COVID-19 Coronavirus Information from the City of King City
Post Date: 10/08/2020 1:00 PM
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:
The Health Experts
The City of King City is adhering to guidance from health authorities with expertise. Please refer to the health experts below for updated coronavirus data and the latest health and safety guidelines.
- The Oregon Health Authority (OHA)
- The Washington County Department of Health and Human Services
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The World Health Organization (WHO)
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.
Featured Data Report Daily Update (Monday-Friday)
Governor Kate Brown Announces New COVID-19 Rapid Testing Strategy for Oregon
Governor Kate Brown on October 6th announced a plan to deploy a huge influx of rapid COVID-19 tests from the federal government. Oregon will be receiving 60,000 to 80,000 COVID-19 rapid tests per week until the end of the year. The Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests can diagnose cases of COVID-19 in 15 minutes.
“With this increased testing capacity, we hope to be able to diagnose more people quickly so they can get the care they need,” said Governor Brown. “We want to identify more cases of COVID-19 so we can also isolate and quarantine people, helping contain the virus.
“Testing is an excellent tool in giving us a more full picture of where the virus is hiding in our communities. Unfortunately it is not a cure-all or the solution to all of our problems.
“We cannot test our way out of this pandemic.
“Without all the other safety measures we continue to hammer home with you — the physical distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and wearing a mask — testing won’t do anything to stop COVID-19 in our communities. The events at the White House this past week have only reinforced that. We must continue to stay the course to save lives.”
The new tests will be deployed statewide, with a focus first on counties and long-term care facilities that have been affected by wildfire evacuations, putting vulnerable residents and staff at higher risk for COVID-19. Second, the tests will be deployed to outpatient and mobile COVID-19 testing locations, for symptomatic people and their close contacts, whether those contacts are showing symptoms.
Testing will also be prioritized for vulnerable communities, including:
• People from communities that have been hardest hit and most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, communities of color and tribal communities, and people living in congregate care settings.
• People living in places most vulnerable to COVID-19 spread, such as congregate care or living facilities, Department of Corrections facilities, and other community testing locations.
In order to ensure safety for Oregon students, tests also will be distributed to school-based health centers and other health care partners working with K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, to support the testing of symptomatic students and staff, close contacts of cases, and to investigate outbreaks.
The Oregon Health Authority will maintain a strategic reserve of tests to address outbreaks beyond December, in the event the federal government runs low on testing supplies. Health experts have cautioned that antigen tests provide accurate positive results, but that they can produce false negatives for people with COVID-19.
A full transcript of Governor Brown’s remarks is available here.
Reopening Washington County
When will the county apply for Phase 2?
On June 17, Governor Kate Brown announced that Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties will move together as a region for any further reopening progress. This means the earliest our county can enter Phase 2 would have been July 10.
According to Washington County, they are not ready to apply for Phase 2 at this time. Washington County is especially concerned about the increase in cases, and they are watching the data closely and talking with Multnomah and Clackamas counties about their data to determine how and when to apply for Phase 2.
We are all connected, and our individual actions can make a difference for everyone. Until it’s clear the virus is better controlled, we’re asking people to continue to work to slow the spread. Please stay home when sick, keep social gatherings small and outside, maintain at least six feet from others, and wear face coverings.
King City Phase 1 | Effective 6/1/2020 (WA County)
To slow the spread of coronavirus and protect our community members' health, the City of King City is making thoughtful decisions for our facilities. All guests must signing-in at the front counter and adhere to the social distancing requirements. As of July 24, 2020 face coverings are required for everyone age five (5) and up.
City Hall is OPEN with modified hours from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (signing-in at the front counter & social distancing required.)
Police Station is OPEN (signing-in at the front counter & social distancing required)
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.
Many upcoming public meetings will take place virtually via Zoom and are open to the public. Some meeting times may have changed. Please check our Meetings and Events Calendar for the updated schedule and Zoom links.
Please Note: In most cases, written comment can be emailed prior to the meeting. Please check the individual meeting agenda for further direction and email addresses to send a public comment.
Planning Commission Packets:
King City Parks & Rec is following the Statewide Guidance for Outdoor Recreation Organizations:
Maximum Capacity Limit:
More Parks & Recreation
All King City parks and trails will remain open for exercise and walking, but community members should take the need for physical distancing seriously and maintain at least six feet of separation from others.
Washington County is in Phase 1
As of June 1, 2020, Washington County may reopen the following areas, while following the health and safety guidelines. Some of the requirements businesses must follow are included below, but these do not include ALL of the guidelines. Businesses need to follow all of the sector-specific guidance on the governor's website.
Includes limited reopening of personal services like salons and barbers, gyms, and malls, and restaurants and bars open for in-person service until 10pm. Indoor social get-togethers are capped at 10 people with physical distancing. Cultural, civic, and faith gatherings are capped at 25 people with physical distancing for indoors or outdoors.
Restaurants and bars must:
- Ensure tables are spaced at least six feet apart so that at least six feet between parties is maintained, including when customers approach or leave tables
- Require all employees to wear cloth face or disposable coverings (provided by the employer)
- End all on-site consumption of food and drinks by 10 p.m.
