April 17 , 2020
State of Oregon
  • Tuesday's press conference to discuss plans for eventually lifting the statewide stay-at-home order. Watch the video.
  • $8 million to be provided to the Oregon Food Bank for food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the new release here.

Oregon Health Authority | COVID-19 Weekly Data Report & Webinar today regarding OHP coverage and bill standards for telemedicine services during the COVID-19 emergency. Go here to register.

Senator Jeff Merkley
  • Operation: Main Street website now has a new way for businesses to quickly and easily report issues so that they can help. This form will streamline communication between his office and small businesses as they work to make sure folks get the relief resources they need. Please help spread the word. His Facebook post on this new tool can be found here.
  • Merkley Again Pushes Trump Administration to Provide Relief for Small Businesses. Read more here.
  • Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $38 Million in Child Care Development Block Grants. Read news release here.
Local Updates
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Updates
Resources for All
Oregon Office of Emergency Management | FAQs released on a wide range of topics including blood donation, volunteering, guidance on cloth masks and much more. Read them here.

Oregon Department of Revenue | Taxpayers beware of calls and email phishing attempts related to COVID-19 federal government relief programs. These scams can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. Learn more here.
Resources for Businesses
Layoff Aversion Funds | Another round of funds have been released to the workforce investment boards. These grants are not a good source for wage replacement, but can assist with purchasing supplies and/or equipment to allow continued business operations and avoid layoffs. Douglas County businesses can contact SOWIB.

OEDA | Proposed Oregon Economic Recovery and Resilience Framework by ECONorthwest and the UO Institute for Policy Research & Engagement released. The report calls for regional recovery to be guided by local economic development professionals "that have specific, actionable knowledge of the regions they represent foucsed on continuity and recover."

Paycheck Protection Program | Newly released FAQs
Resources for Workers | Unemployment
Paycheck Protection Program Update | 9,500 PPP loans have been approved for Oregon businesses, totaling $2.5 billions through April 13. Nationwide $258 billion of the $349 billion provided in CARES Act has been approved. Senator Merkley's office is maintaining a list of PPP lenders in Oregon.

Oregon Employment Department | The Oregon Employment Department is moving quickly to address the rapidly changing economic situation in this period of COVID-19 restrictions. They’ve created a new press release you can access now to track the economic situation. Find Weekly New Unemployment Insurance Claims in the Reports and Analysis section of your subscription. Initial claims data by industry and area can be found on the COVID-19 page . To file an online claim for unemployment benefits, go to or call 1-877-FILE-4-UI.
Resources for Families
Social Security Administration | As of 4/15/20, the SSA is saying that those receiving SSA benefits with dependent children under the age of 17 should be signing up via the following portal in order to receive stimulus checks and ensure they receive their $500 per dependent. To register, go here.

Oregon Health Authority | April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. As we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, many traditional support systems for families are unavailable or altered. Reduced contact with educators, medical professionals, and community members can impact children and families in many ways. And high-stress home environments can increase the likelihood of domestic violence and abuse that children either experience or observe. Everyone can play a part in keeping children healthy and safe. Please call and reach out to families you know to check-in. Report suspected abuse, share crisis hotlines, and keep your eyes open. To report suspected abuse or neglect of a child or adult, call 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). This toll-free number receives calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
For resources from Prevent Child Abuse America that you can share with families and friends visit: .
Resources for Entrepreneurs
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs and Small Business Association | OAME SBA's microloan program is available during this time. Please read the informative flyer for more information.

Previously Shared Resources
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