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SHIBA program offers answers, county clerk's office open by appointment, youth center closed

Virus pandemic and Medicare questions: Where to seek help?

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program is offering advice via phone appointments for people with questions about Medicare and the COVID-19 pandemic. For a phone appointment, call 1-800-722-4134 and talk to a certified Medicare counselor.

The program is managed by Northwest Senior and Disability Services, which has offices in Yamhill, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Clatsop counties.

County clerk's office open, but only for in-person visits by appointment

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Yamhill County Clerk's Office has reduced its services to "critical transactions" in person and by appointment only.

"These transactions will be for those customers displaying no signs of illness," a release from the office said.

While the office will continue recording documenting, issuing marriage licenses, processing passport applications and conducting voter registration services, they must done electronically, by fax or through the mail.

County Clerk Brian Van Bergen said in the release that e-recording is the best option for many transactions and is available through a service provider and available in all of Oregon's 36 counties. E-recording contractors include: Simplifile ( HYPERLINK "http://www.simplifile.com" www.simplifile.com), CSC ( HYPERLINK "http://www.erecording.com" www.erecording.com), Indecomm Global Services ( HYPERLINK "http://www.inteledocdirect.net" www.inteledocdirect.net) and EPN ( HYPERLINK "http://www.erecordingpartners.net" www.erecordingpartners.net).

For more information about services at the clerk's office, call 5043-434-7518 or visit www.co.yamhill.or.us/clerk.

Youth Outreach Drop-in center closed until further notice

Due to state and federal guidelines, the Youth Outreach Drop-In Center in Newberg will be closed until further notice, officials said last week.

The county organization responsible for the center has created a texting line at 971-237-7059 for youths to arrange appointments for services. The main phone line of the drop-in center is 503-538-8023 for more questions.


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