Vaccination Clinic to Allow Walk-ins; Casino Back Open; Special School Board Meeting; Voter Registration; COVID-19 Numbers

Vaccination Clinic to Allow Walk-ins

The Florence Events Center will be the site of a mass vaccination clinic today.  The event is from 10 am until 7 pm.  There were 1000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine available to the public and as of last night there were still about 250 doses that were available to be distributed prompting the City of Florence to issue a call for walk up vaccinations.  Assistant city manager Megan Messmer told Coast Radio News that beginning today at 1 pm they would open up the remaining doses for walk-ins while supplies last.  Individuals that have not pre registered will be allowed to sign up upon arrival.  This will benefit individuals that have had difficulty accessing the county’s website for registration.  This is primarily for individuals that have not yet received their first dose of the vaccine.

Casino Back Open

After a power outage forced the closing of Three Rivers Casino’s restaurants and gaming floors, the power was restored late yesterday and the facility was able to reopen.  The casino was performing maintenance operations overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning when several systems failed to come back on line.  The outage did not affect the hotel operations.  The gaming floors were able to reopen around 7 pm last night.  There is no word on what caused the electrical issues.

Special School Board Meeting

Monday evening the Siuslaw School Board will hold a special meeting to discuss a proposal from high speed fiber internet provider HYAK.  The board will discuss the possibility of entering a public/private agreement that would provide fiber-based internet to the community that the school district serves.  The proposal is set up to provide a letter of credit to the company as it works towards building an infrastructure throughout the community.  Funds would ostensibly come through federal monies allocated for such an expansion, the letter of credit would be a fail safe in case deadlines are not met.  The special meeting will be held virtually at 6pm and is accessible on the districts youtube channel.

Voter Registration

If you are wanting to be heard for the May 18th special election your last day for registration will be this coming Tuesday, April 27.  You must be registered by 11:59 pm  Tuesday evening to be able to vote.  Registration can be done through if you possess a valid Oregon Driver’s license or a DMV issued identification card or learner’s permit.

COVID-19 Numbers

Oregon Health Authority is reporting another heavy day for positive cases across the state.  993 cases were reported by the OHA which included another 54 cases for Lane County and there were no new cases reported for the Florence area, that number stands at 216.  Lane County has been averaging 61.4 new cases per day over the past week.  Lane County returns to High Risk level today and will remain at that level until at least May 6.