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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 January 14th Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 01/14/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 61 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and two deaths.This makes a total of  ?eight thousand  and fifty two cases. 

*New Vaccine Email Update Sign-Up Available On Lane County COVID-19  Website*

8,052 (+61) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 32 (-1)

·ICU: 9 (of the 32)

Deaths: 107 (+2)

Infectious: 415 (-42)

Persons Under Monitoring: 594 (+17)

Individuals having received at least the first dose of vaccine: 8,556

 

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

High Risk 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.

 

Matt McRae
Matt McRae
Long-term disaster recovery manager selected for Holiday Farm Fire (Photo) - 01/14/21

Matt McRae has been selected as the long-term disaster recovery manager by Lane County. McRae will lead long-term recovery efforts along the McKenzie Corridor as residents and businesses work to rebuild following the Holiday Farm Fire. He will start on January 25, 2021.

 

"As a native of Oregon, I have a deep love of the McKenzie River Valley and it is a real privilege to be selected to serve our community in this role," said McRae.

 

The long-term disaster recovery manager is a two-year position and is responsible for planning and coordinating fire recovery activities and projects; collaborating with partners in the government, private, and non-profit sectors; and preparing and delivering reports and making recommendations in accordance with FEMA disaster recovery guidelines.

 

McRae has demonstrated skill in bringing large, diverse groups together to work toward a common goal, strong communication skills, and a passion for serving the community.

 

McRae brings previous experience in emergency planning and hazard mitigation. Most recently, he served as the climate policy strategist for Our Children’s Trust. Prior to this work, he served at the City of Eugene for 13 years in several positions including as the project manager for the Eugene/Springfield Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan where he led the City’s first Climate and Hazards Vulnerability Assessment, as a climate policy analyst where he led the development of the City’s first Climate Action Plan, and as a volunteer coordinator where he led the City’s Stream Team and the Community Gardens Program.

 

McRae holds a bachelor’s of science in environmental studies from Utah State University.

 

 

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Attached Media Files: Matt McRae
Healthcare Partners Team-Up To Vaccinate Groups 2-3 - 01/13/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) has the unique task of helping to vaccinate those serving some of our most vulnerable community members in groups 2 and 3 under the Phase 1a guidance from Oregon Health Authority (OHA) while our hospital partners, EMS, and clinical partners focus on groups 1-4. As of Monday, January 11, planning was in place to hold mass vaccination clinics to accomplish this effort, but following OHA’s allocation to LCPH of only 100 doses, those plans were in danger of being canceled. Thanks to the generosity and partnership of McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and Nova Health, that work will be accomplished.

“This is yet another example of how the partnerships between Lane County and our provider community benefit our entire community,” said Lane County Senior Public Health Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke.

To that end, MCKW was willing to contribute 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and Nova Health was able to contribute 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine. These vaccines will be distributed at two mass vaccination clinics administered by LCPH this weekend.

“Helping our community receive vaccinations is essential to the slowing of this virus, and McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center is thankful for the opportunity to do so,” said McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center CEO David Elgarico.

“It’s a privilege to share the COVID-19 vaccines with our community partners, its imperative that we all work together to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible” said Nova Health CEO Jim Ashby

Lane County is prioritizing organizations and individuals in groups 2-3 based on risk level with an emphasis on equity. Invitations will be issued directly to those able to be vaccinated via established communication channels. Additional clinics for groups 2-3 will be forthcoming.
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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 January 13th Case Update *Correction* - 01/13/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least *112 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and two deaths.This makes a total of seven thousand nine hundred and ninety one cases. 

*LCPH is asking for help from our media partners to help reiterate that Saturday and Sunday's clinics are for Groups 2-3 in Phase 1a, and by invitation only.*

 

7,991(+112) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 33 (+3)

·ICU: 5 (of the 33)

Deaths: 105 (+2)

Infectious: 457 (+24)

Persons Under Monitoring: 577

Individuals having received at least the first dose of vaccine: 8,008

 

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

High Risk 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 and Community LendingWorks distribute $3.6 million in small business grants to 239 Lane County businesses - 01/13/21

Lane County and Community LendingWorks have notified 239 businesses that they are recipients of a collective $3.6 million in funding from the small business grants offered in December.

 

The funding was provided by the State of Oregon. Counties were notified of the funding at the end of November and were given through the end of 2020 to conduct an application process and select recipients.

