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Updated: Lane County Planning Commission needs 4 new members - 06/11/21

There are three vacant positions on the Lane County Planning Commission and applications to fill those positions are being accepted now.

 

The open positions include:

  • A representative of the Lane County’s Coastal area
  • A representative who lives within an incorporated city
  • Two at-large representatives

 

The Lane County Planning Commission is a nine-member advisory board that makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding land use, comprehensive plan issues and amendments, as well as other regional planning issues. The group generally meets twice per month in the evenings.

 

“How we implement our comprehensive plan and issues related to land use is how we build our community for ourselves and future generations,” said Lane County Planning Director Amber Bell. “It’s important that the Commission reflect our community both in terms of geography and representation of different voices and experiences.”

 

Applicants must be residents of Lane County. The Coastal area is defined as west of the eastern boundary of the Mapleton School District.

 

To learn more or download an application, visit www.lanecounty.org/volunteer.

 

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BRIDGE CLOSURE: Dorena Covered Bridge - Updated - 06/10/21

Road Name:

Shoreview Drive     

Location:

Milepost 6.72 (Dorena Covered Bridge)

Begin Closure:

Entire bridge and parking lot on the far side of the bridge

End Closure:

 

Dates and times:

Monday, June 21, through Monday, July 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Alternate routes:

 

None

Reason for closure:

 

 

Deck board replacement and painting of the covered bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ROAD CLOSURE: Marcola and Wendling roads - 06/09/21

Road Name:

Marcola Road and Wendling Road

Location:

Mohawk Valley Assembly of God Church to Mohawk High School

Begin Closure:

Marcola Road milepost 10.45 to Wendling Road

End Closure:

Wendling Road milepost 0.24

Dates and times:

Saturday, June 12, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Alternate routes:

 

None; however emergency service providers will have access.

Reason for closure:

 

 

Graduation parade for Mohawk High School seniors. Congrats, Class of 2021! Go Mustangs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lane County Public Health June 8th COVID-19 Vaccination/Case Update. Special Announcement From the Lane County Board of County Commissioners Chair, Comissioner Joe Berney - 06/08/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 27 additional positive cases of COVID-19.This makes a total of  ?thirteen thousand seven hundred and five cases.

 

This week’s Lane County Public Health COVID-19 press conference will feature a special address from the Chair of the Lane County Board of County Commissioners, Comissioner Joe Berney regarding Lane County’s progress in reaching 65% vaccinated of the 16+ population. 

 

13,705 (+27) total cases - Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive):

Hospitalized: 21(+1)

·ICU: 6 (of the 21)

Deaths: 155

Infectious: 116

 

The Doctor Is In: Wednesday, June 8th, 7-8 PM on the Lane County Government and  Health & Human Services Facebook page. 

 

Mobile and Pop-Up Vaccination Events:

 

Mon 6/7 Public Health at Village Oaks (Homes for Good), s://1">5:00-6:00, Pfizer and J&J

Tues 6/8, Public Health at Veneta Villa (Homes for Good), s://3">4:00-5:00, Pfizer and J&J

s://4">Wed 6/9, Public Health at Prairie Mountain School in coordination with Kalapuya HS and Huerto de la Familia, s://5">10:00-3:30, Pfizer and J&J

s://6">Wed 6/9, Public Health at Springfield LTD bus station, s://7">2:00-5:00, Pfizer and J&J

s://8">Wed 6/9 Public Health at Carry it Forward/ Ebbert Methodist Church in Springfield, J&J and Pfizer (closed clinic)

s://9">Wed 6/9, Public Health at Churchill HS, s://10">4:00-6:00, Pfizer

s://11">Thurs 6/10 Public Health with NAACP at Mims House, Pfizer

s://12">Thurs 6/10, Public Health at Springfield LTD bus station, s://13">2:00-5:00, Pfizer and J&J

s://14">Thurs 6/10, Public Health with Catholic Schools, Pfizer boost (closed clinic)

s://15">Fri 6/11, Public Health at Springfield LTD bus station, s://16">2:00-5:00, Pfizer and J&J

s://17">Fri 6/11 Public Health at North Eugene HS, s://18">4:00-6:00, Pfizer

s://19">Sat 6/12 Public Health with NAACP at the Science Factory, s://20">noon-2:00, Pfizer and J&J

s://21">Sat 6/12, Public Health with Centro Latino Americano at Churchill High School, s://22">noon-3:00, Pfizer

s://23">Sat 6/12, SAR/ Public Health at Harrison Elementary School (South Lane School District), s://24">5:00-8:00, Pfizer boost + J&J

s://25">Sun 6/13, Public Health with Whiteaker Community Council at Alluvium, s://26">1:00-4:00, Pfizer and J&J

 

 

Note: Please use the publically published HOSCAP data if sharing external to the EOC. OHA reports HOSCAP data publically via theirOregon COVID-19 Hospital Capacity dashboards and Summary Tables.

