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Lane County Public Health September 16th COVID-19 Case Update - 09/16/21

Total Cases: 23,506 (+188)

 

Hospitalized: 89

Lane County Residents Hospitalize: 69  (+7)

ICU:  29

 

Deaths: 244 (+0)

 

Infectious: 856 (+6)

*4 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 19 

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 20% 

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 45%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 17%

 

 

Vaccination requirement announced for County employees - 09/16/21

Lane County Government employees and volunteers will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and reach fully vaccinated status by November 30, 2021 unless exempt under existing law.

 

“Local, national, and international studies show that current SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccines are unequivocally: 1) safe for the vast majority of people;  2) the best tool we have as individuals to protect ourselves and our families against developing COVID-19, including serious infections that lead to hospitalization; and finally 3) the safest, most efficient, and most economical way to end the most disrupting aspects of this pandemic,” said Lane County Public Health Officer Patrick Luedtke, MD.  

 

Employees subject to this requirement who are not vaccinated by the deadline and who do not have an approved medical or religious exception will be subject to provisional layoff.

 

“As the public health authority for our community, one of the largest public service employers in the region and the organization leading efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 across our county for the past 18 months, we feel a deep sense of responsibility to walk our talk when it comes to science-backed methods to keep people safe from COVID-19,” said Lane County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky. “We respect the diversity of opinions on this issue, and our decision has come after much discussion, consideration and reflection.”

 

Lane County has previously held employee vaccination clinics and will be scheduling additional opportunities ahead of the deadline. 

 

State law prohibits employers from requiring certain personnel to be vaccinated, including law enforcement and parole officers.

 

More information about COVID-19 in Lane County can be found at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/coronavirus.

 

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Lane County Public Health September 15th COVID-19 Case Ipdate: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 09/15/21

Total Cases: 23,318 (+167)

 

Hospitalized: 104

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 62  (-15)

ICU:  27

 

Deaths: 244 (+6)

 

Infectious: 850 (-72)

*3 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 19 (+1)

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 24% 

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 44%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 17%

Lane County Public Health September 14th COVID-19 Case Update - 09/14/21

 Total Cases: 23,151 (+138)

 

Hospitalized: 107

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 77 (+26)

ICU:  27

 

Deaths: 238 (+4)

 

Infectious: 922

 

*8 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 18

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 25%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 42%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 16%

Lane County Public Health September 13th COVID-19 Case Update - 09/13/21


Total Cases: 23,013 (+641 since Friday)

 

Hospitalized: 108

Lane County Residents: 51 

ICU: 29

 

Deaths: 234 (+7)

 

Infectious: 912

*8 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 20

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 24%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 45%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 18%

 

 



 

Lane County Public Health September 13th COVID-19 Case Update - 09/13/21


Total Cases: 23,013 (+641 since Friday)

 

Hospitalized: 108

Lane County Residents: 51 

ICU: 29

 

Deaths: 234 (+7)

 

Infectious: 912

*8 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 20

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 24%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 45%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 18%

 

 



 

Lane County Public Health September 10th COVID-19 Case Update - 09/10/21

Total Cases: 22,626 (+254)

 

Hospitalized: 111 (+5)

Lane County Residents Hospitalize: 81 (+4)

ICU: 34

 

Deaths: 226 (+1)

 

Infectious: 906 (+65)

*6 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 22

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 25%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 55%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 20%

Lane County Public Health September 9th COVID-19 Case Update - 09/09/21

Total Cases: 22,372 (+225)

 

Hospitalized: 106

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 77 (-1)

ICU: 33

 

Deaths: 225 (+1)

 

Infectious: 841

*8 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 22

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 24%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 53%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 20%

Lane County Public Health September 8th COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 09/08/21

Total Cases: 22,147 (+140)

 

Hospitalized: 102

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 79 (-17)

ICU:  34

 

Deaths: 224 (+2)

 

Infectious: 831

*7 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 21

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 23%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 55%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 19%

