We are trying to to assist in keeping our community informed with the most current information about the pandemic that has swept the face of the world.
VJ Books is located in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Even though our state has one of the lowest number of COVID-19 cases, Oregon's governor has strongly urged us to shelter in place. Oregon is sandwiched between two states hit hardest by the pandemic, Washington and California.
Washington has one of the highest mortality rates and California governor Newsom says California is unlikely to reopen by early April. Just a few hours ago it was reported that there are 2,628 confirmed cases in California (up 17.1% from Monday), including 1023 in the San Francisco (up 15.5% from Monday).
While social distancing and isolation are good for public health during the coronavirus outbreak, the practices are negatively impacting small businesses across the nation. I have learned of dozens of independent bookstores that are now closed. More are closing by the hour. Some are trying to move to online sales, but many don't even have functional websites. Most events have been cancelled.