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  • Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project Postponed

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project Postponed

    Date: 6/3/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    SALEM, OR – Marion County Public Works has postponed the Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project until the spring of 2021. Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. Construction was scheduled to begin this spring; however, due to additional impact studies that were necessary to complete the right-of-way process the project has been postponed.
     
    Postponing the project ensures that all of the work can be completed within the Pudding River’s in-water work window, which is designated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODF&W), and within one construction season. Silverton Road will be closed during construction, and rescheduling construction for next year will allow construction to begin early enough in the year to ensure Silverton Road is reopened prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, a commitment made by Marion County to the Silverton business community.
     
    During construction, Silverton Road will be closed to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The closure will start in the spring 2021 and end by Thanksgiving 2021. While Silverton Road is closed, two well-marked detour routes will be in place.
     
    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please contact Tina Powell, Office Specialist, at (503) 588-5036 or by email at tmpowell@co.marion.or.us.
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  • Commissioners Appoint Health & Human Services Administrator

    Commissioners Appoint Health & Human Services Administrator

    Date: 7/24/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    The Marion County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Matthews as Health & Human Services Administrator. He has served as Interim Administrator since January 2020. His appointment is effective August 1, 2020.

    Mr. Matthews has served Marion County Health & Human Services for 16 years in various roles and most recently as the department's Administrative Services Division Manager. He has extensive professional experience in finance, budget, and health administration.

    Mr. Matthews has led the department since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, said, "Ryan Matthews has provided steady leadership during this unprecedented public health emergency. I am thrilled he is willing to continue to serve during this difficult time."

    "It is an honor to be appointed as the Health & Human Services Administrator. I have seen the legacy of strong leadership and Marion County's commitment to excellence. My goal is to support the health and safety of our community," said Ryan Matthews. He continued, "While the top priority remains our response to COVID-19, we will also be investing in core infrastructure to enhance service delivery and improve access to our wide range of services."

    Mr. Matthews will lead a large, complex department with more than 450 employees across numerous public and mental health program areas. Major programs include adult and youth mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities services, alcohol and drug treatment, and public health services such as communicable disease control, maternal and child health, environmental health, and more. 

    For more information about Marion County Health & Human Services visit mchealthy.net

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  • Health & Human Services to discontinue clinical reproductive health services

    Health & Human Services to discontinue clinical reproductive health services

    Date: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    ​Marion County Health & Human Services has announced that reproductive health services will not resume as the department begins to reopen its Public Health Clinic, which has been closed since March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The decision follows months of careful assessment that began in 2019 when the county engaged a consultant to evaluate its service offerings in comparison to the needs of the community. The process incorporated input from employees, community partners, and individuals receiving services. The full report can be viewed on the Health & Human Services website.

    The assessment found that the number of individuals seeking services from Marion County's Reproductive Health Program had declined in recent years and that adequate alternatives exist to support the needs of the community were the program to close. In recent years, a shift in funding models for these services has led to an increase in access to and availability of primary care providers.

    Marion County Health & Human Services will continue to coordinate with providers throughout the county to assist them in partnering with the Oregon Health Authority's Reproductive Health Program and will work to ensure equitable access to care for all of the county's residents.

    Marion County's Public Health Division Director, Katrina Rothenberger, said, "As the local public health authority, we take our responsibility to ensure equitable access to high quality healthcare for everyone in our community very seriously. As we begin to move away from direct service, we are eager to focus more of our time on creating change at the systems level." 

    Immunizations and STD/HIV services will continue at the county's Salem Public Health Clinic located at 3180 Center St. NE and the county will work to assist community members in finding a healthcare provider if they do not already have one. 

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  • Phase 2 Reopening of Marion County to Begin on June 19

    Phase 2 Reopening of Marion County to Begin on June 19

    Date: 6/17/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority approved Marion County to enter Phase 2 of its reopening roadmap. Starting June 19, many additional types of businesses and activities will be allowed to resume or expand operations. Commissioner Kevin Cameron said that, “This important milestone comes at a critical time of need as families struggle with unemployment, businesses work hard to recover, and farmers begin their harvests. We’re thrilled to enter Phase 2 and get public life in Marion County moving again.”

