Churches, LTD, others taking precautions due to coronavirus

Some gathering places are taking extra steps, just in case.

Posted: Mar 2, 2020 6:48 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 4:15 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As the fear of coronavirus spreads, public gathering places are taking extra steps to keep the community healthy.

Churches, public transit, and the YMCA are just some of the groups taking precautions.

The Lane Transit District said they clean every bus every night. They also said they are working with other transit districts to see what they can do to improve their cleaning methods.

Patty King-Courtney rides the bus every day in Eugene, and she is still nervous when someone comes on the bus with a cough.

"So I kind of look the other way," King-Courtney said. "I even walk down the bus a couple of steps and get away from the cough at least."

Churches are also making sure their congregations are staying healthy. Mannahouse church in North Eugene has been providing extra hand sanitizer and cleaning all surfaces after each service. Brian Wheelon, a pastor at the church, said he tries to keep things in perspective.

"There are a lot more people that get the flu in any given year and unfortunately passed away from the flu," Wheelon said. "Let's not walk around in fear. Let's be careful. Let's wash our hands."

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