Eugene emergency declaration expires

The city's emergency declaration, enacted March 17, has expired.

Posted: Jun 11, 2020 6:58 PM
Updated: Jun 11, 2020 7:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The city's emergency declaration, enacted March 17 over the coronavirus crisis, has expired.

When Eugene declared an emergency almost three months ago, it freed up three-quarters of a million dollars to fight the virus by paying for overtime and emergency supplies.

The emergency declaration expired on Tuesday, and it was city's choice not to renew. However if we see a rebirth of high case numbers, we can declare another emergency.

KEZI 9 News asked Lane County spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge what she thinks about phase two.

"It is important to keep an eye on what's happening in other places in our country and around the world, but the data that's really driving decisions is local," she said.

Ashbridge said leaders are looking to find a balance between getting people back into their routines while keeping in mind the data we are presented to make the healthy and wise decisions moving forward.

The respite shelters for the homeless at the fairgrounds and in Springfield have shut down.

Thursday, Lane County commissioner Heather Buch said $1.3 million had been set aside to create a new shelter.

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