The Friday Show

Fridays 3:30pm

KLCC's Rachael McDonald hosts as Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke and other experts answer questions from all over western Oregon about COVID-19. 

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Peacehealth and Lane County

We focus on kids this week on the Friday Show on KLCC. This week, the Oregon Health Authority described an “explosion” of pediatric cases of Covid-19, as kids go back to in-person school. Dr. Serena Black, pediatric hospitalist with Peachealth, and Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health, spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald and answered listener questions about coronavirus, pediatric cases, vaccines, in-person school and more.

Delta has changed everything. That’s what Governor Kate Brown said several weeks ago. Oregon’s hospitals are in crisis as Covid-19 patients continue to sicken and die. In Lane County, we’ve averaged 200 new coronavirus cases per day in the last two weeks.

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend we learn that Oregon has hit an unfortunate milestone: 200,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. While cases continue to decrease this figure is a reminder that people are still vulnerable. Dr. Patrick Luedtke joins us to answer listener questions and discuss where Oregon is at during this moment of the pandemic.

There are a number of vaccination clinics coming up, including the following:

Small mobiles this weekend:

Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that the state will offer a lottery program to offer a $1-million grand prize which everyone 18 and over who gets the COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to win. We discuss this with Dr. Patrick Luedtke of Lane County Public Health.

This past week has felt a bit like a whirlwind and the beginning of a new phase of the pandemic. Oregon Governor Kate Brown follows up CDC guidance with an allowance for fully vaccinated Oregonians to do away with masks and social distancing.

On this week's show, we discuss herd immunity to COVID-19, breakthrough cases, varients, vaccines for younger people and more. 

Ayelet Amittay and Lane County Public Health

This week we talk about the mental and emotional toll the pandemic has taken on our community. 


On April 23, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown gave an address with some cautionary words for Oregonians, noting that cases exceeded 1,000 for the day, and that Oregon hospitals are on pace to surpass 300 patients with COVID-19.

Covid-19 case counts are climbing statewide even as vaccination eligibility opens up to all Oregonians 16 and older on Monday, April 19. We discuss the latest numbers and delve into your questions about vaccines, COVID-19, variants and more. 

On this week's Friday show we talk about the latest data on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, break-through cases among people who've been vaccinated, and more.


On this week's show, we talk with Dr. Patrick Luedtke Lane County's Senior Public Health Officer about the latest information on case counts in the county, new cases among school-age kids, long COVID, vaccines, and more. 


On this week's show, we learn about a federally grant funded project called RADx UP [Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underrepresented People}. It's a collaboration between researchers at the University of Oregon and other agencies. They're offering free COVID-19 testing in communities that otherwise might not have access to testing. 


Tiffany Eckert

On this week's Friday show KLCC's Rachael McDonald is joined by Lane County Public Health's Public Information Officer, Jason Davis. 


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On this week's show, Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke talks about coronavirus variants, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and more, including questions from KLCC listeners.

Rachael McDonald

On this week's show we talk with clinical psychologist Dr. Shin Shin Tang with Oregon Mind Body Institute about mental health care and we put listener questions on the vaccine and Covid-19 to Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health.


Melorie Begay

On The Friday Show this week, Doctor Patrick Luedtke, Senior Public Health Officer with Lane County answers listener questions about the coronavirus vaccine, masks, and more. He also talks about "break-through" cases of Covid-19 among those who've been vaccinated, cases at local schools, the vaccine-rollout, and new variants of coronavirus.  

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Rachael McDonald

On this week's Friday Show we spoke with Lane Education Service District Superintendent Tony Scurto about vaccination efforts among public school teachers and staff and about school plans for returning to in-person learning. And Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health shared updates on coronavirus numbers, vaccine availability and took listener questions. 

LCPH, DPHN Facebook page

On this week's Friday show, we heard from Douglas County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer and Lane County Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke. 

They updated us on vaccine distribution, infection numbers, and more. They also answered listener questions. 

Lane County Public Health website.