COVID-19 Business Recovery Resource Center Library

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce has made it our priority to keep our members informed of the very latest news, mandates, businesses assistance offerings, reopening guidelines, recovery efforts and more.  This Business Recovery Resource Center Library is updated almost every day with new and current information. If you have any questions, please call 541-672-2648.

What’s New!

Commercial Rent Relief Grants for Small Business Opens April 22

Business Oregon announces the second round of its grant program for building owners to cover outstanding lease payments from small business tenants behind on rent due to COVID-19, opening on Thursday, April 22 at 9:00 am and closing on May 6, 2021. 

            The grants can go up to $100,000 per each business tenant, but no more than $3 million for each landlord.  This grant program is NOT first-come, first served.  There is approximately $42 million in funds available this round (there was $49.9 million available in round one and nearly $65.4 million in grant application requests). Applicants not selected in round one are automatically entered into round two.  Applications will be chosen by a random lottery system in any geographic region that has more applicants than funds available. 

            This program helps small business tenants with 100 or fewer employees.  Both the business tenant and the property owner will need to participate in the application process and sign the grant agreement, but the initial application needs to be completed by the landlord. 

            Minor changes to round two of the grant program include, the minimum grant amount is now $500 (reduced from $1000), landlords can be publicly-traded businesses and sole proprietors do not need to register their business with the Secretary of State, if they are not otherwise required to do so. 

            For more information and to apply on April 22, CLICK HERE!

Chamber Offers No-Cost PPE to Roseburg Businesses

Partnership between the City of Roseburg and the Roseburg Area Chamber is providing personal protective equipment (PPE) at no cost to Roseburg businesses.  The limited-quantity PPE offered includes:  3-ply ear-loop disposable masks, washable reusable cloth masks, non-surgical KN95 masks, pump-bottle hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes and disposable nitrile gloves. 

           To order no-cost PPE, businesses can find criteria information and PPE order form HERE.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Declined?

Effective immediately, applicants can send a request for reevaluation of a Targeted EIDL Advance application that was declined to the following email address: TargetedAdvanceReevaluation@sba.gov.

Applicants should follow these instructions when requesting a reevaluation:

  • Send an email to TargetedAdvanceReevaluation@sba.gov
  • Use the subject line “Reevaluation Request for [insert your 10-digit application number]
  • In the body of the email, include identifying information for the application such as application number, business name, business address, business owner name(s) and phone number
  • Important: Include an explanation and any documentation that addresses the reason for the decline, if available. SBA will contact applicants if additional documentation is required to complete the review.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Applications

The Small Business Administration originally attempted to opened SVOG applications on April 8.  Due to the unprecedented and overwhelming need the SBA’s application portal was and remains temporarily suspended due to technical issues.  The SBA has tech teams working on the portal, aiming to reopen by the end of this week.  The SBA confirms they have not accepted any applications or distributed any funding.  As soon as we are advised of the reopening date, we will advise our members.  Until then, for more information visit the SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant page.    

     Eligible venues can receive assistance both through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the American Rescue Plan Act’s SVOG program.  The SVOG will simply be reduced by the PPP loan amount.  The PPP loan applications have been revised to reflect this update.  

     The SBA has created tools and resources to help potential SVOG applicants prepare, including: 

SVOG Info

Pandemic Relief Programs     

  

COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses Providing Paid Leave

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 amended and extended the tax credits (and availability of advance payments of the tax credits) for paid sick and family leave for wages paid for the period beginning April 1, 2021 and ending on September 30, 2021.  Updates on these tax credits will be found HERE.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Coming SOON!

Soon the Small Business Administration (SBA) will launch the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) program.  In order to be ready to apply when that day comes:

            (1)  Get Program DetailsGet the RRF program details such as eligibility, funding amount, allowable use of funds and more. If you haven’t already, sign up for RRF email updates.

