Baker County Prepares for Potential Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Baker County Board of Commissioners issued an emergency declaration today as another step to prepare for the potential of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Baker County, and to respond to the effects of school and restaurant closures in the community. The declaration allows Baker County to seek additional resources from the State of Oregon to deal with the effects of the coronavirus spread, including personnel and supplies, and may also help the County to eventually be reimbursed for costs related to emergency response. The County opened an Emergency Operations Center on Monday to respond to the developing situation.

To date, no cases of coronavirus have been reported in Baker County.

Commissioner Mark Bennett said, “Simultaneously with being prepared to address the illness and its effects, the County is prioritizing planning for economic recovery and human service needs. We will partner with local service organizations and other partners to support meeting needs that may arise, such as food or medicine for those who are staying in their homes. The Commissioners are committed to providing the community accurate and timely information as the situation continues to change.”

Baker County will provide additional information as more becomes known about this virus. Updates will also be provided on the Baker County Emergency Management and Baker County Oregon Health Department Facebook page.