Survey reveals effects of pandemic on Eugene residents

A new survey by the City of Eugene and research firm ETC Institute is revealing new details about how the pandemic is affecting the lives of Eugene residents.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 8:11 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – A new survey by the City of Eugene and research firm ETC Institute is revealing new details about how the pandemic is affecting the lives of Eugene residents.

The survey, which included responses from more than 600 households around Eugene, asked about a number of topics including what residents are doing to stop the spread of the virus, how they've been impacted financially and what needs they have in the future. 

According to the survey, 98% of residents said they are wearing a mask to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Four out of 10 said they are experiencing emotional distress because of COVID-19. A total of 27% of respondents said they've taken a hit financially because of a lost job or reduced hours. Finally, one out of 10 are having trouble paying rent or utilities or buying groceries.

There's also evidence that this pandemic has not affected everyone equally. According to the survey, communities of color who primarily speak Spanish reported higher rates of negative impacts. Non-white people reported significantly higher financial needs or trouble paying for necessities. 

The city council plans to discuss these findings during a work session Wednesday afternoon. The full ETC report is available online on the city’s website.

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