Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Florida and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Sally beginning on September 14, 2020, and continuing.
The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.
Public Assistance Category B emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided for the counties of Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington.
Public Assistance Category B emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided for the counties of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, and Liberty.
Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Jeffrey L. Coleman as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@FEMA.DHS.GOV.
Mi nombre es Justin Hwang. Soy un immigrante Koreano y dueño de varios restaurantes en el area conocido como Joy Teriyaki. E vivido en el condado de Multnomah desde el año 2003 y estoy postulandome para ser Senador en el distrito 25 que incluye las areas de Fairview, Gresham, Wood Village, Troutdale y partes de Portland.
Mis prioridades para el Condado de Multnomah son traer fondos para la educacion en nuestras escuelas, quiero asegurarme que todos los estudiantes tengan los materiales necessarios para que sean exitosos. Mi meta tambien es reducir inpuestos innecesarios y reducir los inpuestos para los compradores de casas. Mi mayor enfoque es ayudar a la gente viviendo en las calles, que atraves de los años el numero de la gente viviendo en la calles se a incrementado, quiero crear programas que ayuden a este gente salir de las calles para que empiecen a valerse por ellos mismos. Mi anhelo es abrir un santuario donde mas de 500 personas puedan tener comida y un techo en donde vivir.
Mi familia y yo llegamos a los Estados Unidos sin nada mas que la ropa puesta. Con la ayuda de la communidad e podido expander mi negocio con mas de 25 restaurantes. Con el mismo esfuerso en que habri mis restaurantes tambien a si mismo trabajare sin cesar para ser el mejor senador en Salem. Me dedicare en cumplir todas las metas que tengo en mente. Realmente sera un honor poder tener su apoyo y su voto este Noviembre.
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My name is Justin Hwang and I am a Korean immigrant and a local restaurant owner in the Portland-metro area, known as Joy Teriyaki. I have lived in East Multnomah County since 2003 and am running for State Senate in Senate District 25, which encompasses the cities of Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, and parts of Portland.
My priorities for East Multnomah County are simple – I want to bring more education funding to our schools, lower our taxes, and address the homelessness crisis in our community.
As a small business owner, I have experience working with budgets and creating jobs – both of which will play a key role in restarting our economy post-COVID-19 crisis. As a board member of Mt. Hood Community College Foundation, I know what it takes to bring state funding to our schools. I will work tirelessly to fully fund our classrooms and bring technical and career programs back to Mt. Hood Community College. As a volunteer at Zarephath Ministries, a local soup kitchen and pantry, I know the issues facing our homeless popul\ation. I will fight to loosen Oregon’s restrictive land use system, work to decrease property tax rate for homebuyers, and will fight to provide fully funded mental health services for East County.
My family and I came to the United States with nothing to call our own except the clothes on our backs. Now, with the help from our community, I have grown my restaurant business to more than 25 restaurants. I will tackle policy in Salem with the same fervor and dedication as I did when I was growing my restaurant business. I will roll up my sleeves and work hard for you as your next State Senator in Salem. I would be honored to earn your vote in November.
For more information regarding my candidacy, please check out my website at www.JustinforOregon.com.
Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Administration’s Purchase of 150 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests
Today, the Trump Administration is pleased to announce the purchase and production of 150 million rapid tests to be distributed across the country. In March, President Donald J. Trump called for the development of a low cost, reliable point-of-care test. To deliver on this promise, the Administration has partnered with Abbott Laboratories to produce inexpensive and easy-to-use Abbott BinaxNOW tests. This is a major development that will help save more lives by further protecting America’s most vulnerable and allow our country to remain open, get Americans back to work, and get kids back to school.
Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States is leading the world in testing and the development of a wide range of reliable tests.
This announcement is made in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization for this new type of antigen test in which results can be read directly from the testing card. Made in America, for Americans, these new tests exemplify President Trump’s whole-of-America approach, which harnesses industry and innovation to ensure America leads the world in combating COVID-19.
Through Operation Warp Speed and in partnership with Abbott Laboratories, final production will be scaled to an unprecedented 50 million tests monthly.
With great appreciation, the United States and Mexico recognize the advancements our two countries have achieved toward a renewed and strengthened partnership equipped to the twenty-first century economic and security challenges of our North American region. Our meeting commemorates the entry into force of the historic United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a free trade agreement that will strengthen our global competitiveness as a region and promote economic growth, jobs, and prosperity for the American and Mexican people.
The pandemic created by the COVID-19 virus has deeply affected the American and Mexican people. The United States and Mexico continue to coordinate closely as we respond to unprecedented health, security, and economic challenges. Our countries have restricted, since March 2020, movement at our shared land border to essential travel only, while ensuring the flow of critical goods and services, the continuity of our supply chains, and the movement of emergency and critical workers to mitigate the spread of the virus in our nations.
