32 infected, 1 dead in COVID-19 outbreak at long-term care facility

Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health said 88% of the South Hills residents are fully vaccinated, while 64% of the staff are fully vaccinated.

Posted: Sep 15, 2021 9:36 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2021 10:08 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care facility in Eugene has infected 32 people and lead to one death, according to Lane County Public Health officials.

The South Hills Rehabilitation Center has had 22 people who tested positive in the past seven days. LCPH said the source of the spread is from an unvaccinated employee.

Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health said 88% of the South Hills residents are fully vaccinated while 64% of the staff are fully vaccinated.

“Sixty-four percent is still lower than what we would need to hopefully prevent transmission within the staff,” Davis said. “The eighty-eight [percent] is a satisfactory number in the general populace but in long-term care facilities, when you combine that with the lower staff vaccination rate, it really does still allow for that widespread transmission.”

He also said they see more breakthrough cases in older populations.

This is one of 39 current COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities across Lane County, consisting of 350 cases total:

  • Bayberry Commons: 13 cases and one death.
  • Gateway Living: 81 cases and 6 deaths.
  • River Road Memory Care: 17 cases and 3 deaths.
  • Avamere: 12 cases and 1 death.

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