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Lane County Health Advises Folks Age 60+ To Avoid Large Gatherings

Rachael McDonald

As of Wednesday morning, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Lane County, but health officials announced a new measure to prevent its spread. It recommends people who are 60 years or older and those with pre-existing health conditions avoid large gatherings. 

The recommendation defines large gatherings as situations in which you cannot maintain a 6-foot perimeter between yourself and others. This includes church services, movies, concerts and similar events. Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health says he realizes this is not an easy thing to do.

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Davis: “Right now, this recommendation is really putting their primary health first. And, so there will be difficulties to accomplish this task of distancing in this way. But at this time we feel it’s appropriate, and the right measure to take.”

One of the hallmark symptoms of COVID-19 is difficulty breathing. Public Health says people with asthma, cancer, and COPD are included in the recommendation to avoid large gatherings.

The county now has a call center for information on coronavirus.

It is staffed on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the number is 541-682-1380.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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