2022 State of the City - Year in Review

2021 was a year of collaboration and connection as Eugene continues to respond to urgent needs while keeping an eye to the future as the city grows. 

  1. Covid-19
  2. Connecting the Community
  3. Responding
  4. Following Through
  5. Looking Ahead

COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact many aspects of our lives in 2021. Vaccines became available to most adults in the late winter and spring, but the Delta variant brought hospitalizations to a peak during the summer. As younger age groups started getting vaccinated, City staff continued to follow safety guidelines and supported vaccination efforts. Eugene Springfield Fire partnered with the University of Oregon, Bethel School District, and Lane County Public Health to assist with vaccination efforts across the community.


With COVID-19 physical distancing requirements implemented statewide for much of the year, the City Council, boards and commissions, and City staff continued prioritizing community connections through virtual meeting environments, including public forums and hearings.


After a long break from live performances and large audiences, the Hult Center began hosting shows again. With new safety requirements in place, the Hult has sold out shows while also offering COVID-19 testing on-site for free to all community members, including rapid testing.


2021 was another dynamic year as we adapted to changing needs and timelines. As a community we will continue moving forward to find solutions, make connections, and work together for all of Eugene.