No Confirmed Links With Local COVID-19 Cases; State Coronavirus Numbers; New Round of Relief for Local Businesses; Pumpkin Giveaway

No Confirmed Links With Local COVID-19 Cases

Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health says they have not yet determined if the three new cases are stand alone cases, part of a social Cluster or part of a work cluster.  More importantly is that by their own standards they are not permitted to specifically speak out about cases unless they are part of a cluster.  Davis said that if the case count grows above 5 for workplace or 10 for social gathering they can announce the workplace or group theme, for example “back to school party” or “wedding gathering” but as of now there is no known cluster related to these cases.  Yesterday an additional 26 cases were added to Lane County’s coronavirus cases bringing the county total to 1,846.  There were no additional cases for the Florence area in yesterday’s report.

State Coronavirus Numbers

Around the state there were 222 new confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday.  Multnomah and Washington counties were atop the list of counties with new cases followed by Lane.  Cases total 37,467.  There were no new deaths reported yesterday.

New Round of Relief for Local Businesses

City Manager Erin Reynolds says a new round of relief for small business is coming later this week.  Reynolds says she wanted to give business owners a heads up as the funding source available will be an additional benefit even if your business received other relief.

“You will likely still qualify even if you have received a small amount of IDLE or PPP.”

She says this is a new round of funding in addition to the applications that were received last week.  The city’s economic development department will be releasing more information this week as it becomes available.

Pumpkin Giveaway

The Original Great pumpkin giveaway is just over a week away, and the city of Florence has approved the route for the new drive-thru format this year.  Due to the coronavirus mandates through the Oregon Health Authority and Lane County Public Health the giveaway will be set up as a drive through in the parking lot of Old School Furniture.  Participants are asked to begin at Quince Street and come down 6th street beside the Florence Events Center and then turn into the Saw Shop parking lot and then around to the stations set up at Old School furniture.  Pumpkins and candy bags will be loaded into vehicles based on the number of children in the vehicle.  The event will begin at 4 pm on Thursday October 22nd an last until approximately 5:30.