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COVID-19 Coronavirus Information from the City of King City

Post Date: 5/7/2020 10:25 P.M.

This webpage will be updated as more information is available. 

Coronavirus Information and Impacts

The health and well-being of our community members, employees, businesses, and partners are our top priority. As part of our preparedness efforts, the City of King City is adhering to guidance from health authorities with expertise. Please utilize these health experts for accurate and up to date coronavirus information:

We appreciate everyone's efforts to stay informed and to help reduce the spread of the virus. These health organizations have stated that the key is to prepare, not panic.


Supporting Our Community

The City of King City recognizes the unique and diverse needs of our community members during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Find information and resources for health care and food access, reporting hate crimes and discrimination, domestic violence crisis supportmental health care, eviction protections, and more on our updated COVID-19 Community Resources webpage.

COVID-19 Stigma
A person’s ethnicity, language, or association with a country or region is not a risk factor for this virus. If you feel you have experienced or witnessed discrimination motivated by race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity, contact the Oregon Department of Justice by filing a report online or by calling 1-844-924-2427. 


City of King City Facility Closures Will Continue into May

Essential City services will continue, and the City will provide the next update on facility impacts by Monday, May 18. Read the latest closure announcement for more information.

Our Police officers continue to respond to all emergency calls, but there are additional 9-1-1 call-taking protocols and modified patient evaluation procedures to maintain distance and limit exposure. We are in constant communication with other local and state health agencies.


Formally Declaring a State of Emergency

The City Council has formally declared a state of emergency for the City of King City as a precautionary measure to provide the City with increased flexibility in terms of resources, purchasing, and emergency response options for the coronavirus. The declaration enables the City and staff to be in the best position to serve the community where needed most. Other cities in the region are considering or planning to take similar action.

The City Council voted to ratify this declaration on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Update from TriMet:
For the latest updates from TriMet please visit their website https://trimet.org/health/


Update’s from the Governor's Office

Below are a few highlights from the Governor’s Office this includes statements and directives by Governor Brown. To see the full list of statements and directives, please go to the State of Oregon news page.

Watch the Governor's 
May 1 News Conference.

Executive Orders

Read the full text of the Governor’s Executive Orders related to coronavirus. 


Press Releases

Read the full text of all of the Governor’sPress Releases to COVID-19.

 
   

May 07, 2020

Governor Kate Brown Releases Plan for Rebuilding a Safe and Strong Oregon
Phased approach for counties and businesses emphasizes data, safety, and physical distancing

   
Executive Order 20-24
Extending COVID-19 state of emergency from 20-03
 May 05, 2020
   
Executive Order 20-22
Allowing non-urgent medical procedures
 
May 01, 2020
Governor Kate Brown Announces COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing Plans for Reopening Oregon
   
Executive Order 20-20 
Extending K-12 closures for remainder of school year
 

April 27, 2020
Colorado and Nevada Join California, Oregon, and Washington in Western States Pact
Western States Governors: Health outcomes and science – not politics – will guide decisions to modify stay at home orders

   
 Executive Order 20-19
Extending restrictions on childcare facilities from 20-12
 

April 24, 2020
Governor Kate Brown Statement on Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidelines

   
 Executive Order 20-18 
Protecting Recovery Rebates from Garnishments
 

April 24, 2020
Governor Kate Brown Announces First Oregon Walgreens Rapid COVID-19 Testing Location
Drive-through testing available by appointment only after online health assessment

   
Executive Order 20-17
Extending Higher Ed Closure

April 07, 2020
Governor Kate Brown Statement on Wearing Homemade Masks in Public

   
Executive Order 20-16
Keeping Local Government Working

     
Executive Order 20-13
Strengthening Eviction Protections

     
Executive Order 20-12
Stay Home, Save Lives

     
Executive Order 20-11
Eviction moratorium

     
Executive Order 20-07
Limiting gatherings to 25 people; prohibiting dine-in

     
Executive Order 20-05
Prohibiting large gatherings

     
Executive Order 20-03
Declaration of emergency due to COVID-19

     





For Seniors
Oregonians who are 65+ are in a higher-risk group and need to take increased precautions to avoid COVID-19. Find recommendations here for senior care providers as well.

