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New Estimates Say Oregon’s COVID-19 Cases Could Peak In May

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The number of coronavirus cases in Oregon is on the rise and could peak in May, says the Lane County Public Health Officer.

At an online press briefing, Lane County Health & Human Services spokesperson Jason Davis told reporters the estimate is based on 4 different models and local data. He says we’re still on an upward trajectory and the estimate is for a peak in cases at around 2,500 for all of Oregon, except the Portland Metro area.

“Acknowledging the fact that this could change and really is completely and utterly dependent on our ability to maintain our social distancing and staying at home, staying at home, staying at home.”

Davis says the peak is expected in early to late May, perhaps early June.

The Oregon Health Authority announced two more new cases of Covid-19 in Lane County Tuesday. That brings the total to 18.

The new cases include a male in his 80s from a private residence in Eugene-Springfield is currently hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit.

And a male in his 50s from a private residence in Eugene-Springfield is currently at home and medically stable. His case is thought to be travel related.

Lane County Health Officials say a Eugene-Springfield woman in her 30s has recovered from coronavirus. That’s good news, and the only known recovery in Lane County.

Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis says another piece of good news is that of those positive cases, most had limited exposure to others once they were symptomatic.

Common symptoms observed in positive cases include loss of smell and taste along with a severe headache.

Davis also told reporters there are 122 ventilators at hospitals in Lane County, which he says highlights the need to continue social distancing.

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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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