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, 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%.