Coos Bay response to COVID-19 pandemic
The City is taking steps to limit exposure to and spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). City government remains fully operational, staffed, and ready to respond to the needs of the community, but changes have been made to protect the health of our community as well as our workforce, so we can continue to provide crucial City services to our customers.
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× How do I contact the Coos Bay Police?
Please call 9-1-1 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, call Dispatch at 541-269-8911 and select option 0. CBPD offices are located in the Coos Bay City Hall; the lobby is open from 8am to 5pm on regular business days. If City Hall is closed, there is are callboxes by the main doors and elevator to contact Dispatch.
State of Emergency
The City is taking steps to limit exposure to and spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
The City Manager has declared a state of emergency beginning March 19, 2020, and ending May 1, 2020. Having conferred with the Mayor, department heads, and City Council members, the City Manager determined that COVID-19 is a public health crisis that threatens the health, safety, and welfare of the city and the city’s citizens and constitutes an imminent threat of illness, human suffering, financial loss, and/or loss of life; and the City Manager finds that COVID-19 necessitates a state of emergency declaration. The full text of the declaration can be found on our website, Emergency Declaration March 19, 2020. City Council approved a resolution mirroring and superseding the emergency declaration on March 31, 2020. The declaration allows the city additional flexibility in terms of limiting access to public buildings, directing city staff, and delegating resources as well as acquiring needed resources related to health and safety.
In line with state restrictions and federal guidelines, City Hall is closed to the public during normal business hours for the foreseeable future. The majority of City services and day-to-day operations are continuing but with significant changes. These changes aim to protect the health of our community as well as our workforce, so we can continue to provide crucial City services to our customers. Our management team is meeting frequently along with our community partners to share information and discuss any modifications to our operations. The situation is continually evolving, and we may need to make additional changes in the future.
State-wide restrictions were put in place starting March 23, 2020 with the Governor's “Stay Home, Save Lives” order. The order directs everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and temporarily closed or restricted certain businesses in order to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. The order includes:
Allowed (must keep 6 feet from others)
- Hospitals and health care
- Grocery stores
- Banks and Credit Unions
- 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
- Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios, dance and yoga studios
- Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, day spas and massage services, non-medical wellness spas, cosmetic stores, tattoo parlors
- Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, music concerts, sporting events, museums, skating rinks
- State parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, pools, skate parks, festivals
City government remains fully operational, staffed, and ready to respond to the needs of the community, but changes have been made to protect the health of our community as well as our workforce, so we can continue to provide crucial City services to our customers.
- Coos Bay City Hall is closed to the public. Staff can be reached by phone and email. Contact information for specific staff and departments is in the City Phone Directory.
- All board and committee meetings are canceled.
- City Council meetings will have restricted access. Meetings will use social distancing modifications including reducing meeting length and increased space between chairs, with a maximum number of 24 people in attendance, including Council members and staff. Links for the online connection are in the meeting agenda.
- Coos Bay Library is closed. The Library will continue to offer digital services such as Library2Go and hoopla. Additional information is on the library website.
- Park facilities where it is not possible to maintain appropriate social distancing (six feet or more between individuals) are closed. This includes: Mingus Park pool, all playground equipment areas, basketball courts, ballfields, tennis courts, and the skate park. Walking trails are open.
- Coos Bay Fire Department has made some changes to daily operations, including limiting patient contact during calls.
- Coos Bay Police Department is implementing a temporary modification in call response and services.
- Special events on city property are canceled through May 1. The opening of the Coos Bay Downtown Association's weekly Farmers Market has been postponed to June 3.
The Coos Bay Fire Department has made some changes to daily operations due to COVID-19.
Based on guidance and discussion during these meetings, the Coos Bay Fire Department has made some changes to daily operations. All 9-1-1 dispatchers are asking additional questions to help responding crews determine the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to wear. Once on the scene, responders are limiting the number of people near the patient until it is determined that there is low COVID risk or that a higher level of PPE is required. This is coordinated with Bay Cities Ambulance and, in instances when they arrive first, CBFD personnel may remain outside until assistance is needed.
To ensure the safety of staff and citizens CBFD has also taken extra steps to ensure all staff are fit for duty. Staff members are performing twice daily self-evaluations as outlined by CDC guidelines, including assessing for cough, congestion, fever, and other signs of respiratory illness. Although there are many other respiratory illnesses besides COVID-19, CBFD wants to make sure that anyone that is ill is not responding to calls and receives appropriate treatment, including testing for COVID-19 if appropriate.
There have been many stories on social media and from different media outlets that have discussed the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which includes masks, gowns, gloves, and face shields. CBFD has an adequate supply and is carefully monitoring use. Limiting the number of people with close contact with patients helps to extend how long the current supply will last.
