Covid-19 Updates

Jump in COVID-19 Cases; Vaping Causing Worse Reactions; Port Meeting; City Council; Scholarship Deadline

Jump in COVID-19 Cases

Outbreaks of the coronavirus have climbed again for Oregon.  OHA is reporting 184 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 new deaths bringing the death total to 180.  The four new deaths all had underlying health conditions.  Two individuals were in their 70’s, one in their 80’s and one in their 60’s.  are were reported from Clackamas County.  99 of the new cases were reported in Union County.  OHA and Union County public health are responding to the outbreak.  Here in Lane County there are 4 new cases of the virus, all are being reported in the Eugene/Springfield area and include a person under the age of 10, another in their teens, a third in their 30’s and a student at the University of Oregon.  All are self isolating at home.  There are 90 cases known in Lane County but currently there are only 8 active cases.

Vaping Causing Worse Reactions

According to the Oregon Health Authority if you smoke or Vape you are more likely to have severe symptoms of COVID-19 should you contract the illness.  The OHA reports that you double the risk of developing respiratory issues including the coronavirus.  The OHA offers help in quitting and says you can improve your health within days and weeks of stopping.  Information is available at

Port Meeting

The Port of Siuslaw board of commissioners will hold a meeting tomorrow at 7 pm.  People can take part in the meeting through teleconference.  According to their printed agenda the meeting will consist of approving financials and discussing occupancy at the campground.  The meeting will begin at 7 pm.  Information on the meeting and how to participate are on the port’s website:

City Council

Next Monday the City of Florence City Council will hold back to back special meetings via videoconference.  The first meeting will be to consider an application for a 2020 Community Development Block Grant from Business Oregon to support COVID-19 emergency assistance for low to moderate income worker training.  The meetings will begin at 5:30, Monday June 22.

Scholarship Deadline

The Western Lane Community Foundation’s deadline for scholarship applications is June 30.  Applications can be found at  Qualifications for the scholarships can also be found at the WLCF website.