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What guidelines do I need to follow while I travel through Curry County and Oregon?

Have patience with businesses as they are also getting used to the “new normal.” Be flexible, if there’s a crowd at a place you want to visit, you may need to move on to plan B. Try to stay 6 feet from other groups. We are all excited that we have the opportunity to slowly begin traveling again but it’s important to be thoughtful so the state can continue to move forward through the reopening process.

The state has also released general guidelines public should follow regardless of where they live or what phase of reopening their community is in.
  • Stay close to home.  
  • Stay home if you are sick. 
  • Use cloth, paper, or disposable face coverings in all public indoor and outdoor spaces (retail stores, hotels, grocery stores, parks, trailheads, boat ramps, etc.).
  • Practice physical distancing of at least six (6) feet between you and people who you do not live with.  
  • People who are at risk for severe complications (over age 60 or have underlying medical conditions) should stay home even if they feel well.  
  • If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath) while in public, please return home and self-isolate immediately.  
  • Practice good hand hygiene with frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).  
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with elbow or tissue. If you use a tissue, immediately discard tissue in garbage and your wash hands.  
  • Avoid touching your face.  
I’m planning a road trip through Oregon, can I make overnight stops as I drive through the state?

Yes. However, many attractions and businesses that have reopened are doing so at limited capacity and reservations may be required. Lodging properties may also choose to space out reservations. It is important for Oregonians, and out-of-state visitors to always plan ahead, be patient and flexible. Anyone traveling through the state should be aware of county-specific guidelines for both Phase 1 and Phase 2. View the list of counties and current phases here. Effective July 24, restaurants and bars across the state are required to close at 10 p.m.

Can we travel?

Although it’s important to stay local, with most counties in Phase 2, people have been venturing out. Guidance around travel may vary county by county. It is important for Oregonians, and out-of-state visitors to always plan ahead, be patient and flexible. Call businesses before you visit to make sure they are open. Many attractions and businesses that have reopened are doing so at limited capacity, may have different hours of operation and reservations may be required. Lodging properties may also choose to space out reservations. Face coverings are required (restaurants, bars, hotels, grocery stores, museums, etc.) and in public outdoor spaces where physical distance cannot be maintained.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

It is required to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces in all counties. Face coverings are also required in outdoor public spaces where physical distance cannot be maintained; exceptions include children under 5 and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing face coverings.
  • Indoor examples include (but are not limited to): restaurants, hotels, grocery/retail stores, museums, public restrooms, public transit.
  • Outdoor examples include (but are not limited to): trailheads, trails when passing other groups, boat ramps, outdoor dining/wine tasting, outdoor recreation groups.
Resources and Support for Tourism Businesses in Oregon





What’s New

Effective Nov. 11, a two-week pause is in place in the following counties due to rapid spread of COVID-19:
  • Malheur
  • Marion
  • Multnomah
  • Jackson
  • Umatilla
Two-Week Pause measures include:
  • Urging all businesses to mandate work from home to the greatest extent possible.
  • Pausing long-term care facility visits that take place indoors to protect staff and residents.
  • Reducing maximum restaurant capacity to 50 people (including customers and staff) for indoor dining, with a maximum party size of six. Continuing to encourage outdoor dining and take out.
  • Reducing the maximum capacity of other indoor activities to 50 people (includes gyms, fitness organizations/studios, bowling alleys, ice rinks, indoor sports, pools, and museums).
  • Limiting social gatherings to your household, or no more than six people if the gathering includes those from outside your household, reducing the frequency of those social gatherings (significantly in a two-week period), and keeping the same six people in your social gathering circle.
On Nov. 6, Oregon OSHA recently adopted a temporary rule in response to COVID-19 in the workplace. The news release is available here.
Oregon Health Authority announced revisions to the statewide guidance on face coverings.

This includes new provisions about workplaces, markets and events, some educational facilities, as well as information about face shields. In particular, the guidance now requires that people wear face coverings in all private and public workplaces including classrooms, offices, meeting rooms and workspaces, unless someone is alone in an office or in a private workspace.

Learn more about the status of Oregon counties here.

Curry County Press Release:

NOVEMBER 11, 2020

Curry County Public Health (CCPH) Received Notification of Three (3) New Cases of COVID-19.

Curry County Public Health (CCPH) received notification of three new cases of COVID-19. Notification of two cases came from Southern Coos Hospital Lab in Bandon and notification of a case from Curry General Hospital (Curry Health Network). These cases have been verified and confirmed by the contracted Health Officer after receiving the lab results.
CCPH has reached out to the individuals. All three individuals are central Curry County residents and are household members of confirmed Covid-19 cases reported on November 10th press release. CCPH is reaching out to make sure all individuals are notified to isolate and monitor for symptoms.

