Columbia Gorge Discovery Center emergency shelter

A tent in the parking lot of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center provided by Oregon Department of Human Services served as an emergency quarantine shelter over the holidays for houseless individuals who had tested positive for COVID.

Gorge hospitals at capacity as new year begins

A lack of mental health care options, an outbreak of COVID infections among the houseless and severe winter weather coalesced over the holidays into a perfect storm as Wasco County health officers and emergency managers sought to find a way to provide safe quarantine shelter for a handful of men who could not otherwise be housed.