 

 

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.

 

Free household paint and fluorescent lamp collection in Florence Friday, June 18 - 06/08/21

The free household paint and fluorescent lamp collection will accept up to 35 gallons of household paint and 20 fluorescent lamps per household on Friday, June 18, in Florence. Household paint and fluorescent lamps from businesses, schools, churches, government agencies or non-profits may be subject to disposal fees and those organizations must pre-register for the event.

 

When: Friday, June 18, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Where: Florence Transfer Station (2820 N. Rhododendron Drive)

Who: All community members are welcome to participate in the roundup

 

What to bring:

Up to 35 gallons of household paint (measured by can size, not liquid contents) and 20 fluorescent lamps.

 

Please don't bring:

Aerosol spray cans, household cleaners, lawn and garden chemicals, car care products, arts and crafts products, pool chemicals, old fuels such as gasoline or diesel and other household hazardous waste.  Empty containers, drums, radioactive waste, asbestos or explosives. Any empty containers can be safely thrown in the trash. For information about disposal of radioactive waste, asbestos or explosives call 541-682-3828.

 

What about hazardous waste from businesses?

Businesses, schools, churches, government agencies and non-profits that generate small amounts of hazardous waste may pre-register to bring that waste to this event. They must pay for disposal of the waste, but most can save money by using this program rather than hiring a contractor.

 

Where to place the household paint and fluorescent lamps in your vehicle?

Safety is our first priority for this collection. Please follow these precautions when attending. Place all materials in the trunk, SUV cargo area or truck bed. Materials will not be collected from vehicles’ passenger compartments. If materials are in the passenger compartment, you will be asked to leave the line and move the materials on your own. Event staff cannot assist you.

 

Electronics Recycling

The Glenwood, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Florence, Marcola, Oakridge, Rattlesnake, Veneta and Vida transfer stations accept the following items for free during normal operating hours (maximum of seven items at a time): televisions, computer monitors, CPUs and laptops. Appointments are required and fees may apply for more than seven items. Call 682-4120 for an appointment. There is a $35.00 charge for large copy or printing machines, as well as large floor-standing electronics.

 

Please call 541 682-4120 for more information about hazardous waste disposal for households or businesses.

 

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Get vaccinated this weekend and be entered to win season tickets to UO football, basketball or the Olympic Trials - 06/03/21

Lane County Public Health, in partnership with the University of Oregon and TrackTown, is raffling off two pairs of season tickets to Ducks football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, as well as two pairs of tickets to the upcoming Olympic Trials to people who receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine this weekend.

 

“We know there’s no shortage of Duck and track and field fans in Lane County,” said Lane County’s COVID-19 response Incident Commander Steve Adams. “The partnership with the University of Oregon has been incredible throughout the pandemic and offering these tickets is another way to encourage our community to reach that 65 percent vaccination goal and move us into the low risk category permanently.”

 

Entries into the raffle will begin today, Thursday, June 3, through Monday, June 7, at the following vaccination locations:

  • Autzen Stadium (June 3–June 7)
  • Florence Events Center (June 4)
  • North Eugene High School (June 4)
  • Pleasant Hill High School (June 5)

 

All locations will have the Pfizer vaccine available. Autzen Stadium and the Florence Events Center will also have the Johnson & Johnson vaccine available upon request. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine does not require a second shot and recipients are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the Johnson & Johnson shot.

 

Walk-ins are welcome, especially at the Autzen Stadium location which is set up to accommodate large groups of people. Appointments can also be made at www.lanecounty.org/vaxclinics or www.lanecounty.org/clinicasdevacunas.  

 

On Saturday, the Autzen Stadium location will also host DJ/MC Marti Gee, who volunteered to provide tunes for the mass vaccination clinic, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

On Monday evening 8 participants will be selected at random. Winners will be contacted and they will have 24 hours to confirm that they would like the tickets. After 24 hours a new participant will be randomly selected.

 

Employees of Lane County Government and the University of Oregon Athletics Department, the Pac-12 Conference, and NCAA, TrackTown and each of their subsidiaries, affiliates and promotion and advertising agencies, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, and their immediate family members and persons living in the same household with the foregoing individuals, are ineligible. Additionally, prospective student -athletes (9th-12th grade and junior college) are not eligible for tickets.

The tickets are non-transferable, and must be accepted as awarded, with no substitutions of any kind, whether in cash or otherwise, except at Administrator’s sole and absolute discretion. Participants interested in Olympic Trials tickets must opt for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to attain full vaccination status in time for the event.

