Baker County offices are closed to the public due to the coronavirus, but many are still accessible by phone and email.
The Baker County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue team has set up a military surplus tent at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City in case the extra space is needed for coronavirus patients.
Baker City Hall, 1655 First St., is closed to the public. City employees will continue to work unless they feel ill, Mayor Loran Joseph said Monday afternoon.
As of Monday morning, the Oregon Health Authority said there were no confirmed cases of the virus in Baker County.
The statewide total of confirmed cases was 191, with five deaths.
The Health Authority reported that at least two people have been tested for the virus in the county, with both tests being negative.
However, that’s not necessarily a complete and current figure, said Lauren Wirtis, a spokesperson at the Oregon Covid-19 Joint Information Center.
The reason, Wirtis wrote in an email to the Herald, is that “Commercial labs have the ability to conduct testing on an industrial scale and have been ramping up their capacity, but they do not report pending results.”
Baker County Commissioner Mark Bennett said the county office closure was enacted in recognition that Gov. Kate Brown was preparing to issue an executive order closing most businesses (see related story on Page 3A).
“We understand this temporary office closure can create additional challenges for our community, and the Baker County staff is committed to providing the best information and services we can in these changing conditions,” Bennett said in a press release. “Please don’t hesitate to contact any of the open departments or the commissioners if you have an urgent need we can help meet.”
Bennett said county officials also want to emphasize the importance of people staying home and practicing social distancing.
Baker County offices/departments
• Administrative services, available by phone, limited staffing, 541-523-8209
• Assessor, available by phone, open by appointment, 541-523-8203
• Clerk’s Office, available by phone, limited staffing, 541-523-8207
• Commissioners office, available by phone, limited staffing, 541-523-8200
• District Attorney’s office, available by phone, 541-523-8205, or email email@example.com
• Emergency management, available by phone, 541-523-8200
• Facilities, available by phone, limited staffing, 541-523-6416
• Fair, office closed
• Health Department, available by phone, open by appointment, 541-523-8211
• Justice Court, available by phone, messages will be checked regularly, 541-523-8213
• Juvenile Department, available by phone, 541-523-8215
• Museum, closed
• Parks Department, closed
• Parole and Probation, available by phone, limited staffing, 541-523-8217
• Planning, available by phone, 541-523-8219
• Road Department, office closed, phone messages will be checked regularly, 541-523-6417
• Sheriff’s Office, available by phone, 541-523-6415
• Treasurer, office closed, phone messages will be checked regularly, 541-523-8224
• Watermaster, office closed, staff available by phone: Marcy Osborn, 541-519-6395; Luke Albert, 541-519-4999; Nate Petrucci, 541-519-6275
• Weed Department, closed