COVID-19 FAQ for Healthcare Workers

SEIU 49 is working quickly to make sure that workers’ voices are not ignored as employers, government agencies and policy makers roll out COVID-19 plans. It’s times like these that we’re thankful we have a strong union that can respond and make sure our voices are heard. 

We will be adding information and resources to this page as it becomes available. 

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: I had to stay home or was quarantined because of COVID-19 exposure or positive test. Will I get paid? A: It depends where you work. While some employers are offering paid administrative leave if you need to be quarantined, others are requiring workers to use sick time.  See current standards across employers and join the demand to improve access to paid care: COVID-19 Paid Leave Policies by Hospital System (page provides links to Letters of Demand by healthcare system)

Also, rules around unemployment have been loosened to help people temporarily out of work due to quarantine or childcare issues. See details below. 

Q: My position was cut due to COVID-19. How will I get paid? Rules around unemployment have been loosened to help people temporarily out of work due to quarantine or childcare issues. See details below on how to access unemployment benefits if needed. 

Q: Where can we get PPE? A: There is currently a nationwide shortage of PPE. Our union is doing everything we can to push the federal Coronavirus Task Force and our local leaders to act. Please sign our petition here. 

Stimulus Checks

How to check the status of your federal Economic Impact Payment

Some Oregonians are starting to see the federal Economic Impact Payments deposited directly in their bank accounts. These payments are being automatically issued to eligible 2019 or 2018 federal tax return filers who received a refund using direct deposit. Below are a few commonly asked questions about how to get your Economic Impact Payment.

If you didn’t receive a 2019 or 2018 federal tax refund via direct deposit, how can you get your payment deposited in your bank account?

Use “Get My Payment,” which allows you to provide your banking information on your return so you can receive payments immediately. “Get My Payment” will also allow taxpayers to track the status of your payment.

If you didn’t file a federal tax return in 2019 or 2018, how can you see if you are eligible and get your payment deposited in your bank account?

If you have not filed a tax return yet for 2018 or 2019 you can file your taxes for free to make sure you are eligible. You can also use the ‘Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here’ web portal and enter your bank account information.

Regardless of how you receive your payment, the IRS will send you a mailed letter to the most current address they have on file approximately 15 days after it sends your payment.

For more information about your Economic Impact Payment, please visit and

Child Care 

If you are continuing to work during this public health emergency and need child care, please call 211info to get connected with a provider as soon as possible. Free and affordable childcare is being made available for essential workers. This guide will help you navigate 211info for childcare.  Resources specific to the Portland, SW WA, and Salem regions can be found here. 

Unemployment Benefits 

Oregon: Governor Brown has issued an executive order loosening the rules around unemployment to help people who are quarantined or temporarily out of work due to COVID-19 – this includes people who need to stay at home to care for a child. Review this guide to consider your eligibility. Claims can be filed online or by calling 1-877-FILE-4-UI (1-877-345-3484). 

Washington: Washington state has also expanded unemployment and created a helpful guide to assess eligibility. If you believe you are eligible for unemployment benefits gather all necessary documents. Call 800-318-6022 between 8am and 4pm to apply or visit 

Housing: Paying Rent & Evictions

 The governors of Oregon and Washington have issued temporary moratoriums on rental evictions. That means you cannot be removed from your home during this time. Eviction processes already started are on hold. After the crisis passes, landlords will be able to evict for non-payment of rent unless certain tenants provide certain notifications. The Oregon Law Center has more information and can help if you need assistance. 

If you live in the city of Portland or Multnomah County and cannot pay your rent due to a COVID-19 related loss in income, follow the steps outlined here and you may be able to defer your rent payment and avoid eviction. City of Beaverton also passed something similar. You can also access our resource guidean attempt to pull together all the resources in the state that are available to people impacted by COVID-19. 

Family First Coronavirus Response Act: Paid Leave 

On April 1, 2020 a new federal law will go into effect that millions of workers the right to take paid sick leave and paid family medical leave to deal with the Coronavirus. However, due to pressure from corporate interests, and some politicians, the law leaves out many workers. Click here to see if you can benefit. 

Community Resource Guides 

With information on state and county resources, food assistance, low cost healthcare, childcare and more,our resource guide is an attempt to pull together all the resources in the state that are available to people impacted by COVID-19. 

211 is the go-to public phone number to get information about Novel Coronavirus and referrals to programs for food, shelter, health care and more. CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155; TEXT your zip code to 898211 (TXT211); EMAIL: 

Have a question you don’t see answered?  

Contact the Healthcare Member Resource Center at or call/text 971-314-4550.

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