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CAUTION: When seeking information on the Coronavirus, please be careful if any website asks you to download and/or install an app for use. Unfortunately, online scammers don't take breaks and are using this situation in an attempt to install viruses and malware on your devices. Factual data can be obtained both here and via authorized sites listed below, which include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


At this time, the U.S. government has not issued any guidance regarding travel and/or meetings in Oregon or the rest of the U.S.


Please continue to check with the CDC for information regarding countries that have travel restrictions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking the following precautions to stay healthy:


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (If soap is unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you’re sick to avoid infecting others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning spray or wipe.
  • For general questions about the Coronavirus, please refer to OHA or CDC websites. If you still have general questions, call 2-1-1.


  • Santiam Hospital has launched a COVID-19 HelpLine, staffed by a team of their very own, knowledgeable Registered Nurses. Their team of RNs is ready to field all of patients’ COVID-19 related questions. You can reach the HelpLine by calling (503) 769-1999 and is open 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


  • If you become ill and think you might have the flu, please call your healthcare provider or an urgent care clinic directly. They can advise on the action you need to take.


  • Only call 9-1-1 if you have emergency symptoms such as extreme difficulty breathing, chest pains or other emergent illness. Please call your healthcare provider or urgent care clinic if you have flu like symptoms for directions.

Latest News and Updates

Governor Kate Brown Extends Coronavirus School Closures Through End of School Year

In light of the necessity to continue social distancing measures during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, particularly her Stay Home, Save Lives order, Governor Kate Brown today announced she is extending Oregon’s physical closures for the K-12 and post-secondary education systems through the end of the current academic term and school year. She directed school districts, community colleges, and universities to complete the final weeks of the regular academic year by continuing distance learning and support to students.


“We have Oregon’s students at the forefront of every decision we make about education,” said Governor Brown. “Their health, happiness, and safety is our priority. The best thing we can do for the health of our children, and for the thousands of educators across the state, is to give everyone certainty by announcing the decision today to close in-person classes for the remainder of the school year. School, and learning, will continue as best as we can using remote means.”


Recognizing that physical closures of schools under unprecedented circumstances impact Oregon’s high school seniors in particular, the Oregon Department of Education today released new guidance for pathways for seniors to graduate.


A full transcript of the Governor’s written remarks is available here.


View the Governor’s press conference livestream video here.

Governor Kate Brown Statement on Wearing Homemade Masks in Public

Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement today on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new guidance regarding the use of cloth, homemade masks in public:


“This is a rapidly-evolving situation, and each day we learn more about this virus,” said Governor Brown. “Early in this pandemic, health experts advised that masks were not an effective way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Now, the CDC has updated their guidance regarding the use of cloth, homemade masks in public: they now say that wearing cloth masks in public places like grocery stores can help prevent those who are sick––particularly unknowingly infected, asymptomatic people––from spreading the virus further.


“That last point is a very important detail: wearing a cloth mask may not keep you from getting sick, but it can help you prevent spreading the virus to others.


“The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to keep following the strict social distancing guidelines we put in place early in our outbreak. Staying home is saving lives in Oregon. When you’re in public for essential activities like grocery shopping, stay six feet away from other people. Continue to wash your hands and properly cover your coughs and sneezes. I know this hasn’t been easy, and I appreciate the sacrifices Oregonians have made. The Oregon Health Authority's projections for the outbreak in Oregon indicate that the social distancing measures we've put into place may be working to stop the spread of the virus, and we must stay the course.


“Like every other strategy we have used to address this crisis, wearing homemade masks will only be effective if we all work together. Continue to stay home to the maximum extent possible, and add wearing a homemade mask to the list of precautions you are practicing when you go out in public. Make sure you are still abiding by all the social distancing measures we have in place. And, please only wear homemade masks, not medical masks that are desperately needed by our frontline health care workers treating COVID-19 patients.


“We are all in this together. So, let’s do everything we can to help those on the front lines of this fight.”


Additional guidance is available from the CDC and the Oregon Health Authority.

Stayton City Council Meeting - How to View & Provide Public Comment


We request all citizens that are able, to view the City Council meeting from home via the City of Stayton’s live stream on YouTube. The City is using technology to make meetings available to the public without increasing the risk of exposure. 


