City of Eugene: COVID-19 Community Update

Thanksgiving is this week, and what would normally be a bustling time of year looks like a slow-motion video.  

One way you can help our community during this two-week freeze, if you are financially able, is to purchase pick-up orders from our local restaurants or gift certificates as holiday gifts. Our restaurants and bars are once again restricted to take out, which jeopardizes the future of many of these local businesses. 

This update has information about ways you can support our local economy this holiday season to help small businesses survive the pandemic, as well as resources for keeping yourself healthy through these difficult times. 

Shop Local

The holiday season normally ushers in a time of local economic prosperity as consumers purchase goodies and gifts, but this year will look much different due to COVID-19.  

The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce is asking the community to consider shopping locally for the holidays, and so Chamber staff created a festive guide

If you have a product or service you’d like to have included in the holiday guide, please fill out the form for the Chamber to include. 
 

#LoveLaneBiz 

Supporting local businesses during this time will help these companies bounce back and our economy to recover. Right now, that support means shopping local, following health guidelines and providing grace and understanding as businesses adapt to and navigate new guidelines being required by the state. Take the pledge.
 

Holiday Market in the Park Blocks 

The Holiday Market, with its extensive array of craftspeople, returns to its downtown roots by moving from its indoor venue at the Lane Events Center to the outdoor Park Blocks. 

The Holiday Market will be open at the Park Blocks from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays, from Nov. 21 to Dec. 19 and will require people to wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing. The Holiday Farmers Market also remains on the Park Blocks each Saturday through Dec. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Business Support

Layoff Aversion Funds

A limited amount of new funds will be available to help Lane County businesses keep their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the State of Oregon Two-week Freeze requirements that began November 18, Lane Workforce Partnership will distribute a limited amount of Layoff Aversion Funds in Lane County to the following types of Lane County eligible employers with fewer than 20 employees:  

  • Restaurants 
  • Bars 
  • Gyms 
  • Fitness organizations 
  • Other indoor recreational facilities  

Lane County Employers interested in receiving funds should complete the Application Form in its entirety (all fields are required) and submit to fiscal@laneworkforce.org by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.  Initial distributions will be made during the week of Dec. 7. 

Business Investment Grants 

The City of Eugene and Community Lending Works are hosting a grant opportunity for small businesses with priority of award going to those owned by black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community members and women. Eugene businesses in the most impacted economic sectors (hospitality, retail, arts, and culture) ranging from 2 to 25 employees who have experienced negative impacts from COVID are eligible to apply.  

Award amount is based on employee count:  

  • Businesses with 2-10 employees are eligible for $5,000 awards 
  • Businesses with 11-25 employees are eligible for $10,000 award 

The grant opportunity opens today and applications will be accepted through end of day on December 6, 2020 – see Community Lending Works website for more details. 

Learn about additional resources on our Business Support page.  

Mental Wellbeing During the Holidays 

None of us expected the pandemic would still be impacting our lives when the holiday season came around. Holidays often bring up a range of emotions for people, from joy to loneliness, and this year has been especially difficult for everyone.  

The CDC has put together a guide for holiday celebrations and small gatherings with suggestions of how to safely celebrate (you’ll notice that wearing masks and keeping 6 feet of distance continues to be one of the top recommendations). Getting outside is one great way to take care of our mental health. Consider some of these options: 

  • Many parts of Oregon already have snow – go for a drive to enjoy the scenic beauty, or bring a sled along  
  • Enjoy the fresh air at Eugene’s numerous parks and trails 
  • Take a tour of Eugene’s 20×21 Mural Project 
  • Showcase your talent and win prizes in the Hult Center’s Still at Home Talent Show – Holiday Edition! 
  • Try creating something seasonal, like homemade eggnog, or a wreath for your front door 
  • Make homemade gifts to mail or deliver to loved ones 

Taking care of your emotional health and wellbeing is important right now. It’s vital that we all try to decrease stress and anxiety. It can help keep you physically healthy and, in turn, help those around you. See our Health and Wellbeing page and open the Mental Health tab to find helpful local and national resources.

