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MEDP: Navigating COVID-19 - Resource List for Businesses

Mar 30, 2020

 List updated 9.17.20:

COVID-19 Resource List for Business


9/16/20 

Oregon Survivors Affected by Wildfires Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance


9/15/20

A new program starts this week to help people who work in Oregon and need to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 exposure, but do not have access to COVID-19-related paid sick leave, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

The COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program was created with $30 million received from the federal government to help Oregon respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

People who qualify will receive a $120 per-day payment for up to 10 working days ($1,200 total) for the time they are required quarantine.

Employees can apply online starting Wednesday, Sept. 16, at oregon.gov/covidpaidleave.

The application form is available in English, Spanish, and Russian. Those who do not have access to electronic applications can call 833-685-0850 (toll-free) or 503-947-0130. Those who need help in a language other than these three can call 503-947-0131 for help.

DCBS and the Department of Revenue are collaborating on the new program to ensure employees meet the necessary eligibility requirements.

You must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for the program:
• Work in Oregon and required to file an Oregon personal income tax return.
• Directed to quarantine by a local or tribal public health authority or health care provider because of exposure to someone infected, or isolating because you have COVID-19-related symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis.
• Not able to work (including telework) because you need to quarantine or isolate.
• Do not expect to earn more than $60,000 individually or $120,000 jointly in 2020.
• Your employer does not provide COVID-19-related paid sick leave or you have exhausted your available COVID-19-related paid sick leave.
• Are not applying for or receiving unemployment insurance benefits for the time off due to quarantine or isolation.
• Are not applying for or receiving workers’ compensation claim benefits due to quarantine or isolation.
• Are not seeking or using benefits from similar COVID-19 quarantine relief programs in Oregon or another state.
• Are not applying for or receiving other forms of paid leave from your employer during your quarantine or isolation, such as banked sick leave or vacation leave.
• Are not laid off or furloughed by your employer.
• Must have notified your employer that you need to quarantine or isolate.

Because the available funds are limited, the program is available only to quarantine periods that were in place on or after Sept. 16. Applicants can claim only one quarantine period.

For more information or to apply, go to oregon.gov/covidpaidleave or call 833-685-0850 (toll-free) or 503-947-0130 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The website also contains an eligibility quiz to help people who are not sure if they qualify.


8/18/20

Statewide Mask, Face Covering, Face Shield Guidance (Updated 8.13.20) 


Update! The deadline has been extended to September 25th, 2020.  

8/17/20 

Emergency Assistance Grants Available to McMinnville Businesses: (Spanish Translation)

Support for McMinnville businesses impacted by COVID-19 is available. This funding is made possible thanks to generous grants from Business Oregon and matching funds from the City of McMinnville.

Eligible businesses must:

  • Be located inside the city limits of McMinnville, Oregon,
  • Have 25 or fewer employees,
  • Have been adversely affected by Executive Order 20-12 with a one-month decline in sales greater than 50% during one of the following months: March, April, May, June, July, August 2020.

The amount of the grant will be dependent upon the number of employees and fixed operating expenses. Grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $25,000.

Applications will be available online and at two physical locations starting on Monday, August 24, 2020. (The Application closes on September 25, 2020)

Applicants who have questions regarding the application process are encouraged to reach out to Sean Kelso, Permit Technician, with the City of McMinnville at Sean.Kelso@mcminnvilleoregon.gov or 503-434-7311.

Program Flyer (English & Spanish) 


 8/12/20

Applications are now live and open for Oregon’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Cultural Support program.

Funds allocated to the Oregon Cultural Trust will be available to Oregon cultural organizations facing losses due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The $25.9 million in funding was made available through a $50 million relief package for Oregon culture recently approved by the Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature.

All Oregon cultural nonprofits and community venues are welcome to apply. Eligible grant recipients include, but are not limited to, cultural institutions, county fairgrounds, cultural entities within federally recognized Indian Tribes based in Oregon, and festivals and community event organizations.

Complete Application Guidelines can be found here

 


8/3/20

Governor  Announces Launch of New Programs to Assist Oregon Agricultural Workers

Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund, Community Partner Outreach Program now available to agricultural workers  

Agricultural workers who are recuperating from COVID-19 or are in self-quarantine may now apply to the Quarantine Fund through local community-based partners. The fund is administered by the Oregon Worker Relief Coalition, working in collaboration with state agencies and the Governor's Office.