Please use the following option to view the meeting:



To maintain compliance with public meeting laws, a limited number of chairs will be provided in the building for citizens to listen to the meeting; however, social distancing is essential in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and no more than 10 people total will be allowed in the building at one time. City officials strongly encourage all citizens to utilize YouTube to view the Council meeting rather than attending in person.


Supplemental Budget Public Hearing


If you wish to testify as part of the 2019-20 FY Supplemental Budget Public Hearing, please read the following:


  • Written Testimony: It is strongly encouraged that interested parties provide testimony in writing prior to the meeting and abstain from attending the meeting in person. Written testimony submitted at least two hours prior to the meeting start time will be provided to the public body in advance of the meeting. Testimony can be provided in the manner dictated for each individual public body. Submit your written testimony to cityofstayton@ci.stayton.or.us.


  • Conference Call: Should it be necessary to provide verbal testimony, it is recommended that interested parties participate via an established City conference call line. Parties interested in participating in this manner shall contact City staff at least two hours prior to the meeting start time with their name, address, and phone number they will be calling from. Contact staff at cityofstayton@ci.stayton.or.us.


  • Participate in Person: Although it is strongly encouraged that people not attend the meeting in person, the opportunity will still exist to participate in the meeting at a designated meeting location. The method of this participation may include in person public testimony, access to a phone to call into meeting via a conference call line, or other available public testimony method as allowed by the Oregon State Public Meetings law. Please note that in person meeting attendance will be subject to applicable regulations in place at the time of the meeting and are subject to change.


All other public comment will be accepted as follows:


  • Public Comment on Items not on the Agenda: There will be no verbal public comment. All parties interested in providing general public comments may email the comments to cityofstayton@ci.stayton.or.us and they will be distributed to the City Council.


  • Public Comments on Action Items: There will be no verbal public comment on action items. All parties interested in providing public comments on action items may do so in written form. Written comments should be submitted to cityofstayton@ci.stayton.or.us. Comments received at least two hours prior to the meeting start time will be provided to the City Council in advance of the meeting.

Paycheck Protection Program - Now Available

The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to help small businesses, nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, and tribal businesses with fewer than 500 employees -- as well as sole proprietors, self-employed Oregonians, and independent contractors -- cover payroll and operational costs by awarding them with fully forgivable loans.


The program is officially live and accepting applications now. 

Business, Worker, and Unemployment Resources

Below are resources that have been shared with us that you may find helpful:


Business Resources


  • The State of Oregon has a Work Share Program that can help businesses avoid layoffs by retaining employees who have seen reduced hours due to COVID-19. The program is available to businesses with three or more employees.

  • The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services released answers to frequently asked questions regarding financial services provisions in the CARES Act.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration provides a summary of the four primary relief options for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, SBA Debt Relief and Express Bridge Loans.

  • Oregon’s agricultural producers can now apply for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program. The federal program is part of the recently passed CARES Act. It offers loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Producers should contact the Small Business Administration district office at (503) 326-2808 for more information.

  • The CARES ACT established $349 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides relief to millions of small businesses to sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed. This news release from the U.S. Treasury Department explains the program, where business owners can go to a participating Small Business Administration lender, bank or credit union starting April 3, with funds approved the same day. Loans will be forgiven as long as the funds are used to keep employees on the payroll and for certain other expenses. View a list of approved SBA lenders in Oregon here.

  • The state of Oregon is asking business owners to take a survey to learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting businesses around the state. Information gathered by this survey will be vital to policy-makers who are working to provide assistance to businesses during this crisis. The survey is open through April 15.

  • Watch a Vimeo that walks through the details of the SBA grants and loan applications. The video is current as of Monday, March 31 and will be updated if the application changes.

  • The not-for profit State Accident Insurance Fund has money available to SAIF policy holders to promote employee safety, reduce injuries and decrease workplace exposures to COVID-19. This fact sheet has more information on the program.


Worker and Unemployment Resources


  • The Oregon Employment Department has a new blogpost about the latest unemployment insurance numbers. During the week starting March 22, the Oregon Employment Department received 92,700 initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. That represented a 21 percent increase from the previous record during the week starting March 15. Read the full post.

