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Young man with mask picking up a take away food order | Credit: Oregon Health Authority website

North Portland — Oregon started a statewide Two-Week Freeze — and four weeks in Multnomah County — to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Oregon.

COVID-19 claimed 10 more lives in the state on Tuesday, raising the state’s death toll to 788, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Statewide, the health authority reported 1,099 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 through Tuesday, bringing the state total to 59,669.

During the freeze, Oregonians are being asked to stay home except for essential business.

“I want to stress that there is no zero-risk category. Until COVID-19 vaccines are widely available and we have high participation, health and safety precautions will remain in place so that schools, businesses, and communities can reopen—and stay open. I am asking all Oregonians to take these measures seriously. The best way to protect those closest to you is by maintaining physical distance from others, avoiding gatherings, wearing a face covering, staying home when sick, and keeping up with good hand hygiene.”

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Getting Help If You Need It

If you need help with food, cash or childcare, you can seek assistance from the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) from home without having to visit an office in person.

Visit for information on how to apply for assistance using the ODHS online application, email, mail, telephone or application drop off.

  • And if you need urgent and ongoing food assistance, you can visit
  • Older adults or people with disabilities who need additional information about resources available to help can call 1-855-ORE-ADRC (1-855-673-2372) or visit
  • Information on how to apply for domestic violence assistance can also be found at

For more ways to connect with ODHS or to find other types of assistance, contact 211info:

  • By dialing 2-1-1 from any phone
  • Text your zip code to 898211
  • By email at
Image quote encouraging residents in North Portland and St. Johns to support their local businesses.
St. Johns Boosters are encouraging NOPO residents to support their local businesses. | Credit: St. Johns Boosters website

Support Your #NOPObusinesses

The freeze also will be impacting our neighborhood businesses, who will need your support more than ever! 

Check to see if your favorite local business is offering alternatives to “in person” such as shopping online, delivery, curbside pickup and gift cards. 

To learn more about St. Johns businesses, visit this directory, created by the folks over at the St. Johns Boosters. Live in Kenton? Check out their business association website