Our neighbors are three times more likely to be infected than the rest of Oregonians.
Although no one fully understands the reasons why, here are some characteristics of the population in Rockwood that are associated with higher incidents of COVID-19 infections.
Latinx people have especially high infection rates, and Rockwood is around 40% Latinx.
A high percentage of our neighbors in this area are essential workers or service workers who are at greater risk of being exposed to the virus. We also use public transportation more often.
Our neighbors went into this crisis with elevated levels of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and other risk factors; and,
Immigrants and refugees have less access to health care than our more established neighbors. Rockwood is Oregon’s most diverse community, with over 90 languages spoken at home within a two square mile radius.
How We Have Helped
Backed by the USDA Farmer to Food program, local black, latino, and immigrant/refugee farmers, and Multnomah County, we have been feeding 600 – 800 families every week since April. We distribute KN95 masks and hand sanitizers. We do all of this in partnership with five to ten smaller local agencies, most of which are culturally-specific.
The Oregon Health Authority has also contracted with us to do contact tracing, education and wraparound services. This work forms the core of what we do at our Community Health Unit.
KN95 Masks Distributed
Distribution Partners Engaged
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