Updates on COVID-19 Stimulus Checks, Testing, Education Funding


U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released an update on COVID-19 for April 15, 2020.

Walden said that Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that nearly 80 million Americans will have received an Economic Impact Payment through direct deposit by the end of today. Find out the status of your payment here.

Those on Social Security who do not file taxes DO NOT need to file anything to receive this new payment.

Those who receive disability compensation, a pension, or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs WILL need to submit information to the IRS to receive this payment. You can provide this information through the IRS’s website here.

Low income individuals with a gross income between $12,200 for individuals and $24,400 for married couples that do not file taxes, WILL need to submit information to the IRS to receive this payment. You can provide this information through the IRS’s website here.

For additional information about the economic impact payment you can visit the IRS website here.

More Funding for Oregon

The first $30 billion in funding for hospitals and health care providers that was included in the CARES Act was delivered. This resulted in $291 million for Oregon. As part of the CARES Act, there is still $70 billion to be disbursed to hospitals and health care providers in order to combat the effects of COVID-19. Read more here.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded over $23 million to Community Health Centers in Oregon, including 11 in the Second District. Read more here.

Application Now Open for Paycheck Protection Program

Businesses can now apply through their local lender for the Paycheck Protection Loan Program that will provide  businesses with up to eight weeks of funding to keep employees on the payroll. The Treasury Department released useful information for lenders and borrowers, and a copy of the application here.

Funding for Oregon Education

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced yesterday that nearly $3 billion will be made available to governors to ensure education continues for students of all ages impacted by the coronavirus. Oregon will receive over $32 million in a discretionary grant to support the state’s K-12 and higher ed needs during COVID-19. The money comes as a result of the CARES Act.

Fast Facts: Here are some helpful stats on COVID-19 as of 4/14/20:

  • Cases of COVID-19: (as of 4/14/20)
  • U.S.  current case count — There are currently at least 608,240 cases and 25,992 deaths in the United States, as reported by Johns Hopkins and other media sources.
  • Oregon current case count: 1,633
  • Benton: 24
  • Clackamas: 135
  • Clatsop: 6
  • Columbia: 11
  • Coos: 1
  • Crook: 1
  • Curry: 3
  • Deschutes: 55
  • Douglas: 19
  • Grant: 1
  • Hood River: 4
  • Jackson: 47
  • Jefferson: 1
  • Josephine: 19
  • Klamath: 26
  • Lane: 42
  • Lincoln: 4
  • Linn: 52
  • Malheur: 4
  • Marion: 289
  • Morrow: 5
  • Multnomah: 420
  • Polk: 30
  • Sherman: 1
  • Tillamook: 5
  • Umatilla: 16
  • Union: 4
  • Wallowa:
  • Wasco: 10
  • Washington: 365
  • Yamhill: 32

Testing – in Oregon: As of 4/14/20

  • Positive: 1,633
  • Negative: 30,730
  • Total (since 1/24): 32,363