APRIL 2020 | Vol. 6, Issue 4
What's Happening in Oak Ridge!
Despite the ever-changing news surrounding Coronavirus, the City of Oak Ridge still has a lot going on. Here are the latest announcements on COVID-19, how you can help and a look at what else is happening in our city this month.
Tracking COVID-19
There were 593 people tested for COVID-19 at Oak Ridge High School over a 3-day span.

The City of Oak Ridge partnered with KrogerHealth to bring the testing to the community.

"It is essential that testing be increased in order to fight this deadly virus,” Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch stated. “This testing will help us determine the degree of spread within the Oak Ridge community and surrounding area. Oak Ridge faces a unique challenge because we host thousands of workers and commuters to travel across our city every day.”

Those who were tested should've received their results by now.
On Sunday, April 26, the Anderson County Health Department will host COVID-19 testing at Roane State Community College from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Testing will be at the Oak Ridge campus located at 701 Briarcliff Avenue. There will also be testing on Saturday at Walter’s State Community College Expo Center in White Pine, Tennessee.

Anyone with health concerns, or who has concerns about the health of a family member, is invited to come to one of these locations this weekend to receive testing for COVID-19,” said Janet Ridley, Regional Health Director. “This testing will be provided at no cost to participants, and those who come for testing can remain in their vehicles throughout the process.”

Nurses and/or National Guard medics at each site will collect a specimen from those who want to be tested; test results may be available within 72 hours after the samples arrive at the lab, depending on lab volume. You do not have to live in the county to be tested at this event.
The Oak Ridge Animal Shelter is taking extra measures to mitigate the short- and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by following guidelines recommended by the National Animal Control Association (NACA).

These measures include appropriately protecting animal control personnel to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, as well as working to manage and minimize the number of new animals entering our shelters.
Until further notice, Waste Connections will not accept bulky items or yard waste at the Convenience Center on Warehouse Road.

The City’s normal residential trash collection service is still operating and will not be affected but citizens should remember that all waste should be bagged, tied and placed in a can in order to be picked up.
The Senior Center may be closed but there's still a lot going on! 

Staff at the Senior Center have been calling their regularly attending folks since they closed to the public on March 16.

Additionally, the Senior Center is working with the ETHRA (East Tennessee Human Resources Agency) Senior Nutrition Program to help provide meals to those who were using the congregate program but couldn't once the center closed.

ETHRA is now able to provide five frozen meals per person for a week. People can pick up their meals on Mondays as early as 9:30 a.m. Participants must be 60 years old or older and will need to fill out a short, 2-page form at their first pickup. To be added to the list, call the senior center at (865) 425-3999 by noon the Friday before their desired Monday pickup.

The program is free but donations are accepted, and needed, to help keep it operating.
How You Can Help
If you are interested in sewing cloth face masks for Emory Valley Center, area nursing homes and other organizations that need them, find the Sew Good Mask Project on Facebook or click here . Volunteers are needed to cut fabric, sew masks, deliver masks and donate supplies for masks.
While the Civic Center is closed,  City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department  staff is keeping busy with lots of summer planning and projects while also social distancing.

One project is cleaning and sorting toys for the Holiday Bureau. If your family is interested in picking up some projects to work on from home, call the Holiday Bureau at (865) 483-7831.

Folks can also call recreation and parks at (865) 425-3450 if they would like to get trash bags and help clean up city parks and/or greenways.
Other News & Resources
Registration for the 2020 Summer Camp sponsored by the City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department is now underway.

Due to the COVID-19 building closure, a mail-in registration will be available until walk-in is available. Payments for mail-in registrations are check only . If camp is delayed or cancelled, customers may opt for a refund or credit on their account.

To print a mail-in registration packet from home, please visit our website at www.orrecparks.org . If you would prefer to receive a printed copy in the mail, please call 865-425-3450 to make a request.

The first session of camp will begin on June 1 and run for eight consecutive weeks , Monday through Friday. Campers must be 6-11 years of age or have completed Kindergarten.

The camp fee is $100 per week for residents and $105 per week for non-residents. The fee covers field trip admission, transportation, special events, daily snack, and a camp T-shirt.
Tax Day has been extended until July 15. The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.
Oak Ridge Public Library has created and is maintaining a Community Resources and Information list for the public .

This list includes information for emergency services, library services, city services, community resources (assistance, food pantries, unemployment, etc.), transportation, seniors, blood drives, COVID-19, taxes, voter registration, census, and children’s activities.

Click the link below to access this valuable resource created by Oak Ridge Public Library's Community Services staff!
The U.S. Census Bureau is delaying the deadline for counting everyone in the U.S. by two weeks because of the spreading novel coronavirus.

The 2020 census had been scheduled to stop at the end of July, but the deadline has now been extended to mid-August.

Help Oak Ridge get needed resources and representation by responding from the safety of your home today ! We are in a friendly competition with the City of Clinton to have the highest self-response rate. When Oak Ridge wins, Clinton's city manager will need to rock an Oak Ridge Wildcats jersey. But, if we lose... (we won't, right?) City Manager Mark Watson will have to wear Clinton's colors!