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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: 207106

Reported Deaths: 2757
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah40396614
Washington26812249
Marion23444323
Clackamas18953235
Lane13924164
Jackson11549146
Deschutes1002782
Umatilla860987
Linn562281
Yamhill478679
Klamath477878
Polk400556
Douglas389583
Malheur362063
Josephine361772
Benton326922
Jefferson237139
Coos216737
Columbia192329
Union150124
Wasco144530
Lincoln143421
Crook129223
Hood River121733
Morrow115516
Clatsop10609
Baker102315
Curry72011
Tillamook6604
Grant5517
Lake4688
Harney4339
Wallowa1945
Gilliam811
Sherman701
Wheeler351
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3810808

Reported Deaths: 63373
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles124790924459
Riverside3017994627
San Bernardino2993204850
San Diego2818863771
Orange2731055113
Santa Clara1201922190
Kern1107991404
Sacramento1078721737
Fresno1029711724
Alameda897561277
Ventura816611031
San Joaquin748081440
Contra Costa70770813
Stanislaus635351070
Tulare49802849
Monterey43842432
San Mateo42685581
San Francisco37275556
Santa Barbara34621455
Solano33762266
Merced32315479
Sonoma30957317
Imperial28855741
Placer23604300
Kings23202247
San Luis Obispo21448261
Madera16647245
Santa Cruz16246208
Marin14208230
Yolo14165212
Butte12668195
Shasta12630233
El Dorado10401116
Napa1002880
Sutter9666113
Yuba651251
San Benito610963
Lassen579925
Tehama573563
Nevada493175
Humboldt450849
Mendocino434050
Tuolumne421671
Amador374247
Lake356345
Glenn243327
Siskiyou239837
Colusa228818
Calaveras220856
Del Norte14588
Inyo143438
Mono12984
Plumas7376
Modoc5635
Mariposa4657
Trinity4236
Sierra1170
Alpine890
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