EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County has surpassed coronavirus case metrics that are used to judge whether counties should be placed on Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s watch list, health officials confirmed Thursday.
According to Brown’s office, counties are placed on the watch list when COVID-19 is spreading quickly and public health officials cannot trace that spread to specific sources.
At a virtual press conference Thursday, Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said the county has already surpassed the metrics for consideration. That means the county’s sporadic case rate is 50 or more per 100,000 people in the last two weeks and the county has had more than five sporadic cases in the last two weeks.
A sporadic case is one that does not have a clear epidemiological link to other outbreaks and indicates coronavirus is spreading uncontained.
Officials said being put on the watch list increases communication between public health agencies to determine what assistance or resources are needed. Typically, the Oregon Health Authority provides additional assistance to counties that are placed on the watch list.
Benton County, Clatsop County, Malheur County, and Umatilla County are currently on the watch list.
Earlier this month, Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke confirmed that county was having conversations with the governor’s office about possibly being placed on the watch list.
At that time, it was only a discussion as Lane County had not yet met the metrics to be placed on the watch list.
We reached out to Brown's office about the possibility of being added to the list but have not heard back at this time.