Mayor's message for May 22, 2020
Mayor Chuck Bennett talks about the statewide COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. He also interviews Salem Housing Authority Administrator Nicole Utz to talk about Salem Housing Authority's response to COVID-19.
Mayor's message for May 15, 2020
Mayor Chuck Bennett talks about food and other resources in Salem. He also interviews Salem Fire Chief Mike Niblock about the new
Community Connect service that allows households to provide information in advance that may help first responders in the event of an emergency, such as individuals who are wheelchair-bound, household pets, natural gas shutoff and other key information. The information is completely confidential and protected by federal health information law. The service is available only to Salem residents within city limits at this time.
Mayor's message for May 8, 2020
Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett visits with Cheryl Nester Wolfe, RN, Salem Health President and CEO on Salem Health's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. He also talks about reopening of dog parks, and the City of Salem's COVID-19 resources available in English and Spanish on the city website,
Mayor's message for May 1, 2020
Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett discusses the City budget, which will be presented in a virtual public meeting May 6 at 6 p.m., with live streaming on @CityofSalem Facebook and CCTV YouTube, and live on Comcast Cable Channel 21. The Mayor also talks about utility and parking relief, proposed state strategies for restarting public life. He also interviews Salem Police Lt. Treven Upkes about behavioral health challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Lines for Life Military Help Line, 888-457-4838
Lines for Life Youth Help Line, 877-968-8491 or text 839863
Crisis and Information Hotline, 503-581-5535
Psychiatric Crisis Center, 503-585-4949, 1118 Oak Street SE, Salem
Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition
Marion County Health and Human Services
Polk County Public Health
Mayor's message for April 24, 2020
Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett reports that generous cloth mask donations are helping make Salem safer, National Library Week spotlights the record number of e-book downloads and online library card registrations as the library continues to serve the public. Mentioned in the
Willamette Valley Hospice
South Salem Sewing Group & Friends
Salem Public Library
Mayor's message for April 17, 2020
Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett talks about resources available for residents currently in financial distress from
Marion Polk Food Share and the new
Alluvium Mobile Health Team, which will be providing home medical visits for people who aren't sick enough to need hospital care. He shared information about COVID-19 patient numbers at
Salem Health. He also urges residents to keep wearing masks and maintaining social distance, because they are making a difference.
Mayor's message for April 10, 2020
Mayor Chuck Bennett reached out to Salem residents in this week's
Mayor's COVID-19 Video, urging us to keep practicing social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions (also regular hand-washing; covering your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you sneeze or cough; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; staying home). He also praised the work of
Salem Health and of
Center 50+, the City's senior center, for helping to keep older residents fed and connected.
Mayor's message for April 3, 2020
Mayor's Covid-19 Message Video acknowledges the people who are still out working on the front lines, such as the grocery store clerks, delivery truck drivers, first responders and hospital employees.
The Mayor encourages the public to continue to "stay home and stay safe," which helps to slow the spread of the virus.
He also spoke about the future and the efforts of the Mid-Valley Economic Recovery Team, the coordinated effort to plan for the economic recovery of local businesses involving many local organizations, including
SEDCOR and the
Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.
Find the latest information about
COVID-19 in Salem/Informacion mas reciente sobre COVID-19.