Beginning August 30, Benton County lobbies and meeting spaces closed to public access until further notice. Lobby closures do not apply to the Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties. County services continue to be available online or over the phone, and in some cases, in-person by appointment. Board of Commissioner meetings and advisory committee meetings will remain open to the public and are available online through GoToMeeting.

These service adjustments were made in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases and a rise in hospitalizations throughout the County and entire state.

On August 17, the Benton County Board of Commissioners acting in capacity as the Board of Health, passed Order #D2021-063 requiring outdoor masking when individuals are unable to physically distance in crowded settings. This was in response to the rapid rise of Delta cases and hospital case counts, and quickly followed Governor Brown’s statewide indoor mask requirement for all individuals, whether vaccinated or not. On August 24, the Governor announced a statewide outdoor mask requirement, that went into effect on August 27, to help stop the spread of the delta variant and reduce cases and hospitalizations.

Although there is limited public access to County buildings, County business operations will continue to serve the public as listed on the County website.