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.

Key points:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and widely accessible in the United States.
  • Everyone aged 12 years and older is recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible to keep from getting and spreading COVID-19.
  • This guidance is intended for homeless service providers. The guidance outlines strategies that service providers can use to help maintain healthy environments and operations, lower the risk of COVID-19 spread in their programs, prepare for when someone is sick with COVID-19, and support coping and resilience.
  • Consistent and layered use of multiple prevention strategies can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people who are not fully vaccinated including clients, staff, and their families.
    • Regardless of vaccination status, all clients, staff, and volunteers should continue wearing masks and maintaining physical distance in shelters.
  • This CDC guidance is meant to supplement—not replace—any federal, state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which homeless shelters must comply.

Multnomah County interim guidance for homeless shelters

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