April 24 , 2020
State of Oregon

Oregon Health Authority

Business Oregon

Senator Jeff Merkley

Local Updates
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Updates
Resources for All
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the next Federal package for COVID-19 business support. Additional funds ($310 billion) would be allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program, with $60 billion set-aside for smaller lenders (community based lenders and mid-sized lenders). An additional $60 billion would be injected into funding for Emergency Injury Disaster Lending (EIDL). For businesses that have not been able to find a PPP banker, there are several on-line lenders that might offer another route like Paypal, Intuit, Lendio and Nav.

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.

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.

Western Governors Association | Upcoming webinar 5/5 - COVID-19 - Cybersecurity Threats & Best Practices

Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read - Student Loan Debt & COVID-19

Key Takeaways
  1. Since April 10th, automatic payments are no longer being processed for federal student loans. If you continue to see payments come out, take steps to get help. Please contact your student loan provider ASAP or the attorney general's office.
  2. For people with federal loans, the government cannot garnish your stimulus checks to repay defaulted student loans. 
  3. If you are graduating from college soon, the Student Borrowers Protection Center recommends signing up for income-based repayment.
Resources for Businesses
Businesses have asked about how to expend their PPP moneys if their workers refuse to return to work. Temporary unemployment insurance (UI) recipients are required to maintain contacts with their employer and return to work if called. (Keep in mind that workers are eligible for UI, additionally, if they are ill, quarantined, caring for a family member, unable to find childcare, or unwilling to return to workplaces that cannot maintain social distancing out of fear and concern.) Encourage employers to visit this page and click the link for “subscribe to updates”.

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 .

National Restaurant Association | New guidance for restaurants released 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 these guidelines.

Southwest Oregon Workforce Investment Board | Online marketplace for employers to purchase PPE

Cardinal Services | COVID-19 Business Relief Packages

CARES Act National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) | Funds are available to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to thousands of organizations that add value to America's economy and the creative life of our communities. Part 1 deadline to submit applications is May 4. Click here for more information.

American Farmland Trust (AFT) | Farmer Relief Fund awards farmers with cash grants up to $1,000 each to help them during the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible applicants include small and mid-size direct-market producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs. The deadline was April 23, grants will begin to be made by May 1. Read more here.

Federal Highway Administration | On April 3, the FHWA issued a notice to state departments of transportation that the agency will allow food trucks at federally funded interstate highway rest areas to support commercial truck drivers during the coronavirus emergency. Read more here. Please respond to this email if you are or know of a food truck currently operating at rest areas so we can help spread the word.

UCC Small Business Development Center

Back to Work Business Planner by Maury Forman - "This checklist to help businesses in the post-pandemic period, the time when businesses return to a "new normal" and businesses can catch their collective breath, if even for a moment."
Resources for Workers | Unemployment
Resources for Families
National Farm to School | COVID-19 Resource Page
Previously Shared Resources
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