Stay Safe This Holiday Season

Follow the Four:

  1. Stay six feet apart
  2. Wear a mask
  3. Wash Your hands
  4. Avoid large gatherings

COVID-19 Resources

See a list of Community Resources for physical and mental health, food, housing, businesses, employees, schools and children, as well as information in Spanish.

Also learn how you can help. Our partners have a significant amount of information available online. Please visit these resources for the most up to date information:

Lane County Call Center: Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 541-682-1380

Statewide freeze begins today

Starting today, Nov. 18, Oregon will begin the statewide two-week freeze.

Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-65 following last week’s announcement of a temporary statewide freeze to stop the rapid community spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. In light of increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the order outlines necessary risk reduction measures designed to limit gatherings and curb human contact.

“I know Oregonians have made tremendous sacrifices throughout this pandemic and that these new, temporary restrictions may seem daunting,” said Governor Brown. “But, we are at a breaking point. If we don’t take further action, we risk continued alarming spikes in infections and hospitalizations, and we risk the lives of our neighbors and loved ones.”

“I also know that Oregonians come together in times of need, and we owe it to each other to take these measures seriously. It is up to all of us to work together to get this virus under control.”

For more details about the freeze see the news release and check out the graphic below. You can also find this graphic in multiple languages for sharing here.

Please join the SHiNA Zoom meeting this Sunday

Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association General Meeting and Board Election

Click on the Zoom link below to join the meeting this Sunday 11/15
from 3:00 to 5:00pm
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Meeting Topics
– Preparing for future fires – The city of Eugene could have burned
– Report from City of Eugene Community Recovery team
– HB 2001, HB 2003 In recent legislation – single family lots in Eugene, not limited by Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions can now have a duplex, triplex, quadplex, cottage cluster or townhouse built on them.
– Report from Emerald Valley Electric Vehicle Association
– SHiNA Neighborhood Board elections for the next year
Join the Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/99062209358?pwd=Z3FweFAwcXI3NmFCQ1VzOS8yVWZ4dz09

Sunday 11/15/20  3:00 – 5:00 PM
Meeting ID: 990 6220 9358
Passcode: 446522
Find your local phone number to dial in: https://zoom.us/u/anAFkfkCF

The city of Eugene could have burned had the winds continued. It was a warning and we need to be prepared for future wildfires in our area.

Eugene Springfield Fire Department Chief Heppel, who spoke at our recent Wildfire Forum said, “had the 25 to 50 mph winds continued on September 7th for another 24 to 36 hours we would have been fighting fire in the South Hills of Eugene.”  

This fire season was an unprecedented historic event that was devastating, but was a clarion warning call to all of us. It was also a glimpse into Oregon’s “new normal” future of hotter, dryer and dying forests with extreme climate events driving the likelihood of wildfire entering urban and rural communities.

The Eugene Springfield Wildfire Prevention Council has drafted an ambitious but effective plan to unite the community around our neighborhood associations and begin preparing for the 2021 fire season. 

Oregon’s wildfire season of 2020 burned over 1,000,000 acres, with over 11 simultaneous conflagrations, over 5,000 homes and businesses destroyed and over 40,000 people were evacuated. In Response, the Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council decided we need to take decisive action to mount a robust response to prevent Eugene and Springfield from burning in the future. We witnessed towns like Talent and Phoenix, two urban residential communities, go up in flames losing over 4,000 homes and businesses due to the high winds and a fire brand storm. With local firefighters resources stretched to capacity there are multiple reports of hundreds of untrained volunteers fighting fire and saving buildings and entire towns like Colton and Talent across Oregon. 

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Are you curious about electric vehicles (EVs)? The Emerald Valley Electric Vehicle Association (EVEVA) will be hosting two workshops to introduce local residents to the benefits and technology of EVs. The workshops will be delivered via live ZOOM video conference ( email contact@eveva.org to receive the Zoom link for the meeting). 


