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:
- 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)
Please see below for commonly asked questions:
The State of Oregon has enacted a Stay Home, Save Lives Order. How does this apply to King City?
The City of King City will comply with the Executive Order, which is effective as of March 23, 2020.
State of Oregon Stay at Home Except for Essential Needs Order
From the State of Oregon:
If you’re not sure about an activity, skip it. Staying at home as much as possible during this time will save lives.
Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a class C misdemeanor.
Allowed (must keep 6 feet from others):
- Hospitals and health care
- Grocery stores
- 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)
- 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, exercise, 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
Enforcement in King City
City of King City Officers who find community members in violation of the Stay at Home Order will first seek voluntary compliance by educating and warning them. Only as a last resort would citation or arrest be utilized if a community member fails to comply with the lawful direction of a police officer. Should this happen, they may be arrested or cited for a class C misdemeanor, which is the lowest level of criminal conduct designation, or another law, if applicable.
Should I call 911 if I see people congregating?
No. 911 is reserved for police, fire, and medical emergencies. Community members wishing to report a large gathering or other violation of the Governor’s Executive Order may do so by calling Washington County non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.
Many Residents of King City have asked: Can King City prevent teenagers or other people from walking on King City's sidewalks and streets?
On March 23, 2020, Governor Brown released Executive Order NO. 2012, titled Stay Home Save Lives. Under Oregon Law, specifically ORS 401.309(5), when the Governor declares a state of emergency it supersedes the provisions of a local emergency ordinance. Section 1(c) of the Governor's Order states:
"Individuals may go outside for recreational activities (walking, hiking, etc.), but must limit those activities to non-contact, and are prohibited from engaging in outdoor activities where it is not possible to maintain appropriate social distancing (six feet or more between individuals)."
City streets and sidewalks are public property. Governor Brown's Order specifically allows individuals to hike or walk.
The City of King City has certain police powers, such as the right to require drivers to have a license and adhere to speed limits. It is not within the City's power to issue a complete ban on pedestrians of certain ages walking on the street. Residents have Due Process Rights under either the Fifth or Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.
Under the current laws the CIty cannot ban pedestrians from walking, as long as they can maintain social distancing.
How can I protect myself from COVID-19 related scams?
While we’re all practicing social distancing due to COVID-19, there are some looking to capitalize on it through the internet, phone, and health care scams.
You can help keep yourself safe by:
- Independently verifying the identity of anyone contacting you for donations
- Paying close attention to websites and email addresses, as scammers often slightly alter them
- Not clicking on links or opening email attachments from unknown or unverified sources
- Not giving out personal medical information to solicitors
Get information on common coronavirus scams:
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.
The comprehensive treatment process removes, disinfects, and chemically inactivates viruses, bacteria, and other living organisms from the drinking water, including COVID-19. Water served by the Tigard Water District is safe to drink and use.
How many coronavirus cases are in King City?
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) website has the most up-to-date information on the number and status of coronavirus cases in Washington County.
Are there coronavirus testing sites in King City?
The OHA is advising community members with symptoms to contact their primary healthcare provider to determine whether testing is advised. Emergency rooms should not be considered a primary source for patient-requested testing.
If you have further questions about testing, please contact the Oregon Health Authority.
How should I dispose of solid waste?
Please dispose of material that may be infected with biological waste in the home as you would normally do: inside a garbage bag that is tied closed and put into the curbside garbage bin. For the health and safety of our waste haulers, please bag up your garbage as tightly and securely as possible.
Should I flush disinfecting or baby wipes?
No. Even if wipes claim to be “flushable,” they have the potential to back up your pipes and create sewage treatment issues. The proper way to dispose of non-flushable items – including all disinfecting and baby wipes – is to simply throw them away in the garbage.
With the demand for wipes being heightened since the coronavirus pandemic, greater pressure has been put on the Sanitary Sewer System, wastewater treatment plants, and home plumbing.