Two Week Freeze until December 2 for all of Oregon is in effect. Get more updates, cancelations, and resources related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic here.
 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.
 

 For more information on the State mandates and current cases in Oregon,
visit the Oregon Health Authority and the Governor's Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 donít 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.

Source: Oregon Health Authority Frequently Asked Questions
The City is updating our efforts daily to help prevent the spread and ease concern for the public. For the most updated information go to City Government Actions.  
 
Some items that have been implemented include:
  • Canceling all non-essential meetings and arranging for electronic meetings for those that are essential. View the City Calendar for updates on each meeting.
  • 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 Cityís 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.
Refer to the Local & Business Resources page for information on evictions, rent, utility, food and other assistance available during this time. 
Face coverings are required for indoor public spaces and outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible statewide July 15 by Governor Kate Brown. Children under 5 years of age, as well as people with a disability or a medical condition that prevent them from wearing a face covering, are not required to wear one.

For more details on what is required, go to the Governor's website

Click here for more information on masks.

Click here for examples on how wear and make a mask.
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. For more ways to help check out Representative Pam Marsh's webpage on Ways to Give, Help, and Volunteer.
As of August 20, 2020, Jackson County has been added to the watch list while still in phase two. Click here for more information on the watch list and the status of other counties

Jackson County was approved to enter phase two on June 5, 2020. Phase two allows for additional opening of higher-risk activities. While we are still in phase two, some additional restrictions have been put into place: masks required indoor and outdoor public spaces for ages 5 and up; restaurants and bars must close at 10 p.m. statewide, face coverings must be worn when exercising indoors, and indoor venues cannot exceed 100 people indoors. For more information, visit the Governor's website

All listed activities must still follow public health guidelines concerning physical distancing gathering size limits, and sanitization guidelines. 

City offices are still closed to the general public, but expanded electronic service options are still in place to reduce or eliminate the need for in-person services. Select community services that require person to person interaction are being carefully integrated into Department operations.  These will initially be on an appointment basis only. Please call specific departments for their current status.  
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 (members@ashlandchamber.com) 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 natalie.thomason@ashland.or.us.
 
SBA Disaster Recovery loans will be available upon declaration of disaster by Governor Kate Brown, go here for more information: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.
As updates from the Oregon Health Authority are occurring daily, check their website (https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19) for the most up-to-date information. You can also view a map view of the cases by going to https://gis.ashland.or.us/coronavirus/ and selecting the OEMís Coronavirus dashboard tab. 

For cases by zip code, go to this map provided and administered by Jackson County. The map is updated weekly and shows the total number of cases by zip code, not just the active cases. 

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