4 More COVID-19 Cases for Florence; City Council; Flu News

4 More COVID-19 Cases for Florence

Over the weekend there were 4 new coronavirus cases added to the Florence area.  While case numbers continue to be on the overall decline in the county, locally there still seem to be some negative effects of COVID-19.  It is not known if the cases are related of stand alone cases but should that information become known, coast radio news will update it.  In Lane County over the weekend there were 31 cases total reported and the state is recording 1001 case for the same period.  The state has also confirmed that it has now received a total of 1,575,705 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and total doses administered are over 1.3 million.  Over the weekend Lane County also opened up to a moderate level of risk as more restaurants and retail businesses took advantage of the added capacity allowed.

New Guidance for the Fully Vaccinated

With several thousand individuals in the Florence area being vaccinated and some of those individuals even fully immunized the state has issued new guidance for fully vaccinated Oregonians.  First off to be considered fully vaccinated it needs to be at least two weeks since your last vaccination, whether it is the dual dose version of the single dose Johnson & Johnson.  According to the OHA, people in that category, that are not in a healthcare setting can begin to visit with other fully inoculated individuals indoors without the use of masks or the necessity of social distancing, or with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk.  The OHA is still recommending social distancing in public and when gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one household or when visiting with a person who is at an increased risk due to health concerns.  More changes can be found at the OHA website.

City Council

This evening the Florence city council will meets virtually at 5:30 and will consider authorizing  the acceptance of a 44,162 grant for Old Town Outdoor Plaza improvement project, they will also consider authorizing the city manager to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement with the Port of Siuslaw for improvements to the Siuslaw Boardwalk.  The city will also consider vacating a pedestrian right of Way that the petitioner Simone Calfee says is not currently being used.  The walkway is located between 1499 and 1545 20th street.

Flu News

The Oregon Health Authority has reported record low amounts of the seasonal flue for the 28th straight week.  This past week there were a total of 2 identified flu cases and zero outbreaks for the entirety of the flu season.