School Reports More COVID-19 Cases; 97439 Adds More Cases; Rods and Rhodies Wrap; OHA Weekend Numbers

School Reports More COVID-19 Cases

The Siuslaw School district is reporting that some students at Siuslaw elementary school have tested positive for COVID-19. A letter drafted by school superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak to parents and staff at the school state that any individuals that have come in contact with the students have been notified by the school directly. An additional letter went to parents and staff at Siuslaw Middle School with a report of a single student having tested positive. Grzeskowiak says the school is working closely with Lane County Public Health to respond properly and protect the health of the community. These letters follow a similar letter that went out on September 9th documenting another case in the elementary school.

97439 Adds More Cases

Lane County Public health reported 6 more cases for the Florence area bringing the all time total to 583 cases. While cases continue to rise in the 97439 zip code the county is reporting that overall numbers are beginning to drop slightly. There has been a 16% drop from the previous week. There were approximately 2,500 fewer cases in the week ending on Sunday. Yesterday the county reported 651 new cases since the Friday report with 7 new deaths added. Jason Davis with Lane County Public health was asked about the reporting of deaths and how they were broken out by area. Davis said that there are only two parameters for reporting deaths and that is by rural and urban numbers. He says they do have a reporting for deaths by long term care facilities, but he did not release that number as of Monday evening.

Rods and Rhodies Wrap

The Rods and Rhodies annual car show was a success according to the Rods and Rhodies board president Gary Cargill. Cargill says he is happy with the participation from the classic car community as well as the response from the local community. The Rods and Rhodies Invitational Car Show had to cancel the 2020 event due to the coronavirus, but enthusiasm was high for this year’s show. Rods and Rhodies uses some of the funds to continue to put on shows, and they also use some of the money to fund their Transportations Solutions program that helps individuals that have vehicle repair needs that may not have the funds to get their vehicle fixed. Cargill says they were able to raise some money this year.

“Sold out of the t-shirts and the apparel. Raised quite a bit in the 50-50 and the raffle so I think our fundraising efforts were successful.”

Cargill says over 115 cars participated in the event.

OHA Weekend Numbers

The Oregon health authority reported its weekend numbers yesterday afternoon with 4,700 new confirmed and presumptive cases. There were also 32 new deaths reported over the weekend. There have now been more than 300,000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. With the deaths there were also fewer hospitalizations reported. Out of 652 available adult ICU beds there were only 62 that were not being used across the state.