One More COVID Case For Florence; Latest Coronavirus Numbers; City Council Meets; Gas Prices

One More COVID Case For Florence

The numbers continue to climb in Florence with another COVID-19 case reported yesterday by Lane County Public Health.  This makes 84 cases, this makes 23 new cases in the past two weeks in the 97439 zip code.  Earlier this week is was reported that a social gathering was responsible for sending 3 people to Peace Harbor Hospital and they were then transferred to Riverbend in Springfield.  Health officials warn of the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations and how they could potentially serve as yet another catalyst for increasing numbers in the area.  Several counties surrounding Florence have seen restrictions relax, but Lane County’s numbers are still too high to allow restaurants and gyms to open.

Latest Coronavirus Numbers

Lane County saw a 106 case increase yesterday as totals for the county reach toward 7000.  6,835 cases since the beginning of the pandemic have been recorded, and after a brief drop in hospitalizations, there were 5 more admitted yesterday.  Another individual has died due to complications of the virus bringing the total to 92.  Across the state there were 1,052 new cases and 19 deaths.  There is some good news though as the state reports another 3,504 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.  There have been 31,380 individuals so far that have received the vaccine, there are currently about 80,000 doses available with more to come in the next several weeks.

City Council Meets

On Monday the Florence City Council will meet in two separate meetings.  The first to finish up any business remaining with the existing council and then there will be the swearing in of the two new council members, Sally Wantz and Bill Meyer.  The new council will then meet and part of their new council agenda will be to discuss how they will select the council member for the vacant seat.  Information on how to participate in the meeting can be found at the city’s website

Gas Prices

AAA Oregon reports rising crude prices will likely have some effect on travel as we begin the new year, but currently there is little movement around the state.  Locally we have been steady around the $2.39 mark for an average price of a gallon of regular  gas.  Statewide there has been a penny increase according to Marie Dodds with AAA.  But Dodds reports that stockpiles of gasoline are dipping slightly and that should create another increase over the next several week.  Oregon is currently tied with Nevada as the 4th highest gas prices in the nation.