            (2)  Get Prepared.  The SBA is not currently accepting applications for RRF. However, you can prepare your application by reviewing the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. You will be able to apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal. Registration with SAM.gov is not required. DUNS or CAGE identifiers are also not required.

            (3)  When to Apply.  The official application launch date will be announced shortly. Ahead of the application launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RRF application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training on how to apply, application requirements and where to apply. Participants in this pilot are randomly selected from existing PPP borrowers in priority groups for RRF and will not receive funds until the application portal is open to the public.  

            Following the pilot, the application portal will be opened to the public. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications. 

            RACC will let our members know when the program is going to open as soon as the date is announced.  For details about the program, visit the SBA’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund information page. 

Updated Guidance for Outdoor Entertainment Activities

On March 17, the state announced new outdoor capacity limits for Oregon counties for outdoor recreation and fitness, and outdoor entertainment. Effective immediately, outdoor entertainment establishments and outdoor recreation and fitness establishments in all Oregon counties may allow the following:

 

  • Lower risk: Maximum 50% occupancy
  • Moderate risk: Maximum 25% occupancy
  • High risk: Maximum 15% occupancy
  • Extreme risk: Maximum 50 people

For updated outdoor capacity limits, please refer to the Sector Risk Level Guidance Chart.

American Rescue Plan Act to Provide More Small Business Assistance

The American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law on March 11, 2021 by President Biden.  The Act provides additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and, specifically, hard-hit industries. The new law includes:

  • ADDITIONAL: $7.25 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services;
  • ADDITIONAL: Funds are allocated for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, and now allows businesses to apply for both a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, and the SVOG;
  • ADDITIONAL: $15 billion for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) payments, including NEW $5 billion for Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance payments for those hardest hit;
  • NEW: $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund for industry-focused grants;
  • NEW: $100 million to establish a Community Navigator pilot program; grants will go to eligible organizations supporting efforts to improve access to COVID–19 pandemic assistance programs and resources.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Reopens 

Deadline Extended to May 31, 2021. Earlier this week the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am EST. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.

            To promote access to capital, SBA provided early PPP access for first-time applicants through community financial institutions. These community financial institutions began providing PPP loans to first-time applicants on January 11, and opened up to second-time PPP applicants on January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.

            Businesses interested in a PPP loan (first or second), particularly those unable to access PPP with a traditional bank or credit union, are encouraged to get in touch as soon as possible. One such participating CDFI is MoFi.org. You can contact your local SBA office for more information on community financial institutions offering early access to PPP here.

            If you received a initial PPP loan from a bank or credit union during the first round, please contact them regarding a second loan.

            Updated PPP guidance can be found here:

            The U.S. Chamber created a new Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans to provide local chambers and our members with the latest information and answers to FAQs about the changes that have been made to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Program as part of the end-of-year pandemic relief package Congress passed and which is tentatively slated to become law.

            Click here to view the U.S. Chamber’s new Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans. As the year-end federal pandemic relief package evolves and, we are confident, ultimately authorized and signed into law, we will continue to provide updates as the information becomes available. 

First Point of Information About COVID-19

211 Info: Novel Coronavirus

American Red Cross: COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Coronavirus Website

COVID-19 Guidelines for America: coronavirus.gov

Douglas County Official News Releases: Local Updates COVID-19

Douglas Public Health Network: COVID-19

FEMA: COVID-19 Fact Sheet / Use of DPA

FEMA: COVID-19 Materials in Spanish

FEMA: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA:  COVID-19 Funeral Assistance FAQ

FEMA: How to Help

FEMA: Manufacturing of PPE

FEMA: Private Sector PPE Exchange Dashboard

FEMA: Public Assistance – Emergency Manager Contacts

FEMA: Rumor Control

FEMA:  Vaccine Information and Resources Guide 

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Coronavirus Tax Relief

Internal Revenue Service: Economic Impact Payments

League of Oregon Cities: Resource Center

Oregon Department of Agriculture: COVID-19 Information

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife: Hunting & Fishing Regulations Amid COVID-19 Restrictions

