Numbers Include Thursday’s Missed Tests; Planned Unit Development;

Numbers Include Thursday’s Missed Tests

A change in the way numbers were calculated was the reason for a record number of coronavirus cases on Saturday.  The Oregon Health Authority says the change to a new reporting system is the reason for the record number.  When the switch was made on Friday is did not include over 40 cases from Thursday that were left off.  Those cases were added to Saturday’s numbers bringing Saturday’s total to 409 cases.  Yesterday the case number continued in the triple digits with another 332 cases for a total of 12,170.  23 new Lane County cases were reported in the past two days as well, that makes a total of 284 cases county wide.  The county is still about the 1% rate versus number of tests administered.  About 28 thousand tests have been done to date.  There are currently 2 people hospitalized with the virus in Lane County.  Around the state there are also two new deaths reported, one in Maleur County and one in Washington County. An 86 year old woman and a 93 year old woman respectively.

Planned Unit Development

There is no city council meeting this evening, but there is a planning commission meeting tomorrow that is expected to get a lot of attention.  A planned unit development for land near 35th and Rhododendron which, if approved, will contain 31 single-family detached residences, 49 single-family attached residences and 46 multi-family units.  Coast radio news has received several calls about the development from nearby residents that are concerned about traffic and the type of dwellings planned for the area.  One resident, Steve Williams said he was concerned, in part, that the development will change the look of the area as well as provide a traffic issue.  The Planning Commission will meet virtually at 5:30 pm tomorrow.  The hearing on the development is a preliminary hearing.

Visitors Not Dissuaded

COVID-19 has apparently not stopped the influx of visitors to the coast in Florence.  Highway 101 over the weekend was lined with traffic and the addition of opening weekend for Halibut also brought out the boats to the port launch.  Port Manager, David Huntington also said that the campground is at capacity.  The port is currently constructing 15 new campsites with full amenities, but they are not yet ready for occupancy.