Excessive Heat Warning in Effect throughout Eugene

Excessive Heat Warning in Effect: Dangerously hot conditions expected Sunday and Monday.

LOCAL Resources

We will be posting information about cooling centers and other resources here for the duration of this extreme weather event as part of our work on the Lane Coalition of Organizations Active in Disaster Response.

Eugene

  • The Lane Events Center, Expo Hall 2 and Convention Center rooms 3 and 4. Will be open  9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th.
  • The Eugene Service Station will be open (8:30am-5pm 7 days/week) and First Place Family Center (8-5) will have water when visiting the folks in overnight and safe parking spots.
  • All water fountains and splash pads in Eugene are turned on for summer. Splash pads are available at:
    • Fairmount Park (E. 15th Ave. and Fairmount Blvd. )
    • Oakmont Park (2295 Oakmont Way )
    • Skinner Butte Park (248 Cheshire Ave. )
    • Washington Park (2025 Washington St. )
  • The Downtown Library is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, closed on Sunday. Regular services are available. People can cool off while browsing, and 1-hour time slots are available for people to use a computer or access wi-fi. The second floor of the Library will have 14 spaces marked out that are 6×6 feet and can accommodate four people per group (max of 56 people at a time).
  • Black Thistle Street Aid will be at Washington Jefferson Park on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. distributing water and other supplies as long as they last.
  • The Alluvium canceled Lost Caboose Talent Night for Sunday 4pm-8pm and are instead making it into a cooling center, 810 W 3rd Ave, Eugene
  • Hilyard Community Center will open from 12pm tp 7pm on Sunday

Springfield

  • Water Misters beneath City Hall, 225 Fifth Street in Springfield. Available from 2 pm to 8 pm each day starting Saturday, June 26.
  • Water bottle filling station beneath City Hall, 225 Fifth Street in Springfield. Available from 2 pm to 7 pm each day starting Saturday, June 26.
  • Splash will be open:
  • Saturday 11AM–3PM and 3:30–7:30PM
  • Sunday 11AM–3PM and 3:30–7:30PM

For more Lane County resources, visit http://www.lanecounty.org/HHS

For other counties, visit https://www.klcc.org/post/cooling-centers-klcc-listening-area

How to present proof of vaccination

As we ease into a holiday weekend, many people in Oregon who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will continue to wear a mask in public places. For those fully vaccinated people who want to take their mask off where allowed with proof of vaccination, please remember:

  • Your original COVID-19 vaccination card (photo or photo-copy okay) is the best proof of vaccination.
  • If you don’t have that card, replacement cards may not be available but there are other forms of acceptable alternative COVID-19 vaccination proof. Proof of vaccination must have your name, date of birth, and date and type of COVID-19 vaccine. 
    • You may be able to print a record of your vaccinations from your personal electronic healthcare record on your provider’s website such as My Chart (you may need to black out other information on the record that you don’t want to share);
    • Request a copy of your immunization record from Oregon’s ALERT IIS registry (Call 211 for help; be prepared to wait at last five days before receiving record); or
    • Ask your health care provider to print out your immunization record and mail it to you or ask to pick it up if that is quicker.

If you don’t have proof of vaccination, you can still enter an establishment but you must wear a mask and physically distance. Have a safe weekend!

Reaching Community Immunity and getting back to a Low Risk Level


We need 10,005 – 16 and over individuals to get their first dose to get to 65% and permanently move back to the Low Risk level!

ALL PERSONS AGE 12+ ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE.

Pfizer is approved for ages 12 and over
Moderna is approved for ages 18 and over
Johnson & Johnson is approved for ages 18 and over.  

Need a copy of your Vaccine Record?

Your immunization was recorded in the state ALERT immunization record system. If you need a copy of your vaccine information the quickest and easiest way is to complete the form below and email to alertiis@state.or.us or print and mail to:

   
    ALERT IIS
    800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 370
    Portland, Oregon 97232

 

You can also request a copy of records from your pharmacy or primary care provider who can access the ALERT system records.
 

