COVID-19 Updates:

Oregon Latest Direction to Open or Close

COVID-19 Latest State Direction to Open or Close

Businesses/Facilities – To Close or Not to Close Due to COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Health Licensing Office is unable to provide guidance to licensees and business/facility owners regarding the decision to close your business/facility or to remain open during the COVID-19 state of emergency. All businesses are urged to assess their practices, implement strong social distancing measures, and close their doors temporarily if they cannot put the new guidance in place. We are asking businesses to keep the health and safety of Oregonians at the forefront as they make these hard business decisions.

Please continue to closely and carefully monitor the situation and make an informed decision on behalf of your clients, your staff and yourself. Visit for the latest updates and guidance as the information is changing rapidly.

Samie Patnode
Policy Analyst
Public Health
Health Licensing Office
(503) 373-1917

Obtaining Continuing Education During COVID-19 State of Emergency

Link to Info

The Health Licensing Office has filed a temporary Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) that impacts the Office’s license, certification, or registration holders regarding continuing education requirements as a condition for renewal during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Continuing Education Self-Study Verification Form – Optional form for you to use to track your self-study hours.

The OAR language is as follows:


Continuing Education Hours Obtained March 18, 2020 – September 13, 2020

On March 8, 2020, the Oregon Governor declared an emergency under ORS 401.165 et seq. due to the public health threat posed by the novel infectious coronavirus (COVID-19). Beginning March 18, 2020, and through September 13,  2020, all authorization holders may obtain all required continuing education hours through online courses, remote access, webinars, or self-study. The subject matter of the continuing education hours must meet the requirements set forth in each individual profession’s continuing education rules. For professions with a cultural competency continuing education subject matter requirement pursuant to ORS 676.850, this rule does not apply to the methods by which an authorization holder may obtain the cultural competency continuing education hours.