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COVID-19 Coping Resources

Coping With Our "New Normal"

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has disrupted daily life as we know it. You have access to programs, tools and resources through PEBB to help you take on these uncertain and changing times.

Below you will find resources they have provided to help YOU adapt as well.

Stay in the know

Through PEBB, you have access to health, life-balance, and financial planning articles, videos, and more to help you maintain a healthy balance. Please visit the websites of your carriers and wellness programs to learn how they are adapting their services.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  This temporary law provides employees with paid leave taken for various qualifying reasons related to COVID-19, and reimburses many employers with tax credits for providing this sick leave. The legislation, enacted April 1st, was really intended to ensure that workers would not be forced to choose between their paychecks and the needed public health measures to stop/combat the virus. This link provides resources, including posters, fact sheets, and webinars:

22 fun and healthy things to try while social distancing

Never an easy subject, but something we all need to discuss with our family and close loved one's given our current environment is even more timely. Oregon State Hospital Ombuds & Family Services - WINGS (Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders) would like to help get the conversation started. What started as a small project has become much larger and PEBB would like to help WINGS get the word out. WINGS has been working on information regarding alternatives to guardianship and various documents/planning. 

Oregon State University Employees should reach out to their Benefits Office for information about OSU's New Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at

To access EAP services and programs, register for a Canopy accountCompany name: PEBB

​Engaging with your EAP counts as two health actions under the Health Engagement Model (HEM). You “engage" with Canopy when you interact with a live person or gather information about available programs.

Examples of engagement include:
  • Registering for the WholeLife Directions program
  • Learning about behavioral health services available to you or a family member
  • Learning about other services like first-time homebuyer assistance or child or elder care services.​​
To find out more about Canopy’s EAP services check out these resources:
Contact Canopy with any questions or requests:

The doctor will see you now – on your smartphone, tablet or computer!

  • ​​If you are experiencing a medical emergency, you should dial 911 immediately.

Telemedicine is available to all PEBB members at no cost!

See FAQ's here:​

PEBB members and their dependents can talk with a health care worker while at work, home, school or anywhere if a health issue is a concern. 

  • Kaiser Permanente – With Kaiser Permanente, getting care when and where you need it is easier than ever. In addition to seeing providers in a medical office or clinic, members can access many other convenient care options. 
  • Moda – Moda members can access CirrusMD by logging into their Member Dashboard at or CirrusMD website at
    • CirrusMD is a text-based virtual care app that lets you connect to a doctor in seconds from your phone or computer.
    • CirrusMD is available at no cost to the member. Doctors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and prescribe medication if necessary.
    • Members can also access our Nurse Advice Line by calling 800-501-5046 for help with medical issues ranging from home-care remedies to recommended emergency care at no cost.
  • Providence Choice and PEBB StatewideExpress Care Virtual! Our licensed and board-certified providers are here to see you from 8 a.m. to midnight. No appointment needed!
    • PEBB members receive a diagnosis and treatment plan, even a prescription or doctor’s note if you need one all at no cost to the member. 
    • Just go to Express Care Virtual​ to get started.

Resources to support you:

We are not alone! Webpage shares resources about reducing isolation. Click here to find out more.

Working from home? See how to juggle the demands of working at home.

Stress less now, stress less later

By looking out for stressful situations and noticing how stress affects you, you can learn to manage stress better — before it manages you. Check out stress management site for guided exercises, stress 101 tools and support and resources to quiet your mind. Learn more.

Check out simple ways to be kind to your mind

Small acts of self-care can have a big impact — these practices can help you wind down, find calm, and feel better. Check it out.

Did you know? You can reduce stress and increase wellbeing through deep-breathing exercises that can be used anywhere. Give it a try.

Fun and healthy things to try while social distancing

With gatherings off-limits it may seem challenging to keep boredom at bay. Here are some great ideas that support public health and personal happiness. Check it out!​ ​

No gym? No problem.

