As the number of COVID-19 cases is starting to rise in Oregon, Marion County Fire District #1 is asking residents to stay home for all but essential errands, such as groceries or medical care.

The Fire District is making this request based on a recent Executive Order from Governor Kate Brown. In addition to closing non-essential businesses, that order prohibits any social or recreational gatherings outside the home of any size in which people do not remain at least six feet apart.

“Staying at home saves lives,” said Fire Chief Kyle McMann. “It protects you, your family and our first responders. We absolutely need community support to help us prevent the spread of this virus, and ask that you stay home.”

The Fire District has closed its offices, and all non-essential staff will telework in accordance with the Governor’s recommendation. It also had cancelled all station community meetings, station tours, and attendance at community events until further notice. Stations are closed to the public, but still responding to 911 calls. For general Fire District information, you may email which will continue to be monitored by staff.

The Fire District asks community members with flu-like symptoms to contact their health care provider by phone first for a consultation. Only call 911 on the advice of your doctor or in an emergency.