Oregon Department of Forestry: ODF Updates Around COVID-19 Restrictions

Oregon Department of Revenue: Tax Relief Options

Oregon Early Learning: Individuals Seeking Child Care can use the following:

Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155, listen for “Child Care” prompt or

Email: children@211info.org

Oregon Health Authority: Case Tracker Dashboard

Oregon Health Authority: Statewide Face Mask, Face Covering, Face Shield Guidance (Updated: 10.19.20)

Oregon Health Authority: Oregon Coronavirus Updates

Oregon Health Authority: Phase 1 Reopening Guidance for the Public

OHSU Website: Resources for Coronavirus in Oregon

Senator Jeff Merkley Office: Coronavirus Resource Page

State of Oregon: COVID-19 FAQs in Spanish

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: COVID-19 Medical Advisory Panel

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-12

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-13

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-14

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-25

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-27

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-30

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-38

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-56

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-58

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-59

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-65

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-66

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-67

Travel Oregon: COVID-19 Resources & Updates

Washington Department of Health: ASL/Captioned COVID-19 Educational Videos

World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak 

Business/Employer Recovery Resources

Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce: Business Resource Guide for Reopening

Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce:  Free PPE Program for Roseburg Businesses

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: Main Street Lending Program

Building Owners and Managers Association: Getting Back to Work

Business Oregon: Small Business Resource Navigator & Small Business Grants

CARES Act: Background and State and Local Allocations

CCD: COVID-19 Loan Program and Emergency Small Business & Microenterprise Grant Program

CDC: Cleaning Disinfection Decision Tool

CDC: Reopening America Guidance

CDC Website for Employers: CDC Business Guide 

CISA: Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce 

CISA: Operations Center & Control Room Guide

Douglas County:  COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program 

Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook Grant Application

Lowe’s Home Improvement: Grants for Small Business

National Main Street Center: Small Business Assessment Impacts of COVID-19

OSHA Temporary Rule Adressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks

OSHA Temporary COVID-19 Rules (11/16/20-5/4/21) Resource Sheet

OSHA Fact Sheet for COVID-19 Temporary Rule for All Workplaces

OSHA Question & Answers Regarding OSHA COVID-19 Temporary Rule for All Workplaces

OSHA Online Education Course for Employers Re: COVID-19 Temporary Rule for Workplaces

OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Poster-English

OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Poster-Spanish

OSHA Exposure Risk Assessment Template

OSHA Infectious Disease Rulemaking

OSHA Overview Table for COVID-19 Temporary Rule

OSHA Model Policy for Notification of Employees When COVID-19 Exposure Occurs

OSHA Model Policy for Notification of Employees When COVID-19 Exposure Occurs-Spanish

OSHA 3990: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

OSHA: COVID-19 Workplace Advisory Memo Regarding Face Masks / Covering

Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries: COVID-19 Resources

     Call Line for Employers: 971-673-0824

Oregon Community Foundation: Oregon Community Recovery Grant Program

Oregon Economic Development Association: ODEA Assistance

Oregon Employment Department: COVID-19 Related Business Layoffs, Closures & Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Oregon Employment Department Email for Employer Questions: Email

Oregon Employment Department: Federal CARES Act (makes self-employed & independent contractors eligible)

Oregon Employment Department: Unemployment Assistance for Self-Employed & Contract Workers

Oregon Health Authority: GENERAL GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS 

Oregon Health Authority: General Guidance for Employers – MAX OCCUPANCY SIGN

Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – GYMS & FITNESS FACILITIES

Oregon Health Authority: Gyms & Fitness Facilities Reopening FAQ 

Oregon Health Authority: Mask & Face Covering Guidance

Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – OUTDOOR RECREATION

Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – PERSONAL SERVICES

Oregon Health Authority: Personal Services FAQ

Oregon Health Authority: Recreational Sports FAQ

Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – RESTAURANTS/BARS/BREWERIES/TASTING ROOMS/DISTILLERIES

Oregon Health Authority: Restaurants/Bars Reopening FAQ

Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – RETAIL

Oregon Health Authority: Retail FAQ

Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – SUMMER CAMPS

Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – SUMMER SCHOOLS & SUMMER PROGRAMS