 

In total, 26 percent of the funds will be distributed to rural businesses, 22 percent to Springfield businesses and 52 percent to Eugene businesses, which closely matches the geographical distribution of small businesses in Lane County.

 

“Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community,” said Lane County Community & Economic Development Manager Austin Ramirez. “Getting this money into the hands of business owners – and advocating for more – is incredibly important if we are going to help keep businesses open and people employed.”

 

Applications were available from December 3 through December 13 for local businesses with fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees, as well as sole proprietors.

 

Recipients were selected in two rounds of random drawings. Selection was random in order to ensure businesses that submitted applications closer to the deadline were just as likely to be selected as others.

 

The first drawing for 75 percent of the overall funding was conducted among applications from businesses in the tourism, hospitality or event sectors, along with businesses closed as a result of the Governor’s ordered freezes (e.g., gyms, museums, sports courts, etc.), rural businesses or majority women-, disabled-, veteran-, or minority-owned businesses.

 

The remaining 25 percent of the funds were dispersed in the second random drawing that included all other eligible applicants, as well as those not selected in the first drawing.

 

The need is far greater than what local resources can address; nearly 1,600 businesses in Lane County requested more than $24 million in funding in this round of grants alone. Lane County will continue to advocate for more small business support and disperse any additional funding quickly and equitably.

 

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ROAD CLOSURE: North Fork Siuslaw Road (Florence -- Mapleton) - 01/12/21

Road Name:

North Fork Siuslaw Road

Location:

Near Florence and Mapleton

Begin Closure:

Milepost 3

End Closure:

Milepost 18

Dates and times:

Now until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12

Alternate routes:

 

Highway 126

Reason for closure:

Emergency tree removal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lane County Public Health January 12th COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 01/12/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 101 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and three deaths.This makes a total of  ?seven thousand eight hundred and seventy nine cases. 

*Current Vaccination Numbers are Now Included In Our daily Updates*

 

7,879 (+101) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 30 (+6)

·ICU: 5 (of the 30)

Deaths: 103 (+3)

Infectious: 433 (+25)

Persons Under Monitoring: 544

Individuals having received at least the first dose of vaccine: 7,295

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

 

High Risk 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.

Excavation site where conduit was cut
Excavation site where conduit was cut
Update: Lane County Government phone service largely restored (Photo) - 01/11/21

**Update on 1.11.21 at 16:00**

Phone service for Lane County Government phones and fax machines has largely been restored. Remaining numbers and services will continue to roll over to the repaired system this afternoon.

 

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A private contractor engaged in excavation work in downtown Eugene severed critical infrastructure that supports Lane County Government’s phone system on Sunday. As a result, service to nearly all Lane County Government phones and fax machines is currently unavailable. 

 

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has activated the backup system for dispatch. Rural residents’ ability to contact emergency services via 9-1-1 is unaffected. The business lines for the Sheriff’s Office dispatch center also remain available.

 

For temporary numbers, including for the Health & Human Services Department, please visit https://lanecounty.org/news/what_s_new/PR_011021_PhonesDown

 

The following services are affected:

  • The Riverstone, Brookside and Delta Oaks community health centers
  • Lane County Adult Corrections
  • Lane County Parole & Probation
  • Lane County Health & Human Services’ Charnelton Building, including the COVID information call center, Charnelton Community Health Center, Public Health, Human Services, Veteran Services, Environmental Health, medication assisted treatment, and the Women, Infants and Children Program
  • Lane County Health & Human Services’ MLK Campus, including Behavioral Health and the Juvenile Justice Center
  • The Public Service Building, including the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Assessment & Taxation, Developmental Disabilities Services, Deeds & Records, the Board of Commissioners
  • Public Works, including Animal Services, Road & Bridge Maintenance, Land Management, Parks, as well as the Glenwood Transfer Station and Short Mountain Landfill (transfer station fee booths remain unaffected)
  • Lane County Elections
  • Lane Events Center

 


The amount of damage and work needed to repair the infrastructure damaged by the contractor is being evaluated. It is likely to take more than one day to repair and restore full phone service. 

 

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Lane County Public Health Further Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution With Clinical Partnership - 01/08/21

Lane County Public Health Announces Local Clinic Partnership To Bolster 1A COVID-19 Vaccination Effort 

Lane County Public Health announced today a partnership with three local provider groups to greatly expand the 1A COVID-19 vaccination effort. Eugene Pediatrics, Oregon Medical Group, and WhiteBird have all graciously agreed to donate their facilities and staff to help vaccinate Lane County’s diverse group of healthcare providers. This process will begin with Lane County Public Health providing doses to vaccinate the staff of those clinics. 