Agricultural workers can apply for relief through local community-based organizations here or by calling 1-888-274-7292.

Additional details about the Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund, including the eligibility and application process, are available at bit.ly/q-fund and bit.ly/fondo-cuarentena.

The full press release from the Governor's Office can be found here.


 

7/13/20

Oregon Governor Announces New Requirements for Face Coverings, Limits on Social Get-Togethers to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

In response to the alarming rise in COVID-19 case counts across Oregon over the last several weeks, Governor Kate Brown today announced new requirements for face coverings and limits on social get-togethers. Effective Wednesday, July 15, Oregon’s face covering requirement will be expanded to apply to outdoor public spaces when six feet of distance cannot be maintained. In addition, indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people will be prohibited.

Updated Guidance on Outdoor Social Gatherings, and Indoor Get-Togethers can be found here.  

 


 7/10/20

KN95 Masks available for Yamhill County Businesses

State of Oregon has purchased and distributed KN95 masks (face coverings) to our county Emergency Management Teams for distribution to business partners throughout the state.  These masks are intended to serve the need for employees as well as patrons who do not have access to masks of their own.  There are only two requirements for the businesses to receive this PPE:

  1. Their business must be located within Yamhill County
  2. The recipient businesses must have less than 50 employees

Businesses can reach out directly to Brian Young at emergencymanagement@co.yamhill.or.us OR log in an submit a request online here here https://form.jotform.com/201896820080152 . Once you have submitted a request you will receive a pick up time, and further directions.  

 

Supplies are limited and will e issued on a first come-first served basis via- requests.

 


 7/8/20 UPDATED on 8/6/20

Grant funding is available to support businesses impacted by Covid-19 in Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties.  Find the full press release here.

  • The first round of funding will be distributed to businesses in the three county area with up to 25 employees. The amount of the grant will be dependent upon number of employees and fixed operating expenses. Grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $25,000. Applications will be available on the Willamette Workforce Partnership website (willwp.org) on *Tuesday, July 21 at noon. Applications will close at noon on Monday, July 27. *  The application has been re-opened on Thursday August 6, 2020! 
  • Eligible businesses must be headquartered in Oregon, have 25 or fewer employees, have been adversely affected by Executive Order 20-12 or have a one-month decline in sales greater than 50% in the month of March or April 2020. For profit and nonprofit organizations are eligible. If a business has accessed federal CARES Act funding, they are not eligible for this program.
  • Two grant application webinars will be hosted by the Chemeketa Small Business Development Center.

 

¡Aquí para ayudar! Revisión del proceso de solicitud de fondos de subvención. -  Register Online

Lunes, el 13 de Julio

6pm - 7pm

Descripción:

    • Apoyo para empresas en los condados de Marion, Polk y Yamhill afectados por la pandemia COVID-19 esta disponible.
    • Willamette Workforce Partnership gestionará el proceso de subvenciones. Las solicitudes serán aceptadas, en https://willwp.org/, a las 12:00 PM el Martes 21 de Julio hasta las 12:00 PM el Jueves 23 de Julio.
    • Para conocer mas de el proceso de solicitud y responder a sus preguntas, únase con nosotros para una sesión informativa.


Here to Help! Grant Funds Application Process Review - Register Online

Monday, July 20
6pm - 7pm

Description:

    • Grant funds are available for businesses in Marion, Polk & Yamhill Counties impacted by COVID-19.
    • Willamette Workforce Partnership will be managing the grant process. Applications will be accepted, at https://willwp.org/,  at 12:00PM on Tuesday, July 21 until 12:00 PM on Monday, July 27.
    • To learn more about the application process and get your questions answered, join us for an informational session.

 

7/1/20

Governor Brown Extends Face Coverings Requirement Statewide Starting July 1st.

