Gov. Brown Says Some Counties May Reopen by Mid-May

At a news conference this morning, Gov. Kate Brown announced that some rural counties with little or no cases of COVID-19 may re-open after May 15 if, working with their local health systems, they can demonstrate that they have sufficient testing capacity to keep track of the virus.
 
The governor also laid out the state’s plan for expanded testing, including the plan to conduct 15,000 tests per week.
“As we look to reopen Oregon, it’s critical we understand the prevalence of COVID-19 across the state and use science and data to ensure we can safely take steps forward,” said Governor Brown. “A strategy of testing and tracing helps us identify who has the disease and who may be at risk of infection — knowledge that is incredibly powerful as we look to reopen.”
Key elements of the testing plan include:
 Voluntary, widespread testing in partnership with OHSUUnified coordination between all hospital labs to optimize Oregon’s available testing capacity, acting as one statewide system which will allocate resources to meet the state’s testing needs in every regionA focus on collecting data to serve at-risk communities 
Joined by Dr. Danny Jacobs, president of Oregon Health & Science University, the governor also outlined a research program OHSU will launch to randomly test 100,000 individuals across the state. The study is designed to enable the state to track, test and monitor the virus spread in Oregon in real time.
 
Click here to read the statement by OHSU.
 
Click here to more about plans for reopening from the Oregon Health Authority.
USMCA to Enter Into Force on July 1
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer informed Congress that the updated NAFTA, or U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), would go into effect on July 1. Though the auto industry had urged caution in moving too quickly for automakers to ensure compliance with the pact’s new automotive rules, USTR Lighthizer has pledged a smooth transition.  The new rules under USMCA require 75 percent of auto content for vehicles produced in North America, up from 62.5 percent under NAFTA. It also establishes a new rule requiring 40-45 percent of auto content be made by workers earning at least $16 an hour.
FEDERATED INSURANCE COMPANIES ANNOUNCE
COVID-19 CLIENT RELIEF CREDIT 
We hope that you, your employees, and family are remaining safe and healthy. We wanted to provide you with an update on Federated Insurance and what actions we have taken and are planning to take as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Federated Insurance remains committed to helping you and your business as our nation unites to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are proud to be able to serve you and your business, especially during these times, as you represent the American Dream as a successful business owner. For over 116 years through major events in our nation’s history, we have stood proudly, shoulder-to-shoulder with our now 38,000+ clients and over 500 association partners coast-to-coast. We recognize the business hardships you and your business are facing during this uncertain time.  
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