“The support we have received from our clinical community, hospital groups, and EMS partners in the effort to expedite the 1A vaccination effort has been nothing short of amazing, and will be absolutely vital to our effort of achieving herd immunity here in Lane County,” said Lane County Public Health Senior Health Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke.

Following the effort to vaccinate the staff of these three provider groups, information regarding the date, time, and location of clinics where other local healthcare professionals can receive vaccinations will be released via a Health Alert Network notification. PLEASE DO NOT REACH OUT TO THESE CLINICS TO RECEIVE THE VACCINATION UNTIL DIRECTED TO DO SO. 

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Lane County Hospital Groups to Assist in Completing 1A COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution - 01/08/21

In accordance with the Oregon Health Authority  guidance issued on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and Lane County Public Health’s local vaccination plan, Lane County’s two hospital groups, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and PeaceHealth, will be scheduling and vaccinating high-priority, frontline healthcare professionals. This partnership will greatly expedite the overall effort to vaccinate the more than 26,000 Lane County healthcare providers who are eligible under Phase 1A. This is a hopeful next step in the new vaccination era, and our hospital groups will be reaching out to the many healthcare clinics in the county to schedule and coordinate their vaccination process.

“Through this effort, we will enable those who keep the many communities of Lane County healthy to continue the invaluable work they do, unencumbered by the threat of contracting COVID-19 themselves,” Dr. Pat Luedtke, Lane County’s Senior Public Health Officer.

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Lane County Public Health January 8th COVID-19 Case Update - 01/08/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 65 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and one death. This makes a total of  ?seven thousand five hundred and twenty one cases. 

*Current Vaccination Numbers are Now Included In Our daily Updates*

 

7,521 (+65) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 40 (+3)

·ICU: 7 (of the 40)

Deaths: 96 (+1)

Infectious: 352 (+31)

People Under Monitoring: 502

Current Vaccination 1st Dose Administration: 5,574 (+215)

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

Local Vaccine Roll-Out Information:

Lane County has received 1,200 doses to date. In accordance with OHA sequencing guidance, these doses are being distributed to health care providers, congregate care setting staff, and first responders in group 1A. Additionally, OHA is distributing doses directly to medical providers who have enrolled to receive doses, EMS, and our hospital groups. 

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.

High Risk 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 COVID-19 January 7th Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference With University of Oregon at 10:30 - 01/07/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 106 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This makes a total of  ?seven thousand four hundred and fifty six cases. 

*Current Vaccination Numbers are Now Included In Our daily Updates*

 

7,456 (106) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 37 (+2)

·ICU: 7 (of the 37)

Deaths: 95

Infectious: 381(+14)

People Under Monitoring: 540

Current Vaccination 1st Dose Administration: 5,319

 

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

 

High Risk 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 COVID-19 January 7th Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference With University of Oregon at 10:30 - 01/07/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 106 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This makes a total of  ?seven thousand four hundred and fifty six cases. 

*Current Vaccination Numbers are Now Included In Our daily Updates*

 

7,456 (106) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 37 (+2)

·ICU: 7 (of the 37)

Deaths: 95

Infectious: 381(+14)

People Under Monitoring: 540

Current Vaccination 1st Dose Administration: 5,319

 

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

 

High Risk 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.

Local leaders come together to denounce events in nation's Capitol - 01/06/21

-- Added Mayor Cornelius from Westfir to the list. --

 

Local leaders have come together to issue a statement denouncing today’s events in Washington, D.C. and calling for communities to come together to participate in civil democracy.

 

The statement is as follows:

There are certain principles and rights that we, as Americans, have established. Those include the right to peacefully assemble and our right to dissent – both of which are critical to our democracy. We cannot mistake what is happening today in Washington, D.C. for lawful or peaceful assembly.

 

The actions that occurred at the U.S. Capitol today are an assault on our Republic and our Constitution; it goes far beyond the partisan politics that have so divided our nation in recent years.

 

We denounce these actions.

 

We can and must do better. Please join us in committing to working together to ensure our communities continue to participate in civil democracy where we come together to improve our communities for everyone.