Winners are each responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes, if any, applicable to or imposed as a result of accepting the prize. When required, Winners will receive an IRS Form 1099 for the retail value of the prize.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Administrator reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the giveaway or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, human error or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the giveaway, as determined by Administrator in its sole discretion. In such event, Administrator, in its sole discretion, may elect to choose a Winner or Winners from among all eligible Entries received up to the date of discontinuance for the prize, in a manner chosen by Administrator, in its sole discretion. Administrator reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the giveaway or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the giveaway or intercept or interfere with the giveaway may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Administrator reserves the right to seek damages from any such person and pursue any and all remedies available to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

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ROAD CLOSURE EXTENDED: Irving Road (Eugene) - 06/03/21

Update: The closure has been extended weekdays through Wednesday, June 9, at 4:30. 

Road Name:

Irving Road

Location:

Between NW Expressway and Prairie Road

Begin Closure:

Milepost 1.36

End Closure:

Milepost 1.56

Dates and times:

Weekdays from Tuesday, June 1, to Wednesday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Alternate routes:

 

NW Expressway, Irvington Drive and Prairie Road

Reason for closure:

 

 

Installation of storm water manholes and pipe. The road will be open to traffic each day after 4:30 p.m.

Corrected: COVID-19 Case and Vaccination Update for Tuesday, June 1 - 06/01/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 91 additional positive cases of COVID-19 since Friday, May 28. This makes a total of ?13,549 confirmed and presumptive cases since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 2,863 prime doses need to be administered in Lane County to achieve 65 percent. 

 

A video of today’s press conference will be available shortly at https://vimeo.com/lanecountygov.  

 

CASE UPDATE (since May 28):

13,549 (+91) total cases - Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive*):

  • Hospitalized: 17 (+3)
  • ICU: 5 (of the 17)
  • Deaths: 154 (+2)
  • Infectious: 112 (-14)

 

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

 

VACCINATION UPDATE:

As of May 31:

  • 2,863 shots short of the 65 percent goal
  • 207,440 people have received at least one dose (including 4,032 federally administered doses)
  • 64.1 percent of ages 16+ have received at least one dose

 

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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BRIDGE CLOSURE: Goodpasture Covered Bridge - 05/31/21

Road Name:

Goodpasture Road

Location:

Goodpasture Covered Bridge

Begin Closure:

Milepost 0

End Closure:

Milepost .01

Dates and times:

Monday, June 7, through Friday, June 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Alternate routes:

 

None (access will be provided to emergency responders)

Reason for closure:

 

 

Replacement of stringers, which are the substructure that support the bridge deck

Special note:

Residents will be able to use the bridge during the day; the full closure will be in the evenings and the bridge will not be passable for residents. A special load rating of 10 tons will be in effect during daytime hours from June 7-11.

Lane County launches 30th Avenue Active Transportation Plan - 05/28/21

Between now and autumn 2022, Lane County is studying how to improve safety, comfort and connections along the 30th Avenue corridor from Agate Street to McVay Highway for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

 

The corridor serves as a critical transportation link from South Eugene to Lane Community College to I-5, Springfield, and parks and recreation areas.

 

A virtual community visioning workshop is being held on Wednesday, June 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Log-in information is available at www.lanecounty.org/30thAvenue.

 

The purpose of the 30th Avenue Active Transportation Plan is to identify and design infrastructure to improve access to destinations near 30th Avenue and make Lane County a safer and more comfortable place to live, work, play, and learn.

 

The project is being supported with funding from the Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization.

 

For more information, to learn of public input opportunities, or to sign up for project updates, please visit LaneCounty.org/30thAvenue.

 

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Attached Media Files: Bilingual Project Flyer
Lane County Public Health May 25th COVID-19 Case/Vaccination Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 05/25/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 25 additional positive cases of COVID-19.This makes a total of  ?thirteen thousand three hundred and ninety eight cases. 7,824 prime doses needed to be administered in Lane County to achieve 65%. 

 

13,398 (+25) total cases - Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive):

Hospitalized: 20 (+2)

·ICU: 6 (of the 20)

Deaths: 151 (+1)

Infectious: 147

 

 

HOSCAP (last updated May 25, 2021):

All COVID Positive Patients – 275

Positive Patients in ICU Beds – 75

 

Note: Please use the publically published HOSCAP data if sharing external to the EOC. OHA reports HOSCAP data publically via theirOregon COVID-19 Hospital Capacity dashboards and Summary Tables.

 

 

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.

 

Rent assistance applications open in Lane County now through May 28 - 05/21/21

Lane County Human Services has opened another round of rent assistance applications for Lane County renters.

