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Southern Oregon airports receive more than $15 million in COVID-19 relief

Even the smallest of southern Oregon's airports will receive some relief funding through the CARES Act, the state's Congressional delegation says.

Posted: Apr 14, 2020 4:33 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2020 5:51 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Airports across southern Oregon will receive an influx of more than $15 million in funding from the CARES Act as relief from the economic hit caused by the coronavirus pandemic, members of Oregon's Congressional delegation announced on Tuesday.

The funding for airports from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allows them to cover operating expenses that arise from a sharp decline in air travel and other economic losses in the wake of COVID-19.

“The economic impact from this global pandemic has devastated airports in Oregon and nationwide,” said Senator Ron Wyden. “More federal help will be needed to support these key travel connections throughout Oregon, but I am gratified these resources are en route to ensure our state’s airports will continue running in communities that rely on them for travel, the transport of goods and more.”

The lion's share of that funding, nearly $15.1 million, goes to the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport.

“Our aeronautical revenues seemed to have disappeared overnight,” said Jerry Brienza, Airport Director for the Medford airport. “This necessary funding will ensure that the airport remains open, operational, and safe. These funds will also be used to help retain employees and pay airport debt service.”

According to Jackson County, construction was still set to begin on Monday of this week at the airport on a new passenger boarding bridge. That project is planned to go forward in four phases — beginning with the removal and repainting of aircraft pavement markings, followed by the pouring of a new foundation, moving the old loading bridge, and finally the installation of the new bridge.

Though Medford's airport received the majority of funding, a number of small airports across the region will receive some funding as well. Most — including the Ashland, Brookings, Illinois Valley, Chiloquin, Gold Beach, Grants Pass, Lake County, and Christmas Valley airports — will get between $20 and $30 thousand.

The Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport in Klamath Falls will receive a slightly larger sum at $69,000.

“This relief funding is incredibly important to help Oregon’s airports, large and small, deal with the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak,” said Senator Jeff Merkley. “These assets are economic hubs for communities across our state, and we need to make sure they have the resources they need to get to the other side of this crisis.”

Throughout the state of Oregon, airports will receive more than $140 million in relief grants. The Portland International Airport accounts for $72.3 million on its own.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 78160

Reported Deaths: 953
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah18149245
Washington10929103
Marion9634147
Clackamas672781
Lane450747
Umatilla446850
Jackson401737
Deschutes251715
Malheur245945
Yamhill179717
Linn160023
Polk133219
Douglas98119
Klamath9265
Jefferson87411
Benton8457
Union8098
Morrow6717
Lincoln66515
Josephine5785
Wasco54319
Columbia5394
Coos4533
Hood River4303
Clatsop3730
Baker2914
Crook2446
Tillamook1470
Curry1462
Lake1431
Grant1381
Harney1041
Wallowa723
Gilliam230
Sherman230
Wheeler60
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1265182

Reported Deaths: 19410
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles4141857740
San Bernardino966571136
Riverside885301444
San Diego846381035
Orange805511578
Kern42614449
Fresno39004488
Sacramento38999586
Santa Clara35945486
Alameda30330520
San Joaquin26432510
Contra Costa24914261
Stanislaus22624430
Tulare21645312
Ventura20604185
Imperial16429356
Monterey15835123
San Francisco15797160
San Mateo14812170
Sonoma12662160
Merced12281182
Santa Barbara11631137
Kings1143489
Solano1095781
Marin7840129
Placer679471
Madera642786
San Luis Obispo634538
Shasta518750
Yolo502081
Santa Cruz463829
Butte419560
Sutter363719
Napa312418
El Dorado25814
Yuba222110
Lassen21823
San Benito196817
Tehama177326
Mendocino163223
Nevada141410
Tuolumne11049
Glenn98910
Lake97120
Humboldt9499
Colusa7476
Siskiyou7373
Amador66616
Mono5503
Calaveras54422
Del Norte3571
Inyo30816
Plumas2300
Trinity1680
Modoc1560
Mariposa1443
Alpine510
Sierra230
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