The 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 up to $1,000 on purchases of new EVs at participating local auto dealerships. EVEVA is producing the workshops in partnership with the City of Eugene, EWEB, and the University of Oregon Office of Sustainability.

rEV Up! workshops teach consumers the basics of electric vehicles

Dates: 
Tuesday, November 17
Thursday, December 3

Time: 7:00pm

Website: www.revupeugene.org

EWEB Grant for Childcare Providers and Non Profit agencies

The City of Eugene and Eugene Water & Electric Board are working together to distribute CARES Act dollars that have been allocated to the City for distribution to utility customers impacted by COVID-19 as part of the City’s community recovery efforts.

Licensed childcare providers and non-profit agencies providing direct services to clients impacted by COVID-19 can apply for a utility grant equal to the lesser of $4,000 or your average monthly EWEB bill.

Approved applicants will receive the grant as credit on their EWEB bill. The credit will be applied to the total balance due, including EWEB charges for electricity and water, existing EWEB loans or payment plans, and City services that appear on the EWEB bill (stormwater and wastewater).

The total funding available for non-profit and childcare providers is $100,000 and will be made available beginning October 2020 until funds have been fully allocated.

To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must be a childcare facility licensed with the State of Oregon and currently providing services, or a 501c3 agency whose facilities are primarily used to provide essential services such as shelter, housing, medical, mental health, nutrition, personal hygiene or direct service to low-income clients who are not eligible for LIHEAP or other Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) due to citizenship status.

Apply at the link below.

http://www.eweb.org/outages-and-safety/covid-19-information/non-profit-and-childcare-provider-assistance

Neighborhood Fire Prevention Forum

Neighbors:

As wildfires continue to endanger homes throughout the west, this forum on Thursday evening is of special interest. Two speakers from the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department, and Tim Ingalsbee, a fire expert at the UO, will discuss the risks of fire in our wooded urban environment, and what we can do to reduce the hazard. This forum was initiated by the Friendly Area Neighbors and is supported by the Neighborhood Leaders Council for the benefit of neighbors citywide.

The event will run from (Thursday, October 29th) 7:00 – 9:00 PM

See the event flyer with more details on the speakers and topics.

To join, use this Zoom link:
https://zoom.us/j/95270046916

City of Eugene: COVID-19 Community Update

Stop The Spread contest

Submit an entry for a chance of winning $500! The City of Eugene is seeking submissions from people ages 14-30 living in Lane County for Stop the Spread, a community COVID-19 messaging contest geared toward young adults.

Stop the Spread encourages anyone ages 14-30 to submit visual (graphic design or illustrative) or video content (no longer than 30-seconds) in English or Spanish that emphasizes to their peers the importance of the preventing the spread of COVID-19.

All submissions must be received by 11: 59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Visit Engage Eugene for full contest rules and entry form.

City of Eugene and EWEB team up on new assistance programs

Some Eugene Water & Electric Board residential customers will soon see a $250 bill credit on their EWEB account, while nonprofit agencies and childcare providers can apply for a new utility grant program. EWEB and the City of Eugene are teaming up to distribute $250,000 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars that have been allocated to the City to help Eugene utility customers impacted by the pandemic.

To qualify for the credit, EWEB customers need to live in Eugene and be pre-approved for the Energy Assistance Stability CORONAVIRUS Relief Program (EASCR), a federal program administered by Lane County that provides financial assistance to income-qualifying households for home heating and energy bills. Once qualified for EASCR on Lane County’s Energy Assistance website, the $250 CARES credit will automatically apply to the EWEB bill. The credit will be applied retroactively for EWEB customers that already receive EASCR.

A second program focuses on licensed childcare providers and nonprofit agencies providing direct services to clients impacted by COVID-19. Those organizations can apply for a utility grant equal to the lesser of $4,000 or their average monthly EWEB bill.

Non-profits and childcare providers can apply for the utility grant on EWEB’s website.

Happy Safe Halloween

There are plenty of ways you can have fun this Halloween while avoiding the scare of being exposed to COVID-19 or unknowingly spreading the virus. Lane County Public Health is recommending that residents avoid traditional door-to-door trick or treating and “Trunk or Treat” events because these are high-risk activities for crowding among people outside your household.