Oregon Health Authority: Swimming Pools, Spas & Sports courts FAQ

Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – TRANSIT AGENCIES

Oregon Health Authority: Venue & Event Operator FAQ

Oregon Home Builders Association: COVID-19 Construction Industry Job Site Recommendations

OMEP: COVID-19 Resources for Manufacturers 

OMEP: Email for Grant Funding for Businesses Retooling to Supply COVID-19 Related Products 

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association: Safety Checklist for Restaurants & Lodging

Oregon State Chamber of Commerce: OCSS’s Coronavirus Resource Guide 

Oregon Water Enhancement Board: Grant Funding for Water-related Project Impacts

SBA: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

SBA: Disaster Assistance Resources

SBA: Disaster Assistance Worksheet

SBA: Disaster Loan Application

SBA: Disaster Loan Assistance

SBA: Faith Based Organizations FAQ

SBA: Oregon Lenders 2020

SBA: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Borrower Application Form

SBA: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application 

SBA: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S (PPP Loans Less than $50K) 

SBA: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S Instructions for Borrowers

SBDC: Guide for Navigating a Business Crisis

SAIF: What Employers Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation and Cornoavirus

Senator Jeff Merkley Office: Economic Recovery Page

SOWIB: COVID-19 Resources & Information

State of Oregon: $55 Million Dedicated to Businesses Impacted by “Freeze”

State of Oregon: Coronavirus Resources, Student Loans

State of Oregon: Office of Small Business Assistance

State of Oregon: PPE Portal

State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – County Guidance

State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Douglas County Approved

State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Gatherings

State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Indoor & Outdoor Recreation Facilities Guidance

State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Outdoor Recreation

State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Recreational Sport Guidance

State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Restaurants & Bars Guidance 

State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Swimming Pools, Spas & Sports Courts Guidance

State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Venues & Event Operators

State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Zoos/Museums/Gardens

State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening PowerPoint

State of Oregon: Reopening Webinar – PERSONAL SERVICES

State of Oregon: Reopening Webinar – RECREATIONAL SPORTS/POOLS/SPORTS COURTS

State of Oregon: Reopening Webinar – RESTAURANTS/BARS/TASTING ROOMS

State of Oregon: Reopening Webinar – RETAIL

State of Oregon: Reopening Webinar – VENUES & EVENTS

State of Oregon: Utility and Telecommunications Assistance

Travel Oregon: COVID-19 Travel & Tourism Resources & Updates

Travel Oregon: Tourism Industry Businesses – How Can We Help? Online Form  

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Corporate Aid Tracker

U.S. Chamber of Commerce:  Covid-19 Vaccine Resource Center

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guidance for Employers

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide to Employee Retention Tax Credit

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Independent Contractors Guide to CARES Act Relief

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Independent Contractors Guide to CARES Act Relief (In Spanish)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Guide

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Navigating PPP Loan Forgiveness Process (Help Video)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Reopening Business Digital Resources Center

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Reopening Business Digital Resource Center Toolkit

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Resilience in a Box

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Small Business ELA Loan Guide

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Reopening Playbook (English)

U.S. Chamber if Commerce: Small Business Reopening Playbook (Spanish)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Workplace Tips

U.S. Department of Labor: New Guidance for Unemployment Insurance

USDA: COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

USDA Rural Development: Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants

USDA Rural Development: Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses & Communities 

USDA Farmers.gov Food Assistance Program 2

Workers Comp & COVID:  Employer Responsibilities

WorkShare Oregon: Leverage Unemployment Insurance

WorkSource Oregon: Contact Information

Current News / COVID-19 Pandemic     

Statewide Modifications to "Extreme Risk" Level Mandates

Effective January 29, the state of Oregon “slightly” modified guidance for counties deemed to be at the extreme risk level.  In general, any/all indoor spaces, except restaurants, are allowed to have up to six people in a space of more than 500 square feet, under the modified guidelines.  If owners/operators have more than 1000 square feet and can effectively divide the space internally, there can be as many as four distinct areas, each having up to six customers at a time.  

