As OHA director Patrick Allen said in his letter yesterday, “Oregonians have always worked together to overcome daunting challenges. We will do it again to stem the spread of the coronavirus and save lives in our state.”
We will continue to share the latest news and information to help Oregonians overcome these challenges together.
OHP has expanded access to telehealth
We’ve heard many concerns wondering how patients can see their providers for routine visits in a way that’s safe for everyone. That is why we have expanded access to telehealth services for Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members. This expansion includes both physical health and behavioral health services. OHP is our state’s Medicaid program, offering free health care to anyone who qualifies. Nearly one in four Oregonians receives their healthcare through OHP.
If you’re a provider looking for more information on billing, which services are covered and other common questions about this expanded coverage, visit our new COVID-19 webpage for OHP providers.
What you need to know if your employment has been impacted by COVID-19
Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have had many impacts on people’s lives, including their livelihoods. Many of our family, friends, and neighbors are experiencing these impacts in a much greater and more immediate way than other Oregonians. Whether your workplace is temporarily closed, you’re experiencing a layoff, or you’ve been impacted in some other way by COVID-19, the Oregon Employment Department has been working to answer your Frequently Asked Questions about what benefits may be available to you during this time.
What’s the latest guidance related to COVID-19?
Everything is changing quickly, and it’s hard to keep up with all the information that is coming out. Read and share this social media card to help keep your friends and family up to date on the latest guidance regarding social distancing, workplaces, long-term care and assisted living facilities, food service, and schools.
OHA Announces New Cases, Fatalities
A total of 75 people in Oregon have been confirmed to have COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. That includes 10 new cases that were confirmed statewide today in the following counties: Benton (1), Lane (2), Marion (4), Washington, (2) and Yamhill (1).
COVID-19 has also claimed two more lives in Oregon. These individuals include a 60-year-old woman in Lane County, who died at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend on March 14, and a 71-year-old man in Washington County who died March 17 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. The Lane County resident tested positive for the virus March 17, while the Washington County resident received a positive result on March 16. Both had underlying medical conditions.
“We are saddened at the news of these additional lives lost in Oregon due to COVID-19,” said Patrick Allen, OHA director. “These deaths only strengthen our resolve to slow the spread of this disease in our communities. We are in this together.”