Mexico became the largest goods trading partner of the United States for the first time in 2019. Every day, $1.6 billion worth of trade crosses our border, directly supporting American and Mexican businesses, jobs, and workers.
The USMCA is the ideal instrument to provide economic certainty and increased confidence to our countries, which will be critical to the recovery that has begun in both of our nations. The USMCA reaffirms our shared understanding that North America is a region that generates prosperity for all of its citizens and it strengthens our cooperation in fighting corruption through the strongest disciplines on corruption in international trade of any international agreement. The USMCA marks the beginning of a new era that will benefit the workers, farmers, engineers, and entrepreneurs of both countries, who serve as the backbone of our integrated economies. The USMCA will allow our successful economic partnership—one of the strongest in the world—to expand even more over the coming years in a continuation of our great history of shared cooperation.
Signed at Washington on July 8, 2020, in duplicate, in the English and Spanish languages.
Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
President of the United Mexican States
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Council will advise programs serving children, birth to eight, on safely reopening and staying open
Portland, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will be convening a Healthy Early Learners Council to advise her and the Early Learning Division (ELD) on guidance for the reopening and ongoing operation of early learning and child care programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The work of this Council will align with the work of the Early Learning System strategic plan, Raise Up Oregon , the Governor’s Early Learning Council, and the Joint Taskforce on Access to Quality Affordable Child Care.
The early childhood education sector, including early learning and child care programs, faces unique challenges in the midst of COVID-19, given the limited ability for children and staff to maintain physical distancing, the potential child development implications of staff wearing face coverings in this environment, and the increased cleaning protocols that programs must implement without professional support.
“As anyone with young children at home knows, Oregon's early learning educators and child care providers have their work cut out for them tending to health, safety, and learning during this pandemic," said Governor Brown. "Through the work of the Healthy Early Learners Council, we will help ensure the health and well-being of Oregon’s young children returning to early learning and child care programs – as well as the dedicated professionals who serve them.”
The Council, which will meet over the next several months, will be charged with:
• Aligning reopening guidance for children birth through age 8 – including child care, preschool/pre-kindergarten, and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education programs – grounded in equity and the science of child development;
• Informing revised guidance issued by the Early Learning Division and the Oregon Health Authority to support early childhood program operations with health and safety in mind;
• Advising on policies to support providers’ and children’s developmental, physical, and mental health needs, including addressing challenging behaviors when returning to care and preventing increases in suspension and expulsion, particularly for young children of color; and
• Recommendations for the health and well-being of young children and their families during COVID-19, in collaboration with the Early Learning Council.
The Council will include elected officials, child care providers, early learning providers, public health experts, and parents, with a focus on ensuring that a wide and diverse range of community voices are represented. A full roster of members will be available prior to the Council’s first meeting in July.
On this day in 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the United States Declaration of Independence in what is now known as Independence Hall in Philadelphia. In taking this historic step, the Congress proclaimed “these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States.” Today, we celebrate our Nation’s independence and the vision of our Founding Fathers revealed to the world on that fateful day, as well as the countless patriots who continue to ensure that the flames of freedom are never extinguished.
The enduring commitment to the ideals of liberty and justice that have come to define our American spirit stem from our Nation’s founding. In declaring that our rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” should be safeguarded for posterity and that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” our Founding Fathers launched the American experiment that espoused freedom and democracy over tyranny and monarchy. Two hundred and forty-four years later, the principles grounded in the Declaration of Independence continue to guide our Nation forward and maintain its standing as a beacon of liberty, prosperity, and opportunity for all.
Over the past months, the American spirit has undoubtedly been tested by many challenges. Yet, it is in the face of adversity that our country has had some of our proudest moments of triumph. Today, especially, we are reminded of the extraordinary feats that our Nation has accomplished since its founding nearly 250 years ago. Together, we must ensure that we live up to the ideals of our Declaration of Independence and do all that we can to protect and preserve the freedoms that make our country the greatest in the world.
The First Lady and I wish each and every American a happy and blessed Fourth of July and proudly join you in celebrating our great Nation. May God bless the United States of America.
Source: The White House
Face covering requirements apply to indoor public spaces, take effect on Wednesday, July 1
Portland, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning this Wednesday July 1. The guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces. Face covering requirements are already mandated in eight counties.
“From the beginning of the reopening process, I have said that reopening comes with the risk of seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases beyond our health systems’ capacity to test, trace, and isolate them,” said Governor Kate Brown. “Over the last month, we have seen the disease spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties. The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend is a critical point for Oregon in this pandemic, and we can all make a difference.
“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, our hospitals could be overwhelmed by new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within weeks.
“The choices every single one of us make in the coming days matter.
