As part of OPB’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, reporters and photographers are capturing “Postcards from the Pandemic” to document the lived experience of people in the Northwest during this historic and unusual time. 

With Oregon’s stay-at-home order nearing three months, many who have been quarantined alone are close to forgetting what hugging feels like. Portland writer Jordan Hernandez is finding ways to cope with being sealed off from human contact for as long as she has.

Hernandez regularly writes and contributes to various publications, both in print and online. She is currently working on completing her first collection of poetry and essays, and can always be found standing next to the cheese at any party.

If you or someone you know is in need of extra support during these times of physical distancing, help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK is a free service, available 24 hours a day. 

We want to hear about your experience right now, too. You can send us a voice memo. Email And be sure to include your phone number.