 

Specifics include:

Douglas County remains at the high risk level through, at least, Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Oregon OSHA Grants Grace-Period for Compliance with New COVID-19 Rules 

The recently adopted Oregon OSHA Temporary COVID-19 rule includes a series of deadlines, including three inter-related requirements. Under the rule, employers must complete both the required Risk Assessment and the Infection Control Plan based on that Risk Assessment by December 7, 2020 and must complete the required Infection Control Training (based in part on the Infection Control Plan) by December 21, 2020.

            A three-week implementation delay has been granted for certain employers – including restaurants, gyms and other businesses impacted the recent “freeze” and by the newly adopted risk levels. All other employers who have been working to comply but have not yet completed that work are granted a one-week grace period. You can read more about this in OR-OSHA’s memo.

Important timelines to remember:

  • Base RuleEffective November 16, 2020
  • Physical Distancing
  • Masks
  • Cleaning & Sanitation
  • Poster Posted
  • Building Operator Rules: November 23, 2020
  • Exposure Risk Assessment: December 7, 2020*
  • Infection Control Plan: December 7, 2020*
  • Employee Training:December 21, 2020
  • Ventilation Requirements (all workplaces): January 6, 2021

You can find additional materials on Oregon OSHA’s website.

OSHA Develops Employer Training Course for New COVID-19 Workplace Rules

In an effort to help employers understand the complex new COVID-19 workplace rules, Oregon OSHA this week produced an online education course designed to help employers meet four of the 10 employee training requirements found in Oregon OSHA’s COVID-19 Temporary Rule. The course begins with an explanation of the dangers of COVID-19 and why the temporary rule came into existence. This course is divided into four modules: Introduction, Signs, Symptoms and Transmission, Control Measures, and Conclusion. The course is available in both English and Spanish and includes visually powerful graphics as well as links to resources to assist employers in achieving compliance

News Releases & Other Important Information from Douglas County's COVID-19 Response Team

Douglas County and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team issues daily updates and joint news releases related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For the most current information from local officials, see Special Local Updates COVID-19

Archived News / COVID-19 Pandemic

Archived News (March 22, 2021)
Commercial Rent Relief Program Available to Small Businesses

Act Fast.  Grant application program opens March 8 and  closes March 22.

The Oregon Legislative Emergency Board allocated $100 million to Business Oregon for a new program to provide financial assistance to small businesses and commercial landlords impacted by the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

            The program provides grants to building owners to cover outstanding lease payments from small business tenants that are behind on rent due to COVID-19. The grants can go up to $100,000 per each business tenant lease, but not more than $3 million for each landlord. The landlord must agree not to evict the tenant for six months and waive any rights to collect outstanding penalties or interest, or enforce eviction clauses related to the delinquent lease payments between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

            The program is intended to help small business tenants that have 100 or fewer employees. The agreement will include additional protections for tenants, such as non-eviction clauses, and a waiver of penalties and interest.

            The program opens for applications on Monday, March 8. Both the business tenant and property owner will need to participate in the application process and sign the grant agreement, but the initial application needs to be completed by the landlord

            The application period will be open for two weeks, with eligible submissions chosen by a lottery system that will also ensure geographic distribution across all regions of the state. The program is split into two rounds, the first $50 million will be allocated in the application period opening March 8. The remaining funds will be available in a second-round application that will open in late April. Unsuccessful (but eligible) applicants from the first round will automatically be considered in the second round, as will any new applicants.

