City of Eugene: COVID-19 Community Update

Lane County  Cases on the Rise

Lane County’s COVID-19 cases are on the rise, serving as a reminder about the importance of remaining vigilant and taking precautions to limit the spread of the virus in our community.

As of April 6, Lane County qualified to move back up to Moderate Risk, but was given a two-week caution period at Lower Risk because it moved down from Moderate Risk in the last movement period. Read more about Oregon’s Risk and Protection Framework.

By taking action now, we have the potential to limit the spread of the virus and reduce the number of positive cases in our community. This action includes things we all know like washing our hands, staying home when we’re sick, wearing our face mask, and avoiding large gatherings.

If we do return to a higher risk level, there will be new guidance for indoor activities such as dining, gyms, entertainment establishments, faith institutions and more. See Oregon Health Authority’s guidance for activities at each risk level.

Free COVID-19 Testing

If you traveled over spring break, or just want peace of mind, it’s a good time to get tested. The University of Oregon COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) is offering free COVID-19 testing to asymptomatic individuals ages 3 and over in Lane County. Appointments are available Tuesdays through Fridays. Register online by 5 p.m. the night before.

Vaccine Eligibility Updates

Group 7 Now Eligible 
Last week, Lane County announced that everyone in Phase 1B, Group 7 is now eligible to receive a vaccination. This group includes:

  • Adults 16 and over with underlying health conditions
  • Frontline workers as defined by the CDC
  • Family members of frontline workers
  • Multigenerational household members

See details about the eligibility groups including an expanded list of underlying conditions.

All Oregonians Over 16 Eligible April 19 
Additionally, Governor Brown announced on Tuesday that all Oregonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19.

Lane County residents who are currently eligible can schedule a vaccine appointment directly by visiting the Lane County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics webpage. The preregistration requirement was removed and there is no longer a need to wait for an email invitation from Lane County Public Health to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule an appointment at one of many local pharmacy providers. See links to participating pharmacies. Take the first appointment available to you whether from Lane County, your primary care provider or your pharmacy.

Post-Vaccine Guidance

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT yet receiving all the protective benefits of the vaccine. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People:

Follow the Four

Help us remain at a reduced risk level by continuing to follow these important recommendations:

  1. Stay six feet apart
  2. Wear a mask (see CDC’s recent tips on how to improve your mask fit)
  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

Lane County Vaccine Newsletter – March

New Vaccine Eligibility Guidelines Released on March 22

Following the announcement from the Oregon Health Authority, Lane County Public Health is preparing to roll out a new system for scheduling vaccination appointments to address the increased eligibility groups and prepare for vaccinating all who become eligible by May 1. 

We will continue our commitment to vaccinating those 65+ and in Phase 1A by reserving doses for these groups, while offering doses to newly eligible groups.
The Oregon Health Authority determines the priority and eligibility criteria for COVID19 vaccination. 

Who is eligible right now? 

Phase 1A: All Groups
Phase 1B: Groups 1-5(educators & childcare and community members who are 65+ years of age)

NEWLY ELIGIBLE THIS WEEK (as of 3/22/2021) 

PHASE 1B: GROUP 6

•    Adults 45-64 with underlying health conditions 
•    Pregnant people 16 and older
•    People living in low-income senior housing, senior congregate and independent living 
•    Migrant and seasonal farm workers 
•    Seafood, Agricultural and Food Processing workers 
•    Individuals experiencing houselessness 
•    People currently displaced by wildfires 
•    Wildland firefighters


Who will be eligible next? 

Phase 1B, Group 7, will be eligible No later than April 19, 2021.

  • Adults 16 and over with underlying health conditions 
  • Frontline workers as defined by the CDC
  • Multigenerational household members

Phase 2, will be eligible No later than May 1, 2021.

  • All people 16 and over

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please see the state of Oregon’s Vaccine Eligibility tool at COVID19 Vaccine in Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority Vaccine Eligibility table

You must be eligible under current Oregon Health Authority guidelines to schedule an appointment.  See above for current eligibility and links to OHA eligibility guidance.

Anyone who is currently eligible can schedule their first or second dose by going to www.lanecounty.org/vaxclinics and clicking on “Schedule a Vaccine Appointment.”  You do not need to preregister, update preregistration or wait for an invitation email to schedule an appointment. You DO need to have a scheduled appointment to attend one of the Lane County vaccination clinics.

This webpage also has details on each of the clinic locations, what to expect and what to bring: www.lanecounty.org/vaxclinics

Please call 541-682-1380 or email corona-info@lanecountyor.gov if you need assistance scheduling an appointment. (Las personas que llaman en español tienen la opción de dejar un recado.) 

If you got 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.   In addition we will continue to send emails and make phone calls to those needing second doses. 

www.lanecounty.org/vaxclinics

When you first try to schedule appointment dates may not be available far enough out for you to scheduled in your second dose window.  Please check the link closer to the start of your second dose window to schedule as we continue to add clinics dates.  Lane County will not administer 2nd doses any earlier that the start of the second dose window.

  • Pfizer second dose window is 21-42 days after your first dose
  • Moderna second dose window is 28-42 days after your first dose.

If you have not been able to schedule your 2nd dose by 36 days after your first dose please contact Lane County Public Health at 541-682-1380 or  corona-info@lanecountyor.gov for assistance with scheduling before the end of the second dose window.  (Las personas que llaman en español tienen la opción de dejar un recado.)

What exactly is equity and what does it have to do with you? 

Equity means giving people access to the things that they need in order to be successful. It’s different from equality because equality means everyone having the same experience. 

