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August 12 COVID-19 Case Update for Lane County - 08/12/20

Total Cases In Lane County: 606 (+9)

 

Infectious: 35 (no change)

 

Hospitalized: 2 (no change)

 

Suspected COVID-19 Deaths: 3 (no change)

 

Total Lane County Residents Tested: 46,438

 

 

OTHER KEY UPDATES:

 

  • A Lane Community College student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student has been and will continue to attend classes remotely. Staff at LCC are working closely with Lane County Public Health to support the disease investigation, as well as to communicate with students regarding the precautions being taken and steps individuals can take to reduce their risk of infection. No further information regarding the student will be made available at this time.

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata.

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

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August 11 COVID-19 press conference available online - 08/11/20

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Tuesday, August 11, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or at https://vimeo.com/446906580.

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- August 11 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference) - 08/11/20

CASE UPDATE

Total Cases In Lane County: 597 (+7)

 

Infectious*: 35 (-1)

 

Hospitalized: 2 (-1)

 

Suspected COVID-19 Deaths: 3 (no change)

 

Total Lane County Residents Tested: 46,038

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata.

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

*The definition of infectious is cases that are 10 days or fewer from symptom onset.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

Lane County Public Information Officer Devon Ashbridge will provide an update on Lane County’s case status.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

August 10 COVID-19 Case Update for Lane County - 08/10/20

Total Cases In Lane County: 590 (+20 since August 7 update)

 

Infectious: 36 (-2 since August 7 update)

 

Hospitalized: 3 (-1 since August 7 update)

 

Suspected COVID-19 Deaths: 3 (no change)

 

Total Lane County Residents Tested: 45,321

 

 

OTHER KEY UPDATES:

 

  • A staff member at Oaktree Residential Living Facility in Eugene has tested positive for COVID-19. Oak Tree is planning to test all residents and staff on Tuesday, August 11.

 

  • Public Information Officer Jason Davis is out of the office during the week of August 10. Please direct media inquiries to Devon Ashbridge at 541-682-4526.

 

 

Data regarding Lane County testing, patient status, case ZIP codes and more is available at

www.LaneCountyOR.gov/localdata.

 

The State of Oregon has created a COVID-19 web page with resources at http://coronavirus.oregon.gov.

 

 

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First Lane County racial equity listening session Tuesday evening - 08/10/20

The Lane County Equity and Access Advisory Board is hosting a series of virtual listening sessions to hear from the community about what we can do to achieve racial equity across our communities.

 

The first session is Tuesday, August 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. online. (Participants must pre-register at www.lanecounty.org/listening_sessions.)

 

Racial equity is defined as working within our institutions to ensure that race no longer plays a predictive role in determining how well we do in American society.

 

The August 11 session is focused on mental health and hearing from front line workers, people who receive mental health services, or who work in and are interested in the mental health system in Lane County.

 

“Our goal is simple: to listen,” said Lane County Equity and Access Coordinator Mo Young. “We need to better understand the experiences of our community members so that we can work together to identify, acknowledge and address the root causes of inequities in Lane County services and find antiracist policies to eliminate those inequities.”

 

Additional sessions are scheduled through August and September:

  • General Listening Session on Tuesday, August 18, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. 
  • Health Listening Session on Thursday, August 20, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. 
  • Juvenile Justice Listening Session on Tuesday, September 1, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • General Listening Session on Wednesday, September 2, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Economic Justice on Thursday, September 3, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Public Safety Interest Listening Session, Wednesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. 
  • Sesión General de Escuchar (en español), Miércoles 16 de Septiembre, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

 

The themes and ideas shared during the listening sessions will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners on October 6, 2020.

 

The virtual platform requires participants to pre-register before the session begins. To learn more and pre-register, visit www.lanecounty.org/listening_sessions.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health notified of 18 additional positive cases for COVID-19 - 08/07/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of 18 additional positive cases for COVID-19. This makes a total of five hundred and seventy (570) cases.

 

 

 

570 total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 4                                                                         

Deaths: 3

Infectious: 38

 

 

At least 44, 043 total tests 

At least  43,473 negative tests

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

*We are now inquiring about attendance at large gatherings as part of our disease investigations and will make that information publicly available. To date, none of our confirmed cases have attended large gatherings such as protests, or rallies. We believe that the majority of our new points of transmission are from travel and small gatherings, along with household transmission. 

 

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Please note: Lane County will no longer provide proactive case updates on Saturday and Sunday as long as new case numbers remain low. New numbers will be published once per day on the weekends in the data table available atwww.LaneCountyOR.gov/data. Daily updates will still occur s://5">Monday–Friday.

