Lane County Commissioners are meeting via remote access. by Pat Farr

Not missing a moment of valuable public meeting time the Lane County Board of Commissioners is conducting its meetins via remote access.

My home office during a live Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting

 

The Board is addressing a full regular agenda (here) while allowing for live public comment and full presentations by staff and nonstaff experts.

Follow the link to see the full agenda and access the entire board packet discussed during the meeting.

Lane County Staff, including Diana Jones and Michael Finch, have worked long and hard to allow full public participation in these live meetings.

COVID-19 Update April 4, 2020. by Pat Farr

Lane County.  See the latest testing, resource and patient INFORMATION HERE
● Eugene Chamber releases small business owner’s guide to the CARES Act; FAQs on tax
implications and resources are available through the federal government.
● LTD now fare free, service reductions continue

● University of Oregon President takes a 12% pay cut, cannot rule out layoffs and pay cuts for staff
● Eugene Airport passenger travel down 90%
● As of 4/3 10:00 a.m., the Expo Hall at Fairgrounds shelter has housed 118 people today. Wheeler Pavilion, the shelter for mildly ill, has housed 0 people, and Springfield
Memorial Building has housed 29 people.
● There were 134 calls answered by the call center during operating hours on 4/2.
o About 37% were transferred to the Nurse Line to discuss exposures/symptoms.
○ Themes included: symptoms, potential exposures and business complaints. There was an increase in calls from employers who need advice on how to respond to
employees who state they were in close contact with a positive or sick person.

TESTING STATUS IN LANE COUNTY*

  • 809 tests conducted for Lane County residents (including private labs)
    • This number is likely below the actual number of tests conducted. Private labs are processing tests from Lane County residents and there is variability in reporting of negative results. Lane County Public Health is being notified of any positive test results.
  • 24 positive test results for Lane County (presumptive cases)
  • 1 death in Lane County due to suspected Coronavirus infection

 

Oregon Situation
● Oregon Search and Rescue capacity constrained to “loss of life” missions only, per an Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) report
● Jackson County Public Health requests residents to wear face coverings outdoors. This is based on recent information that people with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic may be spreading the virus to people and not know it.
● OLCC released a resource guide for distilleries/breweries producing hand sanitizer;
available on OLCC website
● Portland-area hospitals report 57 healthcare staff have contracted COVID-19.
● First Oregon prison inmate tests positive for COVID-19 at Salem’s Santiam Correctional
Institution
● Oregon DOJ has sent 17 cease and desist letters to OR businesses suspected of price gouging; 125 reports taken via hotline and DOJ website
● Oregon Nurses Association notes no hospitals statewide have more than a 7 day supply of PPE remaining.
● Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) has received multiple reports of fraudulent activity. The activity includes people showing up at job sites and pretending to be division compliance officers. The fraudsters attempt to issue thousands of dollars in fines and demand immediate cash payments. This is not how OSHA operates.

Source Lane County Public Health, Lane County Oregon, Eugene Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Update April 3, 2020. by Pat Farr

Lane County  See the latest testing, resource and patient  INFORMATION HERE
● There were no new cases announced 4/2. One positive announced late in the day on 4/1,
thought to be a Lane County resident, has been determined to be a Douglas County case.
The total number of positives remains 20 in Lane County. Public Health nurses are
conducting contact tracing for multiple patients.

● Eugene-Springfield 911 callers will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms by dispatchers.
Responders will meet symptomatic patients outside the home, or respond in full
protective gear.
● In partnership with Lane County, FOOD for Lane County is coordinating with several
local restaurants to provide food for the two respite shelters for the unhoused.
● As of 4/2 9:00 a.m., the Expo Hall at Fairgrounds shelter has housed 140 people today.
Wheeler Pavilion, the shelter for mildly ill, has housed 1 person, and Springfield
Memorial Building has housed 27 people.
● EOC is working with hospitals to ensure that HOSCAP data is consistent across hospitals
● There were 200 calls answered by the call center during operating hours on 4/1.
o About 33% were transferred to the Nurse Line to discuss exposures/symptoms.
o More calls with heightened frustrations, particularly about businesses and settings
where social distancing does not seem to be observed.

