Include the COVID numbers
The state of Oregon saw another surge in coronavirus cases yesterday as the OHA reported 422 new cases. While this is still fewer than the four-digit cases the state saw in January, it still shows the potential for the virus to recover even if the state hits 1 million administered doses. Even so, there are still minimal cases in Lane County as 16 new cases were reported yesterday. There were no new cases for the Florence region. The state continues to expand the number of counties that can expand their vaccination schedule. Coos County is the newest to be added to the list. The state continues to have sporadic outages on its reporting website and had issues with restricted access to data yesterday.
Gas prices are rising
Although crude oil prices have stalled and even declined in recent days, gasoline prices continue to rise as we near the spring and summer driving seasons. Marie Dodds with AAA said gas prices for the state rose another 3 cents this week, an average of $ 3.16 for a gallon of normal gas. In Florence, the average price for regular gasoline has now risen to $ 3.10 per gallon. Dodds says the demand for gas declined slightly over the past week, with supply only increasing 400,000 gallons. She says the refineries are only slightly below their pre-storm levels.
Chamber seeks target of 120
The Florence Chamber of Commerce has now received 80 sponsorships for hanging flower baskets in the city. Your goal was 120. Baskets will be hanging around town from May to October and you can contact the chamber if you’d like to participate by sponsoring a basket. Sponsorships can be individuals or companies.
With the occurrence of seasonal allergies, the CDC created a graph that shows the differences between allergies and COVID-19. Unsurprisingly, there are many similarities between the two. Some things that both have in common are cough, headache, and fatigue. Some of the things that are unique to allergies are sneezing, sore throats, itchy / watery eyes, and runny or stuffy nose. And things that are most common with COVID-19 symptoms in addition to the first three symptoms are loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, and body pain. The CDC recommends that if you have a wide variety of symptoms, the best way to make sure is that you get a test.