Spring Valley Assisted Living

Lane County Public Health reported another staff person at a residential care facility has tested positive for COVID-19. The new case prompted immediate testing of all residents at Spring Valley Assisted Living, some of whom have memory loss. The Springfield facility is in the process of testing staff.

Oregon Athletics

With the Pac-12’s decision to postpone all fall sports until at least Jan. 1, local colleges are facing a significant financial loss.

Tiffany Eckert

Awareness, patience and some changes to public health policy will help us get through this pandemic, and be more prepared for the next one, according to one local expert. To cap off our year-long series on resilience, KLCC’s Karen Richards spoke with Lane County’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke.


Springfield School District

Springfield School District  plans to start the fall with online learning. but under the current plan, K through 3 students can be in the classroom come September. 

Oaktree Residential Living

Lane County Public Health reports new COVID-19 cases have raised the overall count to 597. One of them is a staff person at Oaktree Residential Living in west Eugene.

Oregon Health Authority

Fear of COVID-19 transmission is keeping families out of doctors’ offices. The Oregon Health Authority says because of that, children are falling behind on vaccinations.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 258 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The total state caseload stands at 22,022.

Multnomah, Washington, Umatilla, Marion and Clackamas counties had the lion’s share of new cases.

Oregon also reported seven additional deaths, bringing the state death toll to 375 since the start of the pandemic. The deceased ranged in age between 57 and 95 years old.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University said Tuesday that the vast majority of its classes this fall will only be offered remotely.

City of Newport

A group that supports fishing families in Newport has established a fund to help those affected by COVID-19.

More than 21,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Oregon, and the pandemic’s far-reaching impacts have touched nearly every corner of life across the Pacific Northwest. That will be exceedingly clear in Salem Monday, when the state Legislature convenes for its second special legislative session in two months.

Live updates: Oregon considers travel restrictions as COVID-19 diagnoses climb

Aug 8, 2020

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she’s discussing possible coronavirus-related travel restrictions, but she has not made any concrete decisions.

Brown said she’s been in touch with Dan Joyce, chair of Malheur County, which shares a border with Idaho, as well as Idaho Gov. Brad Little.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday in a call with media that conversations about travel restrictions due to coronavirus spread are ongoing, but that she has not made any concrete decisions.

Brown said she has been in touch with Dan Joyce, chair of Malheur County, which shares a border with Idaho, as well as Idaho Gov. Brad Little.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport will be re-opening its outdoor exhibits to the public on Monday. New policies will help maintain social distancing between visitors, as Lincoln County is still in phase one.

Karen Richards

As previously reported, the Mapleton School District created a model plan for in-person class this fall. After the latest guidance, they’ve switched gears.

Tiffany Eckert

Before summer ends, some of us might be thinking about how to squeeze in a trip somewhere. With COVID-19 still spreading across communities, health officials do not recommend travel. For those who must, here are some points to consider before hitting the road.

People in their 20s continue to be the most likely to test positive for coronavirus, the Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday.

More than one in five diagnoses since the start of the pandemic has been of a 20-something adult, but this age group is far less likely to be hospitalized or to die after infection. The virus continues to be most deadly to older adults, and has been fatal to one in five people diagnosed after the age of 80.

A breakdown of severity and rates of COVID-19 by age group in Oregon found that:

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News


As the pandemic continues, families in the Eugene 4J school district are trying to navigate online learning, as well as the future reopening of school buildings. But students have another option for extended online learning.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health reports there have been an average of 70 COVID-19 cases per week-- for the last five weeks. The rate of positive cases has risen to 2%-- the highest so far in the outbreak. But that’s well below the state’s threshold of a 5% positivity rate, one of the requirements for allowing in-person classes to resume. 

Eugene 4J School District

The Oregon School Activities Association shifted its traditional fall high school sports season contests to begin in March under a new 2020-2021 school activities calendar approved by the association’s executive board on Wednesday.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News


The Eugene 4J school district announced Tuesday the entire fall trimester will be online. This is an update from 4J’s previous announcement to only have online learning for roughly the first four weeks of the school year.

Oregon reported 342 new confirmed or presumed cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, with five new deaths linked to the contagious disease. The new numbers put the state’s total cases at 19,699 since the outbreak reached the state earlier this year; 333 people have died from the virus as of Tuesday.

The Oregon Health Authority reports that most of the new COVID-19 cases stem from Umatilla (61), Multnomah (57), Malheur (33) and Washington (29) counties. The five new deaths included:

Lane County Public Health

Lane County Public Health officials have taken several complaints -- about possible fraudulent calls from people posing as COVID-19 contact tracers. There are specific ways to identify potential phone scams.

HIV Alliance

The HIV Alliance launched a “no-contact” STI testing program Monday in Roseburg as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization’s goal is to continue providing sexual health services while protecting its clients and staff.

Oregon reported two more COVID-19-linked deaths Monday, raising the state’s death toll to 328 since the pandemic began. The deaths included:

The Oregon Health Authority also reported 272 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 19,366. The bulk of the new cases are in Umatilla (64), Multnomah (49), Marion (27) and Yamhill (27) counties.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, thinks the key to re-opening the economy as soon as possible will be widespread, rapid testing.

Live updates: Oregon passes 19,000 coronavirus diagnoses

Aug 3, 2020

COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, a 68-year-old Malheur County man who died a month after his diagnosis. That brings the pandemic’s death toll in the state to 325, health officials reported Sunday.

The Oregon Health Authority also reported 285 new confirmed and presumptive cases of the coronavirus Sunday, bringing the total diagnosed with the virus to 19,097 since the start of the pandemic.

The most new cases were in Marion County, which reported 53 diagnoses, followed by Multnomah County with 48, Washington County with 47 and Clackamas County with 26.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

The Eugene 4J school district will hold virtual information sessions over the next two weeks about reopening for the fall. According to a press release, at least the first four weeks of the school year will be online.

Live updates: Amidst distancing mandates, the arts find a way

Aug 2, 2020

Portland artists joined together recently for Pavement, a socially distanced evening of pop-up performances in a public parking lot. Audience members watched from their cars while some of the city’s best singers, dancers and spoken word artists performed.

The evening was presented by Portland nonprofits Risk/Reward and Boom Arts. Featured performers included Portland Opera singer Onry, Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater artistic director Oluyinka Akinjiola and improvisational musician Amenta Abioto.

Tiffany Eckert

If you have a cell phone with apps, chances are your location is being tracked at any given time. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, publicly available cell phone data is being used to analyze how practicing social distancing- or refusing to  --indicates the rise and spread of COVID-19.

Live updates: 10% of Oregon coronavirus cases are children

Aug 1, 2020

The Oregon Health Authority issued a report analyzing pediatric COVID-19 cases in Oregon on Friday. It found that 1,755 cases, or 10% of all diagnoses in the state, were in children under 18.

Children are far less likely to become severely ill after diagnosis, the state reported, with about 1.5% being hospitalized, compared to 9.7% of adults.