Check out these resources for how to workout without leaving your house.
Expert advice and support:
Pantry Recipes

No matter what may keep you home, WW has tips and secrets to grocery shopping and using what you have for healthy and delicious meals.
Trying to get more shut-eye? Look at your diet. when stress levels are high and the to-do list is long, getting quality sleep may seem like an elusive goal. Learn how you can Nourish your brain to get ready for sleep—the time when you do the most productive work of your day. Learn how to eat well to sleep well.​​

Stay Fit: 11 free workouts to stream from home

In this world where people are staying at home, many are missing their gym or favorite fitness class. A home workout can improve mood and boost energy levels. Check out this list of free virtual workouts to practice social distancing and still break a sweat.​

Eat Well: How to stock a healthy pantry

At these times, it may feel more and more challenging to have everything needed for mealtime success right at our fingertips. These tips can help you and your family load up on pantry staples that help make eating right simpler.​​

Cascade EAP Mobile App
Life assistance services with you at all times.
Cascade's app allows you to:
Chat for support, view EAP services, view your EAP member site, access articles and resources, access Cascade's social media and connect to EAP services.  Learn more.

With Aaptiv physical activities and Headspace stress and meditation exercises, over 5,000 delicious recipes to make for oneself or a family, and the community component through Connect, it’s all readily available to encourage and inspire. Learn more

Get help with sleep, stress, and more — all in one convenient app. Available to Kaiser Permanente members at no cost. Learn more.

Calm has made their platform available to all at no cost during this challenging time. This mindfulness and meditation app can be used by everyone; KP members and non-members. The app offers a variety of resources, including guided meditations, mindfulness, music, exercises and more. Learn more.  

Meru Health
Help reduce stress, depression and everything in between with a 12-week therapy program. Confidential access to a personal, remote therapist. Learn mindfulness and behavioral techniques that can be practiced anytime. Available to Moda Medical members. Learn more. ​

Watch video of proper handwashing

Why Wear a Mask?

"Somethings were never meant to be seen at 1000fps in 4K. I'd include this subject as one of them."

YouTube personality Gav, from SlowMo Guys, coughs, sneezes and talks in ultra backlit slow motion to "illustrate the importance of wearing masks to prevent aerosolized particles from blasting out of your face holes." 

Who better to ask about the subject than Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases!


Now offering Virtual Workshops

Visit and click the banner at the top to learn how you can join a Virtual Studio location.

Participation in the WW program (formerly Weight Watchers) is free to all eligible PEBB members. Participants have access to a weekly Zoom virtual workshop, a weekly email, quarterly newsletters.

VSP and COVID-19 Expanded Access 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, VSP is expanding access to members through August.. If you're in need of medical eye care services, contact your VSP network eye doctor. Need help finding an eye doctor? Call VSP Customer Care at 800-877-7195. Learn more.

  • Not sure when to see your eye doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic? Learn the difference between emergency eye care and routine care.
  • If you wear glasses, it's more important than ever to sanitize your glasses regularly! Put those anti-bacterial wipes and soap to good use by wiping down your glasses. While glasses won't provide 100% protection, lenses or sunglasses may help shield your eyes from infected respiratory droplets.

Willamette Dental Group

WDG has started to expand their scope of care beyond dental emergencies at all of their offices in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Learn more.

Upcoming Events


Resilience and Mental Flexibility
originally October 9, 2020
This live, one-hour webinar will focus on helping us develop coping and adaptation skills for living in these challenging times.

Orientation to Cascade Centers
originally aired October 15
Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Learn about this free and confidential service for you and your family members to get help for a wide range of personal problems.

Stress 101 and Brain Break Challenge
originally aired October 21, 2020
StayWell will be launching their “Brain Break” Challenge for registered program participants to coincide with this webinar, so they will include info for those interested in how to enroll/participate in the challenge.

Log into your Cascade Centers account and click on Webinar Center. You can also visit Cascade Centers YouTube channel.