 

The following local leaders have signed on to this statement:

  • Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Joe Berney
  • Mayor Lucy Vinis, City of Eugene
  • Council President functioning as Mayor Steve Moe, City of Springfield
  • Mayor Jeff Gowing, City of Cottage Grove
  • Mayor Kathy Nichols Holston, City of Oakridge
  • Mayor Melody Cornelius, City of Westfir

 

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Statement from Chair Berney - 01/06/21

Statement from Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Joe Berney in response to today’s events in Washington, D.C.:

 

What we are witnessing in our nation’s Capitol does not represent the United States of America.  It is not who we are.

 

The actions of this angry mob amount to nothing short of sedition and an attempted coup against our democracy.  It is the direct result of hateful rhetoric and dangerous demagoguery spread through social media instead of thoughtful debate and respect for the constitutional electoral process.

 

As Americans, we should all be concerned.  It is a terrible example for our children and grandchildren to be witnessing, and rest assured they are watching. 

 

Our country is built upon the principles of a democratic republic in which each vote is counted and respected, and which guarantee a peaceful transition of power.  This insurgency in Washington is not a protest.  It is a disgraceful and dark moment in our history.

 

Patriotism is voting.  Patriotism is the courage to tell the truth.  We cannot let this lawlessness and refusal to accept valid election results become our new normal.

 

It is time for every leader from every political party at every level of government to say enough is enough.  A free and fair election occurred two months ago, and the results have withstood numerous recounts and court challenges.  It is time to accept the results and to move forward. 

 

I urge every resident in Lane County to join me in denouncing the attempted coup in Washington, D.C. and the lesser attempts at our own state capitol today.

 

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Lane County Public Health January 6th COVID-19 Case Update - 01/06/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 60 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This makes a total of  ?seven thousand three hundred and fifty cases. 

*Current Vaccination Numbers are Now Included In Our daily Updates*

7,350 (+60) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 35

·ICU: 7 (of the 35)

Deaths: 95

Infectious: 367 (-34)

Persons Under Monitoring: 546

Number Of 1st Dose Vaccines Administered: 4,760

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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

Lane County Vaccination Information can be found by visiting: https://lanecounty.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3585881&pageId=17261881

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

High Risk 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.

ROAD REOPENS: Richardson Upriver Road - 01/05/21

Richardson Upriver Road near Walton has reopened after emergency road maintenance. 

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Vice Chair Pat Farr
Vice Chair Pat Farr
Commissioners Berney and Farr chosen as chair, vice chair (Photo) - 01/05/21

The Lane County Board of Commissioners appointed a new chair and vice chair during the opening minutes of its first regular meeting of 2021. Commissioner Joe Berney will serve as chair in 2021 and Commissioner Pat Farr will serve as vice chair.

 

“I am humbled by the trust fellow commissioners placed in me by voting me chair of this year’s Lane County Board of Commissioners,” said Chair Joe Berney. “This year will provide opportunities to further our work on the County’s Climate Action Plan, put into action the Community Benefits Bidding Program, work our hearts out trying to find creative solutions to our homelessness and housing crisis, move beyond the heartaches and frustrations of this pandemic, and get back to making Lane County a great place to live and do business.”

 

 

“This year will be an important one for Lane County,” said Vice Chair Pat Farr. “As we look for light at the end of the tunnel for COVID-19, we will have opportunities to advocate for critical financial support for local businesses, renters, landlords and others to help our residents and local economy begin to recover. We continue to prioritize finding solutions that create permanent supportive housing and more low-income housing so that our neighbors can have a safe place to sleep at night. Serving as vice chair will allow me to work with my fellow commissioners to continue to guide this work and help make a real difference for Lane County.”

 

Commissioner Heather Buch was also recognized for her leadership as chair during 2020 and presented with a ceremonial gavel as a gesture of thanks from her fellow commissioners.

 

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Attached Media Files: Vice Chair Pat Farr , Chair Joe Berney
Land County Public Health January 5th COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 01/05/21

 

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Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 61 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and one death. This makes a total of  ?seven thousand two hundred and ninety cases. 

*Current Vaccination Numbers are Now Included In Our daily Updates*

 

7,290 (+61) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 35 (+7)

·ICU: 6 (of the 35)

Deaths: 95 (+1)

Infectious: 401(-17)

Persons Under Monitoring: 603

Number Of 1st Dose Vaccines Administered: 4,342

 

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

 

High Risk 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 COVID-19 Case Update - 01/04/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 285 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and two deaths since December 31st. This makes a total of  ?seven thousand two hundred and twenty nine cases. 

