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  • What's Open: County Office Contacts and Information

    What's Open: County Office Contacts and Information

    Date: 3/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    On March 21, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners voted to close county facilities to the public in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many services are modified to prioritize the health and safety of both the public and Marion County staff. While some buildings are physically closed, services may still be offered online, via telephone or via virtual venues and in some circumstances by appointment.

    Department information is listed below:

    Assessor: 503-588-5144 and Tax Office: 503-588-5215

    All documents will be accepted electronically by email (see below) or via the department drobox located on the corner of Court and Church St. NE, Salem. 

    Assessor: assessor@co.marion.or.us
    Personal Property: personalproperty@co.marion.or.us
    Manufactured Structures: manufacturedstructures@co.marion.or.us
    Tax Office: propertytax@co.marion.or.us

    Business Services: 503-589-3295

    Office closed, available by phone.

    Community Services: 503-589-3200

    Office closed, available by phone.

    Clerk's Office:

    Licensing and Recording: Available by phone 503-588-5225

    • Documents can be recorded by e-recording or by mail with proper payment.

    Two e-recording options for those that do not have an e-recording vendor:

    • CSC eRecording Solutions – 866-652-0111 www.erecording.com
    • AmeriTitle in Salem – call 503-581-1431 for courtesy e-recording details

    License and certified document copies – call 503-588-5225 or email recording@co.marion.or.us

    Marriage Licenses – available by scheduled appointment only 503-588-5225

    Passports: Service temporarily suspended

    Elections – Available by phone 503-588-5041

    District Attorney: 503-588-5222

    Office closed, available by phone or email mcdainquiries@co.marion.or.us

    • If you have been subpoenaed, please contact the office for the most updated info.

    Victim Assistance can be reached at 503-588-5253

    • If you are a victim who needs help, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Dog Services: 503-566-6966

    Hours are temporarily altered – shelter is closed to the public and volunteers. For additional information visit our website at www.mcdogs.net.

    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch)

    The shelter's vestibule is open for one party at a time by appt. only.  

    Dog Control Officers will respond to matters of health and safety, including picking up strays, assisting law enforcement, etc. Citations will be sent by certified mail.

    Licensing will be handled by mail, email, or phone. 

    Finance: 503-373-4433

    Office closed, available by phone.

    Housing Authority: 503-798-4170

    Available by phone and/or email (see below):

    Rent and other payments should be mailed to the office address:

    • 2645 Portland Rd. NE Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301

    Documents may be submitted to the office by fax at (503) 798-4171, by email as a scanned pdf directly to your case manager or to mcha_info@mchaor.org, or placed in the drop box that is located outside of the main office door:

    • 2645 Portland Rd. NE Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301

    Health and Human Services Department: 503-588-5357

    Office closed, available by phone.

    Behavioral Health:

    • Adult Behavioral Health: 503-588-5351
    • Addictions Treatment Services: 503-588-5351
    • Children's Behavioral Health: 503-588-5352
    • Psychiatric Crisis Center: 503-585-4949

    Human Services:

    • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services: 503-588-5288

    Public Health:

    • Communicable Disease Reporting Line: 503-588-5352
    • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): 503-588-5057
    • Vital Records: 503-588-5406

    Information Technology: 503-584-7744

    Office closed, available by phone.

    Justice Court: 503-576-7200

    Office closed, available by phone, email: Justicecourt@co.marion.or.us, or mail: 4660 Portland Rd., NE Suite 107, Salem, OR 97305

    Arraignments: Contact the court to request a continuances for you arraignment date.   

    Trials: We have set trials for the months of April and May; those that have received their trial notices will receive postponement notices by mail.

    Juvenile: 503-588-5411

    The following services to be offered via email (juvenile@co.marion.or.us), phone (see below), or video conferencing when available: Probation, Family Support Program, EQUIP Program, Administrative Services, and Records.

    Programs providing services for youth in care: Detention, Guaranteed Attendance Program, and Counseling – After hours phone number 503-588-5321

    Programs closed: Alternative (MATRIX & FUEL), Fresh Start Market, Education Advocates, and Front Reception – phone number 503-588-5411

    Public Works

    Ferries are open.