    In Phase 2, swimming pools, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and arcades can reopen. Bars and restaurants will be able to expand hours of operation to stay open until midnight. Social, civic, and faith-based gatherings can meet in larger groups. Some recreational sports can resume, including training activities within college athletic programs. Importantly, Phase 2 retains several physical distancing and sanitation measures for businesses and other activities to help limit the spread of the coronavirus as people become more active in the community.

    Marion County’s roadmap for reopening was developed in collaboration with county health experts, other local leaders, and regional public health partners. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, “We’re proud to see that our county has successfully slowed the spread of COVID-19 to the point where we can confidently move into Phase 2. Today’s success is a testament to the hard work and resiliency of the people of Marion County.”

    Throughout reopening, anyone who feels sick should remain at home. Additionally, high-risk individuals who are over 65 years of age or suffering from chronic illnesses should continue to remain home as much as possible. We encourage all individuals to continue to follow physical distancing guidelines. All businesses, organizations, and activities that choose to reopen should follow state guidelines, many of which are available by specific sector and type of activity. Face coverings are strongly recommended for all individuals and are required for employees in many businesses.

    Guidance for businesses and other information is available on the county’s website: COVID-19.MCHealthy.net.




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  • County works to finalize contract with local hotel for isolation rooms

    County works to finalize contract with local hotel for isolation rooms

    Date: 6/23/2020 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​Marion County Health & Human Services is working to finalize a contract with a local hotel in the Woodburn area to provide an isolated, short-term location for Marion County residents with a possible exposure or a confirmed case of COVID-19 with mild symptoms, to self-isolate when they cannot otherwise do so safely. The contract is a requirement under Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s phased reopening framework, and is intended to ensure the county is prepared to protect residents and prevent the spread of the virus as the state moves forward with reopening.

    The hotel, an 81-room facility in the Woodburn-area, was selected because it will allow guests to safely distance themselves from others while also providing access to an on-site public health nurse to provide wellness checks and monitor symptoms. The hotel has been secured to house people unable to safely isolate, including farm workers and those who are under the supervision of Marion County Parole and Probation. The typical term of stay will be 14 days to isolate and quarantine, depending on the time frame of when the individual developed symptoms or was exposed to the virus. To start, the county anticipates that 10-15 individuals will be housed in the hotel.

    The safety and security of the community are a top priority for the county. Each guest will sign a Standards of Conduct Agreement, outlining acceptable behaviors and expectations while in isolation. Security will be at the hotel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guests will not leave the facility during the isolation period and Marion County staff will tend to the needs of the individuals, including food and wellness checks.

    Marion County’s Public Health Director, Katrina Rothenberger, stated, “This is a required resource for many people in our community who do not have other means to protect friends, coworkers, or loved ones from COVID-19 if they have a confirmed case or have been exposed. The hotel will allow us to slow the spread of COVID-19 by giving those with no place else to go a place to safely isolate.”

    Before individuals leave the hotel, their symptoms will have been monitored for a minimum of three days by the on-site public health nurse, and transportation will be coordinated to return the individual to their community upon leaving the hotel. The county Health and Human Services Department will begin managing the facility on July 1, 2020.


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  • Jul
    26

    ALBANY MAN DROWNS WHILE FLOATING SANTIAM RIVER

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office


    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: July 26th, 2020 9:23 PM

    On 7/26/20 at 4:31 p.m. deputies responded to a report of a man that fell off a tube while floating the Santiam River near Interstate 5. A witness said he saw the man fall off the tube and go under, come back up and tried swimming against the current before going back under. This occurred approximately 30’ from the shoreline. The man was not wearing a life jacket. The decedent’s name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Albany Fire Department, Jefferson Fire Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, and Benton County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol.

    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Sr. Deputy Ethan Griffith
    Cell Phone: 503-932-7575
    Email: MCSOPIO@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
    Instagram: mcsointheknow


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    ALBANY MAN DROWNS WHILE FLOATING SANTIAM RIVER
  • Jul
    26

    DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING SHOOTING ON ABIQUA ROAD

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office


    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: July 26th, 2020 8:43 PM

    On 7/26/20 at around 4:16 p.m. deputies were called to the 20000 Block of Abiqua Road on the report of three subjects with gunshot wounds. Deputies located three adult male subjects suffering from gunshot wounds. Detectives are on scene and beginning their investigation into this incident. All three subjects have been transported to local hospitals for treatment. At the time of this release their condition is unknown. There is no danger to the public at this time. If anyone has information about this incident please call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 503-588-5032.

