County, city declare states of emergency
Marion County joined many other state and local entities, including Woodburn, in declaring an emergency in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.
The declaration announced Monday, March 16, as county officials noted there are currently 39 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Oregon and two in Marion County. The county can now seek state and federal-government resources and implement the county's "Emergency Operations Plan," which provides for emergency purchasing procedures and flexibility in managing staff.
City of Woodburn City Council also gathered in a special session on Monday to declare a state of emergency.
Marion County spokeswoman Jolene Kelley noted that, in part, the emergency declaration reads:
"COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is an emerging disease and its progress is rapidly evolving. Keeping the public informed and as safe as possible has demanded a great deal of local resources. Resources related to contact tracing, disease investigation, community information, funding, and other resources related to the health and safety of the community are expected to be exhausted."
Additionally, the county is canceling gatherings of more than 50 people and remains attentive to social distancing measures as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We appreciate the hard work of our public health professionals and health care providers in our communities who have been working tirelessly to protect the health and well-being of Marion County's residents," Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis said. "This emergency declaration helps us ensure we have the tools needed to respond to our community during this evolving situation."
For county information and updates about COVID-19, visit COVID-19.mchealthy.net. For Woodburn public health information, visit: woodburn-or.gov
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