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COVID-19 Case "Cluster" Includes U of O Students; Transmissions Linked To Partying

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 “cluster” in the Eugene/Springfield area. The new case group—at least 7 people so far-- includes 3 University of Oregon students. Transmission appears to have occurred while bar-hopping. 

Classes are still being held remotely so most student contacts are happening off campus. Public Health’s Jason Davis says the initial case, identified as a U of O student, prompted contact investigations into other cases. 

“Even though they’re admitting to maybe not socially distancing, not wearing masks, they’ve been very candid, very truthful and really wanting to be part of the solution.”

Davis says, public health messaging may be getting lost on teens and twenty-somethings. 

Credit Lane County Public Health-Summit South
Lane County Public Health building in downtown Eugene.

“Just because you as an individual might not be traumatically affected by COVID… there’s a social responsibility piece.”

Public Health has not identified the business names of bars involved because there is no current threat of wider spread.

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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