Public Health Announces Huge Jump In New Cases of COVID-19 In Lane County

Jul 18, 2020

Lane County Public Health announced 40 new cases of COVID-19, the largest case jump for a 24-hour period here.

Credit Rachael McDonald

This makes a total of 384 confirmed and presumptive cases in Lane County. 74 are considered infectious. Six people are hospitalized and there have been three known deaths related COVID-19 in Lane County.  Public Health says initial analysis finds these new cases are travel related. The majority were not connected to the recent community testing events.  Public Health is contacting those with positive test results and communicable disease investigations are underway. It’s believed new points of transmission are from house parties associated with end of school year celebrations.

There is a community-testing event in Lowell on Tuesday, July 21. Library Parking Lot (70 N. Pioneer St), from 1-4:30 p.m.

***The second Eugene / Springfield frontline worker testing event is scheduled for July 29th at the Lane Events Center Parking Lot, from 1-5 p.m.

(this story has been updated with the correct date for frontline worker testing.)

Oregon case numbers

COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 257, the Oregon Health Authority reported Saturday. OHA reported 353 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the state total to 14,149.

The new cases include four in Benton County, four in Douglas County, 40 in Lane County and three each in Linn and Lincoln Counties. 

The recent deaths include a 78-year-old man in Marion County, a 60-year-old man in Wallowa County, and an 81-year-old man in Lincoln County.