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COVID-19 Coronavirus Information from the City of King City

 

Updates, cancellations, and resources for coronavirus info and impacts in King City.

Post Date: 03/23/2020 1:25 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 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.

At this time, we do not have any known cases of COVID-19 among personnel or residents. 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.

 The media helps spread the word about closure of playgrounds and basketball courts in King City.

Regal Courier - King City closes play structures, basketball courts

 

Statewide Directives

Executive Order: Stay Home Except for Essential Needs
On March 23, Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-12, effective immediately until further notice. This is a statewide order. Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health.

For more information, see the latest press release.

In short, here is what is allowed and what is not. If you’re not sure about an activity, skip it. Staying at home as much as possible during this time will save lives.

Allowed (must keep 6 feet from others):

  • Hospitals and health care
  • Grocery stores
  • Banks
  • Pharmacies
  • Take-out/delivery from restaurants and bars
  • Pet stores
  • Gas stations
  • Certain retail stores
  • Outdoor activities like walking your dog, jogging, or biking in your neighborhood
  • Child care facilities and babysitters (only if abiding by new rules)

Not Allowed:

  • Social gatherings (parties, celebrations) with people from outside of your household
  • Dine-in restaurants and bars
  • Nightclubs and concerts
  • Shopping at outdoor or indoor malls and retail complexes
  • Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios, dance and yoga studios
  • Grooming: Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, non-medical wellness spas, cosmetic stores, tattoo parlors
  • Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, music concerts, sporting events, museums, skating rinks
  • Outdoors: State parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, pools, skate parks, festivals

Governor Kate Brown Issues Order to Stop Residential Evictions During COVID-19 Crisis

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced the following to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health of Oregonians:

New executive order addresses child care for health care providers and first responders, delivery of food assistance to families

Click the links above for the most up to date information.

Here are a few summary of the executive orders, please click the above links for detail information.

- Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-11 , placing a temporary moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment in light of the public health emergency caused by the spread of coronavirus in Oregon. The order is effective for 90 days.

- 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.

- Foodservice 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.

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

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, April 28.
    • *Permit Counter closed through April 28. Services are available by phone and online only.
    • *Parking Permits are closed through April 28.
    • *Business Licenses Counter closed through April 28. Services are available by phone and online only.
    • *Court Room and Counter closed through June 1stHandle 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 citation;
      • Contact information;
      • Assigned court date on the bottom of the ticket.
    • *Police Records counter is closed through April 28. Limited staff is available for records requests by calls and e-mails. (503)620-8851 or swiley@ci.king-city.or.us
  • 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.

These facilities will remain closed through Tuesday, April 28, 2020. 
City staff will reevaluate the situation on Monday, April 27th, 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, April 27th 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
  • 5k Run – King City Kicks Cancer – CANCELED IN-PERSON The race will move to a virtual race:

  https://runsignup.com/Race/OR/Portland/KingCityKicksCancer5K  

  • Intern Program – SUSPENDED until further notice

Public meeting cancellations

  • March 25: City Council Meeting Public Hearing for CASE 19-02— RESHCULED FOR April 15, 2020 (*will be reevaluated by Wednesday, April 7 and may be extended see below for details)
  • All-City in-person meetings (including council meetings) - CANCELED until April 28, 2020 (most meetings can be done over the phone, webinar, or e-mail.)

New Public Meetings through Zoom
April 1, 2020 – Emergency Declaration, Business resources.
April 14, 2020 – Budget Committing Meeting.
April 15, 2020 - Appeal Case 19-02, other city business.

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 have signed up for notice 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 April 14. 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 for the City of King City? Email us here, and we'll update this with more information to questions.

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infection caused by a new coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms. Some usually cause mild illness. Some, like this one, can also cause more severe symptoms.

Is coronavirus transmitted through water?
No. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is known to spread from person to person through close contact, similar to how the flu is transmitted. There is currently no evidence to support that Coronavirus is transmitted through drinking water.

I am feeling sick, should I still come to Court?
No. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of a cold or the flu, please call 503-620-6444 or email the Court Clerk to discuss your citation. Court hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To arrange payments over the phone or by email, please use the information above. Please stay home if you are sick.

Is the King City Community Park still open?
As of March 21, 2020, the Play structures and basketball court at the community park are close.


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