As you probably already know, Multnomah County is in a 4-week “freeze” to help stop the spread of COVID-19. See the Multnomah County Public Health page for general information. As far as school is concerned, here is what you need to know:
- School meals are still being served. Please wear a mask to pick up your meals! (remember, no meals will be served Nov 26 & 27)
- The office is open by appointment on school days between 8 and 3:30
- Please call ahead (503.256.6504) with your reason for visiting so our secretaries can have materials ready for you.
- Wear a mask and maintain distancing.
- Supply deliveries must be pre-arranged. If you are receiving a delivery, please have a mask on and/or maintain distancing.
We’ve been having lots of fun at school – stay tuned next week for some student work from our school-wide art project and a few spirit days. Second and third grade students have been thinking about their futures – let me tell you, we have some second grade friends who are ready to change the world! Third grader students learned about the Holland Codes this week as they think about future careers.
I don’t know about you, but between the weather, the COVID numbers, the “freeze” and the darkening of our days, I’ve been struggling to stay hopeful. This week, I chose the story Happy Right Now, by Julie Berry and Holly Hatam. Not only would I also like a dragon, but the narrator’s resilience, optimism and coping strategies remind me to use my 🌬️Breathing Tool🌬️ and choose hope. I hope she helps you, too ❤️🦁❤️
- Statewide Freeze Commences November 19. Governor Kate Brown announced a statewide Two-Week Freeze, implementing new measures to limit gatherings and stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Oregon. Multnomah County will be in this Freeze for at least four weeks.. See What’s Affected by the Freeze flyer from OHA.
- Oregon, California and Washington Issue Travel Advisories. In another measure to fight the rapid spread of COVID-19, Governor Kate Brown, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued travel advisories urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine. See press release.
- Oregon OSHA Risk-Reducing Measures. Oregon OSHA has adopted a temporary rule that combats the spread of coronavirus in all workplaces by requiring employers to carry out a comprehensive set of risk-reducing measures. Read the news release for more details. The COVID-19 Hazards Poster is now available in both English and Spanish.
- Apply for Food, Cash and Other Assistance from Home during Oregon Two-week Freeze. All Oregonians can apply for food, cash and child care assistance provided through the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) from home without having to visit an office in person. To apply from home, visit govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits for information on how to apply for assistance using an online application, email, mail, telephone or application drop off. Oregonians who need urgent and ongoing food assistance can visit needfood.oregon.gov.
- Financial Assistance Available for Oregon Businesses. Governor Brown announced on November 17 that the state will commit $55 million in financial assistance to support Oregon businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. Businesses interested in applying should contact their county for more information.
- The Oregon Worker Relief Fund Coalition will be hosting a Community Forum via Facebook Live on Saturday, 11/21 from 11 am – 1pm. The forum will cover the reopening of the OWRF and Quarantine Fund changes in Spanish and Indigenous languages on the Alivio Laboral de Oregon Facebook Page.
- December 1st is World Aids Day. Local area AIDS organizations have come together to create a website that serves as a hub of information and events for World AIDS Day in Oregon and SW Washington. Visit the Facebook page for more information.
- OHA Guidance Revised to Reflect Freeze Starting 11/18. OHA updated their entire guidance section. All sector guidance has been revised to reflect the 2-week freeze starting 11/18.
- Updated OHA Clinical Care, Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for COVID-19. This guidance clarifies quarantine recommendations for healthcare personnel identified as contacts.
- If You Have COVID-19, Tell Your Contacts. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you can help slow the spread by telling those you’ve been in close contact with. Close contact means spending 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of someone with or without a mask in any single day. Read more here. Download After You Get Tested in English or Spanish.
- OHA Healthcare-Associated Infections Program Webinars. OHA will present a series of webinars related to Covid-19 infection control strategies in Long Term Care Facilities. The first one is scheduled for Friday, November 20th from 9-10 A.M. PST covering COVID-19 case identification and early-outbreak infection control strategies. To join the meeting online click here: Join the meeting. If you are not able to participate on November 20th a recording will be available at the same link.
- How to Self-isolate and How to Quarantine. With a large increase in cases across the state, more people are being asked to quarantine and self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Quarantine keeps someone who was exposed to a person with COVID-19 away from others. Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home. More resources:
- K3 case management for families with students in pK-3rd grade – Case Managers in this program work with students and their families, connecting them to community resources including mental health resources, access to food, insurance, and other needed supports. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to start a referral.
- The CDC has made some new PSAs in different languages about COVID-19.
- IRCO has many job opportunities open right now
- “Know Your Rights” Zoom sessions en español – multiple dates
- Food Resource: Feed The Mass – Feed the Mass is a nonprofit cooking education organization (501c3) based in Portland, Oregon, with a goal of bringing people together. They promote healthy eating and inclusion and strive to inspire everyone to cook meals from scratch. If you are in need of food or would like to volunteer time or resources, visit their website.
- If your children (or you!) are worried about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, this Coronavirus comic for kids may be worth a (re)read. Originally published in the spring, it has been recently updated. If you have access to a printer, you can print and fold a zine version. If you prefer, here is a simple, wordless video from UNICEF (mostly about masks). I also shared this book in the spring, but I haven’t seen anything better since, plus it is available in several languages. Multnomah County put together a guide for youth and families that is quite good (although the guidance pre-dates the terms of the current freeze).
- DDSD OT Newsletter – this month’s issue features life/work balance tips and information.
- Free COVID-19 testing for the David Douglas community. Thursdays 3-6 pm @ Imago Dei Eastside (3130 SE 148th). Appointment required (link). More info here.
- Queer/Trans Day of COVID Testing – 11/22/20, 10am-4pm @Quest Center for Integrative Health, 2901 E Burnside. Flyer: English, Español
- Coronavirus comic for kids. Originally published in the spring, it has been recently updated. If you have access to a printer, you can print and fold a zine version.
- Safe Families for Children creates a safe place for children in situations where parents need to deal with a temporary crisis. Our volunteer families open their homes to provide shelter and care for their children while the parent(s) work to create a stable home environment. Our desire is to reunite the family as quickly as possible. Children can be hosted for a couple of days to several months as needed. We are committed to the safety of children and to reuniting parents and children as quickly as possible. See flyer.
- Youth Mental Health First Aid workshop. Nov 21st, 8am-5pm. See flyer for more information in English & Español.
- Are you an Oregon grandparent or other family member raising a relative child? Are you in need of resources? Oregon Kinship Navigator has (limited) funds available. See flyer.
- The Oregon Worker Relief Fund provides financial support directly to Oregonians who have lost their jobs yet are ineligible for Unemployment Insurance and federal stimulus relief due to their immigration status, and now face hunger, homelessness, and economic hardship. Currently accepting applications: English, Español