    Available services and phone numbers to call:

    Adopt-a-Road Program: 503-588-5304
    Brooks Community Service District: 503-588-5084
    Building Permits & Inspection: 503-588-5147
    County Parks: Closed at this time 503-588-5169
    County Surveyor: 503-588-5155
    Dispatch: 503-588-5304
    East Salem Service District: 503-588-5084
    Emergency Management: 503-391-7294
    Fargo Interchange Service District: 503-588-5084
    Flood Preparedness Program: 503-588-5038
    Land Use Planning & Zoning: 503-588-5038
    Public Works Director: 503-588-7943
    Report-a-Concern: 503-588-5304
    Road Closures: 503-588-5304
    Road Maintenance: Open on-call basis 503-588-5304
    Roadway Construction Projects: 503-584-5306
    Solid Waste Services: 503-588-5169
    Stormwater Program: 503-588-5169
    Transportation Permits: 503-584-7710
    Weed Control District: 503-588-5169

    Sheriff's Office:

    Business Line 503-588-5094, Non-Emergency Line 503-588-5032

    Open – Patrol and Jail

    Modified Schedule

    • Civil – Available by phone (Civil Papers are still being delivered, drop off of new civil papers is by appointment only)
    • Community Corrections – Limited Access (Increased utilization of phone and video technology for client visits, on-site programs being delivered using other platforms)
    • Concealed Handgun Licenses – Existing apts rescheduled. Renewals by mail only
    • Records – Available by phone and email
    • Code Enforcement – Available by phone and email, limited field services
    • Alarm Permits – Available by phone, email, and mail only

    Closed – Lobbies, Work Crews, General Jail visiting, Transition Center visiting, Fingerprinting

    Treasurer: 503-584-7750

    Office closed, available by phone.

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  • Commissioners declare emergency in response to COVID-19

    Commissioners declare emergency in response to COVID-19

    Date: 3/16/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Salem, OR – On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners declared an emergency in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. There are currently 39 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Oregon and two in Marion County.

    The emergency declaration allows the county to seek resources from the state and federal government and implements the county's Emergency Operations Plan. It provides for emergency purchasing procedures and more flexibility for personnel utilization.

    In part, the emergency declaration reads:

    "COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is an emerging disease and its progress is rapidly evolving. Keeping the public informed and as safe as possible has demanded a great deal of local resources. Resources related to contact tracing, disease investigation, community information, funding, and other resources related to the health and safety of the community are expected to be exhausted."

    Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, said, "We appreciate the hard work of our public health professionals and health care providers in our communities who have been working tirelessly to protect the health and well-being of Marion County's residents. This emergency declaration helps us ensure we have the tools needed to respond to our community during this evolving situation." 

    In keeping with Oregon and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to reduce opportunities for disease transmission, Marion County is canceling gatherings of more than 25 people and taking into account social distancing measures as we review county operations, events, and activities.

    For more information about Marion County's response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), visit COVID-19.mchealthy.net. 

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  • Commissioners close county offices to the public

    Commissioners close county offices to the public

    Date: 3/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​Salem, OR – On Saturday, March 21, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners held an emergency meeting to close Marion County offices to the public effective immediately. County department heads, including elected officials, have designated those employees needed to carry out essential county functions.

    Many county services will be available via telephone and electronic means. To contact county offices, please see the attached list. 

    The county is committed to reducing the spread of coronavirus and needs everyone's help and cooperation right now to reduce the spread of the virus.

    Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, "It is with great reluctance that we are directing Marion County offices closed to the public. All non-essential employees will stay home. In these unprecedented times, it takes extreme measures to ensure the health and safety of our community and employees. COVID-19 has affected us all and we will continue to monitor the situation and reopen as soon as it is safe to do so."

    The county recommends all individuals 65 years or older, or individuals with underlying health conditions, stay home unless seeking essential needs to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The county further recommends county residents consider limiting non-essential travel.

    Marion County declared an emergency on March 16, 2020, due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the county has the second highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in Oregon with 22 cases and one resident has died.

    "Closing county offices will help maintain the health of our valued employees, their families, and our community members," said Katrina Rothenberger, Public Health Director. "Community members should stay home and only go out for essential needs like food and medicine. The spread of COVID-19 won't slow down unless everybody does their part and adheres to preventive measures."

    Additional information about Marion County's response can be found at COVID-19.mchealthy.net

    Board Order 20-033

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  • North Fork Park Reopens

    North Fork Park Reopens

    Date: 2/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Marion County Parks announces that North Fork Park has reopened. On January 14, the park was closed due to having received several inches of snow. The park will remain open for the rest of the season. 

    For more information about this and other Marion County Parks, visit the website at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/, email parks@co.marion.or.us, or call 503-588-5036.

