Reopening Criteria Status

5/28/2020 UPDATE: Washington County has been approved to enter Phase I on June 1, 2020. See our press releaseLeer comunicado de prensa en español.

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
Reopening Prerequisites
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 (We have surge staff in place. We do not have all 90 contact tracers hired yet, but our plan to get them hired has been approved by governor.)
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. COMPLETE
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. COMPLETE
Isolation Facilities
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:

  • Nursing Home/Long-Term Care Facility
  • Farmworker Housing
  • Jail
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 We are committed to hiring locally. Bilingual/bicultural applicants are encouraged to apply. Please direct all questions to the hiring agency. 

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