COVID-19 Resources

As COVID-19 emerges as a global concern, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is monitoring the situation and we want to provide you with accurate information, useful tools, and resources that allow you to operate your business effectively.

We have compiled resources for you on the COVID-19 response to provide a one-stop resource center for you.

Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines

THURSDAY, JUNE 4 — Linn and Benton County are approved to move into Phase 2 starting Friday, June 5 (Learn more here: https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon#phase2)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 — New statewide guidance effective immediately (part of baseline not dependent on phase):

More guidance is forthcoming on gatherings and venues. The Phase 2 guidance is on OHA’s COVID-19 website – scroll down to “OHA Guidance and Signage”: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

OHA has established a website about contact tracing. It explains what to expect if you get a call from a contact tracer, either because you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been near someone with it. The website also describes what you will be asked during a contact tracing call – plus what you will not be asked – and how to isolate or quarantine yourself if necessary. Part of the goal is to encourage people to answer calls from contact tracers, while also protecting against fraudulent calls that might try to scam people. The contact tracing website is:

Reopening Oregon Updates

THURSDAY, MAY 14 — The Governor’s Office announced this morning that 28 of the 33 counties that applied to reopen at Phase 1 of reopening guidelines, were approved. Three counties are still under review, and two counties were not approved (Marion and Polk) but will be monitored for the next seven days and their applications will be readdressed then. For more details see https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.

Phase 1 Reopening Guidelines can be found on the same website. Guidance highlights include: limiting patrons at bars, restaurants, and gyms in support of the 6ft social distancing requirement as well as increased cleaning, and employee face covering requirements.

All counties approved to enter Phase 1 must remain in that phase for a minimum of 21 days while COVID-19 case rates and other health criteria are monitored. Phase 2 Guidelines are not currently available.

Independently of the county approvals and applications, tomorrow (May 15), statewide, certain stand-alone retail establishments, childcare services, and summer youth programs may open and resume operations, while maintaining the social distancing and cleaning guidelines. More details can be found on the website link listed above (https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19)

Guidance Documents for Reopening

New Resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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ACTION ALERT: Contact our Federal Representatives Today
COVID-19 BUSINESS AND EMPLOYEE CONTINUITY AND RECOVERY FUND (The Recovery Fund)

Updated SBA Links and Information

NEW (5/15/20) SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application — The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight-week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans. Click here to view the application and instructions.

NEW (5/12/20) — The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses that have a current business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing due to COVID-19. To find more information and locate an Express Bridge Loan Lender please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-express-bridge-loans. If you have additional questions or require further assistance, please call the Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time) or email us at [email protected].

Update: Paycheck Protection Program – On Tuesday, April 21st, the US Senate approved a $480 Billion Relief Package which means more PPP Funds will be available after the House votes Thursday and the President signs the bill into law. With this funding working its way down through the system – now is the time for biz owners to get their PPP loans squared away. Learn more here.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance – Economic Injury Disaster Loan now includes up to a $10,000 advance that may be requested at the same time the business owner applies online. The EIDL advance does not have to be repaid. SBA now has a streamlined application process with no requirement for tax returns, financial statements, etc.  The one application covers the request for the EIDL loan and the EIDL advance.  Here is the link for the EIDL application:  https://covid19relief.sba.gov/.

Local Updates

City of Albany Survey

 Let local agencies know what your business needs to get through this challenging time.

What’s Open Albany

City offers utility bill relief for businesses

Questions? Call utility billing, 541-917-7547.

Chamber President’s Message

Shop Local

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Complete list of resources

UPDATED: Friday, May 29th

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Chamber Resources