County Commissioners COVID 19 Town Hall April 16

Press Release County Commissioners to host town hall meeting by phone April 16 The Baker County Commissioners will host a town hall meeting to discuss the local response to the COVID-19 event. The meeting will be held by phone on Thursday, April 16, from 6:00-7:30 PM. Representatives from the County Commissioners, public health, business operations… Continue Reading

Local COVID 19 Testing Update Baker County April 7 confirmed cases 0

Local Testing for COVID-19 Update April 7 Dr. Eric Lamb, Baker County’s Public Health Officer, shares this important message about COVID-19: Fellow Residents of Baker County: At this time we still do not have any lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Baker County. There are certainly people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, but we are… Continue Reading

April 5 Oregon Regional Solutions Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19

Oregon Regional Solutions Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Weekly Summary: Sunday, April 5 This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at Business… Continue Reading

Snake River Road Order Changes: Road Open with Recreation Restrictions

Snake River Area Order Changes Today, Incident Commander Mark Bennett approved modifications to yesterday’s order for the Snake River area. Based on input from the community, the order has been amended to prohibit camping and overnight use in public areas along the Snake River corridor between April 4-18. The order does not restrict camping on… Continue Reading

Snake River Road Closed to Local Traffic Only

Baker County Commissioners Close Snake River Road Today, County Commissioners temporarily closed the Snake River Road, beginning at the intersection of Sass Road outside of Richland, and continuing to the intersection of E. 5th Street in Huntington. Access will continue to be provided for local residential users only.    The closure order currently runs from… Continue Reading

Payroll Protection Program Applications Open Friday April 3

Starting this Friday, April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietors can apply for a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program. The Department of the Treasury is advising small businesses “to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap.” Payroll Protection Program – lending facts NFIB Summary of Programs, Requirements &… Continue Reading

COVID 19 Impact Survey and Important Resource Links

COVID 19 Business Impact Survey Travel Baker County is working with Travel Oregon, in partnership with Business Oregon and Small Business Development Centers, to help assess how COVID-19 is impacting businesses. Responses to this survey are confidential and will not be shared publicly, only aggregate information will be shared.     We are requesting impact information… Continue Reading

New Outdoor Recreation Closures and Restrictions

Latest Outdoor Recreation  Closures and Restrictions If you’re headed outdoors this weekend please remember that social distancing is still important and plan ahead as there are multiple new closures and other restrictions that you will want to be aware of and plan accordingly.  Please remember that the health and well begin of the communities you… Continue Reading

New Baker County website for coronavirus health and community information

New Baker County website offers key coronavirus health and community information To help members of the Baker County community stay informed about coronavirus disease (COVID-19), its local impacts, and actions being taken to prevent its spread, Baker County today launched a COVID- 19 website, located at Information. Information on the site will be regularly… Continue Reading

Governor Brown’s Executive Order: Stay Home Except for Essential Needs

Today Gov. Brown tightened social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. This means every person needs to remain at their place of residence except for essential needs. You can read the full Executive Order 20-12 here: Executive Order: Stay Home Except for Essential Needs On March 23, I issued Executive Order 20-12, effective… Continue Reading