Form for requesting records.

More information on ALERT immunization records can be found here.

Every person who chooses to get vaccinated brings us all a step closer to moving past the COVID-19 pandemic. As a trusted messenger to your family and friends, you can play a role in their decision to vaccinate.   Here are some tips on having conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine.

1. LISTEN TO THEIR QUESTIONS WITH EMPATHY

COVID-19 vaccines are new, and it’s normal for people to have questions about them. The sheer amount of information—and misinformation—about COVID-19 vaccines can be overwhelming to anyone. You can help by listening without judgment and identifying the root of their concerns. Acknowledge their emotions so they know they have been heard.

2. ASK OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE THEIR CONCERNS

Open-ended questions are meant to get more than a yes-or-no answer.  Asking open-ended questions can help you understand what your friend or family member is worried about, where they learned any troubling information, and what they have done to get answers to their questions. For example, you can ask, “How did watching that news report make you feel? What did you do next?”

Do not be judgmental and respectfully ask questions that help you understand their concerns. For example, avoid things like, “That’s a silly concern,” or “Why would you be worried about that?”  

3. ASK PERMISSION TO SHARE INFORMATION

Once you understand your friend or family member’s question or concern, ask if you can provide some information, tell them where you get information you trust and be careful not to push information on them. You can find answers to common questions from reputable sources, including the CDCthe FDAOregon Health Authority, Lane County Public Health, or other trusted sources such as their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Lane County is hosting Doctor’s office hours on Facebook where they can attend virtually and ask questions of local providers.  

Sometimes, sharing quick, accurate answers to common concerns your family or friends might have can go a long way toward moving someone from worry to confidence. If you don’t know the answer to their questions, consider offering to help look for information.

4. HELP THEM FIND THEIR OWN REASON TO GET VACCINATED

Everyone who chooses to get vaccinated does it for a reason—to protect their family, to protect their children, to be less anxious, to visit their parents, or to get back to activities like seeing friends, resuming work, or returning to school. After addressing concerns with empathy, respect and facts, you can steer the conversation from “why not” to the important reasons that matter to them—their “why.” You may choose to share your reasons for getting vaccinated or discuss common goals you may have, like visiting with each other safely. The reasons that someone may choose to get vaccinated will always be those that are most compelling to them personally.

5. HELP MAKE THEIR VACCINATION HAPPEN

Once someone decides on their “why,” help them make a commitment to get vaccinated. Help make the path to vaccination shorter, easier, and less stressful for them. Offer to help your family member or friend make a vaccination appointment at a location nearby and, if needed, go with them to the appointment. Offer to help with transportation or to babysit if they need childcare.   Upcoming walk-in clinics and appointment scheduling are available here.  

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THE 5 TIPS

Oregon adjusts guidelines for wearing masks and physical distancing indoors and outdoors

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today released updated guidance about mask and physical distancing requirements for individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Now people who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask indoors, in most public settings where vaccination status is checked.  

In public settings where vaccination status is not checked, masks will still be required.  

Finally, businesses and venue operators remain free to establish their own, more restrictive policies regarding mask usage.  

Here are links to the guidance: 

Interim Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals 

Statewide Reopening Guidance – Masks, Face Coverings, Face Shields 

Can’t find your vaccination card? Here are some ways you can replace it .

When you get vaccinated you will receive a vaccine card that shows the date, your name and birthday. Keep this card in a safe place. Take a picture or make a copy of your card as soon as you get it.  

If you have lost your vaccination card, you can replace the card: 

  • Contact the clinic where you got your vaccine 
  • Ask your health care provider for a record 
  • Follow the instructions on the ALERT IIS page  
  • Call 211 for help in languages other than English 

Oregon Vaccination Goals

Oregon surpasses 2 million vaccinated

Oregon reached another milestone in the efforts to vaccinate Oregonians — more than 2 million people have received at least one dose of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. 

