City of Eugene: COVID-19 Community Update

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The City of Eugene’s top priority during the spread of COVID-19 has been the health and safety of the community. In the last week, City staff have worked closely with our public health partners to make sure our community has the most up to date information for resources, services and assistance.

We would like to tell you about progress in two important areas:

We are working with our homeless service partners and Lane County to address the unique needs of our community members experiencing homelessness in the current pandemic and

We have created a COVID-19 Response Donations page where you can find a list of current needs and offer other ways to help.

Homeless Outreach

Consistent with CDC guidelines, the City’s approach is intended to control the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and hygiene while providing critical services to the unhoused population. In the coming days, outreach teams of City staff from multiple departments will provide supplies directly to people experiencing homelessness through centralized distribution sites as well as through direct canvassing efforts. These supplies include snacks, basic hygiene supplies, blankets and other resources. Outreach efforts will also provide information about COVID-19 and where to access help.

To provide easier access for preventative measures, 50 handwashing stations and 47 portable restrooms have been or are in line to be deployed throughout the city in the coming week.

The City is focused on strategies that support efforts to “flatten the curve” by reducing the need for people to travel around the community to access basic needs and shelter. These efforts will evolve and adapt as we continue to learn more and respond to this dynamic situation. You will be able to get the most up to date information on the City’s website at www.eugene-or.gov/4355/COVID-19-Resources-for-Unhoused.

In addition, Lane County has identified two temporary respite sites where unhoused individuals can receive services, including a safe place to sleep, meals, showers and medical screenings. The first site, in Eugene, is the Lane County Fairgrounds. People showing no symptoms or signs of illness will be welcomed in the convention center. Those who are showing signs of illness will be directed to the Wheeler Pavilion. The second site, in Springfield, is the Memorial Building, owned by Willamalane Park and Recreation District.

We want to thank all our community partners in these efforts.

Response Donations and Resources

We are all in this together. If you are a business or individual with some resources to offer, the City created a COVID-19 Response Donations page to link those resources to the emergency medical, safety and civic services in our community that need them. Visit the page to fill out an online resource needs form with the supports that you have to offer. We can take it from there.

United Way of Lane County has their own Response and Resources page where community members can learn more about how to give or receive money, time, or other kinds of support. For further information about the Lane County COVID-19 response visit: www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus.

Continue to Stay Home, Save Lives

The City and County’s efforts have been reinforced at the state level. This week, Governor Kate Brown issued a “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order telling all residents to stay in their residences and immediately limit all movement outside their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. Mayor Lucy Vinis created a video with information about Governor Brown’s executive order and what it means for people living in our community.

Stay Home, Save Lives means:

Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
Only go out for essential services
Stay six feet or more away from others
Don’t gather in groups (except for those living in your home)

You likely saw the news reports of people flooding the coastal areas to recreate last weekend. We are hoping people take the precautions seriously. These practices will help us protect our local healthcare system by flattening the pandemic curve. Thank you for all you do to help keep yourselves and each other safe and healthy. It will take all of us working together to reduce the impact of COVID-19.

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