Lane County could go back to Phase I over COVID-19 surge

Officials say we could be reaching a point of no return, but there is still hope.

Posted: Sep 29, 2020 1:53 PM
Updated: Sep 29, 2020 5:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – With the surge of COVID-19 cases continuing in Lane County, health officials are warning the county could be moved back to Phase I.

Positivity rates have tripled in the last few weeks, but testing rates have not. There is a 7.1% positivity rate and 64.9 cases per 100,000. This data means officials can’t recommend that schools reopen.

The message was clear from Lane County Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis.

"It is important to be clear with folks that we are on high alert," said Davis. "That does mean that people should look at their social gatherings and not have them if they can. Today, in the board of county commissioners meeting our incident commander for the COVID-19 response let the board know that if things continue on the rate they currently are then we may potentially have to move back to Phase I."

Health officials said we are at the point of the curve where we may not be able to turn things around, but hope remains.

"If we can as a community agree to stop the outbreak where it is and not blame other people, not blame young people, not blame anybody, but rather look at our own behaviors and focus on that we can curve this," said Davis. 

Additional testing events are planned for the county. Testing for evacuees is set for Oct. 8 and 9.

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