The City of Eugene’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of the community. As we move into the fourth week of our national collective emergency, it is clear that we are in this for the long haul. This update provides information on current City activities and links to where you can find more information. For health and safety information and updates on COVID-19 please visit Lane County Public Health’s website.
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings. New CDC guidelines recommend all people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as grocery stores and pharmacies. Social distancing is still important even if you’re wearing a mask. Staying home and avoiding all non-essential contact with others continues to be the most important thing all of us can do to stay healthy and keep others healthy. Healthcare providers across the region and country are still in critical need of medical grade N-95 masks. The City of Eugene continues to request that the public reserve N-95 masks for healthcare workers and first responders. Individuals or businesses that have access to new N-95 masks or other PPE can donate them to Lane County. New PPE is being collected Monday-Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lane County’s warehouse (3050 N. Delta Highway, Eugene, OR 97408).
Stay Home, Save Lives. The good news is that recent data suggest social distancing is working. From the Oregon Health Authority: Updated projections from health researchers show that there is “strong evidence that measures currently in place in Oregon are reducing transmission.” The most recent data suggest that current social distancing measures could cut transmission rates between 50%-70% if Oregonians maintain these limitations on virus-spreading interactions into early May.
The public’s ability to maintain social distancing will be the most important factor in determining whether Oregon prevents local hospitals from becoming overwhelmed by COVID-19 admissions.
Wellbeing. Everyone in our community has been impacted by this healthcare and emerging financial crisis. We’ve added a Community Wellbeing section to our COVID-19 webpage. This section provides resources for mental health support, helpful articles, and “physical distancing fun.” As in any emergency, the first person to take care of is yourself. We encourage you to do so.
Economic Support. Wellbeing includes each person’s ability to pay bills and take care of basic needs. Renters, homeowners, and landlords impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can refer to the Housing Resources page on our website for information on financial support, help understanding renter’s rights, or mediation services.
Working in collaboration, your city governments, school districts and other childcare partners have pulled together to provide emergency childcare services during the COVID-19 crisis. This service is currently only offered to first responders and essential workers. Visit YMCA to see if you qualify and to register for childcare.
Homeless Updates. Outreach teams of trained city workers are on the streets providing assistance to unhoused people in Eugene. These teams are meeting people where they are at to provide basic supplies and, when possible, addressing needs such as charging devices and bringing mail. All of these strategies are designed to help everyone in our community shelter-in-place to the maximum extent possible.
The City continues to increase the number of portable restrooms, now up to 40, and maintains 50 handwashing stations in accessible locations. See a map of the handwashing stations and portable restrooms. You can get updated information on our COVID-19 Resources for Unhoused website.
Other Vulnerable Populations. We recognize that there are many vulnerable and at-risk community members throughout the city. We are working with our community partners in the Latino and immigrant communities to understand their unique needs at this time, and we continue to translate new information and resources on the city website into Spanish.
Looking for ways to help? United Way of Lane County continues to be a great local resource for ways to give and receive help. An article in this week’s Eugene Weekly shared how people can help a local non-profit and a local business at the same time through purchasing a gift card to a favorite business and donating it to a favorite non-profit.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation an independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington created a national projections database of hospital resource use in the United States as a whole and state by state. You can view Oregon’s curve and when it will peak. This is a statistical model that will keep updating as more data comes in. The model assumes continued social distancing until the end of May 2020 in Oregon.
Another data tracking website: Covid ActNow
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Homes and Residential Communities:
Recommended precautions for household members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting may have close contact with a person with symptomatic, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or a person under investigation. Close contacts should monitor their health; they should call their healthcare provider right away if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath).
Close contacts should follow these recommendations:
– Make sure that you understand and can help the patient follow their healthcare provider’s instructions for medication(s) and care. You should help the patient with basic needs in the home and provide support for getting groceries, prescriptions, and other personal needs.
– Monitor the patient’s symptoms. If the patient is getting sicker (dangerously high fever, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face), call his or her healthcare provider and tell them that the patient has laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected. Ask the healthcare provider to call the local or state health department for additional guidance. If the patient has a medical emergency and you need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that the patient has, or is being evaluated for COVID-19. Put on a facemask before medical help arrives.
– Household members should stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible (this is known as home isolation). Household members should use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available. In the bedroom/bathroom dedicated for an ill person: consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed (e.g., soiled items and surfaces) to avoid unnecessary contact with the ill person. If a separate bathroom is not available, the bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by an ill person. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as practical after use by an ill person to clean and disinfect the high-touch surfaces.
– Prohibit visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home.
– Do not handle pets while sick. Healthy household members should care for any pets in the home. For more information, see COVID-19 and Animals.
– Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good air flow, such as by an air conditioner or an opened window, weather permitting.
– Perform hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water is preferred if hands are visibly dirty.
Additional times to clean hands include:
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
– The patient should wear a facemask when you are around other people. If the patient is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), you, as the caregiver, should wear a mask when you are in the same room as the patient.
– Wear a disposable facemask and gloves when you touch or have contact with the patient’s body fluids, such as saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, urine, blood or stool.
– Throw out disposable facemasks and gloves after using them. Do not reuse.
