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Lane County Public Health October 29th COVID-19 Case Update: Joint OSU/UO/LCPH Press Conference To Announce TRACE Community Eugene - 10/29/20

Please Note: LCPH will he joined by OSU and UO today to announce TRACE Community Eugene. Additionally, the City of Eugene will be sharing an exciting new messaging campaign geared towards young adults. 
 

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Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of 13 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This makes a total of  ?two thousand four hundred and sixty seven cases.   

 

2,467 (+13) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:15 (+1)

Deaths: 27

Infectious: 148 (-21)

Persons Under Monitoring: 614

At least 82,237 negative tests

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

Lane County Public Health October 28th COVID-19 Case Update - 10/28/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of 35 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This makes a total of  ?two thousand four hundred and fifty four cases.  

2,454 (+35) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:14 (+2)

Deaths: 27

Infectious: 169 (-6)

Persons Under Monitoring: 671

At least 81,913 negative tests (total individuals tested by result)

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

Commissioners approve addition of 4.0 FTE deputy sheriff positions to enhance rural patrol - 10/27/20

The Lane County Board of Commissioners unanimously (4-0) approved the addition of 4.0 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) deputy sheriff positions in order to enhance rural patrol and service for the next five years.

 

Two FTE will be designated to work in the McKenzie River Valley area during the ongoing response, recovery and rebuilding related to the Holiday Farm Fire. The other two FTE will be assigned to the West Lane region. 

 

 “As most of our rural residents know, funding for the Sheriff’s Office has allowed for only minimal rural patrol over the past several years,” said Sheriff Cliff Harrold. “This new investment comes at a time when the McKenzie River area is in need of support and a sense of security as residents begin the rebuilding process. It also allows us to increase the level of service we can provide to West Lane County residents who live in the most geographically difficult area to provide law enforcement services. Overall, this will help reduce response times and increase our presence in rural communities.”

 

Prior to this new investment, funding for the Sheriff’s Office only provided 25 FTE to patrol 4,600 square miles of the county. Those 25 FTE, spread across 24 hours per day, seven days per week, provided about three deputies on at any given time to respond to calls throughout the county, resulting in very long response times for life safety calls, and often no response to property crime calls.

 

“We are thankful for the opportunity to provide designated District Deputies to both the McKenzie River Valley area and to the West Lane County area so we can continue to build those valuable relationships that result in safer communities,” said Harrold. “While this funding is temporary, we are hopeful that it leads to more conversations about how to fund public safety in the long term for Lane County residents and visitors.”

 

 

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 AM - 10/27/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of 26 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This makes a total of  ?two thousand four hundred and nineteen cases. 

 

2,419 (+26) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:12 (-3)

Deaths: 27

Infectious: 175 (-6)

 

 

At least 81,232 negative tests (total individuals tested by result)

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Have you returned your ballot? - 10/27/20

Have you voted but not returned your ballot to Lane County Elections?

 

Lane County Elections recommends that voters mail back their voted ballots to the Elections Office no later than Tuesday, October 27. After that date, Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart suggests voters return their ballots to one of the many official ballot drop sites available. Postage is no longer required.

 

A list of available drop sites is available online and enclosed with the voting material.

 

To be counted, all voted ballots must be received at the Elections Office or in an official drop site by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Postmarks do not qualify ballots.

 

It may take more time this year for the United States Postal Service to process and deliver ballots – making it critical for voters who choose to mail their ballots to allow adequate time for processing and delivery.

 

Betschart shared several important reminders for voters to follow as they get their ballots ready to return. “Please call our office if you have any questions prior to casting your vote,” she said. “We want to make sure all registered voters can have their votes counted.”

 

  • Each voter must sign the ballot return identification envelope that lists the voter’s printed name and address.
  • Sign the ballot envelope in the same manner as your most current voter registration card.

 

Due to COVID-19, the Lane County Elections Office will be open to the public only on Friday, October 30; Monday, November 2; and Tuesday, November 3, Election Day. Check our web page at lanecountyor.gov for additional updates concerning office hours. When open, visitors will be required to observe physical distancing guidelines; masks are required. The Elections Office has a small quantity of masks available for visitors that do not have their own.

 

On all other dates, the Lane County Elections Office is closed to walk-ins. Assistance is available over the phone at 541-682-4234 (Mon-Fri 9am-Noon and 1-4pm, Election Day 7am-8pm) and via email at elections@lanecountyor.gov. Voters with issues that cannot be resolved via phone or email will be able to make an appointment to visit the Elections Office.

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Lane County Public Health October 26th COVID-19 Case Update - 10/26/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of 81 additional positive cases of COVID-19 over the weekend*. This makes a total of two thousand three hundred and ninety three (2,393) positive cases.

*Please note, this case count is a cumulative count from 8 AM Friday to 8 AM today (Monday)

 

2,393 (+81) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:15 (+2)

Deaths: 27 

Infectious: 181(-26)

Persons Under Monitoring: 708 (-30)

 

 

At least 81,103 negative tests ?

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Hendricks Bridge boat ramp reopens after major improvements - 10/26/20

Lane County Parks’ popular Hendricks Bridge boat ramp has reopened after major improvements thanks to a partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Hendricks Bridge Park closed on June 8, 2020 to begin the project.

 

The improvements included reconstructing and realigning the boat ramp, as well as expanding the parking area to reduce congestion and increase maneuverability.

 

“We are so grateful for the generous funding from the Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,” said Lane County Parks Manager Brett Henry. “Making such dramatic improvements will really change the experience for people using the ramp for the better and increase their safety at the same time.”

 

Prior to the improvements, the boat ramp had deteriorated and there was a steep drop-off at the end of the ramp, which could damage boat trailers. The previous alignment of the boat ramp, combined with strong currents, made it difficult to launch and retrieve boats.

 

About Hendricks Bridge:

Hendricks Bridge boat ramp is located on the McKenzie River below Leaburg Dam. It is part of the larger 18-acre Hendricks Bridge Park east of Springfield on Highway 126 (38870 Hendricks Park Road, Springfield). The ramp typically averages 8,000 users per year; however, those numbers had decreased as the ramp deteriorated.

 

This section of river is popular with anglers, as well as floaters and paddlers and offers two popular river runs: Leaburg Dam to Hendricks Bridge, and Hendricks Bridge to Hayden Bridge.

 

 

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Remember to sign your ballot return envelope - 10/26/20

Voters must remember to sign their ballot return envelopes before mailing or returning their completed ballot back to Lane County Elections.

 

The signature is a security measure used to verify identity. County personnel who have received training in handwriting analysis compare it to signatures in the voter registration record. A ballot may only be counted if the signatures match.

