Peace Health Announces Voluntary Restrictions; Meeting Cancelled; School Board Special Session; Coronavirus Affecting Gas Prices

Peace Health Announces Voluntary Restrictions

PeaceHealth Peace Harbor hospital is responding to the COVID-19 virus by asking that people voluntarily avoid the hospital if they are going there to visit a patient.  Those in the hospital are already dealing with issues that could be worsened by contact with others that may show signs of symptoms.  Robin Allen is the director of clinical services at the hospital.

“If you’ve got any kind of cold flu type symptoms to please stay home and avoid coming to the hospital to visit others.”

Officials are also asking if you have to come to the hospital for flu or flu like symptoms it is best to call ahead.  Dr. Heather McArthur

“So that we can prepare for your arrival in advance, so that our EMS people can gown and glove and prepare for you before they come to get you.”

The restrictions are currently voluntary and will be in place until further notice.

Meeting Cancelled

A special meeting of the Port of Siuslaw to respond to a letter to the editor in the Siuslaw News has been cancelled.  The meeting was to happen this evening at the port offices.  There was no word why the meeting was cancelled.

School Board Special Session

The Siuslaw School Board has issued a notice that it will have a special meeting Tomorrow evening at 6:30 for a work session as part of the superintendent evaluation process.  Following the meeting the board will go into Executive Session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2) to review and evaluate the employment related performance of the CEO/Employee or staff member.  Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Coronavirus Affecting Gas Prices

The coronavirus is affecting gas prices around the country and in the state of Oregon.  Crude prices are on a downward trend as fears that the virus will lead to a global economic slowdown.  Gas prices are usually on the rise during this time of year according to AAA Oregon’s Marie Dodds.  An explosion at the west coast’s largest refinery in Carson California last week did slow the decrease in prices but limited damage by the incident is not expected to have a lasting impact.  Regular gas in Florence is down 2 cents to $2.67 a gallon.