Eugene declares emergency to increase coronavirus response

The city's decision follows similar declarations from Lane County and Springfield.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 1:19 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 1:14 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene City Council has declared an emergency to bolster response efforts as novel coronavirus continues to spread in Oregon.

The city's decision follows similar declarations from Lane County and Springfield.


"Collectively we are all focused on slowing the spread of (COVID-19), preserving our health care capacity, and protecting the most vulnerable,” said Mayor Lucy Vinis. “Declaring a state of emergency helps solidify our partnership and strengthens our capacity to respond to this emergency."

The council voted unanimously and discussed a variety of concerns from the public, ranging from more testing in Eugene to the possibility of delaying rent payments for those who need assistance during this time.

"I think it's really important that the city council take this step," said Sarah Medary, city manager. "The federal government has declared a national emergency, the state has declared a state emergency. Between last night and today, cities of Springfield, Lane County and Eugene have also said, yes, we're at an emergency level."

The city will be able to identify changing needs and locate and procure resources.

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