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Lane County teams up with UO to monitor COVID-19 amid spike in cases

There are 29 positive tests among UO students.

Posted: Jul 7, 2020 6:49 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- COVID-19 cases across Lane County are on the rise, and the University of Oregon currently has 29 positive tests at their Eugene campus.

Public health experts have noticed various trends, such as an uptick in travel and a college-aged cluster.

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“We mentioned that a lot of the transmission happened at house parties, where social distancing, masking and some of those other public health measures were not being taken or followed,” spokesman Jason Davis said. “I’m happy to say that those cases are starting to slow down. We’re currently at 51 individuals in those clusters with around 85 exposures that are currently being isolated.”

Davis said that the collaboration with the UO has been almost hourly, as many questions have been circulated about what fall term will look like.

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“They have been a fantastic partner,” Davis said. “As you know, UO is at least in part responsible for our testing increase. They partnered with McKenzie-Willamette to increase testing, and they have been working really hard to make sure they are prepared for students coming back and also looking at what student population is currently in Eugene and making sure they have a handle on whether or not there are any positives within that population.”

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The UO is also helping the county with contact tracing with highly-trained experts working hand-in-hand with county health officials to best isolate the virus.

“The UO has been present, and really not only for their own benefit for preparing for students coming back, but also really helping us and the whole community out with expanding testing and getting a better picture of what COVID looks like in our community.”

Public health is actively monitoring these cases but is pleased that the case count appears to be slowing down.

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Data is updated nightly.

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