LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Coronavirus cases across Oregon have skyrocketed, and health officials in Lane County are doing their part to prevent spikes locally.
“We moved into phase two in confidence that we had that ability to manage our case contacts to do contact tracing, to do those case investigations, and to be able to isolate individuals and contain the spread,” said Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health.
The county has ordered rapid testing machines, which are currently still on back order. They are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. This will contribute toward increasing the testing capacity and finding the best ways to track the virus.
“We are constantly monitoring the work to be able to further understand our situation as it pertains to Lane County and what we can do to remain in good standing,” Davis said.
New guidance from the state was also released for testing at long-term care facilities.
The county has been working closely with the Oregon Health Authority to best monitor and track the spread.
"We've been very fortunate to have already started that testing and are moving through that as part of our sentinel testing program that we've been talking about," Davis said. "Those two efforts will be working in tandem to accomplish the same goals of trying to prevent the spread and protect our residents who are living in those long-term care facilities."
Sentinel testing involves communities at a higher risk during the pandemic.
Health officials did announce Tuesday that at the current time, no positive COVID-19 cases have been linked to a protest.
There has been a change to Lane County’s call center. The non-emergency COVID-19 call center will no longer operate on Saturday.
The new hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.