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COVID-19 Resources & Updates

April 29, 2020

Get vaccine information, updates on services, and other resources at the link above.

Lincoln County Public Information Weekly Update

Read The Most Recent Updates Here

Lincoln County Now Distributing Masks for Businesses

Lincoln County has masks available if you need face coverings for your workforce, their family members and the clients, customers you serve.

For more information and to fill out an application, visit the link below.

Face Coverings Distribution to Public Flyer

New Oregon Employment Department (OED) Informational Website Launched

The new website can be viewed here: https://unemployment.oregon.gov/

COVID Cases Press Release | 6/12/2020

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians has experienced two positive test results for COVID-19 through Siletz Community Health Clinic (SCHC).  These individuals are between the age of 20 – 30, and are isolating per CDC Guidance.  An Investigator from Lincoln County Health Department will conduct the initial investigation into source of contact.  Staff at SCHC have been trained in contact tracing, and will assist the Investigator in identifying and notifying other individuals who may have been in contact with these individuals to provide them with instructions on next steps.

It is important to understand that this virus is in the community.  It is vitally important to stay home as much as possible, physically distance, wear a face covering to protect others when unable to physically distance, and wash hands and sanitize surfaces frequently.

More information can be found at:  https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/2019-novel-coronavirus;  – OR –  through the Call Center at (541) 265-0621, email:  lincolncocallcenter@co.lincoln.or.us.

Open weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  You will be asked to leave a call back number and we will return your call within 15 minutes.  This is to allow volunteers to work remotely.  Your call back may come from a “private number”.

Resource Flyers

Contact Tracing: What to Expect

What to Expect on a Contact Tracing Call

How to Self Isolate

How to Quarantine

What to Do Next (Eng & Spanish) – If you have close contact with someone with a confirmed case, someone who may have it, if you develop symptoms, or if you get a negative result after quarantining.

 The Delta Variant and the New Mask Requirements

Cancellations & Notices

Siletz Community Members

This is a friendly reminder that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all outdoor recreational areas in Siletz are closed.

This includes playgrounds, basketball courts, parks and other community spaces.

Please continue to practice social distancing for your safety and the safety of our community. Thank you.

Regarding In-Person Cancellations

The in-person Run to the Rogue event has been cancelled.

CTSI-Community Message

3/17/2020
We are not aware of any cases of coronavirus or COVID-19 in the Siletz Community. However, the safety of our Community, Students, and Staff are a top priority for us. Therefore, we are moving forward with providing services in a manner that will keep you and staff safe. Beginning March 17th, 2020, until further notice, services will be provided via telephone, email and mail; Offices will be closed to walk-in clients. Payments can be made by telephone with a credit/debit card; by mail via a check or money order. There is a drop box at the rear of the Tribal Administration building to drop off payments, applications, etc. The Clinic will be closing to non-essential appointments, and will work to fulfill your needs – such as Pharmacy – in different ways. Clinic staff will reach out to you to reschedule non-critical appointments.

Our staff is working very hard to continue providing critical services to our community members. As this situation develops, we will continue to update this message.

To access these services, please call:

  • Siletz Community Health Clinic: (541) 444-1030
  • Siletz Tribal Housing: (541) 444-8322. Payments can be mailed or put in the Drop Box
  • 477-SSP: (541)-444-8247
  • USDA Food Program: (541)-444-8393
  • Human Resources: (541)-444-8274
  • Indian Child Welfare (ICW): (541)-444-8272
  • Natural Resources: (541) 444-8232
  • Enrollment: (541)-444-8258
  • Elders: (541)-444-8220
  • Eugene Area Office – Phone- (541)-484-4234
  • Portland Area Office -Phone-(503)-238-1512
  • Salem Area Office -Phone-(503)-390-9494

For accurate, up to date information about COVID-19 please dial 211.

View the #StayHome PSA made by the Siletz Community.

Read About Social Distancing Here

Resources for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tribal & Community Members

Below are links to access government assistance programs and information on resources during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

We will continue to monitor and share information that is beneficial to our tribal and community members as it becomes available.

State Resources

DHS will continue to work with federal partners to provide greater assistance to Oregonians in need. To apply for Nutrition Assistance, visit needfood.oregon.gov or call 2-1-1.

State Resource Hub

Visit the Safe and Strong website to find a variety of resources in Oregon.

