Eugene Community Safety Updates

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Upcoming City Council Work Session

The Eugene City Council received extensive input from the community on the FY21 budget, which was approved on June 22. In addition to their on-going commitment to 21st century policing reform, members of the City Council have also noted the need to take thoughtful and deliberate actions addressing discrimination and systemic bias. As part of that effort, the Council is scheduled to meet at 5:30 pm on July 20 to specifically begin working on issues related to public safety funding including the Community Safety Initiative (CSI). That meeting will be available live on Comcast channel 21 and online, both live and recorded, at www.eugene-or.gov/webcasts.

Public Comment for Administrative Rules begins July 6

The City of Eugene is seeking public comment on Proposed Administrative Rules for the Community Safety Payroll Tax. These rules will implement the Community Safety Payroll Tax Ordinance (No. 20616)
passed by Eugene City Council in June 2019 to provide long-term funding for community safety services. The Community Safety Payroll Tax will generate funds to provide faster, more efficient safety responses, deter crime, connect people to services, engage and help at-risk youth, support more investigations and court services, and add jail beds to reduce capacity-based releases and hold those who commit crimes accountable.
Visit the Payroll Tax web page to review the proposed Administrative Rules, provide comment, or learn more about the Community Safety Initiative, including to check if your business is within the Eugene city limits.
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Citizen Advisory Board

One of the accountability measures for the Community Safety Payroll Tax is a Citizen Advisory Board. The Citizen Advisory Board is responsible for preparing an annual report separate and distinct from the report prepared by the outside auditor, documenting the City’s use of the tax revenue and noting whether the tax revenue was spent in compliance with the purpose and use set forth in section 3.750 to 3.768 of the City Code of Ordinances.
Board members must be city residents and/or subject to the payroll tax. They are selected based on their interest in the Community Safety Initiative and/ or local government, and are appointed by the City Manager to represent a cross section of Eugene residents. The Citizen Advisory Board is comprised of community members, business owners, employers, employees and local community organization leaders. Their background and experience will provide important perspectives and oversight on the work of the Community Safety Initiative.
The Board held its first meeting on June 16. See the meeting packet and presentation slides on our website. We look forward to sharing more about the work of the Advisory Board in future emails.
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The ToolBox Project

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ToolBox Project is your community tool library. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving all of Lane County. We share home repair and garden tools with members at affordable rates so we can all build and grow together. Our tool inventory includes nearly 2,000 tools – everything from electric lawnmowers to chop saws and hand tools. Membership is by suggested donation, and our rental rates range from $0-$10 for a week loan, depending on the tool. We also offer a membership scholarship program providing free membership and unlimited free borrowing to new members with low income. Find out more at www.eugenetoolboxproject.org or contact Willa Bauman, Operations Manager, at eugenetoolbox@gmail.com! We look forward to sharing tools with you!

ToolBox Project COVID-19 Modified Operations

We are now open with modified operations and temporary new hours:
Sundays, 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Located at: ​2235 Adams Street, ​Eugene, OR 
See below for new guidelines!

NEW SCHEDULE:

Every Sunday, 3:00 – 6:00 PM. RESERVATIONS ONLY. You must reserve the tools you want to pick up by Saturday at 5:00 PM. Please make reservations via email (eugenetoolbox@gmail.com) or phone (541-838-0125). Currently, we are not allowing reservations through the website. No appointment needed to pick up your reserved tools: just come by on Sunday, between 3:00 – 6:00 PM.

All staff, volunteers, and members will be required to wear a mask.

-Only one member will be allowed to be on the patio or in the library at a time. Please send one member of your household to pick up tools. If a member is at the library when you arrive, please wait in your car and we will come to you.

Tools will be sanitized and will sit for 7 days before we loan them to you. This may affect the availability of some in-demand tools.

The ToolBox Project is a volunteer-driven tool-lending library open to residents of Lane County, Oregon. We share home and garden tools with our community so we can all build and grow together.
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Oregon Health Authority – Coronavirus Update

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Staying safe and reducing your risk over the holiday weekend

We know people are tired of being cooped up at home and are eager to get out and enjoy the beautiful Oregon summer. However, our phased reopening is not a return to business as usual. Physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and frequent hand washing are still a regular part of our life.

COVID-19 is still in our communities, and each of us has a role to play in reducing its spread. As you prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with families, friends and loved ones, we want you to consider the risks of your holiday activities.

