Coronavirus

The Oregon Health Authority reported a small number of cases Thursday where Oregonians who had received their full vaccinations later contracted COVID-19.

The state defined the “breakthrough” cases as instances where a person had received their final dose of vaccine and then contracted COVID-19 at least 14 days later.

Of the more than 700,000 Oregonians who are now fully vaccinated, health officials identified only 168 breakthrough cases as of April 2. That is equivalent to roughly 0.024% of that fully vaccinated group. Three of those 168 died.

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Lane County is seeing a disproportionately high number of younger adults being adversely affected by COVID-19.

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Small to mid-sized restaurants hit hard by the pandemic will have relief soon. Two Oregon lawmakers shared the news in Eugene today.

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An alternative newspaper in Eugene is unveiling its foray into NFTs, or non-fungible tokens.  It’s to help offset advertising losses while also embracing an emerging digital art form.

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So you’ve gotten your first – maybe even second – vaccine shot against COVID-19, and want to show the world on social media. But authorities say not to post pics of your vaccination card.  

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There are currently no free-standing birthing facilities operating in Lane County. But that is about to change. A non-profit midwifery birth center recently found a new space to call home.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health announced they will open a third COVID-19 mass vax site this weekend. Officials said this is because the county has received an increased allocation of vaccine from Oregon Health Authority—nearly 23-thousand doses this week.

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COVID-19 cases in Lane County continue to surge with several days last week seeing counts in the double digits. Officials say springtime activities have resulted in outbreaks. 

Oregon officials are warning of a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, even as more people become eligible for vaccines each week. Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen joins us to discuss the latest projections and the new timeline that will allow all Oregonians 16 and up to get a vaccine starting April 19.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced that all Oregonians over 16 will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19. 

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The second gentleman of the United States was in Eugene Monday. The husband of Vice President Kamala Harris visited a COVID-19 vaccination clinic and met with state and local leaders.

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Lane County has seen an increase in coronavirus cases of school-aged children this week. Public Health officials say the case numbers in this age range have doubled.

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. 


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I've just had my second dose of the vaccine, and now I have a vaccine card. Um, what do I do with it?

Oregon state health leaders have jumped at every opportunity to warn the public that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. That warning carries new weight this week as the state and nation brace for a possible fourth wave of infections.

“It’s clear that in Oregon and across the country, the fourth surge of the virus is at our doorstep,” Gov. Kate Brown said during a Friday news conference.

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Oregon State University could be holding some in-person graduation events this year.

  

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 Governor Kate Brown held a press availability April 2nd to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority.

  

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While Lane County Public Health's COVID-19 vaccine allocations remain somewhat stagnant, officials say there are other options for getting the shot, including your local pharmacy.

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Results of the latest round of COVID-19 prevalence testing in Corvallis show the highest levels there since the project began nearly a year ago.

  

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Now that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has expanded, two Lane County organizations are ready to get shots in the arms of people experiencing homelessness—starting Thursday.

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Lane County Public Health has a request of anyone going to a drive-through vaccination clinic: Please don’t bring your dog. Let them stay comfortable and safe at home.

Fresh off of a COVID-19 scare in the Oregon Capitol, state lawmakers are about to have an easy way to get vaccinated.

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April 1 is the start of pink shrimp season across the Pacific Coastline. Seafood industry officials hope it’s one that’ll offset the pandemic’s effects on markets that began a year ago. 

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The Oregon Health Authority Wednesday announced that 20 Oregon counties can expand their vaccine eligibility.  

  

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The Eugene Saturday Market opens this weekend on April 3. With its return comes a few changes.

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The operators of the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene are disputing claims that they “gave up” the business months ago, and are contesting the termination of their lease.

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Throughout the U.S., Black, Indigenous and People of Color have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. To confront inequities and increase access to the vaccine, Lane County Public Health is using some targeted strategies.

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The effort to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 won’t be the final chapter in the fight against the pandemic. That’s according to an Oregon State University researcher who spoke to reporters Tuesday.

  

On the first day back from spring break for Oregon students, Gov. Kate Brown hosted a Facebook Live event to mark the week she directed schools to open their doors for in-person instruction for elementary students.

“It’s truly a moment worth celebrating,” Brown said. “I know students, parents, educators, all of us, have been looking forward to this for months.”

Amid growing optimism about the rising pace of vaccinations in the U.S., the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has one request for the American people: Don't act as if the pandemic is over – it's not.

In an emotional plea during the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing on Monday, the CDC chief, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, described a feeling of "impending doom."

"We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope," Walensky said. "But right now, I'm scared."

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