Lane County holds final COVID-19 press conference

Some of the recent COVID-19 cases stem from an outbreak at a long-term care facility involving unvaccinated staff members and the Olympic Trials.

Posted: Jun 29, 2021 1:00 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2021 3:52 AM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Lane County Public Health held their final COVID-19 press conference this morning.

During this 184th meeting, spokesman Jason Davis gave an update in case numbers. As of today, the total number of cases is 14,033. That's an increase of 28 cases for the county.

Jason Davis went on to break down where these cases are coming from. Of these, 10 came from an outbreak at an unnamed long-term care facility. He said the outbreak appeared to stem from unvaccinated staff members. A total of 12 other cases were related to the Olympic Trials, and six involved Lane County community members.

The vaccine makes people safe and prevents many deaths, he said, encouraging people to get their shot.

Most residents in Lane County agree with this. KEZI 9 News talked to two local moms, Chelsea Davis and Clarissa Reep, who are also nurses. 

"We're active mamas, going out taking the babies into town. It was really hard being isolated and away," said Davis.

Davis and Reep both believe getting the vaccine could help the entire community. 

"If it's not for you, it can be for somebody else," said Davis. 

Health officials at the state level also stress the importance of getting vaccinated. State epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger says this has created a stark picture of two pandemics: one that's dying out among people who are vaccinated and another that's raging among those who haven't been vaccinated. 

But there are some locals who think the choice remains with community members. Lane County resident Austin Miller believes that it's everyone's choice on whether or not to get vaccinated.

"Just like the flu shot, we still get the flu every year. Everybody has their own choice to get vaccinated," said Miller. 

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