Rent Help

The Legislature has allocated over $40 million to help individuals who are struggling to pay rent due to the financial impact of COVID-19. Funds are distributed by local community action partners (CAP). You can learn more about eligibility by calling 211 or visiting www.caporegon.org/find-services/ to find the nearest CAP.

Utilities Help

Your local CAP may also be able to help. Please see: www.caporegon.org/find-services/. Many utility companies are waiving late fees, suspending disconnections, and making payment plans available. Please see https://www.oregon.gov/puc/Documents/OregonEnergyAssistance.pdf for information about what your specific gas, electricity, internet, or telephone company may offer.

Mortgage Help

The Oregon Legislature has released $30 million in mortgage assistance. If you need or anticipate needing mortgage assistance, please sign up for Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) updates at https://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/about-us/Pages/news-updates.aspx.  You can also contact OHCS at (503) 986-2000. You may also be eligible for foreclosure protection through September 30th under legislation passed by the Oregon Legislature.

Additional Assistance

Dial 2-1-1 or visit 211info.org for additional information about COVID-19 test sites, eviction and foreclosure prevention information, how to access free food services, and more.

Tribal Resources

Emergency Assistance Payment Program

The Siletz Tribal Council intends to approve, by Tribal Resolution, a one-time Emergency Assistance Payment that falls within the General Welfare Ordinance guidelines, for each eligible and living Tribal member enrolled on 10/31/2021, including minors. This payment will not be subject to garnishment through Siletz Tribal Court. This assistance is considered non-reportable based on the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Ordinance. The payment amount will be determined by Tribal Council Resolution on 11/19/2021.

Completed Application must be received at the Tribal Administration Office by
November 12, 2021 by 4:30 PM PST.

More instructions can be found in the application packet linked below.

Emergency Assistance Payment Application

W9 Form

Housing

The CARES Act funded COVID-19 Emergency Rent, Mortgage, and Energy Relief Assistance programs have ended. For low-income households, mortgage, rent, and energy assistance will still be available through the STHD. Please visit the Housing page for more information.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an immediate and imminent threat to the health, safety, and well-being of the Tribe.  The purpose of the ERA Program is to provide emergency rental assistance for the payment of rents and utilities, and arrearages for the same, for low-income Tribal households who have disproportionately suffered from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. To participate in the ERA Program, an Applicant must first submit a complete, written Application on the forms provided by STHD. Visit the Emergency Rental Assistance Program page for more information and to get an application.

Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Pilot Program

The Siletz Tribal Housing Department is pleased to announce the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Pilot Program.  The purpose of the HAF Pilot Program is to mitigate financial hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic by providing funds to prevent homeowner mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacements of homeowners experiencing financial hardship after January 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the HAF Pilot Program page for more information and an application.

COVID-19 Childcare Assistance

View the Childcare page under the Education section for information about childcare assistance.

CTSI Childcare Assistance Program Stabilization Grant Application

The CTSI Childcare Assistance Program has funds available under the Coronavirus Relief and Response Act (CRRSA) and the American Rescue Plan Act(ARPA) to support Child Care Providers who face challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to stabilize the child care sector in a way that rebuilds a stronger childcare system that supports the developmental and learning needs of children, meets parent’s needs and preferences with equal access to high-quality child care, and supports a professionalized workforce that is fairly and appropriately compensated for the essential skilled work that they do.

More information and the application can be found here.

Other

PGE COVID-19 Bill Assistance

PGE is offering support to their customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes:

  • Allowing requests for more time to pay; and
  • Options to change billing due dates; and
  • Payment plan options; and
  • Energy assistance to qualified individuals.

Contact PGE

Customer Service
503-228-6322 or 800-542-8818
Monday-Friday from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
portlandgeneral.com
To see if you qualify for assistance, visit portlandgeneral.com/assistance.

Get up-to-date information about PGE’s coronavirus response, visit portlandgeneral.com/coronavirus.
For tips on how to conserve energy, visit portlandgeneral.com/tips.

School Announcements

Updates to Come

For Small Business Owners and the Self-Employed

The federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to aid families and small businesses during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Watch this video to learn more about how the CARES Act can help you as a small business owner or if you’re self-employed.

Staying Active During Quarantine

FitnessOnDemand is available for Tribal member use, so you can stay active while social distancing. View this flyer to learn more about the program and who to contact to access this service.

