Board revises emergency declaration through January 2021

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

At today’s meeting, the Benton County Board of Commissioners voted (3-0) to extend the COVID-19 emergency declaration through January 31, 2021. The Board made the decision to extend the emergency declaration through January due to the expected continued increase in COVID-19 cases through the fall and well into winter. 

The extension of the emergency declaration allows the County to continue to access state and federal resources if the emergency response exceeds local capacity. 

Chair Pat Malone stressed the continued need for vigilance by the community, even as Benton County is removed from the Governor’s Watch List. “We’ve done an excellent job in pulling together to lower community spread and get us off the Governor’s Watch List, but cases are still rising. As we move indoors during cold weather months it will be critical that we focus on the ways that we can lower the spread of COVID-19. Prevention measures like wearing masks and limiting social gatherings saves lives.”

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Benton County declared a State of Emergency and activated a joint City of Corvallis and Benton County Emergency Operations Center on March 17, 2020. On June 16, 2020, the Board of Commissioners extended the declaration, October 31, 2020.