Lane County meets criteria for governor’s watch list

Lane County has surpassed coronavirus case metrics that are used to judge whether counties should be placed Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s watch list, health officials confirmed Friday.

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 7:38 AM
Updated: Oct 16, 2020 10:42 AM

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. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 42101

Reported Deaths: 653
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah9137160
Marion5819108
Washington573975
Umatilla334944
Clackamas309765
Lane235427
Malheur191538
Jackson16696
Deschutes112313
Yamhill98715
Linn80315
Polk65015
Jefferson6049
Morrow5456
Lincoln51713
Union4662
Benton4416
Klamath4103
Douglas3495
Wasco34715
Hood River2771
Josephine2673
Columbia2591
Clatsop2420
Coos2380
Baker1203
Crook1072
Tillamook700
Curry571
Wallowa442
Lake350
Harney230
Sherman180
Gilliam110
Grant110
Wheeler10
Unassigned00
Eugene
Clear
33° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 33°
Corvallis
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 32°
Roseburg
Clear
38° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 38°
North Bend
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 39°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events