Multnomah County COVID-19 guidance for shelter settings

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Multomah County has created a web page providing guidance to shelters in the area, which aligns with recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Shelters provide vital spaces for unhoused members of the community to rest, sleep and get a meal. People without permanent shelter may have medical conditions, substance use or mental health challenges exacerbated by homelessness, and may not have adequate access to hygiene facilities. These conditions make our unhoused residents particularly vulnerable to communicable diseases.

The web page provides guidance includes:

  • Posting prevetion information in shelters,
  • Staff recommendations,
  • Adequate use of hand washing and hand sanitizer,
  • Mask guidance, and
  • Guidance on guest policies.

Multnomah County interim guidance for homeless shelters

CDC Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)