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COVID-19 Response

To All Our Stakeholders Regarding COVID-19 

Updated Aug 23, 2021

The health and well-being of our Corpsmembers, Staff and our Central Oregon communities is paramount, and we take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously. Heart of Oregon Corps provides paid job training, education, and stewardship that empowers and inspires positive change in the lives of young people. We deem it critical to offer these opportunities as a part of national pandemic recovery efforts, when it is possible to minimize public health and safety risks while maximizing mission-based outcomes. We believe our local community needs us now more than ever. We celebrate the progress we have made towards ending the pandemic.

OPERATING STATUS:

Heart of Oregon Corps is now operating all six youth programs this summer. A big welcome to so many new young people joining us to work, earn, learn.

Applications are currently being accepted for 4 of our 6 programs (sorry, applications for summer programs are closed). Young people should apply now! We are also hiring for several staff positions.  

Our offices are open! Visit our Locations page for office hours and maps.

VACCINATIONS

Vaccination is the most effective and important safety measure we can each take right now. Heart of Oregon does not require vaccination as an employment condition, but we strongly encourage vaccination for everyone eligible and able, and we strive to reduce any barriers to getting vaccinated.  Currently, vaccinated individual do not have to quarantine if they are a "close contact" of a known case if they remain symptom free, per OHA guidelines. HOC may confidentially require staff and corpsmembers to report and verify their vaccination status to properly enforce our protocols. 

Find a Vaccine: https://govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine

OUR CURRENT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

After an easing of restrictions, mask restrictions are back into effect. Masks are required indoors at all times (unless in closed room alone) and outdoors at most times (unless alone or in group that has stable distancing set by a supervisor). HOC has announced these changes via staff memo's and this notice, and has not yet released a new version of our protocols. The release of Version 2.1 is pending. 

Our Staff Leadership Team and Steve Smith of Experiential Consulting collaborated to create protocols for operating our Corps in a COVID-19 environment. These protocols and related forms are available below.

HOC's COVID-19 Protocols and Forms

COVID-19 Central Oregon Medical Care and Testing Resources

  • Central Oregon COVID-19 hotline: 541-699-5109
  • - Medical Care for COVID-19, call 541-383-3005 before coming in.
    - Oregon Health Plan Enrollment Hotline: 541-647-2707

Central Oregon Social Services Resources