    This is an active and ongoing investigation, no other information is available for release at this time.

    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Sr. Deputy Ethan Griffith
    Cell Phone: 503-932-7575
    Email: MCSOPIO@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
    Instagram: mcsointheknow


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    DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING SHOOTING ON ABIQUA ROAD
  • Jul
    25

    DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR MISSING HIKER NEAR OPAL CREEK TRAILHEAD (PHOTO) *UPDATE*

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: July 25th, 2020 7:36 AM

    *UPDATE*

    Mr. Webb has been located and is safe. Opal Creek Trailhead and U.S.F.S. Road 2209 are now OPEN

    ***************************************************************************************************************************************

    Last night, 7/24/20 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Stephon Sherer who reported his friend Kelly Webb had wandered off the trail.

    Kelly Webb is a white male adult, who is 39 years old, 6’ tall, 230 lbs, short brown hair with a goatee and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black tank top, blue jeans, and had a grey backpack.

    Opal Creek Trailhead is CLOSED at this time along with U.S.F.S. Road 2209. Deputies with our Search and Rescue Teams are currently on scene and asking everyone to stay out of the area for the duration of the search for Mr. Webb.

    Anyone who may have seen Mr. Webb or know his current location are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-588-5032.

    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Sr. Deputy Ethan Griffith
    Cell Phone: 503-932-7575
    Email: MCSOPIO@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
    Instagram: mcsointheknow


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    DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR MISSING HIKER NEAR OPAL CREEK TRAILHEAD (PHOTO) *UPDATE*
  • Jul
    24

    Commissioners Appoint Health & Human Services Administrator

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    The Marion County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Matthews as Health & Human Services Administrator. He has served as Interim Administrator since January 2020. His appointment is effective August 1, 2020.

    Mr. Matthews has served Marion County Health & Human Services for 16 years in various roles and most recently as the department's Administrative Services Division Manager. He has extensive professional experience in finance, budget, and health administration.

    Mr. Matthews has led the department since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, said, "Ryan Matthews has provided steady leadership during this unprecedented public health emergency. I am thrilled he is willing to continue to serve during this difficult time."

    "It is an honor to be appointed as the Health & Human Services Administrator. I have seen the legacy of strong leadership and Marion County's commitment to excellence. My goal is to support the health and safety of our community," said Ryan Matthews. He continued, "While the top priority remains our response to COVID-19, we will also be investing in core infrastructure to enhance service delivery and improve access to our wide range of services."

    Mr. Matthews will lead a large, complex department with more than 450 employees across numerous public and mental health program areas. Major programs include adult and youth mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities services, alcohol and drug treatment, and public health services such as communicable disease control, maternal and child health, environmental health, and more. 

    For more information about Marion County Health & Human Services visit mchealthy.net

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  • Jul
    2

    Health & Human Services to discontinue clinical reproductive health services

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    ​Marion County Health & Human Services has announced that reproductive health services will not resume as the department begins to reopen its Public Health Clinic, which has been closed since March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The decision follows months of careful assessment that began in 2019 when the county engaged a consultant to evaluate its service offerings in comparison to the needs of the community. The process incorporated input from employees, community partners, and individuals receiving services. The full report can be viewed on the Health & Human Services website.

    The assessment found that the number of individuals seeking services from Marion County's Reproductive Health Program had declined in recent years and that adequate alternatives exist to support the needs of the community were the program to close. In recent years, a shift in funding models for these services has led to an increase in access to and availability of primary care providers.

    Marion County Health & Human Services will continue to coordinate with providers throughout the county to assist them in partnering with the Oregon Health Authority's Reproductive Health Program and will work to ensure equitable access to care for all of the county's residents.

    Marion County's Public Health Division Director, Katrina Rothenberger, said, "As the local public health authority, we take our responsibility to ensure equitable access to high quality healthcare for everyone in our community very seriously. As we begin to move away from direct service, we are eager to focus more of our time on creating change at the systems level." 

    Immunizations and STD/HIV services will continue at the county's Salem Public Health Clinic located at 3180 Center St. NE and the county will work to assist community members in finding a healthcare provider if they do not already have one. 

