Flu death in Lane County traced to assisted living facility

An assisted living facility resident recently died from the flu, marking Lane County's first flu-related death this year.

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 9:52 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2018 10:03 AM

EUGENE, Ore. - KEZI 9 News discovered the first flu death this year in Lane County was someone who lived at an assisted living facility in Eugene.

Seven flu outbreaks that Lane County health officials are tracking in the county are all at assisted living facilities in Eugene and Springfield. Lane County health officials said they consider a flu outbreak to be more cases of the flu than they would expect at a specific location.

KEZI 9 News learned assisted living facilities have to be licensed by the state of Oregon. At least 13 assisted living facilities in Eugene and Springfield are listed on the state's website.

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