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.

Ways to Connect

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health officials say they are seeing a significant number of “no-shows” for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. They believe this may be due to fear of side effects. 

 

  

Unsplash

More than 75 Oregon county commissioners-- along with business advocates-- have penned a letter to Governor Kate Brown. They’re requesting reconsideration of the state’s approach to COVID-19 mitigation measures and restrictions.

David Vilches, Unsplash

An increase in COVID-19 cases among school-age children (5-17 yrs.) has prompted Lane County Public Health to come up with a new way to report them. 

State of Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday, 15 counties, including Lane, Deschutes and Linn, will move to Extreme Risk for COVID-19 restrictions.

Tiffany Eckert

County risk levels go into effect across Oregon on Friday. That means new COVID-19 restrictions for some businesses. Here’s what can happen if a workplace refuses to comply.

Oregon Health Authority

Lane County Public Health reports having a “slow down” with scheduling for the COVID-19 vax clinic at Lane Community College this weekend. The clinic will administer Pfizer doses and is directed toward 16 and 17 year olds who just became eligible for the shot.

University of Oregon

On Thursday, the University of Oregon hosted its second of four planned COVID-19 vax clinics at Autzen Stadium—conducted especially for college students and staff.

Justin Hartley

Effective this Friday, 23 Oregon counties will move or remain in the High Risk level for COVID-19 restrictions. Some of them qualify for Extreme risk but weren’t moved there.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

All Oregonians 16 and older are now eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. Lane County Public Health is geared up to reach the late teen population with mass vax clinics this weekend. School districts are also scheduling to vaccinate students. 

John Stapleton IV

Due to a steady increase of new COVID-19 cases, Lane County is moving back up to the High risk category for coronavirus restrictions. The governor’s office announced the change will go into effect this Friday.

Upslash

Oregon is one of the least prepared among states to serve residents who need and request treatment for substance abuse and addiction. Recently, the federal government approved a “waiver” system to cover treatment for members of the Oregon Health Plan.

                                                                                                     

Tiffany Eckert

Starting Monday, all Oregonians 16 years and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Lane County Public Health is gearing up to provide more vaccination availability as new COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

Tiffany Eckert

To help navigate the process of getting vaccinated where you live, here’s a handy reference guide.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Last year, 911 dispatchers took 2 million emergency calls in Oregon-- responding to pandemic, floods, fires and a destructive winter storm. Governor Kate Brown honored 911 operators by declaring this Public Safety Telecommunications Week. (April 11-17, 2021)

Upslash

A few trends are popping up in the majority of new COVID-19 cases in Lane County. Officials say schools, churches and nursing homes are where they are seeing them.

Lane County Public Health

Lane County health officials announced Tuesday they will cease administering any Johnson & Johnson vaccines to residents until further notice from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Upsplash

Lane County is seeing a disproportionately high number of younger adults being adversely affected by COVID-19.

Our Community Birth Center

There are currently no free-standing birthing facilities operating in Lane County. But that is about to change. A non-profit midwifery birth center recently found a new space to call home.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health announced they will open a third COVID-19 mass vax site this weekend. Officials said this is because the county has received an increased allocation of vaccine from Oregon Health Authority—nearly 23-thousand doses this week.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 cases in Lane County continue to surge with several days last week seeing counts in the double digits. Officials say springtime activities have resulted in outbreaks. 

Tiffany Eckert

The second gentleman of the United States was in Eugene Monday. The husband of Vice President Kamala Harris visited a COVID-19 vaccination clinic and met with state and local leaders.

Upsplash with Kelly Sikkema

Lane County has seen an increase in coronavirus cases of school-aged children this week. Public Health officials say the case numbers in this age range have doubled.

Tiffany Eckert

While Lane County Public Health's COVID-19 vaccine allocations remain somewhat stagnant, officials say there are other options for getting the shot, including your local pharmacy.

St. Vincent de Paul

Now that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has expanded, two Lane County organizations are ready to get shots in the arms of people experiencing homelessness—starting Thursday.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health has a request of anyone going to a drive-through vaccination clinic: Please don’t bring your dog. Let them stay comfortable and safe at home.

Unsplash with Tamas Tuzes-Katai

Throughout the U.S., Black, Indigenous and People of Color have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. To confront inequities and increase access to the vaccine, Lane County Public Health is using some targeted strategies.

Upsplash

Lane County Public Health announced Thursday they have identified two new viral outbreaks. They both resulted from social gatherings.

Tiffany Eckert

This week, the Oregon Health Authority expanded who can administer COVID-19 vaccines. The list now includes midwives, dentists, even veterinarians. The “all hands on deck” effort may increase efficiency in the long run but right now the biggest issue is vaccine supply.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last month, Lane County Public Health was told by the Oregon Health Authority that they would be receiving 80,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses starting March 22. That did not happen. 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health is making it easier to get a COVID-19 vaccine. They are doing away with the pre-registration process and now encourage all eligible residents to get online and schedule a time and place to receive the shot.

Pages