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Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting no new cases. The total case count for Union County is 392, as of 08/06/2020.

Union County Public Health as of 08/05/2020: Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting no new cases. The total case count for Union County is 392.  The Center for Human Development will be temporarily limiting testing to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.  We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers. For the most up to date information by county please visit: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty/OregonsCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=false  It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-962-1610 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org  Masks, face shields or face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.  Starting July 24: Children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.  People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf   Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf  People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 8/5/2020:  Total Cases- 392, Deaths-2
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 8-5-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 8-5-20

Union County Public Health as of 08/04/2020:  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting four new cases. The total case count for Union County is 392.  The Center for Human Development will be temporarily limiting testing to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.  We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers. For the most up to date information by county please visit: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty/OregonsCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=false     It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-962-1610 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org  Masks, face shields or face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.  Starting July 24: Children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.  People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf  Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf  People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 8/4/2020:  Total Cases- 392, Deaths-2
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 8-4-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 8-4-20

Union County Public Health as of 08/03/2020:  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting no new cases. The total case count for Union County is 388.
The Center for Human Development will be temporarily limiting testing to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.  We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers. For the most up to date information by county please visit: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty/OregonsCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=false  It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-962-1610 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org  Masks, face shields or face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.  Starting July 24: Children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.  People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf  Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf  People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 8/3//2020:  Total Cases- 388, Deaths-2
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 8-3-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 8-3-20

Union County Public Health as of 07/31/2020:   Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting two new cases. The total case count for Union County is 388.  The Center for Human Development will be temporarily limiting testing to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.
We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers. For the most up to date information by county please visit: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty/OregonsCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=false  It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-962-1610 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org  Masks, face shields or face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.  Starting July 24: Children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.  People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf  Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/31/2020:  Total Cases- 388, Deaths-2
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-31-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-31-20

Union County Public Health as of 07/30/20:  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting one new case. The total case count for Union County is 386.
The Center for Human Development will be temporarily limiting testing to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.  We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers. For the most up to date information by county please visit: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty/OregonsCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=false  It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-962-1610 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org Masks, face shields or face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.  Starting July 24: Children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.  People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/30/2020
Total Cases- 386, Deaths-2
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-30-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-30-20

Union County Public Health as of 07/29/2020: 

Masks, face shields or face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.

Starting July 24: Children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.

People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.

COVID-19 Public Health Update:  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting no new cases. However, the Oregon Health Authority will be reporting an additional duplicate case today bringing our total case count to 386. This case will be taken off at a later date when this error is reconciled and we anticipate that the case will not remain in our county totals.

Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted the laboratories ability to process and release results as expected. Due to this significant delay the Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.

We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers. For the most up to date information by county please visit: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty/OregonsCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=false

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-962-1610 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org

Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible, effective July 15th.

Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.

Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf

Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf

People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.

 Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.

If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.

COVID-19 Union County update 7/29/2020
Total Cases- 385, Deaths-2
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-29-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-29-20

Union County Public Health Update as of 07/28/2020:   Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting no new cases. The total case count remains 385.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted the laboratories ability to process and release results as expected. Due to this significant delay the Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.
We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers. For the most up to date information by county please visit: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty/OregonsCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=false  It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-663-4252 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org  Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible, effective July 15th.  Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.  Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf and Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf  People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/28/2020
Total Cases- 385 and Deaths- 2
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Union County Public Health Update as of 07/27/2020: 

Dear Oregonian:

We know that many Oregonians have been counting on the extra $600 per week through the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Since the program began on March 29, we have paid out more than $2 billion in FPUC benefits, so this is going to have a significant impact on Oregon families and communities. Just last week, the Department paid the extra $600 to more than 130,000 Oregonians, and that doesn’t include some Oregonians whose claims have not yet been processed.

We want to be sure Oregonians know what to expect, and also want them to know about additional resources available to them to supplement the $600 weekly loss in benefits. Here is what you need to know if you have already been receiving those benefits or are waiting for your benefits to be paid:

  • Every Oregonian who was eligible for regular unemployment benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits between March 29 and July 25 is also eligible for the extra $600 per week during that period.
  • When you file a claim after July 25, you will still get your regular unemployment benefits or PUA benefits for each week you are eligible, if you file a weekly claim. You will no longer get the extra $600 each week.
  • If you haven’t yet been paid for weeks between March 29 and July 25, you will still get the extra $600 per week for those weeks once your claim is processed, for all weeks you were eligible.

We want every Oregonian to know about all benefits available to them. Unemployed Oregonians may also qualify for help paying for rent, utilities, food, healthcare, and more—especially now that the extra $600 per week is ending. We encourage you to visit 211info.org or call 211 to learn what benefits might be available to you. Free interpretation is provided.

We are grateful to our Congressional delegation for pushing hard to bring this extra relief to so many Oregonians. We know it has helped thousands of Oregon families who haven’t been able to return to work. We are frustrated that getting Oregonians the benefits they deserve has not been easy. We are making progress, and we know there’s a lot more work to do.

We hope that Congress will quickly pass additional measures to extend the program or come up with a solution that is able to be easily implemented so Oregonians can get more relief—and quickly. If they do, we will see how the legislation will impact Oregonians and share that information with you as quickly as we can.

Sincerely,

David Gerstenfeld
Acting Director of the Oregon Employment Department

For more information on unemployment benefits in Oregon, visit unemployment.oregon.gov. Oregonians can also call 211 or go to 211info.org to find additional resources to help cover the cost of housing, health care, food, utility bills and other costs.

Union County Public Health Update as of 07/24/2020:  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting no new cases. The total case count remains 385.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted the laboratories ability to process and release results as expected. Due to this significant delay the Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.  We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers. For the most up to date information by county please visit: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty/OregonsCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=falseIt is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-663-4252 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org
Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible, effective July 15th.  Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.  Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf and Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdfPeople who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/24/2020
Total Cases- 385, Deaths- 2
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-24-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-24-20

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Thursday, July 23
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19. The Oregon Department of Education has posted updated guidance for the upcoming school year. The Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance details the impacts of COVID-19 on education and explains mitigation measures. Find more education-related resources from the department here.
Governor Kate Brown announces new requirements for face coverings and businesses to stop spread of COVID-19: In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 in Oregon – including a troubling rise in cases of community spread that cannot be traced and contained – Governor Kate Brown recently announced new statewide health and safety measures. These include new requirements for face coverings and businesses, effective Friday, July 24.
OHA program enlists trusted partners to help communities hardest hit by COVID-19  – OHA announced the launch of a new program today to fund work by Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to help respond to COVID-19 in culturally and linguistically-responsive ways in communities across the state. OHA will provide 173 CBOs with $9.4 million in CARES Act funds to provide contract tracing assistance, conduct community outreach and provide social services related to the pandemic. Learn more.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis has a new blog post about the economic impacts of working from home and broadband access in the state. Based on a range of measures and data, Oregon does better than the much of the rest of the country when it comes to broadband access and working from home, though there remains room for improvement. Read the blog.
Related Material:  Daily Digest 07.23.2020

Union County Public Health Update as of 07/23/2020: Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting no new cases. The total case count remains 385.  Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted the laboratories ability to process and release results as expected. Due to this significant delay the Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.  We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers. For the most up to date information by county please visit: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty/OregonsCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=false
It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-663-4252 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.orgMasks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible, effective July 15th.  Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.  Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf and Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf  People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/23/2020
Total Cases- 385, Deaths- 2
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-23-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-23-20

Union County Public Health Update as of 07/22/2020:   Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting no new cases. The total case count remains 385.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted the laboratories ability to process and release results as expected. Due to this significant delay the Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.
We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers. For the most up to date information by county please visit: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty/OregonsCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=false
It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-663-4252 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org
Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible, effective July 15th.  Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.  Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf  Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf  People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/21/2020
Total Cases- 385, Deaths- 2
Related Material:COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-22-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-22-20

Union County Public Health Update as of 07/21/2020:  COVID-19 Public Health Update  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting two new cases. The total case count is now 385.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted the laboratories ability to process and release results as expected. Due to this significant delay the Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.
We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers. For the most up to date information by county please visit: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty/OregonsCOVID-19TestingandOutcomesbyCounty?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=false
It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-663-4252 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org
Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible, effective July 15th.  Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.  Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf  Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  f you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/21/2020
Total Cases- 385
Deaths- 2
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-21-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-21-20

Union County Public Health Update as of 07/20/2020:

Union County Public Health:   Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting two new cases. The total case count is 379.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted the laboratories ability to process and release results as expected. Due to this significant delay the Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.
We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers.
It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-663-4252 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org
Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible, effective July 15th.  Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.  Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf   Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf  Mask facts: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2390L.pdf  Making your own face covering: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/17/2020
Total Cases- 379
Deaths- 2
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-17-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-17-20

Union County Public Health:   Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting one new case. The total case count is 377.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted the laboratories ability to process and release results as expected. Due to this significant delay the Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.
We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers.
It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-663-4252 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org
Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible, effective July 15th.  Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.  Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf  Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf  Mask facts: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2390L.pdf  Making your own face covering: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html.  People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/16/2020
Total Cases- 377
Deaths- 2
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-16-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-16-20

From the NEOJIC, 07/15/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200715

Union County Public Health:   Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting four new cases. The total case count total is 376.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted the laboratories ability to process and release results as expected. Due to this significant delay the Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.
We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers.
It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-663-4252 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org
Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible, effective July 15th. Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.
Mask guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf
Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf
Mask facts: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2390L.pdf
Making your own face covering: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you. If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19
Union County update 7/15/2020

Total Cases- 376
Deaths- 2
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-15-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-15-20

The legislative Emergency Board met this morning. Here’s a quick re-cap of their decisions:

  1. Additional $5M to leverage local business assistance funds
  2. $17.5M to CDFIs and Economic Development Districts (contracts to be amended by Sept 30, 2020) Funds could go to those who received PPP/EIDL or prior small business grant funds.
  3. Arts and Culture: Coronavirus Relief Funds to support this list: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2019I1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/224701
  4. $62 M Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency

Grants will be issued in amounts of $500 to $3,000 for individuals and families and $2,000 to $100,000 for businesses and community based nonprofit organizations. Specific requirements for individuals, families, and businesses include:

  • Must live in, be a resident of, or be a business based in Oregon
  • Must self-identify as Black
  • Must demonstrate employment, economic, or business interruptions due to COVID-19

Specific requirements for community-based nonprofits include:

  • 501(c)3 in good standing
  • Significant percentage of clients are from the Black community
  • Organizational environment is Black-focused and recognized by the community served as a Black serving organization
  • Full-time staff must be at least 33% Black, and organization leadership is majority Black
  • Must demonstrate business interruption due to COVID-19 and/or administer Oregon Cares Fund grants

The Black United Fund and The Contingent will review applications and make recommendations to a Council of Trust, which will be composed of Black leaders from across Oregon.

  1. $30M – COVID-19 Leave Fund for Quarantined Workers (administered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services) Sick leave/time loss from work program for those who didn’t get it from the federal government or their employer.
  2. $35M – for $500 payment to any Oregon worker impacted by job related income loss; goal is to target those waiting for unemployment benefits

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Tuesday, July 14
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown announces new requirements for face coverings, limits on social gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19. In response to the alarming rise in COVID-19 case counts across Oregon over the last several weeks, Governor Kate Brown announced new requirements for face coverings and limits on social get-togethers. Effective Wednesday, July 15, Oregon’s face covering requirement will be expanded to apply to outdoor public spaces when six feet of distance cannot be maintained. In addition, indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people will be prohibited. Read the news release.
Paycheck Protection Program applications extended to August 8: The Small Business Administration began accepting new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program on July 7, and the new deadline to submit an application is August 8, 2020. Use the SBA’s Lender Match to connect with one of the many lenders and submit an application for the Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan.
USDA offers $1 Billion in loan guarantees nationwide to help rural businesses and agricultural producers impacted by COVID-19: The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees nationwide to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Funding is also available to agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans. Applications will be accepted through September 15, 2021, or until funds are expended. Questions related to USDA Business Programs in Oregon may be directed to a local Business and Cooperative Specialist.
Oregon recovers nearly one-third of COVID-19 job losses: Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 56,600 jobs in June, following a gain of 26,100 jobs in May. Over the past two months, employers added back nearly one-third of the jobs that were cut in March and April. None of the major industries cut a substantial number of jobs in June. Read the news release from the Oregon Employment Department.

From Union County Public Health:   Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting three new cases. The total case count total is 372.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted the laboratories ability to process and release results as expected. Due to this significant delay the Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible.  Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.
We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates. Due to inaccuracies in data we will no longer be reporting recovered numbers.  It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available by calling 541-663-4252 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org  Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible, effective July 15th.  Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering (Mask Guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf, Mask required sign for businesses: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf, Mask facts: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2390L.pdf, Making your own face covering: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html).  People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you. If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/14/2020
Total Cases- 372
Deaths- 2
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-14-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-14-20

From Union County Public Health:  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting no new cases. The total case count remains 369.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted the laboratories ability to process and release results as expected. Due to this significant delay the Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible.  Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.  People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/10/2020
Total Cases- 369
Recovered- 46 * Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates.
Deaths- 2
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-13-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-13-20

From Union County Public Health: Important Testing and Recovery Update
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted and surpassed the abilities for the laboratories to process and release results as expected. Due to the high volume of testing we would like to update the community our current testing, reporting and potential national testing supply shortages.
Testing: Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. Testing will be limited to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. We are currently still experiencing significant delays in receiving lab results on previous tests. Notifications will be made as quickly as possible.
*Testing is still being offered throughout the community. If you are interested in being tested we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.
National Testing Capacity and Supply Chain Issues: There are anticipated national COVID-19 testing supply shortages and supply chain issues. The nationwide demand for COVID-19 testing supplies affects the supply available to Oregon. Thus, increasing cases nationwide, especially in states with large populations such as Texas, Florida and California, affect our testing capacity. We are working closely with OHA to address these potential emerging shortages proactively.
Recovery: We understand that our community is concerned about how our positive cases are doing and care about whether they are moving in a positive direction. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was calling positive cases on a weekly basis to assess symptoms and report recovered cases.  Due to the progression of cases in the state, the OHA has reported that they are no longer making these calls or assessing this information. Recovered data is still being reported on the OHA website but may not be reflective of actual recovery rates.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others. Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/11/2020
Total Cases- 369
Recovered- 46
Deaths- 2
Related Material:  Importand Testing and Recovery Update 7-11-20 Importand Testing and Recovery Update 7-11-20

From Union County Public Health: Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting one new cases. The total case count is 369.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 molecular testing has increased greatly across the state. This has directly impacted and surpassed the abilities for the laboratories to process and release results as expected. Due to the high volume of testing there may be delays, notifications will be made as quickly as possible.  We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
A reminder to our community face coverings will be required in all indoor places open to the public throughout all of Oregon, effective today July 1st. Over the past month, COVID-19 has continued to spread in urban and rural communities. Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance and a “Mask Required” sign for businesses are available through the following links:  https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351j.pdf and https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/11/2020
Total Cases- 369
Recovered- 46
Deaths- 2
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-11-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-11-20

The latest FAQ on the face covering guidance that I wanted to share: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2390e.pdf

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Friday, July 10
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Oregon OSHA recently issued statewide mask, face shield and face covering guidance to help businesses comply with face covering requirements for indoor public places. Read more.
The Oregon Employment Department launched a new website to help Oregonians find information on new programs and on unemployment benefits related to the pandemic. You can also view the site through https://unemployment.oregon.gov/.
Governor Kate Brown’s Healthy Schools Reopening Council holds first meeting: Governor Kate Brown’s Healthy Schools Reopening Council convened for its first remote meeting this week. The council is charged with advising the Governor and the Oregon Department of Education as school districts develop plans for a safe return to school. Read more.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis looks at the statewide distribution of funds through the Paycheck Protection Program. The latest blog post uses recent data to show the counties and industries that have received funding, and what this means for Oregon’s economy.
The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network has developed a guide for organizations to use as they consider when and how to reopen their business. The purpose of the document is to help organizations think about processes and protocols that can be used to safely reopen the workplace, recover the business, and implement practices to sustain the recovery.
Related Material:  Daily Digest 07.10.2020

From Union County Public Health, 07/10/2020: Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting one new cases. The total case count is 368.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 molecular testing has increased greatly across the state. This has directly impacted and surpassed the abilities for the laboratories to process and release results as expected. Due to the high volume of testing there may be delays, notifications will be made as quickly as possible.  We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
A reminder to our community face coverings will be required in all indoor places open to the public throughout all of Oregon, effective today July 1st. Over the past month, COVID-19 has continued to spread in urban and rural communities. Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance and a “Mask Required” sign for businesses are available through the following links:  https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351j.pdf  and  https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/10/2020
Total Cases- 368
Recovered- 40
Deaths- 2
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-10-20

From Union County Public Health, 07/09/2020:  COVID-19 Public Health Update  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting four new cases. The total county cases is 367.
The Center for Human Development Public Health is also announcing the second COVID-19 related death in Union County. The person was a 62-year-old male who tested positive on June 16th and died on July 2nd at St Alphonsus in Boise, Idaho. He had underlying conditions.
“It is difficult to share the news that a community member with COVID-19 has passed” stated Carrie Brogoitti, Public Health Administrator. “Our thoughts are with the people that loved him as they grieve this difficult loss.”
CHD shares information as soon as it is received through official reports. This means that information may be available to individuals or the community that has not been reported by CHD due to the fact that we are waiting for official information to make these reports. This information is anticipated to be reported through the Oregon Health Authority tomorrow.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 molecular testing has increased greatly across the state. This has directly impacted and surpassed the abilities for the laboratories to process and release results as expected. Due to the high volume of testing there may be delays, notifications will be made as quickly as possible.  We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. For questions or needs, please call the WRAP team at 541-663-4252 or covidwrapsvcs@union-county.org
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to  need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/9/2020
Total Cases- 367
Recovered- 33
Deaths- 2
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-9-20

From Oregon Main Street, 07/09/2020:

  1. OHSA Face Covering Advisory Memo: At our weekly Mornings on Main Check-in call, there was a question about whether a business owner can ask a patron to leave their premises if they are wearing a face mask. Below is the link to information regarding the face covering requirement for indoor public places that addresses this question:

https://osha.oregon.gov/Documents/COVID19-Face-Covering-Advisory-Memo.pdf

  1. Webinar: Leveraging Strategic Partnerships for Inclusion & Equity Initiatives that Create Long-term Sustainable Growth. Travel Oregon in partnership with the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association will be offering a webinar on Leveraging Strategic Partnerships for Inclusion and Equity Initiatives that Create Long-term Sustainable Growth, July 22, 2020, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. For more information or to register please visit the link here.

Participants can expect to learn:  

  • Ways an individual can take action and make an impact
  • The good and bad when it comes to tourism and community outcomes
  • Why sustainable growth is dependent on DEI Initiatives
  • Importance of self-awareness, self-education, and understanding privilege
  1. Breakdown of PPP loans in Oregon – see attached. Reminder that the deadline to apply was extended to August 8.
  2. AARP Walkable Audit Worksheets: With the continued concerns about COVID-19 and spending time in crowded indoor spaces, people are walking more to get around and simply get out of the house! Download an AARP Walk Audit worksheet to turn a daily walk into a helpful, community-improving data collection activity Click Here

Related Material Here:  PPP Loans in Oregon B

From Union County Public Health:   Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting two new cases. The total county cases remain 363.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 molecular testing has increased greatly across the state. This has directly impacted and surpassed the abilities for the laboratories to process and release results as expected. Due to the high volume of testing there may be delays, notifications will be made as quickly as possible.
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
A reminder to our community face coverings will be required in all indoor places open to the public throughout all of Oregon, effective today July 1st. Over the past month, COVID-19 has continued to spread in urban and rural communities. Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance and a “Mask Required” sign for businesses are available through the following links: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351j.pdf and https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/8/2020
Total Cases- 363
Recovered- 30
Deaths- 1
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-8-20

From Union County Public Health:  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting five new cases. The total county cases remain 361.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 molecular testing has increased greatly across the state. This has directly impacted and surpassed the abilities for the laboratories to process and release results as expected. Due to the high volume of testing there may be delays, notifications will be made as quickly as possible.
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
A reminder to our community face coverings will be required in all indoor places open to the public throughout all of Oregon, effective today July 1st. Over the past month, COVID-19 has continued to spread in urban and rural communities. Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance and a “Mask Required” sign for businesses are available through the following links:  https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351j.pdf and https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/7/2020
Total Cases- 361
Recovered- 29
Deaths- 1
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-7-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-7-20

From Union County Public Health: Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting no new cases. The total county cases remain 356.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 molecular testing has increased greatly across the state. This has directly impacted and surpassed the abilities for the laboratories to process and release results as expected. Due to the high volume of testing there may be delays, notifications will be made as quickly as possible.

We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
A reminder to our community face coverings will be required in all indoor places open to the public throughout all of Oregon, effective today July 1st. Over the past month, COVID-19 has continued to spread in urban and rural communities. Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance and a “Mask Required” sign for businesses are available through the following links:  https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351j.pdf and https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/6/2020
Total Cases- 356
Recovered- 21
Deaths- 1
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-6-20

From Union County Public Health:  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 1 new case. This brings the total county cases in the county to 356.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 molecular testing has increased greatly across the state. This has directly impacted and surpassed the abilities for the laboratories to process and release results as expected. Due to the high volume of testing there may be delays, notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Due to the holiday weekend our call center will be closed Friday-Sunday and will be back open Monday.
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
A reminder to our community face coverings will be required in all indoor places open to the public throughout all of Oregon, effective today July 1st. Over the past month, COVID-19 has continued to spread in urban and rural communities. Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance and a “Mask Required” sign for businesses are available through the following links:  https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351j.pdf  and https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/5/2020
Total Cases- 356
Recovered- 21
Deaths- 1
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-5-20

From Union County Public Health:  COVID-19 Public Health Update
Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 8 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 355.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 molecular testing has increased greatly across the state. This has directly impacted and surpassed the abilities for the laboratories to process and release results as expected. Due to the high volume of testing there may be delays, notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Due to the holiday weekend our call center will be closed Friday-Sunday and will be back open Monday.

We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/

A reminder to our community face coverings will be required in all indoor places open to the public throughout all of Oregon, effective today July 1st. Over the past month, COVID-19 has continued to spread in urban and rural communities. Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance and a “Mask Required” sign for businesses are available through the following links:

https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351j.pdf

https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf

People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.  Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.  If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/3/2020
Total Cases- 355
Recovered- 20
Deaths- 1
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-3-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-3-20

For Guidelines and an FAQ on the required face coverings:
Guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf
FAQ: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2390e.pdf

From the NEOJIC, 07/02/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200702

From the NEOJIC, 07/01/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_2020701

From Union County Public Health:  COVID-19 Public Health Update
Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 5 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 347.
Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 molecular testing has increased greatly across the state. This has directly impacted and surpassed the abilities for the laboratories to process and release results as expected. Due to the high volume of testing there may be delays, notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Due to the holiday weekend our call center will be closed Friday-Sunday and will be back open Monday.
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
A reminder to our community face coverings will be required in all indoor places open to the public throughout all of Oregon, effective today July 1st. Over the past month, COVID-19 has continued to spread in urban and rural communities. Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance and a “Mask Required” sign for businesses are available through the following links:

https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351j.pdf

https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf

People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you. cIf you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/2/2020
Total Cases- 347
Recovered- 20
Deaths- 1
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-2-20

Updates from Business Oregon: 

  • Congratulations to New Directions Northwest and Baker City for being awarded $1.5 million from the conventional CDBG program towards the purchase/construction of their new building.
  • Solicitation for Proposals for the final round ($10 million) of Matching Grant Funds for the Oregon Small Business Relief fund announced today. Details HERE.
  • New $3 million dollar fund launched for Organizations that can serve underserved small businesses impacted by the pandemic. More details HERE.
  • New Sustainable Infrastructure Planning (SIPP) projects round opens. We have $280,000 allocated to SIPP and $220,000 allocated to Seismic SIPP water systems. Apps are due 9/15/2020, 12/15/2020, and 3/15/2021. Contact me with any questions.

