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 ***NOTICE***

  The Oregon Board of massage Therapists office remain closed to the general public and the Board's staff are following the measures outlined by Governor    Kate Brown. For the latest information on the coronavirus in Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority. Resources for reopening and “Building a Safe and Strong    Oregon” are available on Governor Brown’s website. Board staff has no additional information, and cannot provide further guidance or advice to Licensees,    Employers, or the Public outside the recommendations of the Governor's Office and Oregon Health Authority.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OREGON WILDFIRE

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  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

OHA COUNTY SPECIFIC FACE MASK GUIDANCE
OBMT SUPLEMENTAL REOPENING GUIDANCE - MASSAGE THERAPISTS
OHA REOPENING GUIDANCE - PERSONAL SERVICES
COVID-19 UPDATE - MAY 7, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE - APRIL 23, 2020
NOTICE TO LICENSEES AND INTERESTED PARTIES - MEDICAL MASSAGE   

 On March 16, 2020, Governor Brown announced new measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon, including an extension of the statewide school closure through April         28, and the following new social distancing measures, effective March 17 through at least April 15:

  • A statewide cancelation of all events and gatherings larger than 25 people — exempting essential locations like workplaces, grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores. It is additionally recommended that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
  • Restaurants, bars, and other establishments that offer food or beverages for sale are restricted to carry-out and delivery only, with no on-site consumption permitted.
  • Food service at health care facilities, workplaces, and other essential facilities will continue.

  "I know that while these actions will impact Oregon businesses and employees, they will help decrease the rate of infection while bringing state and federal resources up to the same        speed as the spread of the virus," said Governor Brown.

  OBMT has received many inquiries from Licensees relating to whether or not they should be practicing massage during this pandemic.  I will refer you to Governor Browns' March 16,       2020 press release which says: 

   “All other businesses are urged to assess their practices, implement strong social distancing measures, and close their doors temporarily if they cannot put these new           guidance measures in place.  We are asking businesses to keep the health and safety of Oregonians at the forefront as they make hard business decisions."

Doing Business with the Board during COVID-19:

   The Board office has and will continue to operate and conduct daily business of the Board unless otherwise mandated by the Governor otherwise. However, in compliance with the            guidelines and measures enacted by Governor Kate Brown, the Board is taking the following precautions to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all Oregonians:
1.     Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Board’s front office will be closed to walk-in and in-person traffic.
2.     The Board office will be staffed as necessary to conduct board business. However, the majority of Board staff will be working remotely.
3.     For that reason, an appointment must be scheduled and confirmed directly with the appropriate staff member.
4.     Answers to most common questions can be found on the Board’s website.
5.     The Board phone will be staffed Monday – Friday, between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please leave only one voice message.
6.     If leaving a voice message, clearly state your name, a call back number, and the reason for your call. Calls will be returned as quickly as possible by the appropriate staff member within two business days.
7.     Email continues to be the best method to contact staff directly.
   The Board uses an email listserv to announce major news and events, including policy or procedure changes or directives received from the Governor’s Office. If you have not been          receiving notices from the Board, please check your spam folder and review your contact information on file with the Board to ensure that your contact information is current.

   



NEWS:

COVID-19 Online Information and Resources:

The following are online resources to assist and guide you as you in making an informed and responsible decisions and determinations of how to proceed with providing massage services during this time.

Oregon Health Authority's COVID -19

OHA's website is the best resource to track the latest Oregon news and guidelines on COVID-19. You may sign up for email updates through the site to ensure that you receive the most recent news and regular email updates from OHA.

Among the many resources provided are information articles and flyers specific to Healthcare Providers, Individuals and Families, and more.

Governor Kate Brown's COVID -19 Resource Page

The Governor's Office Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information and Resources

Governor Kate Brown's office has launched a webpage addressing the COVID-19 outbreak, including state and federal updates, Frequently Asked Questions, and more.

The Governor's Office Newsroom

Visit the Governor's newsroom webpage for the latest press releases and statements.

Your Local Public Health Dept.

Your local Public Health Dept. may be able to provide specific and relevant information regarding COVID-19 news in your community.

A directory of Oregon county health departments can be found here.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC has information on what's happening in the U.S. with the virus. The site offers information and recommendations specific to practitioners, including self-care during the outbreak and infection control procedures. The site provides a sign up for CDC email updates.

Your Liability Insurance Carrier

Your Insurance Carrier should be able to provide guidance specific to practicing massage or providing client services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 RULES SUSPENSION

***UPDATED September 16, 2020***

Effective March 24, 2020 through December 31, 2020:
  • Completed Renewal Applications remain due on the 1st of an LMT’s birth month.
           However, late fees will be waived through December 31, 2020, allowing Licensees additional time to renew their license without a penalty.d
      
             Please note: the suspension of the late fees required by OAR 334-010-0015 will expire on December 31, 2020. At this time, the late fee will be reinstated effective                           January 1, 2021. LMTs due to renew January 2021 and later will be assessed late fees if a completed renewal is not received by the 1st day of an LMT’s renewal month

  •  LMTs who do not complete the renewal application by the last day of their birth month will lapse. This rule has not been suspended or waived.
  •  The number of required CE hours is reduced from 25 hours to 12 hours for completed renewal applications received in the Board office between March 24, 2020, to December 31, 2020, only. ORS 687.051 (5) requires renewal applicants to complete a minimum of 12 CE hours. The Board is unable to waive or suspend statutory requirements, and unable to reduce the minimum hours to less than the 12 hours required by statute.
              Please note: Renewal Applications submitted after December 31, 2020, or incomplete renewal applications submitted prior to December 31, 2020 and not                                         completed by that date must complete the 25 CE hours, including a minimum of 15 contact hours, as required by OAR 334-010-0015.

  •  The requirement of “contact” or “classroom” hours is waived until December 31, 2020. The 12 required CE hours may be contact, non-contact, or both.
  •  The one hour Cultural Competency CE is a statutory requirement under ORS 413.450 and must be completed. The Cultural Competency may be completed as either a “non contact” or a “contact” CE course, and may be applied towards the 12 required CE hours.
  •  The Pain Management Module, provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC), available on the Board’s website, remains a requirement and must be completed. The Pain Management Module may be counted as 1 hour of non-contact towards the 12 hour CE requirement.
  •  Current Basic Life Support certification at the time of renewal remains a requirement. The BLS course can be “in-person” or completed online, and the hours spent obtaining BLS Certification may be counted towards the 12 required CE hours.
  •  The 4 hour Ethics, Boundaries, and Communication requirement is suspended for completed renewal applications received between March 24, 2020, and December 31, 2020. Renewal applications received during this time period do not have to include four hours of Ethics, Boundaries, or Communication.
  •  Renewal Applications submitted after December 31, 2020, including incomplete renewal applications submitted prior to December 31, 2020 and not completed by December 31, 2020, must complete the 25 CE hours required by OAR 334-010-0015, including a minimum of 15 contact hours, and the Ethics, Boundaries, and Communication requirement.



2019 Holiday Closure




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