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  • St. Louis Fish Ponds Park to Open for the Season

    St. Louis Fish Ponds Park to Open for the Season

    Date: 2/20/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​GERVAIS, OR - Marion County Parks announces that St. Louis Fish Ponds Park will open to vehicle traffic for the season on March 1, 2020.

    The popular warm water fishing and dog training destination is located thirteen miles north of Keizer off St. Louis Road. The park has a concrete pathway to the fishing sites, as well as ADA accessible docks, restrooms, and picnic tables, and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

    For more information, please call 503-588-5036 or visit the Marion County Parks web site at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/Pages/default.aspx.

    For information about fishing and gun use at the park, please contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 503-947-6100.

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  • Mar
    27

    COVID-19 Update 3-27-2020

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    Today, the Oregon Health Authority reported 98 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oregon bringing the statewide total to 414. This includes 26 new cases in Marion County.

    We are saddened to announce a third COVID-19 death in Marion County. The individual was an 82-year-old woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive on March 20 and died March 25 at Salem Hospital. Our condolences are with the family at this difficult time. We continue to encourage our community members to practice social distancing measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus in Oregon.

    Marion County Cases:
    Positive tests = 83
    Negative tests = 731
    Hospitalized = 25
    Deaths = 3

    Age groups for confirmed cases:
    17 or younger = 1
    18 to 24 = 1
    25 to 34 = 11
    35 to 54 = 32
    55+ = 38

    For statewide statistics visit, www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

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    COVID-19 Update 3-27-2020
  • Mar
    26

    COVID-19 Update 3-26-2020

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    Oregon Health Authority has confirmed 57 new cases of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, bringing the state's total number of those who've tested positive for the virus to 316. 

    The new cases include 14 in Marion County for a total of 57 cases. 

    • Samples for 316 patients tested positive.

    • Samples for 6,953 patients tested negative.

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    COVID-19 Update 3-26-2020
  • Mar
    25

    COVID-19 Update 3-25-2020

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    Today, the Oregon Health Authority announced a total of 266 patients have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 43 positive test results in Marion County.

    We also learned of a second death in Marion County. Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, said, "We are saddened to learn of the second COVID-19 related death in our community. Our hearts go out to all of our residents and their families who are battling this terrible disease. Please keep them in your prayers. We urge our residents to stay home and stay safe in this difficult time. We must do our part to stop the spread and protect Marion County."

    For more information, visit healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

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    COVID-19 Update 3-25-2020
  • Mar
    25

    What's Open: County Office Contacts and Information

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    On March 21, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners voted to close county facilities to the public in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many services are modified to prioritize the health and safety of both the public and Marion County staff. While some buildings are physically closed, services may still be offered online, via telephone or via virtual venues and in some circumstances by appointment.

    Department information is listed below:

    Assessor: 503-588-5144 and Tax Office: 503-588-5215

    All documents will be accepted electronically by email (see below) or via the department drobox located on the corner of Court and Church St. NE, Salem. 

    Assessor: assessor@co.marion.or.us
    Personal Property: personalproperty@co.marion.or.us
    Manufactured Structures: manufacturedstructures@co.marion.or.us
    Tax Office: propertytax@co.marion.or.us

    Business Services: 503-589-3295

    Office closed, available by phone.

    Community Services: 503-589-3200

    Office closed, available by phone.

    Clerk's Office:

    Licensing and Recording: Available by phone 503-588-5225

    • Documents can be recorded by e-recording or by mail with proper payment.

    Two e-recording options for those that do not have an e-recording vendor:

    • CSC eRecording Solutions – 866-652-0111 www.erecording.com
    • AmeriTitle in Salem – call 503-581-1431 for courtesy e-recording details

    License and certified document copies – call 503-588-5225 or email recording@co.marion.or.us

    Marriage Licenses – available by scheduled appointment only 503-588-5225

    Passports: Service temporarily suspended

    Elections – Available by phone 503-588-5041

    District Attorney: 503-588-5222

    Office closed, available by phone or email mcdainquiries@co.marion.or.us

    • If you have been subpoenaed, please contact the office for the most updated info.

    Victim Assistance can be reached at 503-588-5253

    • If you are a victim who needs help, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Dog Services: 503-566-6966

    Hours are temporarily altered – shelter is closed to the public and volunteers. For additional information visit our website at www.mcdogs.net.

    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch)

    The shelter's vestibule is open for one party at a time by appt. only.  

    Dog Control Officers will respond to matters of health and safety, including picking up strays, assisting law enforcement, etc. Citations will be sent by certified mail.

