First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Lane County

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified today that a test submitted by a local provider came back positive for COVID-19. This is the first positive test in Lane County. The resident is a 69-year-old man who lives in a private residence within the Eugene/Springfield area. Contact investigations are ongoing, but based on the current information obtained; this case is thought to be an example of community transmission. He is currently at home, following all LCPH recommendations, and is medically stable.

Individuals who had contact with the community member will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care provider on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are currently happening. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.

Symptom onset for this individual began on March 1st with a fever, body aches, chills, and a light cough. A test was taken by the patient’s provider on March 13th.

We encourage community members to practice the same hygiene and social distancing measures that have been recommended by Lane County, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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