Lane County Public Health September 8th COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 09/08/21

Total Cases: 22,147 (+140)

 

Hospitalized: 102

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 79 (-17)

ICU:  34

 

Deaths: 224 (+2)

 

Infectious: 831

*7 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 21

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 23%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 55%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 19%

Lane County Public Health September 8th COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 09/08/21

Total Cases: 22,147 (+140)

 

Hospitalized: 102

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 79 (-17)

ICU:  34

 

Deaths: 224 (+2)

 

Infectious: 831

*7 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 21

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 23%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 55%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 19%

Lane County Public Health September 7th COVID-19 Case Update - 09/07/21


Total Cases: 22,007 (+611 since 9/3)

Hospitalized: 110

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 96

ICU:  34 (of the 110)

Deaths: 222 (+8)

 

Infectious: 892

*7 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 24

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 25%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 61%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 19%

Lane County Public Health September 3rd COVID-19 Case Update - 09/03/21

Total Cases: 21,396 (+216 since yesterday)

 

Hospitalized: 126

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 80

ICU:  39

 

Deaths: 211 (+5)

 

Infectious: 925 (+27)

 

*1 s://5">ICU Bed Currently Available in LaneCounty

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 24

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 29%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 63%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 28%

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Lane County Participates in Statewide "Signs of Hope" Campaign for Suicide Prevention Month - 09/03/21

 

Eugene, OR – September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  On Thursday, September 9th, the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Lane County will join with regional suicide prevention coalitions throughout the state of Oregon to hold Signs of Hope as visible reminders to people that they are not alone, the community cares for them, and there are people they can reach out to when they need help. This initiative has been coordinated by the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide.

“On September 9th, we will be assembling for socially-distanced, masked and vaccinated sign waving rallies at differentlocations around Eugene/Springfield. We encourage you to show your support and join us to share our message with others. While the community and individual traumas brought on by COVID-19 and the Oregon wildfires over the past years are like none in our lifetime, people in Lane County have been stepping up to support one another and to make it safe to ask for help.  The Signs of Hope campaign helps people to remember that it is normal to struggle and that they are part of community that cares.” – Dan Isaacson Co-chair, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Lane County.

Despite numerous public figures commenting that the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health response would lead to more deaths by suicide, in fact it appears the opposite is true. Preliminary reports from the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC indicate suicide rates did not increase in 2020 or 2021 in Lane County, the state of Oregon or the US.  In Lane County for example, the number of people who died by suicide in 2020 decreased by more than 10% between 2019 and 2020.  These data demonstrate that we are more resilient than we know.

We invite you to join us in this movement to spread hope. Here are some tangible steps you can take:

1. Get comfortable asking, “Are you okay” and listening to the answer by checking out the Seize the Awkward Campaign here

2. Join the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Lane County to get involved in local efforts to prevent suicide and promote mental wellbeing in your community.  Check out their website here.

3. Participate in a training hosted by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Lane County, such as Question Persuade Refer (QPR) by going here.  

4. Participate in the rallies on September 9th.  Learn more about these events by going to the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Lane County’s Facebook or Instagram pages.

5. Attend the Out of Darkness Walk in Eugene on 9/26/21 at Alton Baker Park to with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by going here.

Lane County Public Health September 2nd COVID-19 Case Update - 09/02/21

Total Cases: 21,180 (+206 since yesterday)

 

Hospitalized: 137

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 85

ICU:  39

 

Deaths: 206 (+3)

 

Infectious: 898 (-22)

*4 s://5">ICU Beds Currently Available in LaneCounty

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 29 

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 31%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 63%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 34%

Lane County Public Health September 2nd COVID-19 Case Update - 09/02/21

Total Cases: 21,180 (+206 since yesterday)

 

Hospitalized: 137

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 85

ICU:  39

 

Deaths: 206 (+3)

 

Infectious: 898 (-22)

*4 s://5">ICU Beds Currently Available in LaneCounty

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 29 

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 31%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 63%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 34%

Lane County Public Health September 1st COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 09/01/21

*ATTENTION MEDIA, we will be joined by Dr. Brooke Kyle (OBGYN) to discuss troubling trends with pregnant people and COVID-19 as well as Misty Villalobos RN, a PACU nurse at PeaceHealth Riverbend to speak to her “boots on the ground” experience with COVID-19. Please send media questions in early as we hope to get them back to serving patients ASAP! 
 

