Governor Plans Lift for Risk Level; COVID-19 Cases; Rhody Run; Museum Looking for Docents; Properties Up For Auction

Governor Plans Lift for Risk Level

Governor Kate Brown has published her goal of having 70% of Oregonians vaccinated by June.  And when that happens Brown says she will lift the Risk based formula for opening county commerce.  Brown already announced in a press conference on Tuesday that counties that have 65% of their population vaccinated can move to the lowest level of risk but that will required counties first submitting a plan to close the gap on vaccine inequity.  Lane county is slowly nearing the 65% rate with 55% currently having at least one dose of the vaccine.  Lane county commissioners recently urged the governor to reevaluate how counties, like Lane, are reported.  Lane County’s largest areas of infection are happening in the urban areas of Eugene/Springfield putting a hardship on outlying cities like Florence.  In order to reach the 65% goal, Lane County is increasing their vaccination clinic schedule to include 3 events this weekend at Autzen Stadium and one at the Lane Events Center which will be the only one featuring the Johnson and Johnson single vaccine.  Locally there is also the vaccination clinic tomorrow at the Florence events center from 10 am until 7 pm.  Walk-ins and youth 12 and  up are welcome.

COVID-19 Cases

Lane county COVID-19 cases are steadily decreasing with 47 new cases reported yesterday.  That includes one more case for the Florence area.  A total of 242 cases.  There are currently 14 individuals in Lane County hospitals with one individual on a ventilator.

Rhody Run

The annual Saturday morning Rhody Run will go on as planned for this Saturday.  Organizers say they have about 50 people preregistered for the 5k and 10k event but expect to have a morning sign up boost.  Runners and walkers can register on Saturday morning beginning at 7:30 with the run beginning at 9 am.  provisions have been made for social distancing.  Ages 18 and older have a$20 registration fee.  13-17 year olds are $15 and 12 and under are $10.  Individuals that wish to pre-register can do so at

Museum Looking for Docents

The Siuslaw pioneer museum is looking for docents who would be willing to volunteer at least 4 hours a month.  The museum is currently only open Thursday through Sunday due to limited staff.

Properties Up For Auction

Lane County is planning an auction for June 9th that includes properties around the county including some vacant lots in Florence.  The auction will be at Harris Hall at 9am and bidders need to be prepared with cash, cashier’s check, business check or debit or credit card to purchase. A quitclaim deed will be will be issued and the county makes no representations regarding other claims or liens on the properties.  There are currently 4 properties in the Florence area on the auction block.