Gov. Brown put back into place a statewide indoor mask requirement once again last week as the state sees record hospitalizations for COVID. Brown says she had to make this decision after counties refused to take action. The Oregonian reports in a call with county leaders the week before the mask mandate was announced that the Governor provided no request for action.
Institutions are putting in place vaccine requirements, but some are also implementing vaccine incentives. Lane County Public Health started offering $50 to those aged 12 and up that receive a vaccine at its clinics. Lane Community College is running a $150K lottery where three hundred students can win $500 when they upload their proof of vaccination. The University of Oregon is giving out $50 in Duck Bucks each week until Sep. 13.
The Lane County District Attorney’s office has ordered the Eugene Police Department to release body camera footage of the arrest of Landon Payne, who died while in custody of the police department last spring.
Eugene Pride in the Park happened this past Saturday with limits on the amount of exhibitors due to COVID. Also came restrictions on kink gear and political messaging. James Croxton writes for Double Sided Media about why that is troubling.
LCCEA, the faculty union at LCC, is working with LCCEF, the classified employees union on bargaining for reopening guidelines for the college. In an update they note how LCC sent out in their employee newsletter an “Operational Framework” that did not align with current public health protocols or the unions joint proposal