When we talk about COVID-19, we see inequities. We see communities of color experiencing higher rates of the disease and death due to the disease as well as lower rates of vaccinations. Here are some examples: 

  • According to the Oregon Health Authority, 26% of COVID-19 cases in the state are Latino. But Latinos only make up 13% of the overall population in Oregon.
  • Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders are dying at 17 times the rate of white people
  • Latinx and Black people are dying at a 3.5 times the rate of white people
  • Native Americans are dying at 2.4 times the rate of white people
  • The life expectancy of Black people declined by three years (from 75 to 72 years) in 2020

This can be for a whole host of reasons. 

To ensure that communities that are most impacted by COVID-19 – specifically communities of color, people who are unhoused, and seniors with disabilities – have access to the vaccine as quickly as possible, Lane County Public Health  are working to meet communities where they are through these tailored strategies: 

  • Lane County Public Health is partnering with Community Based Organizations to hold smaller clinics for the people that those organizations serve. 
  • Lane County Public Health piloted a is partnering with Community Based Organizations to get eligible members of the populations that they serve signed up to receive a vaccination.

Grassroots community organizers have been hard at work throughout this pandemic supporting their communities and that work should not go unnoticed. Some of the Community Based Organizations we want to acknowledge are Latinx Alliance, ARC of Lane County, NAACP of Springfield and Eugene, HIV Alliance, and Centro Latino Americano, and Senior and Disability Services.

We would like to show support to these community organizers (organizations) while honoring and addressing that our diverse communities are part of the fabric that makes Lane County such a great place to learn, grow, and thrive. 

Thank you Lane County for reaching a Low Risk Level!

THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF OUR COMMUNITY
LANE COUNTY MOVED TO THE LOW RISK LEVEL
ON MARCH 26, 2021


What does it mean? 

Rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over 14 days is below 50.
Percentage test positivity over previous 14 days is below 5%

What’s Open in My County?

COVID-19 Sector Risk Level Guidance Chart

Guidance documents from the State of Oregon

Lane County COVID-19 Vaccination Data Webpage 
updated weekdays (data below as of 3/26/2021 at 8:00 a.m.)

54,704:   Fully Vaccinated 
46,120:Have received first dose only 
153,434:Total doses administered

17.69%: Percentage of Lane County ADULTS – FULLY vaccinated
2,611.1:   People per 10,000 vaccinated

6,900:  Vaccine Allocation Prime doses for the week of March 22
4,516:  Vaccine Allocation of Boost (2nd) doses for the week of March 22

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/528987166

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 

Community Safety Initiative public input opportunities

We now have additional opportunities for the community to provide feedback on the Community Safety Initiative to the city:

The Eugene City Council wants to hear from community members about community safety needs as they finalize funding priorities for the Community Safety Payroll Tax. In addition to an online survey (open through March 31), Eugeneans can attend virtual meetings this month to share their perspective on the Community Safety Initiative (CSI) strategy and approach. Both meetings will follow the same format, and will be recorded and available for viewing after their scheduled times to increase access to information.

Evacuation Planning Survey

Are you ready to evacuate if necessary? Emergency evacuations are a reality for some Lane County residents every year.

To help develop area-specific evacuation plans, Lane County has partnered with the University of Oregon’s Institute for Policy Research and Engagement to take a close look at six rural areas and to conduct a county-wide survey about residents’ preparedness for evacuations.

YOU CAN HELP! Please take a few moments to complete the survey.

The survey is available at www.lanecounty.org/evacplanning. It will remain open through March 31, 2021.

The six areas that are included in this round of evacuation planning are: Mapleton, Swisshome, Crow-Applegate, Lorane, Row River and the Eugene #1 RFPD. The templates developed will help us create more area-specific plans in the future.

You can find preparedness resources at www.lanecounty.org/prepare and www.ready.gov.

Neighborhood Survey on Your Transportation Preferences

Neighborhood Survey on Your Transportation Preferences

Your neighborhood associations need to hear from everyone, regardless of your chosen modes of transit. Please note this is NOT an LTD sponsored survey.

Your immediate, anonymous feedback is critical: Lane Transit District (LTD) has proposed the most dramatic bus system changes in its history to promote what they hope would be an overall increase in system ridership. Details are available at: https://transittomorrow.org/.

This survey was designed by the Southeast Neighbors ad hoc committee on transportation as a way to help all neighborhoods collect more detailed information on how community members use (or don’t use) buses in our neighborhoods and how Transit Tomorrow may impact neighborhoods. The information we collect will help facilitate dialogue and responsible decision-making with the LTD Board of Directors. A final plan will be voted on by the board in June 2020.

Estimated time to take this survey: 4 minutes

 

 

Forced Upzoning & Redevelopment

Is this the future of Southwest Neighbors?

The Oregon Legislature has dictated that Eugene must upzone all single-family neighborhoods to allow redevelopment with triplexes and fourplexes. What’s more, the legislation leaves what gets built, and where, up to developers and large real estate investment organizations.

An example of a demolished neighborhood is how the character and livability of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood was destroyed when blanket upzoning allowed radical redevelopment.

Get informed. Get involved. Take action. Protect your neighborhood.

Join your neighbors for a highly informative seminar on House Bill 2001’s impacts and action you can take.

The Complete Survival Guide for Single-Family Neighborhoods” — Presented by Paul Conte Wednesday, December 11 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Tsunami Books2585 Willamette St. For more information, visit TrustTheNeighbors.org/seminar

Note to Southwest Hills Residents & Homeowners:

Homes south of W. 29th Ave. and around the Edgewood Shopping Center are prime targets for developers who want City Council to upzone so the developers can demolish homes and redevelop as high-end condos and apartments. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn specific actions you can take to protect your neighborhood.