May 22, 2020 T he C olumbia P ress 8 Pandemic: Help with food, rent Continued from Page 4 rent payments will be made directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant. h elp With food Oregonians receiving food benefits will get additional assistance in June as a way to help with continued impacts from the pandemic. Oregon Department of Hu- man Services began issuing additional Supplemental Nu- trition Assistance Program benefits in April and May. Individuals and families re- ceive allotments based on the number of eligible mem- bers per household. The extra money comes from U.S. Food and Nutrition Services, which provided an additional $30 million to help children and adults in Oregon buy food. A family of four typically re- ceives a $346 monthly SNAP allotment; the new assistance provides a supplement of $300. Supplemental payments for June will be issued on June 11 for current recipients and June 30 for new recipients. In addition, families with students in the free meal pro- gram at Oregon schools will get some supplemental food money. Households will receive food benefits equivalent to the cost of one lunch and one breakfast for each eligible student – $5.70 per normal school day for the months of March, April, May and June. The additional benefits will be deposited automatically A clown in the 2018 parade. into their existing electron- ic benefit transfer (EBT) ac- counts for SNAP households on their regular issuance date beginning in June. Students who get free meals but don’t receive SNAP benefits will automatically receive an Ore- gon Trail Card in the mail in the months of June and July. t he econoMy Public health measures implemented in March to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19 are having an un- precedented economic im- pact on Oregon and the Unit- ed States. April provides the first full month of data measuring the initial impact on businesses and the unemployed. The unemployment rate was at 14.2 percent with 266,600 jobs lost in the first two months of the pandemic, according to state Employ- ment Department records released this week. One out of every eight jobs in Oregon was lost or deferred. “While these numbers make for shocking historical records, they cannot totally capture the economic trauma so many Oregonians are ex- periencing,” said Anna John- son, a state senior economic analyst. The state had been at a near-record low of 3.5 per- cent unemployed workers. Election: County Commission gets two new members Continued from Page 1 People want representa- tives who are an extension of themselves, she said. “I really appreciate Kath- leen and her service,” she added. “As I’ve gone through this process, I’ve come to re- alize how much heart and mind and time is dedicated to the community through these volunteer positions. I really feel like we should honor and respect that. She’s definite- ly service-oriented and I’m grateful for her service.” Sullivan, who will serve along with Nebeker until January, congratulated her opponent and vowed to help with the transition “every way I am able.” She is the commission’s chair and serves on the NW Senior and Disability Ser- vices board. She also was on the committee that helped get a 17-mile stretch of the Nehalem River declared a scenic waterway. “I am honored to have been given the opportunity to serve,” Sullivan wrote in a statement. “After my term as county commissioner ends, I will stay involved with the many important issues chal- lenging all of us. I love this special part of the world. It is my home.” The Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Department had counted all ballots from the May 19 election by Wednesday morning. More than 14,200 votes were cast countywide – a 48 percent voter turnout – in- cluding 13,108 votes cast in the county fair tax levy, 2,974 votes in the District 2 race and 2,716 in the District 4 race. The only ballots not includ- ed in the totals are 384 ballots that have been challenged or dropped off in other counties.