State lends helping hand to Lane County after watch list warning

Officials said being put on the watch list does have benefits.

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 6:46 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- With Lane County now on Gov. Kate Brown's COVID-19 watch list, the state is lending a helping hand.

The county on Friday joined four other counties already in need of some extra attention: Benton, Clatsop, Malheur and Umatilla.

RELATED: LANE COUNTY PUT ON GOV. BROWN COVID-19 WATCH LIST

Officials said being put on the watch list does have benefits. Some of the weight is taken off of Lane County Public Health officials’ shoulders as they work hand-in-hand with the state.

“They offload some of the work we are doing, so we can focus in and have work share,” spokesman Jason Davis said. “The other thing they really do well is increased data analysis for our cases, so really trying to make connections where it’s been hard to make connections so we can identify outbreaks and get down to the bottom of them.”

Experts with the Oregon Health Authority will be connecting with churches and other faith organizations where high cases counts have been coming from.

This type of outreach helps the county and those groups with tracking and case management.

With the increased data analysis allowing officials to make connections, outbreaks can be identified more easily, allowing for quicker action.

“Everyone needs to do their part,” Eugene resident Phil Hanna said. “Our biggest concern probably is the kids coming back to school. When you’re young, you think you’re immortal and it’s not going to hurt you at all. You don't think about passing it along to anyone else.”

Officials said that sporadic cases are higher than the county would like to see, so they hope OHA can assist with this as well.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 75431

Reported Deaths: 912
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah17556239
Washington10554102
Marion9370142
Clackamas639577
Umatilla438449
Lane436843
Jackson387931
Deschutes242215
Malheur240844
Yamhill175616
Linn144023
Polk127516
Douglas96118
Klamath8734
Jefferson84311
Benton8007
Union7886
Morrow6597
Lincoln62515
Josephine5574
Wasco53219
Columbia5203
Coos4303
Hood River4021
Clatsop3610
Baker2833
Crook2336
Curry1372
Grant1341
Lake1331
Tillamook1330
Harney1001
Wallowa713
Gilliam230
Sherman230
Wheeler30
Unassigned00
Eugene
Overcast
30° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 30°
Corvallis
Scattered Clouds
27° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 21°
Roseburg
Overcast
38° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 38°
North Bend
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 34°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events