Case spike needs to turn around, Lane County officials say

The possibility of additional restrictions will be up for discussion once again at an upcoming Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 7:17 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 7:46 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Officials say the case numbers Lane County is currently seeing are enough to warrant a push back to Phase I, but they aren't going to suggest that change just yet.

At the Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, a vote to add more restrictive measures wasn't brought forth, but Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health said that at the upcoming meeting, it will be discussed again. At the end of the day, it is up to the board to move the county back a phase or add more restrictions.

Davis said even if things were to change, it wouldn't be the same as the first time Lane County was in Phase I because COVID-19 is not being spread at bars and restaurants, it's being spread in small group gatherings.

He said that while 17 to 28 is the age group still being infected most in the county, the second highest age group is 10 to 17. When kids get the virus, they have to stay home, making parents have to isolate and miss work, adversely affecting our economy.

While Davis said it's more about behavior than age groups, the University of Oregon is putting up higher numbers than the county used to.

He said while the university is doing a fine job with messaging, it's time the college community and Lane County as a whole make changes to keep themselves and their neighbors healthy.

It would take a incubation cycle to notice real changes in behavior, Davis said.

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