EUGENE, Oregon-According to local health officials, the number of new COVID-19 cases among school-age children in Lane County has doubled in the past week.
The Lane County School of Public Health cited an example where an unvaccinated teacher traveled during the spring break and exposed several members of the school community, including students, to the virus when he returned.
The teacher had not been tested for COVID-1
Lane County Public Health said that everyone who had contact with the teacher had already been contacted.
Health officials were unable to name the school district in which the incident occurred, but confirmed that it did not occur in the Bethel, 4J or Springfield areas.
At a press conference on Thursday morning, health officials said that Lane County’s current indicators indicate that when the level of risk in Oregon is reassessed, it may shift to the high-risk category.
This news was released nearly a week after Lane County moved to the low-risk category.
Lane County Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis (Jason Davis) said: “We are not out of the predicament and can experience the proliferation of cases very much.” “Although we do cover a lot of people in some of the most dangerous populations, we still Will go through a lot of hospitalization.”
But there is still time to reverse the numbers. Counties facing potentially higher levels of restrictive risk will receive a two-week grace period to try to lower this number.
The shift to high risk means that businesses including restaurants and fitness centers will be forced to reduce their maximum capacity from 50% to 25% again.
“No one wants to go backwards. Everyone wants to move forward, so when you can only accommodate 25 people and you cannot afford so many employees, you have to go through the ups and downs of roller coasters and everything else. This is a huge chain Effect.” said Chris Novara, the owner of Buddy’s Diner in Eugene.
KEZI also talked with Dede Dorsey, General Manager of Elements Health Club, Oakway Center.
Dorsey said: “changing identities often keeps us vigilant because we must ensure that we follow the guidelines every time.” “Some guidelines may change slightly from one layer to another, and for us to maintain compliance Generally speaking, sometimes it is difficult for members to follow, so they get frustrated.”