Lane County Public Health

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As of Thursday morning, there were 75 active COVID-19 outbreaks that have contributed to more than 500 of Lane County’s total positive case count, according to Lane County Public Health.

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Lane County Public Health reports 102 new positive COVID-19 cases were identified over the weekend. This brings the total case count to 2,143-- with 215 currently considered infectious. 

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that Lane County has been added to the Watch List for COVID-19 case activity. 

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If you get a call from the Lane County Public Health department, officials say ‘please take it.’ This comes out of concern as non-compliance in the COVID-19 contact tracing effort continues to grow.

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Round three of Lane County’s Rent Assistance services for COVID-19 affected residents will open at 9 am, this Friday, October 16th.

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Lane County Public Health has added a new reporting function to better describe COVID-19 outbreaks in communities.

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Lane County saw 123 positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend, and the University of Oregon reported 30 for Saturday and Sunday.

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Lane County Public Health Thursday announced three new workplace clusters for COVID-19.

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More COVID-19 workplace clusters could be announced in Lane County, according to a public health official. Individual non-compliance with safety protocols and possible airborne transmission could behind the increase in cases found in the workplace.


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Lane County reported 75 new positive COVID-19 cases, and one related death over the weekend. Six of the positive cases are associated with long term care facilities. Despite a surge in cases the past couple of weeks, a Lane County Public Health official says the rapid growth rate is starting to slow.

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Lane County is on high alert for risk of transmission of COVID-19. Public Health reports 200 people are currently infectious—an all-time high for the county during the pandemic.

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COVID-19 case numbers – and hospitalizations - continue to increase in Lane County. The trend directly impacts the county’s timeline for getting kids back in school.

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A spike in cases of COVID-19 in Lane County has public health officials reminding people of the basics. 72 new cases were announced after the weekend, bringing the total of positive cases countywide to 1,009.

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Lane County Public Health has announced 20 more positive cases of COVID-19, one new death, and a new workplace cluster.


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After the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory closed Monday due to hazardous indoor air quality, no new specimens were accepted or tested. But Lane County Public Information Officer Jason Davis said COVID-19 testing is still available in the county.

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Regional fires have filled the skies with smoke and particulates. Throughout the Willamette Valley and in spots along the central coast, air quality can range from unhealthy to hazardous.

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The staff of caregivers and hospice nurses at a Eugene long term care facility continue to work in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak. So far, 19 residents and 8 staff at Evergreen Memory Care have been infected with the novel coronavirus, two elder residents have died.

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Lane County Public Health announced Friday an additional 22 cases of COVID-19. Nine of these are attributed to the Evergreen Memory Care outbreak. The outbreak now stands at 27 cases.

The facility in northwest Eugene reports two residents have died of COVID-19 related causes. Both elders reportedly had underlying conditions.  

In a statement, Evergreen staff offered condolences to the deceased residents’ families and friends and said it was a privilege to care for them.

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Emergency operations at Lane County Public Health have been focusing on the Labor Day holiday with warnings of transmission risks and requests to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Lane County COVID-19 Infection Rate Sees Downward Trend

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A Lane County Public Health official, Jason Davis, said the daily rate of COVID-19 cases and rate of infection are still trending downward. And Davis said they want those to keep going down, especially as college students return to the area for fall term. 

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Lane County Public Health reported another staff person at a residential care facility has tested positive for COVID-19. The new case prompted immediate testing of all residents at Spring Valley Assisted Living, some of whom have memory loss. The Springfield facility is in the process of testing staff.

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Awareness, patience and some changes to public health policy will help us get through this pandemic, and be more prepared for the next one, according to one local expert. To cap off our year-long series on resilience, KLCC’s Karen Richards spoke with Lane County’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke.

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Lane County Public Health reports new COVID-19 cases have raised the overall count to 597. One of them is a staff person at Oaktree Residential Living in west Eugene.

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Lane County has seen a total of 484 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Public Health officials report a slight downtrend of new cases, with 49 confirmed over the last week. The majority of all cases- 81% -are in the Eugene/Springfield area. And that is where they’re seeing an increase in community transmission.

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The overall caseload of COVID-19 in Lane County increases daily, yet the number of 'active' or 'infectious' cases has not changed at the same rate. Public Health officials have an explanation.

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The Oregon Department of Education, in tandem with the Oregon Health Authority and the governor’s office, released some guidance Tuesday for how and when schools may start back up this Fall.  

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


Each week, epidemiologists prepare a surveillance report looking for trends across cases countywide. So far, 82% of cases have been located in the Eugene/Springfield area. Nearly half of all infections have been in people under the age of 30.

Lane County Public Health has confirmed an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in Florence, with 6 new tests reported as positive. This puts the total number of cases seen in the coastal city at *11. 

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Lane County Public Health reports an increase in the number of complaints regarding mask use or more specifically, the lack of it.