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City Council Statement: Your health and well-being are our top priority

Post Date:03/12/2020 4:00 pm

"We want you to know that the health and well-being of our community members are our top priority. Right now, we need to care for each other and slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The coronavirus is not something to take lightly. We will listen to the health experts from the Oregon Health Authority, the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a community, we need to respect their expertise and guidance.

Some of us are more vulnerable than others. We are particularly concerned for Hillsboro residents with existing health conditions and people experiencing homelessness. 

We are also mindful that students, families, and seniors rely on meal assistance through the Hillsboro School District’s free and reduced lunch program and through the Hillsboro Community Senior Center’s food program.

While the City of Hillsboro does not provide public health services like Washington County or the State of Oregon, we do provide other critical services that residents rely upon. We understand our responsibility as public servants to ensure continued operations, but you may see further impacts on non-essential events.

We have canceled all events in the City of Hillsboro where more than 250 people are scheduled to gather, including our upcoming Youth Invasion event at the Hillsboro Civic Center. Beyond that, the City is assessing all operations and taking actions to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

City employees will continue to follow CDC recommendations, such as providing enhanced cleaning and sanitization of City facilities; providing hand sanitizer; and, limiting the sharing of objects, items, and toys. The City is also prepared to work with residents who may require flexibility with utility payments during this time.

We encourage you to follow the health experts’ guidance. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Stay home when you are sick. 

For those who are healthy, we want to remind you how important our local business community is, and we encourage you to continue to support them and their employees.

Let’s remember what connects us all: a love of our community and a desire to serve each other. Thank you." 

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