Tips for a safe Fourth of July

The safest choice this holiday is to celebrate at home. If you choose to celebrate in other ways, activities that take place outdoors, allow for enough room to maintain physical distancing and involve fewer people are lower risk than activities that take place indoors, don’t allow for physical distancing and involve more people. Below are some extra tips for enjoying the holiday safely:

  • Stay home if you’re sick or if you have an underlying medical condition that puts you at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you host a gathering, provide hand sanitizer or give people easy access to places where they can frequently wash their hands.
  • Adjust your food offerings to avoid sharing utensils and offer individual servings. Don’t share drinks.
  • During and afterward thoroughly clean all frequently touched areas your guests have access to.
  • Wear a mask if you cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distance.

By knowing and understanding the risk of our actions and activities, we can make informed decisions that not only impact our own health but also protect the health of everyone around us.

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City of Eugene: COVID-19 Community Update

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We provided our last community update a few weeks ago, promising to email again when we had new information regarding our response to COVID-19. We feel this week is an appropriate opportunity to touch base again following Governor Kate Brown’s recent decision to extend the face covering requirement statewide beginning July 1.

While we’ve been in Phase 2 for several weeks, the number of active cases in our community continues to grow. Our teams continue to work closely with health experts at Lane County Public health and the Oregon Health Authority.

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Face coverings mandatory statewide 

Starting Wednesday, July 1, face coverings are required statewide in indoor spaces that are open to the public, including businesses. Governor Brown shared that the decision came, in part, because of the significant jump in COVID-19 cases both in urban and rural counties.

“The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend is a critical point for Oregon in this pandemic, and we can all make a difference,” Governor Brown said.

The face covering requirement extends to businesses, including:

  • Grocery stores
  • Fitness-related organizations
  • Pharmacies
  • Public transit agencies and providers
  • Restaurants, bars, breweries, brewpubs, wineries, tasting room and distilleries
  • Retail stores, shopping centers and malls
  • Ride sharing services

“Face coverings that cover your nose and mouth play a critical role in reducing the spread of this disease,” Brown said. “If we all wear face coverings, practice six feet of physical distancing in public, wash our hands regularly, and stay home when we’re sick, then we can avoid the worst-case scenarios that are now playing out in other states.”

Learn more about face covering requirements.

Eugene awarded $2.8 million in CARES Act funding

While the financial impacts of COVID-19 won’t be known for years, the City recently received funding to help offset some of the costs incurred since the start of the pandemic response.

The State of Oregon sent Eugene $2.83 million in CARES Act CRF funding. This payment was reimbursement for eligible costs related to medical expenses, public health costs, payroll for employees dedicated to COVID-19 and expenses to facilitate compliance with COVID-19 measures from March 1 to May 15.

The state is expected to issue guidance later in July for a second round of reimbursements.

New microsite collaboration as designated temporary shelter sites phase out

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The City is delighted to announce a second microsite is expected to be active by the end of the week. Microsites support our community’s reopening by balancing the varying needs for safety and recovery for the unhoused community.

The newest microsite will be on land provided by the Eugene Mission at no cost and managed by Community Supported Shelters. The first microsite was established at Skinner City Farm.

City staff continue to seek additional sites, exploring both public and private property partnerships. We will provide updates about additional sites as information becomes available.

As part of the City’s emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City worked with non-profit social service providers to establish designated temporary shelter sites to provide emergency shelter options to unhoused community members in three community center parking lots. These shelter sites gave people experiencing homelessness a safe and sanitary place to live, while reducing the need for the residents to move around the community. Watch a video highlighting the positive impact of the designated temporary shelter sites.

New microsites will continue to provide needed shelter, stability and support for vulnerable members of our community and demonstrate the collaborative efforts underway to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

Kesey Square “Food Hall” Reopened

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As part of the City’s reopening and recovery efforts, the Downtown Ambassadors have re-opened Kesey Square to offer space for the public to sit, eat lunch and order food from downtown restaurants and food carts. The program started June 15, and tables and chairs will be out from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and sanitized regularly, spaced 6-feet apart. We encourage people to wear masks when physical distancing is not possible. The City looks forward to welcoming the community back to downtown!

Learn More About Reopening Oregon

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:

Governor Brown announces indoor face covering requirement is extended statewide

Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning this Wednesday July 1. The guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces. Face covering requirements are already mandated in eight counties.

