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BUSINESS & ECONOMIC RELIEF
Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce: Provides support to local business owners by connecting them to state & federal programs to keep their business viable. Call 541.942.2411 or visit www.cgchamber.com
Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) extended the 8-week period for PPP loans to be forgiven to 24 weeks or until the end of the calendar year – whichever comes first.
Unemployment: A recent federal law provides unemployment benefits for self-employed and other workers, adds an additional $600 to weekly benefits, and offers other benefits that you can read about in the FAQs about unemployment insurance or the complete guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor. You can apply for state unemployment benefits by phone: 877.345.3484 or go to www.oregon.gov to file online using the Online Claims System. You will need to provide your complete work history for the past 18 months including employer names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of employment. Hopefully, the new Employment Division Director can quickly reduce the unprecedented backlog that is holding up benefits for thousands of Oregonians.
Back-to-Business Reopening Guide Available: Provided by the Springfield and Eugene Area Chambers of Commerce to give area employers reliable guidance in an easy-to-follow format to reopen their business. Available for download at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XKnMI3y4YNsXMbhwXh2jRcQ6gv3WiJ8G/view
Coronavirus Tax Relief & Economic Impact Payments: Help is available for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others affected by COVID-19. For most taxpayers, payments are automatic, and no further action is needed. This includes taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 & 2019 and most seniors and retirees. Do not call the IRS. To receive payment faster, taxpayers can update banking information. Non-filers can now enter their Information online. For more info and to get regular updates: https://tinyurl.com/IRSCOVID10
Stimulus Check Update: As of May 8, the Internal Revenue Service said it issued payments from the CARES Act to about 130 million people. Didn’t get yours yet? The number to call is 800-919-9835. Telephone assistance and other services remain limited. Answers for most of the common questions related to Economic Impact Payments are available on IRS.gov.
Friday Furloughs for SLSD Staff: Cumulatively the four furloughed Fridays in this school year protects at least five teaching positions or 3-4 instructional days in the 2021 school year!
Fall Opening Update: Oregon Department of Education provides guidance to school districts this month on how to open the 2020-21 school year. District Teams will develop plans for three different scenarios and will keep families and the community informed on summer plans to support student learning.
The CDC offers general considerations to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their staff and congregations safe.
The guidelines are on the CDC website for faith communities to consider and accept, reject, or modify, consistent with their own faith traditions, as they prepare to reconvene for in-person gatherings and still work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Oregon’s Phase Two Plan allows up to 250 people to meet if social distancing and disinfecting protocols are followed.
Many churches offer virtual services and plan to continue them. Re-Open Oregon Phase 2 guidelines now allow for most in-person activities.
Food for Lane County Mobile Pantry Delivers free food boxes on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 pm at Bohemia School, 721 South R St. You must stay in your vehicle. Persons on foot will be served by maintaining the required 6 feet of protective space.
Community Sharing Food Boxes Available Monday-Friday, 11 am-3:30 pm, 1440 Birch Ave. The number of food boxes offered has increased. For eligibility requirements call 541.942.2176
South Lane School District provides free weekday “grab & go” meals to children 0-18 years-old
NOTE: Meals will not be available on final staff furlough day this Friday 6/12 (Extra meals provided on Thursday)
Meal Sites: Dorena School, London School & CG High School from 9-10 am
Bus stops: 8th & Arthur 9:00; Bohemia Park 9:15; 16th & Pritchett 9:25; 16th & Ostrander 9:30; 22nd & E. Whiteaker 9:40; 2424 Whiteaker Ave. 9:50; Faith Center. on Row River 10:05; 125 Gateway Blvd. 10:20; 11th St. & Lord 10:40; Saginaw Trailer Park 11:00
Bus stops: 948 S 6th St. 9:00; Harrison & 10th 9:10; 700 E. Gibbs Ave. 9:20; Frontier Trailer Park 9:40; Goodwill/Dollar Tree lot 9:40; Holly & River Rd. 9:50; Birch Ave & J St. 10:00; Bohemia Elementary 10:10; 5th St. near Madison 10:25; River Walk Place 10:40
Café 60 Senior Meals: Takeout meals only. Tuesday-Thursday, Noon to 1 pm, Riverview Terrace basement at 925 W. Main St.
Meals on Wheels Home Delivery: Procedure is the driver knocks and asks if all is ok. If yes, will leave the meal to retrieve after he/she is gone.
Weekly South Valley Farmers Market resumes: Thursdays from 4-7 pm on Seventh & Main Street.
