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Community Care during COVID-19: Call to Action

Our Arleta Triangle Community Care Cabinet needs your help.

Picture of the Arleta Triangle Project and Community Care Cabinet covered with snow in SE Portland, Oregon during a winter event in February, 2021.

COVID-19 has made it harder for neighbors to connect in our usual places, including at the Arleta Triangle in the Mt. Scott Arleta Neighborhood. Last year, with a small grant from Southeast Uplift (our neighborhood coalition office), we installed some COVID-relief amenities including a vandal-proof hand sanitizer dispenser, a safely-distanced bench for resting, and a cupboard for supplies for our neighbors in need. Now, as we enter our second year of the pandemic, our community members are still in need and more volunteers can help us meet it. 

If you want to help us keep basic hygiene and warming supplies available to our neighbors, please click the link below to let us know your availability and how to contact you. Thank you for being part of the neighborhood and supporting each other.

Items that are welcome include toiletries, garments, first aid, and food items. Travel-size items are the most helpful. Please no worn used clothing unless like-new!



Dental floss
Hand cream
Laundry soap
Hand sanitizer
Bar soap
Menstrual supplies tampons/pads


Face masks
Hand warmers
Emergency blankets
Warm socks (wool or acrylic)


Antibiotic cream


Shelf-stable snacks
Easy to prepare
Canned goods
High-protein foods

Picture of a bench with Arleta Triangle Project design etched onto it with the words, "THE TRIANGLE MT. SCOTT-ARLETA SOUTHEAST PORTLAND."

Announcing May 2020 Virtual Meeting

Image of the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association logo.
We are pleased to announce the May 2020 (virtual) meeting of your MtScottArleta Neighborhood Association (MSANA)!

To comply with state health guidelines under the state of emergency, MSANA meetings will shift online until in-person meetings may resume.
DateWednesday, 6-May
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
LocationGoogle Hangouts

To join the meeting, click on the Google Hangouts link above. If you have not used this tool before, you can find information here – Hangouts Meet Training and HelpAt the May meeting, we will brainstorm answers to the question:

What could we all do to provide mutual aid and support for our neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis? How can MtScottArleta Neighborhood Association help?

To quote PDX COVID-19 Mutual Aid Network, in times of crisis we can respond to the needs of our community with collective power and mutual aid. This can be as simple as checking with neighbors at a safe distance for example. If you are unable to join us at the meeting for our brainstorming session, you can submit your own ideas here and we will be sure to discuss them.

View the May meeting agenda here. Download a PDF copy here.

MSANA Elections Postponed

Due to the state of emergency and physical distancing required, the neighborhood elections for MSANA are delayed. Everyone who resides or works within MtScottArleta is a member and is eligible for nomination. Opportunities exist to join the board today. Board positions include Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Past Chair, SE Uplift Board Member, and At-Large Members as committee chairs or event coordinators. All it takes is a few nights available each month and the desire to see your neighborhood continue to improve. Contact us if you are interested!

Updated COVID-19 Q&A

cover-19 update

Here are a few questions and answers about our current Coronavirus outbreak. Do you have additional questions you would like answered? Send an email to jimweisgram -at- gmail -dot- com

Is there a difference between the terms “COVID-19” and “coronavirus”? COVID-19 is the name of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The term novel coronavirus means “new type of coronavirus”. The COVID-19 coronavirus disease was identified in 2019. SARS and MERS are caused by different coronaviruses than COVID-19.

How is COVID-19 transmitted? Most commonly it is shared when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and eject virus laced water droplets. These droplets will quickly fall from the air, usually within 6 feet. Hence the advice to keep six feet away from another person. Droplets that fall on a soft surface will only survive a few hours. Droplets that fall on a hard surface may survive a few days.

Regarding handwashing…First, watch this video from YouTube:

Now that you are finished laughing and maybe singing, let’s continue

Why should I wash my hands so often? Your hands may pick up some live viruses from a surface you touch, even a surface infected days before. Properly washing your hands often will remove the virus. All you need is soap and water. Get your hands wet and use enough soap to get your hands sudsy, and somewhat vigorously rub all parts of your hands together. The palms, the tops, fingers into the web between your fingers, your thumbs, rub your fingernails against the palm of the other hand `and then swap hands. It should take about 20 seconds to cover all the spots.

Kids may find it useful to sing the ABC song while they wash their hands.

When should I wash my hands? When you get up in the morning, before you use the toilet, after you use the toilet, before you cook a meal or handle food, before you eat, after you eat, before you go outside, after you come inside, after you use a computer, after you get dressed, after you put your shoes on, when you go to bed, when you remember to, … you get the idea. And sanitize your phone and the case, following manufacturer recommendations.

I am a person living alone or we are a couple without support and I/we need assistance during this time, and I need assistance. For a medical, police, or fire emergency call 911. Otherwise call 211.

How does COVID-19 compare to the flu? It is a completely new disease. Compared to the flu, it is easier to contract COVID-19 and severe cases may more easily develop into pneumonia or other serious complications. 

Are some groups more at risk than others? Older adults, or those with active disease that requires ongoing medication are more at risk of developing severe symptoms if they contract COVID-19. Also, older adults living in long term care. Compared to the general population, this disease has a larger impact on people who are part of historically underserved communities.

If you are involved with a community organization trying to help historically underserved communities, that needs additional support from service agencies, you can email Learn more about JVIC  (Joint Volunteer Information Center) at the website: This is a joint effort organized by the city of Portland and Multnomah County to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Why are we now being advised to wear face masks when we are in public? To avoid giving others the COVID-19 disease. You could already be infected with COVID-19 but show no symptoms. Your cough or sneeze may shed droplets that contain the virus. The mask may prevent these droplets from getting into the surrounding environment. If you wear a mask, wash and dry it when you get home. You may want two masks, so that you have a spare.

If you have a respirator-type mask such as an N95 still sealed in packaging, that mask can be better used by medical professionals. They need that kind of protection for themselves, coworkers, and their patients. It is good for the whole community if they have sufficient protection, and so it is good for you too. 

What about the medications Hydroxycholoroquine (Plaquenil®) and Remdesivir? These medications have had quick but not rigorous medical trials. The most recent studies for Hydroxycholoroquine show worse outcomes for COVID-19 sufferers than not taking it. AND, it may be dangerous to take.  Hydroxycholoroquine in particular is known to cause heart problems in some people. For now, it is only recommended for hospitalized patients that can be monitored closely. Take it only under the guidance of your doctor. 

Another reason to not use Hydroxycholoroquine unless the need is clear: people with other illnesses need it, in particular, those with Lupus or Crohn’s Disease. A run on these Hydroxycholoroquine has created a shortage.

Remdesivir may be closer to approval for general use with COVID-19. It was developed during the last ebola outbreak, but has not been in wide use. Availability is very limited.

Studies have been reported from COVID-19 patients in hospital while on ventilators. Very early studies have been more positive than with Hydroxycholoroquine. Side effects are possible liver problems that need to be monitored for while the medication is being taken.

With both of these medications, clinical trials for these medications to date have way too few patients studied to be conclusive, and the test methods were to gather information as quickly as possible; studies with rigorous controls have not been completed. Additional early results are coming in soon. More formal studies will take longer.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, visit the Multnomah County COVID-19 web site:

>> Jim Weisgram KJ7DMV

Jim is on the MSANA board and functions as the MSANA liaison to the NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team).