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Physical Therapy Practice: Ongoing COVID-19 Recommendations & Requirements

August 26, 2021: OHA has published additional information, including forms, related to the newly updated  Vaccine Requirement Rule on the OHA's COVID-19 Website for Healthcare Partners .  Please be sure to visit this site for the most recent information.

August 25, 2021: The Oregon Health Authority has published revised temporary rules requiring all health care workers to be vaccinated per direction from the Governor. | PH_38-2021.pdf 

August 25, 2021: The Oregon Health Authority has published temporary rules relating to vaccination requirements to control COVID-19 for Schools and School-based Programs. | PH_39-2021.pdf

August 25, 2021: Due to the state's current hospital capacity crisis. nursing facilities may temporarily utilize the services of physical therapists and other healthcare workers to account for up to 25% of the required minimum staff required at nursing facilities, effective immediately. 

August 23, 2021: FDA Approves Pfizer vaccine for individuals 16 and older.

August 20, 2021: The Oregon Health Authority has passed temporary rules requiring masks in healthcare settings.

August 19, 2021: Governor Brown modified the direction to Oregon Health Authority; now requiring all health care workers to be fully vaccinated by October 18 or six weeks after full FDA approval, whichever is later.  OHA is updating the relevant rule to remove the option for weekly testing and update the timelines.  Once those revised rules are published, we will post here.

August 6, 2021: The Oregon Health Authority has published temporary rules requiring weekly COVID testing for all health care workers per direction from the Governor (link removed; these rules have been revised--see August 25, 2021 info above).

August 4, 2021: Governor Brown announced that all health care workers will be required to submit to weekly testing for the coronavirus unless they are vaccinated and directed the Oregon Health Authority to promulgate rules.  The Board will post additional information as it becomes available.

July 1, 2021: Governor Brown has issued Executive Order 21-15, which rescinds statewide mandatory COVID-19 restrictions and addresses ongoing vaccination and recovery. 

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Health Care Resources

Please visit the health care resources page maintained by Oregon Health Authority, located at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/covid19/Pages/Healthcare-Partners.aspx for the most up to date information.

Key Guidance Documents:


OSHA rules pertaining to all businesses.
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Oregon OSHA) has promulgated rules related to COVID-19; while mask and distancing requirements have been lifted for most businesses, they still apply to health care settings and in transit.  Please review the information maintained on their site at: https://osha.oregon.gov/rules/final/Pages/division-2.aspx

CDC Healthcare Workers: Information on COVID-19



GUIDANCE FOR PRACTICE

While the majority of prior executive orders and general restrictions have been lifted, there are still requirements for physical distancing and mask use for unvaccinated or at-risk individuals.  There are also recommendations and requirements relating to all "health care settings", which includes all clinics, home care or any location where health care services are delivered published by the Oregon Health Authority, as well as requirements pertaining to all businesses published by Oregon OSHA.

Practitioners are expected to comply with all applicable requirements published by the OHA, OSHA, CDC or other state or federal body, and are encouraged to implement recommendations to the greatest extent possible.

Board Office Hours and Board Meetings

State Offices continue to be closed to the public for in-person visits to protect public health.  We continue to be open for business via phone and email, or via the services available on our website. 

Additionally, meetings of the Board scheduled for the next several months will be conducted via web conference.  Meeting notices and agendas will be updated with public call-in information ahead of the meetings.  We will update this page as well as the meetings page with updated information on return to in-person services.

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