Ø  All completed SIPP applications should be sent to the email address SIPP.DW@oregon.gov.
Ø  Each water system can now only receive a SIPP award once every three years. As was always the case, each study type can only be accessed once. Exception can be made if Seismic SIPP funding is needed as part of a full master planning effort in the same 3-year period but may not result in two funding awards in a single year.
Ø  We will now need an itemized cost estimate completed by an engineer or other professional for all SIPP applications. In the past this was only required for Seismic Resiliency WMP studies.
Ø  Working with OHA, the program overview slide deck has been updated to provide more detail about each study type and capture the above changes. Also updated is the website.

Updates for the calculation of payroll costs and owner compensation under the new 24-week covered period
Ø  Various adjustments to previous guidance for calculating loan forgiveness amounts under the original eight-week covered period
Ø  That while the new 24-week compensation maximum eligible for full forgiveness increased to $46,154 per individual for employees who are non-owners, the maximum for owner-employees was adjusted only to $20,833 (2 ½ months of annualized maximum compensation of $100,000)

Clarification concerning plan forgiveness application deadlines
Ø  Confirmation that while health insurance paid for S-corporation owners is not an expense eligible for PPP loan forgiveness, retirement contributions made on their behalf are eligible costs subject to the applicable total compensation cap
Ø  Clarification that for C-corporation owners, both health care insurance and employer-funded retirement contributions are counted as forgivable payroll expenses, subject to the total compensation limit for the applicable covered period

The updated loan forgiveness application instructions offer new guidance, including:
Ø  An option for borrowers who received a PPP loan prior to June 5 to choose between the original eight-week covered period or the new 24-week period
Ø  Confirmation that, when using a new 24-week covered period, many self-employed individuals, sole proprietors and independent contractors who previously could not obtain full forgiveness due to the difference in the calculation of the loan maximum and forgivable amount maximum, may now receive full forgiveness of their PPP loan when used for eligible expenses
Ø  Clarification that borrowers do not have to wait until December 31, 2020 to rely on the safe harbors for exclusion of payroll amounts and/or employee count reductions for loan forgiveness; the safe harbors can be applied as of the date the loan forgiveness application is submitted

Lenders will likely need additional time to adjust their processes and instructions to the new rules. The newly extended timelines allow for all involved to take a measured approach to planning, the use of funds, and a complete and thoughtful loan forgiveness application.

From the NEOJIC, 06/30/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200630

From Union County Public Health:  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 5 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 342.
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
A reminder to our community face coverings will be required in all indoor places open to the public throughout all of Oregon, effective today July 1st. Over the past month, COVID-19 has continued to spread in urban and rural communities. Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance and a “Mask Required” sign for businesses are available through the following links:  https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351j.pdf  and https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2728.pdf
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 7/1/2020
Total Cases- 342
Recovered- 13
Deaths- 1
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-1-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 7-1-20

From Union County Public Health:
Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 10 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 337.
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
The Union County Incident Management Team will be holding a community briefing on Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be an opportunity for leadership to answer key questions that have been surfacing locally regarding COVID-19. Due to physical distancing requirements, the briefing will be provided virtually and live-streamed on the NE Oregon Joint Information Center Facebook page. The briefing will also be available for later viewing at www.neojic.union-county.org.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 6/30/2020
Total Cases- 337
Recovered- 13
Deaths- 1
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-30-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-30-20

From the NEOJIC, 06/26/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200629.docx

From Union County Public Health:
Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 5 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 327.
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
The Union County Incident Management Team will be holding a community briefing on Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be an opportunity for leadership to answer key questions that have been surfacing locally regarding COVID-19. Due to physical distancing requirements, the briefing will be provided virtually and live-streamed on the NE Oregon Joint Information Center Facebook page. The briefing will also be available for later viewing at www.neojic.union-county.org.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 6/29/2020
Total Cases- 327
Recovered- 13
Deaths- 1
Related Materials:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-29-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-29-20

From Union County Public Health, 06/28/2020:  Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 2 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 322.
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
An additional testing clinic will be conducted today by appointment only. The clinic is being supported by the Union County Incident Management Team to assist the Center for Human Development, Union County Public Health. The appointments have been filled through contacts identified from investigations and contact tracing. An estimated 80 tests are scheduled to be completed.
The Union County Incident Management Team will be holding a community briefing on Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be an opportunity for leadership to answer key questions that have been surfacing locally regarding COVID-19. Due to physical distancing requirements, the briefing will be provided virtually and live-streamed on the NE Oregon Joint Information Center Facebook page. The briefing will also be available for later viewing at www.neojic.union-county.org.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 6/28/2020
Total Cases- 322
Recovered- 13
Deaths- 1
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-28-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-28-20

From Union County Public Health, 06/27/2020: COVID-19 Public Health Update
Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 11 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 320.
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
An additional testing clinic will be conducted today by appointment only. The clinic is being supported by the Union County Incident Management Team to assist the Center for Human Development, Union County Public Health. The appointments have been filled through contacts identified from investigations and contact tracing. An estimated 80 tests are scheduled to be completed.
The Union County Incident Management Team will be holding a community briefing on Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be an opportunity for leadership to answer key questions that have been surfacing locally regarding COVID-19. Due to physical distancing requirements, the briefing will be provided virtually and live-streamed on the NE Oregon Joint Information Center Facebook page. The briefing will also be available for later viewing at www.neojic.union-county.org.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 6/27/2020
Total Cases- 320
Recovered- 13
Deaths- 1
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-27-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-27-20

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Friday, June 26
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Newest modeling suggests considerable rise in COVID-19 transmission: New modeling of the COVID-19 virus shows that COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly in Oregon, according to the latest model released today by the Oregon Health Authority and the Institute for Disease Modeling. The model, which is based on data through June 18, offers three projections — optimistic, moderate and pessimistic — predicting that daily case levels could rise as much as 20 percentage points. Read more.
The Community Partner Outreach Program has developed a resource guide to help ensure farmworker protection during the pandemic.
State distributes $70 Million in COVID-19 rental relief and energy assistance: Oregon Housing and Community Services is distributing $55,000,000 in COVID rental relief funds and $15,000,000 in Energy Assistance to local organizations statewide. Read more.
State of Oregon announces telehealth agreement for health insurance plans: The State of Oregon has reached an agreement with several health insurance companies to continue providing expanded telehealth options through at least the end of the year. “Throughout this pandemic, telehealth has provided Oregonians with essential access to health care services that otherwise might have been unavailable or required the risk of an in-person appointment,” said Gov. Kate Brown. Read more.
How strong is the economy? The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis examines how jobs are up nationally and in Oregon, while unemployment is down at the same time. The latest blog looks at new research trying to get at the temporary vs permanent impacts of the pandemic. Read the blog post.
Relate Material:  Daily Digest 06.26.2020 POF Resource Guide

From the NEOJIC, 06/26/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200626

From CHD, 06/26/2020:
Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 12 new cases. This brings the total cases in the county to 309.
The Center for Human Development Public Health is announcing the first COVID-19 related death in Union County. The person was a 90-year-old female who tested positive on June 13 and died on June 25 at Grande Ronde Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
“We are saddened to share this news today. Our thoughts are with her family and friends as they grieve this loss,” said Carrie Brogoitti, CHD Public Health Administrator. This news is a reminder that our own community is not immune from the most serious consequences of the virus. “We must continue to take steps to protect each other. Every resident of Union County can reduce the impact of this virus on our community by continuing prevention measures,” said Brogoitti.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
The Union County Incident Management Team will be holding a community briefing on Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be an opportunity for leadership to answer key questions that have been surfacing locally regarding COVID-19. Due to physical distancing requirements, the briefing will be provided virtually and live-streamed on the NE Oregon Joint Information Center Facebook page. The briefing will also be available for later viewing at www.neojic.union-county.org.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 6/26/2020
Total Cases- 309
Recovered- 13
Deaths- 1
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-26-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-26-20

From the NEOJIC, 06/25/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200625

From CHD, 06/25/2020:
Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 10 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 297.
Numbers indicate 609 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Thursday and Friday of last week in Union County. Due to the high volume of testing, notifications will be made as quickly as possible. We will update the testing event numbers as they become available. Final numbers for the testing event may not be available until the end of this week or over the upcoming weekend. More information can be located here: http://neojic.union-county.org/
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:
DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.

  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/
An additional testing clinic will be conducted today by appointment only. The clinic is being supported by the Union County Incident Management Team to assist the Center for Human Development, Union County Public Health. The appointments have been filled through contacts identified from investigations and contact tracing. An estimated 80 tests are scheduled to be completed.
The Union County Incident Management Team will be holding a community briefing on Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be an opportunity for leadership to answer key questions that have been surfacing locally regarding COVID-19. Due to physical distancing requirements, the briefing will be provided virtually and live-streamed on the NE Oregon Joint Information Center Facebook page. The briefing will also be available for later viewing at www.neojic.union-county.org.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 6/25/2020
Total Cases- 297
Recovered- 7
Deaths- 0
Related Material:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-25-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-25-20

From the NEOJIC, 06/24/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200624

From Business Oregon, 06/24/2020:

Some good updates:
– RCAC offering training at no cost on 1 July for conducting virtual board meetings. https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=2178
– Our Broadband Program with $10 million total in available funding is open and accepting applications through 2 July. Details ATTACHED. Further info on our Broadband Office https://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/Broadband-Office/
– The $1,705,000 Credit Union Small Business Relief Fund is about to start engaging. We got $30,000 in additional funds to share across the region. Not much but every bit helps. For our region funds are coordinated through Consolidated Community Credit Union. https://www.consolidatedccu.com/
Grant Application Questionnaire attached. Contact Larry Ellifritz with question:
Larry Ellifritz, CCCU | President/CEO
1033 NE 6th Ave | Portland, OR 97232
e:  lellifritz@consolidatedccu.com
dl: 503.872.9421 | NMLS: 586432

Business Oregon Global Trade is hosting a no cost webinar “Selling Oregon Consumer Products in Japan” on 8 July, likely helpful to any business exporting or considering exporting. Register HERE. Details:
– Updated Information on Telehealth from DCBS https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/health/understand/Documents/DFR-OHA%20Telehealth%20Guidance.pdf
– Round 3 for the Small Business Relief Fund expected to be opened next week with a relatively quick turn time. No further details yet. Total available for the round will be $2.5 million.
– BM is hosting a Think GOV 2020 conference next week. Details:
During this digital event, top leaders and decision makers from government will highlight how they are enabling IT resiliency and continuity of operations, enhanced collaboration and disaster response with the power of an agile cloud architecture.
Keynotes and panelists will also share how technologies like supercomputing, artificial intelligence and IoT are driving rapid, high-performance solutions and services.
Lastly, they’ll address the added need for cybersecurity as more of the public sector works remotely than ever before.
Below, please find everything you need to register and join us.
WHAT: Think Gov 2020
DATE: July 1, 2020
TIME: 8:00am – 12:00pm PT
LEARN MORE: Click Here
REGISTER: Click Here

Good article from Gallup on minimizing burnout for remote employees HERE

Update Resources Here:  Business Grant Application Questionnaire Final COVID-19 Rural Broadband Capacity Application Request for Applications for COVID-19 Broadband Funding Announcement 6-19-20 (1)

From the NEOJIC, 06/23/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200623.docx

From the City of La Grande, Extending the State of Emergency Resolution:  PRESS RELEASE – Extending State of Emergency Resolution 6-23-2020

Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 5 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 287.
Numbers indicate 609 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Thursday and Friday of last week in Union County. Due to the high volume of testing, notifications will be made as quickly as possible. We will update the testing event numbers as they become available. Final numbers for the testing event may not be available until the end of this week or over the upcoming weekend. More information can be located here: http://neojic.union-county.org/
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/2020/06/22/wrap-resources/ .
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 6/24/2020
Total Cases- 287
Recovered- 7
Deaths- 0
Press Release Materials Here:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-24-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-24-20

For a list of restaurant operations in Union County: Restaurant Status 05.21.2020
For a list of retail operations in Union County:  Retail Businesses 03.27.20 

From CHD, 06/23/2020:
Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 19 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 282.
Numbers indicate 609 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Thursday and Friday of last week in Union County. Due to the high volume of testing, notifications will be made as quickly as possible. We will update the testing event numbers as they become available. Final numbers for the testing event may not be available until the end of this week or over the upcoming weekend. More information can be located here: http://neojic.union-county.org/
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

It is vital that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We ask that local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home when possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally, and linking employees to any workplace resources available. We also realize that for many employers and employees that this is a difficult situation. Multiple resources are available through wraparound services to include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services. Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/2020/06/22/wrap-resources/ .
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 6/23/2020
Total Cases- 282
Recovered- 7
Deaths- 0
Supporting Materials Here:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-23-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-23-20

From the NEOJIC, 06/22/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200622.docx

From CHD, 06/21/2020:
Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 3 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 258.
The Union County Incident Management Team conducted approximately 561 COVID-19 tests in La Grande on Thursday and Friday. Due to the high volume of testing, notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Thursday testing results should be available toward the beginning of the week while tests conducted Friday may not be available until the end of the week. Positive test results are anticipated to be reflected Monday or Tuesday through Oregon Health Authority reporting. More information can be located here: http://neojic.union-county.org/
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

We ask that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We encourage local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home where possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally and linking employees to any workplace resources available.
If you or anyone you know are facing sudden changes with work, income or health insurance, there is free assistance available to determine health insurance eligibility and steps to get enrolled or maintain existing coverage. Northeast Oregon Network (NEON) is offering phone appointments while practicing physical distancing for the safety of the community during the COVID-19 emergency. NEON can assist in determining what assistance and plans may fit your situation. They can be reached at (541) 910-0336 or (541) 910-5286.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 6/21/2020
Total Cases- 258
Recovered- 7
Deaths- 0
Supporting Materials Here:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-21-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-21-20

From the NEOJIC, 06/19/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200619
From the NEOJIC, 06/18/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200618

From CHD, 06/20/2020:
Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 2 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 255.
The Union County Incident Management Team conducted approximately 561 COVID-19 tests in La Grande on Thursday and Friday. Due to the high volume of testing, notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Thursday testing results should be available toward the beginning of the week while tests conducted today (Friday) may not be available until the end of the week. Positive test results are anticipated to be reflected Monday or Tuesday through Oregon Health Authority reporting. More information can be located here: http://neojic.union-county.org/
We would like to remind individuals who were tested that self-isolation/quarantine is necessary to lower the chance of you spreading illness. This means:

  • DO NOT attend any activities or gatherings outside your home. This includes work, school, health care, faith-based facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • DO NOT allow any visitors to your home.

We ask that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We encourage local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home where possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally and linking employees to any workplace resources available.
If you or anyone you know are facing sudden changes with work, income or health insurance, there is free assistance available to determine health insurance eligibility and steps to get enrolled or maintain existing coverage. Northeast Oregon Network (NEON) is offering phone appointments while practicing physical distancing for the safety of the community during the COVID-19 emergency. NEON can assist in determining what assistance and plans may fit your situation. They can be reached at (541) 910-0336 or (541) 910-5286.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 6/20/2020
Total Cases- 255
Recovered- 7
Deaths- 0
Supporting Materials Here:  COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-20-20 COVID-19 Update Press Release UC Final 6-20-20

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Friday, June 19
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown Announces Plans for Face Covering Requirement, Outlines Next Steps in County Reopening Process: Governor Brown issued a statement on the statewide pause to reopening and a requirement to wear face coverings beginning Wednesday, June 24 in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Polk and Lincoln counties. Read more.
The Oregon Small Business Development Center and partners will hold a webinar from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22 on recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. Reserve your spot.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis writes about the May 2020 employment report for Oregon. The state added back about one out of every 12 jobs lost during earlier in the pandemic, though Oregon remains in the most severe recession on record. Read the blog.
SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program: The U.S. Small Business Administration recently posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. View the application.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2020
Business Oregon Announces Grants for Broadband Access

Today Business Oregon released the latest of the state’s COVID-19 relief efforts for communities wanting to expand access to broadband. The Oregon Legislative Assembly Joint Emergency Board allocated $10,000,000 from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund to Business Oregon’s Rural Broadband Capacity Program for grants in support of broadband projects targeting unserved and underserved areas of the state.

“The COVID-19 crisis has further highlighted the fact that high quality access to broadband is essential to the health and education of Oregonians,” said Business Oregon Interim Director Chris Cummings. “This funding will help provide access to broadband and improve support for telehealth, distance learning, and telework applications as broadband investment continues to be crucial infrastructure for economic and community development.”

Grants must be used for projects that provide increased broadband capacity internet access for telework, telehealth, and K-12 distance learning applications in unserved and underserved areas in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Eligible applicants include Oregon cities, counties, ports, tribes, cooperatives, non-profit corporations, public-private partnerships, school districts, education service districts, hospitals, health systems, and private sector internet service providers.

An overview of the program, the application form, and instructions for submitting applications is available on our website. Applications are due July 2, 2020 by 5:00 pm. Submit applications to the Oregon Broadband Office.

Funding offers will be contingent upon successful completion of the application process and negotiation between Business Oregon and funding recipients. All projects must be completed and grant funds must be expended by December 30, 2020. Unexpended funds will be returned to the U.S. Treasury in accordance with the CARES Act of 2020.

Media ContactNathan Buehler, 503-689-3559.

 

Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. The agency’s services span rural community development and infrastructure financing; business retention, expansion and recruitment; export promotion and international trade; investments in industry research and development and entrepreneurship; small business assistance; and support for arts and cultural organizations. Learn more at www.oregon4biz.com

From CHD, 06/19/2020:
Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 6 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 253.
Yesterday the Union County Incident Management Team conducted approximately 400 COVID-19 tests at a drive-through testing clinic in La Grande. The testing clinic will be held again today (Friday, June 19) from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Appointment times are still available. Individuals experiencing symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea are encouraged to contact the call center at 541-963-1040. Screeners will be answering calls today from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. If financial concerns are a barrier for individuals receiving a test that need one, please discuss this with the call screener when making your appointment.
Due to the high volume of testing, notifications will be made as quickly as possible. Results are anticipated to be returned and individuals contacted within the next five days. Positive test results are anticipated to be reflected Monday or Tuesday through Oregon Health Authority reporting. More information can be located here: http://neojic.union-county.org/
There are three situations where you must quarantine for 14 days these are:
Confirmed COVID-19 test – quarantine for 14 days from date of test.
Close contact of positive case (within 6 feet for over 15 minutes) – quarantine from date aware of being a close contact – even if a subsequent test comes back negative.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19.  COVID-19 symptoms currently include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
We ask that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. We encourage local employers to make it easy for people to make the choice to stay home by promoting working from home where possible, applying paid sick leave policies liberally and linking employees to any workplace resources available.
People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. For information on when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.
COVID-19 Union County update 6/19/2020
Total Cases- 253
Recovered- 7
Deaths- 0

From the NEOJIC, 06/17/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200617

From City of La Grande Mayor, 06/17/2020:  Mayor Clements Message Covid-19 Surge June 17 2020

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19: Daily Digest: Tuesday, June 16
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Oregon reports 278 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths: COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 182, the Oregon Health Authority reported today. OHA also reported 278 new confirmed and presumptive cases, bringing the state total to 6,098. Read more.
Governor Kate Brown issued executive order 20-28 related to the operation of higher education institutions during the Coronavirus pandemic. It is important that Oregon ensure higher education institutions can fulfil their missions while also protecting the health and wellbeing of their students, faculty, staff, administration, and broader communities.
The Oregon Health Authority has issued an invitation for funding opportunities to Community Based Organizations (CBOs). CBOs have the opportunity to support three areas of work as part of OHA’s COVID-19 response: 1) community engagement & education and outreach; 2) contact tracing; 3) social services and wraparound supports. OHA will host information sessions on June 15, June 17, and June 18, to provide more details on the opportunity. Details about the funding and links to join the sessions can be found here.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today. Learn more.

From the NEOJIC, 06/17/2020:  NEOJIC Release 6-17-20.docx

From Business Oregon, 06/17/20:
o   The International Refugee Center of Oregon (IRCO) has some interpretation and translation services available to communities. I do not think there is a cost right now but not 100% sure. Details: https://irco.org/ilb/, CONTACT INFO: Interpretation Services: interpretation@ircoilb.org, 503.234.0068, Translation Services: translation@ircoilb.org, 971.271.6481.
o   ODOT website with current information on the Oregon Community Paths Program. https://www.oregon.gov/odot/Programs/Pages/OCP.aspx 
o   The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) released guidance to all state agencies, asking them to maintain the status quo (telework wherever possible) through June 30, and then re-assess for July.
o   State Agencies are working with the Legislative Finance Office on budget reductions for this biennium.  Agencies have already submitted their proposals, and now the legislature is determining which reductions they will take and which they won’t.  The E-board will be meeting sometime in the next few weeks, likely before July 4, to look at details further.  Congress is also talking about the possibility of another stimulus package for states.
o   Small Business Relief Grants.  Round 1 ($2.5 million) funds going out to communities this week for them to distribute; Round 2 ($5 million) recipients (CDFIs & EDDs) were named this week; Round 3 ($2.5 million) for communities expected to be announced soon.
o   We are pulling together an internal agency workgroup to determine how best to identify and document any potential racial disparity in program and service utilization so that we can provide a programmatic response that will eliminate or reduce any disparities.
o   The E-board sent multiple programs to Business Oregon last Friday (#s 10,11,12, and 14 on the agenda): https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2019I1/Committees/EB/2020-06-05-15-00/Agenda
o   Survey Participation Opportunity to Potentially Influence Water Policy in Oregon and Earn $50:
Ø  Contact Clare McClellan clmcc2@pdx.edu for details
Ø  A group at Portland State University is researching how Oregonians across the state think about water and prioritize water issues. With the results of our research, we will be writing a policy brief to influence the state’s 100 Year Water Vision to better reflect the diverse water perspectives of Oregon communities.
Ø  In your area, we are recruiting participants from the Upper Grande Ronde watershed planning group as well as members of the CTUIR. Up to 15 total participants drawn from these groups will be compensated $50 for their completion of three online survey activities, which is estimated to take 25-45 minutes.
Ø  Participating in this research could benefit the planning group by making the water perspectives it represents more visible at the state level; our research group is in direct communication with the people in charge of the 100 Year Water Vision, so our survey results are positioned to make a strong impact. Participation could also set your planning group apart for its commitment to supporting water resource management research, which could be useful if you’ll be needing to apply for funding or get community support for implementation.
o   EIDL Accepting Applications Again: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance

 

From La Grande Parks & Rec, 06/16/2020:

CITY of LA GRANDE PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT:  MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      Contact:             Stu Spence
Parks & Recreation Facilities and Programs                   Parks & Recreation Director
City of La Grande                                                     541-962-1348; sspence@cityoflagrande.org
Due to the sudden Union County outbreak of confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Parks & Recreation Department is closing effective immediately all park restrooms, Veterans’ Memorial Pool, and Summer Day Camp programs.  Morgan Lake remains open.
Please stay informed on the pool’s Facebook page or the Parks & Recreation website:  www.lagrandeparks.org
(Official Press Release Here:  Facilities and Programs Re Closure)

From the NEOJIC, 06/16/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200616

From the NEOJIC, 06/16/2020:  COVID-19 Outbreak Update Press Release UC Final

From the NEOJIC, 06/15/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200615

From the NEOJIC, 06/15/2020:  COVID-19 Outbreak Press Release UC Final

From CHD, 06/15/2020:  Health officials report COVID-19 Outbreak – At least 365 tested through public health.

Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports a jump in COVID-19 cases in Union County. 365 residents were tested by public health over the weekend. Of those tests, 99 new cases have been identified so far. This brings the total cases in the county to 123. Officials anticipate the numbers may increase as many test results still being processed.

“This announcement raises a lot of different feelings. For me, it raises concern. For others it may raise fear, anxiety, anger, uncertainty and even skepticism. All of those emotions make sense when we have a new disease” said Carrie Brogoitti, Public Health Administrator CHD. “I think we all care about our community. I hope that, as a community, we come together to protect each other.”