*Current vaccination numbers will now be included in our daily updates*

7,229 (+285) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 28 (-14)

·ICU: 7 (of the 28)

Deaths: 94 (+2)

Infectious: 418 

Persons Under Monitoring: 580

Number of 1st Dose Vaccines Administered in Lane County: 4,332*

*This number represents individuals included in Phase 1A group 1 (Hospital staff, First Responders and Long Term Care Facility staff)

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

High Risk 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.

Swearings-in and State of the County Address available online for media - 01/04/21

The recording of the swearings-in can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/MpM_HTy70sg.

 

Photographs from the swearings-in can be found on Dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rg26zon3ou4kxa8/AABps3qm1pGGvgHrldDdhRtla?dl=0.

 

The State of the County Address video is available on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/496113857.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health December 31st COVID-19 Case Update - 12/31/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 109 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This makes a total of  ?six thousand nine hundred and forty four cases.   

 

6,944 (+109) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 42 (+5)

·ICU: 4 (of the 42)

Deaths: 92

Infectious: 329 (+31)

Persons Under Monitoring: 537

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

High Risk 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 December 30th COVID-19 Case Update - 12/30/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 106 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and 1 death. This makes a total of  ?six thousand eight hundred and thirty five cases.   

 

6,835 (+106) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 37 (+5)

·ICU: 4 (of the 37)

Deaths: 92 (+1)

Infectious: 298 (+48)

Persons Under Monitoring: 524

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

 

High Risk 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 December 30th COVID-19 Case Update - 12/30/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 106 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and 1 death. This makes a total of  ?six thousand eight hundred and thirty five cases.   

 

6,835 (+106) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 37 (+5)

·ICU: 4 (of the 37)

Deaths: 92 (+1)

Infectious: 298 (+48)

Persons Under Monitoring: 524

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

 

High Risk 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 December 29th COVID-19 Case Update - 12/29/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 45 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths. This makes a total of  ?six thousand seven hundred and twenty nine cases.   

 

6,729 (+45) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 32 (+2)

·ICU: 4 (of the 32)

Deaths: 91 (+2)

Infectious: 250 (-27)

Persons Under Monitoring: 554

 

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

 

High Risk 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.

Baker Bay Campground and Marina on-site caretaker position open for applications - 12/29/20

Lane County Parks is accepting applications for the caretaker position at Baker Bay Campground and Marina.

 

Caretakers are paid to live in the campground full-time and oversee day to day operations of the campground. They are responsible for site management of the campground and marina, reservations and sales, general maintenance and representing Lane County Parks. Caretakers are contracted positions; the Baker Bay position is compensated at $2,200 monthly.

 

“Baker Bay is a gem in our parks system,” said Lane County Parks Manager Brett Henry. “It’s location on Dorena Reservoir and proximity to Cottage Grove make it a popular place. The caretaker is an important position and we hope to get several solid applications.”

 

Applications are available at www.lanecounty.org/parks.

 

About Baker Bay

 

Baker Bay is located along the shores of Dorena Reservoir eight miles east of Cottage Grove. It includes a 53-site campground, marina, day use area and playground.. Baker Bay is a popular park and allows camping from mid-April to mid-October each year. In addition to Baker Bay, the selected caretaker will be responsible for nearby Dorena Covered Bridge Park and Wildwood Falls Park. Caretakers are responsible for maintaining a personal residence on site (recreational vehicle, travel trailer, etc.).

 

Applicants with additional questions should contact laneparks@lanecountyor.gov.

 

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Virtual State of the County Address on Monday, January 4 - 12/29/20

Lane County’s annual State of the County Address will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

 

The event will begin with the swearings-in of newly elected county officials, including Sheriff Cliff Harrold, District Attorney Patricia Perlow, Commissioner Pat Farr and Commissioner-Elect Laurie Trieger.

 

Following the swearings-in, commissioners will share their appreciation of Commissioner Pete Sorenson, who has retired after representing the South Eugene district for 24 years.

 

Chair Heather Buch will conclude the event by sharing a review of the past twelve months – both the challenges and victories our community has experienced – and a look forward at the hope we have for 2021.

 

The entire State of the County Address, including swearings-in, will be held in a virtual format. It can be watched live at www.lanecounty.org/webcasts, at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment and on Comcast Channel 21.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health December 28th COVID-19 Case Update - 12/28/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 214 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and 5 deaths since December 24th. This makes a total of  ?six thousand six hundred and eighty four cases.   