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    Health & Human Services to discontinue clinical reproductive health services
  • Jun
    23

    County works to finalize contract with local hotel for isolation rooms

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​Marion County Health & Human Services is working to finalize a contract with a local hotel in the Woodburn area to provide an isolated, short-term location for Marion County residents with a possible exposure or a confirmed case of COVID-19 with mild symptoms, to self-isolate when they cannot otherwise do so safely. The contract is a requirement under Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s phased reopening framework, and is intended to ensure the county is prepared to protect residents and prevent the spread of the virus as the state moves forward with reopening.

    The hotel, an 81-room facility in the Woodburn-area, was selected because it will allow guests to safely distance themselves from others while also providing access to an on-site public health nurse to provide wellness checks and monitor symptoms. The hotel has been secured to house people unable to safely isolate, including farm workers and those who are under the supervision of Marion County Parole and Probation. The typical term of stay will be 14 days to isolate and quarantine, depending on the time frame of when the individual developed symptoms or was exposed to the virus. To start, the county anticipates that 10-15 individuals will be housed in the hotel.

    The safety and security of the community are a top priority for the county. Each guest will sign a Standards of Conduct Agreement, outlining acceptable behaviors and expectations while in isolation. Security will be at the hotel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guests will not leave the facility during the isolation period and Marion County staff will tend to the needs of the individuals, including food and wellness checks.

    Marion County’s Public Health Director, Katrina Rothenberger, stated, “This is a required resource for many people in our community who do not have other means to protect friends, coworkers, or loved ones from COVID-19 if they have a confirmed case or have been exposed. The hotel will allow us to slow the spread of COVID-19 by giving those with no place else to go a place to safely isolate.”

    Before individuals leave the hotel, their symptoms will have been monitored for a minimum of three days by the on-site public health nurse, and transportation will be coordinated to return the individual to their community upon leaving the hotel. The county Health and Human Services Department will begin managing the facility on July 1, 2020.


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  • Jun
    17

    Phase 2 Reopening of Marion County to Begin on June 19

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority approved Marion County to enter Phase 2 of its reopening roadmap. Starting June 19, many additional types of businesses and activities will be allowed to resume or expand operations. Commissioner Kevin Cameron said that, “This important milestone comes at a critical time of need as families struggle with unemployment, businesses work hard to recover, and farmers begin their harvests. We’re thrilled to enter Phase 2 and get public life in Marion County moving again.”

    In Phase 2, swimming pools, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and arcades can reopen. Bars and restaurants will be able to expand hours of operation to stay open until midnight. Social, civic, and faith-based gatherings can meet in larger groups. Some recreational sports can resume, including training activities within college athletic programs. Importantly, Phase 2 retains several physical distancing and sanitation measures for businesses and other activities to help limit the spread of the coronavirus as people become more active in the community.

    Marion County’s roadmap for reopening was developed in collaboration with county health experts, other local leaders, and regional public health partners. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, “We’re proud to see that our county has successfully slowed the spread of COVID-19 to the point where we can confidently move into Phase 2. Today’s success is a testament to the hard work and resiliency of the people of Marion County.”

    Throughout reopening, anyone who feels sick should remain at home. Additionally, high-risk individuals who are over 65 years of age or suffering from chronic illnesses should continue to remain home as much as possible. We encourage all individuals to continue to follow physical distancing guidelines. All businesses, organizations, and activities that choose to reopen should follow state guidelines, many of which are available by specific sector and type of activity. Face coverings are strongly recommended for all individuals and are required for employees in many businesses.

    Guidance for businesses and other information is available on the county’s website: COVID-19.MCHealthy.net.




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    Phase 2 Reopening of Marion County to Begin on June 19
  • Jun
    17

    Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Marion County

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    ​Public health officials are warning area residents to take precautions after a rabid bat was found in the Stayton area of Marion County, Oregon. 

    A dog with a current rabies vaccine owned by a resident of the Stayton area was bitten by a bat on June 12, 2020.  The bat was sent to Oregon State University for testing. Results confirmed the bat was positive for rabies. Based on the positive test, Marion County Public Health recommended the dog be quarantined for 45 days and given another rabies vaccine. 

    According to the Oregon Health Authority, bats are the most common carriers of rabies in this 
    state. About 8-10% of bats tested for rabies are positive every year. So far in 2020, 3 bats have tested positive for rabies in Oregon. 