  • Essential workers who have to continue working during the COVID-19 crisis can find childcare resources from the state here.

  • The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and PBA Charities have created a new fund, the COVID-19 Relief Fund, and will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19.

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19

This digest is a compilation of information and resources received on the evening of April 2 from the Governor's office related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.


  • Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide Initiative to Support Small Businesses: Governor Kate Brown announced the launch of the Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator, which will help connect small businesses to financial support and information they need to stay in business through the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full news release here.


  • Essential workers who have to continue working during the COVID-19 crisis can find childcare resources from the state here.


  • The state of Oregon is asking business owners to take a survey to learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting businesses around the state. Information gathered by this survey will be vital to policy-makers who are working to provide assistance to businesses during this crisis. The survey is open through April 15.


  • The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and PBA Charities have created a new fund, the COVID-19 Relief Fund, and will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19.


  • The Institute for Disease Modeling released data Wednesday that suggests a slight increase in current COVID-19 infections in Oregon than previously estimated. However, the modeling also indicates that social distancing and the current stay-at-home order appear to be reducing the spread of transmission.


  • Oregon reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 90 new COVID-19 cases: COVID-19 has claimed 2 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 19 to 21, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday morning. The agency also reported 90 new cases of COVID-19. The state provides daily updates at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.


  • Governor Kate Brown Statement on Special Session: Governor Kate Brown today issued a statement on calling a special legislative session. Read the full statement here.

Marion County Approves Grant Program for Businesses

On Wednesday, April 1st, the Marion County Commissioners approved $200,000 in lottery funds earmarked for economic development for grants of up to $5,000 for small business owners with up to five employees. Additional criteria will be available with the application.


The Marion County Immediate Economic Stimulus Funding Program is being managed through the Willamette Workforce Partnership. Please visit their website at https://willwp.org/. Applications will be available on Tuesday April 7th, and can be submitted on Thursday, April 9th. 


The Statesman Journal also published an article you can read here

Additional 30 Days to Slow the Spread

President Donald J. Trump announced the extension of the Coronavirus Guidelines for America for an additional 30 days through Friday, April 30th. The recommendations are simple to follow and will continue to have a resounding impact on public health.


30 Days to Slow the Spread Flier - English


Paycheck Protection Program Begins April 3rd

This program is now live and accepting applications. View the Paycheck Protection Program Application for more details.



The CARES ACT established $349 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides relief to millions of small businesses to sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed. This news release from the U.S. Treasury Department explains the program, where business owners can go to a participating Small Business Administration lender, bank or credit union starting April 3, with funds approved the same day. Loans will be forgiven as long as the funds are used to keep employees on the payroll and for certain other expenses. View a list of approved SBA lenders in Oregon here.

Santiam Hospital Coronavirus Virtual Community Forum

Santiam Hospital will be hosting a local COVID-19 update on Facebook Live tonight, Monday, March 30th at 6:30 pm.


Dr. Steven Vets, MD, Emergency Room Medical Director, and Dr. Janine Vansant, MD, Infectious Disease Director will be presenting. 


You can learn more by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/events/240773410442375/

Local Restaurants and Grocery Store Information

A huge thank you to the Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce for compiling this list of local restaurants and grocery stores. The list includes their hours, as well as availability of take-out, drive-thru, curbside, and delivery.


Be sure to download the list and support our local businesses!


Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce - List of Local Restaurants and Grocery.pdf

The CARES Act - Relief for Struggling Small Businesses
The CARES Act represents more than $376 billion in relief for struggling small businesses. To learn more, read the CARES Act Small Business Administration Summary.

City of Stayton Utility Bill - Scam Warning

The City was notified today that community members may be receiving phone calls from a company called Doxo claiming you can use their company to pay your City of Stayton Utility Bill. This is not the case.

The City of Stayton is in no way affiliated with this company.


The only payment service utilized by the City of Stayton is XPress Bill Pay which you can learn about through our website


If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at (503) 769-3425.


