Lane County Returns to High Risk Today
After a week at Extreme Risk restrictions Lane County can add indoor dining to the menu along with outside dining and take out. The reopening comes in the wake of Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Covid 19 risk assessments across the state Tuesday and announcing a drop in restrictions. Indoor capacity limits in high-risk levels are now updated for indoor recreation and fitness and indoor entertainment for Oregon counties at a maximum 10% occupancy or 50 people total, whichever is larger. Lane County’s new Covid 19 case rate remains elevated with 70 new cases reported Thursday, with 18 hospitalized, of those 8 are in ICU and victims on ventilators has risen to 5. Florence has not added a new Covid 19 cases to the 235 total since Tuesday. The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 763 new cases in the state, and added 5 new deaths. While cases have declined slightly over the last week, officials are alarmed at number the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in ICU beds. Of those hospitalized, 328, which is two fewer than yesterday there are 90 COVID-19 patients in ICU beds, which is seven more than yesterday.
Lane County residents can take part in a countywide survey that aims to identify climate priorities and concerns of community members. The Lane Climate Resilience and Equity Task Force is a group of community representatives an stakeholders who are working to ensure that the climate actions developed by county staff and approved by its board are equitable according to Climate Justice Grassroots organizer, Haley Case-Scott…
“The main goal is to inform the county’s climate action plan. To help inform and keep the Board of Commissioners, to update and then also help inform the County’s climate advisory committee, so they’re the actual body recognized by the Board of Commissioners.”
“”we are hoping to hear from primarily the under served, under represented and just the folks who have generally been left out of these types of conversations.”
Native Florentine and a product of the Siuslaw School system, Kady Sneddon is running for position 6 on the Siuslaw School District Board of Directors. Sneddon says that a small part of her reason for running is to provide a diversity within the board. Suzanne Mann-Heintz is not seeking re-election creating the potential of an all male board. But her main objective is to get in and help in whatever way possible.
201: “I’m not coming in with any sort of an agenda to say this is not going right, this specific thing is wrong, I want to change this.”
Sneddon says as a parent and a local business woman she recognizes the importance of being involved.
202: “I really feel like representation is key and I think that there is a big hole on the board that I think I can fill.”
Registered Lane County voters have already received their ballots in the mail. To be counted ballots must be returned to the Lane County Elections office no later than 8pm Tuesday, May 18th.