South Valley Resource Alliance (SVRA) offers free food boxes on the first and third Fridays from 4-6 pm at the Health Hub on the corner of E. Main Street & 11th Avenue. (Enter drive-thru line on 11th Avenue)
Seventh-Day Adventists Food Giveaway: Free produce giveaway on third Mondays from 1-3 pm. Emergency food boxes are also available. The church is located at 820 S. 10th St. Call 541.942.5213 for details.
Soup’s On: Free to-go meal served on Sundays from4:30-6 pmusing the back window of the ROP Building at 632 E. Main St. (former Healing Matrix/McCoy’s Pharmacy). The site is wheelchair accessible. Pet food & fresh produce also provided.
Trinity Lutheran Church Free Take Out Meals: Tuesdays & Thursday, 5:15-6:15 pm, South 6th & Quincy (pick up meals at the double door entrance on 7th St.)
VFW Friday Night Meals: Will be on hiatus until September
PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS! Nearly all have reopened with most providing modified dine-in seating. Some have reduced hours and a limited menu or take-out meals only.
CITY OF COTTAGE GROVE www.cottagegrove.org 541.942.5501
City Hall: Open weekdays from 8 am-Noon and 1-4 pm. All are encouraged to conduct city business by phone, email or other electronic means. The building is closed to meetings other than official City meetings with attendance limited to 10 people. Virtual attendance is still strongly encouraged.
City Meetings: virtual with limited in-person seating
Community Center: Closed until further notice
Library: Closed until further notice
Armory: Closed until further notice
Municipal Court open for remote & in-person appearances. Call 541.767.4115 for info
LANE COUNTY www.lanecounty.org
Lane County parks are open to everyone who obey the social distancing order. Waste management sites operating normal hours. For details about specific county services visit the website. Lane County Rent Assistance Program is now “live” at www.lanecounty.org/rent. Eligible households will be served on a first-come, first-served basis for expenses accrued from April to June 2020. To be eligible for rent relief, an applicant’s dwelling unit must be located in Lane County and there must be an active rental agreement or lease in the applicant’s name. If the applicant is homeless, there must be a lease in place for a unit, or a signed agreement from the landlord that the lease will be signed upon payment.
STATE OF OREGON
For details on specific services: www.oregon.gov
For State of Oregon News: www.myoregon.gov
Fight back against price gouging call 503.378.8442 or visit: www.doj.state.or.us/consumer-protection
Out of a job? Contact Oregon Employment Department & to file a claim at www.secure.emp.state.or.us
DMV Update: To request appointment online to to www.OregonDMV.com. Staffing increased to prioritize scheduling and process all the online and paper transactions. DMV offices will only process certain priority transactions: Commercial Driver License issuance, renewal, and replacement; Farm endorsements; Standard/Class C Driver License issuance, renewal, and replacement (beginning July 6 replacements will be available online and will no longer be done in-person); ID card issuance, renewal, and replacement (beginning July 6 replacements will be available online and will no longer be done in-person), Driver license reinstatements. Transactions that can be done online will not be processed in person. DMV will not conduct driving tests (skills tests) for new drivers.
Lost your job & need healthcare? You may qualify for the Oregon Health Plan go to: www.one.oregon.gov
Need a mask? Check out Cottage Grove Oregon Mask Makers on Facebook for variety of designs
Blood Donations Needed Now: Bloodworks Northwest, 2211 Willamette St. in Eugene. Supply is critically low, please donate and save lives! To schedule an appointment call 541.484.9111
CG Hospital & Clinic: 1515 Village Drive, 541.767.5500
Nova Urgent Care: 1445 N. Gateway Blvd. 541.942.7000 (Offers COVID-19 Tests)
CG Police Non-Emergency Number: 541.942.9145
Lane County Sheriff’s Office: General Information at 541.682.4150
Oregon State Police: Mobile Phone: *OSP or *677 and Phone: 800.442.0776
Local, County State & Corrections: No In-Person Visits
Row River Trail Open
Dog Park (on Main Street behind car wash) open
Cottage Grove & Dorena Lakes (As of May 15) Open for day-use only. Camping and overnight use not permitted at this time. Playgrounds and group picnic sites remain closed.
