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COVID-19 Outbreaks Sicken Both Young And Old In Lane County

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Local health officials have identified a number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Lane County. The cases include groups of youth and elders.

The long-term care facility, Gateway Living, has had 68 cases and one death. Bayberry Commons Memory Care is experiencing a new outbreak with 11 cases and one death. 

Lane County Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis says both of the Springfield assisted living sites are working hard to mitigate the problem.

“It’s not as though these facilities are uncaring or unresponsive. It’s just that we have a very, very contagious virus on our hands that spreads like wildfire through these facilities.” 

18 cases have been attributed to outbreaks at three different daycare facilities. Six cases were identified at a summer camp.

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Lane County Public Health officials are seeing more and more COVID infection in youth.

A workplace outbreak at COSTCO in Eugene has sickened 21 people. 

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Costco Wholesale in Eugene has been working with Public Health after learning of a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace.

Davis says there have also been widespread cases attributed to sporting events and practices. He says parents and coachs should consider what activities are safe for children, expecially those under 12 because they are not yet eligible for vaccination.

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