It's official. Canby is in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joining Clackamas County and the State of Oregon, which have already declared a state of emergency, Canby Mayor Brian Hodson signed the Declaration of State of Emergency for the City of Canby on Tuesday, March 17 at 5:34 p.m., effective until June 30.
There are zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canby, according to Hodson. He said the declaration is for precautionary measures only.
"I want to be in a position of being proactive, not reactionary," Hodson said in a statement he released Wednesday. "If this virus spreads and if we need access to additional support, we are closer to the front of the line to receive these."
The declaration allows the mayor and city staff greater flexibility to quickly address hazards posed by COVID-19 and to access resources, Hodson said. It also allows the city and first responders to request assistance and/or reimbursement for expenditures having to do with the virus and to modify emergency responders' work schedules to meet reduced staffing or increased emergency responses due to the virus.
The decision came after a series of meetings Hodson had with Canby Fire Chief Jim Davis, Interim City Manager Amanda Zeiber, Canby Police Lieutenant Jorge Tro and Council President Tim Dale.
To continue to keep Canby clear of COVID-19, the mayor encourages everyone to stay in place as much as possible.
"Take care of yourselves and the people around you," he said. "I am confident that by all of us taking these measures and others, we will come through this much better than if we do not take these precautionary measures."
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