COVID-19

We will keep you up to date with the news we receive from the State and the communities we serve in Southern Oregon. The financial impact, as well as the social impact, will be felt for a long time.  If your business has been impacted, please let us know.

Here are a few links to government information about COVID-19.

Covid-19 and Cities: A very uneven pandemic

July 2, 2020

By Joe Cortright The Covid-19 pandemic has played out very differently in different metro areas; some have been devastated, others only lightly touched and these patterns have shifted over time. Among US metro areas with a million or more population there is a more than 20-fold difference in cases per capita between the hardest hit…

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People’s Bank Celebrates Success in PPP Lending

June 10, 2020

June 5, 2020 Release By:  Ken Trautman, President & CEO Medford, Oregon People’s Bank of Commerce (OTCBB: PBCO) reports significant support of its communities in providing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans during the COVID-19 crisis. To date, the community bank has provided over 900 PPP loans totaling $91 million to small businesses. The SBA processing fee…

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You received PPP money. Now how do you apply for forgiveness?

June 7, 2020

Julia Beattie, Chief Lending Officer at People’s Bank of Commerce, was the guest on the Southern Oregon Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur (E2E) zoom meeting, on Wednesday, June 3. She discussed the loan forgiveness process in great detail and answered questions from the online audience. Follow the Southern Oregon Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur group on Facebook or on…

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Who Are the COVID-19 Unemployed in Oregon?

June 1, 2020

By Damon Runberg One of the most visible and devastating impacts of the state’s stay-at-home order to protect us from the human health crisis presented by COVID-19 has been mass layoffs. Tens of millions of initial claims for unemployment insurance were filed across the nation in the first nine weeks of the crisis. Here in…

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Postcards from the edges: Density is not Destiny

June 1, 2020

By Joe CortrightCity Observatory There’s a meme equating density with Covid-19 risk.  Two polar cases shows that density (or lack thereof) has little to do with the spread of the pandemic. Many, including New York’s Governor, have been quick to blame density for the spread of Covid-19.  Last month, we looked at data for one of…

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KCC Small Business Development Center ramps up services to help local businesses navigate assistance programs

May 14, 2020

The Klamath Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has ramped up its services for Klamath and Lake counties and is actively working with lenders, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Business Oregon, and numerous local leaders to help business owners and entrepreneurs understand the latest developments with the rapidly changing business climate and the numerous…

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Governor Kate Brown Issues Framework for Lifting Order on Non-Urgent Procedures

April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020 Procedures to resume May 1 with safeguards in place Portland, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will be lifting her order delaying non-urgent procedures for health care providers, as long as they can demonstrate they have met new requirements for COVID-19 safety and preparedness. Hospitals, surgical centers, medical offices, and dental…

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Senate President Peter Courtney’s Comments on Emergency Board

April 23, 2020

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) issued the following statement after today’s historic virtual meeting of the Emergency Board: “It is days like these that remind me what an honor it is to be part of the Legislature. Today the Emergency Board took actions that will help Oregonians get through this pandemic.…

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Financial Institutions Work Together to Address the Impact of COVID-19

April 22, 2020

Oregon’s banks and credit unions are safe, sound, and here to serve consumers. Oregon’s financial institutions stand by consumers and communities during good times and challenging times. While COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges, it is reassuring to know that banks and credit unions have activated plans to minimize the impact of COVID-19.   The Oregon Bankers Association…

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Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus

April 13, 2020

All workplaces can take the following infection prevention measures to protect workers: Encourage workers to stay home if sick. Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes. Provide a place to wash hands or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol. Limit worksite access to only essential workers, if possible. Establish flexible worksites (e.g.,…

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U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham Statement on 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

April 13, 2020

APRIL 13, 2020 — The 2020 Census is underway and more households across America are responding every day. Over 70 million households have responded to date, representing over 48% of all households in America. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to: Protect the health and…

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Delays Reopening of 2020 Season Until September and Lays Off Majority of Staff

April 7, 2020

Announcement 3/27/20: Nation’s flagship repertory theatre will offer a Fall programming schedule and focus on funding The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced today it will further delay its 85th season until September 8, due to the impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The effect on the organization’s finances has forced OSF to lay off approximately 80%…

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