 

6,684 (+214) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 30 (-6)

·ICU: 4 (of the 30)

Deaths: 89 (+5)

Infectious: 277 (-52)

Persons Under Monitoring: 555

 

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

High Risk 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 December 24th COVID-19 Case Update - 12/24/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 33 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This makes a total of  ?six thousand four hundred and seventy cases.   

 

6,470  (+33) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 36 (+3)

·ICU: 5 (of the 36)

Deaths: 84

Infectious: 329 (-102)

Persons Under Monitoring: 593

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

 

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.

High Risk 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 December 23rd COVID-19 Case Update - 12/23/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 102 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and 3 new deaths. This makes a total of  ?six thousand four hundred and thirty seven cases.   

6,437 (+102) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 33 (-13)

·ICU: 5 (of the 33)

Deaths: 84 (+3)

Infectious: 431(+22)

Persons Under Monitoring: 571(+8)

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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

 

Vaccination Q&A:

The Oregon Health Authority held a Facebook Live event with Public Health Director Rachael Banks, and Senior Health Advisor Dr. Paul Cieslak, to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The conversation was informative and addressed many myths currently circulating regarding the vaccine. Watch the video here.

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

 

High Risk 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.

WasteWise Holiday: Recycling - 12/23/20

This year’s series of holiday waste prevention tips includes ways to conserve resources and save money while keeping us safe, healthy and connected with loved ones during the holiday season.

 

Once the celebrating and gift-giving are over there are ways to help reduce waste by recycling electronics, trees and packaging.

 

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING

 

Donating unwanted electronics not only helps to protect the environment, it can also provide technical job skills and ensure access to contemporary technological tools for others, regardless of income.

 

Locally, residents can recycle electronics at NextStep Recycling in Eugene – and residential drop-off is free! NextStep staff and trainees will refurbish it and safely remove your data and personal information before giving it to people who otherwise wouldn't have access to technology. If they can't fix it, they will recycle it for you by working with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality approved processors.

 

NextStep’s Donation and Training Center is located 245 Jackson Street in Eugene. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To find out more about the items NextStep accepts, visit http://nextsteprecycling.org/residential-recycling.html or call 541-686-2366.

 

The EPA also provides a list of companies that offer electronic recycling options. The list can be viewed at https://www.epa.gov/recycle/electronics-donation-and-recycling.

 

TREE RECYCLING

 

Recycle Christmas Lights

NextStep Recycling accepts unwanted Christmas lights for recycling. Proceeds from the recycled lights go to a charity of NextStep’s choosing.

 
Recycle (Compost) Christmas Trees

Boy Scout Troop 182 offers pickup for a minimum suggested donation of $11 on weekends between December 26 and January 31. It doesn’t take flocked or painted trees. Get more information on the Troop’s website.

    

If you want to recycle your tree by yourself, Rexius (150 Highway 99, Eugene) and Lane Forest Products (2111 Prairie Rd., Eugene and 820 N. 42nd St., Springfield) accept green and flocked trees for a fee.

 

PACKAGING RECYCLING

 

Recycle Block Styrofoam

St. Vincent de Paul is Lane County’s source for recycling white block #6 polystyrene (commonly known by the brand name Styrofoam) and Styrofoam packing peanuts. It shreds block Styrofoam and compresses it into logs, making it more cost-effective to transport it to recyclers. Styrofoam peanuts are used at Aurora Glass or resold in thrift stores. 

 

Households in Eugene and Springfield can recycle small quantities of Styrofoam at no charge at any St. Vincent de Paul store location. Keep packing peanuts and block foam separate. No food containers, cups, etc. St. Vincent de Paul charges a modest fee for businesses; visit www.svdp.us/what-we-do/recycling-and-manufacturing/styrofoam-recycling/ to read more about the Styrofoam recycling program for businesses.

 

Reuse Packaging Materials

Many area businesses reuse clean packing peanuts and bubble wrap, but especially the pack-and-ship outlets. Check with a business you usually frequent to find out if they want your excess, clean packing materials.

 

 

WasteWise Lane County offers education, tools and resources that residents, schools and businesses can use to reduce waste, conserve resources and live more sustainably. To find out what can be reused or recycled visit https://www.lanecountyor.gov/wastewise. Be sure to sign up for waste prevention e-news and alerts and ‘like’ us on Facebook!

 

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 12/22/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 60 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This makes a total of  ?six thousand three hundred and thirty five cases.   

