The State of Oregon during the COVID-19 Pandemic
After the governor declared a state of emergency on March 8, 2020, Oregon implemented safety measures and state-wide restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19. As of writing, Oregon has over 19,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than a hundred new cases reported daily by mid-June, prompting the government to take immediate action to address the sudden spike in new cases.
Reopening Oregon in Phases
The governor of Oregon released an executive order that identified phases of reopening and provided guidelines for Oregonians and businesses to follow in order to keep the impact of the pandemic under control and help employees as well as the general public stay safe and strong in the Beaver State.
Effective May 15, 2020, the baseline requirement is applicable state-wide and it provides guidelines such as social distancing of 6 feet between individuals, sector-specific guidance for businesses that are allowed to operate, and the option for employees to work-from-home whenever possible.
Counties that wish to transition to Phase I ahead of a state-wide transition can apply subject to approval by the government. During Phase I, some restrictions are loosened and certain businesses such as those in personal care services are allowed to operate as long as they comply with safety guidelines.
After 21 days in Phase I, counties can apply for transition to the second phase of reopening. After the sudden spike in daily reported COVID-19 cases in mid-June, however, the government has put the approval of Phase II transition on hold. For the counties already approved for Phase II, restrictions are relaxed further and more sectors can reopen such as venue and event operators of places of worship, sports courts, and theaters provided that they follow Phase II guidance.
The final phase for reopening Oregon means that there is already a reliable treatment or prevention for COVID-19.
Complying with Mandatory Safety Guidelines
The government of Oregon released a general guidance for all businesses as well as other guidelines specific to certain sectors or industries. Following safety guidelines, such as the one implemented for face covering, not only will allow businesses to operate and avoid closure due to non-compliance but also help with keeping the pandemic under control. Students who will attend in-person classes are also required to wear masks as a safety precaution. Minimizing the risks of the spread of COVID-19 allows the general public to have a modicum of normalcy and be able to get back to work safely as restrictions are loosened so long as medical trends remain favorable in the state.
Tool for Implementing and Monitoring Safety
Preventing sudden spikes in reported COVID-19 cases can help avoid roll backs in reopening. Being aware of the latest guidelines and reinforcing their proper implementation can help maintain safety in the workplace and avoid the spread of the disease. iAuditor by SafetyCulture is a powerful safety inspection software that has access to a collection of free inspection checklists created based on the latest best practices and existing guidelines that help businesses operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Business owners and managers can use iAuditor for free and utilize the checklists made available for everybody.
Please note that these checklists, while created with the latest best practices available, provide basic information only and are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.
Oregon Reopening Checklists
Oregon Mask and Face Covering Checklist for Businesses (COVID-19)
This mask and face covering checklist is based on the guidance released by the State of Oregon regarding the use of face covering that businesses are mandated to implement in their operations.
Oregon Reopening for Venues and Event Operators Checklist (COVID-19)
Venues and event operators in Oregon can use this checklist when hosting or facilitating indoor or outdoor events during Phase II of reopening. Based on the reopening guidance provided by the State of Oregon, safely oversee social, recreational, cultural, civic, and faith-based gatherings. This checklist also includes guidelines for outdoor drive-in movie theaters. iAuditor checklists can be customized to better fit the needs of your business.
Oregon Reopening Guidance for Restaurants/Bars Checklist (COVID-19)
This checklist will serve as a guide for continuing to work safely, efficiently, and profitably in restaurants/bars during the COVID-19 pandemic. All iAuditor checklists can be used on mobile devices for your convenience.
Oregon Reopening Guidance for Retail Establishment Checklist (COVID-19)
Managers and business owners of retail establishments can use this checklist to safely reopen and help maintain the safety of employees and customers while the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing.
Daily Cleaning and Personal Hygiene Inspection (COVID-19)
Use this daily cleaning and personal hygiene inspection template when conducting cleaning inspections to check if CDC guidelines are being followed. You can also use this template to assess if the different areas in the establishment are presentable, organized, and sanitized using EPA-approved cleaning agents.
Legionella Risk Assessment Checklist
Use this Legionella risk assessment form to assess facilities that were shut down. Check if cold and hot water temperatures are maintained properly. Inspect the HVAC and water systems to ensure that they are clean and disinfected to avoid another potential health threat after being shut down.
COVID-19 Safety Checklist for Seafarers (ICS)
As a state located on the Pacific Northwest, there’s a need to help ensure that seafarers in Oregon are also protected against the pandemic. This COVID-19 safety checklist for seafarers is created based on the International Chamber of Shipping’s (ICS) ship operator guide. This is checklist can help reinforce the advice provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Temperature Log Monitoring Sheet
Should your business in Oregon find the need to check employee or visitor temperatures, you can use this temperature monitoring log sheet to record as many temperature checks as needed. This temperature log sheet recognizes 100.3° F as the threshold and prompts a visual cue for 100.4° F and above temperature readings.