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Southern Oregon businesses eligible for disaster loans due to coronavirus

Now small businesses all across the state of Oregon will be eligible for federal disaster loans.

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 11:13 AM
Updated: Mar 20, 2020 4:36 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The rapidly evolving response to coronavirus is having a major impact on American businesses and workers as many workplaces shut down, either out of necessity or an abundance of caution.

For southern Oregon in particular, the good news is that many small businesses were already eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The Oregon congressional delegation has lobbied the SBA to support the state's request for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for all counties in Oregon, which would provide resources to businesses that face closures and lay-offs due to the coronavirus response.


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Senator Merkley's office said on Thursday that Washington and areas of California had already received the declaration — making neighboring counties in Oregon eligible as well.

"Currently, Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla and Wasco counties are eligible to apply because of Washington’s declaration," Merkley's office said, "and Curry, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties are eligible because of California’s."

On Friday, lawmakers announced that the SBA had agreed to declare an economic disaster in Oregon, making all counties in the state eligible for loans.

“I have heard the fear and anxiety from small business owners throughout the state who have been impacted by COVID-19,” Merkley said. “In this unprecedented time, our small businesses — the lifeblood of our state economy — need all the help they can get. I encourage small business owners throughout the state to apply for these loans.”

Josephine County's Chamber of Commerce sent out a statement encouraging local businesses to apply for disaster loan assistance on the SBA's website.


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“Small Businesses provide countless jobs across our state and play a critical role in the economy and community,” said Rep. Greg Walden. “During these challenging times, we must do all we can to support our small business.”

The Chamber of Medford & Jackson County says that it's launching a new campaign — S.O.S, or Southern Oregon Strong — to help employers and workers get access to resources during the coronavirus response.

“The Chamber is the catalyst for bringing people together and yet we know we have to do just the opposite. We are working overtime to navigate our way through the challenges presented to us,” said Brad Hicks, President & CEO of The Chamber of Medford and Jackson County. “We are meeting those challenges, head on, by reworking our programs to be delivered virtually and we are excited to announce (S.O.S.) Southern Oregon Strong!”

For more information on SBA loans or layoff aversion grants, see this document from Rogue Workforce partnership here.


NOTE: At the time of this article's publishing, the SBA website was extremely slow, likely due to the volume of traffic. However, it was still possible to get through and access information.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5061240

Reported Deaths: 74159
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152548627128
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
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