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The community has the highest median age in the region. City officials are taking precautions.

PMG PHOTO: JON HOUSE - King City Mayor Ken Gibson speaks at a January event in Tigard.King City has updated the city website to alert residents to the growing concern over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

According to the city website, King City is working with the Washington County Health Department, state of Oregon and Centers for Disease Control to provide up-to-date reliable information on the coronavirus and its potential impact to the community.

The website states, "As part of our preparedness efforts, the city of King City is adhering to guidance from health authorities with expertise."

Noting that the "health and well-being of our community members, employees, businesses and partners are our top priority," the city is suggesting citizens keep up to date by visiting the websites of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

King City has posted the latest cancellations and postponements.

• City Hall is temporarily closed to outside visitors, effective March 13.

• No large events are scheduled until after April 8.

• All public ride-alongs with King City Police cancelled until April 8.

• A 5K Run, King City Kicks Cancer, scheduled for King City Community Park April 25, has been canceled. The race will become a "virtual race."

• The intern program has been suspended.

In addition, King City has cancelled all events in the city where more than 250 people are scheduled to attend.

The website continues, "City employees will continue to follow CDC recommendations, such as providing enhanced cleaning and sanitation of city facilities, providing hand sanitizer and limiting the sharing of objects, items and toys."

King City was founded in the 1960s as a 55-and-older community. While the city's population now includes many younger individuals and families, it still has the oldest median population in the region at 59, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Experts say older adults have a higher risk of complications from COVID-19. Severe cases may require hospitalization.

More information on King City's preparations is available by visiting the city website. The city is expected to update the webpage when additional information is available.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to note that City Hall has also been closed to visitors as of Friday, March 13.


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