Personal care services (salons, barbershops, massage, etc.) must:
- Make appointments with pre-appointment health check
- Maintain a customer log
- Maintain six feet physical distancing between clients
- Remove all magazines, newspapers, snacks and beverages from waiting areas
- Require face coverings by employees and clients (depending on the services provided)
Gyms/ fitness must:
- Limit maximum number of customers accordingly
- Enforce physical distancing & sanitation
Guidance on Gatherings (Updated by OHA on July 24, 2020 - Read the entire guidance here.)
- “Gathering” means a group of individuals meeting for a common purpose including faith-based, civic, cultural and other purposes, indoors or outdoors. A gathering does not include an indoor social get-together. Maximum capacity for Phase 1:
- 50 people indoors
- 50 people outdoors
- “Indoor social get-together” means a group of individuals meeting for a common social or recreational purpose indoors. Indoor social get-togethers include but are not limited to indoor dinner parties, birthday parties, graduation parties, celebrations of any kind, potlucks, book clubs, game nights, and other similar indoor gatherings. Indoor social get-togethers do not include gatherings. Effective July 15, indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people statewide.
Additional information on what can open:
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and credit unions, and gas stations are all open.
- Some outdoor recreation activities are open, including many state parks. Day-use areas that are prone to attracting crowds are to stay closed, including but not limited to playgrounds, picnic shelters/structures, water parks and pools, and sports courts for contact sports like basketball. Details here.
- Non-emergency medical care, dentist offices and veterinary care are open and operating, provided they meet required safety guidelines.
- Child care is open under certain restrictions, with priority placements for children of health care workers, first responders, and frontline workers.
- Public transit is open under certain restrictions, and must be sanitized often and enforce three feet of space between passengers.
- Summer school and camps can open.
- Indoor and outdoor malls can open.
More information about reopening
Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-25 "A Safe and Strong Oregon: Maintaining Essential Health Directives in Response to COVID-19, and Implementing a Phased Approach for Reopening Oregon's Economy." The governor's website is a good source for further information on:
- Reopening Oregon: Details on restarting public life and business
- Prerequisites for phased reopening of Oregon
- The three health signs we must see to reopen Oregon
- Guidance on face coverings
- Guidance that applies statewide immediately for the public and outdoor recreation
- Guidance that applies statewide starting May 15, 2020, for employers and retail stores
- Guidance that applies statewide for child care, summer school/camps/youth activities, and transit
- Guidance that only applies to counties that enter Phases 1 and 2
OHA has created a table that outlines the various phases of reopening.
What about schools?
On July 28, 2020, Governor Kate Brown announced metrics and requirements for schools to reopen in person this fall. More details in OHA's document. OHA lists county-by-county metrics here
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 support, mental health care, eviction protections, and more on our updated COVID-19 Community Resources webpage.
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.
Update from TriMet:
For the latest updates from TriMet, please visit their website https://trimet.org/health/
Updates from King City RideAbout (Community Connectors):
For the latest updates from King City RideAbout, please visit their website https://rideconnection.org/services/community-connectors
Real ID Act Enforcement: Extended to October 1, 2021
Oregonians will need a Real ID card or other federally approved form of identification to board a flight or enter secure federal facilities after October 1, 2021. Standard licenses may still be used to vote, drive, and apply for state and federal benefits.
Real ID Act Information
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security website.
- Visit the Oregon Department of Transportation website for Frequently Asked Questions about Real IDs in Oregon.
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 Newsroom
Watch the July 28, 2020 Press Conference Phase 2 Update
Please note that not all executive orders and press releases are below please go to the State of Oregon News page above.
Read the full text of the Governor's Executive Orders related to coronavirus.
Read the full text of all of the Governor' sPress Releases to COVID-19.
Executive Order 20-30
July 30, 2020
Executive Order 20-28
July 28, 2020
Metrics set strict health and safety standards for in-person instruction, with accommodations for young learners, remote and rural schools
July 23, 2020
Task Force discussed law enforcement officer training, diversity of trainers and staff
Executive Order 20-27
June 17, 2020
Press availability scheduled for 11 am, Thursday, June 18
Executive Order 20-25
June 16, 2020
Executive Order 20-24
June 11, 2020
Cites increase in COVID-19 cases in both rural and urban communities
June 10, 2020
Council will advise equitable and safe return to school for Oregon students
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.
- What are the recommendations for long-term care facilities?
- What are the recommendations for home care providers?
- What are the precautions recommended for seniors?
- How can I find which long-term care facilities are accepting new residents?
- How can I avoid coronavirus-related scams?
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+
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.
Other Ways to Stay Informed
- Read OHA's answers to frequently asked questions.
- Ask general questions about coronavirus by dialing 2-1-1.
- You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 11 pm, for answers to your basic COVID-19 questions, or visit www.211info.org.
- Sign up online with the Oregon Health Authority.
- Receive coronavirus updates through e-mail or text message.
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, click here. This page provides information about resources for businesses affected by COVID-19. Learn more about resources for business.
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.
Watch these videos from the Gov. Kate Brown
Press Briefing with Gov Kate Brown, July 28, 2020
Oregon Moves into Phase 2 - Explained
Watch these videos from the Oregon Health Authority
How to Protect Yourself Against COVID-19
When to Seek Treatment
COVID-19: Learn the Facts