    Licensing will be handled by mail, email, or phone. 

    Finance: 503-373-4433

    Office closed, available by phone.

    Housing Authority: 503-798-4170

    Available by phone and/or email (see below):

    Rent and other payments should be mailed to the office address:

    • 2645 Portland Rd. NE Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301

    Documents may be submitted to the office by fax at (503) 798-4171, by email as a scanned pdf directly to your case manager or to mcha_info@mchaor.org, or placed in the drop box that is located outside of the main office door:

    • 2645 Portland Rd. NE Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301

    Health and Human Services Department: 503-588-5357

    Office closed, available by phone.

    Behavioral Health:

    • Adult Behavioral Health: 503-588-5351
    • Addictions Treatment Services: 503-588-5351
    • Children's Behavioral Health: 503-588-5352
    • Psychiatric Crisis Center: 503-585-4949

    Human Services:

    • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services: 503-588-5288

    Public Health:

    • Communicable Disease Reporting Line: 503-588-5352
    • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): 503-588-5057
    • Vital Records: 503-588-5406

    Information Technology: 503-584-7744

    Office closed, available by phone.

    Justice Court: 503-576-7200

    Office closed, available by phone, email: Justicecourt@co.marion.or.us, or mail: 4660 Portland Rd., NE Suite 107, Salem, OR 97305

    Arraignments: Contact the court to request a continuances for you arraignment date.   

    Trials: We have set trials for the months of April and May; those that have received their trial notices will receive postponement notices by mail.

    Juvenile: 503-588-5411

    The following services to be offered via email (juvenile@co.marion.or.us), phone (see below), or video conferencing when available: Probation, Family Support Program, EQUIP Program, Administrative Services, and Records.

    Programs providing services for youth in care: Detention, Guaranteed Attendance Program, and Counseling – After hours phone number 503-588-5321

    Programs closed: Alternative (MATRIX & FUEL), Fresh Start Market, Education Advocates, and Front Reception – phone number 503-588-5411

    Public Works

    Ferries are open.

    Available services and phone numbers to call:

    Adopt-a-Road Program: 503-588-5304
    Brooks Community Service District: 503-588-5084
    Building Permits & Inspection: 503-588-5147
    County Parks: Closed at this time 503-588-5169
    County Surveyor: 503-588-5155
    Dispatch: 503-588-5304
    East Salem Service District: 503-588-5084
    Emergency Management: 503-391-7294
    Fargo Interchange Service District: 503-588-5084
    Flood Preparedness Program: 503-588-5038
    Land Use Planning & Zoning: 503-588-5038
    Public Works Director: 503-588-7943
    Report-a-Concern: 503-588-5304
    Road Closures: 503-588-5304
    Road Maintenance: Open on-call basis 503-588-5304
    Roadway Construction Projects: 503-584-5306
    Solid Waste Services: 503-588-5169
    Stormwater Program: 503-588-5169
    Transportation Permits: 503-584-7710
    Weed Control District: 503-588-5169

    Sheriff's Office:

    Business Line 503-588-5094, Non-Emergency Line 503-588-5032

    Open – Patrol and Jail

    Modified Schedule

    • Civil – Available by phone (Civil Papers are still being delivered, drop off of new civil papers is by appointment only)
    • Community Corrections – Limited Access (Increased utilization of phone and video technology for client visits, on-site programs being delivered using other platforms)
    • Concealed Handgun Licenses – Existing apts rescheduled. Renewals by mail only
    • Records – Available by phone and email
    • Code Enforcement – Available by phone and email, limited field services
    • Alarm Permits – Available by phone, email, and mail only

    Closed – Lobbies, Work Crews, General Jail visiting, Transition Center visiting, Fingerprinting

    Treasurer: 503-584-7750

    Office closed, available by phone.

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    What's Open: County Office Contacts and Information
  • Mar
    24

    COVID-19 Update 3-24-2020

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has confirmed 18 new cases of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, bringing the state's total number of those who've tested positive for the virus to 209.

    • Samples for 209 patients tested positive.

    • Samples for 4,350 patients tested negative.

    The 18 new cases are in the following counties: Clackamas (3),  Clatsop (1), Jackson (1), Marion (2), Multnomah (4), Polk (2), and Washington (7). There are a total of 32 cases in Marion County. 

    For more information, visit healthoregon.org/coronavirus

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    COVID-19 Update 3-24-2020
  • Mar
    23

    COVID-19 Update 3-23-2020

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has confirmed 30 new cases of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, bringing the state's total number of those who've tested positive for the virus to 191.

