"We've Got More Work To Do": Masking Surveillance Underway In Lane Co.

Nov 12, 2020

Over the last two days, Lane County has seen 116 new COVID-19 cases and two reported deaths from the virus. Health officials say they have identified three established outbreaks around Halloween activities. A new surveillance effort indicates masking compliance remains an issue.

UPDATED: LCPH revised their first mask surveillance report with this correction: Facial covering use at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield was counted only outdoors where the percentage was under 5%.

As we head into winter holiday season, the community is urged to reconsider all social gatherings. And when in *any public space—masking is required.

Lane County Public Health reports nearly 64% of residents are wearing facial coverings properly. "We've got work to do on this," officials say.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health, in partnership with the University of Oregon, has begun a mask surveillance effort. Spokesperson Jason Davis said latest data shows 63.7% of residents are wearing masks properly, at any given time, in public settings.  

“With the increase in cases, we advise people to mask up whenever they’re in a park, or any other common space and just proactively wear that mask.”

Giving examples, Davis said mask compliance at Eugene Saturday Market is at 90% and recreational space outside at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield is below 5%.