Oregon Workers Can Report Businesses’ ‘Stay Home’ Coronavirus Violations to the State

The State of Oregon has set up a website through Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health division where you can report businesses not complying with the Governor Kate Brown's "Stay Home" order. You can visit the website here: https://www4.cbs.state.or.us/exs/osha/hazrep/


To learn more, you can also read the full article on OregonLive.com

Oregon State Police - Emergency Declaration Enforcement FAQ

The Oregon State Police has issued a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding enforcement during Governor Brown's Executive Order "Stay Home, Save Lives." You can view the list here: 


Oregon State Police Emergency Declaration Enforcement FAQ

COVID-19 HelpLine

Santiam Hospital has launched a COVID-19 HelpLine, staffed by a team of their very own, knowledgeable Registered Nurses. Their team of RNs is ready to field all of patients’ COVID-19 related questions.


You can reach the HelpLine by calling (503) 769-1999 and is open 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Related Business Layoffs, Closures, and Unemployment Insurance Benefits

If you've found yourself temporarily out of work due to COVID-19, the Oregon Employment Department has set up an informational page to provide guidance and answer questions.


Guidance and FAQs can be found at: https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Pages/COVID-19.aspx


You can also click on the images below to view full size versions. 

Santiam Hospital Seeks Donations & Volunteers

This afternoon, Santiam Hospital shared the following on Facebook:


"We are so grateful to have community members wanting to help the hospital staff and patients/visitors with masks and gowns. We are looking for donated supplies as well as volunteers to assemble gowns and sew masks.


Donated Supplies Needed


If you are a business in town and have commercial grade masks and other PPE material, we would appreciate any and all donations of these vital supplies. They do need to be new and in the original boxes or wrapping. We cannot accept used.


We need the following supplies in order for our volunteers to continue to assemble gowns for our surgical staff and masks for our patients and visitors:


  • Tarps (new and still in the wrapping) that you would use to cover something outside
  • Clear Shower Curtains (new and still in the wrapping)
  • Elastic 3/8 inch
  • Elastic 1/8 inch
  • Elastic 1/4 inch
  • Bias Tape - extra wide double folded
  • Tyvec


Volunteers Wanted


To sew gowns for the hospital staff. There are two options:


  1. Option One: The volunteers will be given a kit to then assemble. You will need a serger to sew the gowns together. A sewing machine will not be appropriate for the gowns.
  2. Option Two: Volunteers can follow this video and make gowns that will be reusable. https://youtu.be/O0goN9DgNxg


To sew masks for the visitors and customers of the hospital. We are seeking two types of masks. Volunteers would need to be willing to sew the masks with supplies they have on hand and donate the masks to the hospital.


The following mask is for employees-patients in more exposed areas. You may use ¼ inch elastic instead of 1/8 inch. Also, you can use 3micron filtered fabric instead of 5. We ask that you modify the pattern a bit- 3 layers instead of 2. Use a water-resistant, but breathable material (like Duck or Gore-Tex) for the outside layer. Middle later should be a Non-woven material, 5micron filtered fabric. And the inner material can be cotton. Insert a wired pipe cleaner on the top so one can mold it to their face. https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask


Here are instructions for the mask that will be used for visitors of the hospital and staff members who are less exposed: https://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/6d5955d7-ca75-4486-86d6-ccd808cf0870/Face%20Mask%20Pattern-0001.jpg/:/rs=w:1300,h:800


You may drop off donated materials, masks, and gowns at the Emergency Room. There will be a desk outside with a member of our staff to accept the donations so you do not need to enter the hospital.


If you have any questions, please email giving@santiamhospital.org or call 503-769-9319. Email is the preferred method of communication.


Any homemade masks and gowns donated to the hospital that are not used during this COVID 19-time period will be sent with our medical team who donates their time in Haiti.


Thank you so much for wanting to help out our community in this challenging time."


Full post here: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=2887684594602999&set=a.627210477317100

Governor Kate Brown Tightens Social Distancing Measures, Tells Oregonians to “Stay Home, Save Lives”

Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-12, directing everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and adding to the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. The order is effective immediately, and remains in effect until ended by the Governor.


“We are learning more about this virus and how people react to it every day. Not just from a medical standpoint, but from a social and behavioral standpoint.


“I started by asking Oregonians to stay home and practice social distancing. Then I urged the public to follow these recommendations. Instead, thousands crowded the beaches of our coastal communities, our trails, our parks, and our city streets, potentially spreading COVID-19 and endangering the lives of others across the state. Now, I’m ordering it. To save lives and protect our community.


