Do What You Can Do 6/5/2020

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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


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Keeping Current on COVID-19

Before we get to Covid-related news and resources, let me spend a moment on the other story that’s making history. Last week’s murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has stunned everyone I know and brought our country to a moment of truth. I’ve heard from people who want state action on police reforms and others who want demonstrators off the street. Most wanted to know what I think; I sent them this.

An emerging leader on these issues is one of my favorite colleagues, Senator Lew Frederick of Portland. I liked his short interview with OPB this week.

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Welcome to Phase 2

This week 26 counties, Jackson included, move from Phase I to Phase 2. Restrictions on travel are relaxed, limits on the numbers of people who can gather are increased, a wider range of businesses can re-open and curfew time for bars and restaurants is pushed back to midnight.

Here’s a good summary of the changes in Phase 2.

And here is a timeline article on the risk level of different activities that most of us enjoy.

Keep taking care of yourself and others—


Senator Jeff Golden, Oregon Senate District 3

Important Updates

  • As Jackson County progresses into Phase 2 of reopening, many are navigating questions about what activities are safe. This article provides information about activities and their relative safety during this time. This article also provides answers from doctors about daily activities and questions you might have.

  • Governor Brown fired Oregon Employment Department Director Erickson on May 31st, due to the unacceptable delays in processing Oregon unemployment claims. Click here for more information.

  • The state's general information site is a useful tool during this time. For most current information statewide, visit this link. For more detailed information, visit this link.

  • Starting June 9, most campgrounds will be offering first-come first-serve camping for a maximum stay of 14 days. Please be responsible while visiting these outdoor areas and continue to social distance while out. For answers to frequently asked questions, utilize this link.

  • The Bureau of Land Management announced that many popular trails will reopen in Jackson County. Click here for more information.

Resources for Current Information

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Other Resources

Business Resources:

  • Senator Merkley's office has put together an excellent summary of the resources made available through the federal coronavirus relief packages with tips and advice about how access that aid. Click here to view.

  • USDA has a Rural Development COVID-19 resource page with information about Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and more, including in Spanish.

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Social Services:

  • Governor Brown has outlined final guidelines for childcare facilities. If childcare facilities meet the guidelines, they have been authorized to open as of May 15th.

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a helpline if you are struggling with mental illness in this stressful time, as well as many support groups of all kinds. The helpline is available from 9 AM to 5 PM at 503-230-8009, or toll-free at 800-343-6264. Visit their website here to find out more.

  • SEIU has put together a really valuable page with resources for unemployment insurance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food stamps), the Oregon Health Plan or other health care coverage, child care, and housing services. Check it out.

  • The Governor has created a Coronavirus FAQ for immigrants and refugees in a variety of languages. You can find it by clicking here.

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