2 New COVID-19 Cases for Florence; EMAC; FURA; Rhody Days?

2 New COVID-19 Cases for Florence

The Florence area registered 2 more cases of COVID-19 over the weekend increasing the number to 182 cases.  Lane County has seen 63 more cases since Friday.  The number of individuals considered infectious is up to 108.  Statewide cases over the weekend were 1184 with 505 of those coming in Friday’s report from the OHA.The new numbers come as Lane county Public health completed its second round of covid-19 doses on Saturday.  The state has now administered over 1.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and have received 2.1 million doses for distribution.  Additionally the OHA says that it does expect to have the number of doses available to meet the expanded schedule set forth by the Biden Administration.  The OHA is also reporting that 8 out of 10 people eligible for the vaccine have received at least one dose.


The Florence EMAC committee has a special session planned for tomorrow evening.  The committee will receive public testimony regarding climate change.  The committee has received 21 pages of testimony with some in favor of a Climate change proclamation from the city of Florence and some that oppose it.  The committee will meet virtually tomorrow evening beginning at 6 pm.


Also having a meeting this week is the Florence Urban Renewal Agency.  The meeting will focus on the city’s proposed work plan proposals for the 2021-2023 biennium.  The agency will also introduce two new members to the committee, Dave Braley and Ron Ward.  FURA meets virtually on Wednesday at 5:30.

Rhody Days?

Despite not having Rhody Days again this year the Rods and Rhody’s committee is working on a show and shine event with a more socially distanced platform.  The group was hopeful that it could continue its tradition in the parking lot of Grocery Outlet, but are looking at options that could include the use of the Siuslaw Middle School.  Many businesses are still struggling to combat the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and are working to rebuild their economic base.  The City of Florence and the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce are looking into options for some events during the traditional festival weekend, but there have been no firm plans released.