CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — With Governor Kate Brown's executive order mandating a two-week "freeze" on many businesses and social activities in effect as of Wednesday, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office issued a statement in response.
An earlier statement from Medford Police echoed law enforcement leaders across the state — urging people to respect the freeze and promising an "education first" approach to enforcement.
"In regards to the 'freeze' announced by the Governor and the subsequent Executive Order, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is reminding everyone to take some precautions to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus in efforts to keep everyone safe and to reduce the strain and risk to our medical providers," JCSO said in a statement.
For incidents involving Governor Brown's restriction on no more than six people at a social gathering, the Sheriff's Office said it would be referring them to the Oregon Health Authority.
"In instances where a response occurs we will follow guidelines of education and requesting voluntary compliance," JCSO said. "If there are egregious and persistent issues the information could be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review."
The agency said that deputies will still be responding to calls for service, though some may take more reports over the phone and encourage the use of JCSO's online reporting system for minor incidents.
At the Jackson County Jail, measures will remain unchanged from the protocols that began in March. JCSO said that it has been keeping measures in place to avoid COVID-19 spreading in the facility, which is already overcrowded.
JCSO's Concealed Handgun Licensing will keep operating as it has been, though the agency said it will ask people to wait in their vehicles instead of the lobby. Like the jail, the CHL measures have been in place since March.
"We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation and its impact on our community," the agency concluded. "The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is always committed to serving you with Character, Competence, Courage and Compassion.”