Baker County COVID-19 Response & Resources

State of Oregon reopening guidelines can be found on the Business Information page.

The Baker County Commissioners submitted a plan to Governor Brown’s office on April 24 outlining a phased approach to reopening businesses, organizations and events in Baker County that are currently closed by the Governor’s Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order. The plan was developed through coordination between the Baker County Commissioners, Baker County Health Department, St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City, and the County Public Health Officer. The plan proposed three phases for reopening, and included measures that can be put in place to reduce the risk of transmitting disease. The plan was approved by the Governor’s office on May 14, 2020.  

Approved Baker County Reopening Plan – May 14, 2020

Baker County Commissioner Mark Bennett shares a message to the community about the local COVID-19 response.

The health and safety of our community is our top focus. This page is to share information to help our community prepare and support each other. The page is currently under construction, and new or updated information will be added as it comes available.

The Coronavirus is a common virus. COVID-19 is a new strain, and is impacting communities across the globe.

Government, healthcare, education, public services, and our business community are sharing information to help our community prepare. Each sector may respond to COVID-19 differently, but by openly sharing information, we collectively prepare a strong, thorough response for serving the public as a whole.

This information keeps you aware of what work is being down and how we are responding as a community. This page will be updated as the information becomes available.

Baker County has been closely tracking the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19. County officials are working closely with partners at the state and federal levels, as well as our partners here in Baker City and the surrounding areas, to monitor and respond to the 2019 novel Coronavirus. We continue to monitor the latest information from the Baker County Health Department, Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and will remain engaged with healthcare providers, schools, businesses and workers to mitigate the impact of the virus. On March 16, 2020 the Baker County Commissioners established an Emergency Operations Center to respond to the developing situation.

We all have a responsibility to ourselves, our families and our community to stop the spread of COVID-19.

We strongly urge our residents to:
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
-Stay home whenever possible
-Only leave your home for essential services and needs (groceries, medical, work)
-Purchase reasonable amounts of basic products and leave enough for others

Baker County’s top priority is the health, safety and welfare of our community.

Please watch this video on why it’s important to ‘flatten the curve’ by reducing the spread of COVID-19:

Baker County Information:

Please pay attention to our social media, press releases and other credible sources of news. You can also contact 541-523-0014 if you need additional information.

April 2020 Archives:

Revised Baker County Reopening Plan – May 7, 2020

Baker County Reopening Plan


Baker County will discuss the Reopening Baker County Plan submitted to the Governor’s office on April 24. A panel that includes Commissioner Mark Bennett, COVID-19 Business Operations and Recovery Lead Shawn Berry, Baker City Manager Fred Warner and Health Department Director Nancy Staten, will discuss the Reopening Plan and answer questions from the community.

Instructions for joining this meeting by phone or computer can be found here.

March 2020 Archives:


To call in: Dial 1-408-418-9388, enter meeting ID 964 049 937 To join using a computer, visit: To ask a question before the meeting, please email: