Lane County approved to enter second phase of governor's re-opening plan


Today (June 4), Lane County was approved to begin Phase Two of Gov. Kate Brown’s reopening plan for Oregon. Phase Two includes opening pools, zoos, museums, venues such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, and arcades, some additional office work, allowing recreational sports, loosening current restaurant and bar curfew restrictions and expanding outdoor gatherings to 100 people.

Phase will begin for Lane County this Friday, June 5. The types of restrictions being relaxed in Phase Two — and by how much — are determined by the state. Counties are responsible for demonstrating that local systems, both private and public, are in place to continue providing a public health response to COVID-19.

“We are confident with our ability to meet or exceed the State’s requirements for entering Phase Two and their assessment of the way and rate at which COVID-19 is spreading through Lane County,” said Lane County COVID-19 Incident Commander Karen Gaffney. “Given the complexity of our current situation, Public Health is working harder than ever to investigate cases and isolate contacts. It’s through this work and our community’s willingness to prioritize health that we prepare for this next phase.” 

In order to be approved and maintain its position in the phases, Lane County must have been in Phase One for a minimum of 14 days and be able to demonstrate and maintain several key things, including:

  • Timely Follow-Up: A minimum of 95 percent of all new cases must be contact traced within 24 hours as reported in the state’s system over the previous 7-day and 14-day time periods. 
  • Successful tracing: A minimum of 70 percent of new COVID-19 positive cases must be traced to an existing positive case over the previous 7-day and 14-day time periods. 
  • No increase in incident cases or positivity; there cannot be a 5 percent or greater increase in new cases in the county over the past 7 days; or a significant increase in the percentage of positive cases out of total tests taken in your county over the past seven days.  

More information, including a copy of Lane County’s blueprint for reopening can be found at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/blueprint.

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