COVID-19 Coronavirus Information from the City of King City
Post Date: 1/20/2021 5:32 PM
Coronavirus Information and Impacts
COVID-19 Vaccine Update:
One of the most common questions we hear from you is “when will I have access to the COVID-19 vaccine?” We know you are frustrated because there is not enough vaccine to meet demand, and information about eligibility and access keeps changing. We all want to get back to normal life, to run our businesses, to interact with our loved ones, and to share space with others like we used to.
We will be able to do that once many more Oregonians receive their vaccines. That process started in mid-December and so far more than 173,000 Oregonians have received their first of two doses. More than 25,000 of those doses went to people in Washington County. (See OHA website for updated numbers.)
Most people will be vaccinated by their own health care provider, a clinic or pharmacy. Health systems are planning large vaccination events, and counties are working with partners to make sure everyone has access once vaccine is available.
We want you to have the latest information, so we asked Washington County Public Health to answer your most common questions. This is current as of January 20, 2021.
- When can I get the vaccine?
When you get the vaccine depends on your risk of being exposed to the virus and your risk of developing complications. Governor Kate Brown has prioritized healthcare workers, residents and employees of long-term care facilities and other congregate care settings, emergency responders, people with intellectual and physical disabilities and others at high risk. People in these Phase 1A groups started receiving vaccine in mid-December and right now are the only ones eligible for vaccine. To see if you qualify, look at this list from the Oregon Health Authority. There are 400,000 people in this group, more than the state’s current supply, so it will take a while for everyone in this phase to be vaccinated.
- What if I’m not in Phase 1A, when will I be eligible for the vaccine?
The next phase of eligibility (1B) will begin on January 25 with childcare providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff becoming eligible for the vaccine. On February 8, people 80 and older will be eligible, followed by people 75 and older, and then people 65 and older. See the Washington County vaccine page and prioritization table for more information.
- How will all of these people be vaccinated when we don’t have enough vaccine?
That is a great question and one we’ve been asking too. There is not enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone who is eligible, so while you may be eligible on a certain date according to the Governor’s schedule, you will not be able to get a vaccination until we have more supply. The metro region’s large health care providers have been vaccinating their own employees, so have emergency responders, and other agencies that have signed up to provide vaccinations to people who are eligible in 1A. The health systems are also vaccinating people in 1A at the Oregon Convention Center and will likely start vaccinating people in 1B on January 25.
- How do I sign up to get a vaccination?
If you employ healthcare workers or others eligible for the vaccine in the 1A group, or if you are an individual in this group and are self-employed, you can fill out this survey and will be directed to a place to receive the vaccine. There is no system yet for educators and others in 1B to sign up for vaccine. Please watch your local news and keep checking the Washington County vaccine page for updates.
- What is Washington County’s role in vaccination?
The County’s role is to ensure access to vaccine by everyone who wants it. The County does not have its own health clinics and is working with partners who are vaccinating people in 1A to make sure they have enough vaccine. This includes Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Metro West, Neighborhood Health Center, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and many others. The County is also preparing its Medical Reserve Corp to provide vaccinations during community events that will focus on Latinx and other communities of color as well as others who might have limited access due to homelessness or poverty.
- Is the vaccine safe and effective?
Yes, vaccination is the safest, most effective and most reliable way to keep yourself, your family and your community healthy and safe from COVID-19. Both vaccines require two doses given 3 to 4 weeks apart and are 95% effective. Both have undergone rigorous safety testing and have been approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration. You may experience side effects including flu like symptoms including a fever, pain, swelling and tiredness. These should subside after 24 hours and mean your body is building up immunity to the virus.
- When can we stop wearing masks and hug our friends and family again?
Experts say that a large percentage of the adult population (70-90%) will need vaccination before we can stop wearing masks and start interacting like we did before the pandemic. The timeline for this to happen depends on availability of the vaccine and how many people get it. State health officials have said that it may take until fall of 2021 for all Oregonians who want the vaccine to get it.
Prepared by Washington County Public Health, January 20, 2021
How The Covid Vaccine Works (PDF)
How The CoVID Vaccines Were Developed (PDF)
Due to the governor's restrictions to combat the spread of the Covid 19 virus, our office will be closed to the public starting Wednesday, November 18 to December 2. Our staff will be answering emails, fax, and returning phone calls during the shutdown. There will be no passport processing during this time.
Essential City services will continue, and the City will provide the next update on facility impacts by Monday, December 14, 2020.
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.
In an emergency Call 9-1-1
Non-emergency dispatch: 503-629-0111 (please note you may get a call from the police first)
Records: 503-620-8851(counter is closed -Limited staff is available for records requests by calls and emails.)
Your King City Police Department is available and answering all calls for service. If you would like to speak with an officer, please contact dispatch at 503-629-0111 for all non-emergencies. You may receive a phone call from an officer before any direct contact on non-emergencies. As always, if you are having an emergency call 911.
With the uncertainty to the extent of Covid-19 exposure, we are following suggested guidelines to reduce exposure for you the citizen and staff. We appreciate everyone's ongoing support and adherence to suggested guidelines found on our King City website.
Washington County Placed on Two-Week Pause
November 12, 2020 Update
The governor has asked Washington County to join eight other Oregon counties where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly to take a two-week pause in social, business, and other activities that are driving the spread of coronavirus. The pause started Wednesday, Nov. 11, and last until Wednesday, Nov. 25. Read the guidance. Read the governor's press release. Read the Washington County press release.
- Limiting social gatherings to your household, or no more than six people if the gathering includes those from outside your household, reducing the frequency of those social gatherings (significantly in a two-week period), and keeping the same six people in your social gathering circle.
- Urging all businesses to mandate work from home to the greatest extent possible.
- Pausing long-term care facility visits that take place indoors to protect staff and residents.
- Reducing maximum restaurant capacity to 50 people (including customers and staff) for indoor dining, with a maximum party size of six. Continuing to encourage outdoor dining and take out.
- Reducing the maximum capacity of other indoor activities to 50 people (includes gyms, fitness organizations/studios, bowling alleys, ice rinks, indoor sports, pools, and museums).
Visit the State of Oregon website for more information.
Face Coverings Required Statewide
- Face coverings are required for ages 5 and up for all indoor public spaces, for outdoor spaces when physical distancing is not possible, and when exercising indoors.
- People with a disability or a medical condition may request accommodation if they cannot wear a mask, face shield, or face covering.
- Visit the State of Oregon COVID-19 Mask Requirements webpage for more details.
The Health Experts
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 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)
King City Phase 1 | Effective 11/12/2020 Two -Week Pause (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.
Most city services are available by phone and online.
Continuing Essential Services
Essential City services that have continued uninterrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic include:
- Police services
- Public Works and Parks Maintenance services
- Development services
- Capital projects
- Building in King City? Applications, permits, and inspections are available online. Need help call us at (503)639-4082.
- Permit Counter Services are available by phone and online
- Water & Utility Billing Counter Services are available by phone and online by the City of Tigard.
- Parking Permits Services are available by phone and will be mailed out.
- Business Licenses Counter Services are available by phone and online
- Court Counter Services are available by phone, email, and fax
- Video and telephonic court hearings are being scheduled when requested by attorneys or defendants. Some hearings are being rescheduled. View details on phone hours, payments and more.
- Passport processing is available by appointment ONLY. To schedule your appointment please call the passport line at (503)639-4082 between 9 am and 2 pm to speak to the passport representative. Learn more about passport processing 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 forms 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.
The update's from the Governor's Office
To learn about Gov Brown's executive orders, statements, and directives go to the State of Oregon Newsroom.
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?
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