 

“If your signature does not match or the return envelope is unsigned, someone from Lane County Elections will notify you and you will have until 14 days after the election to address the issue or the ballot will not be processed,” said Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart. “One of the most common reasons a signature does not match is an injury or medical condition that has affected a person’s motor skills.” 

 

Due to COVID-19, the Lane County Elections Office will be open to the public only on Friday, October 30; Monday, November 2; and Tuesday, November 3, Election Day. Check our web page at www.lanecountyor.gov for additional updates concerning office hours. When open, visitors will be required to observe physical distancing guidelines; masks are required. The Elections Office has a small quantity of masks available for visitors that do not have their own.

 

On all other dates, the Lane County Elections Office is closed to walk-ins. Assistance is available over the phone at 541-682-4234 (weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and via email at elections@lanecountyor.gov. Voters with issues that cannot be resolved via phone or email will be able to make an appointment to visit the Elections Office.

 

 

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Lane County opens emergency shelter beds in response to freezing temperatures this weekend - 10/23/20

In response to temperatures predicted to fall below freezing beginning this weekend, Lane County is opening emergency shelter beds at Lane Events Center. The shelter will operate under strict COVID-19 protocols.

 

“Egan Warming Center provides an incredible service to our unhoused community, but they are not scheduled to open until next month,” said County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky. “Lane County felt it was imperative to step into the breach and provide a temporary solution during this early cold weather.”

 

The emergency shelter beds will be available Sunday and Monday between the hours of 6:00 PM and 8:00 AM. Unhoused community members who wish to stay at Lane Events Center should check in with site volunteers at the Expo Hall building. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, there will be limited capacity and spaces will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Guests with symptoms will be offered space offsite to protect all guests.

 

St. Vincent de Paul, under contract with Lane County, will staff the emergency shelter.

 

Emergency shelter beds are more challenging to set up this year due to COVID-19. Providing adequate space reduces the capacity of each location and many Egan volunteers are in higher-risk categories and cannot serve this year.

 

“We remain committed to helping find and support solutions to homelessness,” said Mokrohisky. “It will take our whole community to be successful in this effort. This winter as COVID-19 restricts our already strained systems – we need churches, schools and other property owners to step forward and offer spaces to the Egan Warming Center.”

 

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Lane County Public Health October 23rd COVID-19 Case Update - 10/23/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 69 additional positive COVID-19  cases. This makes a total of two thousand two hundred and forty two (2,242) cases.

 

Total Cases in Lane County: 2,312 (+69)

 

Infectious: 207 (+31)

 

Hospitalized: 13 (-1)

 

Suspected COVID-19 Deaths: 27

 

Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs): 738 (+4)

 

At least 79,980 negative tests 

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Lane County voters: return your ballots early - 10/23/20

Voters are urged to return their ballots as early as possible to ensure they are received at Lane County Elections by the 8:00 p.m. deadline on Tuesday, November 3.

 

In order to be counted, ballots must be received at Lane County Elections by:

  • Mail – Postmarks do not qualify ballots. Voters must mail their ballots with enough time for processing and delivery by the post office.
  • Official Drop Boxes – There are 20 official drop boxes located throughout Lane County that will be available to voters until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (November 3).

 

“It is incredibly important for voters to be aware of the Election Day deadline,” said Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart. “If a voter doesn’t mail their ballot early enough to ensure the Elections Office receives it before the deadline, or fails to get it to an official drop box before 8:00 p.m. on November 3, their vote cannot be counted.”

 

Due to COVID-19, the Lane County Elections Office will be open to the public only on Friday, October 30; Monday, November 2; and Tuesday, November 3, Election Day. Check our web page at lanecountyor.gov for additional updates concerning office hours. When open, visitors will be required to observe physical distancing guidelines; masks are required. The Elections Office has a small quantity of masks available for visitors that do not have their own.

 

On all other dates, the Lane County Elections Office is closed to walk-ins. Assistance is available over the phone at 541-682-4234 (weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and via email at elections@lanecountyor.gov. Voters with issues that cannot be resolved via phone or email will be able to make an appointment to visit the Elections Office.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 22nd COVID-19 Case Update: LIVE Virtual Co-Lane County/University of Oregon Press Conference at 10:30 - 10/22/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 20 additional positive COVID-19  cases. This makes a total of two thousand two hundred and forty two (2,242) cases.

 

Total Cases in Lane County: 2,242 (+20)

 

Infectious: 176 (-28)

 

Hospitalized: 14 (+4)

 

Suspected COVID-19 Deaths: 27 (no change)

 

Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs): 734 (+66)

 

At least 76,695 negative tests

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 22nd COVID-19 Case Update: LIVE Virtual Co-Lane County/University of Oregon Press Conference at 10:30 - 10/22/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 20 additional positive COVID-19  cases. This makes a total of two thousand two hundred and forty two (2,242) cases.

 

Total Cases in Lane County: 2,242 (+20)

 

Infectious: 176 (-28)

 

Hospitalized: 14 (+4)

 

Suspected COVID-19 Deaths: 27 (no change)

 

Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs): 734 (+66)

 

At least 76,695 negative tests

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Haven't received your ballot yet? - 10/22/20

Lane County ballots were mailed on Thursday, October 15, 2020 and registered voters should have received their ballots by now.

 

Voters who did not receive their ballots in the mail should do one or more of the following:

 

 

  • If they have moved to any new address, even the apartment next door, they will need to update their registration. Voters can update online at www.oregonvotes.gov if they have a valid DMV license, identification card or permit number. The same website can be used to update or remove a mailing address. They can also complete a registration card and mail or deliver it to Lane County Elections.

 

Ballots may not be forwarded by law. If voters are not going to be at a regular residence or mailing address, they need to submit a request for an absentee ballot at the temporary location. If voters are unsure what to do, they should call Lane County Elections at 541-682-4234 to determine what action they must take in order to receive a ballot. 

 

Due to COVID-19, the Lane County Elections Office will be open to the public only on Friday, October 30; Monday, November 2; and Tuesday, November 3, Election Day. Check our web page at lanecountyor.gov for additional updates concerning office hours. When open, visitors will be required to observe physical distancing guidelines; masks are required. The Elections Office has a small quantity of masks available for visitors that do not have their own.

 

On all other dates, the Lane County Elections Office is closed to walk-ins. Assistance is available over the phone at 541-682-4234 (weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and via email at elections@lanecountyor.gov. Voters with issues that cannot be resolved via phone or email will be able to make an appointment to visit the Elections Office.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health October 21st COVID-19 Case Update - 10/21/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 40 additional positive COVID-19  cases. This makes a total of two thousand two hundred and twenty two (2,222) cases.