The health investigation is ongoing and officials anticipate providing additional information as it becomes available. A number of cases have been associated with Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church, which recently hosted a testing clinic. Local public health officials expressed appreciation to the congregation for hosting testing onsite and underscored that the results confirm the presence of COVID-19 in the community. Union county also recently entered phase two of reopening and recent holidays, celebrations and community events may further complicate the investigation.

“Many of the recent positive cases are touching various areas of our community and are not confined to one location,” said Carrie “We understand that our community is deeply concerned and we want to assure them we have prepared for the possibility of outbreaks happening and are working closely with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Union County Emergency Management, and other local partners to protect the health and safety of our community.”

Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 are asked to isolate at home for 14 days to prevent spread of the illness to other people in their community. With the public health investigation still ongoing, all residents should wear face coverings in public, maintain 6 feet of distance between each other, and wash their hands regularly. People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your health care provider before going in. Make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding spread of the illness to others. Signs of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. For a full list of symptoms and when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

CHD is working to contact and isolate or quarantine those who may have been in close contact with these individuals. A close contact is defined as anyone within 6 feet of the individual for more than 15 minutes. If you are identified through this investigation as someone that may be at risk for COVID-19 public health will contact you. CHD Public Health staff are making calls now. Some of these calls may look like they come from an unknown number. If you don’t answer, they will leave a message. Please call them back as soon as you can. This process can take time and public health will only call close contacts of confirmed cases. If you believe you have been in close contact with someone that has COVID-19 we encourage you to monitor your symptoms, stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, and seek care if you become ill. If you develop symptoms, contact your primary care provider or CHD to see if testing is recommended. More information on contact tracing can be here: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-Contact-Collaborative or https://www.chdinc.org/contact-tracing

Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.

If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211.

COVID-19 Union County update 6/15/2020
Total Cases-123
Confirmed- 121
Presumptive- 2
Recovered- 5
Deaths- 0

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2020
Subject:Union County COVID-19 Update: Five additional new cases identified in Union County
Today the Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) is reporting four confirmed positive cases and one presumptive case of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. These new cases bring Union County’s total to thirteen (see more details below). These additional cases may be part of a cluster of related cases, often referred to as an outbreak, which public health is currently investigating. There have been no COVID-19 related deaths in Union County. Union County’s total cases and other information can be found on the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) website: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19. These cases will be reported on the website today.
CHD is working to contact and isolate or quarantine those who may have been in close contact with these individuals. A close contact is defined as anyone within 6 feet of the individual for more than 15 minutes. If you are identified through this investigation as someone that may be at risk for COVID-19 public health will contact you. CHD Public Health staff are making calls now. Some of these calls may look like they come from an unknown number. If you don’t answer, they will leave a message. Please call them back as soon as you can. This process can take time and public health will only call close contacts of confirmed cases. If you believe you have been in close contact with someone that has COVID-19 we encourage you to monitor your symptoms, stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, and seek care if you become ill. If you develop symptoms, contact your primary care provider or CHD to see if testing is recommended. More information on contact tracing can be here: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-Contact-Collaborative
Your risk of contracting the virus can be reduced by limiting contact with people outside of your household and maintaining six feet of distance from others when you leave your home. The CDC and OHA are also recommending the use of cloth face coverings when in public and social distancing measures cannot be maintained.
Center for Human Development (CHD) is currently offering free testing to individuals who meet criteria. We encourage individuals who are interested in requesting testing to call 541-624-2179 for more information. No out of pocket cost or insurance required.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.
If you need further general information about COVID-19, please visit our webpage www.chdinc.org/covid19 or call 211 or 971-673-1111.

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Friday, June 12
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown announces one-week statewide pause on pending county applications for reopening: Governor Brown said the state would pause all reopening applications for at least one week due to a noticeable increase in COVID-19 infections in Oregon. Read more.
Governor Kate Brown announces comprehensive coronavirus testing plan for long-term care facilities: Governor Brown announced this week that Oregon will be implementing a comprehensive coronavirus testing plan to protect the residents and staff of long-term care facilities, prioritizing those facilities at greatest risk for outbreaks. Read more.
The Small Business Development Center and Small Legal Business Clinic will hold a webinar from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 about the legal considerations for reopening your business space during the Covid-19 crisis. The presentation will include information from the CDC, OSHA, and Oregon State guidance and requirements for Phase I and Phase II. Register here.
Reopening Guidance Tool: The Oregon Health Authority has created a single document with the guidance associated with each phase of the reopening framework.
Governor Kate Brown announces healthy schools reopening council: Governor Brown announced this week that she will convene a Health Schools Reopening Council to advise her and the Oregon Department of Education during the Ready Schools, Safe Learners K-12 school reopening process. The council will ensure all community voices – especially those representing school employees and Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other communities of color – have a forum to give feedback as school districts develop a safe return to school for Oregon’s students. Read more.

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 – Daily Digest: Tuesday, June 9
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Oregon OSHA has launched a free educational video to help employers and workers understand the requirements of a temporary rule that strengthens protections against the spread of the coronavirus in employer-provided housing and labor-intensive farm operations. Learn more.
The recently-passed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020 provides borrowers additional time to qualify for forgiveness and eases the restrictions on how much of the forgivable portion of the loan proceeds must be used for payroll costs. Read more details here.
USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA Business & Industry CARES Act Program provisions.
In partnership with the Governor Brown’s Regional Solutions team, SEDCOR will host a webinar at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 11 about how to access the Governor’s $30M Food Security and Farmworker Safety Project fund. Register here.
Governor Brown issued executive order 20-27 to set baseline requirements that apply statewide and provides a statewide phased reopening process and guidelines that apply in Phase 1 and Phase 2.
Oregon Health Authority has issued mask and face covering guidance for businesses, transit, and the public.

From the SBA, 06/08/2020:

Upcoming Procedures

SBA, in consultation with Treasury, will promptly issue rules and guidance, a modified borrower application form, and a modified loan forgiveness application implementing these legislative amendments to the PPP.  These modifications will implement the following important changes:

  • Extend the covered period for loan forgiveness from eight weeks after the date of loan disbursement to 24 weeks after the date of loan disbursement, providing substantially greater flexibility for borrowers to qualify for loan forgiveness.  Borrowers who have already received PPP loans retain the option to use an eight-week covered period.
  • Lower the requirements that 75 percent of a borrower’s loan proceeds must be used for payroll costs and that 75 percent of the loan forgiveness amount must have been spent on payroll costs during the 24-week loan forgiveness covered period to 60 percent for each of these requirements. If a borrower uses less than 60 percent of the loan amount for payroll costs during the forgiveness covered period, the borrower will continue to be eligible for partial loan forgiveness, subject to at least 60 percent of the loan forgiveness amount having been used for payroll costs.
  • Provide a safe harbor from reductions in loan forgiveness based on reductions in full-time equivalent employees for borrowers that are unable to return to the same level of business activity the business was operating at before February 15, 2020, due to compliance with requirements or guidance issued between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, related to worker or customer safety requirements related to COVID–19.
  • Provide a safe harbor from reductions in loan forgiveness based on reductions in full-time equivalent employees, to provide protections for borrowers that are both unable to rehire individuals who were employees of the borrower on February 15, 2020, and unable to hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions by December 31, 2020.
  • Increase to five years the maturity of PPP loans that are approved by SBA (based on the date SBA assigns a loan number) on or after June 5, 2020.
  • Extend the deferral period for borrower payments of principal, interest, and fees on PPP loans to the date that SBA remits the borrower’s loan forgiveness amount to the lender (or, if the borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness, 10 months after the end of the borrower’s loan forgiveness covered period).
  • In addition, the new rules will confirm that June 30, 2020, remains the last date on which a PPP loan application can be approved.

 

Press Release from the Oregon Governors Office:
NEWS RELEASE 
June 4, 2020
Media Contact:

Charles Boyle, 503-931-7773
Governor Kate Brown Approves 26 Counties for Phase 2 of Reopening
Updates to health and safety guidance to be posted at coronavirus.oregon.gov
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown approved 26 counties to move to Phase 2 of reopening on June 5, 6, and 8 under her framework for building a safe and strong Oregon.  County officials submitted letters to the Governor’s Office requesting entry into Phase 2, and confirming their counties met Oregon’s safety and preparedness prerequisites for Phase 2.  “Today, most of us live in communities where people are venturing out a bit. We do so cautiously, looking out for friends, family and neighbors,” said Governor Brown. “I want to say thank you to each and every Oregonian who has made tremendous sacrifices to protect the health and safety of our communities.” “Any reopening comes with risk. That’s just a fact of life right now. We need to reduce the risk that comes with reopening. So, fellow Oregonians, you have further opportunity to show that you are looking out for your friends, family and neighbors.” The following counties have been approved to enter Phase 2 on the following dates:

June 5  Benton

  • Curry
  • Douglas
  • Grant
  • Jackson
  • Klamath
  • Lake
  • Lane
  • Linn
  • Morrow
  • Union
  • Wallowa
  • Wasco
  • Wheeler

June 6

  • Baker
  • Clatsop
  • Columbia
  • Coos
  • Crook
  • Gilliam
  • Harney
  • Josephine
  • Malheur
  • Sherman
  • Yamhill

June 8  

  • Tillamook

The dates reflect the specific request of each county as reflected in their Phase 2 request letters. Counties entering Phase 2 will continue reopening following new health and safety guidance for gatherings, indoor and outdoor venues, workplaces, travel, bars and restaurants, indoor and outdoor activities, pools and sports courts, and recreational sports.  A video presentation for counties and members of the public with questions about Phase 2 is available here.  The Oregon Health Authority analyzed the metrics holistically for each county and determined when seemingly significant percentage increases were actually the result of a county having a very small number of cases. For example, several counties did not technically meet the metric that at least 70% of new cases must be tracked to an existing, known case. However, in all of these counties the number of untracked cases was so small (fewer than 5) that OHA deemed them not significant. In addition, one county––Lane––technically did not meet the metric of having no increase in testing positivity in the last 7 days. The previous seven days had a positivity rating of 0%, and the last 7 days had a positivity of 2%, which is still low compared to the national average, which is over 10%. OHA deemed this change insignificant as well.  Three counties, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Umatilla, applied for Phase 2 but remain under further review. State health officials are in active communication with local public health officials in these counties.  Six counties have not yet applied for Phase 2: Clackamas, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion, Polk, and Washington.  Multnomah County has not yet applied for Phase 1 and remains in baseline status.

Updates to sector-specific guidance will be made available at coronavirus.oregon.gov. The Governor’s Office continues to work with the Oregon Health Authority to update health and safety guidance for the reopening process. Members of the public with questions about the reopening process are encouraged to visit coronavirus.oregon.gov.

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From Regional Solutions, 06/04/2020:Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Thursday, June 4
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown approves 26 counties for Phase 2 of Reopening: Governor Kate Brown approved 26 counties to move into Phase 2 of reopening on June 5, 6 and 8 under her framework for building a safe and strong Oregon. Learn more.
Governor Kate Brown announces Phase 2 of building a safe and strong Oregon: Governor Kate Brown recently announced details about Phase 2 of reopening under her framework for building a safe and strong Oregon. There are 31 counties that can apply to enter Phase 2 on Friday, June 5. Read more.
The Small Business Development Center and Small Legal Business Clinic will hold a webinar from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 8 about the legal considerations for reopening your business space during the Covid-19 crisis. The presentation will include information from the CDC, OSHA, and Oregon State guidance and requirements for Phase I and Phase II. Register here.
Economic Disparities, an Ongoing Discussion: The Office of Economic Analysis writes about historical disparities in employment and how economic recession and recovery impacts different racial and ethnic groups across Oregon. The office will continue to analyze and write about the implications and differences geographically, for various industries and occupations and for different socio-economic and racial groups across the state. Read the blog post.

From Business Oregon, 06/04/2020:
o   USDA RD Agriculture implements measures to help rural residents, businesses, and communities. https://www.cdfa.net/cdfa/cdfaweb.nsf/0/AB292F9EBC2FA7118825857C007C2BD4/$file/USDARDCOVID-19CummulativeSA_06032020.pdf
o   Good source for daily intelligence, if you are incorporating increased decision making support and improved situational awareness. https://www.intelligence.gov/publics-daily-brief#start
o   In a revision from previous reopening guidance, overnight camps will not occur this summer per the Governor’s office. OHA will continue to assess the situation into the fall to see whether camps or outdoor school can resume under modified guidance.
o   During a press conference yesterday or Tuesday a reporter asked about plans for schools opening in the fall. The Governor acknowledged it was a priority for her and indicated guidance would be released in the coming weeks. She also indicated that whatever happened school was likely to look different than in the past.
o   The DMV’s initial attempt at allowing customers to book in-person appointments was quickly overwhelmed by thousands of callers and was ultimately scrapped. A new system has been restructured. https://www.oregon.gov/odot/DMV/Pages/Appointments.aspx
o   The Employment Department set up a new telephone number for people seeking updates on their PUA claims: 503-370-5400. Callers still get a busy signal fairly often but people are getting through with far more regularity than previously and claimants are to be able to ask questions and get help with their claims.
o   PPP Flexibility Act Changes Terms of Loan Forgiveness: TREASURY  SBA
Ø  Small businesses will be given more time to apply for PPP loan forgiveness. The June 30 deadline will be extended to December 31.
Ø  The deferral period for loan repayment will be increased from six months until the date the Small Business Administration (SBA) determines the amount of PPP loan eligible for forgiveness. Those who do not apply for forgiveness will get 10 months from the end of the covered period to begin repayments.
Ø  The eight-week covered period over which the PPP funds must be spent will be extended from eight to 24 weeks starting from the date PPP proceeds are distributed to the borrower. This will make it easier for more businesses to reach full, or nearly full, forgiveness of the PPP loan amount.
Ø  The minimum “payroll costs’” spend requirement will be reduced from 75% to 60%. The new provision mandates that at least 60% of the total PPP loan amount must be spent on eligible payroll costs for the PPP loan to be forgiven. Currently, the rule applies a sliding scale requiring that at least 75% of the “forgiveness amount” must be spent on payroll costs. Senators Rubio and Collins indicated that such sliding scale may be re-introduced via a technical correction later.
Ø  Businesses will now have more time, the earlier of 24 weeks starting with the date the PPP funds are received or December 31, to restore the staff levels and wages as a condition for PPP loan forgiveness.
Ø  Two new exceptions for staff and wage restoration requirement will allow businesses to reach full forgiveness even if they don’t fully return to pre-pandemic staffing levels if they can document:
Ø  An inability to find qualified employees to restore the affected positions
Ø  An inability to restore the positions because the business is unable to return to February 15 operating levels due to coronavirus-related restrictions
Ø  A PPP loan, or a portion of the loan for which isn’t granted forgiveness, will be allowed to be repaid over five years, a three-year extension of the previous repayment terms. Lenders and borrowers will be able to mutually update the terms of loans already issued to reflect new, extended maturities. The interest rate on unpaid portions of the loan will remain at 1% per year.
Ø  Businesses that accepted a PPP loan also will be included in the opportunity to delay payment of their payroll taxes; an option previously expressly prohibited by the CARES Act.
Ø  More legislative action is likely on the horizon as one of the contended issues, the ability to deduct expenses paid for with the PPP loan proceeds, remains unaddressed.
Ø  After the bill becomes a law, the Treasury and the SBA will need to update the forgiveness application and accompanying guidance. We are closely monitoring these developments and will issue new alerts as appropriate.

From the NEOJIC, 06/02/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200602

From the NEOJIC, 06/01/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200601.docx

From the NEOJIC, 06/01/2020:  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Testing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 29th, 2020 at 5:30PM
Subject:  Union County Public Health Expands Testing
In efforts to support Oregon’s plan to reopen and expand testing capacity and disease surveillance in our area, Center for Human Development Public Health will be expanding and offering more COVID-19 testing. Beginning next week Center for Human Development (CHD) will be offering testing to individuals who meet the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) revised and expanded testing criteria.
OHA recommends that any person with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may be tested for COVID-19. If you have one of the following: cough, shortness breath, difficulty breathing -or- two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, new loss of smell or taste, or sore throat you may be eligible for free testing.
We also strongly encourage individuals in the following categories with symptoms to contact us for testing:
Healthcare workers and first responders (EMS, public safety workers)

  1. Residents, staff, children, or other people in a care facility or group living setting (e.g., healthcare facility, residential care facility, school, migrant or seasonal farm worker camp, child care, or corrections). When clinical laboratories have sufficient testing capacity, people in these settings without symptoms can also be considered for testing if current disease clusters or outbreaks warrant.
  2. Workers who provide direct care or service in multiple group facilities or who provide in-home services (e.g. hospice care workers, physical or occupational therapists, in-home personal care workers, etc.)
  3. Essential front-line service workers who have regular contact with large numbers of people (e.g., those working in grocery stores, pharmacies, food service, transportation, delivery, and other critical infrastructure services)
  4. Patients 60 years of age or older
  5. Patients with underlying medical conditions, including, but not limited to hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and immunocompromising conditions
  6. People who identify as Black, African-American, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Pacific Islander or as having a disability; data indicate that these communities are at higher risk for COVID-19 and associated complications due to longstanding social and health inequities
  7. People from linguistically diverse populations due to longstanding social and health inequities
  8. Pregnant women
  9. Patients who had contact with a suspect or lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of their symptom onset

We encourage individuals who are interested in requesting testing to call 541-624-2179 for more information. No out of pocket cost or insurance required.
Individuals who feel very ill should seek appropriate care. If it is an emergency, call 911. If it is not an emergency but you feel sick enough to need a medical appointment, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for a list of providers near you.

Update from Business Oregon:

o   CONGRATULATIONS to each of our communities that applied for match funding – all were awarded to some level. Statewide there were over $7 million in requests for $2.5 million available. Communities will also have a chance to apply for additional funding in round three. Shanna Bailey (541-786-4630, shanna.bailey@oregon.gov) in our Pendleton office will be following up with all Eastern Oregon recipients.

v  Grant County $70,000 of $100,000 (70%) requested

v  City of La Grande $65,000 of $75,000 (~87%) requested

v  City of Union $20,000 of $20,000 (100%) requested

v  Wallowa County $30,000 of $30,000 (100%) requested

o   Next Wednesday (3 June) at noon, the NGA Economic Development and Commerce Committee is hosting officials from the US Economic Development Administration who are presenting an ‘EDA Update on CARES Act Recovery Assistance Program.’ Zoom meeting can be joined at https://zoom.us/j/97233627187

o   (28 May), Governor Brown circulated guidance for counties seeking to move into Phase II reopening. Counties cannot move to Phase II until 21 days after approval to enter Phase I but can apply to advance to Phase II 14 days after entering Phase I. To qualify to progress to Phase II, county management must re-attest that they have sufficient PPE, denote the number of contract tracers they have available, and identify any substantive changes from their initial application.

o   The Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition is hosting “Northwest Defense Innovation Outreach and Pitch Day” on 15 June from 10:15 to 1:30. If you are a business interested in making a pitch get in touch with PNDC. Details of event HERE.

 

From the NEOJIC, 05/29/20:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200529

From the NEOJIC, 5/28/2020: Preview attachment NEOJICPMUpdate_20200528.pdf

COVID-19 Resources for Oregonians: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19

Business Oregon 5/28/2020:
o  Updated CDC guidelines for Communities of Faith after the President on Friday declares them essential. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/faith-based.html

o   The US Treasury and SBA released new PPP guidance providing more clarity on several loan forgiveness questions. Two issues still needing clarity associated with PPP are (a) the 8 week period to expend and (b) the rule requiring 75% to be spent on payroll costs to qualify for full loan forgiveness. Both issues are the focus of several bills lawmakers are considering, with votes in both chambers expected as soon as this week.

o   SBA makes information available in 17 languages. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-recovery-information-other-languages#section-header-0

o   Some resources to reference/help with recovery (vs. response) development and planning: Heritage  Restore  Wisconsin (pp. 10-13)  EDA  RDPO (designed for METRO but a lot can be applied to our region).

o   In an effort to eliminate the UI processing backlog, beginning May 29, the OED is dedicating a team to focus for two weeks on calling people who have been waiting the longest for benefits to resolve those claims. Other employees will be reassigned to take incoming calls from people seeking help with claims and benefits.

o   At a hearing in the House Interim Health Care Committee last week, the director of OHA told lawmakers that Oregon was in the third phase of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, having shifted from containment to mitigation, and now suppression. He also testified that the coronavirus is likely to be an issue for the next 12-24 months, and that the goal during that period was to “keep the increase at a rate that doesn’t tax our health care system.”

 

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Wednesday, May 27
Governor Kate Brown has directed approximately 1 million KN95 masks and 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for farmworkers and agricultural producers. This critical PPE is available at no cost to the agricultural community to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Distribution takes place in various counties starting this week. Learn more.
The Health Resources and Services Administration is providing grants to promote rural tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health and tele-emergency medical services. The application deadline is June 15. Apply here.
Oregon’s new Supply Connector portal for acquiring Personal Protective Equipment is now operational. The portal will allow PPE suppliers and distributors to connect directly with companies needing those products. The database is accessible nationwide and may be searched directly for opportunities in Oregon.
The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association has developed checklists providing safety strategies and protocols for restaurants and lodging properties. The checklists are available on ORLA’s website.

From the NEOJIC, 5/26/2020: Preview attachment NEOJICPMUpdate_20200526.pdf

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Friday, May 22:
Governor Kate Brown, Oregon mayors call on Oregonians to Stay Local to Stay Safe this Memorial Day weekend: Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a time for Oregonians to get outside, travel to their favorite vacation destinations, and welcome the return of summer. Governor Kate Brown joined a bipartisan group of 26 mayors from across the state in urging Oregonians to keep it local this Memorial Day weekend to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read the news release.

Business Oregon makes Community Development Block Grants available for COVID-19 response: Approximately $3.7 million is now available for communities impacted by COVID-19, including for small business assistance and projects that prevent, prepare for and respond to the pandemic. Read more.
Governor Kate Brown announces Phase 1 approval for Marion and Polk counties: Governor Kate Brown announced that Marion and Polk counties can begin entering Phase 1 of reopening on Friday, May 22 under her framework for building a safe and strong Oregon. Read the news release.

COVID-19 Leads to Oregon’s Record Job Losses in April: Data released this week from the Oregon Employment Department shows 266,600 jobs were lost in the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rate of unemployment has reached 14.2 percent. Read the news release.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis wrote about the state’s latest economic and revenue forecast, including what recovery will look like in Oregon. Read the blog post.

Updated FAQ documents related to the industry sector guidance have been posted: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19#collapseOHAGuidance

Here is a new dashboard created by OHA that shows the public health indicators: https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19PublicHealthIndicators/COVID-19Burden

For counties and cities with maintenance crews- I’ve attached the guidance that ODOT has developed to keep their maintenance crews safe during this time. I thought others might be interested in the guidance that ODOT has developed.
Updated clarification around faith based gatherings: If you have separate buildings and the people in the different buildings do not have to share and will not share common spaces while in the separate buildings, you can have up to 25 people in each building as long as they can maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.  If you have rooms within the same building, and you can prevent the people in each room from sharing common spaces while everyone is in the building, you can have up to 25 people in each room as long as they can maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.  That includes ensuring that individuals from different rooms will not share entrances or exits, restrooms, kitchens, or other common spaces while all in the same building.

