EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County Public Health reported 77 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
This brings the total of confirmed and presumptive cases since the start of the pandemic to 4,462. Of the total, 43 people have died, 39 are in the hospital with nine in the intensive care unit, 217 remain infectious, and 663 cases are under monitoring.
"A really bad situation here in Lane County is really pretty mild compared to some other parts of the country that have been hit super hard. And especially those parts of the country where they've seen their long term care facilities really get overrun with cases," said Jason Davis, spokesman for Lane County Public Health.
Officials said hospitalizations are up by 14 from their previous update.
Health officials aren't the only ones concerned about the spike in cases though. Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich voiced his opinion in the board meeting Tuesday morning regarding the University of Oregon not being held accountable for their students accounting for 25% of cases.
Bozievich said Governor Kate Brown's choice to shut down gyms and restaurants is not backed by science or data, especially when a large portion of the cases in Lane County come from private social gatherings.
"I am not seeing data anywhere that our health and fitness industry is a leading source of transmission but I am seeing huge amounts of data that the university system is, but the difference is that the fitness and health industry folks are private, and the UO is all public employees. I have a feeling that has a lot more to do with that decision," Bozievich said.
From Nov. 25 through Monday, the county added 292 cases and two deaths. A 64-year-old man from the Eugene-Springfield area died Nov. 28. And a 62-year-old man from the Eugene-Springfield area died Nov. 23. Officials said both died due to complications from COVID-19 and both were in the hospital at the time of their deaths.