CBFD continues to be very active in the planning and response to the COVID-19 epidemic. CBFD staff have been working with other local response partners, Coos Health and Wellness, representatives from local hospitals, clinics, care facilities, and other first responders from around Coos County to best serve the community and help keep everyone safe and healthy.
The Coos Bay Police Department remains fully operational, staffed, and ready to respond to the needs of the community. Officers will continue to respond to all emergencies, in-progress calls, and other priority responses. In an effort to minimize possible exposure and to protect essential emergency services, CBPD is implementing a temporary modification in call response and services.
Coos Bay City Hall, including the CBPD lobby, is closed to the public. Please call 9-1-1 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, call Dispatch at 541-269-8911 and select option 0.
Patrol officers will handle all non-priority calls via phone whenever possible. This means that, unless you are reporting an in-progress crime or felony person crimes, the dispatcher will have an officer call you back to take the report and answer any questions you may have. The case officer will then conduct any further investigation as needed.
Services including station tours, ride-a-longs, and public engagement programs are suspended.
The CBPD Administration’s priority is to keep staff healthy in order to deliver quality emergency services when needed. CBPD wants to thank the citizens of Coos Bay for their understanding and support with our temporarily modified services.
The Public Works and Community Development Department is fully operational but is limiting face-to-face contact. Please use the city website (www.coosbay.org), telephone (541-269-8918), and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to access services.
Staff are available for limited face-to-face personal contact utilizing protection measures specified by the state and federal government; please call to request an appointment if an in-person meeting is required.
BUILDING PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS
Building and mechanical permit applications and plans in electronic format can be submitted online through the state ePermitting website. Alternatively, permit applications and documents can be emailed to email@example.com. Instructions on how to pay for your permit application will be sent to you by email; the permit application will not be reviewed until fees are paid. Please be sure to have a valid email address for follow-up correspondence.
Inspectors will be available for video conferencing and acceptance of photographs in lieu of an in-person inspection where the inspection can reasonably be completed. You will be contacted ahead of the inspection to make appropriate arrangements. Inspector discretion will be exercised in determining adequacy of remotely acquired information.
If it is determined a remote inspection is not possible, prior to conducting any inspections where the property is occupied, the inspector will make contact by phone and inquire whether occupants are showing signs of sickness. If the occupant answers affirmatively, then the inspection will be postponed to a later date no earlier than 14 days in the future. Customers will be advised of arrival for inspections in advance. Inspectors will practice social distancing protocol and not come within 6’ of any individual on site. Inspectors will politely refuse service if they observe anyone on the premises who appears COVID-19 symptomatic (coughing, feverish, difficulty breathing). Surface contact will be minimized during inspections as well as avoidance of high touch areas such as handrails, door hardware, etc.. For customer and inspector safety, Inspectors will consistently wash hands or use hand sanitizer and wipe down touch points encountered on the inspection.
Information on Business Licenses is on the City of Coos Bay web site at http://coosbay.org/doing-business#business-licenses. Applications can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail. Once received, the license application will be entered into the system and instructions will be provided to you on how to make payment online using xpress bill pay or by telephone at 1-800-720-6847. Once the fee is paid the city will take action on your application.
Public health and safety are City priorities. To report a concern, please contact the Codes Enforcement Officer at 541-269-1181 extension 2267 or email email@example.com.
All land use applications and plans in electronic format can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once received, the permit application and plans in electronic format will be entered into the system and instructions will be provided to you on how to make payment online at the state ePermitting website. Be aware that city receipt of your permit fees is what will trigger the 30-day review period to determine if your application is complete.
PUBLIC WORKS PERMITS
All public works related permits applications (grading, sewer connection, encroachment permits, right of way vacations, etc.) and supporting documents can be emailed to email@example.com. Once received, the permit application and plans in electronic format will be entered into the system and instructions will be provided to you on how to make payment online at the state ePermitting website. Permit payment will be required before the city will act upon your application.
SEWER OVERFLOWS OR INQUIRIES
Sewer overflows or sewer inquires can be directed to the Public Works department between 8AM and 5 PM on weekdays at 541-269-8918. Outside of these hours, please contact the Police Department dispatch using non-emergency line at 541-269-8911.
