Lane County's application to reopen aims to keep virus in check

Lane County Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis said they expect to hear back as early as Tuesday if they can move forward.

Posted: May 11, 2020 7:41 PM
Updated: May 12, 2020 8:05 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County's application to reopen for phase one highlights how they plan to keep COVID-19 in check.

Lane County submitted the plans to the governor's office on Friday. Lane County Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis said They expect to hear back as early as Tuesday if they can move forward.

In their applications, county leaders need to show how they believe they have met the state's seven prerequisites for phase one. Those requirements include a decline in positive cases, sufficient personal protective equipment, and a testing rate of 30 people per 10,000 every week.

Under phase one, restaurants and bars can open up for sit-down services with restrictions, and so can barbers and hair salons. Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed.

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In the application, Lane County administrator Steve Mokrohisky writes the county has enough staff and resources to test, track and isolate new cases. The application also points out the number of places people can get tested and says hospitals around the county have a response plan if they see a surge.

When it comes to personal protective equipment, the report says hospitals in Lane County and first responders have enough supplies to last for an estimated 30 days.

County leaders also say they can get volunteers to meet the state's requirement of having 15 contact tracers per 100,000 people.

They're able to investigate 95% of all cases in just 24 hours and say that will continue.

The report also sheds light on how Lane County plans to make sure everyone can self-isolate if they get sick and not spread the virus. They have respite shelters in Eugene and are using tiny homes for the homeless community. They say four hotels in the county have agreed to house homeless COVID-19 patients while they recover.

The Quality Inn in Cottage Grove is one of them. Owner MangalPal Takhar said they are willing to use five rooms for people to self-isolate, and the county will cover their rate of $90 a night.

"It became a no brainer just to kind of contribute the community in that way as well to help flatten the curve," Takhar said.

He said the county will make sure people staying at his hotel will have their needs met so they don't break quarantine. 

"The only thing we were obligated to do was provide any type of toiletries if asked and leave them at the front of the door," Takhar said.

Takhar said so far the county has not asked them to house anyone yet. The three other hotels who have volunteered are in Florence, officials say.

So far, 23 other counties have also applied to reopen. 

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