 

6,335 (+60) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 46 (+8)

·ICU: 9 (of the 38)

Deaths: 81

Infectious: 409 (-44)

Persons Under Monitoring: 563

 

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

 

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.

 

High Risk 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 December 21st COVID-19 Case Update - 12/21/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 247 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and one death. This makes a total of  ?six thousand two hundred and seventy five cases.   

 

6,275 (+247) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 38 (-2)

·ICU: 9 (of the 38)

Deaths: 81(+1)

Infectious: 453 (-27)

Persons Under Monitoring: 577

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

 

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.

 

High Risk 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.

WasteWise Holiday: Quality Time - 12/21/20

This year’s series of holiday waste prevention tips includes ways to conserve resources and save money while keeping us safe, healthy and connected with loved ones during the holiday season.

 

One of the most universal holiday traditions is spending time with friends and family. This year, we must be extra creative in order to stay connected with loved ones while reducing the spread of COVID-19.

 

Share photos and family moments using technology. Connection with loved ones is especially important during the holiday season. Technology provides us with opportunities to get together virtually. You can host virtual family game nights, cook-alongs, holiday celebrations, share photos and memories, and more. There are technologies that also make it easier for senior family members to participate and are not specific to a social media network, including Grandpad, Marco Polo and Google Duo.

 

Send cards by local artists. Holiday cards are a great opportunity to connect with friends and family and share with them how much they are appreciated. Go a step further and find cards from a local artist that are recyclable (or can be reused as gift tags next year!). Some artists also offer charitable donations to local causes with purchases.

 

“I haven't sent holiday cards in years-until now,” said Master Recycler Coordinator Kelly Bell. “With all that has happened this year coupled with the additional barriers to seeing family and friends, even those just down the street, it feels important to me to reach out in a traditional way to let those I care about know how much they mean to me.”

 

Create together. Working on a project together can provide entertainment and make memories for families. The Materials Exchange Center for the Community Arts (MECCA) is offering Maker Kits for ugly holiday sweaters and masks.

 

Food brings people together. Preparing and sharing meals is a fantastic way for families and households to bond. Get out the mixing bowls, pre-heat the oven and check out Eat Smart Waste Less for tips on how to reduce food waste. Involve others virtually by hosting a cook along or swapping recipes that can be turned into a family recipe book using a service such as Blurb.

 

WasteWise Lane County offers education, tools and resources that residents, schools and businesses can use to reduce waste, conserve resources and live more sustainably. To find out what can be reused or recycled visit https://www.lanecountyor.gov/wastewise. Be sure to sign up for waste prevention e-news and alerts and ‘like’ us on Facebook!

 

Please note that the external links included in this release are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Lane County of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. Lane County bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

 

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Lane County Master Recycler Program goes virtual with free webinars - 12/21/20

The popular Lane County Master Recycler Program has prepared a series of talks on subjects related to recycling, waste prevention and resource conservation that touch on all aspects of our lives including the economy, health and the natural environment.

 

Each talk will be offered as a FREE webinar. The series includes:

  • Modernizing Oregon's Recycling System (Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.)
  • The Circular Economy and Advocating for Change (Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
  • Discussion with Founder and Director of EcoGeneration.org (Saturday January 9, 2021 from noon to 1:00 p.m.)

 

“We are excited to be able to offer these important discussions as webinars that make it possible for us to hear from the dedicated folks who are doing the work and become informed and inspired to help,” said Master Recycler Coordinator Kelly Bell.

 

Sign up for a session at www.lanecountyor.gov/masterrecyclers.

 

After each live session a recording will be made available on the webpage. Additional webinars are planned, including topics such as composting and environmental restoration, and will be added to the webpage as scheduled.

  

More about each webinar:

 

Modernizing Oregon’s Recycling System with Lane County Waste Reduction Specialist Sarah Grimm

 

For the last two years local government representatives, waste and recycle haulers, material recovery facilities and mills that use recycled content have been meeting monthly in order to study recycle systems across the country and across the world. These recycling stakeholders then reviewed and debated the merits of the various examples in order to devise a comprehensive, statewide recycling system that works better for all Oregonians. Sarah Grimm has been a part of that conversation from the beginning and she will share her experience with the process and provide an update on proposed legislation intended to modernize our recycling system, expand access in rural areas and balance the financial responsibility for collection of recyclable materials more equitably.

