So much is happening so fast that I've had a hard time keeping track. So, I started keeping notes. I figured other folks might find this information handy. I'm only posting links that I know are okay to share publicly (things I'm not posting include private Facebook groups, internal meeting minutes, resource lists without a 'last updated' date).
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Currently in Oregon, residents are ordered to stay at home with limited exceptions.
Schools are closed. College campuses may not hold in-person classes. All
non-emergency medical procedures are postponed. Amazon is prioritizing
deliveries of medical supplies and household staples and delaying all
Provided we can continue improving our social distancing, new models suggest that Oregon is on track to a manageable number of COVID-19 cases. This is good news. Just to be clear, though, keep social distancing! The full model is here: https://govsite-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/VooxlwVoTey3aArqqFkG_Oregon-COVID-19-Projections-2020-03-23.pdf
Congress has passed a $2 trillion stimulus package, which will provide some financial relief once it passes through the executive branch and is enacted.
All times are Pacific Standard, unless otherwise noted
I’ve pulled the availability information on different organizations into this spreadsheet, broken down into key groups, including:
LINK TO THE SPREADSHEET
The Portland Mercury is maintaining a more thorough list of which restaurants are open for takeout and delivery, which you can view here https://www.portlandmercury.com/locations/delivery
PDX Trans Housing Coalition put together a list of updated hours and services from local houselessness resources, which you can view here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Vmbcl0fUeXLhJs7mZ-9JClqDn472Zks3wC9Cnli-xi0/edit?fbclid=IwAR1K7JhXTmTjT_b7o6CHyreegnaPB6N5dlxAUUP9vvSDmiif6QC3KnNykP0
In general, everyone who can work from home, is working from home,
including at government agencies. Check before heading anywhere in
I’ve pulled community needs into this spreadsheet, broken down into key needs:
LINK TO THE SPREADSHEET
Call 211 for information on COVID-19 in Oregon.
I’ve pulled specific community offers into this spreadsheet, broken down into key needs:
LINK TO THE SPREADSHEET
Most utility providers will not turn off service for non-payment until
further notice. The following utility providers have made announcements
regarding continuing service:
NW Natural, Comcast,
T-Mobile, Century Link.
Additional Oregon utilities are listed
here. Additional telecommunications utilities are listed
The IRS has extended the deadline for both filing and paying 2019 taxes to
July 15, as has the state of Oregon. Penalties and interest will not
accrue until July 16. The Portland Art Tax's deadline is also pushed to
July 15. Some credit card companies, mortgage providers, and other lenders
are offering programs to allow folks to delay payments, but it’s on a
company by company policy.
Certain federal student loans are eligible for forbearance. Interest will be waived on federally-held student loans.
In Oregon, landlords will not evict tenants for non-payment for the next
90 days. No homeless camps will be destroyed. No autos will be ticketed or
In Oregon, law enforment agencies are allowed to use discretion in enforcing drivers licenses and vehicle registrations that expire during the current state of emergency.
In Oregon, certain state-level administrative rules are suspended. You can
a list here
and a form for suggesting other administrative rules
Parents in Oregon who take time off due to school closures are protected by the Oregon Family Leave Act, under a temporary administrative order. Here's the full order.
Oregon's May election is still on. The deadline to register to vote is April 28. More details about the election are available at https://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/default.aspx.The OLCC has relaxed restrictions on delivery and curbside pickup of cannabis, liquor, beer, wine, and cider https://www.oregon.gov/olcc/Pages/COVID19.aspx
Due to school closures, most schools are providing meals for students to pick up (except for days that were originally scheduled for spring break).
Folks facing lost income may be eligible to apply for SNAP benefits.
The application is here. SNAP benefits may now be used for Amazon and Walmart’s delivery
services, but does not cover delivery fees.
Getting food through delivery services is safe, but remove all packaging
when it enters your home and wash your hands between unpacking and eating.
Tip your delivery person well.
Over the past few days, Oregon’s unemployment rate went up 3200% percent.
Unemployment benefits are available both for people who have been
permanently and temporarily laid off. Here’s
a breakdown of which benefits are available
in both categories. Here’s the
application for unemployment benefits
in Oregon (the site and phone line are both seeing heavy traffic — expect
to spend some time waiting to get through). The state of Oregon has
doubled the number of employees working on unemployment claims; the number
of unemployment claims has more than quadrupled.
Losing health insurance? You can apply with Oregon Health Plan at any time of year https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/OHP/Pages/Apply.aspx
Oregon requires employers provide employees with at least one hour of paid
sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
HKM Employment Attorneys have created a resource center and hotline for folks with questions about employment during COVID-19 https://hkm.com/portland/coronavirus/
A local group, Connecting Dots PDX is working to connect freelancers who have lost work with new clients and projects. Freelancers who have seen their income drop may be able to access financial help through their communities. Here are lists of resources for freelancers.
Artist and freelancer resources