Easter Egg Hunt Changes; Food Insecurity Survey; Covid Numbers Up; Latest COVID-19 Update

Easter Egg Hunt Changes

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have lasting effects on normal activities.  This Sunday is Easter Sunday and is normally celebrated with various activities including annual easter egg hunts.  Traditional Easter Egg hunts by both the Mapleton and Florence Communities will not happen this year, Mapleton has chosen to cancel their event and the Rotary Club of Florence has created a social distanced event where members of the Florence Interact club will pass out eggs at the Siuslaw Middle School on Saturday from 10 am until noon.  Parents can enter the north end of the school at 27th street and exit on 26th street.  Interact Club members will be handing out eggs and drivers will be asked to stay in their vehicles.

Food Insecurity Survey

Access to food continues to be an issue to many Oregonians that have experienced economic difficulties during the covid-19 pandemic.  And even as some economic recovery has begun, Food for Lane County recognizes the needs that exist.  Food for Lane County has made a survey available to members of the community in order to fully understand the needs that exist.  The survey can be found at foodforlanecounty.org.  if you are experiencing food insecurity the survey will help for FFLC to focus in on the needs of the community.

Covid Numbers Up

The state of Oregon is reporting a 17% increase in COVID-19 cases for the week ending March 28.  After a several week downturn the numbers are seeing a rebound and authorities are reminding people to keep doing the things that brought down the numbers.  Face masks, social distancing, and hand washing are still essential according to the Oregon Health Authority.  National figures also warn of a potential 4th wave of the virus even as many more individuals get tested.  Counties are now approved to include frontline workers, people living in multi-generational households and individuals in the 16-44 age group with one or more health conditions.

Latest COVID-19 Update

Lane County has added 35 new cases in their latest covid-19 update.  The state has added 441 new cases.  Over the past two days there have been over 38 thousand vaccinations administered.  There were no new cases reported for Florence yesterday.