    • Samples for 191 patients tested positive.

    • Samples for 3,649 patients tested negative.

    The 30 new cases are in the following counties: Clackamas (2),  Hood River (1), Linn (1), Marion (8), Multnomah (2), Polk (2), and Washington (14). There are a total of 30 cases in Marion County. 

    For more information, visit healthoregon.org/coronavirus

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    COVID-19 Update 3-23-2020
  • Mar
    21

    Commissioners close county offices to the public

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​Salem, OR – On Saturday, March 21, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners held an emergency meeting to close Marion County offices to the public effective immediately. County department heads, including elected officials, have designated those employees needed to carry out essential county functions.

    Many county services will be available via telephone and electronic means. To contact county offices, please see the attached list. 

    The county is committed to reducing the spread of coronavirus and needs everyone's help and cooperation right now to reduce the spread of the virus.

    Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, "It is with great reluctance that we are directing Marion County offices closed to the public. All non-essential employees will stay home. In these unprecedented times, it takes extreme measures to ensure the health and safety of our community and employees. COVID-19 has affected us all and we will continue to monitor the situation and reopen as soon as it is safe to do so."

    The county recommends all individuals 65 years or older, or individuals with underlying health conditions, stay home unless seeking essential needs to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The county further recommends county residents consider limiting non-essential travel.

    Marion County declared an emergency on March 16, 2020, due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the county has the second highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in Oregon with 22 cases and one resident has died.

    "Closing county offices will help maintain the health of our valued employees, their families, and our community members," said Katrina Rothenberger, Public Health Director. "Community members should stay home and only go out for essential needs like food and medicine. The spread of COVID-19 won't slow down unless everybody does their part and adheres to preventive measures."

    Additional information about Marion County's response can be found at COVID-19.mchealthy.net

    Board Order 20-033

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    Commissioners close county offices to the public
  • Mar
    20

    COVID-19 Update 3-20-2020

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    Oregon Health Authority has confirmed 26 new cases of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, bringing the state's total number of those who've tested positive for the virus to 114. 

    The new cases include 4 in Marion County for a total of 17 cases. Of the 17 positive cases, 3 have now recovered.

    • Samples for 114 patients tested positive.

    • Samples for 2,003 patients tested negative. 

    • Samples for 433 patients await results. 

    For more information, visit healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

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    COVID-19 Update 3-20-2020
  • Mar
    20

    Marion County learns of first COVID-19 related death

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    Salem, OR - We are saddened to report the death of a community member from COVID-19. Commissioners Willis, Brentano, and Cameron express their deepest sympathies with the individual’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.

    Marion County Health and Human Services continues to take necessary, carefully considered steps to slow down the spread of the disease and to protect those at greatest risk. Our top priority continues to be protecting the health of our community. It is critical that individuals and organizations take action to slow the spread of the virus and follow the guidance and recommendations from health care professionals.

    Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we ask everyone to continue to take necessary precautions to minimize your exposure to COVID-19.”

    We empathize with those in our community who have been impacted the COVID-19 outbreak.

    For the family’s privacy, Marion County will not be releasing any patient information.

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    Marion County learns of first COVID-19 related death
  • Mar
    19

    COVID-19 Update 3-19-2020

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has confirmed 13 new cases of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, bringing the state's total number of those who've tested positive for the virus to 88.

    • Samples for 88 patients tested positive.

    • Samples for 1,329 patients tested negative. 

    • Samples for 437 patients await results. 

    The 13 new cases are in the following counties: Linn (2), Marion (5), Multnomah (4), and Washington (5). There are a total of 13 cases in Marion County. 

    For more information, visit healthoregon.org/coronavirus

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    COVID-19 Update 3-19-2020
  • Mar
    17

    COVID-19 Update 3-17-2020 Social Distancing Measures Announced

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    On Monday evening, Oregon Health Authority announced 8 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, including one new case in Marion County. There are now 47 cases statewide with 3 in Marion County.

    Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced new measures to flatten the curve of coronavirus transmission in Oregon, including new orders and guidance on social distancing. The following measures take effect on Tuesday, March 17, and continue for four weeks: 

    • Statewide cancelation of all events and gatherings larger than 25 people. It is recommended that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

    • 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. 

    View the full release here

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    COVID-19 Update 3-17-2020 Social Distancing Measures Announced
  • Mar
    16

    Commissioners declare emergency in response to COVID-19

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Salem, OR – On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners declared an emergency in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. There are currently 39 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Oregon and two in Marion County.