 

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- August 6 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference) - 08/06/20

CASE UPDATE

Lane County has 552 cases (+9), 32 cases that are currently infectious* (-4), and 3 suspected COVID-19 deaths as of 0800 on August 6. Four people are currently hospitalized (no change). At least 43,629 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents.

 

*The definition of infectious is cases that are 10 days or fewer from symptom onset.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

Lane County Health & Human Services Public Information Officer Jason Davis will provide an update on Lane County’s case status.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

Climate Advisory Committee applications due Friday, August 14 - 08/06/20

Are you passionate about finding solutions for climate change at a local level? Lane County is seeking 10 community members to serve on the newly established Lane County Climate Advisory Committee.

 

The Committee will be responsible for helping to guide the creation of Lane County’s first Climate Action Plan.

 

The Climate Action Plan will encompass:

 

  1. Conducting a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and develop an internal plan (Climate Action Plan - Phase 1) for County operations to establish greenhouse gas reduction targets and implementation plans to meet County targets.
  2. Developing a comprehensive countywide plan (Climate Action Plan - Phase 2) with community engagement to outline aggressive goals and strategies, aligned in partnership with city climate actions, to establish countywide community targets and high priority areas of action.
  3. Developing a resiliency plan (Climate Action Plan - Phase 3) to identify adaptation strategies to mitigate the risks and impacts of climate change anticipated for Lane County.
  4. Developing Action Initiatives supporting green jobs, clean energy projects, and climate-friendly industries in Lane County.
  5. Providing open and transparent public communications to monitor and evaluate progress toward climate action goals.

 

There are 10 vacancies and representation from across Lane County is important. Applicants’ primary residences must be within Lane County’s geographical boundaries.

 

In an effort to represent diverse identities and experiences on the Climate Advisory Committee, applications are especially encouraged from underrepresented community groups, tribal government representatives, youth representatives (under 25), representatives of major employers, representatives from small businesses, and representatives with a background in physical or climate science.

 

The deadline to apply is August 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

 

More information, including application details, is available at www.LaneCounty.org/ClimatePlan.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health notified of 7 additional positive cases of COVID-19 - 08/05/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) notified of 7 additional positive cases of COVID-19. This makes a total of five hundred and forty three (543) cases

543 total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 4                                                                         

Deaths: 3

Infectious: 34

42,842 total tests administered 

At least  42,299 negative tests

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

*We are now inquiring about attendance at large gatherings as part of our disease investigations and will make that information publicly available. To date, none of our confirmed cases have attended large gatherings such as protests, or rallies. We believe that the majority of our new points of transmission are from travel and small gatherings, along with household transmission. 

TESTING DATES AND LOCATION UPDATE:

Veneta Community Member Testing, Thursday, August 6th, Veneta Elementary School, 88131 Territorial Rd, 1:30-5 PM

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Please note: Lane County will no longer provide proactive case updates on Saturday and Sunday as long as new case numbers remain low. New numbers will be published once per day on the weekends in the data table available atwww.LaneCountyOR.gov/data. Daily updates will still occur s://5">Monday–Friday.

 

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August 4 COVID-19 press conference available online - 08/04/20

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Tuesday, August 04, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or at https://vimeo.com/444632507.

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- August 4 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference) - 08/04/20

TESTING UPDATE

Lane County has 536 cases (+8), 40 cases that are currently infectious* (-5), and 3 suspected COVID-19 deaths as of 0800 on August 4. Four people are currently hospitalized (no change). At least 42,241 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents.

 

*The definition of infectious is cases that are 10 days or fewer from symptom onset.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

Lane County Health & Human Services Public Information Officer Jason Davis will provide an update on Lane County’s case status.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

 

 

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ROAD CLOSURE: Battle Creek Road (Crow) - 08/03/20

Road Name:

Battle Creek Road

Location:

Battle Creek Road at Coyote Covered Bridge

Begin Closure:

Milepost 0.1

End Closure:

Milepost 0.15

Dates and times:

Monday, August 10, through Friday, September 11

Alternate routes:

 

Use Wolf Creek Road or Coyote Creek Road and Panther Creek Road

Reason for closure:

 

 

Covered bridge painting and deck board replacement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lane County Public Health notified of 19 additional positive cases for COVID-19. 3 new cases associated with long term care facilities. - 07/31/20

Lane County Public Health notified of 19 additional positive cases for COVID-19. This makes a total of five hundred and three (503) cases. 3 cases associated with long term care facilities are also being announced today. 

 

503 total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 5                                                                         

Deaths: 3

Infectious: 52

 

At least 40,652 tests administered 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

1 resident at Green Valley Rehabilitation Health Center (located at 1735 Adkins St in Eugene) tested positive for COVID-10. The facility is working closely with LCPH and following all recommended public health guidelines.

