Helpful information to keep you and your agency prepared!

OHA officials continue to recommend people in Oregon take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.
  • Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US

CMS Updates & Resources


CDC Updates!


COVID-19 Testing

NOTE: Clinicians throughout the community can order COVID-19 testing at their discretion through commercial labs WITHOUT approval by public health.

To Get Approval for Testing through the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory


Submitting Specimens to OSPHL

Obtain approval for testing through the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory by submitting a Confidential Oregon Morbidity Report​ (see Provisional Guidance for details).

Specimens approved for testing should be shipped refrigerated (2-8°C) to the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL) following appropriate shipping regulations.

    The following completed form must accompany all specimens:
  • Virology/Immunology Test Request Form (one form per specimen)
    • In the “OTHER/MOLECULAR” section, mark the checkbox indicating “Other” and type or write in “2019-nCoV” or “COVID-19” on the line provided.

Please refer to the OSPHL Lab Test Menu and the CDC Interim Guidance for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from PUIs for complete specimen collection guidance.


COVID-19 Training: TRAIN Learning Network

CDC TRAIN provides access to courses developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) programs, grantees, and other funded partners. Courses offered by CDC course providers have been approved and verified by CDC.


Additional Resources

NAHC: COVID-19 Resources
OHA: COVID-19 News
OHA: COVID-19 Updates
WHO: Coronavirus Disease
WHO: Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance
OSHA: COVID-19
OSHA: Temporary Enforcement Guidance – Healthcare Respiratory Protection Annual Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces During the COVID-19 Outbreak
OSHA: Guidelines for Workers and Employers

Patient/Family Caregiver Instruction Sheet: English | Spanish | Video
Patient/Family Recommended Scenarios: Inpatient | Outpatient
CDC: Healthcare Provider Preparedness Checklist

Telehealth Toolkit for General Practitioners Here:  https://www.cms.gov/files/document/general-telemedicine-toolkit.pdf
End-Stage Renal Disease Providers Toolkit Here: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/esrd-provider-telehealth-telemedicine-toolkit.pdf
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Provider Fact Sheet  3/13/20
DHS Long-term Care COVID-19 Visitation Policy Update  3/15/20
Coronavirus Home Health & Hospice Checklist  updated 3/16/20


Other News

FDA Guidance Restricts Use of KN95 Respirators
US Department of Labor Announces New Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities During COVID-19 Outbreak
Trump Administration Makes Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help US Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge (3/30/20)


Education

FFCRA, CARES Act, and Unemployment (Littler)
Paycheck Protection Program Overview, State Sick Leave Laws, and Recommended Operational Guidelines and Recommendations, and PPE and N95 Issues (Littler)
Litigation Armoring, and Recommended Guidelines for the Home Care Industry (Littler)
Mechanics of the Paycheck Protection Program, Arbitration Programs, and the Latest Advocacy and Legislative Developments (Littler)