City Parks Park visitors should follow physical distancing requirements. Face masks or coverings are encouraged. Restrooms are open, but not cleaned after every use so bring your own drinking water and hand sanitizer. Tennis & Pickleball courts, Skate Park and Disc Golf are open as long as physical distancing can be maintained. Picnic tables and covered areas are available but not cleaned between each use so bring your own cleaning supplies. Within the parks the following remain closed: Drinking fountains, Playground equipment & Basketball Courts
Lane County Parks Campgrounds open with common areas (playgrounds, structures, dog parks) closed. Boat Ramps open. Baker Bay on Dorena Lake is open. Park patrons are urged to wear masks and practice social distancing along trails and avoid busy trails, particularly the trail to the summit of Mt. Pisgah. After May 18, go to www.lanecounty.org to make a camping reservation.
National Forests Developed recreation areas in Oregon and Washington’s national forests have begun to reopen to the public, including trailheads, boat ramps, day use sites, sno parks and some campgrounds. Umpqua National Forest reopens developed sites to recreational users.All campgrounds are available by advance reservation only through www.recreation.gov. No payments will be accepted at the campground and reservations must be made two days in advance of your intended visit.
State Parks Starting June 9, most campgrounds will offer limited tent and RV reservations to stay overnight on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 14 days. Existing tent & RV reservations will be honored. Reduced state funding and limited staff determines which parks allow camping. Jasper & Fall Creek campgrounds remain closed. For a list of status of specific campgrounds go to www.oregonstateparks.org
Warren Daugherty Aquatic Center Closed SLSD Superintendent Yvonne Curtis clarified since the aquatic center is school district property and staffed with SLSD employees, they won’t be opening it until the Governor and Oregon Department of Education allows school districts to reopen.
Community Sharing office hours are changing (beginning June 1): Monday 1:30-6 pm. Tuesday-Friday hours remain the same: 11 am -3:30 pm. Help is still needed to deliver food boxes. Call 541.942.2176 to volunteer. They are accepting new clients who are suddenly unemployed and need temporary assistance. Pantry providing pre-packed food boxes to go. A recent grant increased the agency’s ability to assist with a rent or mortgage payment. Volunteers still needed to deliver food boxes.
Family Relief Nursery: Closed for classroom service still doing outreach and deliveries to families in need. They continue to run low on food and basic supplies (diapers, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, baby shampoo, etc) Call 541.942.4835 to make an appointment to drop off much needed items.
South Lane Mental Health for info on current service levels or to seek help call 541.942.3939 or visit www.slmh.org (Currently developing plans for Phase 2 re-opening for in-person services )
Free Kids & Baby Clothes Giveaway at Delight, 538 E. Main St. Call 541.946.3132 for more info
Looking Glass Rural Program is open on weekdays from 8:30 am-5 pm at 508 E. Whiteaker Ave. It provides meals, clothing, hygiene items, and other basic need items to youth ages 11-21. Case management appointments are restricted to phone and email at this time. For more info call 541.767.3823
Need diapers? Lane County Diaper Bank https://lcdiaperbank.org
Adult & Family Services: 305 Coop Court (near Grocery Outlet) HOTLINE: 800.838.1752 PHONE: 541.942.9186
Cottage Grove Classic Taxi: Call541.968.7212
RideSource www.ltd.org/ridesource Available for Trillium & PacificSource members with an Oregon Health Plan Open Card or anyone with a disability. Masks are recommended. To schedule a ride call 541.682.5566
South Lane Wheels Provides Door-to-Door service weekdays between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm each weekday. Through July 10 there is a reduced price of $2.00 per trip for local trips within the Cottage Grove area. Fares for Metro service between Cottage Grove, Creswell, Springfield and Eugene are regular prices. For the security of passengers and drivers, South Lane Wheels adhere to safety guidelines. Riders are required to wear a mask. This is not part of LTD service so passes are not valid for service.
Lane Transit District www.ltd.org Phone:541.687.5555 Email: email@example.com CG Connector (in-town) service is suspended until further notice. Bus #98 continues to provide daily service between Cottage Grove and the Eugene/Springfield metro area on a modified Sunday schedule. At this time rides are free and face masks are required. Social distancing restrictions limit bus capacity.
GUIDANCE FOR VISITING U-PICK FARMS
The Oregon Department of Agriculture issued guidance and provided some tips for customers to visit safely:
Do not come if you are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have come in contact with someone with COVID-19.
If bringing your own picking containers to the farm, they should be washed, disinfected, and rinsed before arrival.
Follow the manufacturer’s label directions. Go to: https://oda.fyi/CleanDisinfect
In order to minimize the risk of acquiring COVID-19, avoid touching your face and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others, unless they are from the same household.
Children should stay with parents at all times.
Do not eat fruit while picking.
Do not touch produce that you will not pick.
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