Wine and Chowder Event Moved
The popular Florence Wine and Chowder Trail is being moved to February. The traditional October event has been rescheduled for the winter date. The Florence area Chamber of Commerce announced the change yesterday. Chamber CEO and President Bettina Hannigan stated one of the benefits of a February event is the affordability of hotels and the hopes that restaurants will have recovered from summer shortages of food, supplies and staff. Hannigan says times and locations are still being worked out, but the date will be February 18, 19, and 20. The event will offer wine tastings at several indoor venues and chowders from participating restaurants. More information can be found at Florencechamber.com
8 More Cases of COVID-19 for Florence
While cases of COVID-19 continue a downward trend in Lane County the 97439 zip code inches towards the 600 mark for all time cases. There were 8 more cases for the Florence area yesterday bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 597. Restaurants and businesses locally are still dealing with closings due to the rise in cases. Others have had to shorten their hours due to staffing shortages. Before planning a night out it might be a good idea to call your favorite destination to ensure that it is open. Even while following established protocols for businesses the Delta Variant is weaving its way through the community. Public Health officials are urging proper sanitation practices for the community and reminding individuals that are experiencing symptoms to stay home.
OHA Weekly COVID Report
The Oregon Health Authority has released its weekly report on the ongoing pandemic. According to the OHA cases, hospitalizations and deaths are declining. New cases have dipped 11% while there were 171 fewer deaths from the previous weeks numbers. The OHA says hospitalizations are still high, but lower overall from the previous report. According to the report senior living communities are still reporting high numbers of infections with 182 outbreaks currently ongoing. One number that is increasing is the percentage of positive test results. That number has increased by 12%.
Daily COVID Numbers
There were 2,069 cases of COVID-19 reported by the OHA in its daily release. Lane County contributed 157 of those cases and continues to be one of the leaders among the state in new cases. Multnomah, Dechutes and Marion counties lead the state in new cases. The state is still reporting that it is vaccinating more than 7,000 people daily.
The Florence Events Center is holding a vaccination clinic today from noon until 5 pm and will have all three vaccination options which will allow for ages 12 and up.