Today marks one year since first COVID-19 case in Lane County

Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in Lane County.

Posted: Mar 16, 2021 2:07 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2021 7:02 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in Lane County.

Residents told KEZI what their past year has been like.

"I've jokingly said I've had to relearn how to do everything, including breathing," Springfield resident Elizabeth Dasho said.

Eugene resident Blake Belgarde also weighed in.

"It's been crazy. A lot of things have changed. Times are very different for the businesses," Belgarde said.

Public health officials said that the county has made tremendous progress in terms of vaccines and testing. But they said variant mutants and vaccine efficacy are things we still have to consider. 

But residents said they are feeling hopeful.

"I am cautious by nature so I want to take all the precautions necessary but I am hopeful," Dasho said. "I feel encouraged that there is more rollout of the vaccine."

A Lane County Public Health spokesperson said that experts also expect another surge nationwide in early April due to increased travel.

Starting Saturday, Autzen Stadium will be a site of mass vaccination clinics in partnership with PeaceHealth. This is along with four other mass vaccination sites in Lane County.

Lane County Public Health also said they are trying harder to reach communities. Two vaccinations at Homes for Good are scheduled to happen to this week as well as the Willamalane Senior Center.

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