1 resident and 1 staff member tested positive for COVID-19 at Waterford Grand Assisted Living and Memory Care (located at 600 Waterford Way in Eugene). The facility is working closely with LCPH and following all recommended public health guidelines. 

 

*We are now inquiring about attendance at large gatherings as part of our disease investigations and will make that information publicly available. To date, none of our confirmed cases have attended large gatherings such as protests, or rallies. We believe that the majority of our new points of transmission are from travel and small gatherings, along with household transmission. 

To  see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Please note: Lane County will no longer provide proactive case updates on Saturday and Sunday as long as new case numbers remain low. New numbers will be published once per day on the weekends in the data table available atwww.LaneCountyOR.gov/data. Daily updates will still occur s://5">Monday–Friday.

 

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July 30 COVID-19 press conference available online - 07/30/20

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Thursday, July 30, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or at https://vimeo.com/443140952.

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- July 30 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference) - 07/30/20

TESTING UPDATE

Lane County has 484 cases (+10), 34 cases that are currently infectious* (-3), and 3 suspected COVID-19 deaths as of 0800 on July 30. Five people are currently hospitalized (no change). At least 40,302 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents.

 

*The definition of infectious is cases that are 10 days or fewer from symptom onset.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

Lane County Health & Human Services Public Information Officer Jason Davis will provide an update on Lane County’s case status.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

Road Closure Extended: Jasper Lowell Road - 07/29/20

The closure of Jasper Lowell Road at Unity Covered Bridge has been extended one week through August 6, 2020. 

 

Road name:               Jasper Lowell Road

Location:                    Unity Covered Bridge (Milepost 8.55)

Begin Closure:           Milepost 8.5

End Closure:              Milepost 8.6

Dates and times:        July 6, 2020 to August 6, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday                                                                 

Alternate routes:       Reuben Leigh Road to Big Fall Creek Road        

Reason for closure:  Covered bridge painting and repairs

Lane County Public Health notified of 10 additional positive cases for COVID-19 - 07/29/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of 10 additional positive cases for COVID-19. This makes a total of four hundred and seventy four (474) cases.

 

 

 

474 total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 5                                                                         

Deaths: 3

Infectious: 37

 

 

At least 39,766 tests administered 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

*We are now inquiring about attendance at large gatherings as part of our disease investigations and will make that information publicly available. To date, none of our confirmed cases have attended large gatherings such as protests, or rallies. We believe that the majority of our new points of transmission are from travel and small gatherings, along with household transmission. 

TESTING DATES AND LOCATION UPDATE:

Eugene/Springfield Frontline Worker Testing, TODAY, Lane Events Center Parking Lot, 1-5 PM*

*PLEASE NOTE: This event is a surveillance effort designed to determine the spread of COVID-19 in our frontline worker population. Lane County Public Health considers frontline workers to be individuals with public-facing jobs who have worked throughout the outbreak. Examples include: grocery store workers, gas station attendants, customer service representatives, bus drivers, food and coffee servers, retail workers, or anyone who has a public-facing job but does not have access to ongoing testing.

This event is NOT designed to serve individuals who are already being regularly tested as part of their employment (examples include: many first responders, many healthcare workers, ). 

 

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Please note: Lane County will no longer provide proactive case updates on Saturday and Sunday as long as new case numbers remain low. New numbers will be published once per day on the weekends in the data table available atwww.LaneCountyOR.gov/data. Daily updates will still occur s://5">Monday–Friday.

 

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Second round of applications for energy assistance funding opens on Monday, August 3 - 07/29/20

Lane County has received an addition $1.5 million in energy assistance funding from the federal office of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding is from the Energy Assistance Stability Coronavirus Relief Program (EASCR-20).

 

The EASCR-20 program helps income-qualified households that have been affected by COVID-19 – financially or due to health – with home energy expenses and is separate from earlier energy assistance programs.

 

For EASCR-20, the household income limit is higher than the previous programs allowed (LIHEAP and LIHEAP CARES).  Households who have been determined to be over income for previous programs are encouraged to apply for EASCR-20 if they have been affected by COVID-19.

 

The EASCR-20 program will open in Lane County on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

 

If a household receives one of the following programs, they may automatically qualify for EASCR-20:

  • LIHEAP
  • OEAP
  • Women Infants and Children (WIC)
  • SNAP
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • OHP or MEDICAID
  • Federal Weatherization Assistance
  • TANF or Tribal TANF

 

Households that already received regular energy assistance funds can apply for an EASCR-20 payment.

 

The EASCR-20 program provides qualifying households with a one-time payment toward their energy bill. It may be applied to electricity, natural gas, home heating oil, propane, wood pellets and wood. 