            More program information, eligibility details and application are available on the Business Oregon website

Archived News (February 26, 2021)
New COVID-19 Safety Mandates Effective January 1, 2021

Douglas County Risk Level Lowered to “High” 

On Wednesday, November 25, Governor Brown announced a new safety framework for all 36 Oregon counties after the “two-week freeze” ended on December 2. The framework utilizes the latest science and data to classify counties into four different risk categories: “Lower,” “Moderate,” “High,” and “Extreme.”  

           On Tuesday, December 1, Governor Brown announced updates to county risk levels under the state’s new public health framework to reduce transmission of COVID-19.  As stated above, the framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk and Lower Risk.  Each risk level has assigned health and safety measure mandates.  Douglas County remained in the “Extreme” risk level from December 3 through December 31.  Due to a reduction in COVID-10 cases, Douglas County’s risk level was lowered to “High” effective January first, allowing in-person dining at restaurants and bars, opening of tasting rooms, gyms, bowling alleys and theaters, with restrictions, to name a few.   

          County risk levels are reassigned every two weeks.  An updated list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.   

            For more information about the risk levels and activity guidanceguidance based on county risk level or read the full press release.  State of Oregon, Office of the Governor Executive Order 20-66

 

Archived News (January 10, 2021)

Oregon OSHA-Adopted COVID-19 Rules Go Into Effect November 16, 2020

Oregon OSHA has adopted the COVID-19 rules for ALL workplaces.  The temporary rules go into effect next Monday, November 16 (and currently will be in effect through May 4, 2021).  CLICK HERE to view the full rules. 

Here is what employers will have to do:

Posters

Distancing

  • Ensure work activities eliminate the need for employees to be within six feet of each other.

Cleaning

  • Clean or sanitize high-touch surfaces and shared equipment at least every 24 hours for workplaces occupied less than 12 hours a day;
  • If workplaces are occupied more than 12 hours a day, cleaning must be done every 8 hours;
  • Employers must provide employees with sufficient hand washing supplies and facilities; and
  • Employees must provide employees with supplies to clean work surfaces.

Face Coverings

  • Employers must ensure employees wear face coverings in workplaces consistent with Oregon Health Authority Guidance;
  • Employees must also wear face coverings in vehicles; and
  • Employers must provide face coverings to employees.

Ventilation

  • Businesses must repair and maintain heating and cooling systems to maximize air flow. This likely involves replacing filters as recommended by the manufacturer.

Exposure Risk Assessment

  • Employers must conduct an Exposure Risk Assessment by December 7, 2020.
  • OSHA has created an exposure risk assessment template for employers to use.
  • Employers must give employees an opportunity to provide feedback.

Infection Control Plan

  • Employers must establish an Infection Control Plan by December 7, 2020.
  • NEW! OSHA has created a model Policy for Notification of Employees When COVID-19 Exposure Occurs and sample Infection Control Plan.  The new Oregon OSHA Temporary COVID-19 rules require that businesses establish a notification process that provides notice within 24-hours if an employee has been exposed to someone confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. This requirement goes into effect on Monday, November 16th. The COVID-19 infection notification process includes: Employers must establish a process to notify exposed employees that they had a work-related contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, as well as to notify affected employees that an individual who was present in the facility has confirmed COVID-19.
  • Exposed employees include: 
  • Those who were within 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, regardless of whether one or both of them were wearing source control. 
  • Those who worked in the same facility or in the same well-defined portion of the facility such as a particular floor. 

This excludes settings where patients are hospitalized on the basis that they are known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19.

The notification process must include the following elements:

  • A mechanism for notifying both exposed and affected employees within 24 hours of the employer being made aware that an individual with COVID-19 was present in the workplace while infectious or otherwise may have had work-related contact with its employee(s) while infectious; and 
  • This notification process must be established and implemented in accordance with all applicable federal and Oregon laws and regulations. Note: Employers can satisfy this requirement by adopting the model procedure to be published by Oregon OSHA before the effective date of the rule.

