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Spike In COVID-19 Cases Expected In Next 2 Weeks In Lane County

Rachael McDonald

Lane County residents should brace for a spike in COVID-19 cases in the next two weeks. That’s the word from Public Health officials Tuesday.

The estimate is based on recent modeling of what happened in Wuhan, China and Italy where the biggest spikes in cases came 6 weeks after the onset of the virus. But Lane County Health spokesperson Jason Davis hopes public participation in social distancing measures will prevent an exponential spike here.

“So, thank you, everyone who is doing their part by staying home and keeping up that distance. You are actively slowing down the spread of COVID-19 and helping us flattening the curve.”

The upcoming holidays present an additional challenge for social distancing, but Davis says many local religious organizations are offering online services for their members.

Lane County announced two additional positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. One is a man in his 60s from Eugene-Springfield who was hospitalized for other reasons. The second is a woman in her 50s from Eugene-Springfield who is medically stable and at home.The total number of positive cases is 32 in Lane County, as of Tuesday, April 7. 

Seven people have recovered from the virus. Five are in hospitals. The rest are recovering at home. There has been one death related to COVID-19 in Lane County.

Oregon Health Authority

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. 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. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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