Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19
Daily Digest: Thursday, April 23
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown issues framework to lift order on non-urgent procedures: Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will be lifting her order delaying non-urgent procedures for health care providers, as long as they can demonstrate they have met new requirements for COVID-19 safety and preparedness. Hospitals, surgical centers, medical offices, and dental offices that meet those requirements will be able to resume non-urgent procedures on May 1. Read the news release.
Governor Kate Brown Launches New Phase of COVID-19 Outreach and Education Campaign: Governor Kate Brown, along with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), today launched a new phase of the state's public awareness campaign to educate Oregonians about COVID-19. Safe + Strong focuses on community-centered outreach in 12 languages to connect people who are most at-risk of experiencing health disparities with the information, tools and resources they need to stay safe, healthy, and strong during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the news release.
The Oregon Employment Department has released FAQs about the Pandemic Uninsurance Assistance Program, designed to provide unemployment benefits to workers not typically covered by regular unemployment insurance benefits. This includes the self-employed, contract workers, gig workers and others. Read more.
The National Restaurant Association has new guidance for restaurants on how they can safely and successfully reopen when stay-at-home orders are lifted. The association partnered with the Food and Drug Administration, public health officials and others to develop the guidelines.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has analyzed the impact of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order on statewide traffic volume patterns. The data show Oregonians are driving about 40 percent less than one year ago. Read the report. The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis then blogged about the data, with an eye on economic forecasting.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis looks at the importance of cash flow and federal relief lending on small businesses during the stay-at-home order. Read the blog post.
FEMA released guidance summarizing how non-healthcare organizations should manage their personal protective equipment (PPE) needs while ensuring the protection of workers during the coronavirus pandemic response. Read the guidance.
Oregon Business Plan partners hosted a special COVID-19 Recovery Roundtable with Oregon Governor Kate Brown. This event focused on Oregon's response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting economic downturn.
The Oregon Employment Department received 36,700 initial claims for unemployment benefits for the week of April 12 through April 18. Read the news release.