 

To qualify for EASCR-20, a household’s current gross monthly income must be at or below 80 percent of Lane County’s area median income. A household of one person can have a gross monthly income as high as $3270. A household of four can have a gross monthly income of $4670.

 

The amount of assistance a household receives depends on the need of the household. The program provides a one-time payment that ranges from $500-$1500. Interested households may call one of the agencies listed below for an appointment.

 

Lane County agencies will begin accepting phone calls for appointments on August 3 at 9:00 a.m.

 

For more information regarding EASCR-20, please visit www.lanecounty.org/energyassistance.

 

Households that do have a senior citizen (60 and over), contact:

Campbell Community Center in Eugene

541-682-5354

Cottage Grove Senior Connections 

Florence Senior Connections 

Junction City Senior Connections 

Oakridge Senior Connections 

Veneta Senior Connections

Willamalane Adult Activity Center in Springfield

541-682-7810 

541-682-7835

541-682-7801 

541-682-7802 

541-682-7806

541-746-4406

 

Households that don’t have a senior citizen, contact:

Catholic Community Services in Eugene        

541-345-3642

Catholic Community Services in Springfield 

541-747-8349

Community Sharing in Cottage Grove 

541-942-6492

Siuslaw Outreach Services in Florence 

541-997-2816

Lane County Energy in Oakridge

541-682-3314

 

There are two other energy assistance programs accepting applications in Lane County: LIHEAP and LIHEAP CARES. Residents are encouraged to apply for all programs for which they are eligible. More information on LIHEAP and LIHEAP CARES can be found at www.lanecounty.org/energyassistance. There are also additional energy assistance programs available in Lane County specific to utility companies. Customers can call their utility company for information about these programs.          

 

 

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Lane County, City of Eugene and non-profit partners adapting how homeless numbers are tracked, reported locally - 07/28/20

Locally, agencies serving unhoused community members have used the Annual Point in Time Count, or PIT Count, as the baseline for understanding the scope of homelessness in our community for many years.


Conducted on one day each year, the PIT Count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is part of the formula that determines how much state and federal resource communities receive for programs and services. The PIT Count is voluntary and many unsheltered people decline to participate. It can also be challenging to locate people who are living in hard-to-find places in only one day.

 

To provide a better understanding of homelessness in Lane County throughout the year, Lane County, Eugene and their partners are using the Homeless By-Name List (HBNL), which tracks people who are receiving services and who are unhoused from a number of local agencies monthly. The HBNL was adopted and successfully piloted in 2019.  By-name lists are tools used by cities across the United States to help guide the work those communities are doing to address homelessness.

 

“The PIT Count is valuable information, but we’ve known for a long time that it wasn’t showing us the complete picture,” said Sarai Johnson, joint housing and shelter strategist for Lane County and the City of Eugene. “It’s like using a flashlight in a dark room – the PIT Count shows us a slice of the overall problem and doesn’t illuminate the whole. The Homeless By-Name List is like shining a floodlight in that dark room – we can see much more clearly.”

 

The HBNL will:

  • Demonstrate the scope of homelessness in Lane County
  • Clarify how people move in and out of the homeless services system on an ongoing basis
  • Provide accurate information to inform goals to reduce homelessness
  • Provide accurate information to demonstrate the county’s progress in making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.

 

The HBNL is part of the larger Homelessness Management Information System used locally. Community partners such as St. Vincent de Paul and the Eugene Mission participate in adding information. Participating service providers enter people into the system at the time they receive service and note their exit when service is complete or someone chooses to leave a program. Ultimately, Lane County and Eugene hope to have all service providers in the area participating in the HBNL. Currently, the HBNL does not include information from some local service providers; it also does not include unsheltered people who do not engage in any services from a participating agency.

 

“With better and more accurate data we can make better decisions,” said Johnson. “From deciding service priorities and funding allocations to interventions to help people become housed and stay housed.” 

 

In 2019, the pilot year for HBNL, 9,679 unduplicated people accessed homelessness services in Lane County during at least one point in the year with a monthly average of nearly 4,000 people accessing services. Comparatively, the 2019 PIT Count identified 2,165 people.

 

According to the HBNL, in June 2020 the number of unhoused people in Eugene who accessed services was 2,121. Another 193 people accessed services in Springfield, 150 in Cottage Grove, 102 in Florence, 50 in Oakridge, and 100+ across other communities and unincorporated areas in the county. The HBNL numbers fluctuate seasonally with more people accessing services during cold months and fewer people accessing services in warmer weather. The data also indicate most people accessing services are from the local area.

 

The more comprehensive numbers provided by the HBNL will help Lane County and Eugene, as well as other community partners, better plan for services and adapt the recommendations of the Public Shelter Feasibility Study and System Analysis (also known as the TAC Report) to meet the community’s current needs.