Oregon Situation
● New COVID-19 epidemic trend projections and health system needs for Oregon released
here indicates that measures currently in place are reducing transmission.

(https://govsite-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/8arHLJI7QrqywZlmFH1X_Oregon-COVID-
19-Projections-2020-03-30.pdf)

● Oregon Board of Pharmacy amended a rule on 4/1 to allow malaria drug
hydroxychloroquine to be used to treat confirmed COVID-19 cases in long-term care
facilities and prisons.
● OHA amended a rule on 3/30 to include reporting within 24 hours of individuals with
COVID-19 who are hospitalized and of deaths from COVID-19.
● The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released updated Interim Investigative Guidelines:
4/1 Updated Guidelines for COVID-19
● OHA is working with CMS on removing barriers for Oregonians to qualify for, enroll in,
and stay enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Nearly 1in 4 Oregonians currently
receives health coverage through OHP.
● There have been 21 deaths in Oregon from COVID-19 as of 4/2.
Lane County
● There were no new cases announced 4/2. One positive announced late in the day on 4/1,
thought to be a Lane County resident, has been determined to be a Douglas County case.
The total number of positives remains 20 in Lane County. Public Health nurses are
conducting contact tracing for multiple patients.

Source:  Lane County Public Health, Lane County OR

 

Lane County will open a 20,000 sq ft medical services building for COVID-19 cases. by Pat Farr

 

Lane County Board of Commissioners unanimously supported my motion to buy a former VA Clinic and immediately prepare and open it to treat /COVID-19 patients.

NEW LANE COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE FACLITY will open in former VA Clinic in North Eugene

A facility capable of being used for providing medical services is urgently needed as part of the County’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This building is planned to provide non-congregate shelter, as an alternative to providing private hotel rooms for unhoused individuals who have been determined to meet the criteria for being tested for COVID-19, but who do not need to be admitted to a hospital. The County will be able to house individuals in isolation at this facility until such time as their test results are negative or until they have gone 72 hours, without the aid of medication, with no fever or cough. Additionally, this building will provide discharge capacity for unhoused individuals coming out of a hospital to enable maximum capacity in the area hospitals.

Funds for the purchase of the building and preparation of the facility will be drawn from the General Fund’s ‘service stabilization reserve.’ The County will apply for reimbursement of the costs for this facility from state and federal sources.

Lane County has opened two emergency sheltering locations for people who are unhoused and need a place to “stay home, save lives,” per Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-12 dated March 23, 2020. This space provides people with a place to sleep as well as access to basic needs they are accustomed to locating elsewhere in the community but can no longer receive because of COVID-19-related closures. The county also opened one congregate shelter site that provides care for people who are mildly symptomatic to separate them from the general population in the emergency “stay home” shelters and encampments.

LANE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AGENDA MARCH 31 2020
15. EMERGENCY BUSINESS
A. ORDER 20-03-31-10/ In the Matter of Purchasing Property at 100 River Avenue for $1,800,000 for Use in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency, and Delegating Authority to the County Administrator to Execute Documents Necessary to Complete the Purchase and Prepare the Facility.  Moved by Farr, seconded by Sorenson, passes unanimously.
See full description of agenda item here

