Since it arrived in Oregon in 2020, COVID-19 has impacted countless citizens, from those who have gotten sick to those who have lost work. The full impact remains unseen, and even with vaccination numbers rising, the situation is still dire: Hundreds of new cases in Multnomah County each day, debt skyrocketing among business owners and renters. The food industry — a huge facet of Portland’s identity, and the leading industry within the state — has struggled in particular, with restaurants and bars shut down for months, restaurant owners grappling with the decision to reopen, and cases still looming large.
With this new surge of unemployment over the last
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