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Lane County COVID-19 numbers must drop for schools to reopen

In a press conference Thursday, Lane County Public Health officials reviewed progress toward state school reopening goals.

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 6:55 PM
Updated: Sep 1, 2020 12:59 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- In a press conference Thursday, Lane County Public Health officials reviewed progress toward state school reopening goals.

According to spokesperson Jason Davis, state guidelines require that the county a school is in have a positivity rate of 5% or lower. He said Lane County's positivity rate has hovered around 2%. 

Additionally, there must be 10 or fewer cases for every 100,000 people over a weeklong span for three consecutive weeks. 

Taking Lane County's population into account, Davis said there can be around 37 cases per week to meet that standard. For the past five weeks, the county has reported about 70 new cases.

"It's not really the number of cases, it's a percentage increase. What we need to see is a decrease in our overall percentages. That's what the governor is really looking at -- is trying to keep that downward trend," said Davis.

According to Davis, 30% of cases in the county have not been tied to an epidemiological link, meaning that community spread is occurring in the county.

Many large school districts in Lane County already plan on entirely online learning for the beginning of the school year.

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