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

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

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

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

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

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

LANE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH ONE OF ONLY 11 PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS NATIONWIDE TO BE GRANTED INITIAL ACCREDIDATION STATUS. by Pat Farr

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Lane County Board of Commissioners also serves as the Board of Health

Last week, the nation Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) granted Lane County Public Health initial accreditation status. To receive national initial accreditation through PHAB, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of public health quality standards and measures. Lane County Public Health has been undergoing this review process for the last several years.

“The value of becoming a PHAB-accredited health department extends far beyond the interior walls of the health department,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “People living and working in the communities served by these health departments can be assured that their health department is strong and has the capacity to protect and promote their health. Just going through the accreditation process itself helps health departments pinpoint the areas that are critical to improving the work they do for their communities.”

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) plays a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people in communities across Lane County by providing a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and preparing for and responding to health emergencies. New research and best practices are helping to make this task more efficient and effective, and accreditation is one way to insure LCPH is staying on track and up to speed.