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Community Can Help Ensure Adequate Hospital Staffing By Slowing The Spread


With concerns about hospital capacity and staffing, local hospital officials are urging the public to stay vigilant about protecting themselves and others from COVID-19.

Dr. James McGovern, Vice President of Medical Affairs for the PeaceHealth Oregon network says right now their staffing is adequate, but they are concerned about the flu season with COVID-19 on top of that.

Speaking to the City Club of Eugene, McGovern said their staff gets sick too, just like other community members, “so making sure that our staff and the community wash hands, wear masks, socially distance keep those holiday gatherings small to prevent the spread helps us both maintain hospital capacity to care for the community and keep our staff healthy so they can come to work and help take care of people as well.”

You can hear the full program: City Club of Eugene: COVID-19: Where We Are and Where We Are Going, Monday, Dec.6 at 7:00pm, on KLCC.

Do you have questions about COVID-19?

KLCC will have another live in-studio show with Lane County Public Health's Dr. Patrick Luedtke on Friday, Dec. 11 at 3:30. You can submit your own questions for Dr. Luedtke by calling 503-877-3198. You’ll be asked to leave a voicemail message and we may play it on the air. You can also submit questions in writing via email at news@klcc.org. Please put "Friday Show" in the subject line.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.
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