Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



Gig workers, make up a big part of the come-to-you economy and they do not get benefits.

KATE DAVIDSON/OPB - Full-service Instacart shopper Carl Momberger heads out to make a grocery delivery in Portland, Ore. on March 5, 2020. He said orders flooded in when the first COVID-19 cases were announced in the state.Instacart shopper Carl Momberger belted out his preferred hand washing song (upon request) as he delivered groceries in southwest Portland.

It's the first verse of Ween's "The Mollusk" from 1997.

"That's 20 seconds, and it washes your hands," he said.

The full-service Instacart shopper has been washing his hands a lot lately, as the phrase "social distancing" has exploded in the national lexicon.

To achieve social distancing, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown temporarily shut down the state's public schools. She and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee both banned the largest gatherings. More and more companies in Oregon and Washington have been asking their employees to work from home as infections from the novel coronavirus spread to pandemic proportions.

But many people can't work from home. In fact, their livelihood may depend on coming to you.

These are the people who fix your plumbing, clean your house or help care for your kids. They include gig workers such as Momberger, who can do a grocery run on short notice.

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