New Cases: Update Lane County
There have been consistent daily increases in the COVID-19 pandemic, but according to the Oregon Health Authority ther is an overall decrease in the percentages of positive test results. This week the OHA is reporting that 5.1 percent of tests are coming back positive which is a 1.5 percent decrease from last week. Their published weekly report says large outbreaks are on the decline while sporadic cases have increased which is consistent with community spread. Yesterday the OHA confirmed 304 new cases of the coronavirus with 10 cases attributed to Lane County reported this morning for a total of 484 cases in the county. There are currently no new reported cases in the Florence area. The death toll for the state is 311 with 8 new reported deaths yesterday. All but one of those deaths had confirmed underlying health conditions, with one case still unconfirmed. The OHA also put out a statement denying the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. According to the statement extensive research completed in June shows no benefit for decreasing the likelihood of death or attributing to a speedy recovery based on an FDA study.