Total Cases: 20,974 (+201 since yesterday)

Hospitalized: 141

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 83
ICU:  46

Deaths: 203 (+5)

Infectious: 920 (-27)

*6 ICU Beds Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 34 (-1)

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 32%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 74%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 47%

Lane County Public Health September 1st COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 09/01/21

*ATTENTION MEDIA, we will be joined by Dr. Brooke Kyle (OBGYN) to discuss troubling trends with pregnant people and COVID-19 as well as Misty Villalobos RN, a PACU nurse at PeaceHealth Riverbend to speak to her “boots on the ground” experience with COVID-19. Please send media questions in early as we hope to get them back to serving patients ASAP! 
 

Total Cases: 20,974 (+201 since yesterday)

Hospitalized: 141

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 83
ICU:  46

Deaths: 203 (+5)

Infectious: 920 (-27)

*6 ICU Beds Currently Available in Lane County

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 34 (-1)

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 32%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 74%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 47%

Lane County Public Health August 31st COVID-19 Case Update - 08/31/21

 

Total Cases: 20,773 (+184 since yesterday)

 

Hospitalized: 138 (-4)

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 80 (+16)

ICU:  47

 

Deaths: 198

 

Infectious: 947 (-46)

 

*7 s://3">ICU Beds Currently Available in Lane County 

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 35 (+4)

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 32%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 76%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 48%

Lane County Public Health August 30th COVID-19 Case Update - 08/30/21

Total Cases: 20,589 (+496 since Friday)

 

Hospitalized: 142 (+4)


 

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 64


 

ICU: 49

 

Deaths: 196 (+4)

 

Infectious: 993 (-47)






 

*4 s://3">ICU Beds Currently Available in Lane County 

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 31 (+5)

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 33%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 79%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 38%

 

Lane County Public Health August 27th COVID-19 Case Update: New Announcements - 08/27/21

Total Cases: 20,093 (+240 since yesterday)

 

Deaths: 192 (+4)


Hospitalized: 138 (-4)

Lane County Residents who Hospitalized: 86

ICU:  47 (of the 138) (-1)

*11 ICU Beds Currently Available in Lane County 

COVID Patients on Ventilators: 26

% of beds used by COVID Patients: 32%

% of ICU beds used by COVID patients: 76%

% of Ventilators Used by COVID Patients: 32%

 

Infectious: 1,040 (-12)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

  1. After providing nearly 4,000, $50 gift cards as vaccine incentives, Lane County Public Health will be discontinuing that particular incentive. The final day for the $50 incentive will be next Friday (September 3rd). They will, however, be available at LCPH clinics between now and then, on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. 
  2. With school starting, Lane County Public Health has launched a resource page to help parents, caregivers, youth and families navigate available pandemic supports. Click on the buttons here to learn more: LaneCountyOR.gov/COVIDandKids

 

Lane County Public Health August 26th COVID-19 Case Update - 08/26/21

Total Cases: 19,853 (+219 since yesterday)

 

Hospitalized: 142 

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 89

COVID Patients in the ICU: 48

COVID Patients on a Ventilator: 29

% of Hospitalizations Which Are COVID Patients: 33%

% of ICU Patients Which Are COVID Patients: 77% 

% of Ventilators Used By COVID Patients: 36%

% of COVID Hospitalizations That Are Unvaccinated: 88% 

Deaths: 188 (+1)

 

Infectious: 1,052

Lane County Workforce Wellness Manager Krystal Tullar and County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky at the Live Well Center
Lane County Workforce Wellness Manager Krystal Tullar and County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky at the Live Well Center
Lane County named healthiest large employer in Oregon (Photo) - 08/25/21

Lane County was ranked the #1 healthiest larger employer in Oregon by the Portland Business Journal. 