Resources for COVID-19 information
- CHW Community COVID-19 Hotline, 541-266-1650, daily 7am - 7pm
211 is the go-to public phone number to get information about Novel Coronavirus. This program is a partnership with Oregon Health Authority. To speak with a Community Information Specialist about Novel Coronavirus: CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155, TEXT your zip code to 898211 (TXT211), EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org, HOURS 7 days per week, 8am-11pm. 211info Community Information Specialists answer informational questions about the following: Symptoms, Prevention, Transmission, Treatment, Travel health, Animals/pets, Persons under investigation and/or monitoring
Mayor’s COVID-19 Message
Message from Mayor Joe Benetti
The City is complying with Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order. While the true impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet unknown, it's imperative that we as a community work together as we continue to fight the spread of the virus and support each other. I firmly believe that working together we can get through this! Local businesses have been forced to drastically alter their operations in response to this pandemic. Please join me and our City Councilors in supporting our local business which employs our friends, families, and neighbors. Order take out, purchase gift cards, and shop locally online.
There will be an end to this and life will get back to normal. In the meantime, continue to use the necessary safety precautions. The best way to prevent illness from COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Take steps to protect your health by following these guidelines from the CDC:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Wear a cloth face covering to cover your mouth and nose when around others as physical distancing is not always possible. People may spread the infection even prior to having symptoms and you could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Don’t place coverings on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets and countertops.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent, or soap and water, prior to disinfecting.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick. You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office
Working together we can get through this!
- Joe Benetti, Coos Bay Mayor
The Governnor's Office has provided draft guidance for a three-phase reopening from COVID-19 restrictions.
State-wide restrictions were put in place starting March 23, 2020 with the Governor's “Stay Home, Save Lives” order. The order directed everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and temporarily closed or restricted certain businesses in order to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. On April 27, 2020, the Governnor's Office provided draft guidance for phase one of a three-phase reopening from COVID-19 restrictions. Although this guidance is not yet officially implemented, making it available is intended to help businesses prepare to reopen. The guidance suggests using social distancing, good hygiene practices, and the wearing of face masks when in public. The complete draft guidance is linked as pdfs.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Practice good hand hygiene with frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).
- Cover coughs/sneezes with elbow or tissue (immediately discard tissues in garbage and wash hands).
- Avoid touching your face.
- Practice physical distancing of at least six (6) feet between you and others not in your household.
- Use cloth face coverings in public, as appropriate.
- Stay close to home, avoid overnight trips and other non-essential travel.
- Comply with any of the Governor’s Executive Orders that are in effect.
- Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if employees develop symptoms at the workplace.
- Understand how COVID-19 is transmitted from one person to another—namely, through coughing, sneezing, talking, touching, or via objects touched by someone with the virus.
- Make health and safety a priority by implementing safeguards to protect employees and the public.
- Consider modifying employee schedules and travel to reduce unnecessary close physical contact (physical distance of less than (6) six feet between people)
- Be aware of protected leave requirements and plan ahead for any anticipated workforce adjustments.
- Consider keeping a record of name, contact information and date/time of visit for customers/visitors for purposes of contract tracing if needed.
- Child care providers must:
- Limit the number of children in rooms per guidelines.
- Adjust staffing ratios with mixed ages, based on the youngest child in the group.
- Comply with cohorting requirements.
- Maintain increased OHA-ELD cleaning protocols for surfaces, linens, electronics, toys.
- Keep a log with theinformation for each child in care.
- To the extent possible, child care providers should:
- Prioritize care for families needing care due to essential infrastructure employment such as first responders, health care, grocery store employees, etc.
- Permit child care provider staff to wear cloth face coverings if they choose.
- Ensure tables are spaced at least six (6) feet apart so that distancing of six (6) feet between parties is maintained, including when customers approach or leave tables.
- Remove or restrict seating to meet the occupancy limit and to facilitate the requirement of at least six (6) feet of physical distance between people not in the same party.
- Limit number of customers on premises at one time, with a maximum restaurant occupancy of 50% of normal capacity as long as physical distancing requirements can be maintained.
- Limit parties to 10 people or fewer who have chosen to congregate together. People in the same party seated at the same table do not have to be six (6) feet apart.
- Minimize employee bare-hand contact with food through use of utensils.
- Reinforce that meticulous hand hygiene (frequent and proper handwashing) is of utmost importance for all employees, including chefs, line cooks and waitstaff.
- Have employees wear gloves when performing cleaning, sanitizing, or disinfecting activities.
The guidance includes additional requirements related to operations, serving, food preparation, and video lottery terminals.
- Limit the number of customers in the store.
- Maintaining at least six (6) feet of distance between people and employees in the store.
- Post clear signage listing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Use signage to encourage physical distancing.
- Frequently clean and sanitize work areas, high-traffic areas, and commonly touched surfaces.
- Strongly encourage employees to wear cloth face coverings.
- Consider placing clear plastic or glass barriers in areas where maintaining six (6) feet of physical distance between employees and customers is difficult.
- Encourage one-way flow with marked entrances and exits.
- Use signage and tape on the floor to maintain physical distancing while waiting for cashiers.