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Oregon Will Follow Updated CDC Guidance on Masks

“The latest CDC guidance is welcome news for vaccinated Oregonians, and hopefully will encourage those who have yet to get their vaccine to sign up for an appointment as soon as possible,” said Sandra McDonough, president & CEO of OBI.

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Vaccine Incentives Announced

Gov. Brown announced on May 11 that she will fully reopen the state once the vaccine rate (adults 16+ with the first dose) hits 70% statewide. “Fully reopen” means risk levels will be eliminated, and businesses can return to normal operations, although mask and distancing requirements may continue. The governor said the state can hit that goal by late June with additional efforts to encourage broader vaccination.

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Gov. Brown Moves Counties Out Of Extreme Risk

“We appreciate that the governor is allowing these Oregon businesses to reopen,” said Sandra McDonough, OBI’s president and CEO. “Hopefully, this will be the end of the COVID business closures and we will move swiftly to fully reopening our state’s economy.”

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Oregon OSHA Files Permanent Workplace Rules

On May 4, the Oregon Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) filed permanent workplace rules related to COVID. OSHA had previously adopted temporary rules on Nov. 6, 2020 and those rules were set to expire today.

April Message from Board Chair Karen Vineyard

This week, Gov. Kate Brown announced that 15 of Oregon’s 36 counties would be moving into the “extreme risk” category due to rising COVID cases. Under the state’s emergency plan, that means several businesses in those counties now face curtailing operations or shutting down altogether – yet again.

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Federal Legislative Briefing & Discussion: U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden

Senator Wyden has been a steady champion of the Oregon Business Plan. After helping to launch the Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit in 2002, Senator Wyden has never missed the annual Summit. We are eager to hear his ideas on how to best advance the Business Plan’s agenda for Shared Prosperity presented last December. 

Forever Changed: What’s Next for Health Care in Oregon?

Join OBI for our June Speaker Series discussion to hear industry leaders’ perspectives on the pandemic, how health care providers have been impacted and adapted to our new reality, and what the future of health care delivery might look like here in Oregon and across the nation.




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