Important message from your neighborhood association

March 14, 2020

Dear Lents community members, 

As our local community and much of the world are now dealing with an unprecedented public health crisis, we want you to know that your neighborhood association board of volunteers cares about your well being and takes very seriously the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep our community safe.

Following the guidance from our local and state elected officials regarding social distancing, we have decided to proactively cancel all meetings and gatherings for the remainder of this month, including our board meeting and general membership meeting. We will update you about plans for April and beyond in the coming weeks.

At this time, we want to echo our support for the measures taken by our state and local officials and health authorities to slow down the spread of this virus. We encourage everyone in our community to follow recommended best practices:

-Cancel all non-essential in-person meetings and gatherings

-Stay home as much as possible, even if you are not sick

-Wash hands frequently

-Cover mouths when coughing or sneezing

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

Additionally, we encourage you to:

Be mindful of how fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma: don’t join in racism and xenophobia. A person’s ethnicity, language or association with a country or region is not a risk factor for this virus. More on this here

Reach out to the members of our community most vulnerable to the virus. The CDC has recommended that people over 60 and folks who have underlying health conditions stay home if possible and avoid crowds.  If you are young and/or relatively healthy, don’t forget to check on relatives and neighbors who have a chronic illness, a disability, and older adults who might be self-isolating at home. We can always check in on loved ones and community members with a message, call, or FaceTime. 

Stay informed — and make sure that your information is coming from trusted sources

The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 is available here: 

Look for the help. If you’re feeling the anxiety and stress over the coronavirus, you are not alone. The good news is that we are seeing local communities, businesses, organizations, and agencies come together to help those in need in an unprecedented way, with acts of love and generosity, such as mutual aid groups that are setting up deliveries and childcare. 

Take advantage of our resources. We have set up a dedicated page on our website, lentsneighborhoodassociation.com/coronavirus-covid-19, where we will do our best to link some of these resources, mutual aid, and support as we become aware of them. Our goal is to keep track in one place of news and information that’s pertinent to our local community and that people can access even if they are not on social media. If you come across info that you think would be useful to your community, please send it our way.

Finally, we are calling on all other Lents-area organizations and businesses who are in positions of power to join forces in advocating for policy changes on behalf of those who are the most vulnerable amongst us (medically or financially) and who will likely be the most affected by the coronavirus, such as caregivers, immigrants, refugees, low-income families, folks with disabilities, and those who are housing insecure. If you would like our support with your advocacy, please reach out to us.

We encourage you to think of ways in which we can all cultivate our support network online, while maintaining social distancing in a physical sense.

In solidarity,

Sabina Urdes
President, Lents Neighborhood Association

Robert Schultz
Public Safety Chair, Lents Neighborhood Association

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in our area is available here:

We have set up a permanent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates tab in the upper left area of this page where you can access information such as:
Food access
Mutual aid
Income support
…and more.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide School Closure for Students in Oregon from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31

Students are expected to return on Wednesday, April 1. Read the full press release at MyOregon.gov.

Per the Governor’s directives and with the support of the Oregon Department of Education and the state’s Early Learning Division, during the closure:

  • School districts are directed to develop plans for returning to school that accommodate ongoing impacts of coronavirus.
  • Districts are tasked with developing plans to continue nutrition services during the closure. 
  • The Oregon Department of Education will examine the impact the closure will have on instructional time. 
  • School districts will ensure adequate cleaning supplies for increased cleaning protocols following the closure.
  • The Early Learning Division will support child care programs and will work to identify resources to support child care needs for our most vulnerable families, as well as health care professionals and first responders.

Meals 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to children in the community ages 1-18. Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20, and Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31. Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary – 620 N Fremont Ave
  • César Chávez Elementary – 5103 N Willis Blvd
  • George Middle School – 10000 N Burr Ave
  • Harrison Park School – 2225 SE 87th Ave
  • Lent School – 5105 SE 97th Ave
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary – 4906 NE 6th Ave
  • Rigler Elementary – 5401 NE Prescott St
  • Rosa Parks Elementary – 8960 N Woolsey Ave
  • Scott Elementary – 6700 NE Prescott St
  • Sitton Elementary – 9930 N Smith St
  • Woodmere Elementary – 7900 SE Duke St
  • Markham Elementary – 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
  • Madison at Marshall – 3905 SE 91st Ave
  • Franklin High School – 5405 SE Woodward St

For more information about access to food for families, please call 211 or visit oregonfoodfinder.org.

Governor Kate Brown has also declared a state of emergency to address the Coronavirus outbreak

The Governor and state health officials have put in place new statewide policies to address the Coronavirus outbreak — including a moratorium on gatherings of more than 250 people in the state for four weeks.

The state of emergency will remain in effect for 60 days starting March 11, 2020, but can be extended until the public health threat of the coronavirus is contained. More details here.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declares state of emergency due to coronavirus

Due to the progression of COVID-19 on the west coast, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has declared a State of Emergency in the City of Portland that will be in effect until March 26, 2020.

The emergency declaration gives the City additional powers to properly address the threat of infection and harm including—but not limited to—limiting mass public gatherings if necessary to stop the potential spread of infection. It also gives the City the tools necessary to support the County, the State and city employees. Portland City Code describes the powers afforded the Mayor in a declared State of Emergency.

Here are the latest actions the City is specifically taking:

• During the State of Emergency, water service will not be disconnected for non-payment of sewer/stormwater/water bills.

• The City will convene a COVID-19 Economic Impact Task Force to generate ideas for a stimulus package to help small and large businesses recoup losses from canceled events and loss of business.

• The City will expand community hygiene stations citywide.

• The City is assisting shelter providers to keep winter shelters open.

• The City is protecting the thousands of city employees and its visitors by postponing or canceling non-essential work gatherings.

• The City is stopping non-essential travel for meetings and conferences and encouraging vulnerable employees to stay home for as long as they need to.


These are just a few of the many actions the City is taking. More information to come.

Coronavirus map: Track new cases in Oregon and U.S.


As new cases of coronavirus are being reported throughout Oregon, across the country and around the world, The Oregonian/OregonLive has built a comprehensive tool to track the illness as it spreads both in the state and in the U.S.

The tool, which is updated in near real-time, tracks the number of confirmed cases as they are reported in Oregon and nationwide. The underlying data comes from state and federal health authorities, as well as private initiatives that track the spread of the disease.