2020 Pandemic

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In past years, the Eugene Mission has done a blow-out Thanksgiving feast for people who are low-income or homeless. But  the pandemic has changed those plans.

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To date, the City of Eugene has received nearly $8 million in federal coronavirus relief funds. The bulk of it went to the Emergency Operations Center.

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With the pandemic and natural disasters taking an economic toll, it’d be an understatement to say 2020 wasn’t a boom time for most business owners.  As the holiday retail season gets underway, hopes still run high in Lane County for the rest of the year.

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Few people were ready for what 2020 had in store. A pandemic, protests, economic distress and in much of Oregon, wildfires. Such crises can take a toll on our mental health.


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Springfield Public Schools have announced they’re moving all students to online learning after receiving the Oregon Health Authority's weekly case and testing rate.

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Lane County Public Health has announced 20 more positive cases of COVID-19, one new death, and a new workplace cluster.


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Air quality indexes range from “unhealthy” to “hazardous” across the region, as wildfires continue to burn. And homeless people remain limited in options.

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A finance industry analyst says COVID-19 fraud has cost Americans more than $124 million this year, which includes over $2 million gleaned from Oregonians.

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The Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene has been lit up red this week in support of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of how the pandemic has affected the live events industry.

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Businesses across Oregon are finding ways to cope with COVID-19 safety guidelines, which require masks indoors. Eugene Family YMCA adapted their group exercise classes by taking them outside.

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The City of Eugene has adapted an existing program to help local businesses take advantage of outdoor park spaces during the pandemic. 

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Today, two rehabilitated Northern Harriers were released outside Eugene.  It’s all part of what’s been quite the unprecedented year for the Cascades Raptor Center.

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Across the world - including the Eugene-Springfield area -  businesses are trying to keep customers and staff safe by observing pandemic protocols. But many are coping with rude and defiant customers who ignore social distancing, or become aggressive when prompted to wear a face mask.

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One of Oregon’s U.S. Senators says he’s not speculating now on whether the Democrats will take the Senate in November.

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Congress has adjourned for the weekend, without resolving the issue of “supercharged” unemployment benefits.  The weekly $600 in federal aid for jobless Americans expired Friday (7/31), after the U.S. Senate failed to reach a deal. 

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A new online tool helps Oregonians find the nearest COVID-19 testing site, if they suspect they may be infected.

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The 4J School District has released its re-opening plan for the fall term.  Students have two options that address COVID-19 concerns.

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The Oregon FBI is warning of yet another pandemic-related scam: hiring fraud. 

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With so-called “supercharged” unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of the month, the U.S. Senate is divided largely along party lines on whether or not to extend them.

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As wildfire season gets underway, Native American tribes in Oregon are cautiously preparing under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The latest round of pandemic scams now includes fake or unapproved antibody tests. 

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Fire crews are waging a two-front battle this year: besides the expected slew of wildfires across the Pacific Northwest, they’ll also be keeping COVID-19 at bay, which will prove challenging. As part of our monthly series on Oregon’s resilience and natural resources, this story looks at the pandemic’s effects on seasonal wildfire operations.

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Homeless people will still be counted in the 2020 Census, despite delays due to the pandemic. 

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Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has given a week’s notice to a federal forest official, to better explain how firefighters and rural communities will be safe from both COVID-19 and wildfires this season.

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Nearing its 31st anniversary, Eugene’s mobile intervention service, CAHOOTS – which stands for “Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets” – is busier than ever…and needing help.

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Federal health officials are cautioning Americans about another pandemic-related issue: rats.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s been a recurring problem in the downtown Eugene area…but now it’s moving outward to homes.

A Roseburg family restaurant is facing a roughly $14,000 fine for re-opening its dine-in service, against Governor Kate Brown’s stay-home directive.

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Investment scams tied to the COVID-19 pandemic have regulators warning people to be shrewd and vigilant.

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Across the U.S., businesses are trying to relaunch. And some are having trouble getting their former employees back. 

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A Springfield caterer has helped feed first responders, with meals sourced from local meat suppliers.