COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Update: 08/12/2020 | 3:50 p.m.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is maintaining a live webpage detailing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases in Oregon and beyond. The OMA will continue to monitor COVID-19 information nationally and locally. The association will continue to work closely with federal, state, and local public health agencies and stakeholders to provide information to our members and their patients about the response to minimize transmission in our communities.

 

Recent Updates

An Open Letter to Oregon from the OMA President | April 11, 2020

On Saturday, April 11, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released a letter to Oregon penned by Kevin Ewanchyna, MD, the President of the Oregon Medical Association. The letter is reprinted here in full. Our thanks to our OHA colleagues for the opportunity to share Dr. Ewanchyna's message.

Like many healthcare professionals the world over, Oregon’s physicians, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals are facing an unprecedented challenge, perhaps the most urgent of their careers. Given the scope of the problem presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be easy—and understandable—for clinicians to feel overwhelmed.

It was Hippocrates who stated, “Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.” We have never before seen a moment, both for those currently delivering care and those receiving care, in which this statement has rung so very true. Read more. 

OMA Statement on Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 | March 20, 2020

OMA physicians and physician assistants are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and want to assure their patients and the public that by following public health measures we can greatly minimize spreading the virus.
 
The OMA will continue to advocate for measures that help treat patients suffering with the disease, support frontline healthcare workers, and encourage the public to help slow the spread of the pandemic to save lives.
 
The OMA supports stay-at-home policies that communicate the importance and the gravity of following aggressive social distancing practices to the public. These practices are essential to help “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 cases during this pandemic to prevent overwhelming our hospitals and preserving our healthcare workforce for the benefit and safety of all Oregonians.

OMA Member Communications

COVID-19 response evolves rapidly, and so do corresponding guidelines, regulations, and best practices. Note that these archive versions of OMA communications may contain outdated information and web links. We do our best, however, to keep the other resources on this page updated. If you have a question about newsletter content, email the OMA.

OHA Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Videoconferences

Consistent venues for COVID-19 information sharing.

First and Third Thursdays, 12-1 p.m.: OHA COVID-19 Informational Session for All Providers
Informational Flyer | Archive links to the teleconferences from previous dates
 
Second and Fourth Thursdays, 12-1:15 p.m.: OHA COVID-19 Learning Session for Clinicians - Part 2 | Project ECHO
Register; requires account creation. | Join without registering.

 

Clinical Guidance and Treatment Resources

COVID-19 Testing

Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and commercial plans must cover costs associated with COVID-19 testing, including visit costs, with no patient out-of-pocket costs.

Telehealth and Reimbursement

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Healthcare Business Resources

Statewide Announcements, Rules, and Orders

How can I help?

Oregon Information Links

Nationwide and Worldwide Information Links

Provider Wellness

Provider Education

COVID-19 and End-of-Life Concerns

Patient Resources

OMA and AMA Communications to Policymakers