 

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Attached Media Files: HBNL Fact Sheet
July 28 COVID-19 press conference available online - 07/28/20

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Tuesday, July 28, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or at https://vimeo.com/442450712.

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- July 28 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference) - 07/28/20

TESTING UPDATE

Lane County has 464 cases (+6), 35 cases that are currently infectious* (no change), and 3 suspected COVID-19 deaths as of 0800 on July 23. Two people are currently hospitalized (-1). At least 39,323 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents.

 

*The definition of infectious is cases that are 10 days or fewer from symptom onset.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

Lane County Health & Human Services Public Information Officer Jason Davis will provide an update on Lane County’s case status.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

CORRECTION: Only 35 infectious cases - 07/27/20

CORRECTION: Infectious number 35 not 55

 

 

458 total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 3                                                                         

Deaths: 3

*Infectious: 35

 

 

At least 38,841total tests 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

*We are now inquiring about attendance at large gatherings as part of our disease investigations and will make that information publicly available. To date, none of our confirmed cases have attended large gatherings such as protests, or rallies. We believe that the majority of our new points of transmission are from travel and small gatherings, along with household transmission. 

TESTING DATES AND LOCATION UPDATE:

Eugene/Springfield Frontline Worker Testing, 7/29, Lane Events Center Parking Lot, 1-5 PM*

*PLEASE NOTE: This event is a surveillance effort designed to determine the spread of COVID-19 in our frontline worker population. Lane County Public Health considers frontline workers to be individuals with public-facing jobs who have worked throughout the outbreak. Examples include: grocery store workers, gas station attendants, customer service representatives, bus drivers, food and coffee servers, retail workers, or anyone who has a public-facing job but does not have access to ongoing testing.

This event is NOT designed to serve individuals who are already being regularly tested as part of their employment (examples include: many first responders, many healthcare workers, ). 

 

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Please note: Lane County will no longer provide proactive case updates on Saturday and Sunday as long as new case numbers remain low. New numbers will be published once per day on the weekends in the data table available atwww.LaneCountyOR.gov/data. Daily updates will still occur s://5">Monday–Friday.

 

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Lane County Public Health notified of 18 additional positive cases for COVID-19, two of which are associated with long term care facilities - 07/24/20

Lane County Public Health was notified of 18 additional positive cases for COVID-19, two of which are associated with long term care facilities. This makes a total of four hundred and thirty seven (437) cases.

 

 

437 total cases 

 

Of our cases: 

Hospitalized: 1                                                                

Deaths: 3

Infectious: 49

 37,575 total tests

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

A staff member at Waterford Grand Assisted Living tested positive for COVID-19. Widespread testing is currently being conducted of all staff and residents and the facility is following all public health recommendations. The employee did not directly care for residents while in the infectious period.  The facility is located at 600 Waterford Way in Eugene.

A resident at Avamere Riverpark tested positive for COVID-19 during weekly surveillance testing. The facility is following all public health recommendations. The facility is located at 425 Alexander Loop in Eugene. 

*We are now inquiring about attendance at large gatherings as part of our disease investigations and will make that information publicly available. To date, none of our confirmed cases have attended large gatherings such as protests, or rallies. We believe that the majority of our new points of transmission are from travel and small gatherings, along with household transmission. 

TESTING DATES AND LOCATION UPDATE:

Eugene/Springfield Frontline Worker Testing, 7/29, Lane Events Center Parking Lot, 1-5 PM*

*PLEASE NOTE: This event is a surveillance effort designed to determine the spread of COVID-19 in our frontline worker population. Lane County Public Health considers frontline workers to be individuals with public-facing jobs who have worked throughout the outbreak. Examples include: grocery store workers, gas station attendants, customer service representatives, bus drivers, food and coffee servers, retail workers, or anyone who has a public-facing job but does not have access to ongoing testing.

This event is NOT designed to serve individuals who are already being regularly tested as part of their employment (examples include: many first responders, many healthcare workers, ). 

 

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Please note: Lane County will no longer provide proactive case updates on Saturday and Sunday as long as new case numbers remain low. New numbers will be published once per day on the weekends in the data table available atwww.LaneCountyOR.gov/data. Daily updates will still occur s://5">Monday–Friday.

 

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July 23 COVID-19 press conference available online - 07/23/20

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Thursday, July 23, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or at https://vimeo.com/441096559.

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- July 23 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference) - 07/23/20

TESTING UPDATE

Lane County has 419 cases* (+7), 42 cases that are currently infectious (-4), and 3 suspected COVID-19 deaths as of 0800 on July 23. Two people are currently hospitalized. At least 35,526 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents**.

