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Lane County Public Health Identifies Second Monkeypox Case - 07/01/22

A second case of Monkeypox (hMPXV) has been identified in an adult who lives in Lane County. At this time an epidemiological link between this second case and the first has not been established.

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EUGENE,OR--Lane County Public Health (LCPH) is reporting the first presumed case of monkeypox virus infection in a person who lives in Lane County, identified by testing at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory. The test sample has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for final confirmation. The patient is an adult and did not have a travel history to an area with known cases.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious, viral illness that typically involves flu-like symptoms, swelling of the lymph nodes and a rash that includes bumps that are initially filled with fluid before scabbing over. Illness could be confused with a sexually transmitted infection like syphilis or herpes, or with varicella zoster virus (chickenpox). Most infections last two to four weeks. 

"The number of monkeypox cases has been growing in the U.S.," said Dr. Lisandra Guzman, Lane County Deputy Public Health Officer. "Though this is the first confirmed case in Lane County, we know there are likely other cases. We are encouraging doctors to consider this in people who have a rash or skin lesion that looks like monkeypox."

LCPH is working closely with the Oregon Health Authority and working to identify and notify individuals who may have been in contact with the patient while they were infectious. Monkeypox is typically spread by skin-to-skin contact. The person is currently isolating at home. No further information will be shared about this case to protect the patient’s privacy. 

Since May 2022, 396 monkeypox cases have been identified in the United States, this case being the second in Oregon. There have been no deaths related to this outbreak. Epidemiologic investigation of these cases is ongoing. Information about U.S. cases is available from the CDC and information about cases in Oregon as a whole is available from the Oregon Health Authority.

Monkeypox is transmitted person to person through direct skin-to-skin contact, having contact with an infectious rash, through body fluids or through respiratory secretions. Such contact often occurs during prolonged, face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling or sex. While many initial cases were identified amongst men who have sex with men, it is important to note that anyone can get monkeypox. 

People can take basic steps to prevent the spread of monkeypox. If you have an unexplained rash, sores or other symptoms, see your health care provider — if you don’t have a provider or health insurance, visit a public health clinic near you. Keep the rash covered and avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until you have been checked out. Standard household cleaners and detergents are effective at cleaning environmental surfaces and linens.

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Lane County Public Health and Oregon Health Authority Partner to Open "Vaccine Storefront" at Valley River Mall - 06/30/22

EUGENE, OR—Lane County Public Health (LCPH) in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority have opened a vaccine storefront at the Valley River Mall aimed at reducing barriers in the way of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The clinic will offer all three COVID-19 vaccines, including booster and pediatric doses, is walk-in only with no appointment necessary, and is free of charge. 
 

 “Access is one of our guiding principles in public health and this clinic was conceived around making getting your shot as easy as possible,” said Lane County Public Health Manager, Dr. Jocelyn Warren. “Community members can ride public transportation, couple their trip with shopping or entertainment, and enjoy air conditioning, all while improving their own, their family‘s, and their community’s health.”
 

The clinic is located at The Valley River Center (293 Valley River Center) is located between Round 1 and the Department of Motor Vehicles and is open Thursday-Saturday, 12PM-7-PM, and on Sundays from 11 AM-4-PM. 

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Planning Commission holds public hearing on rural accessory dwelling units - 06/29/22

The Lane County Planning Commission is conducting a work session and public hearing regarding proposed code amendments that would allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in rural residential zones. 

 

The work session and public hearing is Tuesday, July 19. The work session begins at 6:00 p.m. The public hearing begins at 7:00 p.m. People can attend in-person at the Lane County Customer Service Center’s Goodpasture Room (3050 N. Delta Highway, Eugene) or they can use the log-in link located on the meeting agenda to attend remotely

 

The code amendments authorize ADUs on properties zoned Rural Residential and at least two acres in size. The ADU must be accessory to a single family dwelling on the property, as well as several other standards and conditions. This project also includes codifying an allowance to convert an historic single-family dwelling to an ADU when the single-family dwelling is replaced, subject to certain conditions.

 

The Planning Commission’s recommendation and the proposed amendments will be considered for adoption by the Board of County Commissioners later this year. There will be additional opportunities for public comment before the Board of County Commissioners. 

 

The code amendments that will be discussed at the work session are available to review in person at the Lane County Public Works Customer Service Center (3050 N. Delta Highway, Eugene) or online here.

 

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ROAD CLOSURE: Sunderman Road (Mohawk) - 06/28/22

Road Name:Sunderman Road
Location:Sunderman Road in Mohawk from the Willamette Leadership Academy to the Pine Ridge Golf Course
Begin Closure:MP 2.65 at Willamette Leadership Academy
End Closure:MP 0.30 at Pine Ridge Golf Course
Dates and times:Monday, July 4,  from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Alternate routes:

 

Marcola Road will be available during the parade.

