Are we ready for phase two? It’s too soon to tell, officials say

There is good news: the county is down to zero hospitalizations from COVID-19 and protective gear is in good supply.

Posted: May 26, 2020 7:17 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Twelve days have passed since various counties across Oregon moved into phase one, and counties are weighing whether they're ready for phase two.

According to Gov. Kate Brown's plan, at least 21 days has to pass before we can apply for phase two.

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Many are left wondering if the county is moving in the right direction.

“While it’s still too soon to tell about all the different marks, we do know that the cases we are seeing are the kinds of cases that we want to be seeing,” Davis said.

There is good news: the county is down to zero hospitalizations from COVID-19 and protective gear is in good supply.

“I feel like we’re ready for it,” Eugene resident Vince Casey said. “I just feel like people need to be more respectful of the masks and the safety precautions that people are taking. We’re not trying to take away anybody’s freedom. We’re just trying to keep everyone safe and healthy.”

While health officials say it is too soon to tell if the county is on track or not, the recommendations remain the same: to continue social distancing practices and to follow the guidelines in place.

An increase in COVID-19 testing within the county's vulnerable populations is also underway.

Lane County’s sentinel testing program began earlier in the month, which involved testing of the unhoused population. Then, the testing moved on to those in assisted living facilities. Three facilities were tested last week, and three more will be tested this week.

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“Next up, we have the Latinx community,” Davis said. “We are looking at two different locations to do about four hours of testing on each location for the Latinx community and that will enable us to have a better understanding about what is going on with COVID-19 in that community.”

The widespread testing allows the county to identify trends to best track and monitor the virus.

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