Lane County bounty now in Oakridge, the Grove
■ OAKRIDGE, Ore.– Lane County Bounty’s mission is to strengthen the local food economy by offering everything needed to create nutritious meals with ingredients grown in our region. The food delivery service primarily sources from producers within a 100 mile radius with an ever expanding selection of premium local meats, cheeses, produce, and other grocery items. Last month the delivery service expanded to include drop sites in Oakridge and Cottage Grove. “We launched in Spring 2020 to increase local food access for quarantined locavores. It’s become apparent that communities beyond Eugene/Springfield experience challenges accessing local food. We intend to build on our mission of connecting farmers and rural locavores over the coming year,” said founder Shelley Bowerman of Moondog’s Farm. Online shoppers can now purchase vegetables, meat, and pantry items produced within Lane County. Orders are available twice a week for home delivery or pick up at more than eight drop sites in the Eugene/Springfield/Oakridge/Cottage Grove area.
OHA releases new COVID-19 vaccine report
■ PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Health Authority’s most recent update on COVID-19 breakthrough cases, released last week, reported 18,608 cases of infection during the month of April. Of those cases, 8,815, or 47.4%, were unvaccinated people, and 9,769, or 52.5%, were vaccine breakthrough cases. Among the breakthrough cases, 6,142, or 52.5%, were fully vaccinated and boosted. To date, there have been 207,952 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon. Of those cases, 52,998, or 25.5%, were fully vaccinated. To date, 2.6% of all vaccine breakthrough cases have been hospitalized, and 0.6% have died. The median age of vaccinated people who died is 80. Vaccination remains the most effective tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Springfield seeks artists for the UpStream murals
■ Between now and June 15, the City of Springfield’s Stormwater Team is looking for artists of all ages and from anywhere in Oregon to apply for this summer’s mural-painting project, UpStream Art. “This project is perfect for artists who love to paint and who care about protecting the environment,” said project lead and Environmental Services Technician, Peter Jaeger. Five artists will be selected to participate and compensated $1,000 each for painting murals around storm drains on A Street in downtown Springfield. Artists will paint their murals July 28-29 and the public will be invited to watch. One of the biggest threats to the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers is pollution from urban runoff. The murals are a simple, yet important, reminder that the storm drains across the City create a direct connection from Springfield’s streets to our local waterways.