City Council Meeting Monday; Vaccination Rates Up; New COVID-19 Cases; Moratorium to Expire

City Council Meeting Monday

The Florence City Council will be back to work on Monday.  The council has several items on their agenda including the announcement of openings on the Florence Urban Renewal Agency Board and on the Planning Commission Board.  They also hope to adopt resolution #38 series 2021 which will amend the city’s pay administration policies and framework.  Mike Miller with Florence Public Works will ask the council to consider approving the purchase of a plug in electric transit van for facilities maintenance.  The 2022 ford electric vehicle is proposed with a price tag of $49,501.71.  City Council continues its meetings virtually through their gotowebinar platform that can be accessed through the city’s website at the meeting begins at 5:30

Vaccination Rates Up

The latest report from the Oregon Health Authority says that overall 80% of Oregonians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but rural areas are still lagging behind.  OHA’s public health director Rachel Banks says that while the state has made significant progress in closing the gap there are still communities that have not yet made it.

New COVID-19 Cases

The Florence community is still seeing new COVID-19 cases.  3 more were reported yesterday as the total climbs to 712. Numbers for Lane County have been relatively low in recent days with 80 new cases reported yesterday. Statewide there were 1,118 cases.  The OHA is reporting that breakthrough numbers have risen.  Currently 72.1 percent of new cases are in unvaccinated individuals.  The OHA reports that the largest population of vaccinated individuals getting the virus comes from long-term care facilities.

Moratorium to Expire

In just 2 months, on December 31st the moratorium on penalties for expired vehicle registration, driver licenses and ID card will expire.  If you have waited to get your vehicle updated the Oregon DMV will send out reminders.  Currently more than 300,000 Oregonians are operating vehicles or have expired licenses.  Currently the DMV is open for online or in-person services with or without appointments.  If you fail to get your information updated by the end of the year you could face fines.