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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Dear friends and neighbors,As we move past the apex of summer, my team has been busy working on a number of projects:

  • We are following up on the status of recommendations from our first audit of the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • We are in the process of conducting interviews about contact tracing for one of our subsequent audits of the county’s response to the pandemic

  • We just finished fieldwork on our audit of jail conditions and our audit of pandemic-related spending and cost recovery and are now writing those reports

  • We are starting our audit of living conditions focused primarily on places where the county and its partners have paid for or facilitated rent/deposits for clients. 


We are doing our work in the context of another tumultuous summer. We are facing forest fires, unprecedented heat waves and a rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19. 

With Governor Brown’s removal of pandemic-related safety restrictions on June 30, some county staff who were working from home have returned to work sites. However, with the increasing prevalence of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the state as well as vaccine hesitancy, Multnomah County strongly recommends that everyone 5 and older (2 and older if tolerated) wear masks in all indoor public spaces, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated. According to Public Health Director Jessica Guernsey, “Masking is a step we can all take right now to keep businesses open and move ahead with our plans for the school year. This is the thing that will make a difference.”  Keep reading for more information on upcoming vaccination clinics.Finally, cooling centers and other cool spaces will be open today. For a map of cool spaces, view this interactive map of cool spaces, as hours and locations may change. 

Finally, cooling centers and other cool spaces will be open today. For a map of cool spaces, view this interactive map of cool spaces, as hours and locations may change. 



Upcoming Vaccination Clinics

Multnomah County hosts regularly scheduled COVID-19 vaccine clinics Tuesday - Saturday. Many additional clinics may occur throughout the week.

  • The vaccines will be provided at no cost to you. 

  • You do not need health insurance.

  • You do not need to bring proof of eligibility, identification or a social security number in order to get a vaccine.

  • Ages 12-14 require a parent or guardian’s consent and must have an adult with them at all times during the vaccine process. Learn more about vaccines for teens ages 12 to 17

We focus on reaching people who are Black, Indigenous, Latino, Pacific Islander, Asian, or other people of color, immigrants, refugees, and people without health insurance or a regular healthcare provider. Everyone is welcome. No one will be turned away.


Helpful COVID-19 Links

  • If you would like information on how to stay healthy, slow the spread of coronavirus, or how to report any issues, please visit /novel-coronavirus-covid-19

  • Unfortunately, some communities have experienced acts of racism and xenophobia because of the myths surrounding COVID-19; this county site has information about how to report discrimination and find support. 
  • If you are at work and your employer does not seem to be following public health directives, you can report that to Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division.

  • This page contains resources to support our communities as we experience the COVID-19 pandemic and get through this together.

  • Learn more about disability rights and COVID-19.