2019 Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19

Lane County Public Health is working closely with the Oregon Health Authority to monitor the international outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, called COVID‑19. 


View the latest testing, patient and resource information for Lane County.

Possible Community Exposure

Lane County Public Health has reason to believe that unidentified community members may have spent time in close contact with someone who has severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, also known as coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The suspected point of exposure occurred on March 11 at First Christian Church’s Interfaith Prayer Service (1166 Oak Street, Eugene). The individual who tested positive did not get tested until March 17 due to preexisting medical conditions that made it difficult to assess COVID-19 symptoms.

Lane County Public Health asks that individuals who were present at this location at the identified time call Lane County Public Health at 541-682-1380 ONLY IF they have developed symptoms of COVID-19 since the date of possible exposure. The 14-day quarantine period from the date of possible exposure has passed, so non-symptomatic people who attended the Interfaith Prayer Service on March 11 are not being asked to self-quarantine.

This was the last service conducted at First Christian Church in March.

Non-Emergency Call Center

The call center, which can be reached at 541-682-1380, will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Current Recommendations

Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order

Effective at midnight on March 24, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of Executive Order 20-12 is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, must stay home. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.

It is okay to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing. It is not okay to travel to another community, including the Oregon Coast, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Executive Order is in effect until terminated by the Governor.

Please see our "Stay at Home Executive Order Information" page for details.

If you are unsure whether your business is considered "essential" under Executive Order 20-12, take the State's online, interactive quiz to find out.

How does testing for COVID-19 work?

Testing is a complex process and we are getting a lot of questions about “test kits” in our community.

There are no “test kits” that can be distributed for COVID-19. Every medical provider has the ability to order a test using swabs that are common for influenza testing. Those must be evaluated in a laboratory using materials that are specific to COVID-19. It’s those materials that are in short supply across the country and must come from our federal partners.

We encourage you to watch the video below and continue contacting your local medical providers if you feel that you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms of fever and lower respiratory issues.

Community Resources

Listen to a Public Health nurse discuss some common questions and concerns about COVID-19. 

Download a healthy tips poster to place at your business or home to help people limit the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. En español

Fact Sheets (Oregon Health Authority)
English: PDF
Español / Spanish: PDF
简体中文 / Simplified Chinese: PDF
繁體中文 / Traditional Chinese: PDF

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