 

From the NEOJIC, 5/22/2020: Preview attachment NEOJICPMUpdate_20200522.docx.pdf

From the NEOJIC, 5/21/2020: Preview attachment NEOJICPMUpdate_20200521.pdf

State of Oregon Employment Department. 5/20/2020: Preview attachment PUA_FAQs.pdf.docx

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Wednesday, May 20:
The Small Business Administration will hold a Small Business Relief Webinar to discuss small business relief and funding options at noon on Thursday, May 21. Register here.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created the Farmers to Families Food Box program to help workforces who have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities. The program will fund $3 billion to purchase fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need.
The Federal Reserve announced that it establishing a Main Street Lending Program to support small and medium sized businesses that were unable to access the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or that require additional financial support after receiving other relief. Main Street loans are not forgivable.
Additionally, I wanted to share that an FAQ document has been created by OHA to help clear up some of the questions that have come up related to the restaurant sector guidance: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served//le2342i.pdf. FAQ’s related to the other industry sector guidance documents will be forthcoming and I will pass along when I receive them.|
Finally, I just wanted to flag that we have landed on a decision about fraternal organizations. They can, indeed, operate in Phase 1 under restaurant guidelines. This will be reflected in our FAQs in the future.

City of La Grande Parks & Recreation Dept., 5/20/2020: Preview attachment Recreation Camps Press Release.docx

From the NEOJIC, 5/20/2020: Preview attachment NEOJICPMUpdate_20200520.pdf

Business Oregon, 5/20/2020: https://www.eda.gov/coronavirus/

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020, provides the Economic Development Administration (EDA) with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) (PDF) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the pandemic. On May 7, 2020, Secretary Wilbur Ross made EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance funding available with the announcement that EDA had published an Addendum to its FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity. EDA intends to deploy its CARES Act funding as quickly, effectively, and efficiently as possible, and in a manner that meets communities needs.
When on the website, if you click on the “notice of funding opportunity” link at the top of the page you will be taken to the NOFA site with full details and application.

Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Special district governments
Private institutions of higher education
County governments
City or township governments
State governments

 

From the NEOJIC, 5/19/2020: Preview attachment NEOJICPMUpdate_20200519.docx.pdf

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Monday, May 18 –
The Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury released Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness applications. Borrowers can find instructions and the PPP loan forgiveness application here.
The Small Business Development Center will host the “Taking Your Company Virtual” webinar from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. The training includes managing teams remotely, video conferencing tips, web security, time tracking and more. Register here.
The Small Business Administration and National Rural Health Association will hold a webinar on using Paycheck Protection Program funding to support America’s rural health care providers. Join the live-streamed conversation from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 to learn about what resources are available to you and your healthcare community. Register here.
Oregon State Parks has a new tool for Oregonians on how and where to recreate outdoors as some areas reopen. Some state parks are now open for limited day-use, while all overnight camping remains closed. View the status of parks and recreation facilities here.

 

From the NEOJIC, 5/18/2020: Preview attachment NEOJICPMUpdate_20200518.pdf

From the NEOJIC, 5/18/2020: Preview attachment Press Release UC 6th Confirmed Care.pdf

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Friday, May 15 –
Governor Kate Brown announced yesterday the counties that can begin entering Phase 1 of reopening under her framework for building a safe and strong Oregon. Qualifying counties demonstrated that they meet all of Oregon’s safety and preparedness prerequisites for reopening, as well as a declining prevalence of COVID-19. Read the news release. Governor Brown also issued a new executive order related to the reopening.
PPE resource list: Business Oregon has compiled a resource list of PPE manufacturers and distributors. Small businesses may use the list to help find equipment necessary to reopen, including gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and more. See the list.
The Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation has a messaging toolkit with signs and social media ideas to encourage safe and responsible outdoor recreation during the pandemic. See the toolkit.
The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development has created a resource guide for land use planners and economic development officials to use during COVID-19. The pandemic presents an opportunity to rethink local codes and planning programs, and the guide provides tools to help recovery planning and community development. Read more.
The Oregon Employment Department received 14,100 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the week of May 3 to May 9. The agency has received 396,000 initial claims since COVID-19 business closures began in mid-March. Read the news release.
Impact of COVID-19 on travel industry (UPDATED 5/12): To help share information about COVID-19 impacts to the travel industry, Travel Oregon’s research team is compiling state and national data on a weekly basis to share with external partners. Read the report.

The Oregon Farmers Markets Association has written an Oregon-specific guide for farmers market operators and vendors to share current COVID-19 policy, best practices and resources. Read the guide.
Oregon Businesses Encouraged to Apply for Paycheck Protection Loans Now
Oregon businesses that have not yet applied for Paycheck Protection Program loans can still take advantage of the funds, with an estimated $100 billion still available in the program nationwide. Business owners are encouraged to visit the COVID-19 Small Business Navigator or call 833-604-0880 for assistance navigating available resources.

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Eastern Oregon Media Group, May14th, 2020:
Community Marketing Grant Program announced for local business
EO Media Group, an Oregon family-owned multimedia company, has established a Community Marketing Grant Program to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions in the markets served by the company’s 12 newspapers, including The Observer and Baker City Herald. Up to $1,000,000 in matching advertising dollars will be available. Recipients of the Community Marketing Grant Program will be awarded a dollar-for-dollar match for print or digital advertising in EO Media Group publications. Community organizations and locally owned and operated businesses are encouraged to apply to extend their marketing to local residents during this challenging time. Grants are available for a minimum of $250 and maximum of $10,000 in matching funds each month, and will be awarded between May 15 and July 31. Applications will be accepted starting May 15 and must be submitted online at eomediagroup.com/marketing-grant/ Grants will be reviewed and replied to within 1-2 days of application. For more information, contact your local EO Media Group publishing partner, The Observer or Baker City Herald, at 541-624-6008, or kbrogoitti@lagrandeobserver.com.

SBDC May 14, 2020:
Many business owners and employers are unclear as to what the latest guidelines are as the economy begins to open. Take the time to review all of the information located on this website. You may want to check back frequently to make sure you have the latest updates.
Questions and Answers Regarding PPP and EIDL Funding
Many business owners have applied for or received funds from the Paycheck Protection (PPP) and/or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). We have received the following questions and want to share information we hope will be helpful.

1. Q: I’ve applied for the EIDL or the PPP and have heard nothing back yet. What do I do? A: You may call the customer service line but be aware there are long wait times. The number is: 800-659-2955. For questions regarding PPP applications you may try contacting your lender. Unfortunately, you may just have to wait as there are tens of thousands of applications, limited staff and amounts of money.
2. Q: I did not apply during the first go-round of applications for the EIDL. Can I apply now? A: At this time the EIDL is accepting applications only from agriculture businesses. Keep monitoring the website to see when (and if) they open it up again to other businesses.
3. Q: I applied during the first round of funding but did not hear anything from SBA. Do I need to reapply? A: No. Existing applications will be processed on a first come, first-served basis.
4. Q: I’ve applied for the EIDL and the loan amount I’ve received requires collateral. I already have assets mortgaged or with a UCC filing. Do I still qualify for the loan? A: Yes, the SBA will take a subordinate position and if there is no collateral available, borrowers will not be denied the loan.
5. Q: I heard the maximum EIDL loan has been decreased. Is this true? A: Yes, the most current information we have is that the maximum loan amount for the EIDL has been reduced to $150,000.
6. Q: I received no notification from the EIDL regarding the loan advance (grant), but the money just showed up in my account. Is this normal? A: Yes. They are just depositing the loan advance into your account so monitor it frequently.
7. Q: I obtained a PPP loan and want to hire back my employees. However, they are collecting more on unemployment and don’t want to return. A: Those collecting unemployment who turn down work stand a strong chance of losing their benefits except under certain circumstances. As long as you have documented their refusal to return to work you should not be penalized and can hire new employees to meet the required 75% threshold for loan forgiveness.
8. Q: I’ve not received either the PPP or EIDL and am self-employed. Can I apply for unemployment? A: Yes. Under the new Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Program (PUA), those who are self-employed, are independent contractors, or “gig workers” can apply for unemployment benefits. Visit the Employment Department website and click the Cares Act link in the yellow banner at the top of the page to learn about the program and to apply.
9. Q: What documentation does the PUA require to apply? A: You are not required to provide documentation at the time of application but will complete and sign a certification stating the information you provided is true and correct. However, in case your application is reviewed, you will need to have proof of your income. This would include your tax return, 1099’s, etc.
10. Q: As the economy opens, where can I find information on the guidelines required for my business? A: Visit the Covid Resources for Oregonians website. It will provide you all the latest information specific to your business.

We will continue to provide business owners the most up to date information we have and are here to assist you. Give a call or send us an email today!

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Tuesday, May 12 –
The state’s reopening framework presentation is now available in Spanish.
The Western Governors’ Association will host a webinar on COVID-19 Economic Impacts and Mitigation on Main Street (Part III) from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15. This webinar will highlight challenges facing Main Street businesses in rural communities resulting from COVID-19 and provide perspectives from business owners and lenders. Register here.
The Oregon Community Foundation has announced $1 million in grant funding to support communities and economies in the Pacific Northwest through the Accelerate Northwest Fund. Learn more.
Business Oregon and the Oregon Innovation Council announced the Enhanced Innovation Grant Program that will fund up to five proposals from innovation-based companies. The program has $250,000 available and will fund individual grants up to $50,000. Proposals are due May 20. Learn more.
USDA will host a webinar at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 14 for farmers, ranchers and producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Register here.

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Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Monday, May 11 –
Status of Phase 1 applications: The state has created a webpage where the public can learn the status of Phase 1 reopening applications that some counties have submitted. The page is updated regularly as applications are reviewed.
Business Oregon launches $10 million grant program for local communities to support small businesses: Business Oregon has released a round of funding to stand up local small businesses grant programs across Oregon. The legislature and Governor Kate Brown allocated $5 million from the General Fund and redirected another $5 million from existing Business Oregon programs. Learn more.
The Oregon Health Authority has created signage that businesses can post about masks and how to limit the spread of COVID-19. The signs have been translated into eleven languages. Find the signage under the Guidance for the General Public tab.
Small business survey results released: Several stage agencies conducted a survey with thousands of businesses to better understand the economic impacts of COVID-19. Results show uncertainty is the biggest challenge facing Oregon businesses, followed closely by a decline in sales. Results also indicate a more difficult economic situation for rural counties and sharper revenue declines for women and minority-owned businesses. View the full survey results and the one-page executive summary.
Governor Kate Brown released a statement today about the upcoming revenue forecast and the impact to the state budget. Read the news release.
Western states pact urges federal support for states and cities responding to COVID-19 pandemic: In a letter to Congressional leadership today, governors and legislative leaders from five Western states requested $1 trillion in direct and flexible relief to states and local governments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to avoid deep cuts to services like public health, public safety, public education and help people get back to work. Read the letter.

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Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Weekly Summary: Sunday, May 10 –
Business Resources
PPP loans, EIDL advances, SBA loan subsidies not subject to CAT: The Oregon Department of Revenue has determined that certain federal assistance to businesses under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is not commercial activity under Oregon statute and will not be subject to the Corporate Activity Tax. The exempt assistance includes forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) emergency advances, and Small Business Administration (SBA) loan subsidies. Read the news release.
SCORE is hosting a free webinar on May 12 at 11 a.m. The 4 Key Things Business Owners Should Be Focused on Right Now. Register here.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has posted updated FAQs providing answers regarding the Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act. The Employee Retention Credit encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
New eligibility for economic injury disaster loan and advance: Starting today, May 4, the Small Business Administration will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis to provide relief to agricultural businesses. Learn more.
Worker and Unemployment Resources
OregonHealthCare.gov offers solution for those who lost health insurance due to COVID-19: Job loss due to COVID-19 has caused many Oregonians to lose their health insurance. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace can help them find new coverage, often with financial help. Learn more.
Initial Claims and Unemployment Benefits in Oregon: During the week of April 26 to May 2, the Oregon Employment Department received 19,600 initial claims for unemployment benefits. The agency has received more than 381,800 initial claims since COVID-19 businesses closures began in mid-March. Read the news release.
Cities and Counties
Faith Communities and COVID-19 — A dialog with the Governor’s Office and the Oregon Health Authority: The office of Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority will hold a webinar with faith communities to discuss COVID-19 at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12. The dialog includes Phase 1 reopening guidance for the faith community and other topics. Register here.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recently announced that eight state park sites will partially or completely reopen immediately, with others following May 11. This followed Governor Kate Brown’s announcement that some state recreation areas would reopen, though with some limitations. Campgrounds at Oregon state parks will remain closed, with no anticipated date of reopening. You can find an updated posting of the facilities that are open at oregonstateparks.org.
Oregon to provide more than 351,000 children with benefits to replace the meals they get at school: The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education announced today that Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school even if they have been accessing meals from schools during the closure. Read more.
Reopen Mainstreet has compiled a variety of resources on its website, including potential reopening strategies, ideas, hints and tips for businesses, business districts and organizations as they enter the COVID-19 recovery phase.
The state of Oregon has approved additional emergency funding to regional food banks due to the increased need for food assistance during the pandemic. There is also a new tool to serve as a way to both identify growers who have lost sales due to the COVID-19 health crisis and also identify growers that would be interested in selling to Regional Food Banks beyond this crisis. Find more information.
Travel Oregon announces COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Program: Travel Oregon is seeking grant applications from small businesses that are tied to tourism and overnight stays. The grants target small businesses in rural communities that have not received other federal aid, including the PPP and EIDL programs. Applicants can apply for the $800,000 in funding between May 11 and May 15. Learn more about the grants

The Office of Economic Analysis looks at current economic data and how it could affect social and demographic trends in Oregon, from adults living at home with their parents to migration into and out of the state. Read the blog.
Impact of COVID-19 on Travel Industry: Travel Oregon’s research team released a report May 6 with detailed information on pandemic impacts to the travel industry. The report compiles state and national data on many aspects of the travel industry, from vacation rental occupancy to passenger numbers at Portland International Airport. Read more.
The Office of Emergency Management issues updated statewide distribution guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE): Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management issued updated guidelines to help ensure distribution of protective equipment across the state as needed. Anticipating increased demand for PPE, the state will funnel equipment once a week to counties and Oregon’s sovereign tribes, based on a priority matrix. Read the news release.
Policy and Legislation
Governor Kate Brown releases plan for rebuilding a safe and strong Oregon: Governor Kate Brown today announced new details of her framework for rebuilding a safe and strong Oregon, including new guidance for counties and businesses on the phased reopening process. The guidance is the product of a robust engagement process with stakeholders, doctors, health experts, business owners, and local officials to chart a path forward while keeping Oregonians healthy and safe. Read the news release.
Governor Kate Brown Announces Limited Opening Of State Recreational Areas: Governor Kate Brown today announced the limited opening of some state parks, outdoor recreation facilities, and areas across Oregon for day use effective today, May 5, 2020, with camping opportunities becoming available as federal, state, local, and private providers are able to prepare their facilities for visitors. Read the news release.
Temporary Oregon rule addresses COVID-19 in employer-provided housing, farm operations: Oregon OSHA has adopted a temporary rule to increase protections for workers against the spread of coronavirus in employer-provided housing and in labor-intensive farm operations. The rule, which takes effect May 11, 2020, addresses the COVID-19 emergency in housing and operations by strengthening requirements in three areas: field sanitation, labor housing, and transportation. Read more.

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Business Oregon, 5/8/2020:
Business Oregon Launches $10 million Grant Program for Local Communities to Support Small Businesses Throughout Oregon
Salem, OR — Today Business Oregon released the latest of the state’s recovery efforts for Oregon small businesses suffering in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a round of funding to stand up local small business grant programs across the state. The Oregon Legislature, in partnership with Governor Kate Brown, allocated $5 million from the state’s General Fund, which will be combined with another $5 million redirected from existing programs at Business Oregon. For the first round of funding, Business Oregon is issuing a request for proposals from cities, counties, and Economic Development Districts that have existing small business COVID-relief programs or will stand up new programs to issue grants to local small businesses with fewer than 25 employees, with an emphasis on sole proprietors and historically disadvantaged businesses. Many communities throughout Oregon are already providing local assistance to small businesses, and this new state funding will bolster this community-level assistance. “The funding from Governor Brown and the state legislature lets us implement a community-driven approach to help small businesses that haven’t been able to access the federal programs,” said Business Oregon Interim Director Chris Cummings. “These funds are also intended to be equally accessible to all Oregonians, so we are requiring communities to target marketing of the funds to historically disadvantaged populations, provide materials in multiple languages, and prioritize underrepresented groups as grant programs are rolled out. Many Oregonians have faced systemic barriers to prosperity because of race and ethnicity, and this pandemic has magnified that inequity.” To fill gaps not reached by other programs, these state funds are directed to adversely affected businesses that have been unable to receive federal CARES Act funding, including the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program, or other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding. Businesses may use the proceeds for any business-related operating expenses, including helping businesses work to reopen in line with the Phase 1 reopening guidance announced by Governor Brown this week. This announcement is for the first round of funding totaling $2.5 million, with a second round of $2.5 million coming immediately after, then a final round for the remaining $5 million will be announced at a later date. Awards for this round of funds will be based on a community program’s ability to achieve the parameters, values, and goals of the program. This round is designed for communities that can get the money out quickly, requiring all funds to be expended to small businesses by June 30th, 2020.
A full description of the program details and application requirements is available here.
Proposals for this round of funding are due due Monday, May 18, 2020 by 5:00 PM.

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Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Thursday, May 7 –
In addition to the Daily Digest below, I want to call everyone’s attention to the website that includes the media kit from today’s press conference by the Governor. It includes the presentation on Phases for Reopening Oregon, and all the Phase One final guidance for the public, employers and the following sectors: Outdoor recreation, personal services, restaurants/bars/etc, and retail. I’d encourage you to check out this information: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/covid-19-news.aspx.

Governor Kate Brown releases plan for rebuilding a safe and strong Oregon: Governor Kate Brown today announced new details of her framework for rebuilding a safe and strong Oregon, including new guidance for counties and businesses on the phased reopening process. The guidance is the product of a robust engagement process with stakeholders, doctors, health experts, business owners, and local officials to chart a path forward while keeping Oregonians healthy and safe. Read the news release.
PPP loans, EIDL advances, SBA loan subsidies not subject to CAT: The Oregon Department of Revenue has determined that certain federal assistance to businesses under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is not commercial activity under Oregon statute and will not be subject to the Corporate Activity Tax. The exempt assistance includes forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) emergency advances, and Small Business Administration (SBA) loan subsidies. Read the news release.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recently announced that eight state park sites will partially or completely reopen immediately, with others following May 11. This followed Governor Kate Brown’s announcement that some state recreation areas would reopen, though with some limitations. Campgrounds at Oregon state parks will remain closed, with no anticipated date of reopening. You can find an updated posting of the facilities that are open at oregonstateparks.org.

Updates from Business Oregon, 5/11/2020:
* For questions about PPP loan forgiveness, the bank where they received the loan will be the best point of contact as the financial institutions who made the loans will be the ones determining and calculating the forgiveness portion based on guidance from the SBA. Borrowers can also review the interim final rules published in the Federal Register.
* According to the Oregon Department of Revenue, certain federal assistance provided to businesses under the CARES Act (PPP, EIDL advances, and SBA loan subsidies) is not considered commercial activity under Oregon law and will not be subject to the Corporate Activity Tax.
* The internal Business Oregon PPE group has shared the list of PPE providers they have compiled with other agencies who have also shared it. The Supply Connector is expected to be up and running next week and entities seeking PPE will be directed to the Small Business Navigator as the central point for access to PPE resources.
*A lot of information about reopening went public yesterday, including prerequisites for counties and regions to enter Phase I as well as sector specific guidelines for businesses in retail; outdoor recreation; bars, restaurants, breweries, etc.; and personal service providers; as well as general guidance for the public and employers. https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19  

* The first of the RFPs for the $10 million to pass through Business Oregon to small businesses will go live any day. The first round will allocate $2.5 million to eligible public entities (cities, counties, economic development districts) that have or will develop a business assistance loan or grant fund that aligns with Business Oregon’s objectives (detailed in the RFP). Up to 1 to 1 match will be available to augment local assistance programs.

More details will be in the release (and I will forward as I learn anything) but a few initial questions answered below:
Q: Are community funds expended as a loan rather than a grant eligible for the match program?
A: Yes, but the matching funds must be awarded as a grant
Q: What if the community program guidelines are not the same as the matching funds, is the community still eligible to apply?
A: Yes, the community will need to adjust their program guideline and matching funds must be awarded
* as a grant
*  to adversely affected businesses
*  with 25 or fewer employees
*  that have been unable to receive federal CARES Act funding, including but not limited to the PPP and EIDL
* and community programs will need to collect demographic data on the funds they previously awarded
Q: Why are you awarding the first $5,000,000 in two rounds?
A: In order to achieve a statewide program, as directed by the Oregon Legislature some areas of the state are going to need additional time to establish a program eligible for the matching program. By providing two rounds we can get funding out to communities that are ready to proceed, while giving other regions of the state more time to develop a program.
Q: If a community has a program ready to proceed but has not disbursed funds yet are they eligible to apply for the match program in the first round?
A: Yes
*  Yesterday the SBA slashed the EIDL loan limit from $2 million down to $150,000 and closed its application portal to all but agricultural businesses. Applicants that filed prior to April 15, when the portal first closed, will still be considered on a first come first serve basis.
*  Department of Commerce announced yesterday the availability of $1.5 billion in CARES Act grants available to a wide range of public entities (states, counties, cities, districts, higher ed, nonprofits, etc.) to support recovery efforts. Examples of eligible projects include recovery planning, resilience plans for future pandemics, entrepreneur support programs, public works projects like broadband to enhance telehealth or remote learning.

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Friday, May 8 –
OregonHealthCare.gov offers solution for those who lost health insurance due to COVID-19: Job loss due to COVID-19 has caused many Oregonians to lose their health insurance. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace can help them find new coverage, often with financial help. Learn more.
Faith Communities and COVID-19 — A dialog with the Governor’s Office and the Oregon Health Authority: The office of Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority will hold a webinar with faith communities to discuss COVID-19 at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12. The dialog includes Phase 1 reopening guidance for the faith community and other topics. Register here.
Travel Oregon announces COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Program: Travel Oregon is seeking grant applications from small businesses that are tied to tourism and overnight stays. The grants target small businesses in rural communities that have not received other federal aid, including the PPP and EIDL programs. Applicants can apply for the $800,000 in funding between May 11 and May 15. Learn more about the grants.
The Office of Economic Analysis looks at current economic data and how it could affect social and demographic trends in Oregon, from adults living at home with their parents to migration into and out of the state. Read the blog.
Impact of COVID-19 on Travel Industry: Travel Oregon’s research team released a report May 6 with detailed information on pandemic impacts to the travel industry. The report compiles state and national data on many aspects of the travel industry, from vacation rental occupancy to passenger numbers at Portland International Airport. Read more.
Initial Claims and Unemployment Benefits in Oregon: During the week of April 26 to May 2, the Oregon Employment Department received 19,600 initial claims for unemployment benefits. The agency has received more than 381,800 initial claims since COVID-19 businesses closures began in mid-March. Read the news release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2020
Business Oregon Launches $10 million Grant Program for Local Communities to Support Small Businesses Throughout Oregon

 

Salem, OR — Today Business Oregon released the latest of the state’s recovery efforts for Oregon small businesses suffering in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a round of funding to stand up local small business grant programs across the state. The Oregon Legislature, in partnership with Governor Kate Brown, allocated $5 million from the state’s General Fund, which will be combined with another $5 million redirected from existing programs at Business Oregon.

For the first round of funding, Business Oregon is issuing a request for proposals from cities, counties, and Economic Development Districts that have existing small business COVID-relief programs or will stand up new programs to issue grants to local small businesses with fewer than 25 employees, with an emphasis on sole proprietors and historically disadvantaged businesses. Many communities throughout Oregon are already providing local assistance to small businesses, and this new state funding will bolster this community-level assistance.

“The funding from Governor Brown and the state legislature lets us implement a community-driven approach to help small businesses that haven’t been able to access the federal programs,” said Business Oregon Interim Director Chris Cummings. “These funds are also intended to be equally accessible to all Oregonians, so we are requiring communities to target marketing of the funds to historically disadvantaged populations, provide materials in multiple languages, and prioritize underrepresented groups as grant programs are rolled out. Many Oregonians have faced systemic barriers to prosperity because of race and ethnicity, and this pandemic has magnified that inequity.”