 

Total Cases in Lane County: 2,222 (+40)

 

Infectious: 204 (-5)

 

Hospitalized: 10 (+1)

 

Suspected COVID-19 Deaths: 27 (+1)

 

Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs): 668 (+4)

 

Total Tests - Lane County Residents: 78,476

 

Deaths: 

 

Yesterday, the Oregon Health Authority notified lane County Public Health that a 64-year-old woman from the Eugene/Springfield area who passed away on 10/14/20 passed due to complications related to COVID-19. She was not hospitalized prior to her death. 

 

From everyone at Lane County Public Health, we send our most sincere condolences to the friends and family of these community members during this difficult time. 

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Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Commissioners adopt Community Benefits Bidding Program to increase investment in local economy - 10/20/20

Today, the Lane County Board of Commissioners adopted its first-ever Community Benefits Bidding Program (CBB). The CBB will require any County-led capital improvement projects with a budget of $1 million or more to prioritize contractors that provide living wages and significant local economic benefits.

 

The pilot CBB program will include the following:

  • Prequalifying both general contractors and subcontractors.
  • Health insurance pre-qualification will include "employer-paid full-family health coverage" for trade workers working on the project.
  • Require a "living wage" for trade workers working on the project.
  • Subcontracts that are $50k or less as set aside for Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) subcontractors, when there is such work and there are subcontractors available.
  • The apprenticeship requirement will be for contractors and subcontractors to be operating or participating in an Oregon and/or federally registered apprenticeship program.

 

The County will apply this program to a broad range of capital projects. The next capital project is the renovation of the new Parole and Probation building located at Four Corners.

 

“This is a big deal. Today Lane County commissioners unanimously approved a procurement framework prioritizing living wage jobs and full family health plans for employees of businesses the county contracts with, starting with large construction projects,” said Vice Chair Joe Berney. “We prioritized building and retrofitting low carbon emission county buildings and using solar energy. We prioritized spending more dollars locally creating more local jobs. I am proud to be part of this board, of this decision, and of the tremendous staff work it took. This is a good day.”

 

Discussion regarding a CCB began in December 2019 when the revised 2018-2021 Strategic Plan adopted by the Lane County Board of Commissioners first incorporated a Key Strategic Initiative to develop and implement a policy for community benefits in regard to capital projects.

 

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Lane County Board of Commissioners adopts first Climate Action Plan for internal operations - 10/20/20

Today, the Lane County Board of Commissioners adopted the first Climate Action Plan for County operations.

 

“We know that the future of our community, our children and our wellbeing is dependent upon making meaningful changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Chair Heather Buch. “The goals in this plan will help us safeguard that future at a local level and I am so proud that Lane County is moving in this direction.”

 

The plan describes six goals and targets that include carbon-neutral operations by 2050. The plan also describes specific actions that Lane County can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with day-to-day operations.

 

“Lane County has several opportunities to take action to reduce carbon emissions while saving money in the long-term. Investments in energy efficiency, replacing sedans with electric vehicles, and improving landfill gas collection are all low-hanging fruit in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lane County Climate Strategist Mark Nystrom.

 

Lane County began a three-phase approach to developing a Climate Action Plan in 2019 by conducting an internal Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and developing internal operations Climate Action Plan. The County is also beginning the second phase of this work – conducting a countywide greenhouse gas inventory and developing a countywide plan that will outline goals and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The third phase of the project will develop a resiliency plan that will identify strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate change on Lane County.

 

Learn more about this project at www.lanecounty.org/climateplan.

 

 

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Lane County Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Announces Additional Federal Funding - 10/20/20

 

Lane County received $1.5 million of EASCR funding to assist households who have been directly impacted by COVID-19 financially, due to health or loss of childcare.

EASCR provides qualifying households with a one-time payment that ranges from $500-$1500. The amount of assistance a household receives depends on the need of the household. Customers do not need to be past due to receive a payment. It may be applied to electricity, natural gas, home heating oil, propane, wood pellets and wood.  

 

The income guidelines for EASCR is higher than other energy assistance programs at 80% of the Area Median Income. Both homeowners and renters that fall within these income guidelines are encouraged to apply for an EASCR payment to help with their utility accounts.

 

Household Size

Gross Monthly Income

Gross Annual Income

1

$3270

$39,200

2

$3735

$44,800

3

$4200

$50,400

4

$4670

$56,000

 

 

If a household currently receives one of the following programs, they automatically income qualify for EASCR and will not need to provide additional proof of income.

 

- LIHEAP

- OEAP

- Women Infants and Children (WIC)

- SNAP

- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

- OHP or MEDICAID

- Federal Weatherization Assistance

- TANF or Tribal TANF

 

Lane County agencies are currently accepting phone calls for households that did not receive an EASCR payment in August or September. Appointments may be done by phone, email, mail or in person.

 

Households that do have a senior citizen (60 and over), contact:

Campbell Community Center in Eugene 

541-682-5354 

Cottage Grove Senior Connections  

Florence Senior Connections  

Junction City Senior Connections  

Oakridge Senior Connections  

Veneta Senior Connections

Willamalane Adult Activity Center in Springfield 

541-682-7810  

541-682-7835 

541-682-7801  

541-682-7802  

541-682-7806 

541-746-4406

 

Households that don’t have a senior citizen, contact: 

Catholic Community Services in Eugene  

541-345-3642 

Catholic Community Services in Springfield  

541-747-8349 

Community Sharing in Cottage Grove  

541-942-6492 

Siuslaw Outreach Services in Florence  

541-997-2816 

Lane County Energy Oakridge 

541-682-3314 

 

There are additional Energy Assistance programs available in Lane County that are specific to a utility.  Customers can find information on these programs by visiting www.lanecounty.org/energyassistance or by calling their local utility company.    

 

Lane County Public Health October 20th COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 10/20/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 39 additional positive COVID-19  cases. This makes a total of two thousand one hundred and eighty two (2,182) cases.

 

2,182 (+39) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:9 (no change)

Deaths: 26 (no change)

Infectious: 209 (-6)

Persons Under Monitoring: 664 

 

At least 75,759 negative tests

 

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Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 19th COVID-19 Case Update - 10/19/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 102 additional positive COVID-19  cases and three deaths over the weekend*. This makes a total of two thousand one hundred and forty three  2,143) cases.

 

*Please note, this is a cumulative number of cases which have been reported to LCPH since 8 AM Friday. This number does not represent one single day’s case load, but rather 3, 24-hour reporting periods.

 

 

2,143 (+102) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:9 (-9) 

Deaths: 26 (+3)

Infectious: 215 (+3)

Persons Under Monitoring: 671

 

 

At least 75,293 negative tests

 

Deaths:

 

1)  An 89 year old woman from the Eugene/Springfield area passed away on 10/17/20 due to complications from COVID-19. She was hospitalized at the time of her death. 

 

2) A 61-year-old man from the Eugene/Springfield area passed away on 10/16/20 due to complications from COVID-19. He was hospitalized at the time of his. 