Note: OAR 333-018-0016 requires such cases to be reported by healthcare providers and laboratories within 24 hours of identification.

Employee Training

  • Training must be completed by December 21, 2020.
  • Training can be done through a safety meeting.

Exposure or Infection Response

  • Employers must adopt policies about how to notify employees if they have been exposed to someone who is known to have been infected with COVID-19.  Model Policy for Notification of Employees when COVID-19 Exposure Occurs and in Spanish.
  • Employers must remove individuals from the workplace if public health officials direct the employees to isolate or quarantine. Employees are entitled to return to their previous position after the isolation or quarantine time period.     

Overview Table/Timelines for Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Temporary RuleFor more information about Oregon OSHA’s new COVID-19 rules.

Archived News (December 31, 2020)

New COVID-19 Safety Mandates Effective December 3

Douglas County Deemed to be at Extreme Risk 

On Wednesday, November 25, Governor Brown announced a new safety framework for all 36 Oregon counties once the “two-week freeze” ends next Wednesday, December 2. The framework will utilize the latest science and data to classify counties into four different risk categories: “Lower,” “Moderate,” “High,” and “Extreme.”  

           On Tuesday, December 1, Governor Brown announced updates to county risk levels under the state’s new public health framework to reduce transmission of COVID-19.  As we stated above, the framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk and Lower Risk.  Each risk level has assigned health and safety measure mandates.  These mandated measures are effective Thursday, December 3 and will remain through December 17.  The Oregon Health Authority will examine and publish county data weekly.  County risk levels will be reassigned every two weeks, with the next risk assignment levels taking effect on December 18. 

            Twenty-five counties have been determined to be in the Extreme Risk, including Douglas County, which means we will continue with the economic shutdown currently in place.  A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.   

            For more information about the risk levels and activity guidanceguidance based on county risk level or read the full press release.  State of Oregon, Office of the Governor Executive Order 20-66.

            A change from the two-week “freeze,” bars and restaurants will be allowed to have a maximum of 50 customers dining outdoors, with tables limited to parties of six. Service must stop at 11 p.m. 

            Retail capacity limitations are also changing. Under the “two-week freeze” requirements, all retail was limited to 75% capacity. Now, those counties classified as at “extreme” or “high” risk are curtailed to 50%. 

 

Archived News (December 12, 2020)

Douglas County COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program

CCD Business Development Corporation (CCD) has contracted with Douglas County to deploy the approximately $1,470,000 in CARES Act funds allotted to the county for a COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program.

            Grant Applications will be accepted beginning December 4 at NoonApplication deadline is December 11 at 5:00 pm.

            Businesses need to act fast and apply now!  According to CCD executive director Theresa Haga, “There is a very short window of time to disburse a large amount of money. If you are hesitant to apply, don’t be. We are still facing an unknown future with winter ahead of us. We want to help as many of our local businesses as possible while the money is available.”

            These funds are intended to be equally accessible to all businesses within the following categories:

      • Hospitality within the service industry: Hotels and Motels, Bed-and-Breakfast Inns, RV Parks, Recreational and Vacation Camps, Caterers, Wineries, Breweries, Event Planning, Travel Agencies, Tour Operators, Theme Parks, Bowling Alleys and Theaters;
      • Restaurants that do not have a drive-up option; and,
      • Gyms & Fitness Facilities

Eligible Applicants must be a small business located in Douglas County, Oregon.

Businesses must meet the following eligibility requirements:

      • The business is headquartered in Oregon and has its principal operations in Oregon. 
      • If required by Oregon law to be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business in Oregon, the Business is so registered.
      • The business has 100 or fewer employees.
      • The business was affected in either one of the following two ways:
        • For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that were prohibited from operations as directed by Executive Orders 20-12 or 20-65.
        • For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that can demonstrate a one-month decline in sales of 25% or more, incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, between March 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020 as compared against the same period of time in 2019.