 

*Per Oregon Health Authority guidelines, we are now combining confirmed and presumptive cases in our reporting.  Presumptive cases are people who had 15 minutes or more exposure within 6 feet to a known case and are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but who do not yet have lab confirmation. The definition of infectious is cases that are 10 days or fewer from symptom onset.

 

**Please note: this number is likely below the actual number of tests conducted. Private labs are processing tests from Lane County residents and there is variability in reporting of negative results. Lane County Public Health is being notified of any positive test results.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

Lane County Health & Human Services Public Information Officer Jason Davis will provide an update on Lane County’s case status.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

 

 

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Lane County Public Health notified of 6 additional positive test results for COVID. - 07/22/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of 6 additional positive test results for COVID-19.  This makes a total of four hundred and twelve (412) positive tests.

 

412 total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 2                                                                       

Deaths: 3

Infectious: 46

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

*We are now inquiring about attendance at large gatherings as part of our disease investigations and will make that information publicly available. To date, none of our confirmed cases have attended large gatherings such as protests, or rallies. We believe that the majority of our new points of transmission are from travel and small gatherings, along with household transmission. 

TESTING DATES AND LOCATION UPDATE:

Eugene/Springfield Frontline Worker Testing, 7/29, Lane Events Center Parking Lot, 1-5 PM*

*PLEASE NOTE: This event is a surveillance effort designed to determine the spread of COVID-19 in our frontline worker population. Lane County Public Health considers frontline workers to be individuals with public-facing jobs who have worked throughout the outbreak. Examples include: grocery store workers, gas station attendants, customer service representatives, bus drivers, food and coffee servers, retail workers, or anyone who has a public-facing job but does not have access to ongoing testing.

This event is NOT designed to serve individuals who are already being regularly tested as part of their employment (examples include: many first responders, many healthcare workers, ). 

 

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Please note: Lane County will no longer provide proactive case updates on Saturday and Sunday as long as new case numbers remain low. New numbers will be published once per day on the weekends in the data table available atwww.LaneCountyOR.gov/data. Daily updates will still occur s://5">Monday–Friday.

 

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July 21 COVID-19 press conference available online - 07/21/20

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Tuesday, July 21, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or at https://vimeo.com/440402982.

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- July 21 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference) - 07/21/20

TESTING UPDATE

Lane County has 406 cases* (+7), 54 cases that are currently infectious (-5), and 3 suspected COVID-19 deaths as of 0800 on July 21. One person is currently hospitalized. At least 33,548 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents**.

 

*Per Oregon Health Authority guidelines, we are now combining confirmed and presumptive cases in our reporting.  Presumptive cases are people who had 15 minutes or more exposure within 6 feet to a known case and are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but who do not yet have lab confirmation. The definition of infectious is cases that are 10 days or fewer from symptom onset.

 

**Please note: this number is likely below the actual number of tests conducted. Private labs are processing tests from Lane County residents and there is variability in reporting of negative results. Lane County Public Health is being notified of any positive test results.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

Lane County Health & Human Services Public Information Officer Jason Davis will provide an update on Lane County’s case status.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

 

 

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Lane County Parks is hiring a new caretaker for Armitage Campground -- onsite housing included - 07/21/20

Campground caretakers are an important part of keeping Lane County’s campgrounds welcoming and ready for visitors. Lane County Parks is looking for a new caretaker at the popular Armitage Campground.

 

“Being a caretaker is a great opportunity for people who love the outdoors, who enjoy working with a wide variety of people, and who appreciate providing an important public service,” said Lane County Parks Interim Supervising Analyst Michelle Hunt. “At Armitage, which is open year-round, it’s an especially important position because the park is so popular with locals and visitors alike.”

 

Armitage Campground is located just north of Eugene city limits along Coburg Road. The 64-acre grounds include 32 RV spaces and 8 tent sites, 2 group camp sites, a boat ramp, dog park, day use and picnic areas, as well as restroom, shower and laundry facilities.

 

The caretaker role includes managing the day-to-day operations of the day use area and campground. Common tasks are park host management, accounting and reservations, general maintenance and landscaping, customer service and minor concessions.

 

The selected caretaker will reside in a home on-site.

 

The contract will be for a three-year period from November 1, 2020 through October 31, 2023 with two one-year renewal options available. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, 2020.

 

Applicants with additional questions should contact Michelle Hunt at 541-682-3492.

 

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Lane County Public Health notified of 15 additional positive test results for COVID-19 since Saturday - 07/20/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of an 15 additional positive test results for COVID-19 since Saturday.  This makes a total of three hundred and ninety nine (399) positive tests.

 

399 total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive):

Hospitalized: 1                                                                           

Deaths: 3

Infectious: 59

 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

*We are now inquiring about attendance at large gatherings as part of our disease investigations and will make that information publicly available. To date, none of our confirmed cases have attended large gatherings such as protests, or rallies. We believe that the majority of our new points of transmission are from house parties predominantly associated with end of school year celebrations.

