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Please find attached the Region X Interagency COVID-19 Economic Recovery Taskforce newsletter.
New policy requiring face coverings in certain outdoor locations:
New social gathering policy—limiting indoor “social get-togethers” to 10 people:
OED has a new UI website is unemployment.oregon.gov . There are links for workers, employers, and FAQs at the top, and an eligibility quiz to find out which benefits you might qualify for here https://unemployment.oregon.gov/workers/eligibility-quiz .
There is a new FAQ on the residential eviction moratorium:
Per the attached letter, today Governor Brown informed the Jackson County Board of Commissioners that Jackson County is approved to enter into Phase II of Reopening Oregon on June 5. Complete Phase II reopening guidance and requirements can be found at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19 (look under the Governor’s Orders and OHA Guidance section).
It should be noted that this reopening wasn’t a “rubber stamp” approval and as of this afternoon, 9 of Oregon’s 36 counties have not received authorization to enter into Phase II. Our local health providers and our public health officials have positioned us well to enter into this phase. As the Governor’s letter states, moving to Phase II does come with increased risk, so let’s continue to work together to take the necessary steps to control the spread of COVID-19.
Business Oregon is offering new resources to help small businesses with PPE (personal protective equipment) issues.
- Reminder, outside of health care & personal services, there are generally no PPE requirements or suggestions above/beyond face coverings (cloth face covering or face shield) in any of the sector guidance.
- The Oregon PPE Network (OPEN) & Supply Connector are just launching … and Business Oregon has a site dedicated to the topic here: https://www.oregon4biz.com/Coronavirus-Information/#reopen
Reopening Update – 051320
This morning Jackson County received the following question regarding our reopening plan from the Governor’s Office: “The Oregon Health Authority has reviewed your application and has determined that additional information is necessary in order to complete their evaluation, specifically: Please provide a narrative paragraph about how you would work with and integrate community organizations and community health workers to contact trace and protect the health of Jackson County’s Latinx and other diverse populations?” Our response is attached. Other than this question, we haven’t received any further word regarding the status of our plan and the potential for reopening on May 15, 2020. We did view this single request as a good sign that overall our plan is meeting the seven prerequisites for reopening. Our understanding is that the Governor is holding a press conference tomorrow at 10:00 am where we hopeful that further reopening information will be shared.
County’s letter to Governor Brown – 050720
Jackson County Parks –
***IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES***
We know that all citizens have concerns regarding the latest health crisis. Below is a flyer sent by the CDC on how they are working to protect and prepare communities. We are also communicating with the State, Jackson County, and other cities to bring you the latest substantiated news regarding CoVID19 and its effect on our community.
3/24/20 Update –
Situation in Oregon
There have been 18 new cases and 3 new deaths reported in Oregon in the past 24 hours. One of the new cases was from Jackson County, bringing the total number of Jackson County cases to 3.
Case counts by county are: Washington – 76, Linn – 20, Marion – 32, Multnomah – 25, Clackamas – 17, Deschutes – 10, Yamhill – 6, Benton – 4, Lane – 4, Jackson – 3, Polk – 3, Umatilla – 2, Clatsop – 1, Douglas – 1, Grant – 1, Hood River – 1, Josephine – 1, Klamath – 1, Union – 1
Age group for Oregon cases is as follows: 55+ years old – 52%, 35 to 54 years old – 34%, 25 to 34 years old – 9%, 18 to 24 years old – 3%, and 17 or younger – 2%.
3/25/20 Update –
Jackson County Public Health is reporting one new COVID-19 case, bringing the total to four in Jackson County. Jackson County Public Health is investigating the case to identify how the individual was exposed to the disease and identify and isolate/quarantine any individuals who may have been in close contact with the person.
Child Care. Rules are rapidly evolving on the child care front. All child cares that want to remain open mush apply to be designated as an emergency child care provider. Hopefully, an expanded list of approved emergency child care providers will be available on Monday. Emergency child care is intended to serve health care and other essential workers. A detailed list of workers that are considered essential for this purpose, and how they are being prioritized is here:
Individuals seeking child care can use the following:CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155 Listen for the “Child Care” prompt, otherwise there may be a long wait
TEXT keyword “children” or “ninos” to 898211 (TXT211)
To search for child care providers online, click here.
The Oregon Employment Department is working hard to ensure people have access to the most current guidance for employers, workers, and job seekers who may be impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Information continues to change daily, including where and how to apply for unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility requirements. Please visit the department’s COVID-19 employment-related web page for the latest information.
Situation Reports 032520
3/29 Updates –
Jackson County Public Health Reports New COVID-19 Cases
[Medford, Oregon] — March 29, 2020, Jackson County Public Health is reporting six new
COVID-19 cases. There is now a total of 19 COVID-19 cases in Jackson County. This matches
the total from Oregon Health Authorities. There are no fatalities in Jackson County, from COVID-
19, at this time.
Of the six new cases, 50% are male and 50% are female. Two are between the ages of 20-29,
one between 50-59, one between 60-69, and two between 70-79.
Jackson County Public Health wants the community to have information on the number of
confirmed cases in a timely fashion. Therefore, as Jackson County Public Health releases this
information, the number of cases may not match what is published on the Health Authority’s
website. This also means that Jackson County Public Health may not have complete information
about each case, as we will be in the beginning stages of our case investigation. Once the case
investigation is completed, additional information will be added to the Jackson County Health and
Human Services website.
3/31 Updates –
UI changes. The Federal CARES Act makes self-employed and independent contractors eligible for unemployment insurance. The Oregon Employment Department is updating its guidance and information as quickly as they are able. For the latest info, visit: https://govstatus.egov.com/ORUnemployment_COVID19
Oregon’s SBDC Capital Access Team, will be hosting a SBA Disaster Loan “Train the Trainer” class this Thursday April 2, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. The audience is economic development practitioners and not small businesses / owners at this point:
https://Bizcenter.zoom.us/j/960337172 / Meeting ID: 960 337 172
SCDC & the SWOCC SBDC have organized a discussion with CCD Business Corporation and Oregon Pacific Bank to talk about their loan funds and the new SBA offerings. Thursday, April 2nd at 10:00am:
Layoff Aversion Funds
There are still small amounts of layoff aversion funds available in our region. Businesses with small needs that will allow them to avoid layoffs, should contact either SOWIB or RWP. A great example of a grant would be a new server to allow more workers to work remotely. Layoff aversion
CARES ACT: New portal for SBA EIDL applications: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ . Summary attachment of business benefits.
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