“The choices every single one of us make in the coming days matter,” said Governor Brown. “Face coverings that cover your nose and mouth play a critical role in reducing the spread of this disease because droplets from our breath can carry the virus to others without us realizing it. If we all wear face coverings, practice six feet of physical distancing in public, wash our hands regularly, and stay home when we are sick, then we can avoid the worst-case scenarios that are now playing out in other states.” The statewide mask requirement comes after continued increases in the spread of COVID-19 since reopening. COVID-19 cases have increased each week for four straight weeks statewide, and it is spreading faster in the community. While large workplace outbreaks have driven increased cases in recent weeks, sporadic cases (those with no clear link to another case) account for a growing percentage of new cases.

Oregon can stay safe if we all do our part to keep COVID-19 under control and protect our friends, family and neighbors from this virus.

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Summer Art Kits for Lane County Students

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SUMMER ART KITS FOR LANE COUNTY STUDENTS

Lane County students can stay creative all summer long with Lane Arts Council’s new Summer Art Kits!
Join local artists for 40 hands-on tutorials in the visual and performing arts, with all materials conveniently mailed to your door.
Summer Art Kits are perfect for K-5 learners and for middle school students with an interest in the arts.
Lessons Include
  • Scientific Observational Drawing
  • Improvisational Hip Hop Dance
  • Sock Puppetry
  • Introduction to Guinean Rhythms
  • Natural Dyes & Tie Dye
  • Theatre Games
  • Watercolor Exploration
  • Songwriting
  • Draw & Paint Big!
  • Paper Bag Possibilities
Purchasing a Lane Arts Council Summer Art Kit ensures a summer full of art-making while supporting local artists!
For $145 you will receive:
  • All materials needed for your student to complete 40 art lessons
  • Paper and/or video instructional guides for each lesson
  • Shipping of the art kit directly to your address
  • Hours of fun and creativity for your student!

RegisterToday

Help us provide free and reduced-cost Summer Art Kits for families in need! Donate today to directly increase the number of students we are able to serve. Thank you!

DonateNow

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Oregon Health Authority – Coronavirus Update

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COVID-19 cases are surging in Oregon. How can we all work together to bend the curve back downward?

Today OHA released new modeling that shows a considerable rise in COVID-19 in Oregon. The latest model by OHA and the Institute for Disease Modeling is based on data through June 18. It offers three projections – optimistic, moderate and pessimistic – predicting that daily case levels could rise as much as 20 percentage points. The entire report can be found here.

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New modeling of the COVID-19 virus shows that COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly in Oregon, according to the latest model released today by the Oregon Health Authority and the Institute for Disease Modeling.

The model, which is based on data through June 18, offers three projections — optimistic, moderate and pessimistic — predicting that daily case levels could rise as much as 20 percentage points.

The modeling assumes that hospitalizations from COVID-19 remain stable and testing remains at its present level of approximately 4,000 a day:

  • The optimistic scenario with those assumptions suggests the previous modeling increase of June 11 was the result of higher testing and that case counts would remain stable at about 180 per day over the next month. This is the least likely scenario to occur because it assumes diagnosis of all new cases and presently about one-third of new infections cannot be traced to a known source.
  • The moderate scenario suggests the rise in cases in the last modeling report was due to increased transmission and expanded testing — and that daily infections of COVID-19 could rise over the next month to more than 900 per day, with daily hospitalizations rising from 8 to 27.
  • The most pessimistic scenario suggests the rise in cases in the last modeling report was due entirely to increased transmission and not expanded testing — and that infections could rise to more than 4,800, and hospitalizations could increase to 82 per day.

“We know that COVID-19 is in our communities,” said Dean Sidelinger, MD, Oregon state health officer. “This latest model provides us with a sobering reminder that we all need to guard against continued spread, especially as we continue to reopen and the weather gets warmer.”

Dr. Sidelinger said, “Think hard about your choice of activities, especially as we get close to the Fourth of July holiday. Ask yourself: how can I reduce my risk and the risk I might pose to people around me?” Do what you can to suppress the virus: Stay 6 feet away from other people. Wear a mask. Avoid large gatherings, and if you are in a group setting — like a holiday barbeque — stay outside, keep your distance and use a face covering when you’re not eating. Wash your hands frequently and stay home if you’re sick.

OHA uses this modeling for data analysis and planning purposes and releases it on a bi-weekly basis. The entire report can be found here.

