Catholic Charities continues to closely monitor the rapid spread and effects of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. In keeping with our mission, we are focused on ensuring the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable in our community, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and those with immune-suppressant health conditions. They are at the highest risk of developing life-threatening complications from the virus.
At this time, we remain open and will operate as usual while following protocols from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to keep our staff and clients safe.
The COVID-19 pandemic will also have significant economic repercussions, especially for our clients—individuals and families living in poverty, facing housing instability, experiencing a medical or financial crisis, dealing with immigration issues, or sitting only one paycheck or crisis away from needing significant help. Mandatory cautionary measures, such as social isolation and distancing and business and school closures, will disproportionately impact those groups.
How you can help the most vulnerable in your midst:
High-risk populations will need to approach daily life with extreme caution until the outbreak ends. If you are able, willing, and know someone living with those challenges, consider how you could support them, whether delivering groceries, picking up medications, or checking in by phone. Please also share this resource that lists locations for those experiencing poverty or housing insecurity to receive hot meals throughout the Portland area.
Follow these steps to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and as recommended by the CDC.
- After using a tissue, be sure to throw it in the garbage. Do not leave it anywhere someone else may come into contact with it or residual germs.
- If no sink is available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% isopropyl alcohol.
- Wipe household and office items and surfaces with Clorox Wipes or a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wear a face mask only if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick.
- Avoid non-essential travel to regions listed in federal travel advisories.
- Follow best practices for social distancing:
- Limit social events and visitors.
- Reduce group activities.
- Increase physical space between workers.
- Work remotely when possible.
For further information, please refer to the following resources:
- Who is at risk?
- Multnomah County Information
- Oregon Health Authority FAQ
- Centers for Disease Control
- For those experiencing homelessness
- For congregate and shelter settings
- Information in different languages (Información en diferentes idiomas)
May God bless us as we work through this crisis together.