Lane County recommends high-risk groups avoid large gatherings

This includes people with conditions such as asthma, cancer and heart conditions as well as people age 60 and older.

Posted: Mar 11, 2020 12:49 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County health officials updated their recommendations for higher-risk groups on Wednesday, advising that they avoid large gatherings in order to prevent contracting coronavirus. 

According to officials, people age 60 or above, those who are immunocompromised, and those who have cardio and respiratory conditions should avoid gatherings where they cannot maintain a six-foot radius from other people. 

This includes people with conditions such as asthma, cancer and heart conditions.

Experts said church services, movies, concerts and public transportation are examples of gatherings these people should avoid, while activities like going to the grocery store should be safe.

Officials also asked people to be considerate of these higher-risk groups by limiting visits and using technology like video calls to stay in touch instead.

Other suggested precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 

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