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YMCA seeks to keep whooping cough at bay

Staff said their main priority is ensuring their kids and other members that use the facility are safe.

Posted: Jun 6, 2018 6:32 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2018 6:37 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The YMCA in Eugene is keeping a close eye on the whooping cough outbreak in Lane County as the number of cases continue to grow. Currently, there are 149 cases across 34 schools.

Staff said their main priority is ensuring their kids and other members that use the facility are safe.

Lisa MacMaster, the senior director of communications at the YMCA, said they are the largest after-school care provider in the area.

On average they serve 500 kids each day throughout Eugene during the school year. They make sure the facility is deep cleaned constantly and their staff are trained on what symptoms to look out for.

MacMaster said they’ll also report anything that may be concerning to parents and Lane County health officials.

"We just encourage everybody to kind of take an active role in that, in terms of washing hands, watching temperature spikes, coughs, see your physician if you need to and don't expose your kids to other people if you fear they might be sick," MacMaster said.

She said the YMCA monitors the immunization history of the children in their pre-k program, and they work closely with the 4J School
District when it comes to kids and teens in kindergarten through 12th grade.

MacMaster said they have not had any reported whooping cough cases at the YMCA.

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