger Farms Inc. – Cornelius – did not provide one handwashing facility per 10 employees per the temporary emergency rule in agriculture.

Dillon & Associates (dba NW Office Liquidations) – Portland – furniture store was not closed to the public per executive order.

S&J Entertainment LLC – Portland – adult entertainment club was not closed to the public per executive order.

National Frozen Foods Corporation – Albany – did not provide health hazard controls such as physical distancing.

Old Trapper Smoked Products Inc. – Forest Grove – did not provide health hazard controls, including physical distancing; face coverings; or barriers.

Cabela’s Wholesale LLC – Springfield – did not provide health hazard controls such as physical distancing.

City Liquidators Inc. – Portland – furniture store was not closed to the public per executive order.

Barenbrug USA Inc. – Tangent – did not provide health hazard controls such as physical distancing.

Masterbrand Cabinets – Grants Pass – forest products manufacturer did not provide health hazard controls, including physical distancing and face coverings.

Glamour Salon – Salem – willfully failed to follow executive order prohibiting operation of barber shops and hair salons.

Mounts Enterprises (dba Casey’s Restaurant) – Roseburg – willfully failed to follow prohibition of on-premises consumption of food or drink.

Dalin LLP – North Bend – restaurant willfully failed to follow prohibition of on-premises consumption of food or drink.

I&N Inc. – Veneta – gas station and minimart did not use health hazard control measures such as physical distancing and face coverings.

Laui Life Coffee LLC (dba Kevista Coffee) – Bend – willfully failed to implement face coverings per sector-specific guidance for bars and restaurants.

Gold Standard Investment Group LLC – Central Point – did not follow requirements of the temporary emergency rule in agriculture, including adjacent toilet and handwashing facilities; sanitation schedule; and field sanitation information for workers.

Kelli Bieber – Central Point – did not follow requirements of the temporary emergency rule in agriculture, including adjacent toilet and handwashing facilities; sanitation schedule; and field sanitation information for workers.

Cal Farms Inc. – Oregon City – did not follow the requirement of the temporary emergency rule in agriculture to provide field sanitation information for workers.

Oregon Berry Packing Inc. – Hillsboro – did not follow the requirement of the temporary emergency rule in agriculture to provide field sanitation information for workers.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

 




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Bureau of Land Management to begin South Steens Herd Management Area wild horse gather
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 09/16/20 9:26 AM

Hines, Ore. – On September 21, 2020, the Bureau of Land Management plans to begin a wild horse gather by helicopter on private property within and outside of the South Steens Herd Management Area (HMA) in Harney County, located about six miles south of the small town of Frenchglen, Oregon. The HMA contains approximately 134,000 acres of BLM-administered and private land and is bordered by Hwy 205 to the west and the Blitzen River and Steens Mountain to the east. The appropriate management level for the South Steens HMA is 159-304 wild horses. The current population estimate for this herd is 979 adults and 200 foals.

The objective of this gather is to capture and remove approximately 200 wild horses which have strayed onto private property within and outside the southern HMA boundary. The gather is expected to take approximately five days and operations will be limited to these specific areas. Daily reports will be posted online at www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro under “ongoing gathers” and “Oregon”.

All gather activities and temporary holding facilities will be on private land. There will be no public viewing opportunities until horses arrive at Oregon’s Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines, where the horses will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption and Sale Program.

The BLM’s top gather priority remains to conduct a safe, efficient, and successful operation while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals gathered. The BLM and its contractors will use the safest and most humane handling practices for wild horses while meeting overall gather goals and objectives following the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy.

For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.


Recreational use advisory issued for Moore Park and the surrounding area on Upper Klamath Lake Sept. 16
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/20 9:05 AM

Sept. 16, 2020

Media contact: Delia Hernández, 503-422-7179, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Recreational use advisory issued for Moore Park and the surrounding area on Upper Klamath Lake Sept. 16

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for Moore Park and closely surrounding areas on Upper Klamath Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacterial bloom and cyanotoxins above recreational use values for human exposure. Moore Park is located at the southern end of Upper Klamath Lake in Klamath County.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are identified. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash.

People are encouraged to visit Upper Klamath Lake and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas.

People who are not on a well or a public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because not all private treatment systems are proven effective in removing cyanotoxins.

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to a lake with areas affected by a bloom for recreation activities, regardless of whether a recreational use health advisory is in place, should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in these areas. Dogs can also be exposed to cyanotoxins when present by licking their fur, licking cyanobacteria off rocks or eating cells from a bloom.

Fishing

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacterial blooms are present should have fat, skin and organs removed before cooking or freezing, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

Symptoms

Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and result in a range of symptoms, from those similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, to more serious symptoms like numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath that may require medical attention.

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0482.

Learn more here.


Tue. 09/15/20
I-84 EASTBOUND now open in Baker City (Photo)
ODOT: East. Ore. - 09/15/20 9:01 PM
Vehicle fire near I-84 milepost 324
Vehicle fire near I-84 milepost 324
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I-84 EB is now open between Exit 302 in Baker City and MP 329. The freeway was closed earlier due to a vehicle fire that is now under control. Please watch for crews that may still be in the area and be prepared for possible lane restrictions. The westbound lanes we not impacted. Check TripCheck.com, or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for update conditions. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941.




Attached Media Files: Vehicle fire near I-84 milepost 324