    The emergency declaration allows the county to seek resources from the state and federal government and implements the county's Emergency Operations Plan. It provides for emergency purchasing procedures and more flexibility for personnel utilization.

    In part, the emergency declaration reads:

    "COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is an emerging disease and its progress is rapidly evolving. Keeping the public informed and as safe as possible has demanded a great deal of local resources. Resources related to contact tracing, disease investigation, community information, funding, and other resources related to the health and safety of the community are expected to be exhausted."

    Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, said, "We appreciate the hard work of our public health professionals and health care providers in our communities who have been working tirelessly to protect the health and well-being of Marion County's residents. This emergency declaration helps us ensure we have the tools needed to respond to our community during this evolving situation." 

    In keeping with Oregon and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to reduce opportunities for disease transmission, Marion County is canceling gatherings of more than 25 people and taking into account social distancing measures as we review county operations, events, and activities.

    For more information about Marion County's response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), visit COVID-19.mchealthy.net. 

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    Commissioners declare emergency in response to COVID-19
  • Mar
    16

    COVID-19 Update 3-16-2020 Commissioners Declare Emergency

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    On Monday, the Marion County Board of Commissioners declared an emergency in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. The declaration allows the county to seek resources from the state and federal government and implements the county's Emergency Operations Plan. It provides for emergency purchasing procedures and more flexibility for personnel utilization.

    In keeping with Oregon and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to reduce opportunities for disease transmission, Marion County is canceling gatherings of more than 25 people and taking into account social distancing measures as we review county operations, events, and activities. 

    Read the full release here

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    COVID-19 Update 3-16-2020 Commissioners Declare Emergency
  • Feb
    28

    COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    As the Local Public Health Authority (LPHA), Marion County Health and Human Services plays an important role in responding to any reports of infectious disease. We are working closely with health care providers throughout the county to ensure they are aware of the signs and symptoms and understand the screening guidelines to follow.

    In the case of COVID-19, we are taking guidance from the Oregon Health Authority to ensure our providers are aware of the investigative guidelines related to the virus. We participate in regular conference calls between OHA and other LPHAs to stay up to date with the current status of the virus in the United States and to coordinate messaging to ensure communities throughout Oregon are all provided with the same accurate and up-to-date information.

    Three cases of novel coronavirus have been identified in Oregon. There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Marion County and the general risk to the public remains low. Marion County will continue to prepare and monitor the situation so we are ready if the situation changes. 

    For general information about the novel coronavirus, please call 211.

    More information about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is available on the Marion County Health Department website.

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  • Feb
    21

    North Fork Park Reopens

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Marion County Parks announces that North Fork Park has reopened. On January 14, the park was closed due to having received several inches of snow. The park will remain open for the rest of the season. 

    For more information about this and other Marion County Parks, visit the website at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/, email parks@co.marion.or.us, or call 503-588-5036.

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  • Feb
    20

    St. Louis Fish Ponds Park to Open for the Season

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​GERVAIS, OR - Marion County Parks announces that St. Louis Fish Ponds Park will open to vehicle traffic for the season on March 1, 2020.

    The popular warm water fishing and dog training destination is located thirteen miles north of Keizer off St. Louis Road. The park has a concrete pathway to the fishing sites, as well as ADA accessible docks, restrooms, and picnic tables, and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

    For more information, please call 503-588-5036 or visit the Marion County Parks web site at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/Pages/default.aspx.

    For information about fishing and gun use at the park, please contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 503-947-6100.

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  • Jan
    14

    North Fork Park is closed due to snow

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​MEHAMA, OR – Marion County Parks announces that North Fork Park has closed due to the recent snow storm. The park, which is located on North Fork Road in the Santiam Canyon, has received several inches of snow during the storm and will remain closed until further notice.  

    For more information about this and other Marion County Parks, visit the website at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/, email parks@co.marion.or.us, or call 503-588-5036.

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  • Jan
    7

    Veteran Service Office making a difference for local veterans

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​This article appears in the January 2020 issue of Salem Business Journal. 

    By Dick Hughes, special to Marion County

    James Riddle tells the story of a Marion County veteran whose claim for federal health benefits had been denied.

    As a military police officer, the man wore a duty belt that was quite heavy. He later developed leg issues but the VA contended his condition did not stem from his military service.

    Riddle, the lead veterans service officer (VSO) for Marion County, dug into the science and found scientific research that backed the veteran's claim. The VA accepted the claim. Two weeks later, another VSO in the Marion County Veteran Service Office also used that research to back a veteran's claim.

