Information for the Public
Posted February 27. 2020 - How is MCHHS preparing for the possibility of COVID-19 coming to Oregon?
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 weekly 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
So far, risk to the public remains low and there are no
cases of the virus in Oregon. Marion County will continue to prepare and
monitor the situation so we are ready if the situation changes.
Steps you an take to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold can also help prevent the spread of the coronavirus:
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you're sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
For additional information about coronavirus, visit the Oregon Health Authority or the CDC.
Posted November 5, 2019
An air quality advisory for stagnant air is currently in effect in Marion County. Individuals with respiratory illness should follow their physician's advice for dealing with high levels of air pollution during periods of stagnant air.
State air quality agencies highly recommend that no outdoor burning occur and that residential wood burning devices be limited as much as possible. Prolonged periods of stagnant air can hold pollutants closes to the ground where people live and breathe. Check with your local burn agency for any current restrictions in your area.
To monitor air quality throughout the state, visit: https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map
Posted August 15, 2018
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory for the Willamette Valley. Take precautions to protect yourself and your family by staying indoors with windows and doors closed, and limiting strenuous outdoor activity. Check
Oregon DEQ's Air Quality Index for current conditions.
More air advisory safety tips are available at the following resources:
Oregon Smoke Blog
Oregon Health Authority - Wildfires and Smoke
Oregon Health Authority - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Posted June 1, 2018
Cyanotoxin Related to the Detroit Lake Algal Bloom:
Oregon Health Authority - Resources
What does it mean for your health?
General Public Avoiding Exposure to Cyanotoxins in drinking water systems (PDF)
Health Issues Cyanotoxin Detroit Lake Algal Bloom (PDF)
Posted January 31, 2018
New Web Portal for Inspection Reports
Marion County Environmental Health has a
new web portal that will allow people to easily find inspection reports for food, public pool and lodging facilities, such as restaurants, swimming pools and hotels.
Posted January 22, 2018
Please join the American Cancer Society, Salem Health and the Marion County Health Department for a viewing of: Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
Thursday, February 22 6:00-8:00pm
More Information (PDF)
Link for Registration