While the City of Ashland does not oversee public health, we are working with our national, state, and regional partners to protect the public when there are public health concerns in our area. This webpage will help relay information from our partners and address the concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) for our community.
If you have trouble breathing or feel very ill, consider calling your healthcare provider who will decide whether you need to be tested. This testing can also be for other illnesses, like the flu, based on your possible exposure history and any other symptoms you might have. Many recover at home without seeing a healthcare provider.
If you don’t have a doctor, consider establishing care with a primary care provider through a local clinic or community health center. Call 211 for a list of clinics near you.
Placing 24 portable restrooms and 18 hand washing stations around Ashland to allow for the public to practice safe hygiene 24 hours a day. View the map with the locations of each here: https://gis.ashland.or.us/coronavirus/.
Serving the unhoused population by securing funding for hotel rooms for unhoused residents, increasing areas where car camping is allowed, contributing funds to OHRA's food services offered, and more which can be found at our COVID-19 Support for Unhoused Population page.
Suspending late fees on past due balances and disconnects for late or non-payment for utility accounts through June 30. Bill payment plans will be extended beyond the three-month policy timeframe.
Extending the due date of lodging (TOT) and food and beverage taxes until August 1.
Activating the Emergency Operations Center and declaring a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to allow for the City Administrator more authority and flexibility in managing the City’s resources to protect public health and safety during this time.
Continuing to collaborate with regional, state, and national partners to stay up-to-date on the latest developments.
Various organizations are looking for donations of items, money, and time. Below are some of the organizations that could use your help. For more details and ways to connect with these organizations, go to our How You Can Help page.
Business information and resources are changing rapidly. The Ashland Chamber has created a resource page at www.ashlandchamber.com/COVID-19 and updates it as information becomes available. Access to resources and support is available to all businesses in the community, not just Chamber members. Visit their website frequently or contact Dana Preston (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get on their email database for daily updates.
As of June 23, the City of Ashland was awarded matching funds from the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) to facilitate a COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant program with $140,000 available for small businesses and non-profits that ended on July 8. If you are interested in possible regional grants that might be available, please contact Natalie Thomason at email@example.com.