Reason for closure:

 

 

4th of July Parade

Lane County Firewise Grant Program will open for applications on July 1 - 06/23/22

Lane County’s Firewise Grant program is accepting applications from residents in unincorporated Lane County from July 1, 2022 through July 31, 2022.

 

“Awareness of wildfire risk has really increased in our rural communities,” said Lane County Land Management Planner Jared Bauder. “Firewise grants can help property owners take on the type of projects that reduce wildfire risk to homes but that can be too expensive for many people to pay for out of pocket.”

 

Firewise grants provide rural property owners with funding to help complete projects that reduce the risk of wildfire, such as clearing vegetation, replacing wood shake roofing, fire-resistant landscaping materials, noncombustible exterior siding, chimney spark arrestors, and more. Up to $15,500 in grant funding is available for each qualifying property. 

 

Apply online at www.lanecountyor.gov/firewise. Paper applications are also available in the Lane County Public Works Customer Service Center vestibule at 3050 North Delta Highway, Eugene. 

 

Firewise grants are funded through Title III of the Federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Program - Section 601 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. 

 

 

 

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Harbor Vista Cabin Exterior 2
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Harbor Vista Campground offers new cabin stays on the Coast (Photo) - 06/22/22

Lane County Parks is excited to announce the completion of three NEW cabins at Harbor Vista Campground in Florence, Oregon. 

 

“Places to camp are in high demand on the Coast,” said Lane County Parks Manager Brett Henry. “Harbor Vista is really a jewel of a campground and these cabins provide more options for people who want to enjoy the beauty of the Coast but don’t prefer or have the equipment to go tent or RV camping. They are an especially wonderful option for families and pet owners.”

 

Each cabin is furnished with a queen bed and full-size sleeper sofa on the main floor, and two twin mattresses in the loft. Additional amenities include a mini fridge, microwave, bistro table and two chairs, cadet heating, and 110v electrical outlets. Each cabin features a spacious 6x16-feet covered porch, which provides private space to enjoy beautiful ocean views and sunsets year-round. Each site also includes a picnic table and BBQ pit. Guests enjoy direct beach access within one mile of the campground. Shared restrooms and shower facilities are located in the adjacent campground and water is available next to the cabins. Parking is connected to the cabins by a paved walkway between 100’ and 200’ long. Maximum occupancy is six guests and two pets. Cabin 2 is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible. 

 

Nightly rate: $70 per night + $10 reservation fee (There is a two-night minimum.)

Pet fee: $10 per pet, per night (Two pets maximum.)

 

Visit www.lanecountyor.gov/parks for availability and to make a reservation, or call 541-682-2000 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.  For last-minute reservations (less than three days before arrival) call the Harbor Vista Campground office at 541-997-5987.

 

About Harbor Vista Campground:

Situated on the central Oregon Coast, Harbor Vista Campground (87658 Harbor Vista Road, Florence) offers a lush green setting with some of the most spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. This coastal community is a great home base for exploring miles of pristine beaches, or just resting and relaxing! Charming Old Town Florence is a quick drive from the campground and offers local antique shops and boutiques, as well as a variety of delicious food choices. The famous Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse are both a quick drive to the north.

 

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ROAD CLOSURE: Office Covered Bridge (Westfir) - 06/16/22

Road Name:Office Covered Bridge (Old Mill Road, Westfir)
Location:Office Covered Bridge
Begin Closure:Milepost 0
End Closure:Milepost .1
Dates and times:Thursday, June 23, at 1:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 26, at 4:00 p.m.

Alternate routes:

 

None 

Reason for closure:

 

 

The Office Covered Bridge will be closed for the Mountain Bike Oregon Event June 23-June 26.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lane County to Host Panel Discussion and Input Session on Proposed Behavioral Health Stabilization Center - 06/08/22

Lane County, OR—On Thursday, June 16th at 11:00 AM Lane County will host a panel discussion and input session to present and gather feedback on the proposed 42-bed Behavioral Health Stabilization Center. Panel members will include Lane County Commissioner Laurie Trieger, Captain Clint Riley from the Lane County Sheriffs Office, Shana Mart from Lane County Behavioral Health, Alicia Beymer from PeaceHealth, and Jennifer Maclean from National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

The 42-bed facility has been in planning phases for several years and is now actively seeking a site. Part of that process includes engaging the community to explain the intended purpose of the facility, answer any questions, and gather feedback. 

The discussion will take place live as a Zoom webinar and is open to all community members. 

To learn more about the Lane County Stabilization Center and to register for the discussion, please visit: 

WWW.LCStabilizationCenter.Com

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ROAD CLOSURE: Old Mill Road (Office Covered Bridge) - 06/08/22

Road Name:Old Mill Road (Office Covered Bridge)
Location:Westfir
Begin Closure:Milepost 0
End Closure:Milepost 0.1
Dates and times:Saturday, June 18, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Alternate routes:

 

None

Reason for closure:

 

 

The Office Covered Bridge is closed for the Alpine Epic 2022 (mountain bike event).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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