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.
The number of COVID-19 cases in our area and across Oregon continue to rise. On Wednesday, July 22, Governor Kate Brown announced new statewide requirements that will become effective Friday, July 24:
Governor Brown also announced that her team, in coordination with the Oregon Health Authority, is looking into further restrictions on tourists coming from states that are currently considered hotspots, and is evaluating the counties on the state’s watch list. She said announcements could becoming later this week.
While we realize these changes are difficult, it takes the entire community and state working together to make a difference and stop the spread of COVID-19.
Starting tomorrow, Friday, July 24, face coverings, including masks or face shields, are required statewide for anyone age five and up in indoor public spaces and outdoors when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.
Children who are three and four years old are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering as long as they’re able to remove it themselves.
Here are a few ideas to help your child feel comfortable if they feel unsure about wearing a mask or other face covering:
If someone with a disability is unable to wear a mask or alternate face covering (like a face shield), they can request a reasonable accommodation from the business. These accommodations might look like grocery store pick-up or pharmacy delivery. Learn more about face covering requirements.
Also beginning Friday, July 24, the following requirements apply to businesses statewide:
Are you wondering where you can find a COVID-19 testing site? Oregon Health Authority has introduced a new online tool to find the nearest testing site.
Call the COVID-19 testing site before you go to learn about testing criteria, availability and hours.
Lane County Public Health is offering free testing for frontline workers on Wednesday, July 29, from 1-5 p.m. at the Lane Events Center. Lane County Public Health considers frontline workers to be individuals with public-facing jobs who have worked throughout the outbreak. Examples include grocery store workers, gas station attendants, food and coffee servers, or anyone who has a public-facing job but does not have access to ongoing testing. This event is not designed to serve individuals who are already being regularly tested as part of their employment, such as many first responders and healthcare workers. Please bring your insurance card if you have insurance. The test is free regardless of insurance status. Learn more on Lane County’s website or call Lane County Public Health at 541-682-4041.
Practice the 4 Ws
It’s up to all of us to do our part. Help protect yourself and others:
Answer the Call – Contact Tracing is Important to Stop the Spread
If you get a call or voicemail from a Public Health contact tracer, please answer or return the call. Contact tracing is critical to our community’s ability to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19. People who participate in contact tracing are actively helping to keep their community safe by helping public health officials track the virus. For more information from Lane County Public Health on contact tracing please visit their contact tracing webpage. The State of Oregon’s contact tracing web page also offers useful information and resources.
Beginning July 16, the section of East Broadway between Willamette and Olive streets was closed to motor vehicle traffic to enable expanded café seating for area bars and restaurants. The Broadway Streatery is a temporary measure to support business activity, safe social gathering and community recovery in response to COVID-19. The initiative will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to determine whether it is having a positive impact for downtown Eugene and our community as whole. If it is successful, the Broadway Streatery will remain open until at least October 31, 2020. The City of Eugene is working directly with the business owners on this section of Broadway, who are all supportive of this arrangement. Physical distancing and proper hand hygiene are strongly encouraged, and face coverings are required if 6-feet of distance cannot be maintained. Learn more about the Broadway Streatery and how businesses can apply for a streatery permit as part of the City of Eugene’s Streatery Program.
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.
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