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Interesting decision by Multnomah County Circuit Court Administrators and judges given even the little we know now about how Covid-19 spreads, not to mention the condition of the old Courthouse:

“Oregon Law Forces Jury Trials To Continue, Increasing Virus Risk,” by Conrad Wilson, OPB, May 12, 2020

If you are called for jury duty, grand or petit, in Oregon, please check your Circuit Court’s website for instructions and contact information. Or, call the phone number on your juror summons.

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1) COVID-19 Resources for Students and Parents, from the Oregon Department of Education, including topics such as civil rights and civic engagement, death, mental health, and much more:

This page contains the most recent information available on how the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is affecting schools in Oregon. Please email us with any questions. If you have an urgent health need, please contact your local health department or health care provider.” [Link to website]

2) Senior Loneliness Line, About:

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Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ORVOAD)

From the ORVOAD About Us page:

The Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ORVOAD) is the state chapter of the National VOAD.

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From a PPB (Portland Police Bureau) Flash Alert dated 3/31/20:

PPB’s INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE SEEKS TIPS FOR ILLEGAL COVID-19 TREATMENTS

The mission of the Intellectual Property Crime Task Force is to investigate, enforce and educate the public regarding counterfeit merchandise, with an emphasis on products that affect public Health & Safety.

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On April 1 Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order  20-13 “ordering a moratorium on certain terminations of residential rental agreements and non-residential leases[.]” This expands her March 22 restriction on residential evictions.

See The Oregonian article Gov. Kate Brown issues 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions for more.

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Guest post, from Lee Van Duzer, Washington County Law Librarian:

As we socially distance ourselves and physical spaces are increasingly closed, it is important to revisit online legal research options. The following are free research tools specific to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Federal & National

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If you don’t know where to begin, begin with contacting 211 Info:

“[C]onsumers can still reach us by calling 211, but they can also text or email, or use our mobile app and online database. They “serve all 36 Oregon counties and Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties in Southwest Washington.

CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155

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You must register to vote by Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, if you want to vote in the Oregon primary.

View the 2018 Election Timeline (PDF) at the Oregon Secretary of State’s Election Division website. (If the link to the Timeline PDF fails, link to the Election Division’s URL and search there.)

If you like to calculate your own election registration deadline:

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