Stay Home, Save Lives
Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order on March 23 directing Oregonians to stay home except for essential trips. If you’re not sure about an activity, skip it. Staying at home as much as possible during this time will save lives.
More information on the executive order, including a list of what to do and what to avoid doing, is available online.
Benton County Briefings
Benton County is producing regular briefings on the latest developments with the pandemic in our local area. The most recent briefing video, as well as a playlist of past updates, is available below.
The City of Corvallis, in cooperation with local health authorities, has announced a number of event cancellations and facility closures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. City Manager Mark Shepard issued a local emergency declaration on Friday, March 13, to gain access to state and federal resources if the response exceeds local capacity.
Benton County Health Department Hotline: Please call 541-766-6120 for general questions on COVID-19 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Callers can also leave a message and phone number for a return phone call.
General Public Access Restrictions
The City has adjusted operations at most facilities, offices, and sites to reduce public access, effective March 18. Most of these sites will continue to be fully staffed, and many services are available online or over the phone.
In the City of Corvallis, walk-in public access will be suspended at the following locations:
- City Hall – Main Lobby
- City Hall – Planning Counter and Development Services Counter
- Finance Department Billing Office (Payments can be delivered to a drop box outside the building)
- Corvallis Municipal Court (Payments can be delivered to a drop box outside of the building, and court dates can be rescheduled by phone at 541-766-6948)
- Corvallis Police Department – Main Lobby (Emergency services will still be available for crime victims)
- Corvallis Fire Station 1 – Main Lobby
- Public Works Administrative Office – Front Desk Customer Service Area
- Parks and Recreation Avery Administrative Office – Main Lobby Customer Service Area
CTS Bus Service
- UPDATE: CTS bus service is operating a reduced schedule due to decreased demand. Click here to review the latest service alerts.
Parks & Recreation
- All city park playgrounds are closed until further notice.
- UPDATE: The following public restrooms are OPEN:
- Riverfront Park North Restroom
- Riverfront Park South Restroom
- Martin Luther King Jr. Park Restroom
- Willamette Park Rotary Shelter Restrooms
- Avery Park Lions Shelter Restroom
- Osborn Aquatic Center and Majestic Theatre will be closed to the public through April 28. All recreation events, activities, classes, and rehearsals scheduled by Parks and Recreation have been cancelled through April 28. This includes programs at the Corvallis Community Center, which is closed for renovation but had been hosting programs at other locations. Outside organizations that booked these facilities for rental events can cancel without penalty by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department at 541-766-6918.
- Parks & Recreation will stop taking online payments for reservations through June 30 but will continue to take wait list reservations.
- The three community rooms (Tunison Room, Walnut Room, and Corl House) are closed to the public until further notice.
- The Corvallis-Benton County Library will close its Main Library and branch libraries in Alsea, Monroe, and Philomath through April 28. All library programs and outreach events have been canceled as well, and Bookmobile stops are temporarily suspended during this time.
Police & Fire
- The Corvallis Police Department and Corvallis Fire Department are suspending their ride-along programs until further notice. CPD also intends to postpone its 10-week Citizens Police Academy, which had been scheduled to begin April 1. CPD will contact the current batch of academy applicants to advise them of the schedule change.
Housing & Community Development
- UPDATE: The Governor has issued a temporary 90-day moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment in light of the public health emergency caused by the spread of coronavirus in Oregon. If you need more information on this executive order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finance – Billing & Municipal Court
- The City of Corvallis Finance Department will suspend water service disconnections due to unpaid bills for a period of 30 days. Emergency low-income assistance is also available for customers facing emergency shut-off notices due to unpaid bills.
- The Municipal Court will work with community members who had previously scheduled court dates to reschedule for future dates without incurring a penalty. Contact the Municipal Court at 541-766-6948 to reschedule an appearance.
These closures and cancellations, while inconvenient, are intended to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The City may announce additional steps in the coming days to bolster mitigation efforts. We are working closely with Benton County to focus local resources on the coronavirus outbreak. More information on the virus and the local response is available on the Benton County website.