Another COVID-19 Case For Florence; Veterans Day; School Metrics Livestream; Gas Prices

Another COVID-19 Case For Florence

The Florence area continues to see small increases in COVID-19 cases as one more was added to the list yesterday.  The total is now 36 for the 97439 zip code.  Lane County does not break down the instances surrounding local cases unless it is part of a larger outbreak, which means there is no available information on whether or not cases here are also associated with a hospitalization or a currently infectious person.  Lane County numbers in general have been steadily increasing with 44 more new cases reported yesterday, bringing the county total to just under 3000 cases.  Hospitalizations for the county have dropped by 6.  There are currently 11 people hospitalized with 6 of those in the Intensive care unit.  There were no new deaths reported for Lane County yesterday.  Statewide there were another 771 cases calculated yesterday bringing the total to 51,909.  The death toll raised by 3 bringing that total to 737.

Veterans Day

Today is veteran’s day and under normal circumstances there would have been an organized parade that went through old town.  This year due to the pandemic no such request was made to have an official parade, yet some groups are planning to gather and show their support for Florence Veterans.  Cal Applebee, former Executive Director of the Oregon Coast Military Museum, says there will be an unofficial cruise today at 2 pm featuring several of the car clubs.

“The Florence Jeeps-r-us club, which is a new club in town, the Rhody Cruisers which is a new club.”

Applebee says they are encouraging participants to adorn their vehicles with military branch flags and American flags, but reminds people this is about the veterans, and not a political statement.

“There’s no other advertising or campaigning slogans or messages or anything it’s purely for honoring the veterans.”

He says they will cruise through old town and also drive by the different retirement homes in the community.  The Florence Kiwanis Club will be putting out flags today to honor those who have served.  Coast Radio would like to thank our veterans for their service.

School Metrics Livestream

Tomorrow the Oregon Department of Education is going to have a Facebook live event that will go over the School Metrics.  ODE Director Colt Gill and the Deputy State Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Jeanne will be available to answer questions on the current plan for returning students to the classroom.  The Live Feed will be at noon tomorrow on the Oregon Health Authority Facebook page and is available in English and Spanish.

Gas Prices

Gas prices have remained steady over the past several weeks as we move into the holiday season.  Travel usually increases over the Thanksgiving Holiday and causes a spike in demand and that is usually preceded by an increase in prices.  Refineries are also gearing up for winter blend fuels and that could affect prices, but for now prices are around the $2.29 a gallon mark for regular gas in Florence and slightly higher in the valley.  AAA Oregon expects roads to be less crowded this Thanksgiving as people plan gatherings closer to home on a much smaller scale than normal.