TrackTown and public health working to keep cases low

As COVID-19 cases decline and restrictions on gatherings are relaxed, it may feel like the pandemic is coming to an end to some.

But the virus is still a threat to many in Lane County – 136 people remain infectious, 11 people are hospitalized and six residents have been killed by the virus in the past seven days (as of Thursday). As thousands flock to the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, which began their 10-day run on Friday, TrackTown USA and Lane County Public Health are working to keep the number of cases down.

“It is impossible to completely eliminate the risk,” said Michael Reilly, CEO of the TrackTown USA local organizing committee. “I think the protocols were really put in place to do everything possible to minimize the risk of the virus spreading.”

For the fourth consecutive Olympic cycle, the US track and field team will be determined at Hayward Field on the way to the Tokyo Summer Games in July. The meeting ends on June 27th, with days off Tuesday and Wednesday.

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