COVID-19 resources for people with disabilities; Mental Health Awareness Virtual Walk May 30th, National Day of Hope

Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services has published a page of ASL coronavirus resources.
The page includes:

  • Links to ASL videos about COVID-19
  • Communication resources
  • Emergency resources (e.g., food, housing)
  • Mental health and resources for emotional well-being
  • More resources for people with disabilities are available at under “Community Resources for Specific Groups.”

Both sites feature communication cards, including a new one designed to help people who are deaf and hard of hearing communicate about COVID-19 symptoms. The card includes graphics about symptoms and duration and is intended for someone who is deaf or hard of hearing to use to communicate when they think it’s most appropriate.

Virtual ‘Walk Your Way’ event for mental health awareness
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. NAMI typically hosts annual walk events, but in light of COVID-19, it has moved activities online and designated May 30 as a “National Day of Hope.” Our partners at Oregon NAMI are encouraging everyone to register, form a team and participate virtually. To join in the virtual Walk Your Way event, visit their website. You can also follow NAMI on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Public feedback sought on State Health Improvement Plan strategies
OHA, working with more than 100 community partners, is launching the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan as a tool for Oregon’s recovery from COVID-19. The plan outlines strategies needed to address disparities made worse by the health crisis.

The prioritized disparities include:

  • Institutional bias
  • Adversity, trauma and toxic stress
  • Behavioral health
  • Equitable access to preventive care
  • Key economic drivers of public health such as housing, transportation and providing a living wage
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the short- and long-term trajectory in each of these five priority areas, making implementation of the plan even more critical. OHA remains on track to launch the 2020-2024 SHIP this August.

The public is invited to help inform strategies through online surveys in English and Spanish or by providing written feedback. More information about the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan can be found here.

Oregon reports 49 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths
COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 151, the Oregon Health Authority reported May 28th.

Oregon Health Authority reported 49 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 4,086. The cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Deschutes (1), Jefferson (1), Malheur (5), Marion (11), Multnomah (10), Umatilla (2), Wasco (1), Washington (12), Yamhill (2).

Seven of the new total cases are related to the Townsend Farms outbreak. See that press release here –

Note: Due to data reconciliation, the Lincoln County case count decreased by one. A confirmed case had been counted twice.

The Oregon Health Authority is now including a link to the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update in the daily news release. The Daily Update is a detailed look at COVID-19 in Oregon, including testing data, hospital capacity, and cases broken down by demographic information such as age groups, gender, race and ethnicity.