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COVID-19 Resources

ORPA is actively monitoring developments around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how it is impacting parks and recreation departments across the state.  This webpage will contain the most up-to-date information from public health organizations and federal and state government.


Upcoming Webinars

This is a collection of relevant webinars from various communities and organizations (including ORPA) providing reputable and helpful information.

If you missed a webinar or call, recordings can be found at the bottom of this page.


Admin Section Conference Call

Host: ORPA

When: Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT

How: Register Here

This is a weekly call hosted by the Admin Section to provide an opportunity for agency directors and administrative staff to collectively discuss issues related to COVID-19. 

The purpose of this call is to: 

  • Increase our situational awareness
  • Share tools and resources
  • Share practices and experiences

This call will be a free forum to allow everyone to communicate challenges and request feedback as we all learn from each other.

These calls are recorded for future reference and accessible to those who missed the call.  



OR State Press Releases & Cases

Press Releases from OR's Governor, Kate Brown

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Updates

OHA: Recommendations for Events Hosting Vulnerable Populations

OHA: Guidance for Employers

BLM Temporary Closure to Developed Recreation Facilities

See Oregon State Parks Response below under 'Parks and Recreation'


COVID-19 Updates – Public Policy (3/24/20)

The Joint Legislative Coronavirus Response Committee has now met four times as they try to develop a legislative concept providing for short term economic relief for distressed communities. Health care, shelter, food are largest drivers, however, many other issues have been discussed. The Committee has also received information from others on potential legislative concepts - including one from city/state/special district representatives that details statutory changes that local governments need in order to continue to operate and deliver services.

Legislative Counsel will be drafting language for consideration at a potential special session likely to be called by the Governor under Oregon’s Constitutional provisions for catastrophic disasters. Article X-A of the Oregon Constitution allows the Governor to convene assembly in certain situations, which includes a public health emergency, and utilize state money (general fund and lottery) in different ways to meet needs. This will likely be the first of multiple special sessions we will see during the 2020 interim to address multiple needs, though later sessions would be compelled by governor or legislative leadership via typical channels, not under “catastrophic” provisions.

The issues document the Coronavirus Response Committee has been discussing and prioritizing is here – and we will update as they do. Note they have provided priority 1 or 2 to many. The other numbers are just for organizational purposes, not ranking:

Expected next update: 3/25/20



CDC & Federal Updates

CDC: General Information & Updates

CDC: COVID-19 Latest Cases & Updates

The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

CDC Guidelines for Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations

CDC Guidelines for Mass Gatherings



211info Community Resources in Oregon and SW Washington

Capacity-Building Toolkit for Aging & Disability Networks in Emergency Planning

FEMA Emergency Declaration: Public Assistance for COVID-19 Financial Impacts

How to Properly Wear and Remove Nitrile Safety Gloves (video)


Park and Recreation Resources

Oregon State Parks Response

Public Signage (Shared by Oregon Parks & Rec Agencies)

Joint Statement on Keeping Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Social Distancing

NRPA COVID-19 News and Resources for the Field

Keeping a Safe Social Distance in Parks and Trails

Child Nutrition Program Meal Service During Outbreak FAQ

Senior Nutrition Program Emergency Management FAQ



CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Water Transmission and COVID-19


Reading Material / Leadership


Community Efforts

UPDATE: Executive Order 20-12 (Stay Home, Save Lives) restricts non-essential movement.  Refer to this order before attempting any of the following suggestions.

Stuck at home and looking to help? Want to find a way to support your community? Coming together and supporting our communities is common in times of crisis.  Here are some ways you can help:

Additionally, there is a shared document in the Resource Library where you can add local charities, volunteer organizations, or information about supporting your community.  We are in this together!


Stuck at Home Self-Care

The situation can be stressful.  Be sure to balance working from home or quarantine with positive activities.  Here are a few ideas:


ORPA Response to COVID-19

Press Release - March 13th, 2020



Past Webinar / Call Recordings


Community Service: Arming Front-Line Staff with Resources for the Public (Webinar)

In these uncertain times, we have an opportunity to support our communities and provide help and resources. As park and recreation professionals you are on the front-line of working within your communities and providing a place of belonging for the public. Join Cara Kangas from 211info as she dives into local resources around the state and how you can provide information about resources to the public.


Admin Section Weekly Meeting (Conference Call)

Open forum between administration and park directors about current events, challenges, and sharing resources.  Notes from these calls can be found in the same folder as the link above.


Let's Talk: Communicating During a Pandemic (Webinar)

We are all watching a global narrative unfold in real time.  Coalescing around a common story isn't new, but this situation seems to be.  The question is: How are we communicating our experiences with those around us?  Join expert Zared Shawver, a graduate student in cognitive science, as he unfolds the background of narratives and how we interact with them in times of uncertainty.


Park Leaders and COVID-19: Serving the Community in Challenging Times (Webinar)

City Parks Alliance Webinar featuring panelists from New York, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh discussing how to be part of the solution by educating residents on how to safely utilize parks and trails to maintain physical and mental wellness during these difficult times.  Speakers also discussed adapting existing programming to meet current needs.

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