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Posted on: November 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Outbreak Announced at Eugene Springfield Fire

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On Thursday, November 5, Lane County Public Health announced a COVID-19 outbreak at Eugene Springfield Fire (ESF). It’s believed a staff member contracted the virus while off duty and unknowingly brought it to work.


ESF moved quickly to assess the risk and take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of both the community and employees.

  • ESF conducted a risk assessment and contract tracing for all employees who worked in the areas of the recently confirmed positive cases.
  • ESF continues to implement practices including physical distancing and cleanliness and is constantly evaluating and updating those practices. 
  • ESF has access to rapid testing and continues to regularly test staff.  
  • Proper PPE is worn in all interactions with the public, per ESF protocols as well as guidance from Lane County Public Health and the CDC.
  • There is no risk to the public at this time.
  • All fire stations remain fully staffed and there is no effect on ESF’s ability to provide fire and life safety services. 

Collaboration with Lane County Public Health is underway and will continue.

Practice the 4 Ws

We want to remind everyone to be diligent in practicing the 4Ws:

  • Wear a Face Covering – Indoors and outside when you can’t maintain 6 feet of space, it’s a statewide requirement.
  • Watch Your Distance – Stay 6-feet apart from those outside your household and limit your gathering size.
  • Wash Your Hands – Often with soap and water for 20 seconds throughout the day.
  • Wait It Out – Stay home if you are sick.

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