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Democrat - District 5 - Coos Bay

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1705
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-417, Salem, Oregon 97301



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The Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response

Co-Chair Senator Arnie Roblan
Co-Chair Representative Paul Holvey

The Oregon Legislature's Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response (JSCCR) was created specifically to expand the scope of our statewide approach to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The JSCCR is working with the Governor on gathering the latest information that can be helpful in coordinating legislative initiatives with existing efforts that are already underway.  Over the next several days the members of the JSCCR will be charged with the following tasks:

  • Identify actions that will support economic relief and household stability for low-income workers and small businesses who are at risk of being significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Produce budget and policy recommendations for legislative action in a timely manner.
  • Monitor Oregon's ongoing public health response and, if needed, make recommendations for further legislative action​

The Committee follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to protect the legislators, staff, and public participating in the meeting. Committee members will receive online and remote public testimony. The committee will only hear invited testimony during the meeting. Members of the public can submit ideas, feedback and testimony via email to Written testimony will be posted on OLIS and the committee meeting will be livestreamed on OLIS.

If you have questions about the Oregon Legislature's Special Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response and recommendations for new, or future legislative action please don't hesitate to email my Capitol office.  As the state works to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the committee, which will do most of its work virtually to protect public health, will convene on Wednesday. The meeting agendas for this Monday and Tues have been posted to OLIS and can be viewed here:

Please, stay home unless absolutely necessary. When you avoid contact with others you doing your part to flatten the curve, to slow the spread and save lives. Hospitals across Oregon are already struggling with supplies.  Social distancing is the best way to slow transmission of COVID-19, and to allow our healthcare providers to keep up with the need when it does hit your community.


All state parks will close March 23. The last night anyone can stay is March 22 -- Stay Home. Stay Healthy.​

At the direction of Governor Kate Brown, and in keeping with the guidance that all Oregonians should stay home and stay healthy, the Oregon State Park system will close at the end of the day Monday, March 23. Day-use areas will be closed starting March 23 at 5 p.m. Campers need to check out no later than 1 p.m.

OHA COVID-19 Updates​

COVID-19 has claimed another life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from to four, to five, the Oregon Health Authority 24 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 161, as of 8:00 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (1), Deschutes (1), Lane (1), Marion (3), Multnomah (1), Washington (13) and Yamhill (2). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website:​

  • Oregon COVID-19 Situational Status Report for March 21st:
  • The "SitStat" lists positive and negative test statistics, PPE ​supplies, and a summary of other information on the state emergency response to COVID-19.
  • Summaries of Federal Le​gislation:
    • Tax related provisions in Families First Coronavirus Response Act – "FAQ 20200315"
    • Title-by-title summary of Families First Coronavirus Response Act – "Families First Summary (Corona 2)"
  • OHA's new testing FAQ


DOR Guidance

DOR has posted information about initial CAT payments.  Guidance on delay of payment mirroring federal changes, and those should be posted early next week.  They will be available at


New Website with Contact Points

There is a new website up that has information about the State's response, including forms for businesses who are interested in producing goods to fill out


Helpful Resources on the 2019 Coronavirus:

General: Governor Kate Brown

CDC's Information on COVID-19;

World Health Organization Information on COVID-19

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 

Most up-to-date page with a variety of resources 

Guides for childcare programs and K-12 administrators

Create a Household Plan for COVID-19

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker

Oregon Department of Education

If you missed the recent Informational Hearing, you can watch it here.


Small Business Assistance (SBA)

The Office of Small Business Assistance is standing by to help businesses know how to connect with resources in these troubling times. Our team is tirelessly working on referring businesses to the help they're asking for. The fastest way to get in touch with the team is by emailing or using the "Need Help?" button found on most state agency websites or visiting

 Businesses with similar questions are encouraged to visit the following websites:

The latest information on resources for workers and business owners is available at



Sen. Arnie Roblan, SD 5
(Coos Bay, Florence, Newport, Tillamook)
Office: 503.986.1705
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