Note: Dr. Dean Sidelinger will hold OHA’s regular weekly media briefing today at 11 a.m. To participate, media are invited to call 844-867-6163, participant code: 593699.

What we’re learning

Oregonians are at greater risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 than they have been since before Governor Kate Brown issued the first stay-at-home orders. Our latest projections show we are most likely heading toward the worst-case scenario we projected last week – approximately 900 new infections per day by the end of July.

COVID-19 cases have increased each week for four straight weeks statewide, and it is spreading faster in the community. While large workplace outbreaks have driven increased cases in recent weeks, sporadic cases (those with no clear link to another case) account for a growing percentage of new cases.

The severity of illness among new cases of COVID-19 is lower than it was early in the outbreak. Despite the increase in cases in the past four weeks, the number of hospitalizations and deaths remain well below their peaks. Emergency department visits due to symptoms of the disease are still below 1 percent.

More younger people are contracting COVID-19. The median age of people with newly diagnosed COVID-19 infection is declining as more cases are being diagnosed in people younger than 50 years of age.

Oregon’s health care system has not been overtaxed by COVID-19 cases – yet. However, hospital capacity could be overwhelmed this summer if cases continue to surge.

Each of us can take action to slow the spread of COVID-19

Cases will slow – and Oregon will remain open – if we take the safe, simple steps to prevent the virus from spreading. Cases will continue to surge if we ignore health and safety precautions.

Steps you can take:

  • Avoid gatherings – and rethink your Fourth of July plans: Think hard about getting together with people outside your household. In Oregon, cases accelerated after Memorial Day. We don’t want the same thing to happen over the coming holiday.
  • Stay 6 feet apart: If you do host or attend a gathering – or go to your local restaurant or bar – stay 6 feet apart. We’ve all been cooped up for a long time. We want to see friends and family again. If you do socialize, do it safely – maintain physical distancing.
    • Limit the number of people at the barbecue or picnic.
    • Make sure people can stay far enough apart.
    • Interact outside as much as possible.
  • Wear a mask or face covering: Cover your face when you are in public. Masks and face coverings protect the people around you. You may feel great, but we know that people who are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic can spread coronavirus. Don’t put the people you know and love at risk.
  • Stay home if you’re sick: If you develop a fever, have a cough, start to experience shortness of breath or any other symptoms, stay home. Don’t expose other people.
  • Answer the call: If you get a call from a contact tracer to let you know that you may have been exposed, take their advice and stay home for the entire time they recommend. This is a tried and true way to halt the spread, and we need people to answer these calls.

The bottom line is that COVID-19 is circulating more widely in Oregon. Oregon can stay safe if we all do our part to keep COVID-19 under control. If we don’t, our latest projections tell us we risk letting the virus spread fast across our state.

4th Annual Healthy Aging Conference

The 4th Annual Healthy Aging Conference, offered in a virtual format this year on both June 25, 2020 from 1:00-2:3-pm and July 15, 16, 17 from 10:00am-3:00pm, sponsored by the Lane, Douglas, and South Central Coast Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative. We are offering the conference free of charge, NASW CEUs, and raffle e-gift cards after each session. You may register separately, or for all sessions.

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City of Eugene: COVID-19 Community Update

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It’s been three months since the Eugene City Council approved City Manager Sarah Medary’s (no longer Pro Tem) administrative order on March 17, which declared a state of emergency during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak in Lane County. So much was changing then that we started providing you with a weekly Community Update the next day, March 18.

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Learn about the City of Eugene’s COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center. 

Eugene’s emergency declaration ended June 9. The City, Lane County and much of Oregon have entered the second phase in the gradual reopening of the economy. While the City of Eugene’s emergency declaration has expired, Lane County’s has not.

With City efforts moving from pandemic response to recovery, this Community Update will shift from a weekly email to a less-frequent schedule. Rest assured, we will continue to inform you of COVID-19 news in Eugene in future editions.

We have plenty of positive news to share in this Community Update, including the opening of City playgrounds and Amazon Pool, which have been closed because of the pandemic, and the resumption of some library services.

Here is the latest information on how the City continues to adjust programs and initiatives.

Parks and Open Space

Eugene Parks and Open Space is pleased to have reopened all playgrounds. The reopening of more than 50 playgrounds took place Friday, June 12 after receiving revised Phase 2 approval from the governor.

