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Long-term care facilities on high alert with 12 active outbreaks

A total of 275 cases and 10 deaths are tied to the outbreaks.

Posted: Dec 8, 2020 12:31 PM
Updated: Dec 8, 2020 6:51 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Lane County has 12 long-term care facilities with multiple cases that are considered active outbreaks, public health officials reported on Tuesday. Those facilities are still adding new cases.

“If a facility has cases within that 28-day period, then they are considered active,” spokesman Jason Davis said. “In terms of those facilities that are actively adding cases right now, we have 12.”

There’s an additional six facilities that have at least one case that health officials are watching closely.

A total of 275 cases and 10 deaths are tied to the outbreaks.

“This is something we’ve been trying to prevent for some time," Davis said. "Fortunately, our long-term care facilities here in Lane County do a great job at sweeping in and leveraging public health’s resources and expertise and stopping the spread once the disease is in the facility.”

When the COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Lane County, the plan is for long-term care facilities to receive the vaccine in Phase 1B. Phase 1A of the vaccine distribution is health care workers.

Davis said that 90 to 95 percent of the community will need to be vaccinated, if we want to return to full-scale normalcy.

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