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New COVID-19 Outbreaks At Eugene/Springfield Fire, Long Term Care Facility

Thomas P from Foursquare

Lane County Public Health on Thursday announced two new COVID-19 outbreaks.  One is in Avamere Riverpark Rehabilitation Center in Eugene where one staff and 11 residents tested positive after routine screening. The other outbreak is at Eugene/Springfield Fire Department. 

Lane County Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis says 12 Fire staff have tested positive.

“We believe there is little to no threat of public transmission primarily because they have been doing such a good job at using PPE,” he said, “and all protective measures while out in the community. We believe this transmission was in the workplace apart from public exposure.”

Lane County has been on Gov. Kate Brown's COVID-19 Watch List for three weeks. Davis said the county now meets four of six indicators to be removed. More progress must still be made in reducing sporadic spread and reaching people with positive test results within 24-hours.

Davis added more people are answering the phone and complying with contact tracers—non-compliance has dropped from 22% to 16%--a helpful sign.

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Avamere Riverpark Rehabilitation Center at 425 Alexander Loop in Eugene is the site of a workplace COVID-19 outbreak. Lane Co. Public Health reports 1 staff and 11 patients tested positive during routine screening.

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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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