First suspected COVID-19 related death announced in Lane County


A 60-year-old Lane County woman passed away at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend on March 14. She was brought in experiencing cardiac arrest and after her death a COVID-19 test was submitted to the Oregon State Public Health Lab. The test was returned this evening as positive for COVID-19.

The woman lived in the Eugene-Springfield area and did not reside in an assisted living facility.

While the Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the official cause of death, the positive COVID-19 test is concerning.

A communicable disease investigation will occur. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public. Individuals who may have been exposed will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their healthcare providers on next steps.

This is an incredibly sad announcement and one that we had hoped not to make in Lane County. We encourage everyone to be as respectful and kind as possible as a family in our community grieves.

We also encourage everyone to continue practicing social distancing, including adhering to all state guidance on gatherings and business operations, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

— Lane County Pubic Health (March 17)

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