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Eugene’s Mass Protest During A Pandemic: Some Practice Safety, Some Don't

Melorie Begay

Over the weekend, Eugene saw record numbers of protesters gathered and marching-- in close proximity-- for hours. All in the midst of a pandemic. Images of Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest reveal thousands of participants wearing masks-- but several of the organizers on stage were un-masked and very close together.

When it comes to these kinds of activities, Lane County Public Health urges a stronger focus on distancing, masking and good hygiene practices. 

Spokesman Jason Davis:

“We certainly understand the need to make your voice heard but potentially now is the time to look for alternative ways," Davis said,  "if you’re part of one of those groups that could be really severely affected if you happen to contract COVID.”

Health officials continue to warn that people over 65 or those with pre-existing conditions are at increased risk. Davis says Public Health could see a surge in new cases as a result of the recent mass gatherings. If it happens, he says- the health agency will be prepared.  

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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