 

Applications for the new funding are open now. This application is for Lane County residents with household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income. A link to the online application and information phone line are posted at  www.LaneCounty.org/RENT.

 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a renter living in Lane County.
  • Have income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income.
  • Experienced loss of income due to COVID-19 related factors, impacted by business closure due to COVID-19, or experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

 

Applications will be prioritized based on income, unemployment history and need. Applications will be processed by community partners who will reach out to tenants and ask for additional information and eligibility documentation. 

 

Utility assistance is also available to renters through this program.

 

To apply, visit www.LaneCounty.org/RENT before 5 pm, May 25. Tenants can fill out an online application or can be assisted in filling out a form over the phone at 541-682-3776.

 

There will be additional opportunities to apply.  To be alerted to these opportunities, please sign up at www.LaneCounty.org/RENT.

 

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Lane County Public Health and Local Healthcare Partners Launch "The Doctor Is In" - 05/18/21

 

?Lane County Public Health along with local healthcare providers PeaceHealth, McKenzie Willamette Hospital, and Oregon Medical Group, among others, is launching “The Doctor Is In”. “The Doctor Is In” is a live, interactive web broadcast designed to offer community members free access to an MD, NP, or specialist RN in order to discuss their fears, ask questions, and generally find out more information about the vaccine in an open and welcoming environment. These sessions will be conducted in both English and Spanish. 


The format will be one 1-hour, and will be hosted by Lane County COVID-19 Public Information Officer, Jason Davis and feature a different medical provider for each session. The sessions will be broadcast live on the Lane County Government Facebook page and the Lane County Health and Human Services Facebook page.

The first session will take place Wednesday, May 19th from 7-8 PM. This will be the only session this week but beginning next week sessions will happen Tuesday, Wednesday, and a Thursday evenings. Community members can send their questions ahead of time by emailing corona-info@lanecountyor.gov with “The Doctor Is In” as the subject or post questions in the comments section of the Facebook live broadcast. 

 

The first session will feature Dr. Bill Walter, a naturopathic provider at the Community Health Centers of Lane County.

 

? Dr. Bill Walter received his naturopathic medical training at Bastyr University in Seattle, where he then completed post-graduate residency training before moving to Eugene. Dr. Walter began working with Lane County in 2011, in partnership with the HIV Alliance, offering care to injection drug users at the Needle Exchange program. He began working as a primary care naturopathic physician at the Community Health Centers of Lane County in 2013, and has been at the Charnelton Clinic (downtown Eugene) since October of that year. In addition to general adult primary care, he is interested in pain management, cardiovascular wellness, and gender-affirming care. He lives with his wife, daughter, and pets, and enjoys kayaking and hiking, as well as board and role-playing games

Lane County Public Health May 18th COVID-19 Case/Vaccination Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 05/18/21

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of at least 29 additional positive cases of COVID-19.This makes a total of  ?thirteen thousand one hundred and ninety two cases. 11,946 prime doses needed to be administered in Lane County to achieve 65%. 

 

13,192 (+29) total cases - Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive):

Hospitalized: 24 (+3)

·ICU: 5 (of the 24)

Deaths: 149

Infectious: 189

 

 

HOSCAP (last updated May 17, 2021):

All COVID Positive Patients – 342

Positive Patients in ICU Beds – 81

 

Note: Please use the publically published HOSCAP data if sharing external to the EOC. OHA reports HOSCAP data publically via theirOregon COVID-19 Hospital Capacity dashboards and Summary Tables.

 

 

Total Population = 381,365

Eligible Population over 16 = 321,292

65% of Eligible Population = 208,840 (goal)

Currently Vaccinated = 196,894 (includes VA and Tribal Health Centers)

Needed to reach goal = 11,946

 

Currently Vaccinated (196,894) / Eligible Population over 16 (321,292) = 61.28%

 

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.

 

Election results available starting at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day - 05/17/21

Election results will be made available to the public starting at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 18, and updated throughout the evening until all ballots are processed. Elections results can be obtained at:

 

 http://www.lanecounty.org/electionresults

 

Due to COVID-19, the Lane County Elections Office will be open to the public only on Friday, May 14; Monday, May 17; and Tuesday, May 18, 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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Plenty of Vaccination Appointments Available at Lane Events Center Mass Vax Clinic - 05/16/21

Lane County Public Health is asking for your help in vaccinating 65% of Lane County's 16+ population.  With only roughly 18,000 prime doses needed to be administered to accomplish this, every dose counts.

Fortunately, there is open availability for walk-ins right now (Sunday) at the Lane County Public Health Lane Events Center Clinic until 3 PM.  
 

All vaccinations are free. No insurance necessary. Average time from start to finish is around 30 minutes. Everyone 12 and older is currently eligible.  
 

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