Public Health 


Our Mission
is to preserve, protect and promote the health of all people in Lane County

Vision
We envision a future in which all members of the community value and promote healthy attitudes and behaviors.

 

To learn more about the programs and
services offered click the links on the left.

 

NEWS:


ALERT:  Lane County entering period of extended poor air quality  (9/9/2014)
 

Residents in Lane County, including Eugene and Springfield, can expect poor air quality conditions to continue for several weeks as fire season lingers on. Multiple fires in the area are contributing to the haze. Long-term weather patterns indicate that the dry weather will continue with little chance of precipitation. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) tells us that the Air Quality Index (AQI) could read between “Moderate” and “Unhealthy” levels as winds shift and fire activity varies. The air quality varies greatly throughout a day, so LRAPA encourages people to stay current by checking their Website for updated 12-hour average AQI numbers.   

"People with chronic lung or heart conditions, the elderly and children have higher risk of health problems from the fine particles in wildfire smoke," said Lane County Health Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke. "People who suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions should follow their breathing management plans, keep medications on hand, and contact health care providers if necessary."

Lane County Public Health reminds you that when smoke levels are high, even healthy people may have symptoms or health problems.  The best thing to do is limit your exposure to smoke by staying indoors. Outdoor activities, such as running and sports practice, may need to be modified.  

LRAPA and LCPH continue to collaborate and are closely monitoring the smoke situation.  You can track hourly particulate levels by logging onto the LRAPA website at www.LRAPA.org or on twitter @LaneRegionalAir.

 

Printable information: Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
Información en español: Efectos del humo y como protegerse
More Oregon fires information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

 

Long-Term Care Facilities and Influenza

 

10/04/2013 -  Check out a new toolkit designed to aid health care workers in  addressing influenza-like illnesses in long-term care facilities. For more information please visit Lane County's Communicable Disease program.

 

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