TESTING DATES AND LOCATION UPDATE:

(RESCHEDULED) 7/21-Lowell Rural Testing Event, Library Parking Lot (70 N. Pioneer St), 1-4:30 PM

Eugene/Springfield Frontline Worker Testing, 7/29, Lane Events Center Parking Lot, 1-5 PM*

*PLEASE NOTE: This event is a surveillance effort designed to determine the spread of COVID-19 in our frontline worker population. Lane County Public Health considers frontline workers to be individuals with public-facing jobs who have worked throughout the outbreak. Examples include: grocery store workers, gas station attendants, customer service representatives, bus drivers, food and coffee servers, retail workers, or anyone who has a public-facing job but does not have access to ongoing testing.

This event is NOT designed to serve individuals who are already being regularly tested as part of their employment (examples include: many first responders, many healthcare workers, ). 

 

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Please note: Lane County will no longer provide proactive case updates on Saturday and Sunday as long as new case numbers remain low. New numbers will be published once per day on the weekends in the data table available atwww.LaneCountyOR.gov/data. Daily updates will still occur s://5">Monday–Friday.

 

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Lane County Assessment & Taxation reopens service counter and improves contactless payment options - 07/20/20

Lane County Assessment & Taxation will reopen its service counter on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning on July 21.

 

Employees assisting customers at the service counter will wear face coverings. Customers must also wear face coverings. Disposable face coverings are available for customers who do not have their own. Additionally, employees and customers will be separated by a glass barrier.  

 

“We have statutory deadlines that we must meet and part of our ability to do so relies on being able to work with our residents,” said Lane County Assessor Mike Cowles. “Not everyone has access to online services, and not every question or issue can be resolved from a distance. We are doing everything we can to provide services in a safe way.”

 

There are also several contactless options to receive service. The Assessment & Taxation phone assistance hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday–Thursday. Questions can be submitted via email to assessor@lanecountyor.gov. Tax payments can be made by telephone at 1-833-819-5119, as well as online at www.lanecounty.org/AT.  If needed, appointments are also an option.

 

By the end of July, Assessment & Taxation will also have completed the installation of a permanent property tax payment box on Pearl Street in Eugene between 7th and 8th avenues. The box, next to the ballot drop box, will allow residents to make their payments without entering the building.

 

For more information about the services offered by Lane County Assessment & Taxation, please visit www.lanecounty.org/AT.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health notified of an 40 additional positive test results for COVID-19 - 07/18/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of an 40 additional positive test results for COVID-19.  This makes a total of three hundred and eighty four (384) positive tests.

 

384* total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive):

Hospitalized: 6                                                                             

Deaths: 3

Infectious: 74.

 

*This represents the single highest case jump for a 24 hour period in Lane County. More details on the cases will be made available during the 7/21 press conference, however on initial analysis most cases seem to be travel related. The majority of these cases were not detected through testing events. 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

*We are now inquiring about attendance at large gatherings as part of our disease investigations and will make that information publicly available. To date, none of our confirmed cases have attended large gatherings such as protests, or rallies. We believe that the majority of our new points of transmission are from house parties predominantly associated with end of school year celebrations.

TESTING DATES AND LOCATION UPDATE:

(RESCHEDULED) 7/21-Lowell Rural Testing Event, Library Parking Lot (70 N. Pioneer St), 1-4:30 PM

Eugene/Springfield Frontline Worker Testing, 7/29, Lane Events Center Parking Lot, 1-5 PM*

*PLEASE NOTE: This event is a surveillance effort designed to determine the spread of COVID-19 in our frontline worker population. Lane County Public Health considers frontline workers to be individuals with public-facing jobs who have worked throughout the outbreak. Examples include: grocery store workers, gas station attendants, customer service representatives, bus drivers, food and coffee servers, retail workers, or anyone who has a public-facing job but does not have access to ongoing testing.

This event is NOT designed to serve individuals who are already being regularly tested as part of their employment (examples include: many first responders, many healthcare workers, ). 

 

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Please note: Lane County will no longer provide proactive case updates on Saturday and Sunday as long as new case numbers remain low. New numbers will be published once per day on the weekends in the data table available atwww.LaneCountyOR.gov/data. Daily updates will still occur s://5">Monday–Friday.

 

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Lane County Public Health notified of an 10 additional positive test results for COVID-19 - 07/17/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of an 10 additional positive test results for COVID-19.  This makes a total of three hundred and forty six (346) positive tests.

