Lane County adds 130 cases in three days, new EWEB cluster

This brings the total of confirmed and presumptive cases to 1,516.

Posted: Oct 5, 2020 1:19 PM
Updated: Oct 9, 2020 12:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County Public Health reported on Monday that the county has seen 130 cases since Friday.

Officials said they learned of 81 cases on Friday after the morning update.

A new workplace cluster is tied to the Eugene Water and Electric Board, officials said. The cluster involves eight staff member and six people they have had contact with. The staff who tested positive do not have contact with the public. EWEB is working to mitigate the spread.

This brings the total of confirmed and presumptive cases to 1,516. Of those, 187 cases remain infectious. Four people are in the hospital.

The death toll has risen to 20. Officials said the most recent death is an 83-year-old man from the Eugene-Springfield area who died on Sept. 30 due to complications associated with COVID-19. He was in the hospital at the time of his death. Lane County Public Health issued their condolences to the man’s family and friends.

Nearly 70,000 Lane County residents have been tested.

Brittany Quick-Qarner with the Eugene Chamber of Commerce says any more restrictions imposed on businesses could shutter their doors. 

"Our hospitality and our food and retail industry has been hit the hardest," she said. "These phased regulations impact those businesses more than they do a lot of other places."

Testing for wildfire evacuees will be held at the Lane Events Center parking lot, 796 W. 13th Ave.:

  • Oct. 7 from 2 to 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 8 from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 9 from 2 to 6 p.m.

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