City of Eugene: COVID-19 Community Update

This update provides information on the latest City activities and links to more information. For health and safety information about COVID-19 including confirmed cases and testing data, please visit Lane County Public Health or Oregon Health Authority’s websites.

Lane County Vaccinations 

More people in Oregon and Lane County continue to get the COVID-19 vaccinations. These safe and effective vaccines are the latest in the efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. To date, more than 7,300 people in Lane County have taken at least the first round of vaccination – including the 999 first responders vaccinated by Eugene Springfield Fire.

Oregon is currently in Phase 1a, with all groups in that phase currently eligible, including hospitals, urgent care, skilled nursing and memory care facility healthcare personnel and residents, tribal health programs, EMS providers and other first responders. See OHA’s Frequently Asked Questions regarding Oregon’s Phase 1a Vaccine Sequencing Plan.

Lane County is continuing to work with community partners to actively administer all doses of vaccines that are provided to local agencies from the State of Oregon. Here’s a simple breakdown to understand who is doing what: the federal and state governments are in charge of 1) establishing the rules/priorities for who gets vaccinated, and 2) distributing the vaccines to local agencies. The local agencies (health care, hospitals, EMS, pharmacies, local public health, etc.) are responsible for administering the vaccinations to people in the established sequence and with the supplies they receive.

Lane County Public Health shared this information on their COVID-19 Vaccine Information webpage: The State of Oregon is currently receiving approximately 30,000 doses of vaccine each week, for the entire state. Lane County is approximately 10 percent of the state population, so while the state has not provided us a guarantee of the amounts it will provide to our community, just based on population we could expect to receive approximately 3,000 doses of vaccine to our community each week. At this time, we don’t have enough supply from the federal/state governments to meet the demand in our local community. To see more, visit Lane County’s Vaccine Information page (view “How is it determined who gets the vaccine and when?” tab).

To date Lane County has shared that approximately 7,300 people in Lane County have received COVID-19 vaccine from the various local agencies noted above, as part of Phase 1A. Statewide, a total of 99,620 people in Oregon have received COVID-19 vaccine so far. Up to date vaccination numbers can be found on the OHA website.

Stay up to date on vaccine information:

Lane County Remains in Extreme Risk Category

Oregon’s Risk and Protection Framework uses data to help inform safety measures at the county level. Every two weeks, Governor Kate Brown’s office announces the revised risk status of each county based on current data. Lane County will continue to be in the extreme risk category for the two-week period beginning January 15.

See Oregon Health Authority’s guidance for activities at each risk level.

COVID-19 Household Survey

The challenges of COVID-19 and its impacts on our lives have been significant. As a city, we have changed and adapted our services and programs to support the health and safety of community members and staff during this pandemic. We know you’ve had to make sacrifices and faced challenges too, and it is important to know how you have been doing since the onset of COVID-19.

We launched a COVID-19 Household Survey, which will give us a chance to gather data to determine how best to focus our efforts to recover from the pandemic. Your input on this survey is critical: Your responses will help inform decisions on programs and policies as we move into the future.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and we greatly appreciate your time. The information you share with us will remain confidential, and results from the survey will only be shared as a group – no individual responses will be shared. To access the survey, community members must create an account on Engage Eugene, the City’s online engagement platform. The COVID-19 Household Survey will be open through January 31.

FREE PPE for Eugene Nonprofit and Small Businesses

The City of Eugene, in partnership with Business Oregon, is offering free personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to local nonprofit and small businesses with 100 or fewer employees. Sanitation remains a key component to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and the City is grateful to be able to offer this opportunity to local businesses.

We know many businesses have been hit hard by the effects of the virus and these supplies are a small way to help. Available supplies include large and medium gloves (14,000 boxes), disposable masks (39,600 boxes) and antiseptic wipes (32,000 boxes). As long as supplies last, each eligible business may pick up a two-month supply. The supplies will be dispersed on a first come, first served basis.

Eligible businesses must meet all of the following requirements to receive supplies:

  • be in Eugene and headquartered in Oregon;
  • have 100 or fewer employees; and
  • have an Oregon Business Registry number for completing the form.

You must make an appointment to pick up supplies. See the online appointment form. Once a business’s eligibility has been verified, the contact person will receive an email confirmation with the pickup date, time and location.

For over the phone assistance filling out this form, you may call the Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450. Press 2 for English and 5 for Spanish.

