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Lane County Covid-19 Cases Continue To Climb

Rachael Mcdonald

Less than a week after Lane County hit the milestone of 6,000 positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, the total has grown to 6,437 confirmed and presumptive cases.

Lane County Public Health said there were 102 new confirmed and presumptive cases as of Wednesday. Thirty-three people were hospitalized with the virus. Five of those were in intensive care. Public health also announced three new deaths on Wednesday.

At a press briefing Tuesday, County Health spokesperson Jason Davis said 23% of the positive cases in the county were among the Latino population—which is disproportionate to the population.

Davis urged the public to limit gatherings over the holidays and remain vigilant by masking, staying physically distant, and washing hands.

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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.