 

3)  An 89 year old woman from the Eugene/Springfield area passed away on 10/17/20 due to complications from COVID-19. She was hospitalized at the time of her death. This is death is NOT a duplicate of #1. 

 

From everyone at Lane County Public Health, we send our most sincere condolences to the friends and family of these community members during this difficult time. 

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Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 19th COVID-19 Case Update - 10/19/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 102 additional positive COVID-19  cases and three deaths over the weekend*. This makes a total of two thousand one hundred and forty three  2,143) cases.

 

*Please note, this is a cumulative number of cases which have been reported to LCPH since 8 AM Friday. This number does not represent one single day’s case load, but rather 3, 24-hour reporting periods.

 

 

2,143 (+102) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:9 (-9) 

Deaths: 26 (+3)

Infectious: 215 (+3)

Persons Under Monitoring: 671

 

 

At least 75,293 negative tests

 

Deaths:

 

1)  An 89 year old woman from the Eugene/Springfield area passed away on 10/17/20 due to complications from COVID-19. She was hospitalized at the time of her death. 

 

2) A 61-year-old man from the Eugene/Springfield area passed away on 10/16/20 due to complications from COVID-19. He was hospitalized at the time of his. 

 

3)  An 89 year old woman from the Eugene/Springfield area passed away on 10/17/20 due to complications from COVID-19. She was hospitalized at the time of her death. This is death is NOT a duplicate of #1. 

 

From everyone at Lane County Public Health, we send our most sincere condolences to the friends and family of these community members during this difficult time. 

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Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Review both sides of ballot - 10/19/20

Ballots are arriving in the mail of registered Lane County voters. Before turning in a ballot, voters should remember to review both sides of the ballot.

 

“Lane County Elections wants to remind registered voters to review both sides of their official ballot. All ballots have additional voting opportunities on the back of their ballot,” said Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart. “Once a ballot has been returned it cannot be amended or recast.”

 

Registered voters anywhere in Oregon who have changed their address still have time to update their registration and qualify for a full ballot. Those with election-related questions should contact Lane County Elections at 541-682-4234.

 

Voters may drop off their ballots at one of many official drop box locations listed in the insert included with their ballot. Drop boxes are now open and will remain open until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (November 3). A map of drop box locations is also available online.

 

Due to COVID-19, the Lane County Elections Office will be open to the public only on Friday, October 30; Monday, November 2; and Tuesday, November 3, Election Day. Check our web page at lanecountyor.gov for additional updates concerning office hours. When open, visitors will be required to observe physical distancing guidelines; masks are required. The Elections Office has a small quantity of masks available for visitors that do not have their own.

 

On all other dates, the Lane County Elections Office is closed to walk-ins. Assistance is available over the phone at 541-682-4234 (weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and via email at elections@lanecountyor.gov. Voters with issues that cannot be resolved via phone or email will be able to make an appointment to visit the Elections Office.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 16th COVID-19 Case Update - 10/16/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 82 additional positive COVID-19  cases. This makes a total of two thousand and forty one (2,041) cases.

Total Cases in Lane County to date: 2,041(+82)

 

Currently Infectious: 212 (+37)

 

Hospitalized: 18 (+1)

 

COVID-19 Related Deaths: 23 (no change)

 

Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs): 647 (-5)

 

Total Lane County Residents Tested: 75,475

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 15th COVID 19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 10/15/20

PLEASE NOTE: In order to address all questions, please text them to the number listed in the media contact section by 10:30. 
 

Lane County Public Health notified of 21 additional positive COVID-19  cases. This makes a total of one thousand nine hundred and fifty nine (1,959) cases.

1,959 (+21) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:17 (+1)

Deaths: 23 (No change)

Infectious: 175 (-37)

Persons Under Monitoring: 652

 

 

At least 73,516 negative tests

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

 

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Ballots mailed today, Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 10/15/20

Lane County Elections mailed ballots today for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Most voters should receive their ballots by Wednesday, October 21. As expected, there was a surge in last-minute voter registrations. Ballots for those newly registered voters will be mailed early next week.

 

Voters who do not receive a ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election can check on the status of their registration and ballot at www.oregonvotes.gov. They may also contact Lane County Elections at 541-682-4234 to determine if they need to update their voter registration in order to receive a ballot.

 

Voters may drop off their ballots at one of many official drop box locations listed in the insert included with their ballot. Drop boxes are now open and will remain open until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

 

A map of drop box locations is also available online.

 

Due to COVID-19, the Lane County Elections Office will be open to the public only on Friday, October 30; Monday, November 2; and Tuesday, November 3, Election Day. Check our web page at lanecountyor.gov for additional updates concerning office hours. When open, visitors will be required to observe physical distancing guidelines; masks are required. The Elections Office has a small quantity of masks available for visitors that do not have their own.

 

On all other dates, the Lane County Elections Office is closed to walk-ins. Assistance is available over the phone at 541-682-4234 (weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and via email at elections@lanecountyor.gov. Voters with issues that cannot be resolved via phone or email will be able to make an appointment to visit the Elections Office.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 14th Case Update - 10/14/20

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1,938 (+63)  total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:16 (+2)

Deaths: 23 (+1)

Infectious: 212 (+2)

Persons Under Monitoring: 669

 

 

At least 72,841 negative tests

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Deaths:

 

A 91-year-old woman from the Eugene/Springfield area passed away on October 10th. She had not been hospitalized prior to her death. From the entire team at Lane County Public Health, our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of this community member. 

 

 

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure

2020--2021 Property Tax Statements available online, to be mailed soon - 10/14/20

Lane County taxpayers will receive their 2020-2021 property tax statements beginning on October 21, 2020. Statements are available online now, as well as information about the county value trends, levy changes, and individual property tax account information, at www.lanecounty.org/AT. The first payment is due on November 16, 2020.

 

“The health and safety of our staff and customers continues to be very important. We have made a concerted effort to provide a variety of socially distanced and efficient payment options,” said Lane County Assessor Michael Cowles. “But if you do visit our office, you will find we are following safety protocols recommended by healthcare officials. Precautions include face coverings, hand sanitizer, social distancing, Plexiglas barriers and regular sanitizing of common areas.”

 

Lane County Assessment and Taxation collects property tax on behalf of 85 separate taxing districts, including cities, schools, education service districts, water districts, rural fire districts, urban renewal districts and other taxing districts such as park and recreation, library and ambulance districts.

 

The total property tax certified for all tax levies combined in 2020–2021 is $605.10 million. This is approximately 4.13 percent more than in 2019. The total amount of taxes billed changes each year as a result of the addition of new or renewed local option and bond levies, the expiration of local option and bond levies, the 3 percent statutory increase in Maximum Assessed Value (MAV), the addition of new properties to the tax roll, the number of exemptions granted, and the number of properties being taxed on their lower market values instead of their Measure 50 MAV.