“Face coverings that cover your nose and mouth play a critical role in reducing the spread of this disease because droplets from our breath can carry the virus to others without us realizing it. If we all wear face coverings, practice six feet of physical distancing in public, wash our hands regularly, and stay home when we are sick, then we can avoid the worst-case scenarios that are now playing out in other states.
“I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing. If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public.
“Please keep your Fourth of July celebrations small and local. We saw a lot of new COVID-19 cases following the Memorial Day holiday. Another spike in cases after the upcoming holiday weekend could put Oregon in a dangerous position.
“Oregonians have all made incredible sacrifices over the last several months that have saved thousands of lives. The actions we take now can protect our friends, neighbors, loved ones, and fellow Oregonians from this disease, and prevent the need for another statewide shutdown. We are truly all in this together.”
Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) will take the lead, along with other state and local agencies, in enforcing face covering requirements for all covered Oregon businesses.
Contains Q&A Section of Common Workplace Questions
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” provides approaches employers may adopt as they plan for employees returning to the workplace, including providing information to all employees about who to contact with requests for disability accommodation or other flexibilities, and inviting employees to make any requests in advance that the employer will consider on an individualized basis. This information is provided in Q&A G.6.
The updates also address requests for accommodation in the employer’s process for workplace screening, as well as frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and age discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and sex discrimination involving employees with caretaking or family responsibilities.
Finally, there are new questions about steps employers may take to prevent and address harassment of employees who are or are perceived to be of Chinese or other Asian national origin, including reminding employers that workplace harassment may occur while employees are teleworking.
In response to inquiries from the public, the EEOC has provided resources on its website related to the pandemic in an employment context. The agency will continue to monitor developments and provide assistance to the public as needed.
The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov. Stay connected with the latest EEOC news by subscribing to our email updates.
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County updates and guidance available at coronavirus.oregon.gov
Portland, OR — Governor Kate Brown announced today the counties that can begin entering Phase I of reopening on May 15 under her framework for building a safe and strong Oregon. Qualifying counties demonstrated that they met all of Oregon’s safety and preparedness prerequisites for reopening, as well as a declining prevalence of COVID-19.
“In each of these counties we will continue to monitor testing rates, effectiveness at contract tracing and isolation of new cases, hospitalization rates and other metrics that are required to remain open in Phase One,” said Governor Brown. “I am focused on protecting the health and safety of Oregonians, while understanding that job losses have a negative impact on public health––both physical and emotional health.”
Of the 33 counties that applied to reopen on May 15, 28 counties were approved. (Three Portland Metro-area counties did not apply to reopen on May 15.) Three applications are pending review today. The applications for Marion and Polk counties were not approved, and those counties will be monitored for seven days to see if conditions in those counties have improved. Full county application information is available here.
County Reopening Status Lists and Guidance Documents Available at coronavirus.oregon.gov.
Oregonians can view the reopening status of their county, as well as sector-specific guidance documents with more information about the reopening process, at coronavirus.oregon.gov.
Available information includes:
• County reopening status
• Completed county applications
• Statewide guidance on businesses and activities open across Oregon
• County guidance for reopening businesses and activities approved for Phase I
Statewide GuidelinesIn counties not entering Phase I the following guidelines take effect or remain in effect beginning May 15:
• Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and credit unions, and gas stations are all open.
• Restaurants are open for take-out service only.
• Stand alone retail operations are open provided they meet required safety and physical distancing guidelines.
• Indoor and outdoor malls are closed.
• Local outdoor recreation activities are open, including many state parks.
• Non-emergency medical care, dentist offices and veterinary care are open and operating, provided they meet required safety guidelines.
• Local cultural, civic and faith gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people provided physical distancing can be in place.
• Local social gatherings over 10 people are prohibited and those under 10 people must use physical distancing.
• Personal care services such as salons and barbers, as well as gyms, are closed.
• Child care is open under certain restrictions, with priority placements for children of health care workers, first responders, and frontline workers.
• Summer camp and summer school program guidelines are forthcoming.
Phase I CountiesIn counties approved for Phase I, the following additional areas can operate if they comply with sector-specific health and safety guidance beginning May 15:
• Restaurants, bars, and other such establishments for dine-in service until 10 pm
• Personal services businesses
• All retail businesses, including malls and shopping centers
• Gyms and other fitness facilities
• Local gatherings of up to 25 people
Gyms and Fitness GuidanceGyms and other fitness facilities in counties that have reopened for Phase I will be required to follow new health and safety guidance as well. The new guidance is available here.
Finalized guidance documents, as well as updates to county reopening statuses will be posted to the website on an ongoing basis.
A full copy of Governor Brown’s remarks is available here.
Video of Governor Brown’s press briefing is available here.
Governor Brown’s executive order to build a safe and strong Oregon is available here .
A video presentation explaining the phased reopening process is available here.
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