– When removing personal protective equipment, first remove and dispose of gloves. Then, immediately clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Next, remove and dispose of facemask, and immediately clean your hands again with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
– Avoid sharing household items with the patient. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items. After the patient uses these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and hot water or put in the dishwasher. The ill person should eat/be fed in their designated sick room if possible, to reduce possible spread. Non-disposable food service items should be handled with gloves and washed with hot water or in a dishwasher. Clean hands after handling used food service items.
– Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures (faucets, sinks), toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, remote controls, and bedside tables, every day. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
– Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
– Options For cleaning hard surfaces: water with detergent and soap, rubbing alcohol (at least 70%), hydrogen peroxide or a diluted bleach solution are recommended. (5 Tablespoons or 1/3 cup bleach per 1 gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per 1 quart of water. This will give you a 1000+ ppm disinfecting solution. After applying the bleach solution, let the area sit for about 10 minutes, then wipe it with clean water.) NEVER MIX household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Remember that bleach removes color from fabric and clothing.
– For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely.
– The caregiver can provide personal cleaning supplies for an ill person’s room and bathroom. These supplies include tissues, paper towels and cleaners. If possible, dedicate a lined trash can for the ill person. Use gloves when removing garbage bags, handling, and disposing of trash. Wash hands after handling or disposing of trash. Consider consulting with your local health department about contaminated trash disposal guidance.
– Wash laundry thoroughly.
– Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing the virus through the air. Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered.
– Use a normal laundry detergent according to washing machine instructions. Launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
– Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items and keep soiled items away from your body. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after removing your gloves.
– Place all used disposable gloves, facemasks, and other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after handling these items. Washing with soap and water is preferred if hands are visibly dirty.
– Discuss any additional questions with your state or local health department or healthcare provider. Check available hours when contacting your local health department. The non-emergency COVID-19 call center, which can be reached at 541-682-1380, will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has created a Coronavirus Hotline, which you can reach by calling 833-OHSU-CCC (833-647-8222), if you have questions about symptoms or care. The hotline will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. All online resources at OHSU related to coronavirus can be found here.
Close contact is defined as—
Being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case.
Know How it Spreads
– There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
– The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
– The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
– Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
– Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
– These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
– If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
– Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
– Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
– Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
– Throw used tissues in the trash.
– Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
– If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick. As much as possible, an ill person should stay in a specific room and away from other people in their home following home care guidance.
– If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
– Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
– If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
– Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
– 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR
– 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
– Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
– Alcohol solutions. Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
– Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
Here is a list of important resources to help those in our community stay informed.
Public health sources, Lane County Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more about how to protect yourself with everyday preventive actions.
Websites and social media feeds whose information is updated frequently:
– Lane County Coronavirus website – www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus
– City of Eugene Coronavirus website – www.eugene-or.gov/coronavirus
– City of Eugene Facebook posts, Twitter posts
– City of Eugene Library Facebook posts, Twitter posts
– City of Eugene Police Facebook posts, Twitter posts
– City of Eugene Parks and Open Space, Facebook posts
Consider establishing a “buddy” system to ensure vulnerable and hard-to-reach community members in your neighborhood stay connected to COVID-19-related news and services. Encourage people in your neighborhood to seek out a “buddy” who will check-in with them regularly.
Help counter stigma and discrimination in your community. Some groups of people who may be experiencing stigma because of COVID-19 include persons of Asian descent, people who have traveled abroad and emergency responders or healthcare professionals. Engage with stigmatized groups and speak out against negative behaviors.
Consider using tools to help identify needs and resources in your neighborhood – your neighborhood association may already use some of these tools, like Nextdoor, Help Maps or Facebook Groups, that help match people in need with neighbors able to help.
Help with direct donations. Here’s a link to our new webpage where the City is seeking donations of critical emergency supplies and fielding requests for needed items and support.
Share opportunities to help. As opportunities to help arise, share them with neighbors. Watch the City’s website and social media feeds – we will post information once we have it. You can also check our local United Way website for updated opportunities.
Thank you again for all you are doing to help keep our community safe and healthy.
If you or someone you know owns a 3D Printer. You could help out our state and local healthcare workers by printing this free Prusa Face Shield design. Go to the website for more details and instructions.
Information and Guidelines from Prusa:
This is a prototype face shield that we developed. In three days, we went through dozens of prototypes and two verifications with the Czech Ministry of Health.
If you want to manufacture shields for others
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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.
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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NOTICE: In light of current public health concerns related to coronavirus COVID-19, the special meeting of the Eugene School District Board of Directors on April 1, 2020 will take place virtually. School board members will meet by phone pursuant to ORS 192.670, the meeting will be open to the public via live broadcast on KRVM 1280-AM and via the internet at www.4j.lane.edu/stream
MEETING: Special Meeting of the Eugene School Board
DATE: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
Items for Action: Process for Interim Superintendent Search
Public comment and comments by employee groups will be received via email only. In an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 and in compliance to the Governor’s Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order, this meeting will be held virtually and there will not be in-person public comment. Send public comment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. * Clearly label the subject line as: “Public Comment” * Public comment received prior to the start of the board meeting will be published in board materials, linked on the district’s website within 48 hours of the board meeting. The board will read, review and consider all public comment. The district has a board policy for filing a formal complaint against an individual. Please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 541-790-7706 for more information about submitting a formal complaint.