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On Saturday, April 4, Gov. Kate Brown responded to a call for help from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose state is impacted particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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On Friday, April 3, the CDC announced it was now recommending the public cover their faces with cloth masks when going to grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential businesses where maintaining social distancing protocol can be difficult. 

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Beginning this morning, April 3, qualifying businesses can apply for loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). 

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The federal emergency Family Medical Leave Act and sick leave related to COVID-19 went into effect on Wednesday, April 1. 

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Unemployment insurance claims are setting new records nationwide and Oregon is no different. The U.S. Labor Department reported 6.6 million this week. In Oregon, nearly 93,000 people filed claims last week according to the Oregon Employment Department

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SAIF is accepting applications for its new $10 million coronavirus worker safety fund, which is aimed at promoting employee safety, reducing injuries and decreasing exposure.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, OBI’s national-level partner, today released new guides for businesses of all sizes to secure relief under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Oregon businesses and OBI members are helping nonprofits, small businesses and vulnerable Oregonians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by giving more than $2.5 million and in-kind equipment. A large share is going to two statewide funds set up by the Oregon

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The U.S. Congress and other federal leaders are developing programs to assist businesses and workers impacted by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. We are tracking those programs as they are developed. Here is a short list of what is now available or in the works. 

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Oregon Occupational Safety and Health has issued information in their frequently asked questions about workplace requirements, click here to read more. 

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