Businesses are required to comply with Governor Kate Brown's framework. Some businesses are allowed to open at certain capacity levels. Other businesses are not allowed to open at all at this time. Please visit the governor's website for sector-specific guidance.
Please visit Columbia County Economic Team→ for COVID-19 small business resources.
Sign up for Columbia County Economic Team updates here→
Oregon OSHA’s virtual consultant program: Have questions about reopening your workplace? Need help creating policies and safety guidelines for the new normal? OR OSHA can help!
FACE COVERINGS: According to Governor Brown’s guidance, employers are required to provide face coverings for their employees. All businesses should perform their own research.
Oregon Health Authority: Oregon Mask Requirements
Reach out to Columbia County Economic Team→ for additional face covering resources.
Below are some additional factors for your business to consider during the reopening phase(s).
Will Columbia County notify us if an employee tests positive?
Public Health calls all individuals who have tested positive to conduct a contract tracing interview to identify all locations the individual went while infectious. If the employee was at work during that infectious period, Public Health will contact the employer to obtain contact information for the employee’s supervisor and close workplace contacts.
Columbia County Public Health may notify you if an employee has tested positive. However, if a business is closed, the need for notification no longer exists since the potential to spread the disease has been alleviated.
Sick leave policies need to be supported and enforced. Physical distancing and other measures to stop the spread of the disease need to be in place at all Columbia County businesses.
If your business needs more information about measures that should be taken regarding these orders, please see the following pages:
After Testing Guide→ Information about how to tell employers, close contacts, when and how to quarantine safely and more guidance for what to do after testing.
What do we do if an employee tests positive?
An employee may self-disclose their illness to an employer, but they are not required to do so. If an employee alerts you to their positive test result, you do not need to inform Public Health. We receive the information from the lab that performed the test.
It’s important that your business is taking precautions to support your workplace, staff and customers at all times. Here are key points to review:
Encourage your employees to stay home and notify workplace administrators when sick (provide sick leave options to allow staff to stay home when ill).
Encourage personal protective measures among staff (e.g., stay home when sick, cloth face coverings, maintaining distance, washing hands, coughing/sneezing into elbow).
Supply and ensure the use of cloth face coverings when physical distancing cannot be followed.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily and as often as possible.
Ensure hand hygiene supplies (wash stations, hand sanitizer, soap, etc.) are readily available at the workplace.
Allow and support staff to practice meticulous hand hygiene.
Support work from home for individuals with underlying health conditions and considered at higher risk for severe illness, where possible.
Ensure physical distancing measures are being followed such as increasing space between workers, limiting use and capacity in conference rooms and break rooms, and using teleconferencing services whenever possible.
Stagger work schedules and breaks (if feasible).
Clearly identify essential versus non-essential staff to be in the physical workspaces. Staff who were able to telework during the Stay Home Save Lives should be encouraged to continue or go back to telework.
Limit non-essential work travel.
How soon can an employee come back to work after they are sick?
Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are directed to stay home until the following things have happened:
People who DID NOT have COVID-19 symptoms, but tested positive and have stayed home may leave home under the following conditions:
The decision to stop home isolation or return to work should be made in consultation with a health care provider.
EMPLOYEES: If you believe your employer is in violation of the governor's order about how and when to operate, you can file a complaint on OSHA's general complaint form. Even though it doesn't say anything about COVID-19, this is the correct place to file your complaint.
CONCERNED COMMUNITY MEMBERS: If you believe any business in Columbia County is in violation of the governor's orders about how and when to operate, call 503-397-7247 or email health@columbiacountyOR.gov.
We will first provide education to help a business come into compliance with the order. Citation through law enforcement is an absolute last resort. We must have ALL of the following information in order for our Enforcement Branch to follow up with the business.