Lane County on track to reach low risk level soon

Could Lane County be moving to low risk soon? Stay with KEZI 9 News for the latest.

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 8:43 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County Public Health officials say the county has a strong chance to move from moderate to low risk if COVID-19 cases continue at the current rate.

One day after the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lane County, several local elected officials expressed positivity for the direction the county is heading.

Springfield Mayor Sean VanGordon said he’s proud of the progress local citizens have made in the past several months.

“Right now we stand at a moment of hope. The vaccine’s here, and our community has worked so hard to get to this point,” VanGordon said. “I can see the finish line.”

The risk level could change as soon as next week.

Officials say the main focus at this time is getting as many people vaccinated as possible. The county has administered roughly 122,000 doses thus far.

“Please talk to your friends and family who are hesitant about the vaccine,” Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis said, “The best vaccine is the one in your arm.”

Lane County Board of Commissioners chair Joe Berney also said the county is due to receive about $15 million from the COVID-19 relief fund. This is in addition to the nearly $50 million Eugene and Springfield will receive combined. At this point, officials say there is no specific plan for how that money will be spent.

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