June 2020: COVID-19 in Washington County

• State approves Washington County for Phase I starting June 1
• House cleaners and other home services
• Face coverings guidance for businesses and transit
• Reporting violations
• FAQs now available on OHA website
• Safety advice from WCSO
• Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter update

COVID-19 in Washington County

According to Wendy Gordon, Lead Public Information Officer, Washington County Emergency Operations Center, Washington County will follow the governor’s plan on when and how to reopen. On April 14, Brown’s office introduced a “Framework for Reopening Oregon” that outlines the prerequisites for the safe way to move forward.

Development News

Milltowner update
Chase Bank to replace Shari’s
New subdivisions
Gas station hearing

On the May ballot

by Shawna Muckle, CMN intern Would you like to know more about the choices on the ballot for the upcoming May 19 election? Here are some of the critical bonds, primary elections, and charter amendments to carefully weigh your vote for: Metro Housing Services Bond:  Summary: As many voters will likely recall, in 2018, voters

CPO News

We don’t have an exact schedule yet, but we’ll have information on a sidewalk project near Bonny Slope Elementary that will improve Safe Routes to School; updates on several development proposals for the area; a presentation on the Thompson Road project; and a chance to hear from our Public Safety providers.

Gardening & Environment

While you’re weeding and seeding and planting and pruning, there’s one more thing to put on your plate: dividing.

Road News

Thompson Road/Kenny Terrace Project Online Open House
ADA ramps being rebuilt
Multnomah county road project rankings

Unsung heroes, these days and always! Walker Garbage and COVID-19


We are practicing social distancing and frequent sanitizing, and our office is closed to the public. Our drivers are also closed to public approach.

Deputy Spotlight

Deputy Brown

Meet Deputy Tom Brown, who has patrolled Cedar Mill, Bethany and north of Highway 26 area for the last five years.

Behavioral Health Resources

In these challenging times, you may be experiencing new mental health challenges or have increased difficulties managing an existing illness. Many of the support meetings normally held face-to-face are postponed. There are online resources to help anyone who needs new or added support at this time. Oregon Recovery Network: Online directory for a variety of

Helpers making a difference

Grocery concierge

We are a group of a few volunteers and our goal is to help those at-risk of COVID-19 who need essentials. I have done about 30 deliveries with 200+ items and hope to do more!

Recycling during the COVID-19 crisis

bag recycle receptacle

Goods are moving in and out of our homes in different ways now that we are following COVID-19 guidelines. Here are some ideas about receiving household materials and disposing of their packaging. As always, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in that order!

Cedar Mill News News

One of our diligent volunteer editors, Anne Lawrence, has updated and expanded this section of the website with loads of useful information for when you need to find an expert or an agency to help with a problem.

Neighbors share personal COVID-19 experiences

My wife and I ran low-grade fevers and had worse-than-expected chills and aches based on how low the temps were. We ran fevers for ten days. Exhaustion was major; we slept as much as our parenting of four children would allow, and still were extremely tired!

History in the News

Job 1 is a plan to mobilize still more community support. We’ll be launching Friends of Cedar Mill History, our membership program, in the coming weeks. The goal? With your help in the form of membership dues, we intend to build a virtual museum over the next few months.

2020 Senior blues

No one knew that March 13 would be the seniors’ last day of high school. From the commencement ceremony to sitting down in a classroom, there are many normalities that seniors will miss due to the COVID-19 school closures.