 

Lane County’s January 1, 2020 Real Market Value (RMV) increased to $70.1 billion from $66.1 billion, an overall increase of approximately 6 percent from January 1, 2019.

 

The total taxable value for all properties combined in Lane County increased by 3.9 percent over last year, from $35.5 billion in 2019 to $36.9 billion in 2020. Additionally, 2.51 percent of residential properties in Lane County now have a market value below their Measure 50 MAV that is down from 3.7 percent in 2019.

 

Most properties will continue to see the 3 percent statutory increase in their MAV. On average, residential property owners will pay tax on 65.1 percent of their RMV in 2020.

 

Oregon’s constitution limits the increase in MAV of each property to 3 percent per year, unless there have been changes made to the property, such as new construction or additions, new partitions or subdivisions, removal from special assessment or exemption programs, or changes in zoning and use of the property.

 

There are approximately 180,400 property tax accounts in Lane County consisting of: 54.5 percent Residential/Tract; 16.6 percent Exempt; 9.7 percent Commercial; 5.8 percent Industrial; 4.2 percent Farm/Forest; 4.7 percent Multi-Family; and 4.4 percent Business Personal Property, Utilities and Other.

 

Property values for tax purposes are set only once a year at the time of certification. Certification occurred for the 2020–2021 tax roll on October 6, 2020. Oregon does not reset property values at the time of sale as in California, nor does it reset property values for tax purposes at the time of a refinanced loan.

 

The 2020–21 tax statement reflects a property’s RMV as of January 1, 2020. This is based on the January 1, 2019 RMV compared to 2019 sale prices which showed an overall median RMV increase of 7.2 percent for a typical house value.

 

Market value changes for individual properties will vary each year due to many factors including the general real estate market, property location and changes made to the property such as new additions, remodels, or demolition. The impact COVID-19 will have on property values is not yet known. The assessment date for the real market value on this tax statement is January 1, 2020, prior to the pandemic. Market changes resulting from the pandemic will be reflected in the 2021-2022 real market values.

 

If your house, garage or outbuilding was damaged or destroyed by the recent wildfires, you may be eligible for property tax relief. For details go to www.lanecountyor.gov/at and click on the McKenzie/Holiday Farm Fire Property Tax Proration quick link.  

 

“On behalf of everyone at Assessment and Taxation, I would like to acknowledge what a difficult year it has been. Our hearts go out to all who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires and we are grateful for the efforts of first responders, county employees and community volunteers. We have made processing the property tax proration applications our highest priority,” said Cowles.

 

Voters in the past year have approved changes to the tax levies and bond rates, which are then applied to a property’s Assessed Value (AV). However, Oregon’s constitution limits the total tax rate that can be billed to an individual property to no more than $10 per $1,000 of market value for government and $5 per $1,000 of market value for schools. These limits do not apply to bonds.

 

If taxpayers believe their properties’ market values are incorrect, taxpayers should first contact Lane County Assessment and Taxation. Taxpayers have the right to appeal to the Board of Property Tax Appeals through the Deeds and Records Division of the County Clerk’s Office. The Board of Property Tax Appeals has the authority to reduce market value when sufficient evidence is provided to demonstrate the RMV of a property was different on January 1, 2020 than what is on the tax statement. If RMV is still higher than AV, the tax payment will likely remain the same. A reduction to the value does not always result in a refund. The Board cannot grant reductions to a tax amount; it can only review a property’s value.   All appeals must be filed with the Lane County Deeds and Records office by December 31, 2020.

 

 

2020 Property Tax Changes

 

  • Both Lane Community College and the Eugene School District passed new bond measures to construct and improve facilities.

 

  • The following districts renewed their local option levies for 5 years at the same rate:
    • Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District
    • Eugene School District
    • Santa Clara Fire District
  • McKenzie Fire & Rescue’s local option levy rate changed from $0.45/$1,000 to $0.60/$1,000
  • Goshen’s RFPD local option levy will not be imposed

 

Attached is an advance copy of the property tax insert that will be mailed with each tax statement. The insert has additional information regarding payments, the location of payment drop boxes, appeals, and other services provided by the Department of Assessment and Taxation.

 

Also attached are two charts. One showing the median assessed value and tax rates for different areas of the county and one showing the real market value and percent change between 2019 and 2020.

 

 

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Attached Media Files: Property Tax Information
Lane County Public Health October 13th COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 10/13/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 29 additional positive COVID-19  cases. This makes a total of one thousand eight hundred and seventy five (1,875) cases.

 

 

1,875 (+29) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:14 (+1)

Deaths: 22 (no change)

Infectious: 210 (-19)

 

 

At least 72,296 negative tests (total individuals tested by result)

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

 

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Holiday Farm Fire Recovery Assistance Services available at the old McKenzie Fish Hatchery near Leaburg on Oct. 16 - 10/13/20

Lane County’s Recovery Assistance Services (RAS) will be available upriver on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. beginning Friday, October 16.

 

The location of the upriver RAS is the old McKenzie Fish Hatchery located at 44643 Highway 126 (milepost 24). Access is via the gravel service entrance drive just west of the main entrance (the parking lot off of the main entrance is being used to stage repair vehicles and is closed).

 

The RAS is designed to help residents affected by the Holiday Farm Fire connect to available services and plan their next steps with an emphasis on resilience and mental health.

 

This location is hosted by the McKenzie Community Development Corporation.

 

The RAS will continue to be available at Lane Events Center Monday through Thursday, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

 

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Friday deadline to sign up for post-fire hazardous waste cleanup - 10/12/20

The deadline for property owners to sign up for free household hazardous waste cleanup on properties affected by the Holiday Farm Fire is this Friday, October 16.

 

Property owners need to sign an access agreement, called a Right of Entry form, by October 16 to allow crews to clean up hazardous waste on their property.

 

The form is available online at www.lanecounty.org/mckenziefire.

 

Hard copies of the form are also available at the McKenzie Fire Station in Leaburg and at the Upper McKenzie Fire Station in McKenzie Bridge. Forms may be returned to those locations by the end of the day on October 16.

 

Household hazardous waste cleanup will be entirely covered by state and federal funds. Debris removal, which may occur in a second phase, might result in claims against your insurance policy to avoid duplication of benefits (i.e. you can't have things cleaned up on your behalf by government agencies and collect insurance payments for the same activity).

 

Household hazardous waste includes fuel and petroleum, pool chemicals, car batteries, antifreeze, used oil filters, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, propane tanks, disinfectants, aerosols, paint, bleach, and ammunition. Crews will also safely identify and dispose of large pieces of asbestos materials.