COVID-19 Lane County Update March 27, 2020. by Pat Farr

March 27, 2020 2:30PM (most recent information here)
LANE COUNTY SITUATION STATUS REPORT
Oregon:
● There have been 12 deaths in Oregon from COVID-19.
● Oregon health centers receive nearly $1.9 M from HHS to help with coronavirus
outbreak.
● OR Department of Education is working on student mental health initiatives in response
to COVID-19 and school closures, such as collaborating with LinesForLife for remote
risk assessments and safety planning for schools. They have created guidance and
resources for schools and families located here.
● Oregonrecovers.communityos.org – new resource to register for tracking/coordination of
donations of private resources
● PPE stock continues to be strained across the state and nation, and in Oregon. The
projected patient influx will cause significant shortage. There is a forecasted blood supply
shortage due to reduced donation. Current state mortuary capacity is stable.
Lane County:

LANE COUNTY Cases as of 3/27/2020 3:20AM
Confirmed 9
Negative Test Result 432
Deaths 1

● Weekend EOC hours will be from 10am-2pm; Call Center from 8am-8pm
● New case announced 3/27, bringing total to 9 in Lane County.
● First emergency respite center open in the Expo Hall at fairground, 118 served on 3/26 &
113 served as of 4:40pm today; Wheeler Pavilion will be a shelter for mildly ill;
Operations continues to secure transportation, care, food, locations for people awaiting
results and is facing challenges with hotels.
o Second respite shelter in Springfield will open Saturday night
● We are working with hospitals to begin tracking ED/ICU beds, COVID-19 admits,
COVID-19 patients on ventilators, and supplies of PPE and ventilators.
● Impacted County services are now listed on the Lane County Government website.
● Staff are experiencing technical difficulties with Orpheus for electronic lab results (due to
# of users, # of lab records, etc.)
● There is now a standardized messaging and enforcement process for non-compliant
business operations. Call Center can now record business complaints by region (Eug,
Spfld, Rural). At the end of every day, ESF-18 will export the list to the appropriate
jurisdictions for enforcement.
● Admin has begun preparing FEMA reimbursements.
● JIC has new staff; has moved to Charnelton 471 (computer training room). Currently
working with Logistics to secure Spanish translation of press briefings.
● Over the past 2 days, Call Center volume continues to decrease (239 calls Thursday, 22%
went to nurses); provider call turnout and duration has decreased; number of inquiries
about business concerns has decreased as well.

Lane County Climate Action Plan. by Pat Farr

 

Tall spruce trees in Lane County

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the use of clean fuels, public transit, cycling, alternative energy, technology enhancements, and higher efficiency vehicles and facilities has positive impacts on community health and will have positive impacts on Lane County’s economy.

Lane County is beginning the first phase of a three-phased approach to the development of the Climate Action Plan.

The Climate Action Plan will encompass:

Conducting a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and develop an internal plan (Climate Action Plan-Phase1) for county operations to establish greenhous gas reduction targets and implementation plans to meet County targets.

Developing a comprehensive countywide plan (Climate Action Plan-Phase 2) with community engagement to outline aggressive goals and strategies, aligned in partnership with city climate actions, to establish countywide community targes and high priority areas of action.

Developing a resiliency plan (Climate Action Plan-Phase 3) to identify adaptation strategies to mitigate the risks and impacts of climate change anticipated for Lane County.

Developing Action Initiatives supporting green jobs, clean energy projects and climate-friendly industries in Lane County.

Providing open and transparent public communications to monitor and evaluate progress toward climate action goals.

Lane County is in the process of establishing a Climate Advisory Committee to provide recommendations and advise the Board of Commissioners on the County’s ongoing climate action work.

See links to Board of Commissioners meetings on the Lane County Climate Action Plan Here

Lane County Services are affected by COVID-19 response. by Pat Farr

As Lane County continues to respond to COVID-19, we are making adjustments to how and when some services are available to the public. These changes are intended to help safeguard the health of the people we serve, as well as the health of our employees.

“We are facing a new and challenging reality in communities across the world,” said Lane County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky. “Lane County is no exception. By adjusting our services and encouraging more people to take advantage of online resources, or to call us instead, we can practice the social distancing that is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, we are identifying opportunities for employees to work remotely if their job duties allow, and reevaluating our policies regarding how our employees may use their paid time off and leave without pay.”

