Community immunity from COVID-19 has not been achieved in Lane County. At the current rate of vaccination, it is predicted to take well into the fall-- or later-- to get there. And that has public health officials concerned.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s executive order to lift most COVID-19 restrictions statewide--goes into effect Wednesday. Meanwhile, the virus still impacts Lane County where 28 new cases were announced on Tuesday.
Now that Lane County has achieved Low Risk status for business restrictions, Public Health has shifted the goal. Officials say now it’s about reaching “herd immunity” in order to protect everyone. The focus is on vaccine access.
Lane County Public Health reports having a “slow down” with scheduling for the COVID-19 vax clinic at Lane Community College this weekend. The clinic will administer Pfizer doses and is directed toward 16 and 17 year olds who just became eligible for the shot.
All Oregonians 16 and older are now eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. Lane County Public Health is geared up to reach the late teen population with mass vax clinics this weekend. School districts are also scheduling to vaccinate students.
Due to a steady increase of new COVID-19 cases, Lane County is moving back up to the High risk category for coronavirus restrictions. The governor’s office announced the change will go into effect this Friday.
Starting Monday, all Oregonians 16 years and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Lane County Public Health is gearing up to provide more vaccination availability as new COVID-19 cases continue to surge.
With so many people in priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, public health departments must make hard decisions on how to best use the insufficient amount of doses allocated to them each week. Now, it’s about the elderly.
COVID-19 clusters in long term care facilities and nursing homes represent the bulk of the outbreaks in Lane County. Public Health announced Thursday five new deaths from the virus, all people over the age of 75.
Lane County now exceeds 200 COVID-19 cases per 100,000. This volume of cases has elevated the county to “wide-spread” mode, meaning the virus has spread throughout communities. Transmission risks are high for everyone, particularly elders.