Good News/Bad News From Phased Plan
Yesterday Morning Governor Kate Brown laid out her plan for reopening the state to commerce and some recreation. Under the phased plan each county will be responsible to adhere to the mandates of social distancing and other safety measures in place. Beginning this morning her office will be accepting applications with assurances that counties are prepared with PPE, contact tracing, and 5 other mandates. The slow reopening will begin on May 15th. Unfortunately there is a caveat attached. Brown says the state of Oregon will allow no festivals, fairs, concerts or live sporting events with audiences until a vaccine is created to attack the virus. She says cancellation of such events through September is encouraged.
“The Oregon health authority is advising that any large gathering at least through September should either be cancelled or significantly modified.
If left in place this will potentially curb the beginning of high school and college sports in Oregon. There is also no provision for easing restrictions on churches or religious gatherings, which some say are necessary aspects of everyday life.
Boat Launch to Open
The Board of Commissioners for the Port of Siuslaw met yesterday afternoon to discuss the reopening of the boat launch in Old Town. Concerns were raised about the monitoring of the river access and how social distancing could be policed during the current restrictions. But concerns aside, the board agreed to reopen the launch on May 15th to allow the resumption of fishing on the Siuslaw. Yesterday afternoon a lone boat was spotted heading down river from Cushman towards Florence. Next Friday could potentially be one of the busiest days for the Florence launch.
Siuslaw High School has released information on how the school will proceed with honoring the graduating class of 2020. Student leaders met Tuesday and with concern for guidelines of social distancing currently in place decided the day would begin as a car parade at 12 noon, Friday, June 5th with a commencement ceremony to be held at 6pm at Hans Peterson Memorial Field. The commencement will be live streamed for the families and the public to view. Seniors will be allowed to pick up their graduation announcements tomorrow while picking up their personal belongings from the school. More details, including the route of the parade will be forthcoming.
New COVID Numbers
Number 57 is a Eugene/Springfield resident in their 50’s resting at home. Lane County has discontinued identifying the gender of individuals struck with the coronavirus. Age ranges, approximate location and medical status will be the standard. Lane County has also decreased its briefings to twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. The county has tested in excess of 4,900 people. The death toll continues to rise for the state as there are now 121 reported deaths with a connection to the coronavirus. That is 5 more cases reported in the last 24 hours. All 5 had underlying health conditions. Two were from Multnomah County, and one each from Polk, Marion, and Clackamas. There are also 70 new cases statewide.
Photo Contest: Rhody Days…Gone By
The Florence area Chamber of Commerce has begun a photo contest with the theme of anything Rhody. The chamber is looking for photos from past Rhododendron festivals and executive director Bettina Hannigan says it would be cool to get a glimpse of early days of the annual event.
202: “Any images that people have from Rhody Days gone by I think would be fun and we’re going to put them up on social media.”
Hannigan says the winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights for their submission.