COVID-19 Information

This page is being developed to respond to the emerging COVID-19 risk in Central Oregon. Please check back for updates and reach out if you have questions.

The experience of homelessness puts individuals at greater risk for exposure to a variety of infectious illnesses, including the emerging threat of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). People who are living in tents or cars lack access to basic hygiene facilities, making it difficult to follow healthcare providers’ advice to “wash your hands.” In addition, people who are staying in shelters or reliant on meal sites and social services to get their basic needs met will have difficulty maintaining social distancing. Many people who are unhoused have underlying medical conditions and we know that at least one out of six people who are homeless in Central Oregon are over age 55, putting them at increased risk.

Service providers are hard at work but facing limitations in what can be done safely. Across Central Oregon, people who don’t have a home to stay in are having difficulty accessing shelter, day space, showers, and restrooms. This is an unprecedented, evolving situation and we are working to collaborate with public officials to keep our unhoused community safe during this time.

While we believe that housing is the healthiest option for people, the Homeless Leadership Coalition is committed to mitigating negative impacts on Central Oregonians currently experiencing homelessness. We hope to have more specific updates soon. In the meantime, we’ve collected the following resources:

Central Oregon Resource Map

The Central Oregon Resource Map is now live. Resources on the map include: handwashing stations, public restrooms, food resources. And more The map can be accessed through the Central Oregon Resource Directory. Look for the “Central Oregon Resource Locator Map” Button within each city page listed in the directory. You can also directly access the map through this link: Central Oregon Resource Map.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, our most vulnerable neighbors need your support. Please donate our partner organizations serving the unhoused in Central Oregon…

Official Information Sources:

Deschutes County Health Services (Agency leading the local response. Recommend signing up for daily situation update emails.)

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) (Agency leading the statewide response. Recommend also signing up for OHA alerts.)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  (Agency leading the national response)

World Health Organization (WHO) (Agency leading the global response)


Printer Friendly Signage & Info

Informational Flyer Phone numbers to call in Deschutes and basic info. Spanish version: Flyer (updated 3/16/20)

Cover Your Cough” poster

COVID-19 Prevention poster from OHA

CDC downloadable posters


Resources for Homeless Services Providers:

HUD COVID-19 Infectious Disease Prevention & Response page (regularly updated with official guidance)

Interim Guidance for Homeless Shelters: HUD COVID-19 Client Triage Tool: Atlanta, GA CoC Example

CDC Interim Guidance for Homeless Shelters: Plan, prepare and respond to coronavirus disease 2019

Oregon Health Authority ‘OHA Camp guidance‘ (published 3/11/20)

USICH Guidance on Planning and Preparing for COVID-19 (includes regularly updated list of resources)

HUD Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuums of Care:

HUD Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response page (including new webinar materials)

Corporation for Supportive Housing FAQs & guidance for supportive housing providers

National Healthcare for the Homeless Council COVID-19 resource links


Guidance for Shelters

COVID-19-Shelter-Management-During-an-Infectious-Disease-Outbreak (HUD resource posted March 23, 2020)

Oregon Health Authority Interim Shelter Guidance pdf

COVID-19 guidance for congregate and shelter settings from Multnomah County

HUD Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuums of Care: Preventing & Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease Within Shelters

CDC Guidance for Homeless Shelters, including preparation & disinfecting


Stay In The Loop

Sign up for the HLC Newsletter (less frequent updates) Read the latest newsletter here.

Sign up for COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority and Deschutes County Health Services

For general information on novel coronavirus in Oregon, call 211.