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Douglas County declares emergency over coronavirus

Small businesses can fill out a form to claim their losses in the event that loan funds are made available from the government.

Posted: Mar 16, 2020 2:38 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2020 2:51 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Douglas County Board of Commissioners officially declared a state of emergency to combat the spread of novel coronavirus on Monday.

The resolution was initially declared on Saturday and was ratified by the board during a work session.

The declaration will allow the county to take steps to respond, allowing increased flexibility in services.

“We have been working diligently with local and state health officials to meet the ongoing threat of the coronavirus,” board chair Chris Boice said in a statement. “We will continue to provide assistance and support to our local health partners who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the health and safety of our citizens.”

Douglas County Emergency Management is also collecting information from small businesses that may have been hit financially due to the pandemic. Loans may be available from the U.S. Small Business Administration. You can fill out the form here and email it to dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us or mail it to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Wayne Stinson, 1036 SE Douglas Ave. Roseburg.

The board also reminded the public to avoid visiting a clinic or hospital if you are feeling reasonably well to allow health care professionals to focus on those who need the most care.

Residents should also practice social distancing, wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick. Vulnerable groups should take extra precautions.

In the coming days, Lane County, Eugene and Springfield are expected to make similar emergency declarations.

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