State of Oregon Eviction Moratorium and Landlord Compensation Fund

*Action May Be Required*

During a special session in December, the Oregon Legislature passed an eviction moratorium extension (HB 4401) that will last until June 30, 2021. The protections for renters under the new statewide moratorium are not automatic! Please visit the City of Eugene’s Housing Support webpage for important updated information.

  • For information specifically regarding Renter Protections view the Resources for Renters tab.
  • For information specifically for support for Landlords including potential financial support view the Resources for Landlords tab.

Calling All Artists for Downtown Program Fund

Is there an event or artistic installation you have been wanting to present downtown? The City of Eugene Cultural Services Downtown Program Fund offers you an opportunity to transform downtown outdoor spaces into arts and culture destinations.

Funding of up to $5,000 per project will be awarded to organizations or individuals who wish to produce their own quality programming in publicly accessible outdoor spaces in Eugene’s downtown core. Funding can support any artistic or cultural discipline, including visual, dance, music, theatre, film/video/media and multidisciplinary fields. Culturally diverse programming is encouraged. More information can be found on the Eugene’s Downtown Program Fund website.

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

Beyond Toxics – Eugene Community Health Survey

For almost a year, Beyond Toxics has been surveying households in West Eugene neighborhoods to learn about air quality and health conditions residents are facing. Bethel neighborhood, the area where we have been canvassing, is where 99% of Eugene’s air toxic emissions are released from industry facilities. We are now asking residents across the city to take our online survey, so that we can expand and also contextualize our knowledge.

Our right to clean air and water is our right to life. Residents of Eugene’s westside neighborhoods–where polluting industries are overwhelmingly located–have to fight harder for this right. Air doesn’t stay in one zip code, we all breathe dirty air! Whatever your neighborhood, you can help Beyond Toxics document our community health concerns.

Visit BeyondToxics.org and look for the link on the bottom right: “If you live in Lane County, you can take our Environmental Community Health Survey.” The survey takes just 7-10 minutes to participate. Thank you for helping achieve environmental justice and a healthy community.

Questions?
Call Beyond Toxics: 541-465-8860
Email Ana: amolina@beyondtoxics.org

Take Our Survey

 

Voting on street name ideas for the Downtown Riverfront redevelopment

The city of Eugene put out the call for street name ideas for the Downtown Riverfront redevelopment and the community responded! More than 600 people contributed about 1,100 ideas. The 12 semi-finalists are now available to be voted on and we’d love your input.

Community members are invited to select their favorite street name options for the new Downtown Riverfront at https://engage.eugene-or.gov/name-our-streets.

Voting will be open through October 18. The voting results will be given to the Mayor, who will help make the final decision. 

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To ensure that street names are relevant to Eugene and the new Downtown Riverfront neighborhood, suggestions had to fall into one of three categories:

Community/Culture – From Kalapuyans to Bill Bowerman, choose a person, place, or thing that embodies Eugene.

Ecology/River – From our rivers to surrounding mountains and the valley we live in, ideas representing the ecology of Eugene are as abundant as our native plants. 

Industry/Energy – There are major industries that are important to Eugene’s history and the energy of steam and water have played an important role at the riverfront site. While timber has historically been a large driver of our economy, agriculture and education have also played major roles, and the technology community is steadily growing. 

Additionally, names had to meet practical guidelines such as not exceeding 20 characters or being too similar to another street name in Lane County. Names of people who are still living or already have a public space named after them were also removed. An internal group at the City reviewed all suggested names and narrowed down the choices based on the criteria. 

 

Survey on the Proposed Community Safety Payroll Tax – Closes on June 9th

Your Opinion Matters: Take a Two Minute Survey on the Proposed Community Safety Payroll Tax
The City of Eugene is proposing a payroll tax to fund an increase in public safety. A full explanation of the reasons for the tax, how it would work, who would pay, and how the funds will be allocated is included in the survey. The purpose of this survey is to provide another avenue of feedback that is equal to email/letters, personal meetings, and public testimony directed to city council and is not designed or intended to make statistic inferences about public opinion as a whole.
This survey closes on June 9 at 11:45pm.

Eugene Sentiments Survey #1: Options for City Hall

This survey is being sent out to all of the neighborhoods in Eugene trying to collect as much data as possible on how residents feel about the survey questions. This is survey number one in a series of surveys.

