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Measles diagnosed in local child who traveled overseas

Local health officials have learned of a case of measles in an unimmunized infant who recently visited overseas. The child passed briefly through the Portland International Airport on Monday evening, March 24, 2014 and was subsequently diagnosed at a local primary care clinic

Social Security Administration announces Safety Net clients will get April benefits on time

Stanley Friendship, regional commissioner for the Social Security Administration, said former Safety Net clients will get their April checks on time. In a statement released late Friday, March 28, 2014, Friendship said: “The Social Security Administration is working around the clock and through the weekend to ensure that beneficiaries receive their April payments in full and on time. The agency is currently transferring former Safety Net clients who have not yet selected a new representative payee to Share and Care."

College to County Mentorship Program searches for next generation of Multnomah County's workforce

County to College Mentorship Program job fair College students interested in providing services in Multnomah County learned about internship and mentorship opportunities available to them during a recent orientation and meet-and-greet with county staff. 

Consumer alert: Safety Net of Oregon clients must sign up for new payee to avoid lapse in benefits

Multnomah County residents who receive their Social Security checks through Safety Net of Oregon are being asked to call 800-772-1213 to arrange a new payee. If you are a Safety Net of Oregon client, you must arrange a new payee or you will not receive your April check.

CDC confirms Central Catholic student died of meningococcal bloodstream infection

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported late Friday that Central Catholic High student Jacob Parkhurst died of meningococcal disease.

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About Multnomah County

Population: Approximately 748,000 residents (the most populous of Oregon's 36 counties)

Geography: 465 square miles (the smallest of Oregon's counties)

Cities: Fairview, Gresham, Maywood Park, Portland, Troutdale, Wood Village

County Employees: About 5,600 people.

Functions: Services for seniors and disabled people, animal services, assessment and taxation, bridges, community justice, courts, elections, health, jails, libraries, marriage licenses and passports, school and community partnerships.

Elected officials: Four commissioners elected to the board by district. Elected countywide are a board chair, sheriff, district attorney and auditor.

Weekly board meetings: At 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, first-floor board room, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. 

County History: Created on Dec22, 1854 and named after native people in the region.