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McKenzie-Willamette sees COVID-19 outbreak

Public health added 111 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and three new deaths.

Posted: Dec 4, 2020 3:18 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Nine COVID-19 cases have been tied to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield, Lane County Public Health reported on Friday.

Two of the cases are patients and seven are staff members.

Officials said the center has taken all precautionary measures and is working with public health to prevent spread. Following the spike in cases due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the center restricted visitation and tested all employees.

The seven employees are at home in quarantine, and the two cases involving patients appear to be isolated to one unit, officials said.

Public health added 111 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and three new deaths. The death toll has risen to 54. One of the deaths was a 79-year-old woman from the Eugene-Springfield area who died in the hospital on Dec. 2 due to COVID-19. Information on the other deaths is not yet available.

Of the total cases, 45 are in the hospital with eight in the intensive care unit and 386 are considered infectious.

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