A list of Lane County service changes and meeting cancelations is available at www.lanecountyor.gov and will be updated regularly. We expect that changes will continue to be made as the situation in our community evolves.

“We recognize that some businesses and services have necessarily limited or stopped operating entirely, and we are working with our partners to help limit impacts to local businesses. Lane County provides critical public services to residents, businesses and the most vulnerable in our community. We are working to adjust the way our public servants deliver services to keep everyone safe. We appreciate that everyone is doing the best they can under these unprecedented circumstances,” said Mokrohisky.

CURRENT SERVICE CHANGES

Board of County Commissioners

Phone: 541-682-4203

Email: lcbcccom@lanecountyor.gov

Lane County Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/BCC

Assessment and Taxation

Until further notice, the payment and public information counters of the Lane County Assessment & Taxation office will be closed. Assistance is available by phone Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or by email.  The public information computers located in our lobby will still be accessible, but everything available on them can be found on our website.

Phone: 541-682-4321

Email: Assessor@lanecountyor.gov

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/AT

Lane County Circuit Court  

The Courthouse will be open regular business hours through at least March 27.  The Chief Justice has ordered restricted court proceedings effective March 19.   Some proceedings will continue.  Parties or  should contact the court via phone for information about specific hearings.

Potential jurors who are in higher risk categories of severe illness may contact the court to reschedule their jury service.  People at higher risk include: People 60 and older, with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, who have weakened immune systems or are pregnant.

If, at the time you are scheduled to appear for service, you are experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness, such as fever, please contact the court at the phone number provided on the jury summons to reschedule your service. 

Phone: 541-682-4020

Website: www.courts.oregon.gov/courts/lane

County Clerk/Elections:

Closed to walk-ins. Services are available on-line, by phone or call and make an appointment only. Many elections services are available online. 

Phone: 541-682-4234

Email: elections@lanecountyor.gov

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/Elections

Deeds and Records:

Closed to walk-ins. Available by phone from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.. Most services available online or by phone. Marriage licenses are available by mail or appointment only.  No new marriage ceremonies will be scheduled.

Phone: 541-682-3654

Email: Recording@lanecountyor.gov

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/Deeds

County Counsel  

Standard operating hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please call in advance.

Phone: 541-682-4442

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CountyCounsel

District Attorney  

Standard operating hours, 8:00 to Noon, 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Protective order clinics will continue. If you are planning to visit for any other reason,  please call in advance.

Phone: 541-682-4261

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/DA

Financial Services  

Standard operating hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Most services are available on-line or by phone. Please call to make an appointment for in person assistance. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Phone: 541-682-4199

Email: Robert.Tintle@lanecountyor.gov

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/Finance

Health and Human Services, Main Office Number: 541-682-4035

Community Health Centers541-682-3550  

Preventative Dental Health Programs are suspended.  School Based Health Center – Springfield High School is suspended.

        Websitewww.LaneCountyOR.gov/CHC

Lane County Behavioral Health: 541-682-3608  

Standard operating hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Client treatment groups and the Connection Center are suspended. Please call in advance of appointments. Most appointments will be done by phone.

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/LCBH

Public Health: (541) 682-4041  

Standard operating hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Maternal and Child Health to include: Nurse-Family Partnership, Babies First, and CaCoon, and Healthy Families Oregon are providing all services via phone. Enrollment is suspended for new clients with the exception of priority referrals received from OB/Midwifery or Pediatric Providers.  All client classes and gatherings are closed until further notice.

Communicable Disease:  Standard operating hours. Please call in advance. Will prioritize urgent STI testing and services, the Just Checking clinic is suspended and vaccinations are being conducted on a very limited basis. Disease investigations will continue. Clients should call ahead for direction.

Environmental Health: Standard operating hours. Front desk is closed all services will be provided via phone or online.

