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Lane County Public Health COVID-19 Update -- March 24 (10:30 a.m. virtual press conference) - 03/24/20


Lane County has four (4) positive COVID-19 test results and one suspected COVID-19 death (1) as of 0800 on March 24.


A total of 203 tests (including testing from private labs) have been conducted for Lane County residents.



The Governor’s Executive Order to “Stay Home. Save Lives.” took effect in the early morning hours today.


The Order requires all Oregonians to stay home unless conducting essential business at locations that are allowed to remain open.


It also requires wider categories of business and services to close or change the way they operate.


The purpose of this is not to cause panic or strife in our community. The purpose is to save lives.


We know that the best and most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to separate people. The virus can only spread if we provide it with an opportunity. Staying home and practicing social distancing will take away COVID-19’s chance to spread among our communities.


Please note: Lane County is holding virtual-only press conferences. The press conferences will livestream on Facebook at 



Stay home. Save lives.


Effective on March 24, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of Executive Order 20-12 is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, must stay home. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.

It is okay to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing. It is not okay to travel to another community, including the Oregon Coast, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Executive Order is in effect until terminated by the Governor.


We encourage everyone to make use of technology (FaceTime, video calls, and other tools) to stay in touch with loved ones. Isolation can be unhealthy, especially for elderly community members who live alone. Staying in touch can help people remain connected to their loved ones and their communities.


We recommend all residents take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including while they are at home:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations (including the flu vaccine), eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

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