More COVID-19 For Florence (update)
COVID-19 cases for the Florence area continue to increase. Yesterday morning Lane County Public Health published another 7 cases for the area. Then this morning the case count jumped another 11 cases bringing the total to 495. The increase in cases has caused several entities to cancel planned events with the Delta Variant taking hold. Hospitals continue to feel the crunch as increases near 1200 patients. Luckily in Florence there is not currently hospital space taken up by COVID 19 patients, however there is still a moratorium on elective surgeries with the exception of emergency situations and outpatient procedures lke colonoscopies. Lane County reported another 201 cases this morning with 83 individuals hospitalized and 920 people considered infectious.
School District Reports Positive COVID-19 Case
The Siuslaw School District has had a positive COVID-19 case of a professional educator that works at Siuslaw Elementary School. the individual will be in quarantine for 14 days and one person that was known to be in close contact with the individual has been notified. Also the area used by the individual has been disinfected. The School District is working closely with Lane County Public Health to make sure every avenue for safety is covered.
Increased DUII Enforcement
This weekend there will be an increased focus on the road with the Florence Police conducting extra Duii Enforcement Patrols. The coverage will begin on Friday and continue through Monday September 6th. there will also be a noted increase throughout the county and the state.
New Meeting Time Could Be Set
The Siuslaw School Board is discussing the possibility of rescheduling its meeting that it had planned for this evening to hear parent concerns about the upcoming school year. There are still a few board members that have not responded and the final decision will come after all members have been heard from.
C.R.O.W. Cancels Events
There will be no Haunted Maze or Holly Jolly Follies this year. C.R.O.W. Executive Director Melanie Heard said in a press release that the decision had to come early due to the extreme amount of planning that goes in to each of those events. The board of directors decided unanimously to cancel the events. Heard said that safety concern due to rising COVID cases were at the forefront of their decision.