Governor Announced Incentives for Vaccinations; COVID-19 Numbers; Planning Commission Meets; Construction Sites

Governor Announced Incentives for Vaccinations

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced on Friday an initiative to boost the low numbers of vaccinations in recent days.  Governor Brown announced a lottery that will put 1 million dollars into one Oregonian’s bank account.  individuals who have received at least one dose of the vaccine by June 27th will be eligible for the Million dollar payout and in addition one member of each Oregon County will receive a $10,000 prize.  there are also winners for those under the age of 18 who are not permitted to receive lottery monies because of age, there will be 5 100,000 winners for the Oregon College Savings Plan Scholarship.  Selection of winners will be on June 28th.  Brown hopes that the incentive will help drive vaccination rates and help the state get to its goal of 70% by the end of June.  If that goal is reached, Brown will lift all risk levels that are currently in place.

COVID-19 Numbers

Over the weekend Lane County has reported 97 new cases of covid-19.  that three day total continues to be on the downhill track as state cases also continue to see decline.  On Sunday the Oregon Health Authority reported 334 new cases.  There have also been no new cases reported for the Florence area.  there have been 7 day with cases remaining at 244.  in addition Lane County has moved a 1/2 percent closer to the 65% needed to drop to the lowest risk level and stands at 60.7 percent.

Planning Commission Meets

The Florence Planning Commission will meet tomorrow evening to consider a request for annexation of two lots totaling approximately .27 acres.  The request would also require adding right of way in order for the properties to receive city water and sewer.  The properties are located on the north end of town near Driftwood shores off of Arch Street and Falcon and 2nd.  Recommendations will then proceed to the Florence City Council for approval.

Construction Sites

Several areas of construction around the region continue to move forward.  Traffic on the Siltcoos River Bridge south of town continues to be limited to one lane and is regulated by a temporary traffic signal.  New sewer and water line work continues on 9th street from Kingwood to Rhododendron with traffic at times being limited to one lane with flaggers in place, and on Highway 126 westbound at mile post 36 construction on a lane widening project continues to slow traffic in the area.  Caution is requested  for each of these areas.