Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) has been dedicated to providing critical member services during the pandemic to help Oregon’s 36 counties navigate the complexities involved with health, testing, regulatory changes, economic impact, resource management, advocacy, and critical information. Below are a few critical areas AOC has focused efforts on since March.

Advocacy

Funding

AOC has been working with the State to ensure critical funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act reaches the state’s front-line service providers, Oregon’s counties.

Following the 2nd Special Session of 2020, the Legislative Emergency Board (E-Board) convened, August 17, to reconsider an action that failed at the August 5, 2020 E-Board meeting, authorizing the State Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to expend $105 million of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on behalf of tribes and local governments. Counties and local governments objected to the authorization instead encouraging the E-Board to distribute CRF