 

Household hazardous waste removal timeline (approximate):

  • Property owners are asked to sign the property access agreement by October 16.
  • Boots-on-the-ground teams – October 20-22
  • Clean up complete by December 31

 

QUESTIONS? Please call 458-239-2826 or email oeforms@lanecounty-eoc.net">roeforms@lanecounty-eoc.net.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 12th COVID-19 Case Update - 10/12/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 123 additional positive COVID-19  cases over the weekend. This makes a total of one thousand eight hundred and forty six (1,846) cases.

 

1,846 (+123) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:13 (no change)

Deaths: 22 (no change)

Infectious: 229 (-35)

At least 71,758 negative tests

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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ROAD CLOSURE: Belknap Covered Bridge -- West King Road - 10/12/20

Road Name:

West King Road (at Belknap Covered Bridge)

Location:

Belknap Covered Bridge

Begin Closure:

Milepost 0

End Closure:

Milepost .06

Dates and times:

Wednesday, October 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Alternate routes:

 

West King Road, East King Road and King Road access from Horse Creek Road

Reason for closure:

 

 

Post-fire inspection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lane County Opens Application Process for Lane County Renters Assistance Next Week - 10/09/20

A limited number of eligibility applications for rent assistance for Lane County renters open on Friday, October 16, at 9:00 a.m.  Due to limited funding, the limited applications will fill up quickly. The eligibility application is an online form that will be available at www.lanecounty.org/rent.  

 

The funding was provided by the federal COVID-19 CARES Act and is to serve Lane County households affected by the ongoing pandemic.

 

Eligible households that complete an application will be served by local social service agencies. 

 

The applicant must be able to document:

1) A loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19;

OR

2) Have compromised health status or an elevated risk of infection and vulnerability to impacts to health as related to COVID-19 and that a loss of housing would cause a health jeopardy related to COVID-19 for the applicant.

 

The applicant’s household income must be at or below 80 percent of the Lane County’s Area Median Income Level (AMI).

 

LANE COUNTY AMI 2020

HH SIZE

80% AMI Gross Monthly Income

80% AMI Gross Annual Income

1

$3,267

$39,204

2

$3,733

$44,796

3

$4,200

$50,400

4

$4,667

$56,004

5

$5,042

$60,504

6

$5,417

$65,004

7

$5,788

$69,456

8

$6,163

$73,956

 

Rent assistance can be used for rent payments and arrearages, manufactured home rental space, housing relocation assistance and more.

 

Application Process

1. Applicants will complete the application online at www.lanecounty.org/rent or by calling Lane County’s Rent Assistance Line at 541-682-3371 (online is preferred). 

2. Eligible applications will be forwarded to local social service agencies.

3. The access agency will follow up with the applicant to process the application, and distribute funds directly to landlords or utility companies. 

 

Applicants will need to provide documentation for identification (ID), income documentation, housing status documentation and, if needed, health status documentation. Applicants will also be asked to provide a written notice from their landlords showing amounts owed. Applicants can upload the required documents into the online application form at the time they apply, or later by editing their application.

Applicants may be eligible to receive assistance through December 30, 2020. Payments to landlords will be issued monthly and applicants may need to recertify before the end of the year.

Depending on available funding, the application may open again in November.

Lane County Public Health October 9th COVID-19 Case Update: CORRECTION ON WORKPLACE CLUSTER - 10/09/20

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Lane County Public Health notified of 50 additional positive COVID-19  cases and 1 correction regarding a workplace cluster. This makes a total of one thousand seven hundred and twenty three (1,723) cases.

 

1,723 (+50) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:13 (no change)

Deaths: 22 (no change)

Infectious: 264 (-15)

 

 

At least 69,821 negative tests

 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

CORRECTION on Workplace Clusters:


Yesterday, LCPH announced a cluster at BottleDrop located at 2105 W. Broadway in Eugene with 15 associated cases. 

The cluster is actually happening at the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) processing facility at the same location as the BottleDrop but the facility where these cases occurred is distinct from the BottleDrop. 

Testing:

ATTENTION: Wildfire Evacuees Testing Event  is now open to anyone currently working in a public-facing job. Any individual who works in a public-facing job can get tested at:

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds Parking Lot

796 W. 13th Ave. 

Today, October 9, 2:00 - 6:00pm

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Voter registration deadline Tuesday, October 13; Lincoln Street Elections drop box open for registrations until 5:00 p.m. on October 13 - 10/09/20

The voter registration deadline for the November 3, 2020 General Election is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

 

People who are not registered to vote in any Oregon county may register online at oregonvotes.gov no later than 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, October 13. The online option is available only to those with a valid Oregon driver’s license, DMV-issued identification card or learner’s permit.

 

Registration options include:

  • Online at www.oregonvotes.gov no later than 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, October 13. The online option is available to those with a valid Oregon driver’s license, DMV-issued identification card or learner’s permit.
  • Submit a voter registration form to the Lincoln Street Drop Box next to the Elections Office by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 13.
  • Mail a voter registration card to the Elections Office with a postmark no later than Tuesday, October 13.

 

New voters who will turn 18 on or before the November 3 Election Day may register by the October 13 deadline and receive a ballot, even if they are still 17 on the registration deadline date.

 

The Lincoln Street ballot drop box at Lane County Elections will be open now through Tuesday, October 13, at 5:00 p.m. to make it easier for voters to drop off completed registration cards.

 

For any questions regarding voter registration or elections in Oregon, visit www.lanecounty.org/elections or call Lane County Elections at 541-682-4234.

 

Due to COVID-19 the Lane County Elections Office is closed to walk-in appointments. Assistance is available over the phone at 541-682-4234 and via email at elections@lanecountyor.gov. Voters with issues that cannot be resolved via phone or email will be able to make an appointment to visit the Elections Office.

 

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Camping season at Richardson Park extended through October - 10/08/20

Richardson Park, located at the northwest end of Fern Ridge Reservoir, is extending the camping season through the end of October.

 

“Generally, the season ends in September,” said Lane County Parks Supervising Analyst Michelle Hunt. “But this year there has been such a strong local demand for camping and other outdoor activities that we felt it made sense to accept reservations for a few more weeks and reevaluate the seasonal closure date at that time.”

 

Lane County Parks also operates two year-round campgrounds: Harbor Vista Campground in Florence and Armitage Park north of Eugene.

 

To make a reservation, visit http://reservations.lanecounty.org/ or call 541-682-2000.

 

About Richardson Park:

Located at 25950 Richardson Park Road, the 115-acre Richardson Park is the largest developed park in the County Parks system. With 88 sites, a large day use area, and three picnic shelters, it is one of the most visited County parks. Richardson has a 212-slip marina, a swimming area, play structures, game areas, and an outdoor amphitheater.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 8th COVID-19 Case Update: Joint UO/LCPH Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 10/08/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 40 additional positive COVID-19  cases, 1 new death, and 3 new workplace clusters. This makes a total of one thousand six hundred and seventy three (1,673) cases.