“Today, I am issuing a new executive order further requiring social distancing measures because we know this is the most effective way to flatten the curve and slow the spread of this virus. I hope everyone in Oregon abides by its core message: stay home unless absolutely necessary.


“Staying home both keeps you safe from infection, and ensures you do not unknowingly infect others.


“We’ve already put a number of measures forward specifically aimed at increasing hospital capacity, such as cutting down on non-emergency care so we conserve masks, gloves, and gowns to save the lives of the health care workers who are working so hard to save others. All of these things add up, and by slowing the infection rate, we preserve hospital beds so that there will be one available if and when you need it.


“None of us have ever been through this before, and that means there is no way to know exactly what lies ahead. We don’t know yet when this outbreak will end, or what changes this will bring for our state and for our country. But I want to make sure that we’ve done all we can to end it as quickly as possible.”


About the order:


  • All non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals are prohibited immediately, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained. Gatherings of members of the same residential household are permitted.
  • It closes and prohibits shopping at specific categories of retail businesses, for which close personal contact is difficult to avoid, such as arcades, barber shops, hair salons, gyms and fitness studios, skating rinks, theaters, and yoga studios.
  • It requires businesses not closed by the order to implement social distancing policies in order to remain open, and requires workplaces to implement teleworking and work-at-home options when possible.
  • It directs Oregonians to stay home whenever possible, while permitting activities outside the home when social distance is maintained.
  • It closes playgrounds, sports courts, and skate parks, among other types of outdoor recreation facilities. Those that remain open are required to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • It outlines new guidelines for child care facilities, setting limits and rules on amounts of children allowed in care, and outlining that child care groups may not change participants.
  • Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a Class C misdemeanor.


Following this order will save lives, while still allowing businesses to function if they can protect employees and customers through social distancing. While many businesses and organizations that are heavily dependent on foot traffic and in-person interactions have already closed or will close under the expanded order, other businesses that make robust plans to meet social distancing requirements—and enforce those requirements—may remain in operation, preserving jobs while ensuring health.


This distinction from closing all businesses except for those categorized as essential as mandated in other states, aims to minimize unintended consequences and add clarity for businesses who can adjust their business models to accommodate vital social distancing measures.


“This order is designed to flatten the curve over the coming weeks, preserving scarce hospital space and equipment. It will also ensure that any place of business that remains operational does its part to enforce social distancing rules,” said Governor Brown. “It is designed to be more sustainable over time, to allow Oregonians to keep their jobs when their work does not add to the growth of COVID-19 in Oregon.”


Retail businesses closed by Executive Order 20-12 include:


  • Shopping: Outdoor and indoor malls and retail complexes, although individual types of businesses not subject to the measures may stay open.
  • Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios
  • Grooming: Barbershops, beauty and nail salons, and non-medical wellness spas
  • Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, and pool halls


Other retail businesses will not be able to continue to operate unless they can implement strict social distancing measures and designate an employee or officer charged with ensuring compliance. Retail businesses able to adapt to take-out style shopping experiences can also remain open. If businesses can have employees work from home, then they must do so. Many of the businesses outlined in the order have voluntarily closed their doors already, to do their part to protect Oregon’s communities. In addition, non-retail businesses like manufacturers and the construction industry must ensure that their employees are maintaining social distancing measures.


Please read the full details on all businesses listed in the executive order here.


In addition to businesses, Executive Order 20-12 also orders state executive branch offices and buildings to close to the public and provide public services by phone to the extent possible. When public services require in-person interactions, the order requires social distancing measures to be implemented and enforced. State agencies must also facilitate telework and work-at-home for state employees whenever possible. While the order does not apply to local, federal, or tribal governments, those governments are strongly encouraged to follow these directives.


The order also directs state agencies to close parks and other outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained––expanding on actions already taken by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.


All coronavirus executive orders will be posted on the Oregon Coronavirus Information and Resources Page after they have been issued and signed.

List of Underlying Conditions Putting People at Higher Risk of Coronavirus Illness

A press release from the Oregon Health Authority today, shared a list of underlying conditions putting people at higher risk of contracting the Coronavirus illness, irregardless of age. 