 Senior/Vulnerable Population Shopping Hours (WA County)
Albertsons: Every Tuesday & Thursday 7-9 am
Costco: Tuesdays and Thursday 8-9 am
Fred Meyers: Monday thru Thursday 7–8 am
New Seasons: 8:00am-9:00am with Senior discount
Safeway: Every Tuesday & Thursday from 7-9 am
Target: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1st hour - 65 years old, pregnant women or those defined by the CDC as vulnerable or at-risk.
Trader Joes: First hour every day
Walgreens: Every Tuesday first hour (9 am)
Walmart: One hour early on TuesdaysWhole Foods: Open one hour prior to opening hours for 60+ 

Senior connection:
Oregon Senior Peer Outreach, a program of Community Counseling Solutions, has launched "Senior Connection," a free program to keep Washington County older adults connected while they stay at home. Certified peer support specialists trained to work with older adults make friendly calls to listen and provide support weekly or more often upon request. Call 1-833-736-4676 to sign-up for this free program.



Current Closures, Cancellations, and Postponements in King City

City facility closures
To slow the spread of coronavirus and protect our community members' health, the City of King City is making thoughtful decisions to close these facilities beginning Sunday, March 15:

  • City Hall – includes the following counters:
    • Passport Counter closed through Wednesday, May 25th.
      The passport office is currently closed and will not be accepting application until further notice.

      Per the U.S. Department of State website as of May 4, 2020 

      If you are thinking about applying for or renewing a U.S. passport now for international travel, please read the Department of State's current international travel advisory. Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has extremely limited U.S. passport operations.

      If you apply or renew now, you will experience significant delays of several months to receive your U.S. passport and the return of your citizenship evidence documents (such as birth certificates or naturalization certificates). Unless you have a life-or-death emergency, please wait until the U.S. Department of State to resume normal operations to apply for or renew your passport.

      Learn more about the U.S. Department of State  COVID-19 Update page and their Frequently Asked Questions page.               

    • *Permit Counter closed through May 25thServices are available by phone and online only.
    • *Parking Permits are closed through May 25th.
    • *Business Licenses Counter closed through May 25thServices are available by phone and online only.
    • *Court Room and Counter closed through June 1. Handle your case by email (swiley@ci.kingcity.or.us) and by calling (503)620-6444.) Include the following information:
      • Citation and or T Number;
      • Name on the citation;
      • Contact information;
      • Assigned court date on the bottom of the ticket.
      • *Police Records counter is closed through May 25thLimited staff is available for records requests by calls and e-mails. (503)620-8851 or swiley@ci.king-city.or.us

If your court date was scheduled for May, or previously cancelled due to COVID-19, please contact the court as soon as possible to discuss your options.
 


  • Play structures and Basketball Courts are CLOSED until further notice.
  • To meet a State Order from Governor Kate Brown on Social Distancing, all City of King City play structures are closed. Effective immediately, play structures, including basketball courts, are closed to the public. While this was a difficult decision, our top priority is the health and safety of the community. You can help by telling your friends and neighbors about the play structures and basketball court closure. It's crucial that we avoid congregating during this unprecedented period of time.

These facilities will remain closed through Monday, May 25th, 2020. 
City staff will reevaluate the situation on Monday, May 18, and update the community on a timeline for reopening the facilities.

Program and activity cancellations:
These programs and activities are canceled as of Saturday, March 14:

  • All meeting room and study room reservations — CANCELED until further notice
  • All Parks & Recreation programs, classes, concerts, leagues, facility rentals, events, and public meetings — CANCELED until further notice* (*will be reevaluated by Monday, May 18, 2020 and may be extended)
  • Programs and events over 250 people are CANCELED until further notice in accordance with the state mandate.
  • All events are CANCELED until further notice
  • All public ride-along with King City Police, — CANCELED until further notice
  • Intern Program – SUSPENDED until further notice

Public meeting cancellations

  • All-City in-person meetings (including council meetings) - CANCELED until May 25th, 2020 (most meetings can be done over the phone, webinar, or e-mail.)