Community News May 2020

story time

Viva Village update
Remainder of THPRD spring term cancelled
ODOT opens Safe Routes to School project applications
Inside WashCo Radio…

Business News May 2020

Allen Greene art

The Cedar Mill Farmers Market opens! Sana Reiki offers remote Reiki sessions Bethany Family Pet Clinic update Habitat for Humanity ReStore is online Stride Strong Physical Therapy offers a free workout video Cedar Mill Business Association News The Wine Cellar has options for your Happy Hour The Village Gallery keeps the art available Grand Central

COVID-19 in Washington County

COVID graph

Most of us are aware that Washington County is leading the state in the number of confirmed cases of the virus. People have been speculating on the reason, so we have included what seem to be some good clues. We have compiled this article from a variety of sources, and links to them are in each section. We’ve also included information about Washington County response and resources…

Business News April 2020

Sunset Credit Union
Sana Reiki
Western Oregon Dispensary
Stride Strong Physical Therapy
World of Smiles
Bethany Family Pet Clinic
Helvetia Farm Market and Marion Acres
Village Gallery News
Tire Factory closes
Refinish First closes
CK Hoffman Design
Dennis 7Dees
DuFresne’s Auto Service
Cedar Mill Business Association
Cedar Mill Farmers Market
Cornell Farm Nursery & Café

Allies, friends and givers offer support and fun

Without question, we are all living in uncertain and challenging times that have upended normal routines. While the news seems to grow grimmer each day, it becomes ever more important for all of us to focus on the things we can control in our lives…

TriMet schedule changes

Starting on April 2, no more than 10-15 riders can be on a bus at one time—10 individuals, or up to 15 if people are riding together (such as couples or parents with children). TriMet is also closing off some seats—there will be a sign that says you can’t sit there…

Community News April 2020


Community Warehouse
Help for people in recovery
Library resources and more from home
Weed Watcher Workshop Update
Naturescaping Basics
Viva Village
THPRD Summer Camps Delays
THPRD Closures
Cedar Mill Bible Church
Inside WashCo Radio
Writers Mill
Washington County Public Affairs Forum Suspends Meetings

A closer look at Zoom

Zoom image

Yearning for more than FaceTime for visiting with your family and friends? Craving a platform more cohesive than Skype? With Oregon public schools closed until at least April 28, students are at a loss of their daily communication with peers and teachers…

Road News April 2020

Butner culvert location

Butner Road culvert will include pedestrian improvements; Roadside spraying will start soon…

Meet the candidates for our State Representative

Four Democrats have filed in the H.D. 33 Democratic primary: Andy Saultz, Maxine Dexter, Servin Bussell, and Christina Stephenson. Meanwhile, one Republican, Dick Courter, has filed in the H.D. 33 Republican primary, making him the presumptive nominee to run against the Democrat winner in the November’s general election…

Soil Building: an investment in your garden

In the midst of these unprecedented times, Oregonians are finding themselves with little to do at home other than watching television or using their phones. Some people have been thinking about vegetable gardening. It’s a great time to get started, and learning the principles and methods of soil building will help you have success…

CPO 1 News

No meetings scheduled; Gas station in a wetland?; Development news; Board of Commissioners meetings available for live-streaming…

Getting your dose of nature

While being stuck at home is a current necessity for the health and well-being of our community, it can be extremely stressful and boring for many people. Nature lovers everywhere who are now forced to stay inside are restless and getting creative in how they feed their passion…

Pharmacies and other shopping

Most patients can get their prescriptions by mail order, although this may be less flexible and take longer than using a local source. The following local pharmacies offer free prescription delivery or have drive through prescription windows…

It is NORMAL to be anxious

In these times of conflicting and unclear advice about this virus, and as we learn more day to day, we may be able to reduce some of the uncertainty and fear…

Grocery shopping in the virus era

COVID-19 has pushed us to find our new normal. Unfortunately, that means our local grocery stores must accommodate our dramatically changing circumstances as well. Health and safety of shoppers is most important to our grocery stores…

We’re all doing what we can

Once we realized that there would be NO events to list in this month’s paper, I put out a request on our Facebook page to find out what people wanted to read about. A bunch of great suggestions came in, along with some offers to help work on the stories…

Hungry for something different?


Many of our local restaurants are still open for business. Just place your order, pay with a credit card, pick up your meal and enjoy at home. Most of them also offer delivery, either with their own people or through one of the meal delivery services…