  • Lung disease, including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis or emphysema) or other chronic conditions associated with impaired lung function or that require home oxygen
  • Compromised immune system (immunosuppression) (e.g., seeing a doctor for cancer and treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, receiving an organ or bone marrow transplant, taking high doses of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant medications, HIV with a CD4 count <200)
  • Blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell disease or on blood thinners)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Current or recent pregnancy (in the last two weeks)
  • Diabetes, or other endocrine disorders
  • Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
  • Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
  • Neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions


To read a full article released by the Oregonian, you can visit their website.

All Oregon State Parks to Close Monday, March 23rd

It was announced today that all State Parks in Oregon will close beginning Monday, March 23rd. Day use ares will close by 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Campers must check out of campgrounds by 1:00 p.m. Monday. 



To read more on the closures, you can visit the Oregonian's story on the topic.

FBI in Oregon Reports Rise in Fraud, Scams Related to Coronavirus Pandemic

The Statesman Journal has published a story regarding an uptick in scams in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic in the state of Oregon. To read the story, click here



METCOM 9-1-1 Screening Calls for COVID-19 Symptoms

METCOM 9-1-1 is currently screening ALL calls for service for potential COVID-19 (Coronavirus) symptoms.

If you call 911 or non-emergency numbers for police, fire, or medical needs PLEASE tell us if you or someone in your household have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or have been exposed to someone who has the Coronavirus.

This vital information will help keep our emergency responders safe from potential exposure.

Small Business Administration Emergency Impact Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Eligibility

The City received information from SEDCOR this afternoon regarding a program for small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Marion, Polk & Yamhill Counties (and statewide). Small businesses are eligible to apply to the US Small Business Administration Emergency Impact Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This program is available to provide working capital assistance to small businesses and nonprofits who are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Questions can be directed to EIDLoan@sedcor.com, which is an account set up to field questions and requests for technical assistance.


They are also encouraging businesses to contact their local banking institution, as it may be offering new programs and resources to help business customers facing substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. Also, please note that some businesses may have previously submitted a worksheet outlining potential economic impact due to the Coronavirus emergency to help get Oregon added to the list of states eligible for SBA emergency funds. That was NOT an application, and those businesses will need to complete the application linked in the attachment below.



Domestic Violence Help
If you are in immediate need of a domestic violence shelter, contact the Portland Women’s Crisis Line at 1-888-235-5333. This crisis line refers callers to local programs.

Oregon Community Foundation Launches Grant Program for Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19

The Oregon Community Foundation has launched a new grant program for non-profits impacted by COVID-19. Established in collaboration with partners throughout the state, the Oregon Community Recovery Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.


To learn more about this program, visit: https://oregoncf.org/grants-and-scholarships/grants/oregon-community-recovery-fund/

Knights of Columbus - Offering to Help Our Communities

Thank you to Melissa Baurer, the Service Integration/Community Liaison Coordinator at Santiam Hospital for sharing the following information:


The St. Anthony Council Knights of Columbus is offering to help those in our community that for whatever reason are unable to access necessary supplies during this challenging, unprecedented time. They may be self-quarantined, quarantined by a doctor, or otherwise unable to shop for supplies. Or, they may be unable to find critical supplies they need for their family, such as baby formula, paper products, etc.  They know some of you are already getting help from friends, family, and neighbors – that is a blessing! However, they also know that some of you don’t have that support or have struggled to find it – the Knights are here to support you.


They are offering to help where they can:


  • Do grocery store pickup and delivery. Some local stores are accepting orders online and by phone – they will pick them up and deliver them.
  • Round up hard-to-find supplies and deliver them.  They know stores are temporarily out of many common items. There are people in the community with excess supplies, and they are willing to share them with families that need them.


If you, or someone you know, needs such assistance, please contact them.


If you, or someone you know, has extra supplies that you can spare (I think we all know the critical items that are now hard to find), please contact them.


How to contact them:


  1. Through your local parish
  2. By phone – (503) 765-5738
  3. By email – admin@kofc2439.org
  4. By Facebook - @kofc2439, https://www.facebook.com/KofC2439/

Marion County Declares State of Emergency

On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting to declare a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Marion County is working closely with the Oregon Health Authority to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information on this situation. The Marion County website has information and resources that may be of interest to you.