To fill gaps not reached by other programs, these state funds are directed to adversely affected businesses that have been unable to receive federal CARES Act funding, including the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program, or other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding. Businesses may use the proceeds for any business-related operating expenses, including helping businesses work to reopen in line with the Phase 1 reopening guidance announced by Governor Brown this week.

This announcement is for the first round of funding totaling $2.5 million, with a second round of $2.5 million coming immediately after, then a final round for the remaining $5 million will be announced at a later date. Awards for this round of funds will be based on a community program’s ability to achieve the parameters, values, and goals of the program. This round is designed for communities that can get the money out quickly, requiring all funds to be expended to small businesses by June 30th, 2020.

A full description of the program details and application requirements is available here.

Proposals for this round of funding are due due Monday, May 18, 2020 by 5:00 PM.

Media Contact Nathan Buehler // 503-689-3559

 

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CITY OF LA GRANDE, May 7, 2020:
CITY OF LA GRANDE AWARDS 3RD ROUND OF EMERGENCY LOANS
La Grande, OR – The City of La Grande has just completed the third round of loans for the City’s Emergency Loan Program.  In total, 22 Emergency Loans for small businesses in La Grande have been approved totaling $169,020. “It is critical to our City to keep our small businesses alive,” said Mayor Steve Clements. “The Emergency Loan Program is an opportunity for the City to provide help to our qualifying small businesses to help sustain them through this crisis.” The City still has loan funds available and will review applications weekly until all loan funds are used.  If you are a small business located in the City of La Grande and need financial assistance, you can apply for a loan of up to $10,000 at 1% interest with no payments and no interest for six months.
Applications can be downloaded in the Blog Post at Ignitemybusiness.org.  If you have questions, please contact Christine Jarski at cjarski@cityoflagrande.org or (541) 962-1307.
Criteria for Eligible Businesses:
1) MUST be physically located within the City of La Grande City Limits;
2) Those immediately impacted by public health restrictions;
3) Had 50 or fewer employees when operating at full scale (defined as December 2019);
4) Were generally stable/strong prior to the crisis.

 

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Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Tuesday, May 5
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown Announces Limited Opening Of State Recreational Areas: Governor Kate Brown today announced the limited opening of some state parks, outdoor recreation facilities, and areas across Oregon for day use effective today, May 5, 2020, with camping opportunities becoming available as federal, state, local, and private providers are able to prepare their facilities for visitors. Read the news release.
Oregon to Provide More than 351,000 Children with Benefits to Replace the Meals they Get at School: The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education announced today that Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school even if they have been accessing meals from schools during the closure. Read more.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has posted updated FAQs providing answers regarding the Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act. The Employee Retention Credit encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
Reopen Mainstreet has compiled a variety of resources on its website, including potential reopening strategies, ideas, hints and tips for businesses, business districts and organizations as they enter the COVID-19 recovery phase.
SCORE is hosting a free webinar on May 12 at 11 a.m. The 4 Key Things Business Owners Should Be Focused on Right Now. Register here.

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Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Monday, May 4
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
The Office of Emergency Management issues updated statewide distribution guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE): Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management issued updated guidelines to help ensure distribution of protective equipment across the state as needed. Anticipating increased demand for PPE, the state will funnel equipment once a week to counties and Oregon’s sovereign tribes, based on a priority matrix. Read the news release.
New eligibility for economic injury disaster loan and advance: Starting today, May 4, the Small Business Administration will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis to provide relief to agricultural businesses. Learn more.
Temporary Oregon rule addresses COVID-19 in employer-provided housing, farm operations: Oregon OSHA has adopted a temporary rule to increase protections for workers against the spread of coronavirus in employer-provided housing and in labor-intensive farm operations. The rule, which takes effect May 11, 2020, addresses the COVID-19 emergency in housing and operations by strengthening requirements in three areas: field sanitation, labor housing, and transportation. Read more.
The state of Oregon has approved additional emergency funding to regional food banks due to the increased need for food assistance during the pandemic. There is also a new tool to serve as a way to both identify growers who have lost sales due to the COVID-19 health crisis and also identify growers that would be interested in selling to Regional Food Banks beyond this crisis. Find more information.
Business Examples:
Hales Restaurant in Hermiston -was early to adapt and offer take out, initially with a limited menu and more recently with a regular, full menu.  The restaurant offered a roll of toilet paper for every to-go order, initially as a way to entice customers but have continued even after the toilet paper craze.
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Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 – Weekly Summary: Sunday, May 3
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Business Resources
The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development is offering forgivable loans to Native-owned small businesses operating in Oregon with five or fewer employees. Learn more.
Revenue eases CAT requirements: At the direction of Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Department of Revenue is adjusting requirements of businesses making estimated payments of the Corporate Activity Tax. Beginning immediately, Revenue has changed the threshold for making estimated tax payments from $5,000 of annual tax liability to $10,000 of annual tax liability for the first year of the tax. This means businesses that will owe less than $10,000 are not required to make quarterly estimated tax payments during 2020. Read the news release.
USDA and Rural Development have provided guidance to rural communities and the agricultural industry about recently passed funding relief contained in the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster program. Read the announcement.
USDA Invites Applications for Funding to Help Rural Families and Small Businesses Reduce Energy Costs and Make Energy Efficiency Improvements: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications from utilities and energy efficiency entities to help rural families and small businesses reduce energy costs through energy efficiency improvements. Funding is available through the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP).
Worker and Unemployment Resources
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis looks at the unemployment claims and breaks down the data by sector and job type. Read the blog post from May 1.
The Oregon Employment Department received 28,500 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the week of April 19 to April 25. has received more than 362,200 initial claims in the past six weeks. Read the news release.
Revenue alerts taxpayers with a filing requirement that they must file a tax return to get an Economic Impact Payment: The Oregon Department of Revenue is alerting taxpayers that while most eligible taxpayers don’t need to take any action to receive an Economic Impact Payment, some people will. This includes those who are required to file and haven’t filed a tax return for either 2018 or 2019. Read the news release.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Available in Oregon: Starting today, the Oregon Employment Department is providing unemployment benefits through the CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The program is aimed at Oregonians who do do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance claims, including the self-employed, independent contractors, agricultural workers and others. Read the news release.
Cities and Counties
The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority have guidelines for safe graduation and year-end school celebrations, as well as creative options being considered by districts throughout Oregon. Read the guidance.
OHA Expands Testing Guidelines: The Oregon Health Authority has broadened guidelines for COVID-19 testing to prioritize impacted populations and all symptomatic frontline workers, including grocery store workers. Under the newly revised guidelines, clinicians are urged to potentially increase testing for those who may be particularly at risk for COVID-19, including those living in congregate care facilities, underserved and marginalized populations and essential frontline workers. Read the expanded guidelines in English and Spanish.
COVID-19: No Known Transmission Through Food or Food Packaging: Given the recent plant closures across the U.S. and some in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Agriculture want to assure Oregonians there is no evidence that human or animal food or food packaging is associated with the transmission of COVID-19. Read the news release.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis has a new blogpost linking to a video presentation that state economists recently gave to the Bend Chamber of Commerce on the statewide economic shock posed by COVID-19 and projections moving forward.
Travel Oregon will host a ‘State of the Industry’ webinar on Wednesday, April 29 at 1:30pm. Register here. The webinar will focus on efforts to address the needs of travelers, partners, stakeholders and residents in a time when up-to-date information is crucial. Takeaways include a look at overall economic outlook, recovery strategies and opportunities that will guide us in preparing for the next phase of this crisis.
DEQ extends vehicle inspection station closures to at least May 17, continues to offer other inspection options: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, which closed vehicle inspection stations March 17, extended those closures through at least May 17 to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 among staff and customers. Read more.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis looks at how the concept of forced savings brought upon by the stay-at-home order could impact economic recovery in Oregon. Read the blog post.
Policy and Legislation
Governor Kate Brown Announces COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing Plans for Reopening Oregon: Governor Kate Brown today introduced new plans for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, two foundational elements of her framework for reopening Oregon safely. Ensuring adequate testing capacity and contact tracing will allow Oregon’s health care system to effectively identify and treat new cases of COVID-19, trace contacts with new cases to identify those at risk for infection, and contain new outbreaks before community spread can occur. Read the news release.
Governor Kate Brown Statement on Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidelines: Governor Brown issued a statement late last week on the economic challenge states are facing due to COVID-19 and argued for additional state relief through federal CARES ACT funding. Read the full statement.
Governor Kate Brown Announces First Oregon Walgreens Rapid COVID-19 Testing Location: Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that Walgreens has opened one of its first COVID-19 testing sites in Oregon. Drive-through testing, overseen by Walgreens pharmacists, will be available in Hillsboro by appointment only for patients who have completed an online health assessment and meet federal and state eligibility standards. Read the news release.
Colorado and Nevada Join California, Oregon, and Washington in Western States Pact: Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak today announced their respective states are joining California, Oregon and Washington in the Western States Pact––a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home and fighting COVID-19. Read the news release.

Temporary Oregon rule addresses COVID-19 in employer-provided housing, farm operations: Oregon OSHA has adopted a temporary rule to increase protections for workers against the spread of coronavirus in employer-provided housing and in labor-intensive farm operations. The rule, which takes effect May 11, 2020, addresses the COVID-19 emergency in such housing and operations by strengthening requirements in three areas: field sanitation, labor housing, and transportation. Read more in EnglishRead more in Spanish.

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Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest, 4/30/2020:
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
OHA Expands Testing Guidelines: The Oregon Health Authority has broadened guidelines for COVID-19 testing to prioritize impacted populations and all symptomatic frontline workers, including grocery store workers. Under the newly revised guidelines, clinicians are urged to potentially increase testing for those who may be particularly at risk for COVID-19, including those living in congregate care facilities, underserved and marginalized populations and essential frontline workers. Read the expanded guidelines in English and Spanish.
The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority have guidelines for safe graduation and year-end school celebrations, as well as creative options being considered by districts throughout Oregon. Read the guidance.
The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development is offering forgivable loans to Native-owned small businesses operating in Oregon with five or fewer employees. Learn more.
The Oregon Employment Department received 28,500 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the week of April 19 to April 25. has received more than 362,200 initial claims in the past six weeks. Read the news release.
Business/Community Stories:
Here are two stories from Eastern Oregon University about how they have adapted to meet students’ needs during this pandemic-
Keeping students engaged, successful from afar
The Mountaineer Success Team is a network of staff and faculty volunteer coaches who support “students of promise” in becoming self-motivated and successful community builders. Read the full story here: https://www.eou.edu/news-press/keeping-students-engaged-successful-from-afar.
Virtual Preview Day highlights fast-adapting services
The first-ever virtual visit day attracted 150 prospective students, and other EOU enrollment services are following suit. See the complete post here: https://www.eou.edu/news-press/virtual-preview-day-highlights-fast-adapting-services/
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We know you are getting hit with many calls and concerned residents about their unemployment insurance taxes and benefits, and we appreciate your help with getting accurate information out. Every week, your questions evolve and we want to help arm you with information for your constituents, so I hope this update will do that. As you will read below, we have processed over 230,000 initial claims in 5-weeks, not including this last week that ends today. What remains is a very long queue with a mix of claims from people with UI histories that need sorting out, claims from independent contractors before we created the application process for that new program (PUA), claims that appear simple, but need identification verification, and claims that simply need extra attention from skilled, trained and equipped employees. We are catching up and we are processing claims at an incredible pace. However, for some, the number of weeks it is taking is exceeding 5-weeks. We continue to increase staff, training, equipment, socially-distanced workspaces, and strategies to get in front of the demand. We appreciate your support and we know this has been frustrating for you as well. Please be well and thank you again. Your responsiveness to Oregonians is phenomenal.
Where are we with the claims?
The amazing and dedicated team at this agency have processed over 230,000 initial claims in 5-weeks (not including the week that ends today, 4/25/2020). We still have a long queue of initial claims to process and we think many of them are waiting for one of the new federal programs (For example, the PUA for those not traditionally eligible for unemployment insurance benefits or the PEUC, which potentially extends benefits for 13-weeks). Other claims are needing additional attention because the claimant has a history with unemployment insurance benefits or we are needing to take extra steps to verify identity. Keep up with the numbers of initial claims coming in, the numbers of initial claims and weekly claims processed, the increase in resources we are adding, and the hundreds of millions of dollars moving into our communities on our COVID-19 page<https://govstatus.egov.com/ORUnemployment_COVID19>.
It’s going on 5-weeks…
It usually takes 3-weeks to get a payment, and some folks are now looking at week 4 or 5, which is understandable under our current strain, but their worry is also understandable. If there is an issue, someone will reach out to them, but we still have initial claims in the long queue to be processed. The system won’t recognize the weekly claims until the initial one is processed, thus the confusing messaging; the system is just needing to catch up. It is important for us to verify claims and to make sure people are getting the correct benefits, so even in normal times, it takes upwards of 3-weeks to receive a first payment. It is also important to note that we are backdating claims when appropriate. This means people won’t lose out on past benefits as we are catching up. Claims, including the weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation $600 amounts will catch up.
What happened with the dedicated email box?
We were responding to most of those emails, we believe within a few days to a week. However, the email boxes were overwhelmed early last week and people are not getting responses within the week any longer. We have increased the number of trained and equipped team members to attend to the email box backlog, but have a long way to go. Beyond adding employees to help, our new email box staffing plan includes sorting, assigning, and tracking emails differently to match the person with a team member trained and equipped to respond. We expect to get in front of the emails this next week by reaching out to the emailers asking for clarification of what response they still need.
What about Work Share program?
The Work Share program has information online and we are advising to start there www.oregonworkshare.com<http://www.oregonworkshare.com>  with application information. This program has increased in popularity and is a labor-intensive type of claim. Federal legislation is providing full federal reimbursement for Work Share benefits for late March through December 2020. Work still needs to be done to put this into our systems after other new programs are stood up. However, this is a program that can be applied for before any required system coding occurs. We are looking at what we need to do to increase our resources to meet demand.
Contact info for Work Share:       Email: OED_WorkShare@oregon.gov <mailto:OED_WorkShare@oregon.gov>  Phone: (503)-947-1800  Toll Free: (800)-436-6191
Usually, benefits paid out under the Work Share plan would impact an employer’s future UI tax rate the same as any traditional unemployment insurance benefits would. Under recent federal legislation, however, there is an additional benefit to employers to use Work Share. Work Share benefits for March 29 through December 26, 2020 are being reimbursed by the federal government, which means they will not impact the employer’s tax rate.
My understanding is that it can be as fast as a few weeks to process a Work Share application, but we know that the process is taking several weeks longer under the strain of the pandemic. We are creating a staffing plan to address the increased demand.
What is this letter telling businesses they will be charged?
We have gotten this question and I included an “it’s not a bill” response in my email to you all Tuesday 4/14, but it is clear that we need some language and messaging for you all to provide that explains this more. The bottom line is that the “charge” is used to calculate an experience rating, which is used to determine UI tax rates. The normal processes are still in place that require us, whenever somebody files for benefits, to notify their most recent employer and anybody who employed the person during their “base year” about the claim, including a Notice of Potential Charges. However, the impact to UI tax rates does not appear to be nearly what many are assuming. There are several factors that contribute to this:
  *   Regardless of an employer’s experience ratings, Oregon’s very sound self-balancing formula for the UI Trust Fund means that employer UI tax rates overall tend to go up when the UI Trust Fund balance gets lower, and go down when the balance is higher. While we are seeing a huge increase in claims, Oregon’s Trust Fund was better prepared than any other states to weather a recession, and we were in the second lowest possible UI tax schedule.
*   Within each tax schedule, experience ratings determine what an employer’s UI tax rate is. It is the comparative experience rating that matters, however. While we know not all employers will be impacted to the exact same extent, we also anticipate that most employers will see an increase in claims. Only if an employer sees more of an increase than most other employers would it impact their tax rate within any particular tax schedule.
*   Experience ratings are computed annually, and look at the time period of July 1 – June 30. Because of the timing of the coronavirus, the impact of this is likely to be spread across multiple tax years, minimizing any sudden or drastic changes.
*   The federal benefits that are being paid (the additional $600 per week, various benefit extensions, etc.) do not count towards employers’ experience ratings.
While we cannot of course guarantee an employer will remain in the lowest tax rate available in the tax schedule, it is still possible given the general increase in claims so many employers are seeing.
I am ready to begin asking my employees to come back…
Two things are emerging from the business community this week as the state is beginning to plan to “re-open.”  One is that businesses are worried their employees will refuse to come back to work without having a COVID-19 related reason because their benefits are too rewarding and the other is that businesses and their employees are worried about keeping everyone safe.
An employee may still be eligible for unemployment benefits if they do not return when called back if they have a COVID-19 related reason such as:
• Ill with COVID-19
• Potentially exposed to COVID-19 and subjected to a mandatory quarantine period
• Staying home to care for a family member, or other person they live with or who they provide care for, who is suffering from COVID-19 or subject to mandatory quarantine
• Unable to work because they have to stay home to care for a child due to the closure of schools, child care providers, or similar facilities due to COVID-19
• Asked to work when it would require them to act in violation of a mandatory quarantine or government directive
• Unable to work because they have been advised by their health care provider or by advice issued by public health officials to self-quarantine due to possible risk of exposure to or spread of COVID-19
I have called my staff back to work but some are choosing not to return because they are scared.
The emergency rules we filed weeks ago explains the added flexibility in how the employment department defines availability to work, actively seeking work, and able to work. And the definitions are tightly connected to Covid-19 related reasons (listed above). However, being in close proximity to the public is not a COVID-19 related reason. As long as your workplace can follow social distancing guidelines issued by government or public health officials, and the person does not have a COVID-19 related reason for returning to work, they are considered able to work. Choosing not to return to work would affect their unemployment benefit eligibility. The resource we refer to for guidelines issued by government of public health officials is the Governor’s COVID-19 Resources for Oregonians website https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19

I received a message that no valid claim was received even though I applied. What do I do now?
If you recently filed a new claim for benefits, please allow time for our staff to process it. If you received a confirmation number at the end of the claim application, you have filed a claim.  Once we process the claim, you can view the status online.  In the meantime, you should make weekly claim reports for any weeks you want benefits.
I put in a return to work date but we will still be under Stay Home, Stay Alive orders. How can I fix it?
We are clearing out the return to work dates on claims as our employees process them. Just keep claiming benefits each week.
I got a letter saying my claim was denied. What happened? What do I do now?
Some people were denied because they said they weren’t looking for work with other employers. We made an automatic fix for that. Those claims will be processed and people should continue filing weekly claims. If you were denied because you are self-employed, we are working to incorporate newly received guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor into our claims system to bring self-employed and 1099 contract workers into the benefits system. If there is another reason for the denial, you can appeal the decision by following the instructions in the letter.
Updated websites have dashboards and links to information, instructional videos, and a way to sign up for updates electronically:
*   https://www.qualityinfo.org/covid-19
*   https://govstatus.egov.com/ORUnemployment_COVID19
 April 23, 2020 Weekly Thursday Press Release<https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Documents/04.23.2020%20Employment%20Department%20Initial%20Claims%20and%20Agency%20Response%20News%20Release_FINAL.pdf>
P.S. Want to stay in the know? Sign up for our email updates<https://govstatus.egov.com/ORUnemployment_COVID19>
Our Oregon Employment Department COVID-19 page<https://govstatus.egov.com/ORUnemployment_COVID19>

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Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Monday, April 27
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
STAKEHOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT: USDA Leadership from Farm Production And Conservation and Rural Development Update Stakeholders On Accessing SBA Relief Programs
USDA and Rural Development have provided guidance to rural communities and the agricultural industry about recently passed funding relief contained in the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster program. Read the announcement.
Governor Kate Brown Statement on Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidelines: Governor Brown issued a statement late last week on the economic challenge states are facing due to COVID-19 and argued for additional state relief through federal CARES ACT funding. Read the full statement.
Governor Kate Brown Announces First Oregon Walgreens Rapid COVID-19 Testing Location: Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that Walgreens has opened one of its first COVID-19 testing sites in Oregon. Drive-through testing, overseen by Walgreens pharmacists, will be available in Hillsboro by appointment only for patients who have completed an online health assessment and meet federal and state eligibility standards. Read the news release.
Colorado and Nevada Join California, Oregon, and Washington in Western States Pact: Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak today announced their respective states are joining California, Oregon and Washington in the Western States Pact––a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home and fighting COVID-19. Read the news release.

Business Examples:
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center- Baker City: Planning to hold a virtual “First Friday” Art Walk this Friday and challenging community members to have a First Friday Date Night! Grab some concessions from the Eltrym Theater, a bottle of wine from Copper Belt Winery or Vodka from Glacier45 Distillery, dinner from a local restaurant and come home and enjoy the First Friday Shows on Facebook! Comment back to all the venues with your favorites! Shop and Support Local!

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Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19: Weekly Summary: Monday, April 27
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Business Resources
The Small Business Development Center will hold a webinar for Spanish-speaking business owners related to COVID-19 relief programs at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Register here.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis looks at the importance of cash flow and federal relief lending on small businesses during the stay-at-home order. Read the blog post
The Small Business Development Center has distributed a one-page diagram showing how Economic Injury Disaster Loan funding can be used for various small business needs.
The National Restaurant Association has new guidance for restaurants on how they can safely and successfully reopen when stay-at-home orders are lifted. The association partnered with the Food and Drug Administration, public health officials and others to develop the guidelines.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Save Small Business Grant  application opens today. The program is offering a $5,000 grant for each qualifying applicant. Businesses harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic and employing between 3 and 20 people are eligible in specific economically vulnerable zip codes.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new guide (Spanish) to help independent contractors and self-employed individuals secure funding under the CARES Act. The guide provides step-by-step assistance to help individuals understand eligibility requirements, borrowing limits, and appropriate use of funds under the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
Worker and Unemployment Resources
The Oregon Employment Department has released FAQs about the Pandemic Uninsurance Assistance Program, designed to provide unemployment benefits to workers not typically covered by regular unemployment insurance benefits. This includes the self-employed, contract workers, gig workers and others. Read more.
The Oregon Employment Department received 36,700 initial claims for unemployment benefits for the week of April 12 through April 18. Read the news release.
Cities and Counties
FEMA released guidance summarizing how non-healthcare organizations should manage their personal protective equipment (PPE) needs while ensuring the protection of workers during the coronavirus pandemic response. Read the guidance.
The Oregon Health Authority released guidelines for how and when elective medical procedures can safely reopen. Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-10 temporarily canceled these procedures, and this guide provides a framework for how clinics and hospitals can again start providing these services.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has analyzed the impact of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order on statewide traffic volume patterns. The data show Oregonians are driving about 40 percent less than one year ago. Read the report. The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis then blogged about the data, with an eye on economic forecasting.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.  The program includes two major elements to achieve these goals: Direct Support to Farmers and Ranchers and USDA Purchase and Distribution. Read more here.
A Travel Sentiment report for the week of April 20 has been released by Destination Analysts. The company is tracking and publishing key consumer perceptions, attitudes and behaviors through to help the travel, tourism and hospitality industries form strategies and communicate through the COVID-19 crisis.
The Western Governors Association is hosting a series of webinars focusing on how rural communities are affected by and responding to COVID-19. Webinars include “COVID-19 Impacts and Mitigation in Rural Communities” on April 23, “Rural Health Response to COVID-19” on April 24 and “COVID-19 Cybersecurity Threats and Best Practices” on May 5.
OHA revises testing guidelines to prioritize underserved populations and all frontline workers, allows testing for people without symptoms: Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on Monday night revised guidelines for COVID-19 testing to prioritize impacted populations and all frontline workers. The guidelines continue to allow healthcare providers to make clinical decisions about their patients. Read more.
Policy and Legislation
Governor Kate Brown Calls on Congress to Support Oregon Priorities in Federal Relief Packages: Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday called on Congress to support Oregon’s priorities and critical needs in upcoming federal relief and economic recovery packages. The letter calls for additional federal funding to support Oregon’s hospitals, long-term care facilities, small businesses and manufacturers, as well as for unemployment insurance, rental assistance, food assistance, and schools. Read more.
Oregon Business Plan partners hosted a special COVID-19 Recovery Roundtable with Oregon Governor Kate Brown. This event focused on Oregon’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting economic downturn. View the recording here.
Governor Kate Brown issues framework to lift order on non-urgent procedures: Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will be lifting her order delaying non-urgent procedures for health care providers, as long as they can demonstrate they have met new requirements for COVID-19 safety and preparedness. Hospitals, surgical centers, medical offices, and dental offices that meet those requirements will be able to resume non-urgent procedures on May 1. Read the news release.
Governor Kate Brown Launches New Phase of COVID-19 Outreach and Education Campaign: Governor Kate Brown, along with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), today launched a new phase of the state’s public awareness campaign to educate Oregonians about COVID-19. Safe + Strong focuses on community-centered outreach in 12 languages to connect people who are most at-risk of experiencing health disparities with the information, tools and resources they need to stay safe, healthy, and strong during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the news release.
Oregon lawmakers approved more than $32 million in state spending Thursday, passing an emergency aid package meant to help renters, small businesses, domestic violence survivors, and workers that have been disadvantaged by the novel coronavirus. The package includes $10 million for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Emergency Board to allocate more than $30 million in coronavirus response funding: The legislative Emergency Board will convene a virtual meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday to allocate more than $30 million in emergency funding to support Oregonians in need of relief due to the coronavirus global pandemic. Read more.
Governor Brown Announces Rapid Distribution of PPE to Long-Term Care Facilities by Oregon National Guard: Governor Kate Brown on Monday announced that the Oregon National Guard will distribute approximately 395,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to all long-term care facilities across Oregon. Read the news release.
Governor Kate Brown Issues Order to Protect Oregonians from Garnishment of CARES Act Recovery Rebate Payments: Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-18, preventing creditors or debt collectors from garnishing federal CARES Act recovery rebate payments. The order corrects an oversight in the federal legislation, ensuring that Oregonians can use the funds for their intended purpose: covering the costs of essential needs during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Read the news release.

