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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Oregon State University

For the fourth year in a row, Oregon State University has won a national award for having a campus culture committed to diversity and inclusion.

Lisa Gardner, Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon

The topic of abortion has blanketed the news of late-- with stories of statewide bans, federal legislation protections and threats to the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v Wade. Here’s a check-in on where Oregon stands on the issue.

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

Oregon Nurses Association

Oregon’s largest nursing organization says it’s concerned that some hospitals are denying nurses’ religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination --and adding to a growing staffing crisis.

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A report just out from Lane County COVID-19 Emergency Response reveals the progress made with equity efforts around vaccination distribution. 

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More than 130 Douglas County medical professionals have signed an open letter to residents. The missive calls on patients and neighbors to wear masks indoors, get vaccinated and steer clear of unproven treatments for COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Over 700 community members were vaccinated Tuesday in the first mass vax booster clinic at Lane Events Center Auditorium in Eugene. 

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Lane County Public Health officials are concerned about the rise in COVID-19 cases in school-aged children and the exposure risks associated.

CareOregon

Oregonians with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will soon have more funds to work with at mealtime. Monthly SNAP benefits will be permanently increased in October.

Sean Stapleton

After hearing firsthand accounts from survivors of last year’s Holiday Farm fire, a group of Springfield high school students wanted to do something to help with restoration. The twelve teens worked all summer on a mural project recently unveiled in Blue River.

  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Early Thursday, an advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine for people aged 65 and older. They also approved a third shot for residents of long-term care facilities and people 18 and older with certain underlying conditions. 

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Lane County Public Health officials say COVID-19 cases have plateaued to an average of 150 a day— but still an unreasonably high number for communities.  Hospitalizations from the virus continue to stress the health system.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On Wednesday, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) signed off on approval of COVID-19 booster doses for everyone 65 and older-- and for people at high risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is next to weigh in on who should get a third shot, and when. Lane County Public Health stands ready to provide boosters to all who are eligible.

Twice a year, Vaux’s Swifts migrate through the Willamette Valley. The little birds fly non-stop all day, gobbling up insects. When it’s time to roost for the night, they head to dismantled brick chimneys for warmth and safety. Thousands fill the sky, circling and chirping- before diving in. The phenomenon happens twice a year in Eugene.

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A change in the weather has Lane County Public Health on alert. Part of their COVID-19 emergency response is reminding residents of the high risks associated with some autumn activities.

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With in-person learning underway in K-12, Lane County Public Health has been working closely with educational partners to mitigate possibilities of COVID-19 spread.

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Lane County COVID-19 vax clinics are ramping up to accomodate people under deadline to get the shot. This as some vaccinators report experiencing rude, threatening treatment from angry workers.

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Public Health officials say the number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Lane County’s long term care facilities is a problem quickly becoming a crisis.

PeaceHealth Oregon

PeaceHealth has placed 420 caregivers on administrative leave because they remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.  

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One year ago, the Morris family experienced a total loss. Their three homes and their artesian water bottling facility in Blue River burned to the ground. Today, just after the first anniversary of the Holiday Farm fire—they have something to celebrate. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Oregon Health Authority reports an “explosion" of pediatric COVID-19 cases around the state. 

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With the first day of school just around the corner, Lane County Public Health is doubling down on their messaging to parents: Get vaccinated.

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Lane County set a grim record over the last month. 

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The State of Oregon has been approved to expand the Pandemic Food Assistance program. Nearly $591 million will be used to feed about 430-thousand children through October.

Mercy Health Center

Each day, Douglas County continues to see triple digit COVID-19 cases --many resulting in hospitalization and too often, in deaths.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Local health officials have identified a number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Lane County. The cases include groups of youth and elders.

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COVID-19 in pregnancy causes an increased risk of pre-term labor, Cesarean section and death. When the  vaccine first came out, pregnant people were advised against it. However, that has changed.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County’s Board of Health has decided to extend a local Emergency Declaration through the end of the year. The decision will free up an additional $5 million to respond to the pandemic.

Oregon Nurses Association

Earlier this month, the Oregon Health Authority adopted a temporary rule requiring all health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The state's deadline to be fully vaccinated is October 18.

White Bird Clinic, Chris Hecht

Following Governor Kate Brown’s recent rule change requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers-- the Oregon Nurses Association says it’s all in.

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