May 19 , 2020
If you're a business operating in Douglas County,
please take 11 (or so) minutes out of your day to complete our survey!

This survey was scheduled to close today, 5/19, but we are keeping it open for now.

State of Oregon

Updated Guidance | Under new statewide guidance for face coverings , all of the following businesses must provide face coverings and require employees to wear them:
  • Grocery stores
  • Fitness-related organizations
  • Pharmacies
  • Public transit agencies and providers
  • Personal services providers
  • Restaurants, bars, breweries, brewpubs, wineries, tasting room and distilleries
  • Retail stores
  • Ride sharing services
In public, all Oregonians must wear a face covering on public transit, and it is strongly recommended that Oregonians wear a face covering in settings like grocery stores where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.

Oregon Health Authority
  • COVID-19 Weekly Report

Senator Jeff Merkley

Following up on last week's bill, live today at 2:15 p.m. PT, watch Senator Merkley's discussion with his co-authors about the Rebuilding Main Street Act. You can watch via Senator Merkley's social media pages - Twitter here or Facebook here. (You do not need accounts to watch.)

Local Updates
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Updates
Resources for All
Resources for Businesses


SBA | Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program - Allows small businesses with current relationships with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork

EDA | EDA Cares Act Recovery Assistance applications are now being accepted.

Business Oregon

Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation | Messaging toolkit with signs and social media ideas to encourage safe and responsible outdoor recreation during the pandemic.

Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development | Resource Guide for land use planners and economic development officials to use during COVID-19.

OFMA | Oregon-specific guide for farmers market operators and vendors to share current COVID-19 policy, best practices and resources.

Resources for Workers | Employment | Unemployment
Express Employment | Virtual Hiring Event on tomorrow, May 20 and on and May 27 you can register by texting JOBS to 541-673-3332 or click here.

Oregon Employment Department | 14,100 initial claims received 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 release.

Quantum Innovations | Medford's own Quantum Innovations selling many of the items needed for PPE. Personal service providers are encouraged to use Level 2 or Level 3 masks when "close-in" with customers (and face shields in some circumstances). Visit their shop here.
Previously Shared Resources
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