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Fall Brings Bright Colors And High Risk Of COVID Transmission

Tiffany Eckert

A change in the weather has Lane County Public Health on alert. Part of their COVID-19 emergency response is reminding residents of the high risks associated with some autumn activities.

Fall team sports are underway and so is coronavirus transmission. Currently, health officials know of at least two active COVID outbreaks in school-aged sports teams.

The change in the season means more rainy days which will drive people indoors. Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis said the result of that could be increased viral infections.

“Everything that happens in the fall where folks kind of huddle together indoors," he said, "we still very much have the possibility to see large surges and the result of that can be more hospitalizations and more deaths.”

Davis said new cases are on a slight decline countywide, but he warns we’ve been here before. Instead of letting our guards down, this is exactly the time to amp up protections. Continue to mask, distance, practice good hygiene and get fully vaccinated.   

Credit Tiffany Eckert
Public Health officials urge everyone to keep up their guards against COVID infection. Mask, distance, wash hands and get fully vaccinated.

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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