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First Death To COVID-19 In Lane County

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health officials are reporting what they say is the first suspected death from COVID-19 in Lane County. The 60-year old woman died Saturday, March 14th at PeaceHealth Medical Center in Springfield. 

She was brought in experiencing cardiac arrest. After her death a test was done for Coronavirus and sent to the Oregon State Public Health Lab. It came back positive for COVID-19, Tuesday evening. The woman reportedly lived in the Eugene Springfield area and was not in an assisted living facility. The Medical Examiner will determine official cause of death.

The Health Department will alert the community if a public exposure point is identified. They will alert individuals who have had contact with the deceased woman.

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.