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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Benton County

Large spikes in COVID-19 cases in Benton County have prompted public health action. Starting Tuesday, masks are required when working at or visiting indoor county-run facilities.

Tiffany Eckert

In response to the Delta variant’s rampant spread, the Oregon Health Authority this week recommended universal mask use in public, indoor settings.

National Institutes of Health

On Tuesday, Lane County Public Health reported 97 new COVID-19 cases, the most seen in a 24-hour period since mid-spring.

Willamette Farm and Food Coalition

A popular Lane County voucher program has been extended to make locally grown food more affordable to low-income residents.

TODD CRAVENS VIA UNSPLASH

Lane County Public Health was recently notified of another case of bat rabies—the fourth this year. A rabid bat was also just discovered in Deschutes County.

Oregon Department of Human Services

Oregon children who missed out on free or reduced-price meals at school - because of the pandemic -will soon be receiving food benefits in the mail. 

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Governor’s office sent out an urgent message to Oregon renters in the rears due to the pandemic: If you need rental assistance—apply for it now.

Spruce Point Memory Care

Lane County Public Health was notified of a large COVID-19 outbreak at a memory care facility on the Oregon coast.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Community immunity from COVID-19 has not been achieved in Lane County. At the current rate of vaccination, it is predicted to take well into the fall-- or later-- to get there. And that has public health officials concerned.

Office of Governor Kate Brown

The million-dollar prize winner of Oregon’s Take Your Shot COVID-19 vaccination campaign was announced Friday. She is a fine arts student at Oregon State University.

Chris Hecht

The Executive Coordinator of White Bird Clinic was at the White House for its Independence Day celebration last Sunday. The Eugene-based outreach clinic was honored for it’s COVID-19 vaccination project.

Oregon Country Fair

For the second year, the Oregon Country Fair will not be held on the wooded site in Veneta. The pandemic forced the decision in late spring, when many would have begun preparing for the popular festival. In the interest of safety, the Board of Directors made the choice to put an in-person Country Fair on hold-- again. What will happen this weekend is a virtual event called Fair in the Clouds.

Kirsten Bolton

Oregon Country Fair has named a new Executive Director. The position has been vacated since December, 2020.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Oregonians can celebrate hitting a pandemic milestone: 70% of adults 18 years and older have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 

Tiffany Eckert

Now that most of Oregon’s COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, businesses may forgo requirements for physical distancing and masking—or not. This Eugene store is keeping the rule for facial coverings intact for the time being.

Alachua County (public domain) / Flickr.com

Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s executive order to lift most COVID-19 restrictions statewide--goes into effect Wednesday. Meanwhile, the virus still impacts Lane County where 28 new cases were announced on Tuesday.

Lane Events Center

As temperatures reached record highs over the weekend, the cooling centers at the fairgrounds in Eugene had more than 120 visitors taking respite from the heat.

Brian Bull / KLCC

As temperatures continue to rise throughout Oregon, the governor has a request of residents: Look out for each other.

Screenshot ZOOM press conference

Governor Kate Brown on Friday signed an executive order to lift all remaining COVID-19 safety restrictions in Oregon. 

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene Register-Guard recently sent a letter to some subscribers explaining plans to cut newspaper delivery by one day a week.

Karl Maasdam.

 

During Oregon State University’s seventh round of COVID-19 sampling throughout Corvallis—TRACE volunteers found evidence of the virus at similar levels seen at the start of the pandemic. 

Tiffany Eckert

To parents, it may seem that their offspring speak a totally different language, especially when conversing online. Modern lingo may sound like alien terminology—but SLANG is the same linguistic tool that has separated teens from adults for generations. And as KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert discovered, the kids in Eugene like it that way.

Unsplash

For many it may seem that life is heading back to normal after Lane County met the vaccination metrics to move to Low risk for COVID-19 restrictions.  However, the future is uncertain for the unvaccinated.

Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis

The Johnson Teen Center is an offshoot of the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis. Many of their programs, including a panel addressing racism, help youth of color find their voice.

My Oregon

With Oregon’s Eviction Moratorium set to expire on June 30, tenants will be required to start making rent payments beginning July 2021 or possibly face eviction. In the face of this, Lane County is re-opening applications for rental assistance to those eligible.

Tiffany Eckert

Now that Lane County has achieved Low Risk status for business restrictions, Public Health has shifted the goal. Officials say now it’s about reaching “herd immunity” in order to protect everyone. The focus is on vaccine access.  

Douglas County

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners just sent another letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown. The latest missive asks for a halt to enhanced unemployment benefits put in place during the pandemic. 

Lane County Public Health

Lane County has met the state’s 65% metric for COVID-19 vaccinations and will now move to the Low Risk category—permanently. Changes in community restrictions will go into effect sooner than expected. 

HIV Alliance

HIV Alliance has launched a Medication Assisted Treatment (MET) program for people who inject illicit drugs in Lane County.

EWEB

The drinking water that flows out of taps in Eugene remains among the best in the nation, according to a federally required report just released by the Eugene Water and Electric Board.

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