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UPDATE: Lab test confirms no measles - 02/09/19

UPDATE:  Lab test confirms no measles in Salem area individual. 

Visit Marion County Health & Human Services measles web page to learn more about measles symptoms and prevention. 


Marion County health officials have received notification of a suspected measles case in the county. A sample has been sent to the Oregon State Public Health Lab and officials expect lab results over the weekend. County health officials will not know whether the suspect case is connected to an outbreak in Clark County, Wash., and Multnomah County until it is confirmed. The county, and the Oregon Health Authority, will provide additional information if the case is confirmed.

Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected. Anyone who has never been vaccinated is at higher risk of getting measles.

Whom to Call

Patients with measles symptoms should phone their health care provider in advance to arrange to be seen where other patients will not be exposed.

OHA has also established a call center for general questions related to the measles. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should dial 2-1-1. The call center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including weekends.

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or the county health department. For more information on measles for the public, please visit either the OHA or Marion County measles webpage or call Marion County Health & Human Services – Public Health at (503) 588-5621.

About Measles

Measles poses the highest risk to unvaccinated pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age, and people with weakened immune systems.

The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection, and diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication.

After someone contracts measles, illness develops in about two weeks, but people can be contagious days before they know they’re sick.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears. The virus can also linger in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infectious has left.

A person is considered immune to measles if ANY of the following apply:

  1. You were born before 1957.
  2. Your physician has diagnosed you with measles.
  3. A blood test proves that you are immune.

You have been fully vaccinated against measles (one dose for children 12 months through 3 years old, two doses in anyone 4 years and older).

Deitrich Building After
Deitrich Building After
Marion County awards economic development grant to Revitalize Downtown Stayton (Photo) - 01/30/19

Stayton, OR - The city of Stayton is hoping to bring more people and businesses to its historic downtown. The area has started to fill with new shops and restaurants and a coalition of business and property owners, local leaders, and city officials has organized to plan events and promotions, as well as help implement design changes. The group is closer to its goal thanks to a Community Projects grant from Marion County. 

Today, Revitalize Downtown Stayton was awarded $8,500 in economic development funding for design planning and development in preparation for grant applications to complete façade improvements. The project will focus on Third Avenue restoring an historic sense to the area.

Steve Poisson of Revitalize Downtown Stayton said, “The architectural services we are able to purchase with this grant money is an immensely important first step in the façade improvement work we have set as a priority goal. Not only will it be used for applications to other grants to complete the work, it will also serve as a template for all future work in our focus area.”

This project is similar to façade improvement grants awarded to Mt. Angel and Mill City. Additionally, the city of Donald was able to expand its urban growth boundary to support housing and industrial property needs with the assistance of a planning grant. Commissioner Kevin Cameron, board chair, said, "These are excellent examples of how the county is supporting rural communities to make them great places to live, work, and play. We are fortunate to have great partners in all 20 of Marion County’s cities.”

In the current year, Marion County has allocated $60,000 to support community projects grants. Grants provide funding to nonprofits and municipalities for projects that promote economic development by increasing the livability and safety within communities and unincorporated areas of the county. Community projects grants are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, contact Economic Development Coordinator Tom Hogue at (503) 589-3277 or

Funding for economic development grants is made available through state video lottery proceeds. Annually, the Board of Commissioners directly designates a portion of lottery funding to support infrastructure and organizations that focus on economic development. In the last five years, Marion County has awarded more than $350,000 to 39 community projects throughout the county.  

Note: Attached photos depict the before and after of a project that was completed in Stayton two years ago using Main Street grant funds. The project won a national award for Best Facade Improvement under $40,000. 

Marion County approves Comprehensive Annual Financial Report - 01/25/19

The Marion County Board of Commissioners recently approved the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018. Grove, Mueller & Swank, P.C. provided an unmodified opinion which is the highest level of assurance for audited financial statements. The audit was completed in accordance with government auditing standards and Oregon standards for local governments.

The CAFR provides an overview of the county’s financial position.

Marion County Chief Administrative Officer John Lattimer said, “Marion County remains in good shape thanks to our knowledgeable and professional finance staff. They keep us on target and ensure our accounting procedures meet financial standards.”

Commissioner Kevin Cameron, board chair, said, “This report illustrates the county’s positive financial position. We have been judicious in how and when we borrow and we remain far below our debt limit which helps us keep a favorable bond rating.” 

Marion County received the Certificate of Achievement for Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2017. This is the 17th consecutive year the county has received this award. The county has submitted the 2018 report for evaluation by GFOA.

Residents can review the 2018 CAFR, as well as prior reports, on the Marion County website at