Read the Press Release

Oregon OSHA adopts temporary rule addressing COVID-19 in all workplaces

November 6, 2020

Salem, OR — Oregon OSHA has adopted a temporary rule that combats the spread of coronavirus in all workplaces by requiring employers to carry out a comprehensive set of risk-reducing measures.

The rule will take effect Nov. 16, with certain parts phased in, and is expected to remain in effect until May 4, 2021. It is a continuation of the guidance produced by the Oregon Health Authority and enforced in the workplace by Oregon OSHA, including physical distancing, use of face coverings, and sanitation.

The rule is intended to further improve the current structure for reducing risks in the workplace by requiring several measures many employers have voluntarily implemented. For example, it requires employers to notify employees of a workplace infection and provide training to workers on how to reduce risks. Likewise, employers must formally assess the risk of exposure, develop infection control plans, and address indoor air quality within their current capability.

“We believe compliance with this rule will help reduce the serious threat to workers posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “It does so by establishing a clear, practical, and consistent set of measures for employers.”

Those measures – along with more requirements for exceptionally high-risk jobs, such as direct patient care – are part of Oregon OSHA’s ongoing enforcement and educational efforts to help protect workers from the coronavirus disease.

Beginning in late June, the process to develop the temporary rule included more than a dozen virtual forums dealing with specific issues and industries before the first of four stakeholder review drafts was even developed. And each subsequent draft incorporated changes resulting from Oregon OSHA’s discussion with a large number of employer and worker representatives, as well as feedback from the public at large.

Adoption of the temporary rule brings the requirements within the existing rulemaking authority of the Oregon Safe Employment Act. The law governs workplace safety and health in Oregon, including protections for a worker’s right to raise on-the-job health and safety concerns free from retaliation.

In the weeks ahead, Oregon OSHA will provide educational resources to help employers and workers understand and apply the requirements. Already, the division offers consultation services that provide no-cost assistance with safety and health programs and technical staff, who help employers understand requirements. The COVID-19 Hazards Poster – provided by the division and required by the temporary rule to be posted – is now available in both English and Spanish. And the division is providing a user-friendly overview table of the temporary rule, summarizing the requirements and how they apply, and showing the effective dates of the phased-in provisions.

Oregon OSHA encourages a careful reading of the temporary rule, which includes an appendix that contains provisions for specific industries and workplace activities. The temporary rule’s requirements include:

Physical distancing
  • Employers must ensure six-foot distancing between all people in the workplace through design of work activities and workflow, unless it can be shown it is not feasible for some activities.
Masks, face covering, or face shields
  • Employers must ensure that all individuals – including employees, part-time workers and customers – at the workplace, or other establishment under the employer’s control, wear a mask, face covering, or face shield in line with the Oregon Health Authority’s statewide guidance.
  • Employers must provide masks, face coverings, or face shields for employees free of cost.
  • If an employee chooses to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering – even when it is not required – the employer must allow them to do so.
  • When employees are transported in a vehicle for work-related purposes, regardless of the travel distance or duration, all people inside the vehicle must wear a mask, face covering, or face shield. This requirement does not apply when all people in the vehicle are members of the same household.
  • Employers must maximize the effectiveness of existing ventilation systems, maintain and replace air filters, and clean intake ports providing fresh or outdoor air. The temporary rule does not require employers to purchase or install new ventilation systems. 
Exposure risk assessment
  • Employers must conduct a risk assessment – a process that must involve participation and feedback from employees – to gauge potential employee exposure to COVID-19, including addressing specific questions about how to minimize such exposure.
Infection control plan
  • Employers must develop an infection control plan addressing several elements, including when workers must use personal protective equipment and a description of specific hazard controls.
Information and training
  • Employers must provide information and training to workers about the relevant topics related to COVID-19. They must do so in a manner and language understood by workers.
Notification, testing, medical removal
  • Employers must notify affected workers within 24 hours of a work-related COVID-19 infection.
  • Employers must cooperate with public health officials if testing within the workplace is necessary.
  • If an employee must quarantine or isolate, the employer must follow proper work reassignment and return-to-work steps.
The rule requires more measures for exceptionally high-risk jobs. Such jobs include direct patient care or decontamination work; aerosol-generating or postmortem procedures; and first-responder activities. The additional measures include:
  • Detailed infection control training and planning
  • Sanitation procedures for routine cleaning and disinfection
  • Robust use of personal protective equipment
  • Operation of existing ventilation systems according to national standards
  • Use of barriers, partitions, and airborne infection isolation rooms
  • Screening and triaging for symptoms of COVID-19
Find More Information about OSHA here.

