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 ***NOTICE***

  For the latest information on the coronavirus in Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 webpage or Governor Kate Brown's online NewsroomBoard 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.

Attention:

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

 

 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.


NEW CE REQUIREMENTS:

1. Effective July 1, 2019: Pain Management Module - All licensees must take and submit proof of completing the 1 hour online Pain management module, provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC), at least once, by a licensee's next required continuing education reporting.


 2. Effective January 1, 2019: BLS CPR - All applications for licensure must be accompanied by proof of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) designed for professional health care providers. The CPR certification standard is the American Heart Association's Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Providers Course or its equivalent. A CPR certification card must include an expiration date.

  * Please NOTE that BLS CPR is required for all applicants for license renewal and initial license. 

 3. CE Requirement Effective January 1, 2020: Cultural Competency - All licensees will have to take and submit at least one hour of cultural competency as part of the required 25 hours of continuing education.

2019 Holiday Closure




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