According to the latest data, 2,006,179 people in Oregon have received at least one shot. Overall, 1,509,537 Oregonians have completed their series. 

“Based on our current trends, Oregon is on track to meet our goal of vaccinating 70% of adults by mid- to late-June,” said Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Director Patrick Allen. “Thanks to all of our partners for helping us stay ahead of a virus that is circulating in our communities.” 

If you’re looking for a vaccine, the Get Vaccinated Oregon (GVO) tool has been updated to improve accessibility. Read more about it on the OHA blog.   

Governor Brown, OHA leadership discuss vaccination goals and reopening 

Today, Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Director Patrick Allen talked about statewide vaccination targets, the County Risk Level framework and reopening the state’s economy. Here’s a summary of upcoming changes: 

County Risk Level framework soon coming to an end  

The County Risk Level framework will continue until 70% of people in Oregon ages 16 and older receive a first dose of a vaccine, at which point most of the restrictions laid out in the framework will be lifted.  

EVEVA announces next rEV Up! workshops on electric vehicle basics-May 17 & June 17

Workshops will cover topics such as EV charging, batteries, range, cost, purchase incentives, and benefits of ownership. Attendees at these two workshops are eligible for discounts of $200 to $1,000 on purchases of new EVs at four participating local auto dealerships.

EVEVA is producing the workshops in partnership with the City of Eugene, the U of O Office of Sustainability, EWEB, and most of the other local electric utilities.

Monday, May 17, 2021  –  7:00pm

Thursday, June 17, 2021  – 7:00pm

Registration is required, and can be completed at www.revuporegon.org

Link to register on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/784705092474205

Statewide Emergency Alert System for Oregon-AlertMe & Wildfire Protection Plan

When wildfires burned through Oregon last fall, many people didn’t receive a local emergency alert or evacuation message, which left them scrambling to evacuate safely. State officials have since approved a new emergency alert system meant to fix that.

The system, called OR-Alert, would operate statewide, rather than in individual counties, ideally improving communication in the event of a disaster.

People have to opt-in to most local emergency alert systems currently. But this one would allow notifications to be sent out to devices automatically, including social media, text message and landline calls.

The system is expected to be available to all counties in the state and should be up and running by this summer.

Lane County ALERT ME! Sign up to receive emergency alerts and severe weather warnings that could directly impact you and your family.

Lane County eAlert website for fires, earthquakes, and other emergencies: https://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/?regionid=1087

Lane County Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The Lane County Community Wildfire Protection Plan is a comprehensive wildfire education and mitigation plan for the whole of Lane County. The 165 page plan was originally developed in 2005 but has been updated, most recently in 2019-2020. It includes extensive maps  and analysis showing wildfire risk by region within the county and outlines 24 action items to help mitigate wildfire risk. It was developed in coordination with Oregon Department of Forestry, Lane County Emergency Management, Lane County Land Management Division, Lane County Fire Defense Board, Oregon State University Extension Service, Oregon State Fire Marshal, U.S. department of the Interior, and U.S. Forest Service. The information on wildfire risk and mitigation is for all of Lane County, urban as well as rural, but at present mitigation efforts are concentrated in the urban wildland interface and rural forested areas.

A PDF version of the LCCWPP is available here

An Ember Awareness Checklist Poster: The poster informs landowners of where embers often pose serious risk during wildfire events. The checklist provides actions homeowners can take to reduce this risk. To view and download a high resolution PDF version visit here.

Survivable Space Poster: This poster was made for Lane County and details survivable space guidance on how to harden your home prior to wildfire season as well as evacuation levels used to notify landowners of impending incidents. This poster is on page 140 of the LCCWPP plan.

The LCCWPP is one more tool residents should be aware of as we move into wildfire season. It is extensive and well researched. The detailed table of contents makes finding information easy.

Lane County Vaccine Newsletter-Everyone is Now Eligible

We need your help to decrease cases
in Lane County.

