Emergency Measures

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.

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    × What can I do while the library is closed?

    Visit the library website to find out about online resources.  Learn about online classes, information and activities for children and adults.

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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)

 Not Allowed

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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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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.

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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.

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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 (permits@coosbay.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 permits@coosbay.org. 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.

BUSINESS LICENSES

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 permits@coosbay.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.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

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 codes@coosbay.org.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

All land use applications and plans in electronic format can be submitted to permits@coosbay.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 permits@coosbay.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. 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.

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Resources for COVID-19 information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Coos Health and Wellness

Oregon Department of Education – Student and Family Resources

Oregon Employment Department – Business Layoffs, Closures and Unemployment Information

Oregon Health Authority

Oregon State Government

Federal Economic and CARES Act Resources – Senator Ron Wyden

Federal Resources and Congressional Updates – Senator Jeff Merkley

Business Oregon

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association – Restaurant and Lodging Industry Resources

Travel Oregon – Tourism Industry Resources and Updates

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 help@211info.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

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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: 

Working together we can get through this!

- Joe Benetti, Coos Bay Mayor

Mayor Joe Benetti wearing a face mask

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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.

General Guidance for the Public 

Oregon Guidance for Employers

Specific Guidance for the Child Care Sector

Specific Guidance for Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Brewpubs, Wineries and Tasting Rooms

The guidance includes additional requirements related to operations, serving, food preparation, and video lottery terminals.

Specific Guidance for Retail Stores

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