This page will be updated periodically as more information is available.
The health and the well-being of our community members, employees, businesses, and partners are our top priority. As part of our preparedness efforts, the City of Medford is adhering to guidance from health authorities with expertise.
We encourage residents to utilize these health experts for accurate COVID-19 information:
While we do not provide health services like Jackson County Health and Human Services, we do provide critical services for our residents. We’re monitoring the situation closely and working with our local, regional and state partners to ensure we’re ready to respond, if necessary.
Formally Declaring a Local State of Emergency
Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler has formally declared a local state of emergency for the City of Medford as a precautionary measure to provide the City with increased flexibility in terms of resources, purchasing, and emergency response options for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
This is not a declaration of a public health emergency as that is not our role. The declaration enables the City and staff to be in the best position to serve the community where needed most. Other cities in the state have taken similar action.
“We are working diligently to respond to this rapidly evolving situation,” said Mayor Gary Wheeler. “This declaration is not meant to cause panic, but instead, assure residents that the City is taking every precaution possible to prevent the spread of this virus in our community.”
The City Council will vote to ratify this declaration at the upcoming City Council meeting on Thursday, March 19.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced the following to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health of Oregonians as of Monday, March 16:
Statewide closure of Oregon K-12 schools from Monday, March 16 through April 28.
A statewide cancelation of all events and gatherings larger than 25 people -- exempting essential locations like workpalces, grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores. It's additionally recommended that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
Restaurants, bars, and other establishments that offer food or beverages for sale are restricted to carry-out and delivery only with no on-site consumption permitted.
All other businesses are urged to assess their practices, implement strong social distancing measures, and close their doors temporarily if they cannot put the new guidance in place.
Social distancing measures are recommended, including: increased physical space between employees in offices and worksites, limited in-person meetings, limited travel, and staggered work schedules were possible.
All municipal court proceedings, with the exception of arraignments, are postponed until at least April 21.
Community members are encouraged to call Municipal Court to reschedule currently-scheduled proceedings.
Individuals wishing to resolve tickets or cases are asked to contact the court by phone in lieu of visiting the court in person.
Pay citations filed with the Medford Municipal Court here
All Utility Billing services are available online or by phone.
Go online or call 541-774-2140 to pay your bill or set up a service.
Make payments using these dropbox locations or mail your payment to:
City of Medford Utilities - P.O. box 2327, Portland, OR 97208
Utility customers will not be charged late fees for past due balances through March 31.
City Public Meetings and Events
City calendars will be kept current on our website. If you want to know if a city event or public meeting is still happening, please check our website for the latest information.
Watch City Council and Commission meetings live here.
The following boards and commission meetings have been cancelled through March 31:
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Charter Review Committee
Hospital Facilities Authority Board of Directors
Medford Urban Renewal Agency Advisory Committee
Parks & Recreation Commission
Police Advisory Committee
Sister City Committee
Traffic Coordinating Committee
Unified Appeal Board
City Programs and Events Cancellations Through April 28
We are monitoring updates on local COVID-19 cases and adhering to Governor Brown's new rules to slow the spread of the virus in Oregon. Please note: Check sportsmedford.com for more details.
All City youth recreation classes - Cancelled
All senior and adult enrichment programs - Cancelled
All City sports programs - Cancelled
March Mayhem Youth Baseball Tournament - Cancelled
All public events at Medford fire stations, including station visits, ride-alongs, and presentations until further notice. - Cancelled
Mother-Son Super Hero Dance -- Cancelled, later date to be determined
City of Medford facilities are closed to the public in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
This extraordinary action is being taken to balance the City’s prioritization of the health and well-being of City employees and the community at large as we attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 and lessen the impact to our health care system.
Essential City services that will continue uninterrupted include: