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The Oregon Healthy Authority releases the “COVID-19 Weekly Report” every Wednesday. Data for the report is finalized every Sunday at 11 p.m. PDT. Click the button to view data on schools and child care, updated on ELD’s website every Wednesday. For daily up-to-date information visit the OHA COVID-19 web page.

COVID-19 FAQs

Q: What are the quarantine and isolation guidelines for child care settings? – Updated March 2, 2022

Due to declining COVID-19 case rates and high levels of immunity, beginning March 12, 2022, Oregon Health Authority has paused the quarantine requirement for individuals exposed to COVID-19 in child care and K-12 settings. Individuals who test positive must be excluded from child care and isolate at home for 5 days. They may then return when symptoms are resolving and fever-free for 24 hours. When returning to care, that individual should wear a well-fitting mask in child care and public settings for 5 days after their isolation started. Early education and child care programs must notify families of an exposure so they can watch for symptoms, but children/staff exposed do not need to be excluded unless they have two or more COVID symptoms or test positive. Early education and child care programs may choose to impose stricter isolation, quarantine or masking requirements.

Q: Does a child care program need to close if there’s a positive COVID-19 case? If so, for how long?

ELD does not require closure of programs. However, a program may need to close if there are too many staff excluded for isolation maintain operations and staffing ratios.

Q: What are child care providers required to communicate to families if there is a positive COVID-19 case? – Updated March 2, 2022

Early education and child care programs must notify families of an exposure so they can watch for symptoms, but children/staff exposed do not need to be excluded unless they are symptomatic or positive. Providers must also communicate about a confirmed COVID-19 case to Local Public Health Authority.

Q: Can a parent ask if a child care staff member is vaccinated?

The Early Learning Division does not have authority to determine if parents are allowed to ask vaccination status. A provider or staff member may choose to answer or not.

Q: Are masks still required indoors?

The statewide indoor mask requirement ended on March 11, 2022. A child care program can choose whether to require masks. Head Start federal mask requirements are still currently in place.

The Early Learning Division and the Oregon Health Authority in alignment with the Center for Disease Control, strongly recommend that masks be worn by all individuals age 2 and older indoors when:

  • There are high  levels of COVID-19 transmission in communities
  • There are medium  levels of COVID-19 transmission and individuals are:
    • Unvaccinated
    • Immunocompromised
    • At high risk of COVID-19 hospitalization
    • 65 and older or with underlying health conditions
    • Living with people who have underlying health conditions.

Some programs may choose to continue universal masking at lower COVID-19 community levels because it promotes an inclusive and supportive environment for those children and staff who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19.

Q: Can a parent ask their child care program to support distance learning?

This is a business decision that should be made by individual programs.

Q: Are testing kits available to child care programs?

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has a limited supply of testing kits to distribute across the state. For the first time, there are tests available for a limited number of early learning programs. These kits are being allocated to support Head Start, Preschool Promise and Relief Nurseries across the state. Unfortunately, that means a number of child care programs still do not have access to free tests. We are working with OHA to identify additional resources to serve more early learning and child care programs throughout Oregon.

Free at home COVID-19 tests are available through the federal government’s website with a limit of four at-home tests per residential address.

While there are testing shortages, OHA is prioritizing testing for the following:

  • Individuals with moderate to severe illness who require medical care
  • Individuals with symptoms or exposure at high risk for complications who meet eligibility criteria for COVID-19 therapeutics

Symptomatic individuals with mild symptoms who do not require medical care may be advised to isolate while recovering and not be recommended for testing during supply constraints.

Q: Can a provider accept an at home COVID-19 test?

Yes

Q: Can you explain what is a “well-fitting mask” for children?

It’s any mask that fits snuggly and the child will wear reliably.

Q: Where can I find additional resources?

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Resources (general): https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-resources

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Resources: Supporting Families Prenatally to Age 5:
https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYPEOPLEFAMILIES/DATAREPORTS/Pages/COVID-19-Resources.aspx

Q: Is daily symptom screening still recommended?

Daily screening is no longer required. However, staff and family should be aware of COVID-19 symptoms, and individuals should be excluded if symptoms develop. If symptomatic, it is recommended they get tested for COVID-19.

Q: Are child care providers still required to notify Local Public Health if there is a positive COVID-19 case in their facility?

Yes, per ORS 333-019-0010, programs are required to report COVID-19 cases to the Local Public Health Authority.

Child Care Facilities: Reports of COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Test Site Locator by the Oregon Health Authority

Visit https://oregonearlylearning.com/Archive-COVID-19-Reports for an archive of monthly reports.

The interactive map is available in both English and Spanish and can be toggled into multiple other languages.

Updates and Guidance during COVID-19

Child Care Provider COVID-19 Requirements and Recommendations

Communicable disease management plans and exclusion and notification policies remain in place. Best practices are recommended for child care providers to ensure health and safety, but are not required and will not be monitored by the Office of Child Care for compliance. “Child Care Provider COVID-19 Requirements and Recommendations” for health and safety practices moving forward.

Learn the symptoms of COVID-19 on the CDC website.

Governor's Executive Orders & Announcements
February 28, 2022 Governors Brown, Newsom, and Inslee Announce Updated Health Guidance
February 2, 2022 Oregon will lift indoor mask requirements no later than March 31
December 21, 2021 Governor Kate Brown Extends COVID-19 Emergency Declaration as Oregon Prepares for Omicron Surge in Cases, Hospitalizations
September 1, 2021 Extending Emergency Regulatory Flexibility for Childcare Licensing; Amending Executive Order 21-15
August 24, 2021 Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide Outdoor Mask Requirement
August 11, 2021 Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide Indoor Mask Requirement
June 25, 2021
Governor Kate Brown Announces Oregon to Reopen No Later than Wednesday, June 30

May 4, 2021

Governor Kate Brown Announces County Risk Level Changes

April 29, 2021 Governor Kate Brown Extends State of Emergency Until June 28, 2021
March 12, 2021 Executive Order 21-06: This order requires all Oregon public schools to offer universal access to hybrid or full in-person instruction by the weeks of March 29 for grades K-5, and April 19 for grades 6-12.
February 25, 2021 Governor Brown Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Until May 2
July 23, 2020 Draft Guidance for Early Care and Education Programs Released, Public Comment Invited 
May 13, 2020 Statewide Standards for Child Care Operations
May 8, 2020 Child Care Sector Guidance DRAFT – 5.8.20
April 23, 2020 Executive Order 20-19: This order maintains the closure of licensed child care facilities unless approved to provide Emergency Child Care, and it remains in effect until lifted by the Governor.
April 8, 2020 Executive Order 20-20: School closures and the suspension of in-person instructional activities at higher education institutions would be extended through the end of the current academic term and school year.
March 23, 2020 Executive Order 20-12: Child care providers ordered to close unless they are providing Emergency Child Care.
March 17, 2020 Governor Kate Brown Extends Statewide School Closure Until April 28, Releases Executive Orders
March 16, 2020 Executive Order 20-08: This order directed all public schools to close from March 16 through April 28, unless that period is extended or terminated earlier by the Governor.
March 16, 2020 Governor Brown Announces New Statewide Actions on COVID-19
March 12, 2020 Governor Brown’s Updated Mitigation Measures on Coronavirus Response
February 28, 2020 Governor Kate Brown Convenes Coronavirus Response Team