Oregon Office of Rural Health

COVID Resources

Covid Resources

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is grateful for your continued hard work and dedication to providing care in your communities. Our Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, EMS providers and others are on the front lines of this outbreak and we are here to support you during these challenging times!
We recognize that information related to COVID-19 changes often. We are committed to providing you—our rural and frontier health facilities and services—with the most up-to-date information we have from vetted sources to address your questions. We keep this webpage updated on a continuous basis with the most current information we have as it evolves. Please check back often

If you have a question that is not answered through the resources listed below, please contact us at the email address under each section or at our General ORH Address and we will respond to your question as soon as we can.

Last updated September 16, 2021.

Capacity Building


Personal Protective Equipment


See Telemedicine dropdown below.



Please direct questions to Stacie Rothwell.


Please direct questions to Sarah Andersen.


Please direct questions to Robert Duehmig.


Survey & Certification


See Telehealth dropdown below.



Oregon Office of Rural Health:  Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Listening Sessions

  • Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Listening Session 3
    April 23, 2020
    RHC leaders have a roundtable discussion regarding operating in the present environment amid COVID-19.
  • Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Listening Session 2
    April 9, 2020

    RHC leaders discuss concerns and challenges internally and in their community.
    Local EOC List January 2020
  • Telehealth for Oregon Rural Health Clinics:  Resources and Reimbursement
    April 7, 2020

    Rose Locklear (Oregon Office of Rural Health) and Tammy Norville (National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health) walk you through a new resource created to help you navigate the policy and resources related to telehealth amid the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Listening Session 1
    March 26, 2020
    RHC leaders discuss top concerns which include: supplies, testing, community, policies and procedures, amid COVID-19 pandemic.
    Questions Answered: Updated April 2, 2020


Please direct questions to Rondyann Gerst.

ORH has created a new resource that and organizes the federal and state telehealth policy implications of the CARES Act, Oregon 1135 waiver and Oregon Health Plan temporary administrative orders, as well as payment and external organization resources, webinars, start-up guides and more in this interactive story map.


Please direct questions to Sarah Andersen.

Providers Under Loan Repayment or Loan Forgiveness

In the event a practice site requires or requests Loan Repayment or Loan Forgiveness awardees to alter their typical work day or care delivery method, please have them contact ORH Rural Workforce, and include as much detail regarding the change as possible. The more details provided, the easier it will be for ORH to assist them and their practice sites if serious complications arise.

If a Loan Repayment or Loan Forgiveness awardee’s duties or hours are affected by their practice site’s response to COVID-19, they will not be found in violation of their program’s service agreement. ORH will work closely with the Oregon Health Authority and HRSA on a case-by-case basis to ensure that awardees can respond to their community’s needs and circumstances at their practice site.


  • COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns
    On April 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) released a new toolkit to help state and local healthcare decision-makers maximize workforce flexibilities when confronting COVID-19 in their communities.

    The link above provides tools and resource collections related to federal regulatory and funding flexibilities, licensure and scope of practice expansions, liability protections, workforce resilience and protection, and COVID-19-related training resources.


Please direct health care recruiting and licensing questions to Stacee Reed.

Please direct questions specific to provider incentive programs to Bill Pfunder.