Governor Kate Brown Extends Statewide School Closure Until April 28th

Governor Kate Brown today announced an extension of Oregon’s statewide school closure to a total of six weeks, until April 28, and also issued further guidance for Oregon’s public schools. This follows on an initial two-week closure of Oregon's schools to end on March 31.


The orders, outlined in Executive Order 20-08, are as follows:


  • Schools are to remain closed through Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
  • Districts are to provide learning supports and supplemental services to students and families during the closure period, including meals and child care. This includes the delivery of food assistance and offering child care for essential health care professionals and first responders.
  • School districts may call on public school educators and employees to deliver limited learning and support services.
  • Each district will pay all their regular employees during the closure.
  • The Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Health Authority, and Department of Human Services are directed to support public schools in the continuity of mental health services.


“I do not take the decision to extend school closures lightly,” said Governor Brown. “This will have real impacts on Oregon’s students, parents, and educators. But we must act now to flatten the curve and slow the rate of COVID-19 transmission in Oregon, otherwise we face a higher strain on our medical system and greater loss of life to this disease.”


Governor Kate Brown today also signed the following executive orders that she announced yesterday:



All three executive orders take effect immediately.


A complete list of Governor's executive orders to date can be found here, and Governor Brown's news releases are posted here.

Governor Kate Brown Announces New Statewide Actions on COVID-19

Governor Kate Brown today announced new measures to flatten the curve of coronavirus transmission in Oregon, including new orders and guidance on social distancing, an agreement for the Portland metro hospital system to coordinate resources and increase capacity, activation of the state's Unified Command emergency response organizational structure, and a new order to prevent price gouging.


"My goal is to protect the health and safety of Oregon families. Every step we are taking is being made with community input and careful consideration of its impacts," said Governor Brown. "Each action has ripple effects across our state, both on a personal and an economic level. But we can overcome these hurdles in an Oregon Way. By working together, we are stronger, even if it’s in ways we never thought possible."


The new orders on social distancing measures, effective March 17 for at least four weeks, include:


  • A statewide cancelation of all events and gatherings larger than 25 people — exempting essential locations like workplaces, grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores. It's additionally recommended that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.

  • Restaurants, bars, and other establishments that offer food or beverages for sale are restricted to carry-out and delivery only with no on-site consumption permitted.
  • Food service at health care facilities, workplaces, and other essential facilities will continue.
  • All other businesses are urged to assess their practices, implement strong social distancing measures, and close their doors temporarily if they cannot put the new guidance in place.


"I know that while these actions will impact Oregon businesses and employees, they will help decrease the rate of infection while bringing state and federal resources up to the same speed as the spread of the virus," said Governor Brown.


The Governor's Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council will convene tomorrow to examine ways to mitigate the impacts of new social distancing measures and anything else that adversely affects Oregon's economy. The council will examine a variety of tools available, including requests to the State Legislature and the federal government.


Governor Brown also announced the formation of two command groups, one to manage our health care system’s resources and the other to manage our state resources. The metro regional COVID-19 hospital response plan will help the health care community to prepare for the expected surge of COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks — a model for a crisis care plan that can be implemented statewide. Working together, hospitals will treat COVID-19 testing resources and personal protective equipment, including gowns, masks, and gloves, as community resources, and work together to increase bed capacity.


The state’s Unified Command emergency response organizational structure, an incident management structure similar to what Oregon would activate during a major Cascadia earthquake, has also been activated. This will fully integrate the Oregon Health Authority’s public health response efforts with the Office of Emergency Management’s efforts to minimize any disruption to critical services in Oregon.


At the request of the Attorney General, Governor Brown declared an abnormal market disruption regarding essential items like hand sanitizer and toilet paper, to prevent price gouging during this public health crisis.


A copy of Governor Brown's remarks are available here.

Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 - Resources

In cooperation with the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, we want to share resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19.


The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America - 15 Days to Slow the Spread

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America - 15 Days to Slow the Spread

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.

  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.

  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.

  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.