WIC certifications: Standard operating hours. Interviews are still conducted in-person, per direction from the national office. All education classes are being conducted on-line.

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/PublicHealth

Human Services Department: 541-682-3798  

Standard operating hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/HSD

Veteran Services  

Call in only, no in-person visits.

Developmental Disabilities Services: 541-682-3695  

Standard operating hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Please call in advance. Services are by appointment only.

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/DevelopmentalDisabilitiesServices

Youth Services: 541-682-4700  

Standard operating hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Detention: Community Youth Visits and Volunteer Youth Visits are canceled

Supervision: All non-essential face to face meetings and Technical Probation Violation Court hearings are canceled

Restorative Services: All non-essential face to face meetings and Family Check Ups are canceled

Nutrition Services: No new catering will be accepted

MLK Education: School MLK Education Center & Phoenix Program, Community Service and Vocational Programs:

Phoenix: No new admissions, No visitors under age of 12, No Volunteer visits, Only essential visitors as outlined by Oregon Health Authority

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/YouthServices

Human Resources  

Standard operating hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Services are available on-line, by phone or call and make an appointment only.

Phone: 541-682-4290

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/HR

Law Library  

Library is closed to drop-in visits. The Law Librarian is available to provide assistance via telephone and email; additionally, legal research content on the Law Library’s website will be updated and expanded while in-person service is suspended.

Phone: 541-682-4337

Email: lclawlib@lanecountyor.gov

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/LawLibrary

Parole and Probation  

Standard operating hours, 8:00 am to Noon, 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Some services can be done by phone or call and make an appointment.

Phone: 541-682-3040

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/ParoleProbation

Public Works Customer Service Center –

Closed to the public. Services are still available on-line and by phone during standard business hours, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Phone: 541-682-6900

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/PW

Lane Event Center

Closed. Please contact LEC on-line, call-in or make an appointment.

Phone: 541-682-4292

Website: https://www.laneeventscenter.org/

Land Management –

Services are available on-line or by phone. The March 24 Planning Commissioner meeting has been canceled.

Phone: 541-682-4065

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/LMD

Animal Services –

Services are available on-line or by phone.

Phone: 541-682-3645

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/Animals

Manufactured Structure Services –

Services are available by phone only.

Phone: 541-682-6961

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/ManufacturedStructures

Waste Management/ Transfer Stations –

Standard operation hours for Administration Office and Transfer Stations. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for the office and check the transfer station website for specific hours.

Phone: 541-682-6900

Administration Office Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/Waste

Transfer Stations Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/TransferStations

Parks  –

Park sites are open. Administrative services are available on-line or by phone only.

Phone: 541-682-2000

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/Parks

Sheriff’s Office  

Records requests should be made via on-line report portal, by phone, or by mail.  No walk-in Concealed Handgun License customers; this service provided by appointment only, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Phone: 541-682-4150

Email: sheriffs.office@lanecountyor.gov

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/Sheriff

Technology Services  

Standard operating hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Phone: 541-682-4032

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/TechnologyServices

All advisory committee meetings are canceled or postponed unless deemed essential. Please check our online calendar for the most up to date information.

Website: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/Calendar

COVID-19 News: INVESTIGATING POSITIVE CASES IN LANE COUNTY. by Pat Farr

Lane County Board of Health and Public Health professionals are working around the clock to update and address issues surrounding COVID-19 corona virus.

Lane County Public Health is conducting two investigations related to the two positive test results for COVID-19 in Lane County.

Investigations involve determining where each person went, who they were around and who may have had direct contact during the period we believe they may have been contagious.

Public Health nurses conduct these communicable disease investigations regularly. Some of the most common investigations involve syphilis, measles and whooping cough. The protocols for investigating COVID-19 are similar; however, due to the unique nature of COVID-19 our investigations will be more widespread and encompass more contacts with other residents than is typical to help ensure we have the full picture.