    "We work outside the boxes," Riddle said. "We try to connect things that others have missed."

    The result is a powerful collaboration that has brought millions of dollars to veterans, families and survivors since the office opened in June 2018.

    "The county commissioners are dedicated to making sure the veterans in Marion County are served. They are committed to this program being successful," said Lisa Trauernicht, a senior policy analyst with the Board of Commissioners.

    It's a busy office, starting with two VSOs and adding a third. The staff met with an average of 100 veterans a week during the last half of 2019, they already plan to expand their outreach, especially in the Santiam Canyon.

    Trauernicht helps oversee the county's contract with Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, which runs the program and employs the staff. "They are an immensely dedicated, passionate group of people," she said. "Their stories are amazing."

    Sara Webb is Community Action's program manager. The staff members are veterans: VSOs Tim Boykin, Army; Eddie Grainger, Marines; and Riddle, both Navy and Army; and veteran service specialist Chris Dyer, Air Force.

    Marion was the last county to get its own office. The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, through its headquarters in Salem, historically had served the capital area.

    Working with government but not being "of the government" can be an advantage at times. Riddle encountered a veteran who'd never applied for benefits because the last time he entered a government building, he was sent to Vietnam. But he accepted Riddle's assistance.

    Services are free. They include filing disability claims; filing for pensions; obtaining military records; and applying for VA health care, education, and surviving spouse benefits. However, the office is not involved in setting up VA medical appointments or anything like that.

    Grainger said some veterans fear that applying for mental health benefits will affect their ability to get a job. That is not the case and, he said, it is OK to get help.

    The benefits can be life-changing, whether money to pay for hearing aids, for medical treatment or for long-term care. Yet many veterans, especially women, don't realize they are veterans and potentially eligible for benefits. When discharged, many servicemembers were misinformed about their status.

    "We encourage every veteran to check," Boykin said. "It's that question that goes unanswered if you never ask."

    A lot well-intended but inaccurate information circulates via social media and elsewhere. Webb stresses the best place to get up-to-date answers is a county veterans service office. To be certified by the ODVA, every county VSO must undergo a year of training. And stay constantly attuned.

    "There's a lot. The VA changes almost daily. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into when I started," Riddle said. "The analogy I use is, I'm out in left field, I'm ready to play, I got my hat, I got my glove – but we're playing hockey. That's the difference from going from client to officer. It's a completely different game."

    But that knowledge is powerful. From January 2018 through mid-December 2019, the VSOs helped Marion County veterans claim new monthly awards of $1,680,969.50 and retroactive awards of $4,077,633.52.

    "I spent 20 years serving in the Marine Corps and serving my country," Grainger said, "and it's nice that I'm in a role where I can still serve."

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    Location & Hours

    Veteran Service Office of Marion County
    780 Commercial St. SE, Ste. 302, Salem, OR
    (971) 707-4400
    info.vso@mwvcaa.org 

    Office hours
    Walk-in service: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:  9 -11 a.m., 1- 4p.m.
    Thursday-Friday: Only front desk staff is available

    Off-site locations
    First working Monday of the month: Woodburn Estates & Golf, 1776 Country Club Rd., Woodburn, OR 97071
    Third working Monday of the month: Santiam Outreach Community Center, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City, OR 97360

    What to bring to your first visit, if possible:
    DD214 form
    Photos showing where you served
    Medical records
    Diagnosis of any sort

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  • Dec
    20

    Construction project will bring improvements to 45th Avenue

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM OR – Marion County has contracted Carter & Company to begin construction on 45th Avenue beginning January 13, 2020. The project will be constructed in several stages and is estimated to be completed in 2021.

    The project will widen the road to accommodate bike lanes, add a turn lane at Fire Protection Way, construct missing sidewalk sections and ramps, and upgrade the stormwater system.  Once construction is complete, the road will receive an asphalt overlay from Ward Drive to Silverton Road.

    The road will remain open with flaggers directing traffic through the work area. Motorists should expect short delays and are advised to use alternate routes.  When traveling through the work area, please remain alert, follow flagger instructions and be considerate of pedestrians, bicyclists, and construction workers.