 

 

 

 

 

1,673 (+40) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:13 (-2)

Deaths: 22 (+1)

Infectious: 279 (-9)

 

 

At least 69,603 negative tests

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Deaths: 

 

An 82 year old gentleman from the Eugene/Springfield area passed away yesterday, October 7th. He had tested positive for Covid on September 25th. He was not hospitalized at the time of his dea Th. 

 

 

Workplace Clusters:

Kingsford Charcoal, 3315 Marcola Rd in Springfield currently has 6 cases and is following all public health protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Seneca Sawmill in Noti currently has 17 cases, 14 of which are Lane County residents and is following all public health protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

BottleDrop located at 2105 W. Broadway in Eugene currently has 15 associated cases. 

Testing:

Wildfire Evacuees Testing Event

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds Parking Lot

796 W. 13th Ave. 

 

Today, October 8,12:00 - 4:00pm

 

Friday October 9, 2:00 - 6:00pm

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 6th COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 10/06/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 54 additional positive COVID-19  cases and 1 new death. This makes a total of one thousand five hundred and seventy (1,570) cases.

 

 

 

 

 

1,570 (+54) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized:10 (+6)

Deaths: 21 (+1)

Infectious: 262 (+26)

 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

New Death:


An 94 year old female from the Eugene/Springfield area passed on October 4th due to complications associated with COVID-19. She was not hospitalized at the time of her death. No further information will be released at this time.

From everyone at Lane County Public Health, our sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of this woman.

Testing:

Wildfire Evacuees Testing Event

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds Parking Lot

796 W. 13th Ave. 

 

Wednesday October 7, 2:00 - 6:00 pm 

 

Thursday October 8,12:00 - 4:00pm

 

Friday October 9, 2:00 - 6:00pm

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Recovery Assistance Services location opens for Holiday Farm Fire - 10/06/20

Lane County’s Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) has transitioned into a Recovery Assistance Services location designed to connect those affected by the Holiday Farm Fire with services and help them plan their recovery.

 

“The MARC was a large event designed to get people connected with a lot of resources all at once. The new Recovery Assistance Services is designed to work more one-on-one with people and help them take their first steps toward recovery, as well as provide connections to mental health support,” said Behavioral Health Supervisor Lucy Zammarelli who is coordinating this effort on behalf of Lane County.

 

The Recovery Assistance Services location is available Monday–Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Meeting Room #2 at the Lane Events Center (796 W. 13th Avenue, Eugene).

 

Located next door at the Lane Events Center is FEMA’s External Outreach Center where residents can get information about their application, ask questions about letters they receive from FEMA and have their documents scanned into their case file. The hours of operation for the Center are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

 

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CORRECTION: Lane County Public Health October 5th COVID-19 Case Update - 10/05/20

The current number of infectious individuals is 236 which is an increase of 49 since Friday.
 

Lane County Public Health notified of 130 additional positive COVID-19  cases over the weekend, 1 new death, and 1 new workplace cluster. This makes a total of one thousand five hundred and sixteen (1,516) cases.

Total Cases in Lane County to date: 1,516 (+130* since Friday 10/2)

 

*81 of these cases were reported to Lane County Public Health on Friday after the morning update. 

 

Currently Infectious: 236 (+49 since 10/2)

 

Hospitalized: 4 (-6 since 10/2)

 

COVID-19 Related Deaths: 20 (+1 since 10/2)

 

Total Lane County Residents Tested: 69,810

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

New Death:


An 83 year old male from the Eugene/Springfield area passed on September 30th due to complications associated with COVID-19. He was hospitalized at the time of his death. No further information will be released at this time.

From everyone at Lane County Public Health, our sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of this gentleman.

New Workplace Cluster:

Lane County Public Health identified a workplace cluster associated with Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) staff. To date, this cluster is comprised of 8 staff and 6 contacts of those staff. It is important to note that the staff who have tested positive for VOVID-19 are non-public facing staff. EWEB has been been been proactive in their prevention efforts and continues to work with LCPH to mitigate further spread. 

Testing:

Wildfire Evacuees Testing Event

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds Parking Lot

796 W. 13th Ave. 

 

Wednesday October 7, 2:00 - 6:00 pm 

 

Thursday October 8,12:00 - 4:00pm

 

Friday October 9, 2:00 - 6:00pm

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

 

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Right of entry forms for hazardous waste cleanup post-fire available, must be submitted by October 16 - 10/05/20

Before residents can rebuild, property must be cleared of household hazardous waste or other hazardous substances. Property owners can OPT IN for hazardous waste removal services at no cost to them (property owners’ insurance may be billed if applicable).

 

Property owners need to sign an access agreement, called a Right of Entry form, by October 16 to allow crews to clean up hazardous waste on their property.

 

The form is available online at www.lanecounty.org/mckenziefire.

 

Removing fire debris is a two-step cleanup process.

  • Step 1 is clearing properties of household hazardous waste to minimize exposure of hazardous materials to the public.  Step 1 is being offered at no cost to property owners (although insurance may be billed if applicable). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will assess and remove household hazardous waste from burned properties. This work will be funded by FEMA and the State of Oregon.
  • Step 2 is removal of ash, debris and burned-out structures. State, county, and federal partners are actively working to develop options for ash and debris removal. (This is likely, but not yet confirmed, to be available at no cost to property owners. FEMA is evaluating our application.)
     

Crews that specialize in identifying and removing hazardous substances will visit affected properties, determine what hazardous materials need to be removed, and remove them for safe disposal. Commercial or industrial properties are included in hazardous waste and debris removal efforts
 

Household hazardous waste removal timeline (approximate):

  • Property owners are asked to sign the property access agreement by October 16.
  • Boots-on-the-ground teams – October 20-22
  • Clean up complete by December 31

 

QUESTIONS? Please call 458-239-2826 or email oeforms@lanecounty-eoc.net">roeforms@lanecounty-eoc.net.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 2nd COVID-19 Case Update - 10/02/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 58 additional positive COVID-19  cases and 1 new death. This makes a total of one thousand three hundred and eighty six (1,386) cases.

Total Cases in Lane County to date: 1,386 (+58)

 

Currently Infectious: 187 (+26)

 

Hospitalized: 10 (-1)

 

COVID-19 Related Deaths: 19 (+1)

 

Total Lane County Residents Tested: 68,378

 

New Death:


The 19th COVID-19 related death was a 73 year old male from the Eugene/Springfield area who passed on September 30th. He was hospitalized at the time of his death. No further information will be released at this time.

From everyone at Lane County Public Health, our sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of this gentleman.
 