Eugene Sentiments Survey #1: Options for City Hall

This survey closes at the end of Sunday, November 11 so the results can be forwarded to the city council ahead of Tuesday’s discussion on City Hall.

Eugene’s neighborhood associations are conducting the first in an ongoing series of surveys to increase the opportunities for public feedback on issues of general concern. The purpose of this survey is to provide another avenue of feedback that is similar to email/letters, personal meetings, and public testimony directed to city council and is not designed or intended to make statistical inferences about public opinion as a whole.

This survey has six questions and should take about one or two minutes to complete.

·      Results from these surveys will be made public and presented to the Eugene City Council.

·      All responses are anonymous

·      This survey is exclusively for residents of the city of Eugene

·      The survey software limits respondents to one submission

Take the survey here or copy this link into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6LR6RQ6

Thank you for taking the survey, we appreciate your feedback!

 

Community Safety In Eugene – Feedback Requested

Over the past 5 years, Eugene’s population has grown and so have our public safety needs. While many creative programs have been applied to this problem to maximize resources and meet community needs, the growing demand continues to outpace capacity causing critical gaps in community safety and services.

In the past 5 years:

  • Eugene 911 calls have increased 21%
  • Police and 911 staffing has remained flat
  • Average wait time has increased by 20 minutes
  • Police are unable to respond to 1 out of 3 calls due to lack of patrol resources

(Note: These are calls about non-life threatening situations)

Tell the City of Eugene what you think

The City is collecting input from community members through phone surveys, outreach at community events, and an online survey. Please take a few minutes to participate in the online survey. This information will be summarized and shared with the City Council as they consider and discuss community safety this fall. The information will also be shared on the City’s website where you can learn more about Community Safety in Eugene.

Emergency Response

Police Chief Recruitment Process Opportunities

Eugene Police Chief Selection Process – Get Involved! 

The City of Eugene has entered the “Hire” phase of our Police Chief Recruitment process. We have a talented pool of applicants and plan to host finalists for the position in Eugene the week of March 12th!

Our goal is to create opportunities for community members to get to know the finalists and for the finalists to get to know our community. There will be multiple opportunities for community members to engage with this process. Visit this website for more information on community opportunities to engage.

Community Panel:

A Community Panel is scheduled for the morning of March 13th. The purpose of this panel is to offer the opportunity to engage with candidates and contribute in the selection of the next Police Chief to a broad spectrum of the community.  Selected panelists will participate in small group interviews with each finalist.

If this opportunity interests you and you’re available on March 13th from 8:00am -10:30am please submit your name, contact information and a brief statement of interest (30 words or fewer) here>> 

Process: 

All interested parties must submit their interest statement no later than February 28th at 9pm (DEADLINE EXTENDED) using this form>>

City Councilors, the Mayor and City Manager will make final selections of individuals who will participate in this process.

Community Forum:

Join us for a Community Forum open to everyone and viewable through webcast! Community members who attend the forum and those viewing from home can submit questions in advance or during the forum. This interactive forum will be held on March 13th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Harris Hall.

Submit Questions

You can submit questions in advance or in person at the forum to be asked of finalists. Planning to watch on the web? Submit your questions by email through 6:00 pm. All questions will be reviewed, themed and asked of finalists as time permits.

What Do You Think?

People present can provide written feedback in person. Everyone can provide feedback by email. All feedback collected before Saturday March 17th at 9 pm will be compiled and shared as submitted to the City Manager for review.

For more information, questions and ADA accommodations requests (with 48 hours notice) contact Jennifer Lleras Van Der Haeghen at 541-682-5619.

Lane Transit District Survey

Please fill out the Lane Transit District 10-minute Survey to tell the state how you travel and what you think about the available travel options.

At the end of the survey, you may enter a prize drawing to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards!

In April, 2015, the Oregon Department of Transportation adopted its first statewide Transportation Options Plan. “Transportation options” programs expand the opportunity for people to travel by providing education, outreach, and resources on how to take the bus, bike, walk, share rides, and telecommute.
As part of implementing the ODOT Transportation Options Plan, Point2point at Lane Transit District is conducting an ANNUAL SURVEY to better understand how people currently travel and the awareness and satisfaction of their current transportation options program offerings.

Your participation will help inform future transportation options program investments in our community and expand transportation options and access for all.

This survey will close on February 23, 2018

To learn more about Point2point, visit the website at LTD.org/Point2point