Reopening Criteria Status
UPDATE: On May 22, 2020, we applied to the state for reopening, with a goal of entering Phase I on June 1. Please read the press release for more details about the criteria, especially with regard to contact tracing.
Listed below are county-level reopening criteria and their status. Other criteria are measured at a six-county health region level. To see the most updated status of our regional and state level prerequisite criteria, visit OHA's website.
For data on positive tests, case counts and hospitalizations, visit this page.
|Washington County Reopening Criteria Status|
All prerequisites must be met before entering into Phase I of Reopening.
|Responsible Entity and Status
What is done by the County, Health Regions, and State to achieve this prerequisite? What is the status?
Where are we in the process?
|Declining prevalence of COVID-19|
|A 14-day decline in COVID-19 hospital admissions||
County – Monitoring ongoing status.
On May 21, Oregon Health Authority indicated Washington County did not meet the prerequisite for reopening because of a positive trend in COVID-19 hospital admissions. However, in the past 14 days, Washington County has had COVID-19 hospitalization counts of two or fewer per day. The method OHA uses to determine the trend for hospital admissions requires at least 20 hospitalizations a day and therefore is not appropriate to apply to our data. Washington County has clearly met the intent of this metric.
|Minimum Testing Regimen|
|Sufficient testing sites accessible to underserved communities, frontline and essential workers, and industries where workers may not be able to practice optimal physical distancing (e.g. agricultural processing, meat packing)||County - Washington County is contracting with both Federally Qualified Health Centers -- Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and Neighborhood Health Center -- which serve uninsured and people on Medicaid. We also continue to explore additional testing options through hospital/health care partners such as OHSU.||COMPLETE|
|Contact Tracing System*|
|County has 15 contact tracers per 100k people||County – Washington County Public Health has developed a surge staffing plan that includes 90 FTE for contact tracing. Two recruitment companies are in the process of hiring the new staff.||IN PROCESS|
|County contact tracing workforce is reflective of the county and able to work in needed languages||County – Community-based organizations will be involved with providing social services and other basic needs to those in isolation and quarantine and directing bilingual/bicultural individuals to us to be hired as temporary contact tracers. Surge planning has included the need for approximately half of our contact tracers to be Spanish-speaking bilingual and bicultural.||IN PROCESS|
|County is prepared to trace 95% of all new cases within 24 hours||County – Once the initial surge staff are in place, we are prepared to meet this metric.||IN PROCESS|
|Counties have hotel rooms available for those who cannot self-isolate||County – The county has a contract with a local hotel that is already housing people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those who are unhoused, symptomatic and are awaiting test results. We are exploring other options, including hotel vouchers and potential contracts for other housing options near migrant farm camps.||COMPLETE|
|Counties provide a narrative of how they will respond to three different outbreak situations in the county (e.g. nursing home, jail, food processing facility, farmworker housing, other group living situation)||
County – Narratives for Washington County’s response to an outbreak in the following situations are complete:
|Sufficient Personal Protective Equipment Supply|
|Counties must have sufficient PPE for first responders||County – EOC maintains an inventory log and can attest there is sufficient PPE supply for first responders.||COMPLETE|
*Washington County Public Health is hiring for multiple positions related to the COVID-19 response, including contact tracers and resource coordinators. Jobs are posted at https://www.phi.org/employment/current-opportunities/. We are committed to hiring locally. Bilingual/bicultural applicants are encouraged to apply. Please direct all questions to the hiring agency.