COVID-19 Message from Mayor Ellis
A message from Happy Valley Mayor, Tom Ellis: The City Council Voted to Unanimously to Declare a State of Emergency.
I’m Tom Ellis Mayor of Happy Valley. I coming to you today to give you the latest news on the COVID-19 Pandemic. As of this morning 209 people in the State of Oregon have been diagnosed with the virus, sadly we’ve lost 8 people, our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.
Now, more than ever, we MUST Stay Home, Stay Active and Healthy and do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. By staying at home, we have a greater chance of flattening the curve and saving lives.I want to take a moment to update the residents of Happy Valley on the impact of COVID-19 on City services:
– Yesterday, the City Council voted unanimously to join many of our neighboring cities by declaring a local state of emergency. This allows the City more flexibility to modify operations and services in order to protect the health of our community.
– Our Emergency Operations Center is also up and running. This team serves as our hub for collecting critical information and coordinating with a variety of entities in response to COVID-19.
– Playgrounds and most amenities at the Park continue to be temporarily closed. Walking paths and trails remain open. But be sure to maintain social distancing if you use them.
– Unfortunately, we had to close the Library. Our librarians are working from home and we’ve increased our downloads of e-books.
– City Hall remains closed to the public, but many of our staff members are available by phone or for virtual meetings as they work remotely.
We have increased Police and Code enforcement patrols throughout Happy Valley, with emphasis on closed businesses. As we move forward, let’s continue to work together and remember to be calm and patient. Continue to be kind to one another and help our first responders by following the Governor’s Stay at Home order. We will get through this and our community will emerge stronger for it.
I want to say thank you to all of you who are working on the front lines right now, we will forever be grateful to how you are helping our community.
Please continue to support our local businesses in any way you can. Soon our city website has a list of local businesses that remain open. We will also be providing links for on-line recreational opportunities and hikes throughout the City.
Please continue to stay connected to the City by following us on Facebook and visit the City website. We are committed to posting information as it becomes available.
Remember to stay in contact with friends and family, sometimes just a call or email is enough to brighten someone’s day.