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Mitigating COVID-19

The state of Oregon has dedicated $14 million to the mitigation of COVID-19 outbreaks, including providing farmworkers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), community-based outreach and prevention, and the Quarantine Fund.

Distribution of PPE for the Agricultural Sector

Governor Brown directed approximately 1 million KN95 masks and 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for farmworkers and agricultural producers. This critical PPE was available at no cost to the agricultural community to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and was distributed on May 27-28 statewide through Oregon State University Extension Centers.

Community-Based Outreach and Prevention

Funding includes community-based outreach and prevention grants to community-based organizations with demonstrated experience serving migrant and seasonal farm workers to conduct field education, outreach and engagement activities aimed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and provide information on housing, transportation, the Quarantine Fund, and other wrap-around services developed in response to the pandemic.

Learn more about the OHA Community Partner Outreach Program. Email community.outreach@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Quarantine Fund

The Quarantine Fund brings resources to agricultural workers who are recovering from COVID-19. This fund helps workers take the time they need to recuperate, seek care, and quarantine. It's vital that we do not exacerbate infection due to financial need and keep the virus contained by ensuring the Quarantine Fund.

The fund is $10 million and will be managed by a coalition of community-based organizations. More information will be available soon.

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