    For additional information, contact Tina Powell, Office Specialist, or Shane Ottosen Jr, Project Engineer, at 503-588-5036

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  • Dec
    18

    County agreement enables infrastructure for rural family farms

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​By Danielle Gonzalez, Economic Development Management Analyst

    It is not often that Marion County can improve the infrastructure experience of businesses and residents by nearly 1,000%. However, a broadband fiber project currently underway is doing just that in an agriculturally rich area of unincorporated Marion County. At the Dec. 4, 2019, Board Session, commissioners approved a cost sharing agreement with DataVision,  a north county internet service provider, to connect 47 rural farm, business, and residential properties to 1 Gbps symmetrical broadband fiber.

    Through Oregon video lottery proceeds the county receives for economic development purposes, $150,000 will be contributed to expand the number of properties connected and speed up implementation of the DataVision project along Wheatland and Matheny Roads. Under the agreement, the county also negotiated additional dark fiber out to the Wheatland Ferry for potential future use.

    Local farmer and business owner Tony Weathers was on hand to detail the impact of this project to his business. He thanked Marion County and DataVision for their help and said, "I am three miles north of Keizer and I am on dial-up internet." In this area of the county, businesses reported internet download speeds of 1.5 Mbps. Weathers said the lack of internet makes things like paying payroll taxes online, tracking overseas commodity markets, and surveillance applications for his business nearly impossible.

    To help reduce the cost of the overall project, farmers will utilize their farm equipment to dig their own trenches from the public right-of-way to their homes and buildings. Commissioner Colm Willis said, "I love this project. The farmers are contributing, DataVision is doing their part, and we are doing our part. This is the perfect economic development project."

    DataVision President and CEO Renee Willer said the Gervais-based company has been in business since 1914 and serves hazelnut, hops, and nursery growers in the region. She said, "It is these public-private partnerships that are going to help to get the job done in these rural communities. We are thrilled to be able to partner with Marion County to bring fiber broadband to this group of rural business owners and residents."

    The county's interest in the project began after a discussion with a rural farmer just outside of Gervais who received a quote of $56,000 to connect the family farm to broadband fiber. Broadband fiber is an essential infrastructure for rural and agricultural communities to be economically competitive. The viability of small farms depends on efficiencies and precision agricultural applications. Gigabit internet service is required for advanced farming applications such as GPS enabled water use, chemical use monitoring software, and surveillance asset protection.

    The cost sharing agreement provides a benefit to all of the parties involved — rural property owners receive the internet service they desperately need, DataVision gets customers, and the county has a reduced future expense for internet service. Commissioner Kevin Cameron said, "This is just a sample of what we hope happens on a broader scale in our rural communities. We have a lot of more work to do." 

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  • Dec
    6

    Salmon Falls Park has closed for the season

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​MEHAMA, OR – Marion County Parks announces that Salmon Falls Park has closed for the season. The park, which is located on North Fork Road in the Santiam Canyon, will reopen in spring 2020.  

    For more information about this and other Marion County Parks, visit the website at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/, email parks@co.marion.or.us, or call 503-588-5036.

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  • Dec
    5

    Student Recycle Art Calendar Awardees Announced

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Fourteen students from Marion County received awards for their artwork in the Student Recycle Art Calendar Contest. Awardees were honored at the Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and were chosen from student submissions received from throughout Marion County.

    In an effort to promote waste reduction and resource conservation in local schools, Marion County Public Works - Environmental Services and Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association partner to create the annual Student Recycle Art Calendar contest.

    The committee selected the winners based not only on their artistic ability, but also on the content of their message. Fourteen students in several grade categories were awarded a gift card, certificate, and art set. The 2020 art calendar award winners are:

    • Ashley Vargas Galeno, Washington Elementary School (Salem-Keizer)
    • McKenna Morales, Waldo Middle School
    • Makayla Meleason, Sprague High School
    • Arvin Singh, Abiqua Academy
    • Bradlee Mounts, Wright Elementary School 
    • Dani Colby, Abiqua Academy
    • Dharaa Mungra, Abiqua Academy
    • Jax Marshall, Aumsville Elementary School
    • Helena Navarro, Hallman Elementary School
    • James Dolan, Abiqua Academy
    • Isabel Blackburn, Abiqua Academy
    • Sandra Montanez, Woodburn High School
    • Chloe Elmore, Sprague High School
    • Kate Swenson, Sprague High School 

    This year we also recognize Sprague High School's art teacher, Connie Toland. Kate Swenson, one of Ms. Toland's students, was chosen as the grand prize winner. We realize that teachers play a critical role in making this contest a big success and we recognize their hard work. 

    Calendars are free and available by visiting Marion County Public Works at 5155 Silverton Road NE, Salem, Oregon or by calling Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association at 503-390-4000.

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