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Friday, April 24
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
The Oregon Health Authority released guidelines for how and when elective medical procedures can safely reopen. Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-10 temporarily canceled these procedures, and this guide provides a framework for how clinics and hospitals can again start providing these services.
Oregon lawmakers approved more than $32 million in state spending Thursday, passing an emergency aid package meant to help renters, small businesses, domestic violence survivors, and workers that have been disadvantaged by the novel coronavirus. The package includes $10 million for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The Small Business Development Center has distributed a one-page diagram showing how Economic Injury Disaster Loan funding can be used for various small business needs.
Business Examples:
Exzacht Sewing & Alterations- Vale: Cathy Jenik Zacharias of Exzacht Sewing & Alterations has been utilizing her business skills and giving heart to help equip people with face masks that she creates at her business in Vale, Oregon. The “project” started out by accepting donations and extra fabric/notions from people that were wanting to get face protection during the COVID-19 health crisis. Ultimately, the demand continued to increase, with orders coming in for over 50 masks at a time from local businesses, to distribute to their employees. Between the donated masks and products, to creating an online portal to order and pay for masks; Cathy has distributed over 500 masks in about a month. For those interested in ordering masks from Cathy, please use the following link: https://exzachtsewing.com/covid-19-mask-cover-campaign/

Information on Self-Unemployment  Benefits:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WYofYTXyIpBhGzAnQ77JLhztcj_n6cQB/view.  

From Business Oregon – CARES Act Legislation Update:  CAREs ACT Coming

From Business Oregon, 04/22/20:
o   Based on some new guidance, rather than encouraging contractors, gig workers, and the self-employed to file weekly UI claims, we should recommend that they continue to monitor the Employment Department website for updates to the process. All benefits, including the extra $600 weekly, will be retroactive to their period of initial eligibility.
o   We are attempting to determine whether PPP and EIDL applicants who filed previously will keep their place in the queue in the event of a new appropriation. The congressional delegation is working to get an answer.
o   Some applicants for EIDL loans who thought that they had missed out are having funds deposited into their account, surprisingly and without any advance notice from the SBA.
o   Next week the resource navigator website will begin hosting a calendar of all the various COVID related webinars statewide to support businesses. If you are aware of organizations doing webinars that ought to be included please let me know.
o   Last night the Senate passed a $484 billion relief package to replenish PPP, provide some additional disaster funds, and support rural hospitals and COVID testing. As of now, it appears the House will vote Thursday and then the bill will go to the President.

From EOU’s Conectate Virtual Event:  EOU’s Conéctate event goes virtual

From the NEOJIC, 04/23/20:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200423

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19: Daily Digest: Thursday, April 23
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown issues framework to lift order on non-urgent procedures: Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will be lifting her order delaying non-urgent procedures for health care providers, as long as they can demonstrate they have met new requirements for COVID-19 safety and preparedness. Hospitals, surgical centers, medical offices, and dental offices that meet those requirements will be able to resume non-urgent procedures on May 1. Read the news release.
Governor Kate Brown Launches New Phase of COVID-19 Outreach and Education Campaign: Governor Kate Brown, along with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), today launched a new phase of the state’s public awareness campaign to educate Oregonians about COVID-19. Safe + Strong focuses on community-centered outreach in 12 languages to connect people who are most at-risk of experiencing health disparities with the information, tools and resources they need to stay safe, healthy, and strong during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the news release.
The Oregon Employment Department has released FAQs about the Pandemic Uninsurance Assistance Program, designed to provide unemployment benefits to workers not typically covered by regular unemployment insurance benefits. This includes the self-employed, contract workers, gig workers and others. Read more.
The National Restaurant Association has new guidance for restaurants on how they can safely and successfully reopen when stay-at-home orders are lifted. The association partnered with the Food and Drug Administration, public health officials and others to develop the guidelines.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has analyzed the impact of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order on statewide traffic volume patterns. The data show Oregonians are driving about 40 percent less than one year ago. Read the report. The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis then blogged about the data, with an eye on economic forecasting.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis looks at the importance of cash flow and federal relief lending on small businesses during the stay-at-home order. Read the blog post.
FEMA released guidance summarizing how non-healthcare organizations should manage their personal protective equipment (PPE) needs while ensuring the protection of workers during the coronavirus pandemic response. Read the guidance.
Oregon Business Plan partners hosted a special COVID-19 Recovery Roundtable with Oregon Governor Kate Brown. This event focused on Oregon’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting economic downturn. View the recording here.
The Oregon Employment Department received 36,700 initial claims for unemployment benefits for the week of April 12 through April 18. Read the news release.
Business Examples: The Oregon Trail Restaurant- Baker City-  Restaurant hired a contractor and remodeled an area for a drive through window last week for a less contact, and a more streamlined carry out service.

From the City of La Grande, 04/23/20:  Press Release — User Friendly City of La Grande Loan Application

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Wednesday, April 22
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Emergency Board to allocate more than $30 million in coronavirus response funding: The legislative Emergency Board will convene a virtual meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday to allocate more than $30 million in emergency funding to support Oregonians in need of relief due to the coronavirus global pandemic. Read more.
Governor Kate Brown Calls on Congress to Support Oregon Priorities in Federal Relief Packages: Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday called on Congress to support Oregon’s priorities and critical needs in upcoming federal relief and economic recovery packages. The letter calls for additional federal funding to support Oregon’s hospitals, long-term care facilities, small businesses and manufacturers, as well as for unemployment insurance, rental assistance, food assistance, and schools. Read more.
The Small Business Development Center will hold a webinar for Spanish-speaking business owners related to COVID-19 relief programs at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Register here.
Business Examples:
Cody’s home store- Baker City  has started hosting Facebook live shopping sessions. They feature specific items, but if there’s anything you see that’s not featured they’re happy to put an order together for you, then you pay over the phone and then they can ship the items to you or you can choose curbside pickup.
Oregon Grain Grower Distillery- Pendleton: making hand-sanitizer that they are providing free of charge to all senior care facilities and community as needed.

From the NEOJIC, 04/22/20:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200422

From the NEOJIC, 04/21/20:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200421

From the SBDC, 04/21/20:

Next Round of Federal Funding Anticipated This Week

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The first round of federal funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) has been depleted, but we are anticipating Congress to approve a second round of funding for small businesses.

Today, April 21st, the U.S. Senate passed a $484 Billion relief package to replenish the first round of federal relief funding. Once this relief package is passed by the House and signed by President Trump, funds will become available.

Stay tuned to our updates to receive the most accurate information on funding opportunities. For any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 541-962-1532 or email us at eousbdc@gmail.com. Let us help you get your business back on track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Tuesday, April 21
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Brown Announces Rapid Distribution of PPE to Long-Term Care Facilities by Oregon National Guard: Governor Kate Brown on Monday announced that the Oregon National Guard will distribute approximately 395,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to all long-term care facilities across Oregon. Read the news release.
The Western Governors Association is hosting a series of webinars focusing on how rural communities are affected by and responding to COVID-19. Webinars include “COVID-19 Impacts and Mitigation in Rural Communities” on April 23, “Rural Health Response to COVID-19” on April 24 and “COVID-19 Cybersecurity Threats and Best Practices” on May 5.
OHA revises testing guidelines to prioritize underserved populations and all frontline workers, allows testing for people without symptoms: Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on Monday night revised guidelines for COVID-19 testing to prioritize impacted populations and all frontline workers. The guidelines continue to allow healthcare providers to make clinical decisions about their patients. Read more.
Regional funding opportunity: Additional funds have become available for the Layoff Aversion Grant funds through the Eastern Oregon Workforce Investment Board. Grants for up to $3,500 each will be approved to fund activities to prevent, or minimize the duration of, unemployment resulting from layoffs. For example, the money could be used to purchase plexiglass shields to keep employees safe when working with customers, laptop computers that enable employees to work remotely, or any other supplies or services that qualify. Payroll and payroll related expenses will not be approved.
Business Examples:
Giggles & Grace Early Learning Center, Inc. – Ontario: Started two licensed emergency child care sites for pubic health and safety professionals in addition to essential workers. Applied and received grant funding to purchase materials for learning packets to be shared with children and families, which as in turn allowed for staff to work from home that would have otherwise been laid-off.
Old School Shirt Makers New York- Pendleton: A company who moved their brick and mortar to Pendleton specializing in custom shirts, is now shifted gears and making masks for adults, youth and toddlers. They have been sent to Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Kansas, Washington State, California, Colorado, Illinois and North Carolina. To ensure cost stay low they are sewing these in their home here in Pendleton rather than their New York factory.

Have You Received Funding from the EIDL or Paycheck Protection Program?

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While SBA announced yesterday they are not accepting new applications for the Paycheck Protection or Economic Injury Disaster Loans, we are hearing from many who already submitted applications that they are receiving funding. Those who are receiving EIDL loan advances (the up to $10,000 grant) are finding that monies are being deposited into their account without notification—so you will definitely want to check!

If you have received funds from the EIDL and/or have been notified by your bank that your PPP loan has been approved, PLEASE EMAIL OUR OFFICE at eousbdc@gmail.com as we are required to track those impacts. All of the information is confidential. We will send you a form for your signature after you verify the information is correct.

Discussions are occurring in Congress about a possible second round of funding and we will keep you informed. Applications which were submitted prior are still being processed.

We also want to remind everyone that we are available to assist you through this crisis as your business prepares for “next steps.” Feel free to reach out to us today. Because of social distancing requirements, we are serving clients remotely but can be reached by calling 541-962-1532 or emailing eousbdc@gmail.com

Take care of yourself and your family. Stay well!

Press Release from the City of La Grande, 04/20/20:  City of LG Press Release Call for Projects 4-20-20

From the NEOJIC, 04/20/20:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200420.docx

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Monday, April 20
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown Issues Order to Protect Oregonians from Garnishment of CARES Act Recovery Rebate Payments: Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-18, preventing creditors or debt collectors from garnishing federal CARES Act recovery rebate payments. The order corrects an oversight in the federal legislation, ensuring that Oregonians can use the funds for their intended purpose: covering the costs of essential needs during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Read the news release.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Save Small Business Grant  application opens today. The program is offering a $5,000 grant for each qualifying applicant. Businesses harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic and employing between 3 and 20 people are eligible in specific economically vulnerable zip codes.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.  The program includes two major elements to achieve these goals: Direct Support to Farmers and Ranchers and USDA Purchase and Distribution. Read more here.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new guide (Spanish) to help independent contractors and self-employed individuals secure funding under the CARES Act. The guide provides step-by-step assistance to help individuals understand eligibility requirements, borrowing limits, and appropriate use of funds under the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
A Travel Sentiment report for the week of April 20 has been released by Destination Analysts. The company is tracking and publishing key consumer perceptions, attitudes and behaviors through to help the travel, tourism and hospitality industries form strategies and communicate through the COVID-19 crisis.
Business Examples:
Blue Mt. Outfitters- La Grande:  Delivering locally and shipping for orders fulfillment.  They’re also starting to include little “surprise gifts” with every order.
Island City Market & Deli (and Catering)- La Grande: has shifted to making family meals – feed a family of four for $14.99 (just pick it up and good to go).

From the Oregon Military Department (OMD) News Briefing:  OMD News Brief OMD News Brief

From the Eastern Oregon Workforce Board, 04/20/20:
Tell all your friends and area businesses…The EOWB has received funding to open a third round of COVID-19 Layoff Aversion grants! However, to process the applications more efficiently we have changed the procedure a bit. The major differences are:

  • There is now a $3,500 limit on requests
  • Payroll and payroll-related expenses are not eligible
  • The application is online at www.eowb.org

The third round of applications will be available starting Monday, April 20 and will close on April 29, unless funds are depleted before then.  Please email info@eowb.org or call (541) 963-3693 to contact Brenda or Erin with questions. Be aware that it may take a couple of days to return calls due to the popularity of these grants.
Eastern Oregon Workforce Board – (541) 963-3693 | www.eowb.org

Employment & Economic Recovery Resources, 04/19/20:  White House Guidelines_Opening Up America Again[1] 2020-0178-COVID daily press release april 14 FINAL-2020-04-14-OEM-Non-Health-FAQ Weekly Summary Sunday 4.19.20 Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19

From the Union County Board of Commissioners:  Commissioner Statement on COVID-19 as of 4.15.20

From the NEOJIC, 04/17/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200417

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Friday, April 17
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
The White House released guidelines Thursday for Opening Up America Again.
Governor Kate Brown issued a statement on the federal reopening guidelines, with additional context on Oregon’s economic recovery efforts.
The U.S. Small Business Administration released a short summary of the reach of the Paycheck Protection Program. The report provides a state-by-state breakdown of loans and total funding provided to date through the program. Read the summary.
Business Examples:
“Two Old Hags Pizza”- Heppner:  Had a platform built and “to go window” placed on the outside wall of their building to so we could call in the order and pay and pick up at the window!
Mad Habit Boutique –Baker City- This is a small retail shop in Baker City that has been closed but is placing orders over Instagram and delivering locally or shipping out to folks. At the beginning of last week the owner offered up on Instagram that she would be willing to make Easter Baskets with items from her shop. She put a goal of 20 orders for the week and by the time Easter came around, she had sold 84 baskets and was blown away by the support.

COVID-19 Resources
State of Oregon – Governor Kate Brown
Health Updates – Oregon Health Authority
Student and Family Resources – Oregon Department of Education
Child Care Resources for Providers and Families – Oregon Early Learning Division
Business Layoffs, Closures and Unemployment Information – Oregon Employment Department
Business Resources and Information – Business Oregon
Oregon’s Small Business Resource Navigator – Business Oregon
Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources – US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Tourism Industry Resources and Updates – Travel Oregon
Restaurant and Lodging Industry Resources – Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

WEBINAR — E-Commerce During COVID-19: Opportunities for Food Producers to Make Direct Market Sales Online

Friday, April 24, at 12:00 p.m. EST

REGISTER HERE
The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) along with the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA), will host a free webinar at 12 p.m. EST April 24 to discuss the value of e-commerce for farmers, food gatekeepers and retailers at a moment when customers are shifting their buying habits overnight to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a situation that is rapidly changing, with guidance for safe gathering thresholds dwindling from thousands, to hundreds, to fewer than 10. The isolation and uncertainty have precipitated changes in consumers’ shopping behaviors, from bulk-buying to e-commerce and more. Limiting in-store interactions is now a chief comparative advantage.

This webinar will discuss ways farmers, food gatekeepers and retailers can benefit (or hedge their losses) by adapting to consumers’ behavioral changes. C-FARE board member and Rutgers University economist Gal Hochman will moderate the 45-minute discussion. He will be joined by three panelists.

The webinar will conclude with questions from attendees. Those who register but cannot attend will be invited to view a recording of the webinar at a later date. Please join C-FARE and the NAREA for this special program.

Thanks to USDA on this,
Alfonso Morales, PhD
Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor
Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture and State Extension Specialist – Food Systems and Marketplaces
www.farm2facts.org
www.openair.org
https://dpla.wisc.edu/faculty-instructors/
https://dpla.wisc.edu/kaufmanlab/

From the NEOJIC & City of La Grande Parks & Rec Department, 04/17/20:  Groceries Press Release

From the NEOJIC, 04/16/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200416 NEOJICPMUpdate_20200416.docx

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Thursday, April 16
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown issues order to preserve civic engagement, essential local services during COVID-19 crisis: Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-16 this week, directing state and local governments to take necessary measures to facilitate public participation in decision-making, helping ensure the continued operation of local government and the delivery of essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the full news release.
The Small Business Administration updated its website Thursday morning to notify business owners that the agency is unable to accept new applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Paycheck Protection Program loans, based on available funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Read more.
The Internal Revenue Service has launched an online tool called Get My Payment that people can use to check the status of  Economic Impact Payments. You’ll need to enter your Social Security number, date of birth and mailing address in order to track your payment.
The Oregon Employment Department takes a deeper look at initial unemployment insurance claims, with the leisure and hospitality sector accounting for the largest claims. Read today’s blogpost.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has launched the Save Small Business Fund to provide up to $5,000 grants to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Grant applications will be available on April 20, 2020.
Travel Oregon has posted recording of a recent session about COVID-19 response for tour operators, guides and outfitters. Employers in the tour industry can contact development@traveloregon.com for more information on how to stay informed and engaged.
The Oregon Employment Department said it received 53,800 initial claims for unemployment benefits for the week of April 5 to April 11. That is in addition to a revised total of 243,000 initial claims filed during the prior three weeks. Read the news release.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis looks at the short and long term impact of COVID-19 to Oregon’s business community. This analysis looks at the immediate impact of public policy support, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the CARES Act.
Business Examples:
Eltrym Movie Theater- Baker City- Obviously the movie theater in Baker City is closed but the owners decided to put social distancing measures in place and open up for a couple hours each weekend evening to sell concessions and cotton candy. People followed the social distancing measures but were able to get some movie theater popcorn and cotton candy for their evening walk around town. This doesn’t get employees back to work, but gets a little cash into the business in this trying time.
Local Harvest- La Grande:  Curbside and delivery options, but they’re also offering “pizza kits” where you get everything you need to “DIY” a pizza – so it’s a neat family activity and gives families something to do in addition to a delicious meal.
From the Employment Department:  https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Documents/COVID-19%20OED%20Resources%20for%20Employers%20and%20Workers.pdf.

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Wednesday, April 15
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
The Paycheck Protection Program continues to generate considerable interest and questions from business owners. The Small Business Administrate and U.S. Department of Treasure address those questions in these FAQs, released today.
The Small Business Administration Portland office is offering a webinar on SBA COVID-19 Relief Programs and Updates on Thursday, April 16, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. PDT. Register here.
Governor Kate Brown Introduces Framework for Reopening Oregon: Governor Kate Brown today introduced her framework for reopening Oregon with a plan to restart public life and business while maintaining healthy Oregon communities. The framework sets specific prerequisites based on science, which Oregon communities must meet to begin reopening, and also outlines the actions Oregon must take to move forward. Read more.
The state’s COVID-19 Joint Information Center reported 50 new cases of the virus Tuesday, spanning twelve counties. Read the news release.

From the NEOJIC, 04/14/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200414.docx

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Tuesday, April 14
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown held a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss plans for eventually lifting the statewide stay-at-home order. Watch the video.
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has released COVID-19 Non-Health Related FAQs covering a wide range of topics, including blood donation, volunteering, guidance on cloth masks and much, much more. Read the FAQs.
Business agencies offer COVID-19 webinar for Spanish speakers: Several agencies are co-hosting a webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 for Spanish speaking business owners. The topic is response programs for small business owners, including loans and grants. Learn more.
The Oregon Community Foundation and several partners will hold a virtual town hall from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 16 to talk about support for Oregon small businesses suffering from the pandemic. Register here.
Governor Kate Brown announces Oregon will provide $8 million to the Oregon Food Bank for food assistance during COVID-19 crisis: With the funding, Oregon will fill an urgent need for Oregon families seeking food assistance during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Read the news release.
Department of Revenue warns of scams related to COVID-19: The Oregon Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers of calls and email phishing attempts related to COVID-19 federal government relief payments. These scams can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. Learn more.
Financial institutions accepting PPP applications:  https://www.merkley.senate.gov/download/ppp-lenders-in-oregon.  

From the NEOJIC, 04/13/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200413.docx

Free Hospitality Industry Courses:  Free Online Courses Scholarships for Hospitality Industry Employee 4.10.2020

From EOU, regarding Spring 2020 Fees for Students:  Student fee adjustment for spring 2020

From the Union County Museum, regarding the 2020 season:  2020 PRESS RELEASE Museum Delays Opening Event

From the NEOJIC, regarding a Public Meeting, 04/15/20 at 6:00 p.m.:  Public meeting 4-15-20 Release

From the SBDC, regarding a class 04/13 at 6:00 p.m.: 

From the City of La Grande:  Press Release — City Opens Round 2 of Emergency Loans

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Monday, April 13
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
California, Oregon and Washington announce Western States Pact: Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future. Read the joint statement.
The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership has opened grant funding for businesses that are retooling to supply COVID-19 related products or supplies, including personal protective equipment, or PPE. Manufacturers who are interested in retooling to meet critical supply needs, build innovative products or who need workforce training to meet covid19 demands can email OMEPs Jasmine Agnor at jagnor@omep.org.
USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic: Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide is a resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address the pandemic.
Utility and telecommunications providers provide COVID-19 relief: Many Oregon telecommunications and utility provider are suspending service disconnections and waiving late fees to support Oregonians impacted by coronavirus. State and federal programs can also provide assistance to qualified individuals and households to help with these bills. Read more.
State Fire Marshal Extends Rules Change Allowing Self-Service at Oregon Gas Stations through April 25: The Office of State Fire Marshal extended a temporary rules change that allows Oregon gas stations to provide self-service on a voluntary basis, in order to address shortages of workers experienced by gas retailers statewide.
The Council of Development Finance Agencies is hosting a series of webinars aimed at connecting businesses and projects within the food system to development finance tools, such as bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits, revolving loan funds, and more, to create equitable local and regional food systems. The first webinar is on April 16, 11:00 a.m.

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Daily Digest: Friday, April 10
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Brown Announces Distribution of First COVID-19 Rapid Testing Instruments in Rural Oregon: Governor Kate Brown announced that Oregon has distributed its first Abbott ID NOW rapid testing instruments to rural Oregon hospitals. The first hospitals to receive the COVID-19 rapid testing instruments are Curry General Hospital in Curry County, Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Morrow County, and Lake District Hospital in Lake County. The point-of-care COVID-19 testing machines are capable of returning positive or negative test results in minutes. The three hospitals will begin validation testing this week, and rapid testing will not be immediately available to the public. Read the news release.
The Oregon Water Enhancement Board has new information that will impact cities, counties and other organizations that have pursued grant funding for some water-related projects. Lottery revenue funds a majority of the projects, and those revenues are expected to drop due to COVID-19. Read the board FAQs.

Oregon closes recreational hunting and fishing to non-residents to limit travel amid COVID-19 restrictions: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed recreational hunting, fishing, crabbing and clamming to non-residents due to travel concerns related to COVID-19. Read the news release.

