EUGENE, Oregon – Lane County Public Health officials said Tuesday that there have been a total of 56 outbreaks of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in late February.
These outbreaks include 401 cases, including those that are no longer contagious or have recovered.
Outbreaks include workplaces, long-term care facilities and childcare centers ̵
Spokesman Jason Davis said college residents needed additional reminders.
“We had some difficulties,” Davis said. “Much of this difficulty from what we’ve heard stems from the fear that some students have difficulty testing positive for COVID or that they will get a friend in trouble by identifying them as exposure. In addition, we had some concerns about the actual isolation in quarantine, because if they did, people would see that happen and they would be identified. “
Davis said there was still much work to be done to convey the message to college residents, some of them students at the University of Oregon. UO cases account for more than 26.3% of outbreaks. As of June 1, there are a total of 368 cases of COVID-19 in the UO community.
“No one should have problems just because of a diagnosis,” Davis said. “I think that’s really the behavior that the university is looking at, and it’s certainly looking at Lane County public health. Once you get sick, our priority is to ensure that the case stays with you. “
There are 17 outbreaks related to outbreaks, making up the majority of the county’s 22 deaths to date. The average age of outbreak cases is now lower than before 31. Residents share their thoughts on this data.
“Unfortunately, the number is rising in Oregon, but there are a number of factors: young people are going back to school, people are getting loose and having a fever in the cabin, going out and doing things they probably shouldn’t be doing,” said Eugene Jim. Westcott said.
Westcott said it was extremely important to protect not only yourself but the people around you.
“If you’re close to someone, you really have to be disguised because you don’t know who will spread it,” Westcott said. “You may be asymptomatic and not know you are sick. The person you are passing by may be ill and will not say anything. “
Health officials continue to urge the community to follow public health guidelines to isolate this virus and prevent even more members from commenting on the danger it can pose.