Public Meetings through Zoom
Councilors, Commissioners, and Committee members will be calling into the meetings via conference calls until further notice.  Members of the public will be able to listen to the meeting on the teleconference line or watch the meeting via video link. Minimal staff will be in the City Hall Conference Room, 15300 SW 116th Ave, King City, Oregon 97224. To avoid the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus members of the public will not be allowed in the room.  The packets can be found online at:

City Council packets (including the Budget Committee):
http://www.ci.king-city.or.us/government/mayor_and_council/agendas_and_minutes.php# or

Planning Commission Packets:
http://www.ci.king-city.or.us/departments/planning_commission/planning_commission_agenda_and_minutes.php#

The City has taken steps to utilize current technology to make meetings available to the public without increasing the risk of exposure. The public can participate by emailing public comments to City Recorder at rsmith@ci.king-city.or.us or leaving a voicemail that can be played during the meeting. The audio recording of the meeting will be posted to the City website the day following the meeting.

The links, phone numbers, passcodes will be emailed to the general public that has signed up for notification alerts. This information will also be posted on the calendar:

Sign up for Notice alerts:
http://www.ci.king-city.or.us/connect/index.php

Calendar:
http://www.ci.king-city.or.us/calendar.php

We will continue monitoring for updates on local COVID-19 cases.


 City of King City Taking Precautions:

  • As proactive steps to ensure the well-being of our community, King City has decided to reschedule or cancel events, services, and in-person meetings, effective immediately (this also included Passport, Court, and permit services:)
  • The City of King City buildings will be CLOSED to the public.
  • Play structures and Basketball Courts are CLOSED until further notice.
  • To meet a State Order from Governor Kate Brown on Social Distancing, all City of King City play structures are closed. Effective immediately, play structures, including basketball courts, are closed to the public. While this was a difficult decision, our top priority is the health and safety of the community. You can help by telling your friends and neighbors about the play structures and basketball courts closure. It's crucial that we avoid congregating during this unprecedented period of time.
  • Staff will be working remotely in an effort to protect everyone's health.
  • Signs have been posted in all City buildings encouraging staff to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Signs have been posted to use Sanitizer once entering and exiting the City Hall.
  • Cleaning frequency in high-traffic areas, such as public bathrooms, has increased.
  • The City Hall has removed small toys from public areas.

The City has canceled all events in the City that are scheduled until May 25, 2020. Beyond that, effective immediately, the city hall will be closed to all outside visitors. Staff will be available via phone and e-mail to answer any questions that you may have.

We've launched this webpage for Coronavirus Prevention to serve as one-stop shopping for the latest news and information.

Americans over the age of 60 and those with underlying health issues are urged to take precautions, including social distancing. City staff remain in contact with public health agencies and are planning for the continuation of City services in the event that further cancellation of events and programs are necessary.

CDC Link: Older People & People with Chronic Diseases at Higher Risk

Other Ways to Stay Informed

What to Do Right Now

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (3 feet)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with you sleeve
  • Wash your hands and stay home when you're sick – worth repeating
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Consult CDC's travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.

Resources For Business
For information and resources for business, please go to the following links. This page provides information about resources for businesses affected by COVID-19.

Resources for Nonprofits
Oregon has adopted temporary changes to Child Care Rules in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Oregon Community Recovery Grant

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding has been retooled to help respond to the spread of infectious disease. Grantees may use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for a range of eligible activities that prevent and respond to the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Grantees should coordinate with local health authorities before undertaking any activity to support state or local pandemic response.

For more information view the Quick Guide CDBG Infectious Disease Response PDF.

Greater Portland Inc.
https://greaterportlandinc.com/covid-business-resources

Small Business Administration (SBA)
https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/sba-provide-disaster-assistance-loans-small-businesses-impacted-coronavirus-covid-19

COVID-19 Related Business Layoffs, Closures, and Unemployment Insurance Benefits https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Pages/COVID-19.aspx

 For a larger list of business resources, please click here to be directed to the King City Website:

Questions for Us
Have a question about COVID-19 for the City of King City?  Visit our Questions and Answers webpage or email the City of King City and we'll respond as soon as possible.


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