If a person under investigation is found to have come into close contact with someone, or has been out in the community, Public Health will work to identify all of those contacts. We will also notify the public when appropriate if there may have been a public point of exposure.

Go to Lane County Public Health here for updated information.

Source:  Lane County Public Health

Cooking Seriously with Pat: “The best clam chowder I’ve ever eaten…” by Pat Farr

 

Tillamooker Clam Chowder

People have told me, “This is the best clam chowder I’ve ever eaten, and I have to be careful saying that because my Mom makes clam chowder…”

My sister, Linda (Farr) Spencer-Robb, after she first came to the US, worked at Gabby’s Restaurant in Tillamook in the early 1960’s.  Gabby’s was known for its fresh Pacific Ocean seafood and renown for what many considered to be the best clam chowder on the Pacific Coast.  People planned vacations around it, I think.  On Highway 101 north of town, there were two major attractions within about a mile:  The Tillamook Cheese Factory and Gabby’s.  The factory is, of course, still there.  Linda learned the basic recipe and perfected the technique.  Her chowder was better than Gabby’s and whenever I make it people often say, “This is the best chowder I’ve ever eaten…”  Here’s the recipe and technique.  You can adjust ingredient amounts to taste, but don’t skip any steps.

The Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Minced clams (it is ok to use canned) 1 qt. Half and Half
  • 2 cups Clam nectar (may be drained from cans) ½ cup Butter
  • 1 lb. Chopped lean bacon 2 T. Chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 c. each Chopped onions and celery 2 T. Minced garlic
  • 4 cups Diced peeled and rinsed russet potatoes 4 T. Flour
  • Black pepper and Salt to taste

 

The Technique:

In a large saucepan:

Sautee the bacon until it is nearly crisp. Drain off all excess fat, leaving a couple of tablespoon with the bacon. Remove the bacon to a dish.  Lower the heat and melt the butter. Add the celery, onions, garlic and about a teaspoon of black pepper. Sautee slowly until the onion is opaque and the celery softens. Add the cooked bacon and fat to the vegetable mix and remove from heat. Stir in the parsley. Stir in 4 T. of flour and stir until the flour is smooth. Remove the veggie mix and add the potatoes to the somewhat greasy pan. Stir the should just cover the potatoes. Add a little water if you need to. Bring the liquid to a simmer and cook the potatoes until they are almost tender.

Add the clams and warm through. As an added treat, at this point you can add other fresh raw seafood like scallops, prawns, etc.

While the liquid simmers stir the bacon/vegetable mix into the potatoes. Stir gently until the liquid in the mixture is smooth. It will get very thick. Keep stirring until it is almost a paste.

Slowly stir in the half and half and keep stirring to incorporate and velvet the liquid.Adjust the salt and pepper seasoning to taste.

Warm through, being careful not to burn the chowder. It is somewhat temperamental, be very careful.

Serve with pats of butter and your favourite bread. Some folks use oyster crackers.

As yet another added treat, heap a tablespoon or so of tiny Pacific bay shrimp in the center of the serving.

Public recommendations for Lane County Justice Center. by Pat Farr

Extensive input on construction of the new Lane County Court House and associated services is happening

 

Since the last update provided to the Board on September 24, 2019, staff has conducted an online survey and coordinated eight public outreach sessions in Eugene, Springfield, Oakridge, Florence, Cottage Grove, and Veneta. Review of survey results and information gathering during outreach sessions show several clear themes from the participating residents:

• Be reasonable and practical – we don’t need anything flashy

• Put safety first – getting justice shouldn’t be dangerous

• Fair and equal access – for fairness, everyone must be able to use this building – jurors, victims, defendants, and staff

• Ensure privacy – include spaces that are safe and allow people to meet with lawyers privately, access Victim Services, and have confidential conversations

• Spend wisely – get our money’s worth by building efficiently and with quality materials

Website for information on Lane County Courthouse.