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. 

What does it mean?

Increased cases, including spread in the community. Available but stressed capacity in health care facilities.

Take measures to limit most contact and modify everyday activities to reduce personal exposure.

Governor's Watch List Announcement for Lane County - October 16, 2020

Lane County is currently in Phase 2 of Reopening. The County will review the status of COVID-19 in the community and consider moving back to Phase 1 if the situation does not improve.  Following a move to Phase 1 if the situation does not improve the County may consider moving back to the baseline.

State Reopening Phase Information

Link to COVID-19 Alert Level Indicators


View the latest case and testing data for Lane County

 

View the Lane County Public Health weekly surveillance report. (Updated weekly.)

 

View the current local status of school re-opening metrics. 

 

Non-Emergency Call Center

The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 541-682-1380


HIGH ALERT LEVEL GUIDANCE

 

PERSONAL GUIDANCE

  • Take measures to limit contact with those outside of your immediate household.
  • Modify everyday activities to reduce personal exposure.
  • Limit gatherings to essential activities.
  • Limit in person social activities for children and teens.
  • Take precautions when in shared spaces including wearing a face covering and maintaining 6 feet of physical distance.
  • Limit to essential travel.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap frequently.  Use hand sanitizer when soap is not available.
  • Clean high touch surfaces often.
  • Monitor yourself and household members for COVID-19 symptoms and call a healthcare provider if you are showing symptoms.
  • If someone in your household is feeling sick isolate them when possible.
  • Answer the call from Public Health to help us reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Take time for self-care and mental health.
  • Check in with friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to see how they are doing.

SOCIAL GATHERING GUIDANCE

  • Cancel non-essential social gatherings or switch to virtual
  • If you do hold a gathering take maximum precautions to protect anyone in attendance
    • Hold the event outdoors
    • Limit the number of people to an amount that can maintain 6’ physical distance.
    • Limit the length of the event.
    • Require face coverings.
    • Do not share food or drink – no potlucks.
    • Offer handwashing stations and hand sanitizer.

    CDC Gathering Guidance

 

CELEBRATION & HOLIDAY GUIDANCE

Halloween Activity recommendations

  • Activities with members of your household – low risk
  • Carving/decorating pumpkins
  • Movie night
  • Trying Pinterest Halloween crafts, baking or cooking
  • Decorating!
  • Halloween scavenger hunts
  • Halloween Piñata
  • Virtual Activities – low risk
    • Halloween costume contest
    • Halloween scavenger hunts
    • Watch parties
  • Small Group Activities that can be done outside where physical distance can be maintained and face coverings worn. – moderate risk\
    • Costume Parade
    • Carving/Decorating Pumpkins
    • Outdoor Movie Night
  • Open-air Halloween/Fall Attractions where appropriate face covering use is enforced and people can remain more than 6 feet apart. – moderate risk
    • Walk-through haunted forest
    • Pumpkin patches or Orchards
    • Walking tour of decorated houses
  • One-way trick-or-treating – moderate risk
    • Individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to physically distance such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard.
    • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before preparing the bags.

Día de los Muertos activities:

  • Activities with members of your household – low risk
    • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
    • Playing music in your home that your deceased loved ones enjoyed
    • Making and decorating masks or making an altar for the deceased
    • Setting out pillows and blankets in your home for the deceased
  • Joining a virtual get-together celebration – low risk
  • Small Group Activities that can be done outside where physical distance can be maintained and face coverings worn. – moderate risk
    • Parade
    • Visiting and decorating graves of loved ones
    • Small dinner with local family and friends outdoors – see social gathering recommendations
  • It is NOT recommended to travel or gather with family or friends from outside of your community.

Thanksgiving activities:

  • Activities with members of your household – low risk
    • Cooking at home
    • Decorating and crafts
    • Take a family walk or go on a scavenger hunt.
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others – low risk
  • Virtual watch party – Parades, Sports or a favorite movie – low risk
  • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday – low risk
  • Small Group Activities that can be done outside where physical distance can be maintained and face coverings worn.- moderate risk
    • Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community – see social gathering recommendations above
  • Open-air Fall Attractions where appropriate face covering use is enforced and people can remain more than 6 feet apart. moderate risk
    • Pumpkin patches or Orchards
    • Attending a small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place
  • It is NOT recommended to travel or gather with family or friends from outside of your community.

Lane County Holiday Resources
CDC Holiday Guidance

 

CONGREGATE LIVING GUIDANCE

Housing in which each individual or family has private living quarters but shares with other residents a common dining room, recreational room, or other facilities.

  • Face coverings required in any shared spaces.
  • Barriers and physical distancing practices in place
  • Enhanced cleaning of shared spaces and high touch surfaces
  • Limit Indoor, in-person social or co-curricular activities.
  • Close common recreation areas.
  • Limit number of visitors numbers and frequency of visits
  • Increased testing of residents and staff, where applicable

EDUCATIONAL GUIDANCE

  • Primarily virtual instruction
  • Schools that have already begun in-person instruction may continue within Oregon Department of Education approved plans.
  • In-person instruction limited to Oregon Department of Education exceptions under approved plans that follow public health guidance.

Link to School Reopening Information

 

BUISNESS & EMPLOYER GUIDANCE

  • Remote or telework is the preferred choice for as many employees as possible
  • Face coverings required in any shared space whether public or private.
  • Barriers and physical distancing practices in place.
  • Enhanced cleaning especially of shared spaces and high touch surfaces.
  • Businesses are recommended to refer to state Phase 1 sector specific guidance.
  • Limited operations for personal services like salons and barbers, gyms, and malls
  • Limited Operations for restaurants and bars.
  • Reduce or close indoor seating
  • Reduce hours of operations
  • Focus on to-go and delivery options.

Link to Business Recovery Information

HEALTH CARE GUIDANCE

  • DO NOT PUT OFF URGENT MEDICAL NEEDS.
  • Urgent Care/Emergency Needs
  • Use Telemedicine options when available.
  • Call your provider to discuss:
    • Immunizations
    • Chronic Condition Management
    • Medication needs
    • Dental Care Needs


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

COVID-19 Information -

Find updates and information in English and Español

www.lanecounty.org/coronavirus