    Authorities emphasize the main protection for humans is to make sure pets are vaccinated and avoid contact with stray animals and wildlife. Public health officials advise taking extreme precautions before attempting to handle a bat. If it is necessary to pick up a bat, it is best to wear heavy gloves, use a shovel, or both. 

    The public should not approach bats, wildlife, or other mammals seen exhibiting odd behavior. Sick bats may be seen flopping around on the ground or otherwise acting unusual. If you find a sick bat or other sick wildlife on your property, take children and pets indoors. If you do have an exposure (e.g., scratch or bite) from a bat, immediately clean the wound and seek medical attention. If the bat has been captured, do not crush the bat or throw it away, as intact bats can be tested for rabies, which can help avoid post-exposure rabies shots. If your pet has encountered a bat or been bitten by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian immediately or call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 866-968-2600. 

    In the event of bat contact such as a bite or scratch, an attempt should be made to safely capture the bat for testing for the rabies virus. Efforts should be made to collect the bat without destroying the head and the bat should be kept in a cool place. Immediately seek medical attention and report the incident to Marion County at 503-588-5346. 

    For more information about rabies, please visit the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division website at: 
    https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/RABIES/Pages/rabies.aspx

    Information is also available on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at:  https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html  


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    Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Marion County
  • Jun
    11

    Phase 2 Reopening Deferred Another Week

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​On Thursday, June 11, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority determined that Marion County was not approved to enter Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, June 12. In her letter to the county, Governor Brown noted that it failed to meet two of the six criteria laid out in her guidelines for Phase 2 reopening. The county’s application will be reassessed in one week based off of data gathered in the next seven day period. 

    In response to Governor Brown’s decision, Commission Chair Colm Willis shared, “We are disappointed in the governor’s decision. The County has worked diligently with our Public Health team to ensure we are prepared for a safe Phase 2 reopening. We will continue this work and are hopeful that our application will be approved as soon as possible.” 


    Marion County’s roadmap for reopening was developed in collaboration with county health experts, local leaders, and regional public health partners. The county will continue to evaluate the data as it is available and looks forward to entering Phase 2 as soon as possible. County Commissioner Kevin Cameron said, “Of course we want to see the number of cases falling steadily, but that is an unrealistic expectation. As more businesses reopen and people are doing more activities outside their homes, some occasional increases are anticipated. With the increase in testing throughout the county, we can also expect to see an uptick in known cases. We are also working closely with farms and food processing facilities to prevent outbreaks in facilities where physical distancing is often a challenge.” 

    As the county looks toward Phase 2 of reopening, the health and safety of all Marion County residents is top of mind. This decision comes at a critical time of need as families struggle with unemployment, businesses work hard to recover, and farmers begin their harvests. County Commissioner Sam Brentano stated “I don’t agree with the decision and I think it’s time we explore all our options. “ 

    Marion County remains committed to working with the Governor’s office, the Oregon Health Authority, and local health and community partners to enter Phase 2 of reopening once state officials give their approval. 


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    Phase 2 Reopening Deferred Another Week
  • Jun
    3

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project Postponed

    Posted by: Public Works

    SALEM, OR – Marion County Public Works has postponed the Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project until the spring of 2021. Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. Construction was scheduled to begin this spring; however, due to additional impact studies that were necessary to complete the right-of-way process the project has been postponed.
     
    Postponing the project ensures that all of the work can be completed within the Pudding River’s in-water work window, which is designated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODF&W), and within one construction season. Silverton Road will be closed during construction, and rescheduling construction for next year will allow construction to begin early enough in the year to ensure Silverton Road is reopened prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, a commitment made by Marion County to the Silverton business community.
     
    During construction, Silverton Road will be closed to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The closure will start in the spring 2021 and end by Thanksgiving 2021. While Silverton Road is closed, two well-marked detour routes will be in place.
     
    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please contact Tina Powell, Office Specialist, at (503) 588-5036 or by email at tmpowell@co.marion.or.us.
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  • May
    20

    Limited Reopening of Marion County to Begin on May 22

    Posted by:

    ​On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority approved the Community Roadmap for a Limited Reopening of Marion County starting Friday, May 22.

