Tiffany Eckert

Reporter

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.

When not tracking down a story, Tiffany spends time growing food and flowers, traveling, singing, and having fun with her family and friends.

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Lane County Public Health

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, Lane County Public Health has changed their investigative guidelines. Now, people who test positive for the virus are asked to reach out to their own contacts.

Lane Community College nursing programs

A recent gift to the Lane Community College Nursing Scholarship Endowment will help more students stay in school, graduate and become nurses in their communities.

The Veterinary Hospital

As folks prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, veterinarians remind us the holiday dinner table may contain hazards for our canine companions.

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Lane County now exceeds 200 COVID-19 cases per 100,000. This volume of cases has elevated the county to “wide-spread” mode, meaning the virus has spread throughout communities. Transmission risks are high for everyone, particularly elders.

PeaceHealth

Since 1979, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart caregivers have sponsored efforts to help struggling families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. This year volunteers say, the need is greater than ever.

Sean Nealon

Teams from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon recently partnered to test a random sample of residents in Eugene-- for COVID-19. The results are in.

University of Oregon

This week, the University of Oregon expects to conduct more than 3,500 COVID-19 tests. All Residence Hall students are required to take a self-administered nasal swab test. And it’s voluntary for off-campus students.

Jessica Burnett

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, women are the fastest growing population in the military today. So, the demand for equitable, high-quality health services for women has also increased. Recently, the Roseburg V.A. System made some additions-- just for female vets.

Tiffany Eckert

Even with the recently relaxed metric requirements for returning K-12 students to the classroom, Public Health officials say a steady increase in positive COVID-19 cases is keeping Lane County off track for making the grade to reopen schools any time soon.

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White Bird Medical Clinic has partnered with Kaiser Permanente to develop a safe, COVID-19 screening and testing center for Lane County’s unhoused populations.

Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reports their highest weekly case count since the pandemic. Officials have already seen 106 new cases, with two days still left in the week.

Tiffany Eckert

Over the last two days, Lane County has seen 116 new COVID-19 cases and two reported deaths from the virus. Health officials say they have identified three established outbreaks around Halloween activities. A new surveillance effort indicates masking compliance remains an issue.

Rosboro Lumber

Lane County Public Health announced a new COVID-19 outbreak, this one at Rosboro Sawmill in Springfield. Officials note it’s a combination of workplace and household transmission. So far, five positive cases are associated.

Sean Nealon

Over the weekend, hundreds of randomly selected Eugene households were approached to participate in a community COVID-19 testing effort. The TRACE project is expected to provide an estimate of the viral infection rate within city limits.

Lane County Public Health-Summit South

Lane County Public Health was notified over the weekend of 103 additional cases and four (4) new deaths from COVID-19. 

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Over the weekend and Monday, Douglas County Public Health has seen 61 new cases of COVID-19. This spike puts the county over the 500-mark for residents in isolation and quarantine.

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Lane County Public Health on Thursday announced two new COVID-19 outbreaks.  One is in Avamere Riverpark Rehabilitation Center in Eugene where one staff and 11 residents tested positive after routine screening. The other outbreak is at Eugene/Springfield Fire Department. 

PeaceHealth Oregon Network

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the largest hospital in the Southern Willamette Valley has been preparing for a surge of COVID-19 patients. That has yet to come, but with winter approaching, hospitals remain at the ready.

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Here’s a public health message to bear in mind: Stress is bad for you. The build up of tension around the pandemic and now an historic election can take a serious toll. But there are workarounds.

Tiffany Eckert

The Holiday Farm fire destroyed nearly every structure in the remote town of Blue River and cut McKenzie Valley residents off from key services: the post office, the library, the general market. Especially critical was the loss of the medical clinic. But as the community is learning, it’s not so much the buildings that make the difference --it’s the people.

City of Eugene, Lane County Public Health

Last month, the City of Eugene launched a new "Stop the Spread" campaign effort--a COVID-19 messaging contest geared toward young adults, aged 14 to 30 years old.  This just announced: the contest deadline has been extended with a new deadline for submissions: 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Institute for Health and the Built Environment

The Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board recently approved $4.3 million for the University of Oregon to expand their COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program, known as MAP.  The funding will allow purchase of “precise sequencing equipment” and could more than double the state’s testing capacity.

Oregon State University

Back in April, Oregon State University launched a program to test randomly selected Corvallis households for COVID-19. Now, that tracing effort is coming to Eugene.

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Over the weekend, there were 81 new COVID-19 cases in Lane County. Meanwhile, neighboring Douglas County confirmed three new deaths from the disease.

University of Oregon

A new facial covering policy is in effect at the University of Oregon. All faculty, students and visitors must now use masks or cloth face coverings while indoors and outdoors -- in public spaces on campus. That’s regardless of whether 6 feet of distance can be maintained or not.

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Lane County Public Health reports 102 new positive COVID-19 cases were identified over the weekend. This brings the total case count to 2,143-- with 215 currently considered infectious. 

Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As flu season arrives on the U.S. west coast, health officials fear a possible ‘twindemic’ in 2020.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that Lane County has been added to the Watch List for COVID-19 case activity. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If you get a call from the Lane County Public Health department, officials say ‘please take it.’ This comes out of concern as non-compliance in the COVID-19 contact tracing effort continues to grow.

Ken Engelman, McKenzie River Reflections

The founder and editor of the weekly newspaper McKenzie River Reflections has died. KLCC has this remembrance.

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