This update was published January 27, 2021. For the most up to date information on the City’s work related to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 web pages. 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.
Learn more about RESIST COVID | TAKE 6!, a public art campaign by nationally renowned, Oregon-born artist Carrie Mae Weems.
Lane County Vaccinations
More people in Oregon and Lane County continue to get the COVID-19 vaccinations. To date, more than 20,889 people in Lane County have taken at least the first round of vaccination.
It will take some time before every Oregonian who wants to get the vaccine can get their two shots. Lane County is following guidance as it evolves from the Oregon Health Authority for a phased rollout for vaccine distribution.
See the following resources from lead public health agencies to learn more about eligibility and keep in mind that all plans are dependent on supply.
Download PDF version of OHA’s eligibility graphic
Free COVID-19 Testing
The UO COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) is offering free COVID-19 testing to asymptomatic individuals in Lane County this week. An insurance card is not required.
Updated Guidance for Schools
Last week the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released an update to the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance.
The updated guidance includes updated advisory metrics for in-person instruction. While health metrics have shifted from required to advisory, schools must follow all the required guidelines.
A new requirement, that when students and staff return to in-person instruction out of alignment with the advised metrics, schools must offer access to on-site COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students and staff identified on campus as well as those with known exposure to individuals with COVID-19.
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 29.
See Oregon Health Authority’s guidance for activities at each risk level.
COVID-19 Household Survey
There is still time to participate in the COVID-19 Household Survey through Jan. 31 to help the City 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.
FREE PPE for Eugene Nonprofit and Small Businesses
The City of Eugene, in partnership with Business Oregon, continues to offer free personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to local nonprofit and small businesses with 100 or fewer employees. Available supplies include large and medium gloves, disposable masks and antiseptic wipes. 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 serve basis.
Eligible businesses must meet all of the following requirements to receive supplies:
- Be in Eugene and headquartered out of 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.
Please note that appointments are now being booked into February. We will add new appointments as the current schedule is filled. Be sure to click into February's calendar.
Follow the Four
- Stay six feet apart
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Avoid large gatherings
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:
Previous Community Update
January 12, 2021 Community Update