Lane County Public Health announces first positive COVID-19 test result in Lane County

Lane County Public Health announces first positive COVID-19 test result in Lane County
Posted on 03/17/2020

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) was notified today that a test submitted by a local provider came back positive for COVID-19.  This is the first positive test in Lane County.  The resident is a 69-year-old man who lives in a private residence. Contact investigations are ongoing, but based on the current information obtained; this case is thought to be an example of community transmission. He is currently at home, following all LCPH recommendations, and is medically stable.


Individuals who had contact with the community member will be contacted by Lane County Public Health so they can work with their health care provider on next steps. Communicable disease investigations are currently happening. If a public contact exposure point is identified, that information will be shared with the public.


Symptom onset for this individual began on March 1st with a fever, body aches, chills, and a light cough. A test was taken by the patient’s provider on March 13th.


We encourage community members to practice the same hygiene and social distancing measures that have been recommended by Lane County, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  These preventative measures include:


  • Covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Regularly cleaning “high touch” areas including doorknobs, countertops, computer keyboards, phones, and faucet handles.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Practicing social distancing.
  • Staying at home if you are sick, and limiting visitors.


Additionally, vulnerable populations and those with health complications should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to stay at home and avoid groups of people.


“We understand that this is a difficult time for our community, and that each of us is impacted in a different way,” said Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Public Health Officer. “A positive test result does not alter our response, we will continue to monitor all potential cases, do contact investigations, and work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across Lane County.”


If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, which include a fever of 100.4 F or 38 C or higher and respiratory symptoms like coughing, you are urged to contact your medical provider by phone.  Please do not call 9-1-1 or go into the emergency room without first contacting your medical provider unless you have a medical emergency.

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