Quarantine Fund FAQ
The Quarantine Fund provides financial support of up to $ 1,290 to farmworkers who have been exposed to COVID-19 at work or at home and who quarantine for 3 weeks (21 days).
- All Oregon agricultural worker, 18 years of age or older;
- Has had exposure to COVID-19 for which self-quarantining is recommended (a) was in contact with someone that tested positive for COVID-19 in the workplace; (b) tested positive for COVID-19; (c) lived in close proximity to other household members that are COVID-19 positive; or (d) have been contact traced.
- Is practicing self-quarantining; and
- Is seeking health care assistance during the period of self-quarantine.
- For the WRQF, an agricultural worker is an individual currently working for a wage in Oregon in an activity related to agriculture, farming, fishing, treeplanting, tree harvesting, dairy, ranching, food processing, canning, slaughtering, packaging, butchering, or nursery work.
- No. The fund is administered by community-based partners. The program is supported with public dollars and working in collaboration with the State of Oregon and the Office of the Governor.
- The Oregon Worker Relief Fund and the Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund are related funds. They are both administered by the Oregon Worker Relief Coalition. The Oregon Worker Relief Fund (OWRF) provides temporary aid to undocumented immigrants who lost their wage because of the pandemic. The Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund (OWQF) provides temporary aid to agricultural workers who undertake self-quarantining while seeking medical assistance because of a possible COVID-19 exposure. For more information go to www.WorkerRelief.org.
- No. This fund is available for employees not employers; an employer is not required to register and cannot apply for the fund. An employer cannot apply on behalf of an employee.
- All applicants must present a form of identification that has your photo, and should have a mobile phone. Applicants should be prepared to answer questions about their residence, work, household, and the impact of the pandemic on them.
- Yes. The fund is available regardless of federal immigration status.
- For each week of self-quarantine, the fund provides a maximum of $430. An applicant may be eligible for up to two weeks of aid from the quarantine fund per application. For additional self-care quarantine assistance, workers must meet qualifying criteria, to be eligible to reapply. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. (First time applicants may be given priority)
- Navigating Community Organization will assist applicants over the phone, by video, or other means provided it is done in compliance with the Governor’s social distancing guidelines. There are 20 Navigating Community Organizations throughout Oregon who can assist in making an application. Applications are processed through the Oregon Worker Relief Coalition generally within 10-14 days.
- No. Beneficiaries must practice self-quarantine and should follow public health recommendations and any individual health care instruction provided by their doctor or medical professional. OHA defines people in quarantine as staying away from other people for a time when they may become sick with an infection, even if they have no symptoms. Individuals who return/or may have been in contact with areas where COVID-19 is widespread in communities and for people who have been in close, prolonged contact with someone ill with COVID-19.
Individuals who return/or may have been in contact with areas where COVID-19 is widespread in communities and for people who have been in close, prolonged contact with someone ill with COVID-19. Quarantine plan includes doing the following for the 3 weeks (21 days) after the most recent exposure:
- Checking one’s temperature twice a day.
- Avoiding places where many people gather, including stores, workplaces, and schools.
- Staying off transportation like planes, trains, and buses.
- Contacting one’s healthcare provider promptly if fever, cough, or trouble breathing develop.