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Mayor's Message 4.10.2020

posted Apr 17, 2020, 3:39 PM by Katie Scott

Posted 4/10/2020

Hello Citizens of Sublimity,

I just want to update you on the State of the City of Sublimity during this COVID - 19 crisis.  As we enter this Easter Holy Week we are seeing many changes to our interactions with each other.  Please keep our health care workers in your prayers as they battle this crisis. 

Greg Atkin, City of Sublimity Council member, is spearheading a mask building project here in Sublimity.  The materials are being provided by generous donors and by the City of Sublimity. The masks will be available beginning Friday to the most vulnerable citizens and staff at Marian Estates. We are waiting on a shipment of supplies and if you feel you need a mask immediately, you can send an email to Greg Atkin at to be put on a priority list.  I want to say THANK YOU to all the volunteers that are helping with this project. Every stitch, every slice of the scissors helps keep our community safe and it helps save the lives of our citizens!  Little did we know a few weeks ago, we would be using the sewing machine to help fight this COVID-19 battle! Governor Brown issued this statement on April 7th regarding wearing masks in public:

This is a rapidly-evolving situation, and each day we learn more about this virus,” said Governor Brown. “Early in this pandemic, health experts advised that masks were not an effective way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Now, the CDC has updated their guidance regarding the use of cloth, homemade masks in public: they now say that wearing cloth masks in public places like grocery stores can help prevent those who are sick––particularly unknowingly infected, asymptomatic people––from spreading the virus further.

“That last point is a very important detail: wearing a cloth mask may not keep you from getting sick, but it can help you prevent spreading the virus to others.

“The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to keep following the strict social distancing guidelines we put in place early in our outbreak. Staying home is saving lives in Oregon. When you’re in public for essential activities like grocery shopping, stay six feet away from other people. Continue to wash your hands and properly cover your coughs and sneezes. I know this hasn’t been easy, and I appreciate the sacrifices Oregonians have made. The Oregon Health Authority's projections for the outbreak in Oregon indicate that the social distancing measures we've put into place may be working to stop the spread of the virus, and we must stay the course.

“Like every other strategy we have used to address this crisis, wearing homemade masks will only be effective if we all work together. Continue to stay home to the maximum extent possible, and add wearing a homemade mask to the list of precautions you are practicing when you go out in public. Make sure you are still abiding by all the social distancing measures we have in place. And, please only wear homemade masks, not medical masks that are desperately needed by our frontline health care workers treating COVID-19 patients.

“We are all in this together. So, let’s do everything we can to help those on the front lines of this fight.”

Additional guidance is available from the CDC and the Oregon Health Authority.

Please remember that the Marian Estates campus is closed to visitors, it is for the safety of the residents and staff.  The staff and residents of the Marquis and Marian Estates are able to use their private campus to get out and walk and enjoy the nice weather.  Please, let's honor the wishes of the Marian Estates as these neighbors are the most vulnerable population and we want to ensure their safety. Thank you!

Santiam Hospital’s SIT team is operational at Ditters Square in Sublimity. Governor Brown asked all the Mayors to look at their budgets and see where we are able to help the most vulnerable during this crisis.  After much thought we decided that giving $5,000 to the Santiam Hospital SIT program was the best way to help our community. Here are two links to their operation where you can find more information about what they do and how you can help.

A friendly reminder that while the office staff is working from home, there might be a bit longer of a delay when processing checks for the water bills.  Now would be a great time to sign up for Xpress bill pay. Please call the office and they will be able to help you set it up.  

Thank you again to everyone helping keep our community safe!  As Winston Churchill said, “Difficulties mastered, are opportunities gained”, we will work together to overcome these difficulties!