COVID-19 Resource Page
This page includes a collection of resources on the Coronavirus that was curated by the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce to help our community and members stay informed. Just as AWACC strives to be your number one business resource in the community, we also strive to be a top resource for the current circumstance surrounding COVID-19 where workplace safety and economic vitality are high priorities.
Astoria and Warrenton Resources
Clatsop County Chambers Collaborate on Reopening Handbook
The Seaside, Cannon Beach and Astoria-Warrenton Area Chambers of Commerce have been working with local business leaders through the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to be a part of the reopening process. Through a collaborative effort (led by Seaside Chamber) we prepared this toolkit for distribution to our members. This framework is a living document and will be continually updated as more guidance is received from the State of Oregon and our local governments around industry specific reopening guidelines, and rule changes that occur as we move through the Governor’s three phased reopening strategy.
Clatsop Economic Development Resource / SBDC - Resource page / Business Update 3/18 email
Clatsop SBDC, community experts, and other small business owners hosted a Roundtable Series to discuss the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, resources for small business owners, and share best practices for keeping the lights on during these challenging times. Contact the Clatsop SBDC to be added to their email list or see their list of classes here.
Restaurants offering take out or delivery as a result of the executive order restricting on-premises consumption of food and beverage. (This list is updated regularly.)
Community Resources - Local relief grants are being offered by several organizations and others are fundraising to set up programs for the community. Click to view this page collecting that information. Contact the organizations for more details and current status.
Northwest Regional Child Care Resource and Referral - Dial 211 for assistance finding emergency child care or visit their COVID-19 page with FAQ and tools for providers and families.
Media assistance - Local media partners are offering free assistance to local businesses relating to COVID-19 responses.
The Astorian has provided a page where any businesses can list their special hours, services and offers during coronavirus restrictions.
Clatsop County has established a COVID-19 information phone line to answer the public’s questions about the coronavirus outbreak and related
issues. The phone line will be staffed by live personnel Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The number is (503) 325-8500. (Staff cannot answer medical questions.)
CARES Act Loans Comparison
Click to open a PDF of this graphic - Understanding the Small Business Loans available through the CARES Act.
There will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
Struggling to get started? The following questions might help point you in the right direction. Do you need:
• Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you.
• A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into an Emergency Economic Injury Grant.
• To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help.
Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the Coronavirus Emergency Loans available and whether you are eligible and how much you can borrow.
Independent Contractor’s Guide to CARES Act Relief - A guide provided by the US Chamber.
We called all of our local financial partners to find out what their status and current participation with the Paycheck Protection Program.
InRoads Credit Union - Accepting applications from customers/members; Offering assistance and advice for non-members.
Lewis and Clark Bank - Accepting applications from customers/members and non-members.
TLC, A Division of Fibre Federal - Accepting applications from customers/members only at this time.
US Bank - Accepting applications from customers/members and non-members. Apply online here.
Click here for PDF of this list with additional information and national resources. (updated 4/10/2020)
Guidelines to Reopening Oregon
Currently, all counties in Oregon remain under the Stay Home Executive Order 20-12. Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health. Check the link above to see which counties will be entering Phase I of reopening and when.
Phase One Reopening Guidance for: (posted May 7)
Business Resources (State/Federal)
Small Business Resource Navigator - Combined resource with support from several state agencies including the Oregon Employment Department, the Oregon Secretary of State, and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. The Navigator includes sections for employers and employees with comprehensive information on key programs for small businesses and is available at oregon4biz.com.
Oregon Employment Department - The health and safety of workplaces is of utmost importance to the Oregon Employment Department. Their page provides a summary of general guidance to employers, workers, and job seekers who may be impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus. Are you uncertain whether you qualify for unemployment benefits, employer paid sick leave or other benefits? Review this chart. If you can't find your topic on their website, the OED has created a focused email address for coronavirus questions related to employer and job seeker programs and services. The C.A.R.E.S. Act package extends Unemployment Insurance to provide more robust benefits to more people. Check the State of Oregon Employment Department for updates once the new changes are incorporated into their resource guides.
Work Share Oregon - Employers are encouraged to check into Work Share Oregon, which can support businesses and workers to avoid mass layoffs and lost wages and benefits in times like these. Work Share can be reached at 800 436-6191 or email oed firstname.lastname@example.org
Northwest Oregon Works - Layoff aversion reimbursement funds are available. Visit their page to learn more about the program and apply.
