A spokesperson with Lane County told KEZI 9 News that a county health department official toured the plaza Thursday to see first hand what was going on.
Then a note was just sent to Lane County officials urging the closure of the plaza. In this note, Dr. Patrick Luedke wrote “the level of risk has exceeded my level of comfort for transmission of diseases in the Wayne Morse Plaza.” It went on to say he recommends closure of the area to stop possible transmission of potential bacteria and viruses to humans.
Lane County also says it’s obtained police reports for the time frame since SLEEPS moved into the plaza. In those reports Lane County says in the areas of 8th Avenue and Oak Street and Park and Pearl Street there have been a 20-percent increase in serious crimes. Those include drug overdose, possession of narcotics, sex abuse and a suicidal subject.
And while the health department is urging this closure, Lane County must have this meeting out in the public, and it’s been called for Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. in Harris Hall.