Coronavirus

UPDATE (10:12 a.m. PT) — Oregon state and local health officials reported 47 new known cases of the novel coronavirus Wednesday afternoon, bringing the state’s total to 736. 

OHA also announced one additional death Wednesday. The state now has 19 known deaths from the virus.

Washington nears 6,000 cases

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Clark County is 130 and six people are known to have died with COVID-19, according to public health officials.

Clark County Public Health announced 14 new cases Wednesday.

A federal judge in Portland denied efforts Wednesday that would have forced the nation's immigration courts to implement measures that further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and Portland-based Innovation Law Lab, among others, sued the Trump administration over what they say is a patchwork of confusing and inconsistent measures that put the public at risk during a global pandemic.

They had asked the court to limit person-to-person interactions in immigration courts, similar to measures adopted in other courts across the country. 

Bill Lapschies’ granddaughter Jamie Yutzie said he has a contagious smile tucked behind his pale blue surgical mask.

On Wednesday, Lapschies’ family carried balloons, cake and signs outside the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Lebanon, Oregon, to celebrate his 104th birthday. With everyone spaced out 6-feet to maintain social distancing, staff wheeled Lapschies out of the home and onto a small patio surrounded by balloons.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Passenger traffic is down sharply at the Eugene Airport as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Eugene Public Library

Area libraries continue to provide services while their doors are closed. From phone help to online materials and streaming programming, they’ve shifted their focus.


Abbott Laboratories

Lane County is hoping to get shipments of a new rapid test for COVID-19 as soon as next week. The Abbott test was developed by a company in California. 

Melorie Begay

The City of Eugene has added more public bathrooms and handwashing stations around the city. It’s an effort to help people prevent the spread of COVID-19 by washing their hands frequently.

UPDATE (6:58 p.m. PT) – Oregon state and local health officials reported 47 new known cases of the novel coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 736.

The Oregon Health Authority also announced one new death related to the virus Wednesday — a 70-year-old woman in Multnomah County who had underlying medical conditions.

The state now has 19 known deaths from the virus.

With Oregon schools closed until at least April 28, the state department of education shared guidance Monday night with superintendents, making a move from supplemental learning to “Distance Learning For All.”

In addition to Gov. Kate Brown’s order to stay home, Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill said school may be out for longer than a month.

Lane County

The Lane County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to buy a $1.8 million building in Eugene. The site will serve as a place to house homeless people experiencing, and recovering from non-severe COVID-19 symptoms. This also includes those waiting to get test results back.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

In an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus, the Eugene 4J School District will hold its Wednesday board meeting virtually. The meeting will be broadcasted live on KRVM and online streaming. 

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

During the University of Oregon’s online town hall yesterday, President Michael Schill announced they have created a student crisis fund to provide $1 million in support. 

Lane County; NIH / Vimeo/Flickr.com

The coronavirus pandemic is also seeing a rise in fraud cases. Consumer protection and law enforcement officials are warning people against scammers. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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The number of coronavirus cases in Oregon is on the rise and could peak in May, says the Lane County Public Health Officer.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

The transit system serving Oregon’s capital city has suspended all scheduled services as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Lane County

The Lane County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the use of up to $5 million in emergency funds to address COVID-19 on Tuesday . The county had previously authorized the use of $750,000, on March 17.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

All U.S. Forest Service developed recreation sites in Oregon and Washington are now closed to the public in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Photo provided by Joanna Bartlett.

Testing for COVID-19 is gradually becoming more available across the U.S. and Oregon, but demand still exceeds availability. Many people are being told by their doctors to self-isolate if they think they’ve possibly been infected, which includes Joanna Bartlett and their family.  Since last week, they’ve been self-quarantined inside their Eugene home.  KLCC's Brian Bull recently talked to Bartlett, and asked how they’re all doing.

The Benton County Health Department announced the county’s first COVID-19 related death on Monday. The patient was a female in her late 80s who was receiving treatment at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center at the time of death. The patient had underlying medical conditions.

To date, Benton County has 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with two patients being treated in area hospitals.

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Coronavirus-related complaints are pouring in to the Oregon agency that regulates workplace safety.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Liquor and wine stores have seen a slight uptick in sales since the more socially-restrictive pandemic measures were enacted, including limits on public gatherings. KLCC’s Brian Bull checked in on a couple local establishments.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Grocery stores and markets are deemed “essential” in this pandemic, meaning they’ll stay open. KLCC’s Brian Bull checked in with stores in Eugene and Springfield on how they safeguard both customers and staff. 

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs

The coronavirus pandemic has hit a Veterans’ Home in Lebanon hard. Monday , the Oregon Health Authority announced a 2nd death there to COVID-19, and there are more than 30 positive cases among the residents and staff. But, people from all over are sending messages of comfort.

Eugene Weekly

If you’re one of the thousands of people in Lane County who reach for a free copy of the Eugene Weekly, you will notice it feels different lately. Thinner. Like businesses everywhere, the alternative newspaper is experiencing the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Home confinement and stress has boosted business for some products, including cannabis.

Eugene 4J School District

 

Now that Oregon schools will be closed at least until April 28, many are concerned about a major aspect of education—testing. Many statewide and national tests have been cancelled this year due to school closures.

Eugene 4J School District

 

As Spring Break comes to an end, Oregon school districts are navigating how to equitably teach classes remotely. The Eugene 4J school district is working to remove barriers to learning for low-income students.

UPDATED: (7:43 p.m., PT) — Oregon state and local health officials reported 58 new known cases of COVID-19 Monday afternoon, bringing the state total to 606. 

The Oregon Health Authority announced three new deaths Monday afternoon, with an additional death reported Monday evening in Benton County, The Daily Barometer reports, the county's first.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health reported three new positive tests of COVID-19, on Sunday. The three new cases are from residents living in the Eugene-Springfield area. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Lane County to 12, including one death.

Updated at 3:52 p.m. ET

The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States has sharply accelerated in recent days, now exceeding 2,000, marking a doubling of the fatality rate in the span of two days.

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