DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore.— A total of 37 county employees have been temporarily reassigned to work for Douglas County Senior Services.
This move comes after the employees were sent home due to Gov. Kate Brown’s stay at home order.
The employees come from Douglas County Public Works, Fairgrounds and Assessor’s Office.
Most of the volunteers who work in Senior Services are seniors themselves. Officials said they wanted to bring in more help because older people are at higher risk of serious complications from coronavirus.
The employees will be delivering meals to seniors’ homes using minimal contact and door knocks to ensure safety. Officials said they expect to deliver at least 300 to 500 meals a day.
Brenda Mayberry, who was reassigned but normally works at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, said she's having a great time with her new task.
“We get to meet some of our co-workers if you will," said Mayberry. "Just because they work in another department, we all work for the county.”
They said the employees will also help with Senior Services' new “curb service” program. The employees will be handing out hot meals on a drive-up basis.
These meals will be available at all seven senior dining sites in Yoncalla, Glide, Glendale, Sutherlin, Riddle, Winston and Reedsport.