Death Investigation; Vaccination Clinic Add Hours and Activities; Florence Tops 700 COVID Cases; Gas Price Climb Continues

Death Investigation

The Florence Police along with the Lane County Medical Examiner’s office are investigating the death of a woman who was discovered under a canopy near the front door of a closed business. About 2:30 on Monday police received a report of a female lying on the ground near the entrance to the former Clawson’s Wheelhouse.  The person was identified as 55 year old Cindy Lee Chance.  She was deceased.   Police described her as a transient in the area for several years.  The initial investigation did not show any signs of foul play according to police.  The investigation continues.

Vaccination Clinic Add Hours and Activities

There has been a change to the vaccination clinic that is scheduled for the Siuslaw Middle School on Saturday.  Organizers have decided to increase the times and add additional activities to the event.  the clinic will now run from noon until 4 pm and will include free food, $50 gift certificates, as well as a variety of resources for parents and the intellectual and/or developmentally disabled members of the  community.  Walk-ins are welcome, or you can schedule your appointment at  The clinic, is a cooperation of The Arc Lane County, Families Connected, Autism Society of Oregon, Oregon Family Support Network and Early Childhood CARES.

Florence Tops 700 COVID Cases

There are now 708 known cases all time of COVID-19 for the Florence area.  That is an additional 9 cases from yesterday’s report.  In comparison, surrounding zip codes from Mapleton are still showing no numbers in the Lane County Public Health’s dashboard and communities like Reedsport have fewer numbers than the Florence area.  Last count the 97467 zip code had a total of 359 cases and the North Bend area has 977 cases to date.  Lane County added 142 new cases in yesterday’s report.  There were 1,557 new cases for all of Oregon yesterday and 23 new deaths.

Gas Price Climb Continues

The average price of a regular gallon of gas continues to inch up across the state with the Florence Area experiencing numbers greater than the states average, which is not the norm for the coast.  Historically the coast has been about 10 cents or more lower than the state average but is now right in line at $3.78 a gallon.  Marie Dodds with AAA says prices have increased almost every day this month which is traditionally a time for numbers to decrease, but rising crude prices are driving the market.  Dodds also says demand for fuel is robust but supplies are currently tight.