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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: 352026

Reported Deaths: 4185
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55306692
Washington38321316
Marion36352445
Clackamas29350304
Lane27309299
Jackson22783304
Deschutes19886124
Umatilla14286144
Linn12617120
Douglas11918241
Josephine9292195
Yamhill8584111
Klamath7765111
Polk719680
Malheur552774
Benton537630
Coos492593
Columbia375743
Jefferson366351
Union316247
Lincoln313338
Wasco282640
Crook277646
Clatsop240729
Baker199228
Tillamook194929
Hood River190137
Morrow183023
Curry178723
Harney110225
Grant98012
Lake89711
Wallowa67312
Gilliam1494
Sherman1463
Wheeler1031
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 4825708

Reported Deaths: 70829
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147768626443
Riverside3704095008
San Diego3649124169
San Bernardino3574215597
Orange3234075528
Sacramento1584372283
Fresno1451192063
Santa Clara1450041895
Kern1449141615
Alameda1202831381
San Joaquin1022501721
Ventura1008011165
Contra Costa99612995
Stanislaus856421319
Tulare79513958
San Francisco54220644
San Mateo53970622
Monterey50772583
Solano45898340
Santa Barbara45005522
Merced42047579
Sonoma40822402
Placer39118420
Imperial35794764
Kings32587315
San Luis Obispo29797331
Madera23680281
Butte23649265
Shasta23544341
Santa Cruz20928218
Yolo20240248
Marin17644243
El Dorado17083149
Sutter13847172
Napa12855100
Yuba1000882
Tehama9406107
Humboldt9171108
Nevada909490
Mendocino757686
Lassen749946
San Benito741372
Tuolumne680893
Lake6565104
Amador540364
Siskiyou445842
Glenn433632
Calaveras385180
Del Norte357141
Colusa302818
Inyo203540
Mono16565
Plumas16046
Mariposa130815
Trinity86711
Modoc6758
Unassigned1820
Sierra1810
Alpine1030
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