Read the full press release here

Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance from Oregon Health Authority

Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance (Updated 7-9-2020)


 

Applications now available for the Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program

Oregon’s Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program is designed to assist agricultural producers and workers with the additional measures required, that includes additional housing, field sanitation, transportation and mitigation measures. Applications to access these funds will be accepted beginning today Wednesday, June 10, 2020 thru October 25, 2020 and will be processed in the order received. Additional Information is available at the FSFS Program website

Types of Assistance Available

Housing

$10 million

Field Sanitation & Transportation

$6 million

Mitigating COVID-19

$14 million

Funding for:

  • Assistance for alternative on-farm housing options
  • Hotel/motel reimbursement

Funding for:

  • Handwashing stations
  • Portable restrooms
  • Physical distancing transportation
  • Distribution of PPE
  • Quarantine Fund
  • Community-based outreach and education

 


Yamhill County has been approved to enter Phase 2 of re-opening on Saturday June 6th, 2020. Please find the following guidelines as we prepare for next steps. 

Guidance for Counties entering Phase 2. 


 

McMinnville Temporary Outdoor Expansion Permit Application

The City of McMinnville has changed their permit application to include outdoor expansion due to COVID-19. Temporary permits are available for businesses needing to expand their seating to outdoor areas.

Please note the following guidelines for the permit:

  • Before expanding your outdoor seating area beyond pre-existing areas, please contact the OLCC to conform you are permitted for serving alcohol in the expanded areas.
  • The application is for businesses expanding onto private property only, any business using public right of way will need to utilize a different permit process. Call the fire department for further details and questions. 503.435.5800

 


Local PPE Available

Do you or your business need to purchase PPE? Are you manufacturing PPE in our region? We've been working with our economic development partner, SEDCOR, to provide a directory of local manufacturers producing PPE so you can source your purchases close to home. The site will be updated regularly with additional manufacturers and purchasing options.

Thank you to the team at SEDCOR for making this happen.

https://www.sedcor.com/page/ppedirectory

 


Yamhill County has been approved to enter Phase 1 of re-opening on Friday, May 15th. 

Please review the guidelines for the general public, employers and sector specific businesses. 

View the State and County  Covid-19 sites for the most current information 

 


 SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

 The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:

  • Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
  • Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
  • Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
  • Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined

The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight-week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans.

Click here to view the application and instructions.


 Oregon Businesses Encouraged to Apply for Paycheck Protection Loans Now

Oregon banks and credit unions are ready to process more loans. With an estimated $100 billion still available in the program nationwide, more Oregon businesses can take advantage of the program! 

Visit the Business Oregon Small Business Navigator to find out more. 


 

A Message from the Small Business Administration 

Avoid COVID-19 scams!

Scammers are using the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) name to con small businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 crisis through phone calls, emails, text messages and letters.

Please note:

  • If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.
  • Emails from SBA or other legitimate government agencies will always end in .gov.
  • There is no cost to apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and SBA will never ask you to provide a credit card.
  • Do not release any private information (social security number, date of birth, etc.) or banking information in response to an unsolicited caller, letter, email, or text.
  • If you are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII, ensure that the referenced application number is consistent with your application number.
  • An SBA logo on an email or webpage does not guarantee the information is accurate or from the SBA.
  • Check for spelling and grammatical errors in an email and be wary of clicking on any links or attachments.
  • For help with applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, call 800-659-2955 or emaildisastercustomerservice@sba.gov. You can also use a text telephone (TTY) by calling 1-800-877-8339.
  • For inquiries regarding support for small businesses, send an email to answerdesk@sba.gov
  • Visit the Small Business Cybersecurity site to learn more about small Business Cybersecurity tips, common threats, training, and best practices. https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/manage-your-business/small-business-cybersecurity
  • Visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Infrastructure site for small business resources.https://w.gov/publication/stopthinkconnect-small-business-resources
  • Trust your instincts! If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true.

 


 

MEDP is part of the Mid-Valley Regional Recovery Team organized through the Regional Solutions department of the Governor’s Office. We are seeking information from you that we can share with the Governor’s Coronavirus Economic Recovery Council. While we realize this may be repetitive, It is important to gather this information as it will aid Oregon in obtaining federal funding.

Mid Valley Business Impact Survey, please complete.


ESSENTIAL ENTERPRISE & CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS:

-Oregon Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-12 with guidance on business closures, operation standards and critical designations:

https://govsite-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/jkAULYKcSh6DoDF8wBM0_EO%2020-12.pdf

-CISA guidance on identifying sectors and businesses that qualify as critical infrastructure:

https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19

 

Please feel free to contact me as well.

Scott Cooper, Executive Director, MEDP

503.474.6814 office | 503.550.8504 mobile | scott@mcminnvillebusiness.com

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