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Record Setting Day For COVID-19; Lane County COVID-19; FPD Institutes Body Cams; FloGro Distribution

Record Setting Day For COVID-19

Thursday was another record setting day for new coronavirus cases across the state.  There were 805 new cases yesterday exceeding the previous record total by almost 200 cases.  The Oregon Health Authority is reporting that the majority of new cases are coming from small informal gatherings rather than large workplace settings.  OHA’s state health officer, Dean Sidelinger says sporadic cases are also on a rise, cases that cannot be traced to a specific source.  Governor Kate Brown told reporters yesterday that people are now most likely to get COVID-19 from friends and family.  She also said that with the rapid rise in cases lives are at stake.  Sidelinger says they are concluding that Oregonians are circulating more in their communities and are letting their guard down.  Authorities are specifically concerned about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday as people consider gathering with groups of people in small indoor settings.  The OHA is recommending limiting gatherings to those within your household.

Lane County COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 is affecting the more populated urban areas according to the latest information from the OHA.  Almost 400  of the 805 cases reported yesterday were from the 3 counties surrounding and including Portland.  Lane County had 37 new cases reported yesterday none of the new cases were reported in the Florence area.  Persons considered infectious is slowly declining, but according the Lane County Public Health 10 of the 18 individuals hospitalized are currently in intensive care.  Lane County has now totaled 2,694 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

FPD Institutes Body Cams

Since Monday the Florence Police Department have been wearing body cameras.  Florence Police Commander John Pitcher said one of the goals for the program is to continue public trust in the department by maintaining transparency and accountability to the community.  The implementation came after the city had looked at upgrading the video systems in police vehicles but decided to add body cameras as the cost was similar and the benefits are far better than that of an in-car system.  The new cameras will be activated during all enforcement and investigative contacts including stops and field interviews according to the city’s press release.  Also during traffic stops.

FloGro Distribution

Tomorrow morning beginning at 9 am the city of Florence will be distributing its free FloGro composting material.  Individuals are allowed up to one pick-up or one small trailer load and it is at a first come first serve basis.  The plan is to remain open until 2pm for distribution providing the supply lasts.  FloGro pickup will be at the Public Works building area at Kingwood and 27th Street.