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Younger People Experiencing Serious Health Impacts From COVID-19 In Lane Co.


Lane County is seeing a disproportionately high number of younger adults being adversely affected by COVID-19.

Typically, the people who suffer the most serious outcomes from the virus are older members of the senior population. But public health officials say that is changing.

Spokesperson Jason Davis said of the ten residents currently hospitalized, three are in their twenties.

“And within our ICU population, we have individuals in their 50s, individuals in their 60s,” he said. “So not necessarily our oldest of our old population. We have folks who are younger starting to experience poor outcomes because of COVID.”  

Credit Lane County Public Health

Davis said it’s too soon to say whether this is attributed to variants circulating or a shift in the way the virus affects people.

Overall case numbers in Lane County continue to climb. The county is in a 2-week “grace period” but Davis said if cases keep increasing, the county will be moved back up to Moderate risk level for COVID 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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