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We are closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We have created a web page with all updates, business resources, and general health announcements at
Here are some important updates we wanted to share immediately!
Josephine County is now eligible for the SBA Disaster Loan Assistance. Click here to apply:

Thank you to the businesses that submitted worksheets regarding the current economic hardships. Those efforts helped immensely to show the need! Thank you.

Employment Resources
The Oregon Employment Department (locally- WorkSource Oregon) is committed to the health and safety of their customers and the public. If you have COVID-19 questions related to OED’s employer and job seeker programs and services, visit their website for more information-
The page has info for workers, employers and job seekers.
The layoff aversion program can help a business avoid layoffs – for more information, please contact them. Work Share can also be helpful in avoiding layoffs, read here for more information:

If layoffs are inevitable, your local workforce team can help by providing services to affected workers. To get in touch with the “Rapid Response Team” at the Rogue Workforce Partnership for Jackson & Josephine counties visit

Workers can initiate an unemployment claim without having to go into an office. The website to initiate filing a claim is:

Or they can initiate a claim at 877-345-3484.

Another resource for small businesses and employers planning and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 is the National Business Emergency Operations Center, found here:

Health and Safety Measures
For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at
We also recommend subscribing to the Oregon Health Authority’s Coronavirus Update. They distribute real-time, accurate information via a brief email. Sign up to receive these updates by visiting
This is impacting our small businesses! Restaurants and retailers have modified their hours and operations, but still providing services for our community. Find a list of retailers on our Facebook page and see a full list of restaurants offering carry out and delivery on KAJO’S page and the City of Grants Pass also has a list and a list of resources at

Please support our local businesses and support each other! Reach out to us with any questions or if we can provide assistance.

Josie Molloy
President & CEO
Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce
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