Record Initial Claims for Unemployment Benefits Continue in Oregon: In three weeks’ time, the Oregon Employment Department has received 269,900 initial claims for unemployment benefits. By comparison, net job losses in Oregon totaled 147,800 for the duration of the Great Recession. Read the news release from the Oregon Employment Department on the latest statewide data.
Main Street America conducted an online survey last week to assess the impact of COVID-19. More than 5,850 small businesses responded to the survey, with more than 40 percent of those operating in communities with less than 10,000 residents. View the full survey results and report.
The Internal Revenue Service has information to help ensure that everyone gets Economic Impact Payments as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers, including taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees. Others who have questions about the payment can find more information here.
The restaurant and lodging industries are offering free access to online professional development courses. Scholarships are being offered to hotel and restaurant industry employees to help pay for certifications and career advancement courses that normally are not free. Read more on the courses offered and eligibility requirements.
Regional Update:
EOU SBDC is holding a webinar on Monday, April 13 at 6 p.m. to share information about the Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loan for businesses. The call in information is on the ad attached and the Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/688747456?pwd=dzNFQnZRVzNGU09iVm40OERHN2Jidz09.
Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Weekly Summary: Sunday, April 12
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Business Resources
The Internal Revenue Service has developed a resource (Spanish) with details and support for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others – including health plans – affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Eastern Oregon Regional Economic Recovery Team has put together a useful one-page guide that covers the most relevant funding and relief options for small businesses, all on one easy to access page.
The U.S. Small Business Administrations has FAQs regarding participation of faith-based organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has written a one-page summary on the small business Paycheck Protection Program. The program continues to generate considerable interest and questions from small business owners, and this summary covers the basics.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule on the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The rule was made effective immediately and the loan application was updated to reflect the changes. The rule states that worker cooperatives and many others including agriculture, purchasing, and consumer food co-ops, will be able to access Paycheck Protection Program loans.
Worker and Unemployment Resources
The restaurant and lodging industries are offering free access to online professional development courses. Scholarships are being offered to hotel and restaurant industry employees to help pay for certifications and career advancement courses that normally are not free. Read more on the courses offered and eligibility requirements.
The Internal Revenue Service has information to help ensure that everyone gets Economic Impact Payments as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers, including taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees. Others who have questions about the payment can find more information here.
Record Initial Claims for Unemployment Benefits Continue in Oregon: In three weeks’ time, the Oregon Employment Department has received 269,900 initial claims for unemployment benefits. By comparison, net job losses in Oregon totaled 147,800 for the duration of the Great Recession. Read the news release from the Oregon Employment Department on the latest statewide data.
The Oregon Employment Department has written a guide on the federal CARES ACT, signed into law March 27. The Act provides enhanced unemployment insurance benefits and pandemic unemployment assistance for Oregonians. Here’s what you need to know. 
WorkSource Oregon centers are no longer accepting in-person appointments, starting today, April 7. The Oregon Employment Department will continue to offer job seeker and employer services by phone, email and Skype. Everyone is encouraged to file claims online or to contact a local WorkSource center for more information.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis has a new blogpost on unemployment insurance claims. Initial claims last week set new records at the state and national level, with 92,700 claims received statewide last week. That breaks the previous record of 76,500 set the week before, which was basically triple the previous record set during the Great Recession.
Cities and Counties
State agencies are asking Oregonians to voluntarily refrain from outdoor burning while communities respond to COVID-19.
Main Street America conducted an online survey last week to assess the impact of COVID-19. More than 5,850 small businesses responded to the survey, with more than 40 percent of those operating in communities with less than 10,000 residents. View the full survey results and report.
Oregon closes recreational hunting and fishing to non-residents to limit travel amid COVID-19 restrictions: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed recreational hunting, fishing, crabbing and clamming to non-residents due to travel concerns related to COVID-19. Read the news release.
The Oregon Water Enhancement Board has new information that will impact cities, counties and other organizations that have pursued grant funding for some water-related projects. Lottery revenue funds a majority of the projects, and those revenues are expected to drop due to COVID-19. Read the board FAQs.
The Oregon Home Builders Association (OHBA) and multiple state agencies partnered on a news release on COVID-19 jobsite recommendations for the construction industry. The site also has a COVID-19 webpage with more information for contractors.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that recreational salmon and steelhead fishing in Oregon waters of the Columbia River will remain closed indefinitely.
People who have student loans can find timely information on recent relief related to COVID-19, including the suspension of federally-held student loans through September 30, 2020. Find FAQ’s with new information for borrowers of student loans, provided by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley’s office.
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the full announcement to learn more about the opportunities USDA Rural Development is implementing to provide immediate relief to customers, partners, and stakeholders.
The state of Oregon has information on COVID-19 available in Spanish, including these FAQs.
Travel Oregon has compiled state and national data on how COVID-19 has impacted the travel and tourism industries. The report will be updated weekly and is available here.
The Oregon Home Builders Association (OHBA) and multiple state agencies partnered on a news release on COVID-19 jobsite recommendations for the construction industry. The site also has a COVID-19 webpage with more information for contractors.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule on the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The rule was made effective immediately and the loan application was updated to reflect the changes. The rule states that worker cooperatives and many others including agriculture, purchasing, and consumer food co-ops, will be able to access Paycheck Protection Program loans.
State agencies are asking Oregonians to voluntarily refrain from outdoor burning while communities respond to COVID-19.
Policy and Legislation
Governor Brown Announces Distribution of First COVID-19 Rapid Testing Instruments in Rural Oregon: Governor Kate Brown announced that Oregon has distributed its first Abbott ID NOW rapid testing instruments to rural Oregon hospitals. The first hospitals to receive the COVID-19 rapid testing instruments are Curry General Hospital in Curry County, Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Morrow County, and Lake District Hospital in Lake County. The point-of-care COVID-19 testing machines are capable of returning positive or negative test results in minutes. The three hospitals will begin validation testing this week, and rapid testing will not be immediately available to the public. Read the news release.
Governor Kate Brown Convenes COVID-19 Medical Advisory Panel: Governor Kate Brown convened the first meeting of her COVID-19 Medical Advisory Panel April 7, a group of doctors, infectious disease experts, and medical professionals from across the state who will review the status of COVID-19 in the state and make recommendations to the Governor on future response efforts. Read the full news release.
Public schools in Oregon will remain closed for the rest of this academic year, Governor Kate Brown announced Wednesday. The school closure, originally set to end in late April, was postponed until June as the state focusses on slowing the spread of COVID019.
Governor Kate Brown aligns dates on dine-in prohibition with Stay Home, Save Lives Order: On April 7, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-14, aligning the effective date for the prohibition on dine-in food and drink consumption in Oregon with that of her Stay Home, Save Lives order. The dine-in prohibition will remain in effect until lifted by the governor.

From the NEOJIC, 04/09/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200409
From CHD, 04/09/2020:  CHD 4-9-20

In addition to today’s daily digest, here are a few resources that our Eastern Oregon Regional Economic Recovery Team has put together for our communities, small businesses and individuals. These will be updated as more information and guidelines are released. Let me know if you have any questions.
o   Key Messages for Small Businesses and Individuals
o   Federal Resources for Small Businesses
Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Thursday, April 9
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
The Oregon Employment Department has written a guide on the federal CARES ACT, signed into law March 27. The Act provides enhanced unemployment insurance benefits and pandemic unemployment assistance for Oregonians. Here’s what you need to know. 
The Eastern Oregon Regional Economic Recovery Team has put together a useful one-page guide that covers the most relevant funding and relief options for small businesses, all on one easy to access page.
People who have student loans can find timely information on recent relief related to COVID-19, including the suspension of federally-held student loans through September 30, 2020. Find FAQ’s with new information for borrowers of student loans, provided by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley’s office.
The Internal Revenue Service has developed a resource (Spanish) with details and support for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others – including health plans – affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that recreational salmon and steelhead fishing in Oregon waters of the Columbia River will remain closed indefinitely.

From the NEOJIC, 04/08/20:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200408 (1)

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Wednesday, April 8

This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown Convenes COVID-19 Medical Advisory Panel: Governor Kate Brown convened the first meeting of her COVID-19 Medical Advisory Panel April 7, a group of doctors, infectious disease experts, and medical professionals from across the state who will review the status of COVID-19 in the state and make recommendations to the Governor on future response efforts. Read the full news release.
Public schools in Oregon will remain closed for the rest of this academic year, Governor Kate Brown announced Wednesday. The school closure, originally set to end in late April, was postponed until June as the state focusses on slowing the spread of COVID019.
Governor Kate Brown aligns dates on dine-in prohibition with Stay Home, Save Lives Order: On April 7, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-14, aligning the effective date for the prohibition on dine-in food and drink consumption in Oregon with that of her Stay Home, Save Lives order. The dine-in prohibition will remain in effect until lifted by the governor.
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the full announcement to learn more about the opportunities USDA Rural Development is implementing to provide immediate relief to customers, partners, and stakeholders.
The state of Oregon has information on COVID-19 available in Spanish, including these FAQs.

From the NEOEDD for an upcoming COVID Business Resource Webinar we’re organizing on Thursday if you want to share the info with your contacts – there’s two easy ways below, depending on which media you use. Senator Merkley will be joining the webinar to answer questions.  Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/284501189228891/ and Website link: https://ignitemybusiness.org/en/e.vents/view/1304467259/covid-19-business-resource-webinar.

From the NEOJIC, 04/08/20:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200407

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Tuesday, April 7
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
The U.S. Small Business Administrations has FAQs regarding participation of faith-based organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury has written a one-page summary on the small business Paycheck Protection Program. The program continues to generate considerable interest and questions from small business owners, and this summary covers the basics.  Travel Oregon has compiled state and national data on how COVID-19 has impacted the travel and tourism industries. The report will be updated weekly and is available here.  WorkSource Oregon centers are no longer accepting in-person appointments, starting today, April 7. The Oregon Employment Department will continue to offer job seeker and employer services by phone, email and Skype. Everyone is encouraged to file claims online or to contact a local WorkSource center for more information.
Regional Information:
NEOEDD is hosting a COVID Business Resource Webinar on Thursday. There are two easy ways to join: Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/284501189228891/ and Website link: https://ignitemybusiness.org/en/events/view/1304467259/covid-19-business-resource-webinar.
Umatilla County has developed a Small Business Emergency Grant Program for businesses affected by COVID-19. The program will provide one-time, short-term financial support to small businesses and sole proprietors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The funds are to serve during the gap between when Federal and State funds are expected to become available and dispersed to small businesses in late April and May. The county-wide program is being administered by Gail Nelson, Umatilla County Economic Development Coordinator.  The City of La Grande has developed an Emergency Business Loan ProgramThis emergency loan is only one small part of the massive social and economic response needed for this crisis. The City of La Grande is making available City General Fund dollars to fund a limited number of loans of up to $10,000.  Priority will be given to businesses that provide essential services such as food service, groceries, and retail. 

From the Union County Clerks Office, regarding VOTING:  Attention Voters

From the NEOJIC, 04/06/2020:  Press Release City of La Grande Calls Businesses and NEOJICPMUpdate_20200406

From the Small Business Administration:

Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
SBA is here to help you overcome the challenges created by this health crisis.
On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.
In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
Visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options to read more about multiple funding options for those seeking relief.

 

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 – Daily Digest: Monday, April 6
This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis has a new blogpost on unemployment insurance claims. Initial claims last week set new records at the state and national level, with 92,700 claims received statewide last week. That breaks the previous record of 76,500 set the week before, which was basically triple the previous record set during the Great Recession.
The Oregon Home Builders Association (OHBA) and multiple state agencies partnered on a news release on COVID-19 jobsite recommendations for the construction industry. The site also has a COVID-19 webpage with more information for contractors.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule on the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The rule was made effective immediately and the loan application was updated to reflect the changes. The rule states that worker cooperatives and many others including agriculture, purchasing, and consumer food co-ops, will be able to access Paycheck Protection Program loans.
State agencies are asking Oregonians to voluntarily refrain from outdoor burning while communities respond to COVID-19.

From Northeast Oregon Network:  NEON Bilingual Phone Help Flyer NEON Bilingual Phone Help Flyer_Canva

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Weekly Summary: Sunday, April 5

This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.

Business Resources
The State of Oregon has a Work Share Program that can help businesses avoid layoffs by retaining employees who have seen reduced hours due to COVID-19. The program is available to businesses with three or more employees.The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services released answers to frequently asked questions regarding financial services provisions in the CARES Act.

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides a summary of the four primary relief options for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, SBA Debt Relief and Express Bridge Loans.

Oregon’s agricultural producers can now apply for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program. The federal program is part of the recently passed CARES Act. It offers loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Producers should contact the Small Business Administration district office at 503-326-2808 for more information.

The CARES ACT established $349 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides relief to millions of small businesses to sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed. This news release from the U.S. Treasury Department explains the program, where business owners can go to a participating Small Business Administration lender, bank or credit union starting April 3, with funds approved the same day. Loans will be forgiven as long as the funds are used to keep employees on the payroll and for certain other expenses. View a list of approved SBA lenders in Oregon here.

The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs can help minority small businesses in identifying appropriate sources of financing for COVID-19 challenges.

The Oregon Small Business Development Center has created a guide for navigating a business crisis.

The state of Oregon is asking business owners to take a survey to learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting businesses around the state. Information gathered by this survey will be vital to policy-makers who are working to provide assistance to businesses during this crisis. The survey is open through April 15.

Watch a Vimeo that walks through the details of the SBA grants and loan applications. The video is current as of Monday, March 31 and will be updated if the application changes.

The not-for profit State Accident Insurance Fund has money available to SAIF policy holders to promote employee safety, reduce injuries and decrease workplace exposures to COVID-19. This fact sheet has more information on the program.

Worker and Unemployment Resources The Oregon Employment Department has a new blogpost about the latest unemployment insurance numbers. During the week starting March 22, the Oregon Employment Department received 92,700 initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. That represented a 21 percent increase from the previous record during the week starting March 15. Read the full post.

Essential workers who have to continue working during the COVID-19 crisis can find childcare resources from the state here.

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and PBA Charities have created a new fund, the COVID-19 Relief Fund, and will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19.

Cities and Counties

The League of Oregon Cities has launched a new Resource Center with information about the COVID-19 pandemic, sorted by topic. Sections include public meetings, employment, business and economic development, workers compensation, sample policies and more.

The Office of Justice Programs is providing funding to states, local governments and tribes to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. Allowable projects and purchases include overtime, law enforcement needs, medical personal protective equipment (PPE), hiring, supplies, training and more. It also includes funding to address the medical needs of inmates in state, local and tribal prisons, jails and detention centers.

The Oregon Community Foundation has two new active funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation’s website has information on the Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund and the Oregon Community Recovery Fund.

The Oregon Farmers Market Association has released guidance around famers markets, many of which remain open around the state as essential businesses.

Policy and Legislation

Governor Kate Brown announces Oregon progress on personal protective equipment acquisition, highlights urgent need for federal contribution. View the news release here. Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide Initiative to Support Small Businesses: Governor Kate Brown announced the launch of the Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator, which will help connect small businesses to financial support and information they need to stay in business through the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full news release here.

Oregon reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 90 new COVID-19 cases: COVID-19 has claimed 2 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 19 to 21, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday morning. The agency also reported 90 new cases of COVID-19. The state provides daily updates at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.

Read the Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response from the legislative committee tasked with responding to and making recommendations on COVID-19 in Oregon.

The Institute for Disease Modeling released data Wednesday that suggests a slight increase in current COVID-19 infections in Oregon than previously estimated. However, the modeling also indicates that social distancing and the current stay-at-home order appear to be reducing the spread of transmission.

Governor Kate Brown Statement on Special Session: Governor Kate Brown today issued a statement on calling a special legislative session. Read the full statement here.

Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has issued a temporary order for Oregon’s manufacturing facilities in regards to the maximum hours employees in manufacturing are allowed to work. Specifically, the order removes overtime limitations in the manufacturing sector, allowing for up to a 91-hour workweek. This order is in effect from March 27, 2020 to September 22, 2020.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is postponing tax payment due dates and filing due dates for excise tax returns for 90 days for industry members affected by COVID-19.

The recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes resources for small businesses, non-profit groups and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available through the act.

Governor Kate Brown Issues Commercial Eviction Ban: Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-13, placing a 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions for nonpayment, in light of the impacts on business owners caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The order also strengthens Governor Brown’s previous ban on residential evictions, and prohibits landlords from charging tenants late fees for nonpayment of rent during the moratorium.

The Oregon Department of Education released its school closure guidance and commitment to distance learning. School districts throughout the state should have distance learning plans in place by April 13.

mployment and Economic Response to COVID-19

Daily Digest: Friday, April 3

This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.

The State of Oregon has a Work Share Program that can help businesses avoid layoffs by retaining employees who have seen reduced hours due to COVID-19. The program is available to businesses with three or more employees.
The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services released answers to frequently asked questions regarding financial services provisions in the CARES Act.
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides a summary of the four primary relief options for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, SBA Debt Relief and Express Bridge Loans. The Oregon Employment Department has a new blogpost about the latest unemployment insurance numbers. During the week starting March 22, the Oregon Employment Department received 92,700 initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. That represented a 21 percent increase from the previous record during the week starting March 15. Read the full post. Oregon’s agricultural producers can now apply for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program. The federal program is part of the recently passed CARES Act. It offers loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Producers should contact the Small Business Administration district office at 503-326-2808 for more information.

ODOT, construction contractors and AGC are is moving forward with highway construction activity in accordance with the social distancing guidelines contained in EO 20-12.  Industry appreciates the ability to keep their employees active during this time and ODOT is also appreciative that necessary repairs and safety improvement can continue to move forward without delay.  To that effect, contractors are taking concrete steps of working safely, employing social distancing in all parts of the work, and increasing hand washing to meet applicable guidelines.  ODOT is monitoring work sites to make sure this is occurring and taking action if any deficiencies are observed to ensure that the industry at large can continue this important work.

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Thursday, April 2

This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide Initiative to Support Small Businesses: Governor Kate Brown announced the launch of the Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator, which will help connect small businesses to financial support and information they need to stay in business through the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full news release here.

Essential workers who have to continue working during the COVID-19 crisis can find childcare resources from the state here.
The state of Oregon is asking business owners to take a survey to learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting businesses around the state. Information gathered by this survey will be vital to policy-makers who are working to provide assistance to businesses during this crisis. The survey is open through April 15.
The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and PBA Charities have created a new fund, the COVID-19 Relief Fund, and will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19.
The Institute for Disease Modeling released data Wednesday that suggests a slight increase in current COVID-19 infections in Oregon than previously estimated. However, the modeling also indicates that social distancing and the current stay-at-home order appear to be reducing the spread of transmission.
Oregon reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 90 new COVID-19 cases: COVID-19 has claimed 2 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 19 to 21, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday morning. The agency also reported 90 new cases of COVID-19. The state provides daily updates at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown Statement on Special Session: Governor Kate Brown today issued a statement on calling a special legislative session. Read the full statement here.

From the NEOJIC, 04/02/2020:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200402

From the Oregon Farmers Market Association:  OFMA COVID 19 Resources

From the NEOJIC & City of La Grande, new Chief of Police announced, 04/02/20:  Press Release – Police Chief Selected 4-2-202

From the City of La Grande – Emergency Loan Program Information (04/02/20):  Press Release — City of La Grande Emergency Loan Program (1)
City of La Grande Emergency Loan Program Description
City of La Grande Emergency Loan Application

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Arts for All Cancelled
CONTACT:  McKayla Nitz, Recreation Supervisor 541-962-1352 or mnitz@cityoflagrande.org
Arts for All scheduled for April 18th has been cancelled. We look forward to holding the event next year!

From NEOJIC on 2 new confirmed COVID-19 cases:  Union County Covid-19 Release April 1 2020 and NEOJICPMUpdate_20200401

From Business Oregon:  coronavirus_aid_english_3.31.20 coronavirus_aid_spanish_3.31.20

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19:  Daily Digest: Wednesday, April 1  Safety_Fund_flier

This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown Issues Commercial Eviction Ban: Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-13, placing a 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions for nonpayment, in light of the impacts on business owners caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The order also strengthens Governor Brown’s previous ban on residential evictions, and prohibits landlords from charging tenants late fees for nonpayment of rent during the moratorium.
Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has issued a temporary order for Oregon’s manufacturing facilities in regards to the maximum hours employees in manufacturing are allowed to work. Specifically, the order removes overtime limitations in the manufacturing sector, allowing for up to a 91-hour workweek. This order is in effect from March 27, 2020 to September 22, 2020.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is postponing tax payment due dates and filing due dates for excise tax returns for 90 days for industry members affected by COVID-19.
Watch a Vimeo that walks through the details of the SBA grants and loan applications. The video is current as of Monday, March 31 and will be updated if the application changes.
The not-for profit State Accident Insurance Fund has money available to SAIF policy holders to promote employee safety, reduce injuries and decrease workplace exposures to COVID-19. This fact sheet has more information on the program.

From the NEOEDD, 04/01/20:  Business Foundations PRApr 20

From NEOJIC:  Press Release — Grants of $10000 and Loans of $2M 04012020 (1)

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19: Daily Digest: Tuesday, March 31

This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
The CARES ACT established $349 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides relief to millions of small businesses to sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed. This news release from the U.S. Treasury Department explains the program, where business owners can go to a participating Small Business Administration lender, bank or credit union starting April 3, with funds approved the same day. Loans will be forgiven as long as the funds are used to keep employees on the payroll and for certain other expenses. View a list of approved SBA lenders in Oregon here.
The Oregon Department of Education released its school closure guidance and commitment to distance learning. School districts throughout the state should have distance learning plans in place by April 13.
The Office of Justice Programs is providing funding to states, local governments and tribes to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. Allowable projects and purchases include overtime, law enforcement needs, medical personal protective equipment (PPE), hiring, supplies, training and more. It also includes funding to address the medical needs of inmates in state, local and tribal prisons, jails and detention centers.
The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs can help minority small businesses in identifying appropriate sources of financing for COVID-19 challenges.
The US Treasury has a good site that breaks down the CARES Act.
great 12 minute video that walks through applying for either grant or loan funding under the SBA.

From the NEOJIC 03/31:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200331
2020 Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act:  2020 The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

For a list of restaurant operations in Union County:  Restaurant Status 03.27.2020
For a list of retail operations in Union County: 

 

03/31/2020:  From Business Oregon: A great 12 minute video that walks through applying for either grant or loan funding under the SBA:  https://vimeopro.com/user11779390/covid-19-grant…Very helpful for small businesses applying directly or for professionals assisting small businesses.

03/31/220:  From the City of La Grande:  Mayor Clements Message March 31 2020 City of La Grande Press Release (1)

03/30/2020:  From Oregon Rural Action:  ORA Press Release 3.29.20 (2)

03/30/2020 from Regional Solutions:  SBDC_Business_Crisis_Guide
2020 The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
OFMA COVID 19 Resources
Daily Digest 03.30.2020

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19

Daily Digest: Monday, March 30

This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.

The Oregon Small Business Development Center has created a guide for navigating a business crisis.
Governor Kate Brown announces Oregon progress on personal protective equipment acquisition, highlights urgent need for federal contribution. View the news release here.
The Oregon Community Foundation has two new active funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation’s website has information on the Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund and the Oregon Community Recovery Fund.
The recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes resources for small businesses, non-profit groups and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available through the act.
The League of Oregon Cities has launched a new Resource Center with information about the COVID-19 pandemic, sorted by topic. Sections include public meetings, employment, business and economic development, workers compensation, sample policies and more.
The Oregon Farmers Market Association has released guidance around famers markets, many of which remain open around the state as essential businesses.
Read the Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response from the legislative committee tasked with responding to and making recommendations on COVID-19 in Oregon.

03/30/2020 from the NEOJIC:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200330

03/28/2020 from the NEOJIC:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200328.docx

2020-0178 Oregon COVID-19 SitStat 027_03272020_FINAL
Daily Digest: Friday, March 27:  This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.

