COVID-19 Information

badgeThe Lane County Sheriff’s Office has created or enhanced a number of protocols to help protect the community, the adults in custody in the Lane County Jail, and our employees from COVID-19.

We have been working closely with Lane County Public Health, the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, and our contracted medical provider for the Lane County Jail (WellPath) on ways to continue to provide as many services as possible in the safest way possible.  Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also guided our office in the changes we have made. 

Please review the drop-down menu below to learn more about our COVID-19 protocols.  We are constantly evaluating our response strategy and will update this page as changes in services or response are made. 


General Police Response

Lane County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies are responding to calls for service from community members.  For the safety of deputies and community members, the Sheriff’s Office will be judicious in determining what self-initiated contacts are made.   

On a case by case basis, deputies may decide to contact victims by phone rather than respond in person to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.   This would most likely be for reports of property crime that are not in progress. 

Patrol vehicles are being decontaminated regularly and after any arrest or lodging of suspects displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

Deputies are required to wear masks when inside indoor public places, when outdoors and they can’t socially distance, and when in contact with adults in custody and there is no barrier between the custody and staff member.  This applies to when a face covering can be worn safely and does not impair the deputy's ability to do their job.  Deputies will also put on a mask if someone requests it and it isn’t otherwise required by policy if they can do so safely, or make other accommodations as needed. 



Ride-alongs are not currently being offered due to the inability to provide adequate social distancing. 


Concealed Handgun Licensing

In order to comply with social distancing recommendations, we are processing new, renewal and transfer concealed handgun applications by appointment only.   Please visit our CHL page for links to book an appointment below.

Book an appointment for new or transfer CHL

When you arrive at our offices for your scheduled appointment, please wait in the lobby and a staff member will come out to assist you.  We appreciate your patience!

***In compliance with Governor Kate Brown's 6/29/2020 order, masks are required in all indoor public spaces. ***

Civil Service

We are still taking in civil papers, including protection orders.  Community members needing this service are asked to come to the Sheriff’s Office at 125 E. 8th Avenue in Eugene (the courthouse) Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. excluding legal holidays. 

When you arrive at our office, please call 541-682-4156 to let us know you are here.  You may use your personal phone or the courtesy phone in the hallway.  

***In compliance with Governor Kate Brown's 6/29/2020 order, masks are required in all indoor public spaces. ***


Fingerprinting services are provided by appointment only to accommodate social distancing.  Please visit the below link to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting services.  

***In compliance with Governor Kate Brown's 6/29/2020 order, masks are required in all indoor public spaces. ***

When you arrive at our offices for your scheduled appointment, please wait in the lobby and a staff member will come out to assist you.  We appreciate your patience!

Schedule an appointment

Sex Offender Registration

Sex offender registration is occurring by phone until further notice.   To register, please call 541-682-3906 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding legal holidays.

OLCC Applications

Oregon Liquor Control Commission permit applications are accepted via mail, fax or email. Phone payments will be accepted for applications. Please call 541-682-3906 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to discuss the best option for you and to ensure you are submitting all of the necessary documentation.  For more information, please visit our website at

Prescription Drug Drop-Off

Residents will be able to continue dropping off outdated or unneeded prescription medications at our main office at 125 East 8th Avenue in Eugene during business hours, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. excluding legal holidays.

When you arrive at our office to dispose of medication, please wait in the lobby and a staff member will come out to assist you.  We appreciate your patience!

***In compliance with Governor Kate Brown's 6/29/2020 order, masks are required in all indoor public spaces. ***


Personal Protective Equipment

Employees at the Lane County Jail have access to personal protective equipment specific for their job, which may include gloves, mask, gown, eye protection, and disinfecting materials.  Staff are required to wear masks when they are around adults in custody and there is not a barrier (wall, door, etc.) between the adult in custody and the staff member.  

Adults in custody are provided a face covering prior to entering the jail to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Soiled masks may be exchanged for a new one.  Adults in custody identified as being a member of a vulnerable population (for example, having a pre-existing medical condition) are provided with N95 masks.  

While most adults in custody stay in their housing areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some adults in custody are designated as workers and may be involved in the cleaning of community areas and food service. Adult in custody workers have their temperatures taken each day and are asked if they have any symptoms of illness prior to reporting for work.  They are required to wear gloves and a mask when they are working around food, and are provided the appropriate level of PPE for what they are cleaning.  

Intake / Medical Screening of New Custodies

All new custodies are screened by Wellpath medical professionals prior to being brought into the jail facility to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The jail has medical staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   New custodies are offered a COVID-19 test prior to housing in general population, and are housed in a single person cell for observation for a minimum of 5 days with a negative test.  If the person refuses the COVID-19 test, they are placed on a 7 day observation and evaluated by medical prior to being eligible for dormitory style housing.  

Adults in custody identified by medical staff as needing medical isolation are placed in a single cell designed for housing potentially infectious persons until medically cleared by qualified medical personnel.  Adults in custody who are in quarantine will participate in activities such as dayroom, movement throughout the facility, and court proceedings without contact with other adults in custody

Cleaning of the Facility

We have increased the frequency of cleaning of the jail facility and common areas in response to COVID-19.  Workers tasked with cleaning common areas are being screened by medical prior to each shift.


Court proceedings occurring at the jail are done either solo or in small groups utilizing video conferencing technology to minimize the number of people in the courtroom and allow for social distancing.

Accommodations are made for symptomatic individuals and for those needing more isolation than what is available in the courtroom.

The Circuit Court, which is a State program, is responsible for scheduling hearings and trials, as well as determining which pre-trial adults in custody can be released. The Lane County Jail and the Sheriff’s Office do not have the authority to make those decisions and do not schedule court appearances. If you have questions about the timing of hearings or trials, please consider reaching out to the Circuit Court.

Social Visiting / Attorney Visits

In person social visiting has resumed.  Adults in custody can also access video visitation through Telmate, and Adults in Custody are currently receiving complimentary minutes of video and telephone visit opportunities each week to help them stay in contact with friends and family. 

Attorney visits can be conducted in person or by telephone.  In person visits with clients require use of a mask. Call 541-682-4263 for additional information or to setup scheduled phone time.  Attorneys may also set up an account with Telmate to communicate with their clients by visiting

Testing / Vaccines

The Lane County Jail has the ability to test adults in custody for COVID-19 through the on-site medical provider, Wellpath.  New custodies are tested prior to being placed in general population, and additional testing is offered as recommended by the jail medical provider, Wellpath.  

Testing numbers are updated once a week.

Below numbers updated 05/31/22:

Number of COVID-19 tests performed at the jail: 8,818
Number of positive adult in custody tests: 294

Starting 3/12/21, Adults in Custody (AIC) will be offered a vaccine.  If an AIC decides to refuse a vaccine, medical will request that a refusal form be signed by the AIC.  An AIC may request a vaccine at a later date, even if they refused previously.  As of 05/31/22:

Number of AICs Vaccinated:  521
Signed Refusals:  5,500
Boosters given:  131


Sheriff’s Work Crew and the Sit-in Program are currently operating. Adults in custody sentenced to serve on the Sheriff's Work Crew or as a Sit-in are directed to call 541-682-2200 to schedule their service.

Religious Services

Religious services are still being offered, but not in large groups.  Chaplains have been recording services on DVD that can be delivered and played in the jail housing areas that would normally have access to group religious services.  Additionally, Adults in Custody may meet with a clergy member through the glass individually or use a phone in the visiting area to contact a member of clergy – both are private.  Chaplains and Adults in Custody may also exchange mail.