Marion County Fire District #1 is postponing the Brooks Breakfast scheduled for March 14 and 15 due to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The District will reschedule the popular community event for a future date and time. The Easter Egg Hunt which was scheduled for April 11 has been cancelled.

These events attract up to 1,000 people and it’s important to err on the side of caution considering the current concerns with the coronavirus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Governor’s Office and the Oregon Health Authority have recommended “social distancing,” which means standing three to six-feet from another person. Chief McMann says this is not possible in the fire station.

“The events attract many people,” said Chief McMann. “As a result, we’re going to postpone until we can reduce the risk of exposure. I know this is going to disappoint many people, but it’s the safest course of action.”

In the meantime, Marion County Fire District #1 is recommending basic precautions people can take to prevent the spread of the virus to others, including first responders:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Consider social distancing (i.e. avoid public gatherings).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

The Fire District also is working to keep the public and first responders safe by reinforcing best health practices. This includes more extensive and frequent cleanings of facilities, apparatus and equipment. It also means that it will be cancelling all station community meetings, station tours, and attendance at community events until further notice.

Finally, the Fire District asks community members to remember 911 is for emergencies. Individuals with flu-like symptoms should contact their health care provider by phone first for a consultation, and only go to the doctor’s office, hospital or emergency room if advised to do so by a health care practitioner.