Full Council Meets; COVID-19 Update; Educators Vaccinations; Online Dinner Cancelled

Full Council Meets

At last night’s City Council meeting after the swearing in of their 5th councilor, Margaret Wisniewski, the city deliberated on a resolution extending the state of emergency for the city of Florence.  The councilors deliberated on some of the wording within the resolution including a statement which would extend the city managers ability to order certain restrictions above and beyond state and county mandated.  The councilors approved the resolution unanimously.  The council also approved the receipt of $31,000 grant to support the purchase of individual pallet shelters for the Florence Emergency Cold Weather Shelter and the extension of the City of Florence Utility Relief program which provides relief funds for city managed utilities.  The city also set committee assignments at last night’s meeting.

COVID-19 Update

It was a relative low reporting for COVID-19 cases across Lane County yesterday.  The county totaled 37 new cases for a new cumulative total of 8,822.  Lane County Public Health also reported that there were 21 individuals currently in Lane County Hospitals.  There were no new cases reported for the Florence area yesterday as that total currently stands at 143.  In comparison state totals were also down with 435 new cases reported by the Oregon Health Authority.  2 additional deaths were reported bringing that total to 1,882.

Educators Vaccinations

Yesterday signified the first day that educators for public and private k-12 schools were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  That also included early childhood educators, staff, childcare providers and staff.  According to OHA not all vaccination sites will be providing shots for educators so they suggest that you check first before going to a location.

Online Dinner Cancelled

An online dinner event to support the Oregon Coast Humane Society has been cancelled.  The “Dinner at  your Place event” was postponed indefinitely after OCHS President Shauna Robbers reported some technical, staffing and logistical complications with the event.  The OCHS micro chipping event schedule for Saturday is still happening.  People can bring their pets by the OCHS shelter from 2-4 on Saturday.  The event will be a drive thru event and a contribution of $20 is suggested, but Robbers says no one will be turned away.  She says if your pet already has a micro chip then you can use this time to update your information as well.