May 8 , 2020
State of Oregon

Final guidelines (except for childcare) are now on OHA's website. Scroll down to Governor's Orders and OHA Guidance halfway down the page, open "OHA Guidance and Rules. Or you can find the links below:


Oregon Health Authority

Senator Jeff Merkley
Local Updates
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Updates
Resources for All
Oregon Health Authority - Coronavirus Updates

Oregon Hospitality Foundation | Takeout And A Movie on May 9th is a fundraiser to benefit restaurants who are serving meals to frontline heroes as well as to those with food insecurity. Go to this link to get more information and to purchase the$6.50 ticket and access simple instructions for streaming on any device either on Saturday, May 9th at 5 p.m., or anytime throughout the weekend. If you know of a restaurant in the region who is doing philanthropic work they may be eligible to apply for funding . Please refer them to here . 100% of the movie ticket sales will be awarded to restaurants throughout the state who apply and meet established criteria of serving meals to those in need. About the movie: PHOENIX OREGON . Variety says “ To put it simply–and, yes, gratefully–Phoenix, Oregon is the sort of movie a lot of us need right now.”

U.S. Economic Development Administration | EDA Cares Act Recovery Assistance

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health | Recording of a technical assistance webinar for applicants interested in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant programs to support projects aimed at improving minority health and reducing health disparities (applications due May 11, 2020)

Oregon Department of Education & Oregon Health Authority | Guidelines for safe graduation and year-end school celebrations, as well as creative options being considered by districts throughout Oregon. Read the guidance.

Oregon Health Authority
  • Expanding testing guidelines. Read them in English and Spanish.
  • COVID-19 - No known transmission through food or food packaging. Read the news release.

Oregon Office of Economic Analysis
  • New blogpost linking to a video presentation that state economists recently gave on the statewide economic shock posed by COVID-19 and projections moving forward.
  • Looking 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.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality | DEQ extends vehicle inspection station closures to at least May 17, continues to offer other inspection options. Read more.

Resources for Businesses
RAIN | Webinar today, May 8 at 12:00 p.m. - Re-Opening Oregon: What Small Businesses & Startups Need to Know

The Oregon Early Learning Division | Financial support for child care providers. This link is for the portal to apply for the emergency funds. Anyone with an approved emergency child care application from the ELD should be eligible. The portal for applications went live last Friday (May 1) and will be open until next Monday (May 11). Your early learning hub can provide assistance. Here is the news release from 4/30/20.

Fed Reserve “Main Street” Lending Program | This program is for small and medium businesses (forthcoming). The Federal Reserve designed Main Street to support small and medium-sized businesses that were unable to access the PPP or that require additional financial support after receiving a PPP loan. Main Street loans are not forgivable. The Program will operate through three facilities: the Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF), the Main Street Priority Loan Facility (MSPLF), and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF). You can access the program here .

USDA & Rural Development
  • Guidance for rural communities and the agricultural industry about recently passed funding relief contained in the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Program can be found here.
  • Applications open for funding to help rural families and small businesses reduce energy costs and make energy efficiency improvements. Funding is available through the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP).

Treasury Department | New version of Treasury Dept FAQ on PPP. Questions 40-42 specifically address what happens if employees are refusing offer to return to work.

Resources for Workers | Unemployment
Oregon Office of Economic Analysis | May 1 blog post looking at unemployment claims, breaking down the information by sector and job type.

Oregon Employment Department
  • 28,500 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the week of April 19 to April 25 and have received more than 362,200 initial claims in the past six weeks. Read the news release here.
  • Unemployment benefits are now being offered through the CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Read the news release here.
  • One strategy combining the OED work share program with the expanded unemployment benefits. Read more here.

Oregon Department of Revenue | Revenue alerts taxpayers with a filing requirement that they must file a tax return to get an Economic Impact Payment. Read the release here.

IRS | 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 .
Resources for Families
Oregon Department of Education & Department of Human Services | Application for cash benefits for families eligible for free and reduced-priced meals can be found here.

Oregon Energy | Oregon Energy Fund for families who need help paying electric bill - Read more here.
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