 

Over the past six years, Lane County has focused on improving health and wellness to achieve two outcomes: 1) reduce health care related costs, allowing Lane County to invest more of its limited resources into direct services for the community, and 2) increase employee productivity, engagement, recruitment and retention.

 

“We are pleased to be recognized as the healthiest employer in Oregon, but even more rewarding is what these efforts mean to our employees and residents” said Lane County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky. “Despite the many challenges of the past year, this recognition, along with our historic bond rating, structurally balanced budget, low employee turnover and high satisfaction rate indicate that we are prepared to meet the challenges ahead.” 

 

Lane County’s annual budget has been structurally balanced for the past five years. In 2019, Moody’s Investor Services raised Lane County’s bond rating for the second time in two years to the highest level in its history. In 2021, 85 percent of Lane County employees stated they were satisfied with their jobs and would recommend working for the county to someone they know. Over the past two years, Lane County’s employee turnover rate was below ten percent, the lowest in the past decade and below national averages for state and local governments.

 

Lane County’s health and wellness center, called the Live Well Center, was highlighted during the award presentation for achieving a 97 percent satisfaction rate from patients, and lauded as the cornerstone of Lane County’s wellness efforts. In 2020, the County’s focus on wellness pivoted to incorporate stress management, including addressing the effects of the pandemic and wildfires. Lane County also provides clinical assessments, behavioral health services and wellness challenges. Monthly and annual check points have been created for a tri-level approach of mental, physical and financial wellness. 

 

In 2017, 2018 and 2019, Lane County was ranked third healthiest large employer. In 2020, Lane County was ranked second healthiest larger employer, and in 2018 was listed within the top 100 healthiest employers nationally.

 

Employers are ranked based on an index comprised of six categories: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communications and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analytics. There are five categories: small (2–99 employees), medium (100–499), large (500-1,499), larger (1,500–4,999) and largest (5,000+).

 

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Lane County Public Health August 25th COVID-19 Case Update: Live Virtual Press Conference at 10:30 - 08/25/21

*ATTENTION MEDIA PARTNERS: WE WILL BE JOINED BY DR. KARTHIK MAHADEVAN, MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR PEACEHEALTH RIVERBEND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. PLEASE SEND YOUR MEDIA QUESTIONS IN EARLY AS HE WILL NEED TO LEAVE ASAP.


Total Cases: 19,634 (+189 since yesterday)

 

Hospitalized: 153

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 90

ICU:  47 (of the 90)

On Ventilators: 28

Available ICU: 6

Overall Beds Used By COVID Patients: 35%
 

ICU Beds Used By COVID Patient: 76%

 

Deaths: 187

 

Infectious: 1,099

Lane County Public Health August 24th COVID-19 Case Update - 08/24/21

Total Cases: 19,445 (+178 since yesterday)

 

Hospitalized: 139


 

COVID Patients in the ICU: 51


 

COVID Patients On Ventilators: 21


 

Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 79


 

Lane County Residents in the ICU:  21 (of the 79) 

 

Of Note Concerning Hospitalizations: 


 

*Right now, 33% of all hospitalizations are COVID related in Lane County 


 

*65% of all ICU beds are occupied by a COVID patient 


 

*COVID hospitalizations are tabulated based on cause of hospitalization, not a test result


 

*At this time there are a total of two (2) ICU beds available in Lane County


 

Deaths: 187 (+1)

 

Infectious: 1,143

Lane County Public Health August 23rd COVID-19 Case Update - 08/23/21

Total Cases: 19,267 (+ 299 since yesterday)
 
Hospitalized: 116
Lane County Residents Hospitalized: 52
ICU:  43 (of the 116)
On Ventilators: 22
 
Deaths: 186 (+5)
 
Infectious: 1,219