Do What You Can Do 4/7/20

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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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Keeping Current on COVID-19

Number of Coronavirus Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths

We’re entering an odd week that combines somber projections that diagnosed cases will continue their sharp rise (first graph) with signs that social distancing is beginning to work in Oregon. The second graph shows that while the number of new cases has increased every day for well over a month, the rate of that daily increase is on a downward path. That is exactly what didn’t happen in Italy, Spain or New York City, where so many are suffering.

Decreasing Trend of Daily Coronavirus Cases in Oregon

What accounts for the reduction of daily increases in Oregon? One factor is fast improvement in the availability of COVID-19 testing. A special shout-out here; the Oregonian just reported that one of the counties topping the nationwide list for most completed tests per capita is our own Jackson County. Our home county’s robust emergency management function and proactive attitude has served us well. That said, you should still only get tested if directed to do so by your physician. For more information about getting tested, check this FAQ that the Oregon Health Authority has put together. 

In the broader picture, the people responsible for the tentative good news are all of you who are taking social distancing and disinfecting habits seriously. The correlation between these practices and flatter curves is consistent across the country and the world. And there’s an additional practice I hope you’ll consider. The CDC has now recommended that we wear cloth masks that filter dust to reduce the odds of transmission. It’s imperfect protection that in no way substitutes for social distancing… but it’s better than nothing. The Czech Republic pioneered this practice early, with encouraging results. Check out the first bullet below for good instructions.

Here again are resources that we hope you’ll find helpful.


Senator Jeff Golden
Senate District 3 (Rogue Valley)

Important Updates

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 and wear a cloth face mask 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.

Business Resources:

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Social Services:

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 All: 


  • 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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