REOPENING PHASE 1 FOR LINN & BENTON COUNTIES - District 15 Update - May 15, 2020

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Linn County Reopening


Thursday morning it was announced that Linn County and Benton County will be part of the Phase I reopening plan laid out by the Governor. Along with other specific counties around the state, we have met the prerequisite standards to enter Phase I. With a decline in hospitalizations and increased testing ability, the Governor is allowing limited reopening of restaurants, bars, personal services, gyms, and malls. Gatherings, such as faith services, have been increased to a 25-person limit with a strict physical distancing requirement. For the most up to date information check out the links below.

Oregon General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19

Oregon General Guidance for Restaurants, Wineries, Distilleries, and Pubs

Oregon General Guidance for Fitness-related Organizations

Oregon General Guidance for Personal Service Providers

Oregon General Guidance for Residents

Oregon State Parks Reopening Information

Additional Industry Guideline Information here


Safe Reopening
Safe Reopening


Fannie Mae Freddie Mac


Announced this week, in order to help homeowners who are in COVID-19 related forbearance, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) are making available a new payment deferral option. The payment deferral option allows borrowers, who are able (July 1, 2020) to return to making their normal monthly mortgage payment, the ability to repay their missed payments at the time the home is sold, refinanced, or at maturity.

Read more from the Federal Housing Finance Agency

Fannie Mae Forbearance Guidelines

Freddie Mac Forbearance Guidelines

American Banking Association statement



Oregon Parks


State parks have started to reopen and more will follow as the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department can gather plans for around the state. Check out the link below for information on which parks are open for day use and when others will become available.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department





When your place of business gets back to work, here are some tips to help promote best practices while in the office. This applies to both employees and employers to help remind, cultivate, and encourage a safe workplace.

CDC Display Resources



Farmers and Ranchers


The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that agricultural businesses are now eligible for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act.  SBA’s portal has reopened for farmers, ranchers, and certain other agricultural businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. More info here.



Republic Services


The program is called Committed to Serve and is a $20 million initiative to recognize our 28,000 front line employees in the field who are serving our customers every day, while also helping to support our small business customers across the nation and here locally. In the Albany/Corvallis division, that includes 110 drivers, technicians and others who are on the front lines every day, making sure residents’ trash and recycling are collected.

Republic Services is taking enhanced measures to help ensure the well-being of their employees and communities by closely following guidance from the CDC, and state and local public health agencies. They will continue to work closely with public health experts and other advisors and are adhering to all OSHA COVID-19 guidelines regarding the safe handling of waste and recycling for our communities and their employees.

To find out more about the initiative, check out the link below and of course, many thanks to these essential workers.

Committed to Serve Initiative



Reminder: The Oregon Health Authority – OHA: is a source of information about resources and benefits, and they are also ready to answer your questions about coronavirus. They are open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. by phone (call 211), text (text your ZIP code to 898211) or email (

No doubt this virus is impacting all of us. Together, we will get through this. Thank you for being strong and hanging in there and taking care of each other District 15!

Better together,


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