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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Hannah Austin

In January, Community Health Centers of Lane County closed its Prenatal Clinic. Many clients are in the Latinx community. The closure has created a gap in services-- which an emerging Birth Center is looking to fill.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County’s weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccine has increased to about 6,300 doses. Public Health will hold mass vax clinics this weekend at two different sites.

University of Oregon

The drop in Lane County’s COVID-19 risk level-- from Extreme to High--will affect some operations at the University of Oregon.

Atrium Health

Sixteen Oregon counties will improve in their coronavirus risk level starting this Friday. Lane County will officially move down a category to “High" risk after months of operating at the "Extreme" risk level. 

Christiana Rainbow Plews

Five months after the devastating Holiday Farm fire, the Upper McKenzie Fire District Chief announced she’ll take a leave of absence. The 30-year fire-fighting veteran will focus on her mental health.


Christiana Rainbow Plews

During last fall’s devastating wildfires, Oregon firefighters were on the front lines-- and the public was grateful. But the job takes a toll. The Institute of American Firefighters finds up to 37% of first responders meet the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. KLCC has this story of a Lane County Fire Chief who recognized her distress and had the courage to ask for help.

Oregon Health Authority

Oregon made national news recently after four people tested positive for COVID-19 at least two weeks after they were fully vaccinated. Two of the so-called “break-through” cases are in Lane County.

Tiffany Eckert

Over the weekend, Lane County Public Health had its most challenging COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic to date. Officials say about 15% of the people who showed up didn’t have an appointment.

NIH

On Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority ordered Lane County to remain in the “Extreme risk” category for COVID-19 transmission.  This, while 12 other Oregon counties are downgraded.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

With so many people in priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, public health departments must make hard decisions on how to best use the insufficient amount of doses allocated to them each week. Now, it’s about the elderly.

Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County

Amidst remote work, job loss and economic uncertainty during the pandemic, many families have also faced a new need and expense: child-care for their school-aged kids. Here’s how one coastal Oregon town helped fill the gap.

Deonna Anderson/KLCC

The Oregon Health Authority says the rate of new HIV diagnoses (2008-2017) among Black Oregonians is nearly five times that of whites. To confront this disparity, the NAACP will host two free events in Eugene this weekend-- to engage the Black community in HIV prevention strategies. 

Upsplash

Super Bowl is this Sunday and the message from Lane County Public Health is “please don’t gather with multiple households.”  

Lane County Public Health

Lane County Public Health has opened up pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccination-- to all members of the public. Officials say since the roll out Thursday morning, people have enrolled at a rate of 5,000 every 30 minutes.

Facebook John Houdeshell

A firefighter who was the victim of a 2018 hit and run has died from his injuries. Oregon State police continue to search for the driver. 

David Veksler via Upsplash

Lane County Public Health officials praised communities Tuesday for what they call a downturn in COVID-19 case numbers.

The members of Lane Chamber Choir have never met face-to-face. The pandemic has forced the Lane Community College students to sing to a computer screen. A recent performance pays tribute to an ensemble determined to sing together-- however they can. 

WeAreTeachers

Lane County Public Health expects to receive 1,700 doses of COVID-19 vaccine by Wednesday, earmarked for educators. This is in-line with Governor Kate Brown’s decision to prioritize pre-school and K-12 teachers in Phase 1B of the state's vaccination plan.

Lane County Public Health

While overall reports of the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics in Eugene have been positive-- Lane County Public Health ran into some issues when a registration link was shared on social media.

Tiffany Eckert

Oregon National Guardsmen and women are in Eugene to assist Lane County Public Health with mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics. 7,400 doses of vaccine are going to people in Phase 1A at this drive-up event.

White Bird Clinic, Chris Hecht

To accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination effort, Lane County Public Health has partnered with three area healthcare providers. One of them is White Bird Clinic. The agency will help to vaccinate the rest of health care professionals in Phase 1A Group 1-- namely dentists.

Upleash

A Portland doctor says stress and isolation caused by the pandemic have been attributed to a surge in people seeking help for eating disorders.

Tiffany Eckert

On Thursday, Lane County Public Health had some good news to share regarding COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Oregon Education Association, We Are Teachers

Educators working at community colleges want to be prioritized the same as pre-school and K-12 employees in the COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. The Oregon Education Association is circulating a petition.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

After some “hard levying”-- Lane County Public Health announced Tuesday, they will receive a significantly larger weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccine from the state.

Facebook-Sen. Dallas Heard

An Oregon lawmaker is getting some push back for his movement to target people who file complaints about businesses that are not following safety guidelines.

Oregon Health Authority

Lane County Public Health officials announced they will hold two COVID-19 vaccination clinics this weekend. The mass vax opportunities are only for high-risk health care providers in a specific group.

Capitol Racquet Sports, Inc.

A fitness center in Salem has been fined for operating out of compliance and willfully exposing employees to COVID-19. It’s the largest penalty related to the pandemic issued to an Oregon employer.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health officials were shocked at the size of their allocation of COVID-19 vaccine this week. Despite readiness to administer thousands of shots, the county only received 100 doses from the state.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines continue and volunteers are still needed. Velocity Clinical Research in Medford is currently recruiting up to 400 people to take part in coronavirus vaccine studies.

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