 

Achieving a Circular Economy with BRING Executive Director Carolyn Stein

 

A circular economy, as described by the Ellen McArthur Foundation, is regenerative by design and aims to gradually decouple growth from the consumption of finite resources. This concept is of particular interest to Carolyn Stein of BRING Recycling, an organization that has supported and promoted sustainable living in our area for nearly 50 years. Carolyn will describe the key elements of a circular economy, highlight examples of what that does and can look like in Lane County and give advice all of us can use to help our state economy become more circular, sustainable and equitable.

 

Conversation with EcoGeneration Founder and Executive Director David Gardiepy

 

EcoGeneration is Lane County’s newest waste-based non-profit. This all-volunteer organization has collected 27,500 pounds of plastic and other materials since 2018, primarily through recycling take-back events serving rural parts of Lane County. We will talk with founder David Gardiepy about the organization’s beginnings, how they provide recycling and waste prevention education for residents of small towns, recent highlights and future plans.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health Notified of Additional Cases At Eugene Mission - 12/18/20

Lane County Public Health was notified that 69 (68 residents and 1 staff member) individuals tested positive for COVID-19 at the Eugene Mission (located at 1542 W 1st Ave) following a facility-wide testing effort. The mission has been proactive in their efforts to slow the spread within their facility and has been working closely with Lane County Public Health. 

Land County Public Health December 18th COVID-19 Case Update - 12/18/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 128 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and one death. This makes a total of  ?six thousand twenty eight cases.   

 

6028 (+128) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 40 (-6)

·ICU: 9 (of the 40)

Deaths: 80 (+1)

Infectious: 480 (+18)

Persons Under Monitoring: 581

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

 

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.

High Risk 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.

WasteWise Holiday: Gift Giving - 12/17/20

This year’s series of holiday waste prevention tips includes ways to conserve resources and save money while keeping us safe, healthy and connected with loved ones during the holiday season.

 

For many, finding that perfect holiday gift for loved ones is an important part of the holiday season. There are many creative ways to give meaningful gifts that are also waste wise.

 

Handmade Gifts

  • Make bath or beauty supplies. Instructions for making soaps, scrubs and other bath items are readily available online. Gather your household and whip up a batch of seasonal soap to share with loved ones.
  • Sew something wonderful. From beginner to advanced, sewing projects provide a wide variety of opportunities to create personalized gifts. Embroidering napkins, pillows or decorative hangings allows you to get creative. Following simple instructions online to create clutches, book covers or blankets can leave you with a trove of treasures to gift.
  • Plant a seed. Decorate plant pots with paints, potato stamps, or decoupage and plant your loved one’s favorite plant or flower for a gift that brings joy long past the holiday season.
  • Record yourself reading a book. This is especially great if you have two or three people on your list that will enjoy listening to the same book. Kids can do this, too. An older child can record a story book for younger siblings or cousins.

 

Local Business Gift Certificates

  • Many local businesses have been hit hard by COVID-19 and state restrictions. Consider purchasing gift cards for a favorite local restaurant, service provider or other small business to give this year.

 

DIY Gift Wrap

  • Decorate cereal, shoe or other boxes to use as gift boxes.
  • Use comics, maps, calendars, posters and fabric wrapping in place of wrapping paper. Fabric wrapping can be knotted, pinned or tied with a ribbon.
  • Reuse last year’s bows. Make bows out of yarn, dried flowers, video/ audio tape, or Mylar food wrappers.
  • Package gifts such as baking mixes, bath supplies and more in mason jars. Use fabric scraps or wrapping paper for decorative lids. Clay flower pot bases can be used as a lid and secured to the pot with ribbon, twine or string.
  • Write the name on the wrapping itself or make tags from last year’s holiday cards.

 

WasteWise Lane County offers education, tools and resources that residents, schools and businesses can use to reduce waste, conserve resources and live more sustainably. To find out what can be reused or recycled visit https://www.lanecountyor.gov/wastewise. Be sure to sign up for waste prevention e-news and alerts and ‘like’ us on Facebook!

 

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 12/17/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 32 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and two deaths. This makes a total of  ?five thousand nine hundred cases.   

 

 

5900 (+32) total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 46 (-1)

·ICU: 11 (of the 46)

Deaths: 79 (+2)

Infectious: 462 (-64)

Persons Under Monitoring: 574

 

Testing: OHA is now excluding negative labs from Opera in an effort to improve performance. This includes historic negative labs. 

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.

High Risk 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.