Please consider low-risk alternatives with members of your household like carving pumpkins, doing a Halloween craft, or watching a spooky movie. If you dress up in costume, be careful to plan a costume that allows you to wear a face covering. Halloween masks will not protect you or others from coronavirus.

A lower-risk, family friendly option is Halloween Downtown presented by City of Eugene Cultural Services and Downtown Eugene Merchants. Bring your family or pod downtown from 12-4 p.m. and check out the spooky windowfront walking tour, a frightfully fun scavenger hunt, Coffin Race graveyard, costumed entertainment and a photo opportunity. If you choose to attend, you are required to follow public health precautions to keep yourself and others safe by wearing a mask, washing your hands and maintaining physical distance. Read more about Halloween Downtown.

Learn more about Holidays and COVID-19.

Keep Up the 4 Ws

  1. Wear a Face Covering– indoors and outside when you can’t maintain 6 feet of space, it’s a statewide requirement.
  2. Watch Your Distance – stay 6-feet apart from those outside your household and limit your gathering size.
  3. Wash Your Hands – often with soap and water for 20 seconds throughout the day.
  4. Wait It Out – stay home if you are sick.

COVID-19 Resources 

See a list of Community Resources for physical and mental health, food, housing, businesses, employees, schools and children, as well as information in Spanish.

Also learn how you can help. Our partners have a significant amount of information available online. Please visit these resources for the most up to date information:

Lane County Call Center: Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 541-682-1380

City of Eugene: COVID-19 Community Update

Governor Kate Brown added Lane County to the State’s County Watch List on Friday, October 16 – yet another sign that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in our community. 

“The Watch List signifies caution,” Governor Brown said. “When we are able to address community spread early on, the more likely we are to be successful in curbing that spread. While OHA offers support and resources to help county officials prevent further case spikes, it remains up to all community members to do their part.” 

By being included on the watch list, the state will prioritize resources and assistance for Lane County, including increased monitoring and communication from OHA, contact tracing help, case investigation, and technical assistance. Lane County will remain on the Watch List for a minimum of three weeks and until our sporadic case rates drop below specific thresholds.  

Every one of us needs to continue to take this threat seriously. The choices we make affect not only us and our families but our neighbors, our communities and the most vulnerable people among us. 

The current Lane County COVID-19 alert level remains at high. We must continue to be vigilant about taking measures to limit contact and modify everyday activities to reduce exposure – washing our hands, wearing a mask, maintaining our distance and staying home when sick. 

Face Covering Update – Face Shields No Longer Recommended

Effective October 19, Oregon Health Authority updated statewide guidance on face coverings. This includes new provisions about workplaces, markets and events, some educational facilities, as well as information about face shields.

Updates to the statewide face covering requirements include:

  • Face coverings are recommended in place of a face shield, except in limited situations when a face shield is appropriate such as when communicating with someone who is deaf or hearing impaired and needs to read lips.
  • Face coverings are now required in all private and public workplaces.
  • Face coverings are required in outdoor and indoor markets, street fairs, private career schools and public and private colleges and universities.

Read more about Oregon COVID-19 Mask Requirements.

Mask Up on the Trail

If you’re planning to hit the trail, make sure to bring your mask! 

Masks or face coverings are required outdoors when you are within 6 feet of others. Many of our trails are narrow, requiring a mask when passing others.

Please remember these additional guidelines to keep you and your fellow hikers safe: 

  • Stay 6 feet apart. 
  • Walk single file and step aside to allow others to pass.
  • Do not gather and avoid crowded areas.
  • Stay home if you have a fever, respiratory symptoms or are just not feeling well.

For more health and safety information about COVID-19, please visit Lane County Public Health or Oregon Health Authority’s websites.

Celebrating Halloween Safely

There are plenty of ways you can have fun this Halloween while avoiding the scare of being exposed to COVID-19 or unknowingly spreading the virus. Lane County Public Health is recommending that residents avoid traditional door-to-door trick or treating and “Trunk or Treat” events because these are high-risk activities for crowding among people outside your household.