The Institute for Disease Modeling released an in-depth analysis of the impact of social distancing measures on COVID-19 rates of infection. The model predicts a decrease in the number of active infections in Oregon by May 8, with health care systems likely to be overburdened by late April without sustained interventions to keep the number of infections under control. Read the full report and analysis here.

The State of Oregon has created a simple business quiz that can help owners determine if their business is essential for purposes of complying with Governor Kate Brown’s recent executive order.

The Small Business Administration has approved Oregon’s request for a disaster declaration, making Oregon businesses eligible for favorable loans under the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

The Oregon Department of Revenue announced an extension for Oregon tax filing and payment deadlines for personal income taxes, among other taxes. The state changes closely follow the IRS extension declaration. The department has created FAQs to explain the changes for taxpayers.

The Oregon Health Authority released its statewide action plan to dramatically bolster the state’s ability to treat people with COVID-19 illness who need hospital care.

The Oregon Employment Department continues to respond to questions related to layoffs, work-hour reductions and unemployment claims. As conditions change daily, the department encourages people to visit its COVID-19 employment page for the most current information.

Oregon licensed healthcare professionals looking to volunteer in the fight against COVID-19 can find more information on this Oregon Health Authority site. The site also has information on how out-of-state medical professionals can register to help.

The U.S. Small Business Association and the Outdoor Industry Association are holding a webinar at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Tuesday, March 31. Webinar details and registration is available here.

The Oregon Community Foundation provides funds through the Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund to nonprofit organization in Oregon that provide loans or grants to small businesses affected by COVID-19. Grants will be awarded to community lending organizations or other nonprofit intermediaries. Small businesses are not eligible to receive these funds.

Restaurant workers impacted by COVID-19 can apply April 2 for a one-time, $500 grant to use towards housing, transportation, utilities, child-care, groceries, medical bills and/or student loans. These grants will be administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Oregon Health Authority’s latest Oregon COVID-19 Situational Status Report tracks a wide range of state data on the pandemic.

03/27/2020 from the NEOJIC:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200327

03/27/2020 from OED:  COVID Employee FAQ – Employment Department

03/25/2020 from the NEOJIC:  NEOJICPMUpdate_20200325

03/25/2020 from Union County LAW ENFORCEMENT:  Law Enforcement 3-25-20

03/25/2020 from USDA:

USDA Rural Development Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities that are Affected by COVID-19

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2020 – USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.

EXTENSION OF APPLICATION DEADLINES

USDA is extending the application window for the following programs

Rural Business-Cooperative Service

  • USDA extended the application deadline for the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program to no later than April 15, 2020. Contact the Rural Development office for the deadline in your state. USDA announced the extension in an Unnumbered Letter posted March 19, 2020.
  • USDA extended the application deadline for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to April 15, 2020. For additional information, see page 16925 of the March 25, 2020, Federal Register.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF

Rural Housing Service

Single-Family Housing

Effective March 19, borrowers with USDA single-family housing Direct and Guaranteed loans are subject to a moratorium on foreclosure and eviction for a period of 60 days. This action applies to the initiation of foreclosures and evictions and to the completion of foreclosures and evictions in process.

Guaranteed Loan Program:

  • Guaranteed Loan borrowers who are in default or facing imminent default due to a documented hardship can have payments reduced or suspended by their lender for a period not to exceed 12 months delinquency. Once the hardship is resolved, the lender can modify the loan to cure the delinquency or make up the missed payments based on the borrower’s individual circumstances.
  • Guaranteed Loan servicing questions should be directed to: program@usda.gov.

Direct Loan Program:

  • USDA has waived or relaxed certain parts of the application process for Single-Family Housing Direct Loans, including site assessments, and has extended the time period that certificates of eligibility are valid.
  • A Direct Loan borrower who is experiencing a reduction of income by more than 10 percent can request a Payment Assistance package to see if he/she is eligible for payment assistance or for more assistance than currently received.
  • Moratorium Assistance is available for Direct Loan borrowers experiencing medical bill expenses (not covered by insurance) or job loss because of COVID-19. Qualifying borrowers can receive a moratorium on house payments for a period of time, repaid at a later date.
  • Direct Loan questions should be directed to USDA’s Customer Service Center at 800-414-1226 (7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday-Friday) or https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/loan-servicing. Call volume and wait times are high at this time.

Multi-Family Housing

Multi-Family Housing is taking several steps to help owners, management agents and tenants maintain quality housing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, three immediate steps are effective for Section 515 Multi-Family properties:

  • Tenant certifications due March 31, April 30 and May 31 for Multi-Family properties have been extended to June 30 with no late fees or overage charges, as allowed in Multi-Family guidance (HB-3-3560, Chapter 4, Section 4.11). This extension will allow for additional time to complete needed certifications while avoiding face-to-face meetings as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Late fees on Section 515 mortgages will be waived, subject to waiver authority in 7 CFR 3560.403 (c)(3).
  • Section 515 Annual Financial Statements due March 31 will be extended 30 days, as per Multi-Family guidance (HB-2-3560 Chapter 4, Section 4.16-H). USDA is exploring whether a longer extension is appropriate and will provide further guidance.
  • Current policy states that owners must process an interim recertification at the tenant’s request if there is a change in income of $50 or more per month. The owner should already have this policy in writing and apply it consistently. To the maximum extent possible, we encourage all owners to work with all tenants with impacted income to adjust rent payments.
  • USDA encourages all owners to work with impacted residents and families to adjust rent payments, enter into forbearance agreements, and lessen the impact on affected residents. At this time, no additional subsidy funding has been made available. If borrowers are temporarily unable to make loan payments, the Agency may waive late fees and enter into an official workout plan.

Rural Utilities Service

  • On March 20, 2020, USDA extended for 60 days the deadline for Telecommunications and Electric Program borrowers and grantees to submit their annual CPA audit. In most cases, such audits are due to the agency by April 30, 2020.
  • USDA is waiving borrower covenant requirements for loan agreement financial ratios for the period from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020. Additionally, USDA is waiving all financial reporting requirements associated with existing Rural Utilities Service (RUS) loan and grant covenants beginning Jan. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020.
  • The RUS Administrator has delegated authority to the RUS Telecommunications, Electric, and Water and Environmental Programs to consider requests to waive certain site inspection requirements during the current COVID-19 National Emergency.
  • Applicants will be able to use alternative methods to notify the public, such as through videoconferences, teleconferences and public notices on websites and in local newspapers, as a substitute for the public meeting notification requirement for water and waste projects.
  • On a case-by-case basis, USDA will help Electric Program borrowers gain access to obligated funds more quickly at current low interest rates by considering extensions of loan terms (within statutory limits); considering requests to move obligated funds between the Electric Program’s six budget purposes where the new purpose has cleared environmental review; and by considering Temporary Normal Inventory (TNI) requests.
  • For assistance, please contact:
  • Electric Program: Christopher McLean, mclean@usda.gov, 202-407-2986
  • Telecommunications Program: Laurel Leverrier, leverrier@usda.gov, 202-495-9142
  • Water and Environmental Programs: Edna Primrose, primrose@usda.gov, 202-494-5610

Rural Business-Cooperative Service

  • Beginning immediately, through July 31, 2020, USDA Business and Industry Loan Guarantees (B&I) and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Guaranteed lenders may assist borrowers experiencing temporary cash flow issues by deferring payments for a period no longer than 120 days. The lender must notify The Agency in writing of any payment deferments. Written notification to the Agency will meet the standard for concurrence until July 31, 2020. A response from the Agency is not required. This guidance applies to ALL borrowers that had a current repayment status as of March 1, 2020.
  • If the guaranteed loan has been sold on the secondary market, the secondary market holder and lender must agree to the deferment actions being taken. The Agency will expect a written agreement from both parties in these instances.
  • RBCS intermediary borrowers continue to have authority to service loan portfolios independent of USDA. Intermediary borrowers participating in these programs may approve loan payment deferrals may to their borrowers without USDA approval. These programs are:
    • Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)
    • Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG)
    • Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDL and REDG)
    • Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
  • For existing Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) and Rural Economic Development Loan (REDL) borrowers, the Agency is committed to maintaining well-capitalized intermediary lenders and will work with you on loan servicing requests on a case-by-case basis to make sure you remain a pillar in our rural business communities.

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03/25/2020 from the Eagle Cap Excursion Train:

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate use: March 24, 2020
Contact: Janet Dodson, 541.786.8006 or janetd@eoni.com
Excursion Train Announces 2020 Schedule
A message from the President of the Friends of the Joseph Branch:
The Friends of the Joseph Branch Board of Directors has been agonizing over whether to cancel the Mother’s Day Brunch, Sunday, May 10. The concern over the COVID-19 virus has led to an aggressive social distancing policy in the State of Oregon. Only time will tell whether this strategy reduces the spread of the virus, but it has been successful in other countries so we can hope things will improve in the month of April. With this in mind, the Mother’s Day train has been cancelled. A majority of our passengers are of the most vulnerable to the virus and it would be difficult to keep the social distance parameter during the trip. We hope things improve and the statewide restrictions are removed by late May and we will be able to continue with the rest of excursion train season, as planned. Thanks. Ed Spaulding ELGN, OREGON__The Eagle Cap Excursion Train has an expanded schedule for the upcoming season, building on the success of 2019, which saw an average of over 100 passengers per ride.  The schedule was approved by the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority and reservations can be made through the online booking service at www.eaglecaptrainrides.com or by calling the Elgin Depot, 541.437.3652, during business hours.  The schedule is full of fun opportunities for a train ride beside the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers on the Wallowa Union Railroad, historically known as the Joseph Branch Railroad. Season highlights include train robberies, rides that feature regional wine, chocolates and cheese, a search for Bigfoot, a few mid-week runs and many wonderful chances to enjoy the colorful fall foliage.  New in 2020 is the opportunity to reserve a ride in the cab of the engine during the return leg of the trip. This is available to only one passenger each train ride and by reservation, only. Get the unique perspective from sitting high above the track, in the engine and talk with the engineers for the entire ride back to Elgin. Your cab ride includes a special railroad cap, along with lunch and a seat in the passenger car during the first leg of the trip. Cab rides are the cost of a ticket for the specific train ride, plus $200. You must be 18 years or older.  “Passengers have so much fun with the Gold Rush Bandits train robberies, we have included four in the schedule,” said Ed Spaulding, president of the Friends of the Joseph Branch, the non-profit organization that manages the excursion business for the railroad. “The beautiful horses and trainstopping action provide lots of photo opportunities.”  And, it was an easy decision to bring Scot & Hannah Violette of Blue Mountain Bigfoot Research back for two trips this July. Fitting the trips into Scot and Hannah’s busy schedule was a challenge, as they travel extensively, making presentations and researching the legendary creatures.  Spaulding noted that, regardless of the theme for the day or when they are riding, passengers always have high praise for the scenery, the food, and the fun, relaxed atmosphere. Members of the Friends of the Joseph Branch serve as the all-volunteer crew of engineers, conductors and car hosts. Ten Depot Street, a La Grande restaurant, prepares the popular boxed lunches served on Two Rivers and Two Rivers Bonus trips and splits catering responsibilities with Chuckwagon Sisters catering of Enterprise on the runs with special themes.  Following is the schedule. Go to www.eaglecaptrainrides.com for the full descriptions and to purchase tickets. Call the Elgin Depot, 541.437.3652, if you have questions.
May 23 Two Rivers Bonus
June 6 Wine & Chocolates Train
June 20 Gold Rush Bandits Robbery
June 21 Father’s Day Gold Rush Bandits Robbery
June 26 Summer Train Dinner Train
July 3 I Love America! Veterans’ Train
July 8 Two Rivers, mid-week
July 15 Finding Bigfoot, mid-week
July 18 Finding Bigfoot
July 25 Two Rivers Bonus
July 29 Two Rivers, mid-week
August 5 Two Rivers, mid-week
September 5 Two Rivers
September 13 Sunday “Champagne” Brunch
September 19 Wine & Cheese Train
September 26 Fall Foliage
October 3 Gold Rush Bandits Robbery
October 10 Gold Rush Bandits Robbery
October 17 Two Rivers Bonus
October 24 Season’s Bounty Train
The Friends of the Joseph Branch is a non-profit organization that operates the excursions train for the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority, the owner and governing body of the railroad. To become a member of the Friends or learn about volunteer opportunities, please contact Peggy Weishaar, 541.786.0094 or weishaar73@gmail.com.
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03/24/2020 from the City of La Grande:

Additional Help for Small Businesses –
Can you stay open?
If you are a small business wondering if you can stay open, contact the Small Business Advocacy team in the Secretary of State’s office.  Oregon Small Business Advocates
Additional Ideas for your Small Business
Contact your lender – If you have a commercial loan for your business, contact your lender to find out if they are offering forbearance or “skip payment” options.  Likewise, if you own your property, contact your commercial real estate lender to see what options are available to you.
Talk to your Landlord – If you have a lease or rent your space, contact your landlord and see what options are available.  Some local landlords have indicated that they are willing to offer reduced payments or even no payment options during the COVID-19 outbreak.

03/24/2020 from Northeast Oregon Joint Information Center (JIC):

For Immediate Release:
Contact: NE Oregon JIC (541)963-1098
March 23, 2020
La Grande, Oregon – Today, Governor Kate Brown enacted Executive Order 20-12, Stay Home, Save Lives:
Ordering Oregonians to stay at home, closing specified retail businesses, requiring social distancing measures
for other public and private facilities, and imposing requirements for outdoor areas and licensed childcare
facilities. The order can be read in entirety by following this link: http://union-county.org/wpcontent/uploads/2020/03/Oregon_20-12.pdf. Local officials will be developing plans and procedures for
addressing the many items contained in the order.
Union County has established and activated an Incident Management Team (IMT) to help with the county’s
COVID-19 response. By utilizing established partnerships from within the county, the IMT structure has been
staffed and developed to further assist the citizens of Union County.
The Wallowa County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency this morning within Wallowa
County as a local response to the coronavirus enabling the county to stand ready to take further action if
needed.
Many agencies, businesses, and organizations throughout Union and Wallowa County are available by phone
and appointment only. If you have any questions about the open status of an agency, business, or office,
please call and check with them before attempting to meet in person.
Union County continues to have only one confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) case which was announced last
week by Union County Public Health. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Union County Public Health
continue to work on identifying and isolating any individuals who may have been in close contact with the
person while they were contagious. The individual with COVID-19 had a recent history of international travel
and is not considered to have acquired it from community spread. Health officials are urging citizens to band
together to protect and support family, friends, and neighbors who may be at higher risk of becoming ill while
maintaining social distancing. Wallowa County does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19.
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03/24/2020 from BUSINESS OREGON: 

If a business is requesting to or inquiring on ability to stay open we are recommending that they contact the Small Business Advocacy team in the Secretary of State’s office. This would be the best place to make a case:  https://www.oregon.gov/smallbusiness/Pages/default.aspx

03/24/2020 at 2:00 p.m. from EASTERN OREGON WORKFORCE BOARD:

Greetings,

The Eastern Oregon Workforce Board has funding to help area businesses that are at risk of laying off employees due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The flexibility allowed for this money is unprecedented for federal funds, as they may be used for any activities to prevent, or minimize the duration of, unemployment resulting from layoffs. For example, the money could be used for a deep clean to keep employees safe and healthy, laptop computers that enable employees to work remotely, or any other supplies or services that qualify.

Please complete the attached application and return it with a completed W-9 to info@eowb.org, by 12 noon (PDT) each Wednesday. Applications will be accepted until funds have been depleted. Applications will be reviewed, and successful applicants announced weekly.

Please call 541-963-3693 and leave a message for Brenda or myself during regular business hours with your questions. Voicemail is checked frequently, and calls will be returned promptly.

Regards,

Erin

Erin Carpenter, SHRM-SCP

Project Coordinator

Eastern Oregon Workforce Board
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03/24/2020 at 2:00 p.m. from COOK MEMORIAL LIBRARY:

Cook memorial library 2006 Fourth Street

La Grande, OR  97850

Phone  541.962.1339

Press Release

Contact: Kip Roberson

Phone: 541.962.1339

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/23/2020

 

How to Enjoy the Cook Memorial Library When the Library Is Closed

A Library Card Opens the Portal to a Vast Virtual Library, For Free

(La Grande, Oregon, March 23, 2020)  – With every public activity cancelled and many businesses closed to the public, including the Cook Memorial Library, you may be wondering how you can still have fun while passing the time away at home. There’s one easy answer to that question, visit the Cook Memorial Library’s online eLibrary! It’s open 24/7 and it’s never crowded so you don’t have to worry about social distancing or coming into contact with the coronavirus! With your Cook Memorial Library card number and PIN, you can access eBooks and eAudiobooks; streaming movies, TV shows, and music; and dozens of research databases. You’ll also find on the Library’s homepage a link to our curated list of “Things to Do When Bored.”

Highlights from our eLibrary collection include:

  • Library2Go (OverDrive/Libby) – Download eBooks and eAudiobooks of bestselling and classic titles anytime and anywhere to your computer, eBook reader, or mobile device. Cook Memorial Library patrons have exclusive access to more than 90,000 titles which are always available with no holds, no wait.
  • Hoopla – Thousands of free streaming movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and comics
  • Kanopy – Kanopy film streaming service features classic and world cinema, indie films, top documentaries, the Criterion Collection, and The Great Courses
  • Freading – A collection of eBooks from small and independent publishers for all ages; you’ll definitely recognize many of the authors. The titles in this collection are always available with no holds, no wait.
  • Freegal – Enjoy up to 3 hours of streaming music each day. You can download 3 free songs each week and they’re yours to keep.
  • MyHeritage – Discover your roots with this genealogy database and start growing your family tree today.

If you already have a Cook Memorial Library card, you’re good to go! The 14-digit barcode number on the reverse side of your card is your library card number and in most cases your PIN is the last 4-digits of your phone number. If you’ve misplaced your library card or have forgotten your PIN, please call the Library M-F between 9am and 5pm for staff assistance or email us at libdirector@cookmemoriallibrary.org and we’ll get your account updated.

If you don’t have a Cook Memorial Library card, you can apply online to get an eCard. Online registration for a Cook Memorial Library card is open to La Grande residents and residents of Union County who do not receive library services from another city within the county. To get started, go to www.CookMemorialLibrary.org and click on the “Request Library Card” link right on the homepage. Requests for eCards are generally filled within 24 hours, longer if you apply over the weekend. If you already have a regular library card, you do not need an eCard.

Other Library News

The Library remains closed to the public until further notice; however, staff are available to assist you with many of your library-related needs. Do you have a reference question or need a reading recommendation? Do you need technical assistance connecting to one or more of our online services? Do you need technology assistance with a device? Whatever your library need may be, we’re here to help. You can reach us by phone at 541.962.1339 Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm. You can email us your question at libdirector@cookmemoriallibrary.org. Or you can submit a comment form on our website or message us on Facebook.

All library materials currently checked out have been renewed until the Library reopens. During this time, no overdue fines will be assessed.

The Library’s book returns are closed. We ask that patrons keep all library materials safely in their possession until the Library reopens.

All expiring library accounts will not expire until the Library reopens.

Any library account that was suspended for reaching the fines & fees threshold limit has had that suspension lifted temporarily to allow for eLibrary access.

The Library’s WiFi (LGPLWiFi) has been turned on for 24-hour access. The signal reaches to the building’s entrances and the parking lot.

For more information about this and other library services, please contact the library at 541.962.1339.

READ, LEARN, DISCOVER @ your Cook Memorial Library, 2006 4th St., La Grande, OR, call 541.962.1339 or visit the library online at www.cookmemoriallibrary.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: McKayla Nitz, Recreation Supervisor 541-962-1352 or mckayla.nitz@cityoflagrande.org

Hey La Grande! Do you need help running errands or getting groceries? While we’re practicing social distancing, we can help you do the same! If you need help with something, send us an email with details or give us a call, and if it’s within our ability, we’ll help you out! Emails should be sent to mckayla.nitz@cityoflagrande.org, and calls placed to 541-962-1352

03/23/2020 at 12:00 p.m.:  Newest Executive Order from the State of Oregon’s Governor’s Office has been released:  Executive Order 20-12.
03/23/2020 at 2:15 p.m.:  City of La Grande Parks & Recreation Office has issued the following press release:  COVID-19 Press Release Parks_20200323

 

FROM 03/20/2020:

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19
(Resources found here:  COVID-19, Small Farms, and Local Food FAQ Biz OR Business Survival Tips OR-RD_Directory-External-03.12.2020)

Daily Digest Friday, March 20

This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.

Oregon was recently designated as eligible for Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance. This is an important declaration because it makes SBA loans available statewide to small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19. Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for non-profits. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, and applicants can apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants can also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information.

Business Oregon has an extensive list of resources for businesses related to COVID-19, including information on financing, childcare, free and discounted business coaching and more.

Oregon is seeing a very large number of new unemployment insurance claims, with long wait times both in person and over the phone. While WorkSource offices remain open across the state, people should strongly consider applying online for benefits through the Oregon Employment Department.

The state has set up a Rapid Response task force designed to promote economic recovery and help businesses respond to layoffs and the dislocation of workers. The team will work directly with businesses and their employees to assist in layoff aversion strategies, help affected workers apply for unemployment benefits and find access to health care resources and training so they can get back to work rapidly.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a Coronavirus Small Business Guide, with a range of resources for employers.

 USDA Rural Development announced today that the agency is entering remote operational status, meaning the agency will continue to serve customers remotely. The agency serves many communities throughout Oregon, and is a primary funder of loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. With staff working remotely, communities might find it helpful to have an agency directory to ensure that communication about current and future funding opportunities continues seamlessly. You can find your regional representative in the staff directory here.

 State guidance for small businesses…While restaurants, bars and other establishments that offer food or beverages for sale are restricted to carry-out or delivery, the state has guidance for other types of small businesses. The state urges these businesses to assess their practices, implement strong social distancing measures, and close their doors temporarily if they cannot put the new guidance in place. The state also urges businesses to keep the health and safety of Oregonians at the forefront as they make hard business decisions. Updated and current information from the state on coronavirus can be found here.

The Family First Coronavirus Response Act  was signed into law March 18. The FFCRA requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick or family leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 2, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The law is applicable to private employers with fewer than 500 employees, as well as all government employers. Summary of details here.

The Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems at Oregon State University have COVID-19 information related to small farms and food safety.

 Business Oregon has developed Business Survival Tips During a Pandemic, viewable here.

Wyden Introduces $17B Bill to Relieve Small Business Loan Payments for 6 Months. Read more here.

Wyden, Merkley Announce Senate Passage of Families First Coronavirus Act. Read more here.

Courtney Warner Crowell

Regional Solutions Coordinator, Eastern Oregon

Office of Governor Kate Brown

 

From WORKSOURCE, 03/20/2020:

Dear Oregon Business,

You are not alone.

WorkSource Oregon is here for you now and in the future.

We want to make sure you are aware of all the programs and resources that could provide support for your immediate needs during the COVID-19 coronavirus situation. We have compiled information related to common concerns, and we are reaching out directly to businesses to make sure you are connected with accurate information.

While we recognize your focus is likely to be on immediate needs, we want you to know that WorkSource Oregon Business Services is pulling together ideas on how to support you in the long term. If that concern is on your mind, know that we intend to help through this current crisis and onto our future economic prosperity.

Here are some key resources/information:

  • Workers can initiate filing an Unemployment Insurance claim by applying online or by calling 877-345-3484. Our video resources can help explain Unemployment Insurance.
  • WorkShare Oregon is a key program that helps you keep skilled employees during slow times by providing partial Unemployment Insurance benefits to supplement employees’ reduced hours.
  • Another resource for small businesses and employers planning and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 is the National Business Emergency Operations Center.
  • The Employment Department is committed to the health and safety of our customers and the public and has created a COVID-19 Resource Guide.
  • The State of Oregon offers COVID-19 information.
  • If your business or employees have questions related to COVID-19, please email us.

We will make it through this together and we will continue to support business success in Oregon.

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