Unveiling a series of policies meant to mitigate the threat of COVID-19, President Donald Trump also sought to respond to criticism that his administration has been slow to deal with what is now a worldwide pandemic.
Health officials representing Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties say social distancing is enough to safeguard people from coronavirus and that government-mandated orders to stay home shouldn’t be necessary.
Discussions are underway about using the former Wapato Jail as shelter to house the homeless and treat COVID-19 victims.
The idea is supported by owner Jordan Schnitzer, a developer who is working to open the facility as a homeless service center.
Oregon is erecting a field hospital at the fairgrounds in Salem to treat an expected overflow of patients due to the coronavirus epidemic, but that’s not going to be enough.
Dr. Renee Edwards, chief medical office for Oregon Health & Sciences University, said Wednesday that the university supports ordering Portland-area residents to stay in their homes and "shelter in place."