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Commissioner blames UO for stagnant county risk level restrictions

Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich is blaming University of Oregon-related coronavirus cases for preventing the county from moving down a risk level.

Posted: Feb 9, 2021 12:19 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2021 1:42 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich is blaming University of Oregon-related coronavirus cases for preventing the county from moving down a risk level.

On Tuesday, Gov. Kate Brown announced that Lane County would remain in the extreme risk category, impacting the capacities of businesses countywide and their ability to open up indoor dining. At the same time, 10 other counties in the state were downgraded.

According to Bozievich, Lane County's two week total of reported cases was a mere 27 too high to be moved down a risk level. In that same timeframe, the University of Oregon reported 259 cases.

"Open our small businesses or close the UO!" wrote Bozievich in a Facebook post Monday night.

Just got word from the Overlords at OHA that Lane County remains in the Extreme Risk category and many of our small...

Posted by Jay Bozievich West Lane County Commissioner on Monday, February 8, 2021

Just got word from the Overlords at OHA that Lane County remains in the Extreme Risk category and many of our small...

In a Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Bozievich raised concerns again that the UO community on and off campus was disproportionately impacting the rest of the county.

Commissioner Laurie Trieger pushed back, claiming that the assertion that the UO community is separate from the county at large could have public health consequences.

"That bell has rung. That campus, that community, the people who are connected with it, including students, are part of our community. They are also employees at some of our local businesses. They are certainly patrons of some of our local businesses. They also live here,"Trieger said.

Bozievich responded by suggesting that restrictions be phased out in communities untouched by the university, while maintaining restrictions in the campus area.

"Considering allowing areas like Junction City, Florence, Oakridge and Cottage Grove to lift their restrictions when we have a concentrated source in a very concentrated area of the county is scientific," Bozievich said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

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