Additional COVID-19 Tourism Research and Analytics Resources 
• ADARA: COVID-19 Resource Center
• Tableau COVID-19 Resource Center
• CBRE: the-year-ahead.pdf?la=en
• STR:
o USA/Canada – Updated report should be available tomorrow afternoon (3/26) here: blog/coronavirus-hotel-industry-data-news
• Oxford Economics:

  • Oregon Outdoors - visitor recreation resources
  • Oregon Outdoors - industry recreation resources
  • America Outdoors – resource hub for outdoor recreation outfitters
  • Outdoor Industry Association – resource hub for outdoor recreation industry 
  • Adventure Travel Trade Association – adventure travel and trade resources 
  • Oregon State Parks Close March 23rd - announcement 
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife closes wildlife areas to camping March 22. Wildlife areas that are currently open remain open to visitors for day-use activities including wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation. 
  • The Oregon Department of Forestry campgrounds currently closed for the season will not reopen for individual or group use. Year-round campgrounds closed March 23. All day-use and campground restrooms are temporarily closed due to limited janitorial services. A reopening date for all restrooms and state forest campgrounds has not yet been determined. During this time, trails, forest roads and trailheads on state forestlands will remain open to the public.
  • Connect with your local visitor information center for more information about closures in recreation areas
  • Oregon Small Business Resource Navigator 
  • Built Oregon is encouraging residents to purchase gift certificates. If your company offers gift certificates, please add your company to this list
  • The Timely Help—free service to sell eGift cards and get donations
  • Kabbage – businesses can sign up to sell gift certificates [$15-$500] online & send custom links to their customers (2.5% payment processing charge per certificate)
  • Portland Community SOS is encouraging the public to support Portland small businesses through the purchase of gift certificates and gifts. Get your business listed today.
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Expands Patient Support Programs to Help Newly Uninsured Patients in the U.SA.
  • For questions related to COVID-19, please refer to the CDC’s FAQ at, as well as for updates from OHA. Curry Health Network has a 24/7 Nurse Triage Line available at 541-247-3090. You may also call the OHA information number at 2-1-1
  • Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan is the public insurance available to Oregon citizens. You can apply for OHP online at or contact a local partner to assist in filling out an application
  • Curry Community Health in Gold Beach and Brookings – please call 541-813-2535
  • Curry Health Network in Gold Beach and Brookings – please call 541-247-3000
  • Coast Community Health Center in Port Orford – please call 541-332-1114
  • COVID-19 tests are available in Curry County at Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach. Please call the nurse triage line at 541-247-3090 to determine if you should be tested.
  • The following is the process for being tested for COVID-19 at Curry General Hospital: Patients with flu-like symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, will be directed to the Emergency Department at Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach, where they will be seen in the Triage Room. The patient will receive a medical screening examination by the emergency physician, and this facility’s laboratory has the ability to perform a rapid test to rule out influenza as a potential cause. The emergency physician then will follow guidelines established by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to determine if the patient should be tested for COVID-19. If so, specimens will be collected and sent to an external laboratory for testing as long as collection supplies are available. 
  • Medicare and Medicaid will not be charging copays or deductibles for COVID-19 related expenses. Many other insurance companie are also eliminating these charges. Call your insurance provider to verify what fees they may be willing to waive.?

  • Moratoriums on Evictions – Residential evictions have been halted through June 19th, 2020. Please contact your landlord or mortgage lender if you will not be able to make payments due to coronavirus. If you need to find a shelter, call 2-1-1.
  • Unemployment Benefits – As of March 24, 2020, all unemployment offices are accepting visitors by appointment only in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please contact your local WorkSource Center for job seeker and employer services. Phone and online service options are also available. Unemployment Insurance claims can only be filed using the online system at or by calling 1-877-FILE-4-UI. They encourage everyone who can to file online and help keep wait times down on the phone. Curry County’s local WorkSource Center is located at 16261 US-101 #11, Brookings, OR 97415, the phone number is (541)-469-9836.
  • Small Business Loans – Small Business Administration is now offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Curry County. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16th, 2020. Business Oregon also has resources that might be of assistance. Contact Sean Stevens from Business Oregon for more information. Phone 541-346-8620. Lastly, the County’s Economic Development Coordinator, Summer Matteson, might be able to help, call her at 541-247-3253. (It is important you keep documentation of your losses because you may need it when applying for assistance.)
  • Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA) – ORCCA operates programs in Coos and Curry County, such as the Energy Assistance Program. The Energy Assistance Program provides eligible households a one-time payment (once per year) toward their energy bill. ORCCA also operate multiple housing assistance programs aimed at helping individuals and families obtain stabilization. Housing programs are designed to help low-income individuals, veterans, and families maintain or transition into permanent housing. To see if you are eligible for any of ORCCA’s programs, please call 541-469-3155. Coos Curry Electric Cooperative (CCEC) will not be disconnecting electricity if you are unable to pay your bill. Contact your local CCEC office for further details.


