Weekly flu reports from Oregon Health Authority show little activity in flu like symptoms across Oregon. In the region that includes Lane County there were 157 tests t his past week for Influenza with 4 positives for Flu Type B. none of these were in the Florence area according to OHA. To help get a jump on the flu season Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence is conducting a flu clinic two days this week. Today from 8am until 5pm and on Thursday from 8 until 5pm the flu clinic will be held at the Primary Care Clinic on the campus of Peace Harbor Hospital. Drop ins are welcome, but you can also schedule an appointment. Along with the flu vaccination, PeaceHealth Oregon infection preventionist Margie Tessin-Mason suggest you always cover your cough, practice good hand-washing and consider social distancing if you are experiencing symptoms. The Center for Disease Control recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot. Typically flu activity peaks in January or February of flu season.
Cold Weather Shelter
Due to predicted cold weather the Florence Cold Weather Shelter will be open this evening at the Presbyterian church on Highway 101. Temperatures this evening are predicted to drop to below freezing prompting the opening. Registration for this evening will begin at 5 pm and a hot meal will be served at 6. Beds and linens are provided and breakfast is served at 7am. Transportation to and from the shelter is provided from Safeway, Siuslaw Public Library and Fred Meyer between 5 and 6 pm. Transportation is also provided back to those locations after breakfast.
2nd Street Closed at 101
The electrical contractor for the ReVision Florence project is working on utility crossings at the intersection of highway 101 and 2nd street. During this work the intersection will be closed and an alternate route will need to be used to get on and off Highway 101. The intersection is projected to be closed until November 7th.
This Saturday you can gain an extra hour of sleep as the clocks are turned back for daylight savings time. People are encouraged to get plenty of sleep because studies show that a change in routine can cause disruptions in your sleep pattern and may even be responsible for drowsiness and slowed reaction times.