Please consider low-risk alternatives to trick-or-treating and in-person celebrations. These could include activities with members of your household like carving pumpkins, doing a Halloween craft, or watching a spooky movie. If you dress up in a costume, be careful to plan a costume that allows you to wear a face covering. Halloween masks will not protect you or others from coronavirus.

Holiday gatherings on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day led to increased case counts. This Halloween be extra mindful of your choices. Choosing low-risk Halloween plans can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 illness, decrease the impact on our health care system and save lives. 

Learn more about Holidays and COVID-19

Keep Up the 4 Ws

  1. Wear a Face Covering– indoors and outside when you can’t maintain 6 feet of space, it’s a statewide requirement.
  2. Watch Your Distance – stay 6-feet apart from those outside your household and limit your gathering size.
  3. Wash Your Hands – often with soap and water for 20 seconds throughout the day.
  4. Wait It Out – stay home if you are sick.

COVID-19 Resources 

See a list of Community Resources for physical and mental health, food, housing, businesses, employees, schools and children, as well as information in Spanish.

Also learn how you can help. Our partners have a significant amount of information available online. Please visit these resources for the most up to date information:

Lane County Call Center: Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 541-682-1380

Lane County added to the County Watch List

Governor Kate Brown announced on Friday that Lane County has been added to the County Watch List, bringing the total number of counties on the Watch List to five.

Counties are placed on the Watch List when COVID-19 is spreading quickly and public health officials cannot trace that spread to specific sources—creating a potentially dangerous dynamic. Specific markers of this rapid community spread include when there is a sporadic case rate of 50 or more per 100,000 people in the last two weeks and the county has had more than five sporadic cases in the last two weeks (sporadic cases are those that cannot be traced to a source; they indicate community spread). Counties remain on the Watch List for a minimum of three weeks and until their sporadic case rates drop below these thresholds.

The complete County Watch List now includes the following five counties: Benton, Clatsop, Lane, Malheur and Umatilla. Learn more in the press release.

Lane County is in need of Blood Donations

Bloodworks NW provides 100% of the blood it collects to Lane County. Due to COVID-19, we have had to suspend all of our mobile drives (which makes up 60% of our blood collections). While we have established Pop-Up Donor Centers, we are not seeing the recovery of the 60% loss in blood collection. Additionally, hospital usage has increased by 20% during this time. 

As our community embarks into the fall season, what the future holds is still unknown. The effects of the pandemic are still unfolding and our local hospitals are addressing many of our community’s needs – including the need for blood – during this busy season. Bloodworks is helping to meet the need by continuing to hold Pop-Up Donor Centers around our region through the end of the year. Help us maintain the health and stability of the local blood supply.

Every donation makes our community stronger, including those who need it most. Below are exciting Pop-Up Donor Centers in your area, where you can book your next appointment. Or, you can visit the Eugene Donor Center if that’s more convenient for you. 

Book your donation now! 

Pop-Up Donor Center @ Hult Center. Book here.
October 14-15

Pop-Up Donor Center  @ First Baptist Church Eugene.Book here.
October 12-13

If you can please donate blood, your community needs you. Thank you!

Emergency Fire Preparedness & SHiNA Board Elections

Hello neighbors,

The Neighborhood Leaders Council is putting on a series of Zoom events related to preparing for future fires that may spread through urban areas such as our neighborhood. I have attached the poster, please spread this information by circulating the flyer of the Fire Preparedness Forum as widely as possible. If you would be willing to post any paper versions of the poster, please let us know.

Thursday October 29th, 2020 – 7:00pm via Zoom

Zoom Link : https://zoom.us/j/95270046916

Join the SHiNA Board

Anyone who is interested in joining the SHiNA Board should attend the next SHiNA Board meeting on Zoom, see the invitation below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Ron Bevirt – SHiNA Co-Chair is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:

Topic: SHiNA Board meeting
Time: Tuesday Oct 13, 2020 6:00 PM
Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/92202814221?pwd=bmlRT2UxVVZ3OU5wWHJQRUprV24vQT09

Meeting ID: 922 0281 4221
Passcode: 126501