Do What You Can Do 3/31/20

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Senator Jeff Golden

 *  “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”                    —Helen Keller

For the time being we’ll be using this newsletter to provide links to what we think are some of the most useful resources for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be sure follow the guidelines and social distancing practices provided by our public health authorities to get us through the crisis.

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We know you might be missing the outdoors, so we thought we'd bring the outdoors inside. This photo was provided by ODOT. Have a photo you've taken and want to share with us? Send it to with the subject “Photo Reminder.” We’ll use some in future newsletters.

Keeping Current on COVID-19

As the difficult month of March comes to a close, there’s no way to sugar-coat this: if the broad consensus of epidemiologists and healthcare providers is accurate, we have a terribly difficult April in front of us. The bill for our country's slow and spotty response in late January and February will come due in the form of illness, hospitalization and possibly worse for people we know and care about. We can’t travel  back in time to avoid these consequences, but we can apply the most important lessons we've learned to what we do now. We all know what those are. Please maintain and, if possible, increase your social distancing and disinfection practices through the coming weeks and then we’ll see where we are. That’s how we can all save lives.

On the economic front, I’m sure you’ve heard about the multi-trillion dollar legislation that rocketed through the U.S. Congress last week. We have links below to two descriptions of the CARES Act, one detailed and one a short summary. In coming days we’ll try to provide you with the best information about whether and how you can access some of this federal assistance. 

For now let’s all do what we can do at the very highest level by carefully following the very best public health advice.  Stay home, stay healthy, stay watchful for the needs of vulnerable people around you. Blessings to you and yours,


Senator Jeff Golden
Senate District 3 (Rogue Valley)

Important Updates

CARES Act Breakdown

Resources for Current Information

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Other Resources

How You Can Help:

  • Please follow directives from the government and public health officials. Stay home if you can, and if you have to go out maintain at least a six-feet distance from other people to avoid spreading the virus. The latest projections show that if we strictly adhere to the plan outlined in the governor's latest executive order, our hospitals will have the capacity to treat everyone who will need it. But only if we do our part and follow the directives from the government. 
Dos and Don'ts
  • While we're stuck at home, please remember to fill out the U.S. Census. That information is critical to making sure people are accurately represented in government and get the resources they need. The self-response window opened on March 12 and can be accessed online at, over the phone in 13 languages, and by mail. The website is available in 59 languages; simply click the globe icon on the top right corner of the main page to open a drop-down menu of options. As of now, the response window will be open until August 14 – extended from July 31 due to the Coronavirus.
  • If you are a retired medical professional and would like to volunteer to help those in need of treatment, you can sign up here.
  • The Governor issued an order to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE). If you have PPE - things like surgical masks, gloves, etc. - consider donating them here.
  • Rogue Valley Recovers has a whole host of information and ways that you can help in our community.
  • The Red Cross is asking people to still go out and make blood donations if they feel well enough to do so. The Surgeon General has stressed the importance of donating blood at this time, and the Red Cross has taken extra steps to make sure that donors and Red Cross employees stay safe. You can read more about them here, and you can make an appointment to donate blood at or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

Utility Supports:

Social Services:

  • Oregon Recovers has put together a list of resources for those struggling with addition.

Meals for Students: 

Many school districts will continue to provide free meals for students.

For the Medford School District: Free “grab and go” meals for kids 18 and under will be served at six locations throughout the district (on weekdays) from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31. That includes the week of spring break. Breakfast will be served from 9:00AM - 10:00AM and lunch will be served from 11:30AM - 12:30PM.

Meal Times for Medford School District

Locations are as follows:

  • North Medford High School  1900 N Keene Way Dr, Medford, OR 97504
  • Howard Elementary School 286 Mace Rd, Medford, OR 97501
  • Jefferson Elementary School 333 Holmes Ave, Medford, OR 97501
  • Roosevelt Elementary School 1212 Queen Anne Ave, Medford, OR 97504
  • Jackson Elementary School 713 Summit Avenue, Medford, OR 97501
  • Oak Grove Elementary School  2838 W Main Street, Medford, OR 97501

Visitors are asked to enter through designated doors, pick up a meal from the cafeteria and then take the meal to go. Gathering inside the school will be discouraged. We are grateful to our MSD staff who are volunteering to staff the sites!

For all other school districts offering this valuable service and more information on how our schools are responding to COVID-19, please refer to the links below:

Meals for Adults: 

  • The Oregon Food Bank has put together a "Food Finder" page to help locate local pantries and food assistance sites. They want to make sure that food is available to all who need it. If you enter your address, the Food Finder will tell you what services are in your area and is available in multiple languages. Find the Oregon Food Bank's Food Finder by clicking here.
  • Access has put together a lengthy list of local food pantries.

Business Resources:


  • Had to cancel travel because of the coronavirus? OSPIRG has put together a handy guide for how to refund your travel plans and how various airlines and hotels have adjusted their policies in response to the outbreak.
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For Parents:

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Please remember to watch the news and follow the advice from experts at the CDC, OHA, and Jackson County Public Health, and directives from the Governor's office. We'll get through this and we'll do it by working together. 

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