    The approved plan represents a collaboration with state and county health experts, local leaders, and regional public health partners. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, "We are proud of what our communities and public health teams have accomplished to slow the spread of COVID-19. As we have all worked together to protect public health, we have also seen businesses closed and livelihoods destroyed. Our plan encourages businesses, churches, and other organizations to move forward in a limited capacity while continuing to protect the health of our community."

    Phase 1 of the approved community roadmap allows reopening of several types of businesses and services, while keeping sanitation, physical distancing, face covering, and crowd size measures in place. Eventually, phases 2 and 3 of the plan allow for increased gathering sizes and resumption of non-essential travel, nursing home and hospital visits, and additional seating at restaurants, bars, and other venues. The county is required to remain in Phase 1 for at least 21 days, and advancement to phases 2 and 3 will be allowed only if public health monitoring indicates it is safe.

    Throughout reopening, anyone who feels sick should remain at home. Additionally, high-risk individuals who are over 65 years of age or suffering chronic illnesses should continue to remain home as much as possible. All businesses and organizations that choose to reopen should follow state guidelines, many of which are described in detail sector by sector. We encourage all individuals to continue to follow physical distancing guidelines.

    In recognition that additional restrictions and guidelines may be needed as circumstances evolve, we remain committed to working with the Governor's office, the Oregon Health Authority, and local health and community partners to monitor progress and refine the roadmap as needed.


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    Limited Reopening of Marion County to Begin on May 22
  • May
    14

    Marion County Reopening to Begin Later than Proposed

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority determined that Marion County's application for a limited reopening must be deferred to a later date. While many counties across Oregon will begin reopening on May 15, others, including Marion and Polk counties, will not yet reopen. Our application will be reviewed by the state again next Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, statewide and in Marion County, some stand-alone "Main Street" retail businesses, such as furniture stores, art galleries, jewelry stores, and boutiques, can reopen on May 15 if they agree to follow safety guidelines. Additionally, childcare, summer school, camps, and youth programs can reopen with specific limitations and guidelines. We also want our community to know that all county parks and boat ramps will be open for day use beginning May 15 (playgrounds will remain closed).

    In response to Governor Brown's decision, Commission Chair Colm Willis shared, "My heart goes out to all of the people who have been affected by this virus, including all of the family-owned businesses and their employees who have not had a paycheck for more than two months. We will continue to do everything we can to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community and get the people of Marion County back to work as soon as possible."

    We remain committed to working with the Governor's office, the Oregon Health Authority, and local health and community partners. We are reviewing the information provided by the Governor's Office and are considering all of our options in moving forward toward timely reopening.


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  • May
    6

    Commissioners Adopt Roadmap for a Limited Reopening of Marion County Beginning on May 15

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    During its regular weekly board session on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution for beginning to reopen businesses, restaurants, churches, and county parks. Phase 1 of the community roadmap for reopening will begin on May 15. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, "Many people in Marion County are suffering right now. This plan ensures first and foremost, the safety of the people of Marion County and fairness for our families and small businesses."  

    Working closely with our county Health and Human Services experts, local leaders, and regional public health partners, the roadmap is based on the Governor's guidelines for reopening counties across the state. Commissioner Willis adds, "In our case, the roadmap is tailored to fit the specific needs of our communities. We have worked hard with state and regional partners to prepare a thoughtful, balanced approach to supporting a safe, strong, and thriving Marion County."

    In Phase 1, the roadmap proposes reopening several types of businesses and services, keeping in place sanitation protocols and specific limits on physical distancing, face coverings, and crowd size until public health monitoring shows it is safe to move to later phases. Hospital visits will remain prohibited at this time, as will night clubs and most large venues.

    Monitoring community health and safety is very important as the limited, phased reopening gets underway. Marion County Public Health Director Katrina Rothenberger is leading efforts to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic and observes that, "Local hospitals have ample capacity today and much more so than a few weeks ago when the virus first arrived in Oregon." She goes on to add, "As businesses and other sectors begin to reopen, we will closely track new cases of the virus and will take immediate action if we see an unacceptable increase in new cases and hospitalizations." Meanwhile, the roadmap has very specific details about what types of preventive measures are required for each type of business, venue, and activity.

    Marion County is committed to working with the Governor's office, local healthcare providers, and other community partners to update and refine the roadmap as needed.



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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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    Construction project will bring improvements to 45th Avenue
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