The FCC’s Lifeline Program

Individuals who have recently become eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid are also eligible for the FCC’s Lifeline program. Visit this link for more information.

Legal Aid Benefits Hotline Available for Tribal Members

Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Oregon Law Center, civil legal service provides for low-income Oregonians operate a Public Benefits Hotline, where low-income Oregonians can talk to lawyers and paralegals for advice on public benefits including Unemployment Benefits.

Hours of operation are limited Monday – Thursday. More information about legal aid can be found at Oregon Law Help.

OREGON PUBLIC BENEFITS HOTLINE: 1(800) 520-5292

Unemployment

For those trying to contact the Oregon Employment Department, email is the best way as phone call wait times are averaging over 100 minutes. Anyone with claim status questions should reach out to OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

If you were denied a claim because you said you were not looking for work at this time, the department has made a fix for that. Continue to file weekly claims. If you were denied because you were self-employed or a 1099 contract worker, please visit the PUC links below.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUC) Information (Oregon)

PUC Application Webpage

For Tribal Members Having Trouble Contacting OED

If you are having trouble getting through to OED regarding their unemployment insurance claims, please contact both David (David.K.GERSTENFELD@oregon.gov) and Teresa Rainey (Teresa.L.RAINEY@oregon.gov) at the department.  They will get you routed to the right place to get those claims resolved.  If possible, when you contact David and Teresa please include the following information, which will help OED troubleshoot the issue:

  • Your full name
  • Customer ID (CID) number if you have it (the format is XX.XXX-XXX-XXX)
  • If you do not have or know your CID, then your address and last four digits of your social security number
  • Good telephone contact number
  • A brief description of what the issue seems to be is useful

Lincoln County Testing Sites and Prescription Delivery Information

Emergency Hotel Program

“CHANCE has secured some funding from CSC for motel sheltering for medically fragile homeless individuals during this pandemic. Providers working with the client should be making the referrals to CHANCE 541-791-3411 (follow prompts for locations Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City, and Newport) or hotelvoucher@chancerecovery.org. Homeless clients should NOT call CHANCE directly. If they do, CHANCE will advise them to get a referral from a health care provider or homeless advocate. CSC will not take referrals from anyone for these motels—CHANCE is the point of contact.”

Please read the Emergency Hotel Program for more information and eligibility requirements.

Mental Health Services

If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, anxiety or depression and need to speak with someone or learn what you can do to combat these feelings, use one of the resources below:

Information for Employees About Recent COVID-19 Policy Change

HIPAA Related Questions

  • As an employer, the Tribe can ask an employee to provide proof that they have been vaccinated so that they are not subject to weekly testing- that is not a HIPAA violation.  Vaccination information is classed as PHI and is covered by the HIPAA Rules. However, HIPAA only applies to HIPAA-covered entities – healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses – and their business associates.  The Tribe as your employer is not a HIPAA covered entity. It is also not a HIPPA violation to ask for proof of vaccination.
  • HIPAA was created primarily to modernize the flow of healthcare information, stipulate how personally identifiable information maintained by the healthcare and healthcare insurance industries should be protected from fraud and theft, and address limitations on healthcare insurance coverage. Personal details such as whether or not an individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19 comes within the “provision of care” classification of health information that should be protected when it can be combined with other personal details (i.e., name, social security number, etc.) that can identify the individual. Protected health information is commonly referred to as PHI.
  • The HIPAA Privacy Rule limits uses and disclosures of individuals’ PHI to uses and disclosures required for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations. Other uses and disclosures generally require consent to be provided by the individual in writing. However, HIPAA only applies to certain organizations and businesses.

Testing & Vaccine Information

Did You Know: The FDA has approved the first COVID-19 vaccine:  https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine

Questions/Answers Related to Weekly Testing:

  • If you are on vacation, you are not expected to perform your weekly testing.  Please set up an alternative time with the clinic in advance, and notify HR of the updated schedule.
  • If you are sick, all the more reason to keep your COVID test as scheduled.
  • If you work for Tribal Court, and Court is scheduled at the same time as your COVID test, let the clinic know in advance so you can reschedule. If Tribal Court tends to be on the same day of the week (i.e., Fridays) please schedule a different day for testing, if at all possible.

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