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Out-of-State Licensed Respiratory Therapists can Obtain Temporary Oregon License Due to Declared State of Emergency

Monday, March 16, 2020

​On March 8, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Oregon. Since then the Health Licensing Office (Office) has received inquiries regarding respiratory therapists from out-of-state mobilizing to Oregon to assist with outbreak.

In accordance with ORS 676.568(1)(o) and OAR 331-030-0025 the Office has authority to issue authorizations to individuals authorized to practice respiratory therapy in another state if the Governor of Oregon declares a state of emergency.

Respiratory therapists from out-of-state who have been requested to provide respiratory therapist services in Oregon due to the Governor declared state of emergency must send specific information to HLO.

Please check out our letter to Respiratory Therapist Stakeholders for additional information.


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