The following businesses are NOT eligible to apply for or receive funding:

      • Passive real estate holding companies and entities holding passive investments.
      • Non-profit entities that do not have federal 501(c)(3) status.
      • Businesses that experience a decline in revenues for reasons other than those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. seasonal or cyclical business cycles.)
      • Businesses that are delinquent on federal, state or local taxes that were due on or before the date of application.
      • Businesses that do not comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
      • Businesses that have closed and do not intend to reopen.

Eligible Grant Amounts: $5,000 – $75,000


To Apply: The application will be available at www.ccdbusiness.org on Friday, December 4, 2020 at noon (12:00 p.m.) and applications will be accepted through 5:00 pm on Friday, December 11, 2020. 

             These funds were made available when the Oregon Legislature, in partnership with the Governor, allocated $55 Million of federal CARES Act funds for the purpose of providing financial assistance to small businesses affected by economic conditions as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds were allocated to counties to deploy in the form of grants to small businesses that have been financially impacted.

Archived News (December 12, 2020)

State Commits $75 Million in Business Assistance Grant Funds as "Freeze" Begins

Archived News 12/12–Applications Closed

Governor Brown Directs $55 Million to Counties

To help mitigate the financial impact of her new restrictions will have on Oregon businesses, Governor Brown announced yesterday afternoon that she has directed $55 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds to help those that must close today.

The funds will be allocated to counties, with each county receiving a base of $500,000 plus a per capita allocation of the remainder of the funds. The counties will be responsible for deciding how businesses apply to receive funds and communicating the application process to businesses. The Governor’s office anticipates that the funds will be distributed to counties within the next several weeks.

Douglas County share of those funds for local business assistance will be $1,473,569.  County leadership is currently developing its business assistance grant application criteria and process.  If your business has been impacted by these new restrictions, contact Douglas County at dcinfo@douglas.or.us and ask to be added to the COVID Business Funding Program mailing list to receive the latest updates and information. 

 

 

Archived News 11/20–Funds Exhausted in 19 Minutes

Oregon Legislature & Governor Add Additional $20 Million to Business Assistance Grants

On Wednesday afternoon, November 18, it was announced that the Oregon Legislature and Governor Brown approved $20 million more to Business Oregon’s Emergency Business Assistance Grant Fund. The application for this new round of funds will be available beginning this Thursday, November 19 on Business Oregon’s websiteApplications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis.

The grants are available to small businesses that have seen lost revenue due to the pandemic, and that meet a minimal set of requirements.

Businesses are eligible to receive up to $200,000 in grant funding as detailed in the grant application. To be eligible, a business must show it was prohibited from operations by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-12, or demonstrate a 25% reduction in sales over a 30-day period in 2020 compared to a comparable period in 2019.

On Thursday, November 19, the application form and additional details will be found on Business Oregon’s website in multiple languages. Grants will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis, and will be allocated so that there is an equitable geographic distribution of funds as dictated by the Oregon Legislature.

 

Archived News (December 3, 2020)
Governor Issues Two-Week Statewide Freeze Beginning Wednesday, November 18

Statewide “freeze” from November 18 through December 2 . . . at Least

At a noon press conference on Friday, November 13, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced a two-week statewide “freeze” to try to curtail the recent significant spikes of COVID-19 cases throughout Oregon.

The two-week “freeze” measures include:

  • Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
  • Limiting churches and other faith-based venues to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.
  • Limiting restaurants to take-out only. This applies to wineries, tasting rooms, etc. 
  • Closing gyms and fitness organizations.
  • Closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pool.
  • Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Closing venues that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events.
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public.
  • Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities.     

The two-week freeze does not apply to or change current health and safety protocols for personal services (such as barber shops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy), congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, K-12 sports currently allowed to operate, current Division 1 and professional athletics exemptions, and higher education—all of which can continue operating under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority. 

          The Governor also announced a travel advisory, recommending self-quarantine of two weeks after any recreational travel out-of-state. 

 

New Guidance from the Oregon Health Authority

Executive Order 20-65