Oregon State University

The Oregon Health Authority says wastewater monitoring shows how widespread the coronavirus is in the state.

Oregon Athletics

University of Oregon football says the five positive COVID-19 tests that were announced last weekend have turned out to be false positives. 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is extending the state of emergency declaration that has enabled her to enact unprecedented rules around health care, education, and everyday commerce amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As new cases of COVID-19 begin to rise in Oregon and around the country, Brown announced she’s extending the state of emergency until Jan. 2, 2021. It had been scheduled to expire Nov. 3.

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Lane County Public Health is urging people to respond when a contact tracer reaches out to them regarding a positive COVID-19 test. 

Melorie Begay

What do you want to know about COVID-19 testing? How does it work when public health does contact tracing? And what happens when there's a vaccine? These are some questions we plan to explore this Friday at 3:30 p.m. with Lane County's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke. 

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Over the weekend, there were 81 new COVID-19 cases in Lane County. Meanwhile, neighboring Douglas County confirmed three new deaths from the disease.

Wildland firefighters had a lot to contend with this year as fires raged across the West during a global pandemic.

More than 9,000 people were called in to fight large wildfires in Oregon and Washington this year, and hundreds of them lived together in fire camps that are known for spreading common viruses often referred to as “camp crud.”

The same day that Oregon confirmed its highest daily number of COVID-19 diagnoses since the virus first arrived in the state last winter, Gov. Kate Brown announced that a rise in so-called “sporadic” cases had landed Multnomah County back on the state’s watch list.

Brown announced the move late Friday afternoon.

Oregon Athletics

Five University of Oregon football players tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday. University officials say all five student-athletes are symptom-free.

University of Oregon

A new facial covering policy is in effect at the University of Oregon. All faculty, students and visitors must now use masks or cloth face coverings while indoors and outdoors -- in public spaces on campus. That’s regardless of whether 6 feet of distance can be maintained or not.

Oregon reports record daily coronavirus cases

Oct 24, 2020

The Oregon Health Authority Friday reported 550 new confirmed and presumptive cases of coronavirus.

That’s the highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic. OHA also reported three new deaths. Oregon’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 649 people.

The county with the most new cases is Multnomah, with 135 known cases Friday. Washington County also saw 91 cases, followed by Lane County with 52 new cases.

OHA said in a statement the high case count is again a “reminder that Oregonians cannot let their guards down.”

Melorie Begay

Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrict Luedtke joins KLCC's Rachael McDonald to answer listener questions about COVID-19 in our community. Hear advice on what to do if your workplace isn't observing social distancing and mask-wearing, flu-shots, and planning ahead for Thanksgiving. 

Rachael McDonald

600 people in Lane County participated in a phone survey on COVID-19 that was conducted by the Patinkin Research Institute. Lane County Public Health released some of the findings on Thursday.

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As of Thursday morning, there were 75 active COVID-19 outbreaks that have contributed to more than 500 of Lane County’s total positive case count, according to Lane County Public Health.

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KLCC will have a live in-studio show with our guest, Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Senior Public Health Officer at Lane County Public Health. We'll take your questions about COVID-19. 

Eugene Symphony Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong has been doing his job a little differently since March.

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A new relief program aims to keep professional Oregon artists afloat during the pandemic. More than $1.2 million is available for eligible applicants who’ve had events or performances canceled this year.


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Lane County Public Health reports 102 new positive COVID-19 cases were identified over the weekend. This brings the total case count to 2,143-- with 215 currently considered infectious. 

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As flu season arrives on the U.S. west coast, health officials fear a possible ‘twindemic’ in 2020.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that Lane County has been added to the Watch List for COVID-19 case activity. 

A second wave? A third? A continuation of the first? Whatever you want to call it, COVID-19 seems to be spreading faster in Oregon, across the country and around the world.

Experts say this increase comes at a time when governments should be trying to get cases down, ahead of an expected fall wave.

“What we’ve seen in the last week is not good news,” said Dr. Ann Thomas, a public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority, “The trend is going up.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If you get a call from the Lane County Public Health department, officials say ‘please take it.’ This comes out of concern as non-compliance in the COVID-19 contact tracing effort continues to grow.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University said Thursday that its Cascades campus in Bend will continue a mix of in-person and remote learning for the winter term.

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Representatives of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation at the University of Oregon say their workplace is not safe and they’re not getting support from administration.

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Lane County Public Health has added a new reporting function to better describe COVID-19 outbreaks in communities.

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The University of Oregon announced Tuesday that winter term courses will continue to be mostly remote and online.

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Lane County saw 123 positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend, and the University of Oregon reported 30 for Saturday and Sunday.

Oregon to change how it reports COVID-19 recoveries

Oct 11, 2020

The Oregon Health Authority Friday announced it plans to again change the way it reports recovered cases of COVID-19. The agency will temporarily stop reporting recoveries until a new plan is in place.

Prior to May 1, health officials with the health authority would call patients with COVID-19 to track when their symptoms disappeared and to assess their recovery. People who reported no longer being symptomatic were reported as “recovered.”

Rachael McDonald

Oregon-based Brew Dr. Tea Company, formerly known as Townshends, will be closing all their tea houses by the end of October.