  5. If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.

  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

  7. Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:

    • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
    • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
    • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
    • Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
    • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
    • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

  8. Practice good hygiene:

    • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
    • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

  • School operations can accelerate the spread of the coronavirus. Governors of states with evidence of community transmission should close schools in affected and surrounding areas. Governors should close schools in communities that are near areas of community transmission, even if those areas are in neighboring states. In addition, state and local officials should close schools where coronavirus has been identified in the population associated with the school. States and localities that close schools need to address childcare needs of critical responders, as well as the nutritional needs of children.

  • Older people are particularly at risk from the coronavirus. All states should follow Federal guidance and halt social visits to nursing homes and retirement and long-term care facilities.

  • In states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.

CDC Recommendation Regarding Mass Gatherings and Large Community Events

CDC Guidance on Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events as of 3/15/2020:


"Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.


Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.


Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.


This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials."

Mayor Declares Local State of Emergency

On Friday, March 13th, Mayor Henry Porter declared a State of Emergency, per Stayton Municipal Code 2.44.1070, as a result of COVID-19 Pandemic.


The purpose behind the declaration is as follows:


  • Access to state and federal assistance and potential reimbursement for local funds spent on COVID-19 response;
  • Ability to use streamlined processes for purchasing goods and services, as allowed under Oregon law, during emergency situations;
  • Follow emergency plans and procedures, as may be needed, to protect the public health within the scope of state law and the City’s Charter and Municipal Code.

Message from the Stayton Public Library

To prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19, and to ensure the health and wellness of our staff, volunteers, and patrons, the Stayton Public Library was closed to the public yesterday until further notice.


All events are canceled, including meetings using the meeting room until the Library reopens. 


Worried about your holds? All holds currently on the hold shelf will remain for a period of days after we reopen and you will be able to pick them up then.


Worried about your due dates? All due dates will be moved out until after the closure. You may keep your items until May 1st. 


Don't forget our electronic resources are available 24/7. While the Library building will be closed, you can still access eResources. 


  • Libby from Overdrive is an easy-to-use app that lets you check out e-books and audiobooks.
  • For little ones missing storytime, check out Kanopy Kids. They have animated storybooks!
  • Additional information can be found on our eResources page.  


If you have questions, please contact the Stayton Public Library at (503) 769-3313.

Closure Notice

Updated 4/3/2020 - The Police Department Lobby is also now closed. All employees are still working and can be reached at the phone numbers below.




The health and safety of our citizens is the number one priority of local government. We are at a critical point in terms of protecting the most at-risk portions of our community, the elderly and those with preexisting health conditions.


Effective immediately, and until further notice, the City of Stayton will be closing the public lobbies of City Hall, Public Works, and Planning. The Police Department lobby will remain open with access to a public restroom and emergency phone.


Additionally, until further notice, the Stayton Public Library, Stayton Family Memorial Pool, and Stayton Municipal Court will be closed. All activities at the Library and Pool are canceled. If you have business with the Stayton Municipal Court, please contact the Court at the number provided below.


The Monday, March 16th City Council meeting has been postponed.


It is important to know that the critical functions of the City of Stayton will continue. The Police Department will continue serving and protecting the community. Our water and wastewater plants will continue to be fully operational. Our Public Works crews will be available to address critical infrastructure needs.


City staff in all departments will be available via phone to accept payments and answer questions. Additionally, there is a payment drop box available on the wall outside the Stayton Police Department. If you have a building permit to pick up from the City, please contact the Public Works Department to schedule an appointment.


We are taking active steps to limit direct interaction where COVID-19 could be shared or spread. These actions are for the safety and well-being of our community.


For updates, please follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofStayton or by continuing to visit the Latest City News portion of our website. 


All staff contact information, with an option to send an email, is available on our Staff Directory page.


  • City Hall – (503) 769-3425 or email cityofstayton@ci.stayton.or.us
  • Police Department Office – (503) 769-3423
    • Emergencies dial – 9-1-1
    • For non-emergencies – (503) 769-3421
  • Public Works Office Office – (503) 769-2919
    • After-hours non-emergency – (503) 769-3421
  • Planning & Development – (503) 769-2998
  • Stayton Family Memorial Pool – (503) 767-7665
  • Stayton Municipal Court – (503) 769-2668 or (503) 769-3425
  • Stayton Public Library – (503) 769-3313

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