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'Troublesome Trend' Of Sporadic COVID-19 Spread In Eugene/Springfield

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Lane County has seen a total of 484 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Public Health officials report a slight downtrend of new cases, with 49 confirmed over the last week. The majority of all cases- 81% -are in the Eugene/Springfield area. And that is where they’re seeing an increase in community transmission.

Lane County Public Health's Jason Davis said epidemiologists are contending with more and more individuals testing positive for COVID-19 in metro areas but not knowing how or where they became infected.

“And that is troublesome, because that is one of the indicators that we look at for our reopening,” Davis warned. “In terms of sporadic cases, it’s also an indicator on how we are able to manage these hotspots and keep them contained into known social groups.”

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Lane County Health and Human Services Public Information Officer Jason Davis reports bi-weekly on COVID-19 trends. This week, the worry is community spread in the Eugene/Springfield area.

Davis said small gatherings, travel and household transmission account for the rest of the known cases, including 18 now reported in Florence.

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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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