Testing:

Wildfire Evacuees Testing Event

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds Parking Lot

796 W. 13th Ave. 

 

Wednesday October 7, 2:00 - 6:00 pm 

 

Thursday October 8,12:00 - 4:00pm

 

Friday October 9, 2:00 - 6:00pm

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata 

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Lane County Public Health October 1st Case Update: LIVE VIRTUAL JOINT ELECTED OFFICIAL PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:30 - 10/01/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 18 additional positive COVID-19  cases,  1 new case associated with a long term care facility, 1 new workplace cluster, and 3 new social clusters. This makes a total of one thousand three hundred and twenty eight  (1,328) cases.

 

 

 

1,328 (+18) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 11 (no change)

Deaths: 18

Infectious: 161 (-24)

 

 

At least 66,372 negative tests

 

Long term Care Cases:

A resident at Valley West Health Care Center located at 2300 Warren St. in Eugene has tested positive for COVID-19. The facility is currently working with Lane County Public Health to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Workplace Clusters:

Lane County Public Health was notified that 5 staff members at the Nile Gentleman’s Club located at 1033 OR-99 in Eugene tested positive for COVID-19. The facility has been notified and is working with  public health to further mitigate spread. 

Social Clusters:

1 new outbreak from a back to school party

2 new outbreaks due to two separate weddings
 

Testing:

Wildfire Evacuees Testing Event

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds Parking Lot

796 W. 13th Ave. 

 

Wednesday October 7, 2:00 - 6:00 pm 

 

Thursday October 8,12:00 - 4:00pm

 

Friday October 9, 2:00 - 6:00pm

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

 

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Time left to provide input on developing Lane County's Climate Action Plan - 10/01/20

Lane County is creating a Climate Action Plan to better understand how the County and its residents can help prepare for and address climate change. The County seeks community input to help with this planning.

 

TAKE THE BRIEF 5-MINUTE SURVEY BY MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

 

Lane County began a three-phase approach to developing a Climate Action Plan in 2019 by conducting an internal Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and developing an internal operations Climate Action Plan. The County is now beginning the second phase of this work – conducting a county-wide greenhouse gas inventory and developing a countywide plan that will outline goals and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The third phase of the project will develop a resiliency plan that will identify strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate change on Lane County.

 

“We would like to hear from our community members as we start the second phase,” said Lane County Climate Strategist Mark Nystrom. “How do they want to participate? What are their priorities and ideas? We can’t create a successful plan unless our residents help us build it and ensure that it reflects the priorities of our community.”

 

Community members can share their input through an online survey until October 4. It was going to close earlier but due to the unprecedented fires, the County is extending the deadline. The survey is available at www.lanecounty.org/climateplan.

 

In the coming months, there will be further opportunities for community members to share their ideas about the plan. This will include the opportunity to suggest and discuss specific actions the County might include.

 

Learn more about this project at www.lanecounty.org/climateplan.

 

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Lane County Public Health September 30th COVID-19 Case Update - 09/30/20

Lane County Public Health was notified of 34 additional positive COVID-19  cases,  and 1 new case associated with a long term care facility. This makes a total of one thousand three hundred and ten (1,310) cases.

 

1,310 (+34) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 11(+2)

Deaths: 18

Infectious: 185 (+6)

 

At least 65,885 negative tests

 

A staff member at Good Samaritan Society long term care facility located at 494 W. 10th Ave in Eugene has tested positive for COVID-19. This person does not provide direct patient care. The facility is working closely with Lane County Public Health to prevent additional spread. 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Lane County Public Health September 30th COVID-19 Case Update - 09/30/20

Lane County Public Health was notified of 34 additional positive COVID-19  cases,  and 1 new case associated with a long term care facility. This makes a total of one thousand three hundred and ten (1,310) cases.

 

1,310 (+34) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 11(+2)

Deaths: 18

Infectious: 185 (+6)

 

At least 65,885 negative tests

 

A staff member at Good Samaritan Society long term care facility located at 494 W. 10th Ave in Eugene has tested positive for COVID-19. This person does not provide direct patient care. The facility is working closely with Lane County Public Health to prevent additional spread. 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Small dog park opens at Armitage Park north of Eugene - 09/30/20

Lane County Parks has opened a small dog park at Armitage Park north of Eugene for dogs less than 25 pounds.

 

“This small dog park is a direct result of the enthusiasm and generosity of our community,” said Lane County Parks Supervising Analyst Michelle Hunt. “The original dog park is an incredibly popular spot, but small dog owners were in need of a place where their pets could play safely away from larger dogs and a group of passionate small dog owners came to us with a proposal.”

 

The small dog park was funded primarily by generous community donations and christened the “Archie’s Small Dog Park” in memory of a little dog with a big dream whose owner wishes to remain anonymous.

 

“We are excited to open this new dog park up to the community,” said Hunt. “We can’t wait to see all the little pups enjoying themselves in their own special space.”

 

Armitage Park is also home to an existing dog park that originally served dogs of all sizes and will continue to be available.

 

 

About Armitage Park:

 

Located at 90064 Coburg Road, Armitage is a 64-acre oasis between Eugene and the city of Coburg. Armitage offers visitors a full array of day use amenities including a paved boat ramp, ample trailer parking, volleyball and horseshoe pits, two dog parks, and several large group picnic sites with electricity, cooking facilities, and drinking water.

Its natural amenities include old growth deciduous and evergreen trees. A half-mile, self-guided interpretive trail constructed by the McKenzie Watershed Council winds through undeveloped portions of the park. Armitage is a favorite place to begin or end a boat trip, take a tranquil walk, and for large group picnic gatherings.  Armitage also regularly serves as a staging area for emergency search and rescue training operations. 

 

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Lane County Animal Services hosting thank-you event for volunteers - 09/30/20

Lane County Animal Services is hosting a thank-you event for volunteers who assisted with animal care at the Lane County Fairgrounds in response to the Holiday Farm Fire.

 

WHEN: Friday, October 2, at 6:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: Lane Events Center Livestock Pavilion (enter via Gate H)

 

WHO: Volunteers who assisted Lane County Animal Services at the Fairgrounds

 

“The volunteers who gave their time to help care for the animals evacuated to the Lane County Fairgrounds are incredible,” said Lane County Animal Welfare Officer Elyse Larkin. “We could not have provided shelter, food and veterinary care to more than 500 animals without their assistance and I am so awed by how supportive our community is when others are in need.”

 

Volunteers included the Sheriff’s Office Mounted Posse, local 4H groups, local veterinarians, and several others – including people who had themselves been evacuated.

 

“This event will give us an opportunity to express our gratitude for their hard work and support over the past three weeks,” said Larkin.

 

The event is limited to volunteers and their families in order to ensure adequate physical distancing space.

 

Pizza is being provided by The Hope Project and Roaring Rapids Pizza.
 

 

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