Oregon Employment Laws - If a business has questions about employment laws in the state of Oregon they can call the Technical Assistance hotline @ 971 673-0824 or email email@example.com
Review this notice of relief from predictive scheduling penalties
Business Oregon - As the state's economic development agency, they post information on resources, best practices...anything that may help deal with the situation at hand. This agency provides financial resources and planning support primarily to businesses with fewer than 100 employees. They can also be reached by calling 844-469-5512 or call firstname.lastname@example.org The Secretary of State office has provided guidance for employers on coronavirus.
Small Business Administration - The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster low-interest loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration has been issued for Clatsop County & Oregon Businesses.
Tips on how to apply are available in this post from LivePlan.com including a list of documents and forms that are needed in the process.
If you find the online portal is down, you can apply offline following these instructions.
The SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor and train small businesses. In Clatsop County this contact is the Small Business Development Center, a part of Clatsop Community College.
The IRS posted this Q&A about federal filing and payment extension to July 15. Read the release about paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and mid-size businesses. The IRS is also posting related updates on a special coronavirus page.
Resilience in a Box - If your business needs help putting a plan in place, check out the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s toolkit created in partnership with the UPS foundation.
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have demonstrated being
financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Click to learn how to apply for or contribute to the fund.
Oregon State Police - Emergency Declaration Enforcement FAQ
In an attempt to answer frequently asked questions relating to the enforcement of the Governor's Executive Order 20-12 "Stay Home, Save Lives," the Oregon State Police is offering guidance.
Federal Emergency Assistance FAQs from State Senator Merkley
Given the size and scope of the recently passed federal emergency aid package, Senator Merkley's Office has compiled Frequently Asked Questions and fact sheets for various sectors and issues surrounding COVID-19. These documents will continue to be updated as new information is made available. The FAQs are broken down in to various section such as Business, Childcare, Veterans, Housing, etc. Additionally, they have created an online hub for Operation: Main Street.
COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities through:
• technical, training, and management assistance;
• financial assistance; and
• state and local assistance.
This resource matrix organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America. Opportunities are categorized by customer and assistance type. For more information on the immediate actions USDA is taking to respond to COVID-19, visit usda.gov/coronavirus.
Oregon OSHA Technical Assistance Portal - Oregon OSHA is starting to do workplace inspections to ensure companies are complying with the Governor’s executive order regarding business closures and social distancing and may be issuing fines. The Oregon State Chamber of Commerce is lobbying for the state to provide guidance but not fines. Meanwhile, Oregon OSHA has a technical assistance portal where companies can get guidance on this and other OSHA questions. OSHA promises that there is a firewall between the technical assistance group and enforcement so there should be no fear of self-incrimination.
US Chamber of Commerce Grant Program - The Save Small Business Fund, a grantmaking initiative funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community. Read full press release here. The grant application went live on April 20. To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, visit: www.savesmallbusiness.com.
Guidelines for Building Owners re. Water Systems provided by Oregon Health Authority
Clatsop County Public Health Department- Clatsop County Health is hosting weekly conference calls with multiple stakeholders to ensure a coordinated effort to monitor for and respond to any potential cases of the coronavirus illness, known as COVID-19. County management is also communicating regularly with local city governments and other agencies. Their page provides the latest developments in our local area.
Oregon Health Authority - The Oregon Health Authority is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness, called COVID-19, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Health officials urge social distancing, good hand hygiene, covering coughs and staying home if you are sick. This page includes an overview of the situation in Oregon including Executive Orders and Guidance.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC is one of the major operating components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This page includes FAQs about the virus, its symptoms and how to take precautions. Resources are split into categories including travel, business, school and other organizations.
Cleaning Procedures - Community members can practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants. Visit this CDC page for tips and suggestions for cleaning your home or business.
AWACC Operations and Programs
The Visitor Center is closed to the public. Our staff is available to answer phone (503-325-6311) and email inquiries during our current business hours Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We have a small rack of brochures available outside to help visitors stopping by in person. Please call or email to make an appointment with staff.
Our in-person meetings and networking events are canceled for the foreseeable future including Business After Hours and Chamber Breakfast.
The Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival is canceled.
The Goonies 35th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for June 4-7 is canceled in-person, but we'll be offering virtual play-in-place activities.
We are looking into ways to connect with you through virtual networking and other opportunities. Stay tuned!
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