 Food Pantries

  1. Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Service Days: Monday-Friday, 10:00am – 1:00pm 539 Hemlock Street, Brookings, OR 97465 Phone: 541-469-6988
Gold Beach
  1. Gold Beach Seventh Day Adventist Church Service Days: Tuesday 9:00am – 1:00pm 24191 3rd Street, Gold Beach, OR 97444 Phone: 541-247-2057
Port Orford
  1. The Common Good Service Days: Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm 2015 Washington St., Port Orford, OR 97465 Phone: 541-322-1365
  • Hurry in Curry will deliver Clicklist orders from Fred Meyer, as well as food orders from local eateries to the Brookings-Harbor community. Call 541-251-3279 to arrange a delivery.
  • Coastline Neighbors will shop, pick-up, and deliver food and medication to members in the Gold Beach and Brookings areas. Membership applications can be found at or you can call 541-207-1366 and have an application mailed to you.
  • Contact DHS to apply for food stamps (SNAP). Curry County’s local self-sufficiency office is located at 94145 5th Place in Gold Beach. Their phone number is 541-247-4515.
  • WIC for Curry County is currently not seeing any individuals in person. All appointments are being held via phone call. If you are interested in signing up for WIC benefits, please call or text 541-373-9064.
  • Corner Drug in Gold Beach offers free delivery of prescriptions to residents between Brookings and Port Orford. Call 541-247-4544 to set up a delivery. If you lost your health care, and use medications distributed by Bristol Meyers Squibb, you might be entitled to free medications—call 800-721-8909.
Food for students/children

  • Beginning the week of March 30th, Brookings-Harbor School District will resume providing food to any member of the community between the ages of 1 and 18. Food can be picked up on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:00am until 8:00pm in the high school cafeteria.
Gold Beach
  • Central Curry School District will be providing free delivers to the home. Starting March 31st, meals for children/students age 1-18 will have breakfast and lunch provided on Tuesdays and Fridays. Tuesday deliveries will be for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday meals and Friday deliveries will be for Friday and Monday meals. Please fill out the form at and either email it to, mail it to 29516 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach, OR 97444, or drop it off at one of the drop boxes at McKay’s Market, Ray’s Food Place, or Riley Creek’s meal site.
Port Orford
  •  Starting April 6th, breakfast/lunch will be served only at Driftwood from 11:00am to 12:30pm Monday-Thursday. Twice a week, buses will run normal routes and deliver food and/or learning packets to those unable to come to Driftwood for any reason.
Elder Care

Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Facilities

  • Good Samaritan 1 Park Ave., Brookings, OR 97415 541-469-3111
  • Monarch Gardens 984 Parkview Dr., Brookings, OR 97415 541-469-6817
  • Azalea Gardens 755 Elk Dr., Brookings, OR 97415 541-469-7812
  • Seaview 98059 Gerlach Ln., Brookings, OR 97415 541-412-6730
Gold Beach
  • Shore Pines 93975 Ocean Way, Gold Beach, OR 97444 541-247-0333
  • Hurry in Curry will deliver Clicklist orders from Fred Meyer, as well as food orders from local eateries to the Brookings-Harbor community. Call 541-251-3279 to arrange a delivery.
  • Corner Drug in Gold Beach offers free delivery of prescriptions to residents between Brookings and Port Orford. Call 541-247-4544 to set up a delivery.

Ongoing Education Plan


(541) 469-7443,
  • Brookings-Harbor School District are currently working with the Oregon Department of Education to determine what supplemental educational experiences will look like during the extended school closure. They will most likely be a blended model of packets, online learning, and virtual experiences. They plan to begin rolling out these educational platforms the week of April 6th.
Gold Beach 

(541) 247-2003,
  • Curry Central School District is in the final stage of planning supplemental learning plans. They will be announced right after Spring Break.
Port Orford-Langlois 

(541) 348-2293,
  • Supplemental education plan will begin April 6th. For grades K-5, students will receive paper packets and teachers will be available via email Monday-Friday 9:00am – 2:00pm. For grades 6-12, students will work in a hybrid model; some paper packet work and online instruction. Teachers will hold virtual office hours 3 hours a week on Google Platform for students to talk with them face-to-face. Office hours schedule will be released by Monday, April 6th.
SWOCC – Brookings Campus

(541) 813-1667,
  • All Southwestern Oregon Community College credit courses will be online for spring term. The online course fee will be waived, along with the payment plan fee for spring term. Students will not be charged for late fees during the term and students can register even if they have an account balance less than $1,000. Spring term classes start on Monday, April 6th.
Veterans Resources

As a Hidden Heroes Community:
AARP and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation have teamed up again to offer strategies to help military and veteran caregivers tackle some of the most critical issues they are facing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. 
In efforts to keep the military and veteran families in our community informed, please see attached for the two-page fact sheet. We encourage you to share this resource with your constituents. 

Curry County Office of Emergency Management