Playground equipment is not being sanitized by Parks staff. We recommend park visitors wash hands before and after visiting a playground, maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet and bring hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes for personal use on any surfaces touched. Sand play areas remain closed.

Please stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Learn more about City of Eugene Parks and Open Space.

Eugene Public Library

The Downtown Library book returns opened June 15 for limited hours: 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The book returns at Bethel and Sheldon branches will remain closed. Items from any location may be returned Downtown. There is no need to rush to return items. All items now on loan have had their due dates extended to Sept. 14. No overdue fines will be charged during this time. Returned items will be quarantined before being loaned out again.

We will begin notifying cardholders with held items to ask them to make appointments for curbside pick up at their usual library location: Downtown, Bethel or Sheldon.

If your library card was already expired or has been blocked from use, if you do not have a library card or if you live in the Eugene area but outside City limits please call us (number below) and we can register you for free access to use online services during this time.

If you have questions, our staff is available to help by phone. Please call us at 541-682-5450 (seven days a week, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). We are also available by email at libraryaskus@ci.eugene.or.us or live chat.

Eugene Recreation

Pools: Amazon Pool will soon be open! The pool will open June 22 for lap swim and on-your-own fitness only. Lap swimming and fitness will require prior lane registration to participate. Drop-ins will not be taken. Register for Your Time.

Do you have your Participant Card? We are now requiring all participants to register for a free participant card before activity registration. Get Your Participant Card 

We are hoping to have Sheldon Pool open with similar programming mid-July. We are hard at work planning how and when to safely add other programming. Thank you for your patience as we work out the details.

Summer Camps: Camps begin June 22. Camp registration filled quickly, but some spaces may be available, mainly in preschool camps. Check availability through the online registration website.

Evolving homelessness response

The City continues to work on finding solutions for those experiencing homelessness. We are proud to have worked with our partners to stand up multiple designated temporary shelter sites and to create outreach teams that spread out through our city to help those who needed it the most.

Microsites: As Eugene moved into Phase 2, the community centers and adjacent facilities are starting to offer more services, so longer-term locations had to be found to replace the Designated Temporary Shelter Sites. We placed some residents in existing programs including Rest Stops and Overnight Parking Programs. Others were placed into new locations called micro shelter sites, or microsites. The first microsite was created at Skinner City Farm. City staff are actively looking for more locations to expand this program.

These sites will provide transitional shelter to a small group of individuals. Up to six Conestoga huts, tents or vehicles are allowed under City Code 4.816. The sites will be managed by local social service providers who will oversee general upkeep to help ensure the health and safety of individuals at the site and minimize impacts to the surrounding area and neighborhood.

If you want to learn more about these micro shelter sites, please read about it here.

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Portable Restrooms and Handwashing Stations: The City is removing some of the portable restrooms and handwashing stations placed throughout the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Portable facilities were placed on public property earlier in the COVID-19 outbreak to enhance community hygiene and sanitation, thereby reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

The City will use a data-driven approach when deciding which restrooms and handwashing stations to remove first. The restrooms and washing stations people used least will be the first to be removed from service. Some portable restrooms may remain in high needs areas and restrooms in Parks have begun to reopen as well. An online map with the locations of the restrooms will be continuously updated, however there may be a delay in data entry.

Our response to helping people experiencing homelessness is evolving, and you can read about what we are changing on our website.

Recovery strategies

As part of the City’s reopening and recovery efforts, the Downtown Ambassadors will be re-opening Kesey Square to offer space for the public to sit, eat lunch and order food from downtown restaurants and food carts. The program started June 15, and tables and chairs will be out from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and sanitized regularly, spaced 6-feet apart. We encourage people to wear masks when physical distancing is not possible. The City looks forward to welcoming the community back to downtown!

The public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have taken a serious toll on the Eugene economy, namely businesses and their employees. Businesses have had to change how they operate to keep their workers and their customers safe. The City is here to help. We’ve set up an email address that goes directly to the Business Help team: bizhelp@eugene-or.gov.

Read more on our website about how we are here to help.

Protecting yourself and others

As the state reopens, it’s important to remember the risks and to continue to do our best to protect ourselves and one another. If we all follow the established protocols, we will help save the lives of our colleagues, neighbors, friends and family members.

Find a list of actions to protect yourself and others on our website if you want to find out more about the ways you can help do your part.

Learn More About Reopening Oregon

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: