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Clackamas officials identify no need to camp unhoused COVID-19 patients at Mary S. Young Park.

The finalized phase-one reopening plan submitted by Clackamas County to Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday omitted several isolation center sites that were originally included within the county's draft plan. FILE PHOTO - Mary S. Young Park was removed from Clackamas County's finalized phase one reopening as a potential isolation site for unhoused COVID-19 patients.

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners instructed emergency operations staff drafting the plan to remove those sites in the final version that was submitted to the state in order to avoid confusion, since no plans are currently in the works to set up isolation centers at those sites.

According to a statement from the board, the county would first have to reach out to any of those potential sites to check viability, and develop a working arrangement with the site provider. That may be done in the future, but there is no update on those plans currently.

One of those sites originally listed in the plan was Mary S. Young Park in West Linn. When news of those potential plans reached ears within the community it sparked disapproval from local residents on social media and beyond.

According to the county, there are no plans to move forward with an isolation center at Mary S. Young Park at this time.

Of the eight sites listed in the original draft plan, the county does currently have a contract with the Collins Retreat Center located in Eagle Creek, where approximately 20 individuals can be housed if necessary. That site has been used for that purpose to date, but in a limited capacity.

According to Philip Mason-Joyner, one of the county's incident commanders, Clackamas County also has the ability to provide hotel and motel vouchers for those who need self-isolation. As of last Friday, May 15, the county has done this for approximately 80 individuals. The county currently has the capacity to house about 300 individuals at any given time, but is continuing to flesh out contingency plans in the worst-case scenario that the county would need to house more than that.

According to the finalized plan submitted May 19, the county is continuing to work with Metro, as well as state and regional partners to evaluate potential sites and sharing resources.


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