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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). Click here to watch a message from Mayor Wheeler on the coronavirus.
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 voted to ratify this declaration at the City Council meeting on Thursday, March 19.
During times of distress and uncertainty, the sense of belonging is particularly important. Here are a few tips and ideas of how you can keep yourself and others safe, as well as assist those in need.Use Hygienic Practices
Public health goals for COVID-19 testing are:
To these ends, priorities for testing for COVID-19, either at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory or at other laboratories, are:
We require Oregon laboratories, and ask out-of-state reference laboratories, to report both positive and negative test results, so that we can calculate percentage positive in various settings and among various demographic groups.
Source: Oregon Health Authority