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'Critical weekend ahead': County leaders urge the public to stay vigilant

We have not seen the peak number of cases yet and leaders are urging everyone to do their part to keep that number low.

Posted: Apr 10, 2020 6:52 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County Public Health, along with the mayors of Eugene and Springfield, are urging the public to continue keeping their distance.

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg said this weekend will be critical.

Officials said we have not seen the peak number of cases yet and are urging everyone to do their part to keep that number low.

Spokesperson Jason Davis said if you need to go outside for exercise or to walk the dog, do it near your home. They don't want to see parks get too busy.

Bob Hollander lives in Pleasant Hill but came to Skinner Butte Park to walk with some friends.

"The people that I know that like the kind of activities that I do are in Eugene," Hollander said. "So we picked a park that was kind of midway for both of us."

Meanwhile, Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Heather Buch said some landlords in Lane County are continuing to threaten renters with eviction even after Gov. Kate Brown made it Illegal to evict those who can't pay rent because of COVID-19.

Buch said commissioners, as well as city leaders, have heard from renters whose landlords told them to pay up or move out.

"For the majority of landlords, they understand a need for a moratorium," Buch said. "They really have no wish to continue to increase the rise of homelessness on our streets. There is no easy answer."

In order for renters to hold off making payments, they need to show their landlord documentation they can't pay because of coronavirus.

Lane County has added information to its website to help renters and landlords understand what they can and can't do. The resources include a letter from Legal Aid Services of Oregon that tenants can download and give to their landlords.

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