Nearly 20 new cases reported in Lane County

Currently, 52 are considered infectious, and five remain hospitalized.

Posted: Jul 31, 2020 11:54 AM
Updated: Jul 31, 2020 7:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County Public Health reported 19 new cases of coronavirus on Friday.

This brings the total since the start of the pandemic to 503, including confirmed and presumptive cases. Currently, 52 are considered infectious, and five remain hospitalized. More than 40,600 residents have been tested.

Health officials said 13 of the new cases in Lane County are people who went on domestic vacations or came into contact with someone who went on vacation. 

The other six cases are connected to get togethers of people in their twenties who weren't wearing masks or social distancing. 

The county said one resident at Green Valley Rehabilitation Health Center, 1735 Adkins St., tested positive. And at Waterford Grand Assisted Living and Memory Care, 600 Waterford Way, a resident and a staff member have both tested positive. Both facilities are working with public health and are following all recommended guidelines.

Not only are COVID-19 cases on the rise but rumors are too. 

Health officials are warning about social media posts that are making rounds throughout our community and across the country that they say are completely untrue. 

One specific rumor is about Lane County testing events where they claim people have gone, decided not to get a test but still recieve a positive test result in the mail. 

Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health said Lane County does not send test results through the mail. 

"We call people because its a communicable illness and we are not going to wait for snail mail as we speak we are going to call them up and say your test is positive and you need to know how to keep the rest of your family safe from this disease so we aren't going to do snail mail for a condition like this," Dr. Patrick Luedtke said. 

Luedtke said you should always pay close attention to what you read, do your vetting and if you have a question talk to your doctor or call Public Health and tell them about it. 

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