In an effort to support our partners in a time when up-to-date information is crucial, Travel Oregon has created a toolkit that points to resources from national and state public health organizations to give you all the information you need around COVID-19.
Updated Feb. 26
Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee approved moving forward President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. The House is expected to vote later this week on the legislation, sending it to the Senate for consideration.
A bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives reintroduced the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act of 2021. This bill would create individual and business tax credits that be utilized for business meetings and conferences; individual tax credits to stimulate non-business travel; and provide tax relief for restaurants and food/beverage to help restore food service jobs.
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Governor Brown announced that 16 counties improved in risk level, with 10 of those improving from Extreme Risk. Effective Feb. 26-Mar. 11, five counties will be in the Extreme Risk level, 11 in High Risk, 10 in Moderate Risk and 10 in Lower Risk. A complete list is available here.
The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released Wednesday, shows sharp decreases in daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the previous week:
OHA reported 2,260 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Feb. 15-21 — a 35% decrease from last week.
There were 70,200 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Feb. 14-20, which represents a steep decline from the previous week. The percentage of positive tests was 3.5%.
Feb. 25, Governor Brown today extended her declaration of a state of emergency for COVID-19 for 60 days, until May 2. Extending the state of emergency helps ensure Oregon is able to fully utilize available federal COVID-19 relief and assistance, including assistance with vaccine distribution. Read more here.
Interested in vaccine data and dashboards? OHA has a series of COVID-19 related dashboards that can be found here for the state as well as for the regional / county levels.