 

 

346 total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 3                                                                         

Deaths: 3

Infectious: 46

 

 

At least  31,316 tests have been administered

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

*We are now inquiring about attendance at large gatherings as part of our disease investigations and will make that information publicly available. To date, none of our confirmed cases have attended large gatherings such as protests, or rallies. We believe that the majority of our new points of transmission are from house parties predominantly associated with end of school year celebrations.

TESTING DATES AND LOCATION UPDATE:

(RESCHEDULED) 7/21-Lowell Rural Testing Event, Library Parking Lot (70 N. Pioneer St), 1-4:30 PM

Eugene/Springfield Frontline Worker Testing, 7/29, Lane Events Center Parking Lot, 1-5 PM*

*PLEASE NOTE: This event is a surveillance effort designed to determine the spread of COVID-19 in our frontline worker population. Lane County Public Health considers frontline workers to be individuals with public-facing jobs who have worked throughout the outbreak. Examples include: grocery store workers, gas station attendants, customer service representatives, bus drivers, food and coffee servers, retail workers, or anyone who has a public-facing job but does not have access to ongoing testing.

This event is NOT designed to serve individuals who are already being regularly tested as part of their employment (examples include: many first responders, many healthcare workers, ). 

 

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Please note: Lane County will no longer provide proactive case updates on Saturday and Sunday as long as new case numbers remain low. New numbers will be published once per day on the weekends in the data table available atwww.LaneCountyOR.gov/data. Daily updates will still occur s://5">Monday–Friday.

 

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July 16 COVID-19 press conference available online - 07/16/20

The Lane County Public Health COVID-19 (Coronavirus) press conference held on Thursday, July 16, is now available to view online at www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus or at https://vimeo.com/439018761.

 

It is also available to view at http://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

 

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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- July 16 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference) - 07/16/20

TESTING UPDATE

Lane County has 336 cases* (+12), 49 cases that are currently infectious (+1), and 3 suspected COVID-19 deaths as of 0800 on July 16. Four people are currently hospitalized (+1). At least 30,884 tests have been conducted for Lane County residents**.

 

*Per Oregon Health Authority guidelines, we are now combining confirmed and presumptive cases in our reporting.  Presumptive cases are people who had 15 minutes or more exposure within 6 feet to a known case and are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but who do not yet have lab confirmation. The definition of infectious is cases that are 10 days or fewer from symptom onset.

 

**Please note: this number is likely below the actual number of tests conducted. Private labs are processing tests from Lane County residents and there is variability in reporting of negative results. Lane County Public Health is being notified of any positive test results.

 

 

DAILY KEY MESSAGES

Lane County Health & Human Services Public Information Officer Jason Davis will provide an update on Lane County’s case status.

 

Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment.

 

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of 7 additional positive test results for COVID-19 - 07/15/20

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified of 7 additional positive test results for COVID-19.  This makes a total of three hundred and twenty four (324) positive tests.

 

324 total cases-  Note that this includes confirmed and presumptive.

 

Of our cases (confirmed and presumptive): 

Hospitalized: 3                                                                         

Deaths: 3

Infectious: 48

 

 

At least 30,196 overall tests 

 

Individuals who had contact with these community members will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care providers on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are underway. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

*We are now inquiring about attendance at large gatherings as part of our disease investigations and will make that information publicly available. To date, none of our confirmed cases have attended large gatherings such as protests, or rallies. We believe that the majority of our new points of transmission are from house parties predominantly associated with end of school year celebrations.

TESTING DATES AND LOCATION UPDATE:

Today- Eug/Spr Frontline Worker Testing,  Lane Events Center Parking Lot (796 W. 13th Ave), 1-5 PM*

7/16-Cottage Grove Rural Testing Event, Health Hub Parking Lot (1133 E. Main St), 4-7 PM

(RESCHEDULED) 7/21-Lowell Rural Testing Event, Library Parking Lot (70 N. Pioneer St), 1-4:30 PM

*PLEASE NOTE: This event is a surveillance effort designed to determine the spread of COVID-19 in our frontline worker population. Lane County Public Health considers frontline workers to be individuals with public-facing jobs who have worked throughout the outbreak. Examples include: grocery store workers, gas station attendants, customer service representatives, bus drivers, food and coffee servers, retail workers, or anyone who has a public-facing job but does not have access to ongoing testing.

This event is NOT designed to serve individuals who are already being regularly tested as part of their employment (examples include: many first responders, many healthcare workers, ). 

 

To see data related to COVID-19 in Lane County, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/data.

 

* Presumptive cases are people without a positive PCR test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.

 

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Please note: Lane County will no longer provide proactive case updates on Saturday and Sunday as long as new case numbers remain low. New numbers will be published once per day on the weekends in the data table available atwww.LaneCountyOR.gov/data. Daily updates will still occur s://5">Monday–Friday.

 

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