Please help lower our risk level by limiting gatherings, wearing masks, washing your hands, maintaining physical distancing, staying home when sick and working with contact tracers when they contact you.
As we shared last week; due to increasing numbers of cases of COVID-19 in Lane County, we will return to “High Risk” Level after the current “warning week” is over. “High Risk” requirements become effective is this Friday, April 23.

More information on the state guidance for risk levels and the process for counties moving between risk levels can be found here:

THE FIRST DOSE AVAILABLE TO YOU
IS THE BEST DOSE.

One of the best ways to get an appointment is through a pharmacy or primary care provider.

Bi-Mart
Fred Meyer
Rite Aid
Safeway/Albertsons
Walgreens
Walmart
Health Mart
Costco

Each week more doses are available through pharmacies and more primary care providers begin offering vaccinations.

Another option is a Lane County Public Health vaccination clinic. 

Lane County Public Health appointments are primarily scheduled through an online scheduling form. Scheduling for the majority of appointments opens on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the coming weekend.  


Process to get an appointment (first or second dose) with Lane County for a COVID-19 Vaccination:

  1. Visit www.lanecountyor.gov/vaxclinics
  2. Click the “Schedule a Vaccine Appointment” button.
  3. Select whether you are receiving a first or second dose, complete the screening questions and contact information.
  4. Clinics may be available on multiple days in multiple locations.  Please select the clinic closest to you.  We ask that you reserve clinic appointments in rural areas for residents of those areas.

If you are in the process of scheduling and we run out of appointments, you will receive a red error message OR no dates or times will show up.  This means there is nothing available for the options selected.  We recommend you review the form pages to ensure everything entered is accurate.  If all the information is accurate and there are still no dates showing up you will need to check back at a later time.  Appointments are typically opened on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.  Once eligible you remain eligible and will be able to schedule an appointment as more become available.

What about the second dose?

If you get your first dose at a LCPH mass vaccine clinic, we will also take care of your second dose and you are not competing against others trying to schedule their first doses.  You can use the same link to schedule a vaccine appointment to schedule your second dose and you do not need to wait for an email. 

If you received your first dose from another provider and are not able to get your second dose from that provider you can schedule your second dose with Lane County Public Health using the same process outlined above.  It is important that you receive the same brand for your second dose that you received for your first dose.

Please remember that there is only enough vaccine supply to vaccinate a small portion of eligible residents each week. Lane County will continue vaccinating as quickly as vaccine supply allows.

What if I want the Johnson & Johnson single dose?

On April 13, out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine immediately while they review data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in women ages 18–48 after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The below video includes Lane County Public Health Press Briefing content regarding the pause.

Click here to view the Oregon Health Authority statement and Q&A document

Lane County COVID-19 Vaccination Data Webpage

(updated weekdays (data below as of 4/20/2021 at 8:00 a.m.)


92,509:   Fully Vaccinated 
60,658:   Have received first dose only 
239,654:Total doses administered


49.54%: Percentage of Lane County ADULTS – who have received at least 1 dose.
29.92%: Percentage of Lane County ADULTS – FULLY vaccinated
 

Weekly Allocation Data – April 19-25, 2021

9,360:  Vaccine Allocation Prime doses
10,220:  Vaccine Allocation of Boost (2nd) doses 

The data reported is direct from Oregon Health Authority’s database, current to the time it was pulled. Since the data is constantly being updated, numbers can vary. Total vaccinations refers to doses, while persons vaccinated is referring to the people who received doses. There is sometimes a delay in reporting of doses administered (meaning the vials of vaccine have been distributed) and the connection to the persons who received it. The percentage of fully vaccinated does refer to those who have received both doses.

If you want more information on vaccination statistics, please visit: OHA Data Page

You can view the most recent press conference regarding vaccination at https://vimeo.com/537435445

LA VACUNA CONTRA EL COVID-19
EL CONDADO DE LANE EN ESPAÑOL

You can find more information about COVID-19 in Lane County at:

www.lanecounty.org/coronavirus