COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Latest Video Update from Mayor Vinis

City’s Role

  • As a City it is our responsibility to maintain essential services and support our public health partners.
  • During a public health emergency, Lane County Public Health in conjunction with the Oregon Health Authority are the lead agencies.
  • The City is taking action to slow the spread of COVID-19 and amplify the messages, recommendations and preventative measures of the lead agencies.

What We Are Doing

  • Supporting Local Business Community
    The City of Eugene has created a specialized Business Help Team to assist employers as they seek to keep their businesses afloat by answering questions about financing options, reopening guidelines and other topics. The team is working to be flexible to meet the needs of different businesses as rules change and needs evolve. Read more about this work, as well as other information and resources for Business Support.
  • Identifying Community Resources
    The City of Eugene is working hard with our partners at Lane County and Springfield to ensure our community has important information about local, state and federal resources to help residents and businesses significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All Eugene residents regardless of immigration status are eligible for City of Eugene programs and services.
  • Planning for Long-term Community Recovery
    As the City continues to direct resources to recovery measures, we also recognize the need for a Eugene Community Recovery strategy to re-establish a healthy, functioning community that will sustain itself over time. The City of Eugene is taking a “whole community approach” to long-term recovery that includes the social, economic, and physical aspects of the city.
  • Offering Creative Solutions to New Challenges
    The City is introducing it’s Open Streets program in the Bethel area to help connect residents to their neighborhood's amenities and to one another by providing safe spaces for physically-distanced walking, biking and rolling on city streets. Open Streets are for exercising as well as for traveling to neighborhood restaurants, shops, parks, and more.
  • Providing Emergency Services
    We continue to respond to emergency calls for service, in progress crimes, other high priority life/safety issues, and incidents that require evidence gathering. Our police, fire and medical personnel have the equipment, training and protocols they need to protect themselves and community members. They’ve been practicing, they are ready and they are at work.
  • Maintaining Essential Services
    Essential City services are still running. Some are available online, by phone, and by email. See details about City Services - What’s Open?
  • Supporting the Unhoused
    In alignment with Lane County Public Health and CDC guidance, the City of Eugene’s COVID-19 initial response strategies to support people experiencing homelessness aimed at reducing the need for people to move around the community and supported a shelter in place approach. As we move through the Governor’s phased reopening, we are shifting from responding to the outbreak to supporting community reopening and recovery. Our goal is to balance the varying needs for safety and recovery. Learn more about Support for Unhoused.
  • Fielding Hate and Bias Complaints
    Have you experienced discrimination, hate or bias related to COVID-19? The City’s Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement Office fields complaints related to housing, employment, public access, and City contracts that occur within the City of Eugene. If you are in immediate danger call 911. If it is not an emergency, report hate and bias activity and concerns online.
  • Activated Emergency Operations Center
    We have activated our City’s Emergency Operations Center that is working in conjunction with our partners at Lane County and City of Springfield to maintain critical services, identify community needs and mobilize coordinated responses.

News Archive

See a history of COVID-19 related news releases, video updates from Mayor Lucy Vinis, and City Council meetings. Each section is listed in chronological order, with the most current first. Also read the City of Eugene's Emergency Operations Center Incident Report from March 13-June 30, 2020.

See Lane County Press Conferences.

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