Letters to the Editor
First, I need to say that I so enjoy receiving the Woodburn Independent newspaper. So much good information, and I appreciate the update articles on the COVID-19 virus.
Recently I had found that the police log news for Woodburn had not been in the paper for a couple weeks, or if it was, I missed it. I called into the Independent and told them of my concern. Lo and behold, this week's paper had the Woodburn police news reported in full. Thank you.
We seniors like to keep up with the police news in order to feel safer and to know our police department is taking care of our community.
As I was thumbing through the newspaper, I came across a great story about the Newberg Meals on Wheels. A large photo accompanied the article. I was immediately impressed with the story and photo of the Meals on Wheels and that they had continued their meal services. I was most impressed with the photo of Stephanie Meyer and the service hours she was obviously putting in with her preparation of weekend frozen dinners.
However, I was also alarmed that Ms. Meyer seemed to not be wearing a mask, nor was she wearing surgical gloes while handling the dinner packets in (closed containers).
Due to the COVID-19 virus, wouldn't one think that the wearing of a mask and surgical gloves would be a priority in the food business?
I hope this reminder to wear masks and surgical gloves when working in the food business helps our Woodburn community to rid ourselves of any further outbreaks of the virus.
I understand from past news articles nationally that they didn't think the virus could be passed to others from ledges, counters and other fixtures, or food. However, in last night's news, it reported they have found it can be spread from someone coughing or spewing the virus on ledges and counters and perhaps other surfaces. Will they soon be reporting that the virus can, indeed, be spread in food?
Meals on Wheels — you get praise for doing a great job in continuing your food service. Let's do an even better job by having your service workers take the necessary precautions of wearing masks and gloves, and perhaps hair nets.
Kudos to the Meals on Wheals.
Editor's note: With the combined Woodburn, Canby, Molalla and Newberg police and fire reports, there are too many to be printed each week. For full police reports from each community, check out the websites for the Woodburn Independent, Canby Herald, Molalla Pioneer and Newberg Graphic.
Too many questions, not enough answers or transparency in COVID Isolation Center
Super 8 by Wyndham Woodburn hotel is being converted to a quarantine site for COVID-19 positive patients, including, but not limited to, homeless people and parolees. Most patients, most likely, will not have health insurance. They will need the services of, at the very least, Marion County Health department, Marion County Mental Health department and the Oregon Health Authority. Some patients will eventually need to be transported to a hospital. None of these services are located in Woodburn. So I'm confused. Why a quarantine site in Woodburn?
The patients will need to stay in quarantine. What guarantee is there they will stay in quarantine? According to the county, the patients will have to sign a Standards of Conduct Agreement. What happens when they don't follow the agreement? Can they legally be "kept" in quarantine? I don't think so. I think that if they chose to leave, they can't be stopped. I don't think there is a law, which forces people to be quarantined. And if there is a law, who does the keeping? Would they be locked in their rooms or would there be a guard outside their door? Who would the guard be?
This quarantine site has been quite a surprise to the City of Woodburn and its residents, especially the residents of the very large retirement community, Senior Estates, which is within blocks of the hotel, Panor, a retirement apartment building across the street from the hotel, Silver Falls retirement community across the street from the hotel and French Prairie nursing home, one block from the hotel. Two more blocks from the hotel is Country Meadows retirement community. Did the county forget who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 or did the county not know these residential locations? Did the county forget nursing homes, retirement centers, assisted living, etc., are getting ready to open to visitors?
I can understand the owner of Super 8 needing to pay the bills and this being one way to do it in this time of COVID. I don't understand the complete secrecy that went into Marion County government's planning and decision-making for a county city. There was a deliberate choice to have a complete lack of transparency. Might the City of Woodburn, Woodburn Police Department, Woodburn Fire Department and Woodburn Ambulance Service, etc., have been brought in at the beginning, especially since all these services will be the ones responding, when someone at the hotel dials 911? For sure, Marion County Commissioners will not be the ones responding to 911. What choices do the people that keep Woodburn functioning actually get to make about our city?
There are 36 county governments in Oregon. We can probably count on more surprises.
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