Oregon City's Commissioners have declared a local state of emergency on March 27, 2020 which takes effect immediately.
Taking this action allows City staff greater flexibility to address the hazards posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is not a "public health emergency" declaration, this is to facilitate more expedient coordination with other public agencies and quicker deployment of resources needed to safeguard the Oregon City community.
The state of emergency declaration provides staff with latitude to coordinate an effective response by redirecting funding for emergency use as needed, implementing mutual aid agreements with other public agencies and suspending standard procurement procedures.
Additionally, the designation aides the City's efforts when requesting assistance and/or reimbursement for expenditures related to COVID-19 response.
The declaration, set to expire on May 7, 2020, may be renewed if necessary. The City will utilize communication channels to notify the community of any additional changes in programs and activities as they occur.
General questions about COVID-19 may be answered by calling 2-1-1. Questions about specific medical needs should be directed to health care providers.
For more on the City's response to COVID-19, click here.