Do What You Can Do 4/15/20

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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 ODFW. 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 we keep hearing about the COVID-19 curve flattening the way we hoped it would, here’s an important picture:

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It shows two alternative paths forward from today. Maintaining the strict separation habits of the last month would just about eliminate the curve altogether, as measured by the number of COVID-19 cases that will need hospitalization. But relaxing those safeguards, even if we still distanced ourselves more than usual, could very well launch us to something like the orange path, which would likely get even steeper as time went on. Though these projections aren’t exact, they’re the best we have from analyzing what’s happened in other cities and countries.

Let’s go blue. 

At the same time, the concerns that many have about a protracted shutdown are being heard. Yesterday the governors of California, Oregon and Washington State announced a pact  to lay out the timing and steps for “turning the economy back on.” This is good news. Deciding on a pace for easing restrictions while keeping the virus contained is a tricky business; harnessing our public health knowledge and resources with two larger states should give us more confidence going forward. Governor Brown has made it clear that this will not be a one-size fits all approach and each state will make decisions that work best for their residents, but by coordinating our efforts we will make it safer for us all much sooner.

We need to move forward and that needs to be something we do together. For now, our families and communities need your patience for a while longer. Here again are some resources that might help address a particular challenge you may have. 

Have a safe and healthy week.


Senator Jeff Golden
Senate District 3 (Rogue Valley)

Important Updates

  • The number of unemployment claims is more than fifteen times the normal levels. The Oregon Employment Department (OED) is doing everything that they can to scale up capacity to process claims. OED also released this new website, which gives additional guidance on frequent issues that people are encountering. If the website is not able to answer your question, OED suggests emailing a summary of your issue to This will probably work better than calling because of unprecedented call volume, and will reduce wait times for those who have situations that can only be resolved by phone.

  • The Governor has closed public schools for the rest of the academic year to prevent the spread of coronavirus. She also issued new guidance for seniors to they are still able to graduate on time.

  • I also want to ask everyone who owns firearms to be extra careful about safe storage at home during these times. We’re in a time when children are spending almost all their time at home and, people of all ages are spending more time isolated from friends and support people. These conditions can aggravate mental health conditions and, in the case of children, increase the odds of disastrous accidents.  Removing access to a firearm is a crucial step you can take to prevent tragedy. Please keep guns locked, and otherwise safely stored,  and encourage your loved ones to do the same. If you’d like to learn more, visit
Dos and Don'ts

Resources for Current Information

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Other Resources

How You Can Help:

  • Governor Brown has put together a great list of 10 things you can do to help your community while maintaining social distancing.

  • 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 October 31st.

  • If you are a retired medical professional and would like to volunteer to help those in need of treatment, you can sign up 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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OED Unemployment Flow Chart

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: 


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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