Florence COVID Numbers Still Rising; Breakthrough Cases Rise; Play Safely; City Offices Closed for Labor Day

Florence COVID Numbers Still Rising

The Florence community has now surpassed 500 COVID-19 cases after Lane County Public Health’s latest report.  There were another 13 cases added yesterday bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 506 known or presumptive cases.  Coronavirus cases continue to effect community events.  The Seventh Day Adventist Church has decided not to hold services tomorrow due to the steady increases.  The case count and death totals continue to increase.  Lane County reported a total of 175 cases yesterday and the statewide total added 2,449 and 24 deaths.  For the 5th straight day the daily totals of vaccinations have also increased with 8,795 average daily shots given.

Breakthrough Cases Rise

Cases of vaccinated individuals contracting the coronavirus stands at 15.9 percent of all cases reported in the state according to the latest numbers from the Oregon Health Authority.  Breakthrough cases, as they are known, totaled 2,592 for the week ending August 28th. as of the same period, PeaceHeatlh officials said their totals were about 5% of all cases were breakthrough cases.

Play Safely

With Labor day upon us there is concern that the spread of the coronavirus could expand even more with large social gatherings and that could mean another spike in cases in the next 7-10 days.  The OHA is reminding individuals to congregate safely and consider that the Delta Variant is much more transmissible than previous variants and that hospital beds are severely limited.  The OHA is not only concerned about the coronavirus, but is reminding the community that there could likely be no space for things like broken legs or food poisoning victims and that people should be careful when deciding on risky behavior this weekend.

City Offices Closed for Labor Day

The City of Florence offices will be closed on Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day.  There will be no scheduled meeting of the Florence City Council either.  The next regular meeting of the Council will be on September 20th.