Winds Drop Power Lines; Now 38 COVID-19 Cases for Florence; Peace Harbor Light Up A Life; Council Work Session

Winds Drop Power Lines

The early morning storm that swept along the coast was responsible for more than 2000 power outages from Dunes City to Newport and east to Veneta according to Chris Chandler from Central Lincoln PUD.  Chandler says that all of their crews are currently out working on repairing those outages, but it could be quite some time before all customers are back on line.  She says in addition to line crews they have also dispatched 3 tree crews to help with downed trees and limbs that may have caused an outage.  She also said there were possibilities of a transmission line outage, but she could not confirm that.  Winds in excess of 60 miles per hour were recorded overnight with average winds sustained in the 30 mph range.  Outages in Mapleton also caused the closing of online schools that cannot proceed without internet services.  In addition wind blew trees and debris on roadways causing delays in travel early this morning.  the forecast is calling for milder winds throughout this afternoon and evening.

Now 38 COVID-19 Cases for Florence

Overnight Lane County reported another COVID-19 case for the Florence area raising that total to 38.  While there were 82 new cases reported for the county raising that total to 3,139.  There are currently 272 persons considered infectious.  .  Most of the recent numbers for Lane County have been people in the 11 to 30 age range.  Over 1400 of the 3,057 cases are in that age group and over 800 in the 31-50 range.  The state of Oregon has surpassed its record high total for Coronavirus cases.  Yesterday there were 1,122 new cases with several counties reporting more than 100 cases.  Clackamas, Jackson, Marion and Washington county all had numbers just over 100 and Multnomah had a record 351 cases.  COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state as the total number of cases rushes to the 54 thousand mark.

Peace Harbor Light Up A Life

Peace Harbor Medical Center will celebrate life with the 25th annual Light up a Life celebration.  With the advent of COVID-19 this year’s event will be a virtual one.  Susan Walters is the Home Care and Hospice Manager at Peace Harbor.  She says this year’s celebration will definitely be different, but continues to be an important event in the community.

“Light up a Life has been a meaningful connector for our community , for those who have lost a love one either this year or years past.  It was never an option for us to cancel.”

At 2 pm on Saturday, December 12, the hospice team will debut a video of the traditional name reading and candle lighting ceremony on the Peace Harbor Facebook page.  The are asking for people to share their stories through the month of November by visiting the hospital’s website: (dash) LUAL.

Council Work Session

The Florence City Council will meet for a work session on Monday morning.  the council will receive updates from the city’s committees.  Committees will give updates and provide input on committee work programs and issues.  The work session will be on the city’s gotowebinar platform at 10:30.  There will be a City Council meeting Monday evening at 5:30.  As of this morning the agenda for the meeting had not yet been posted.