Coronavirus

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The start of University of Oregon's fall term is quickly approaching. COVID-19 measures are in place as staff and students return to in-person classrooms for the first time since spring 2020.

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Eugene School District 4J is holding a virtual COVID-19 parent information session Monday. The district says the goal is to keep families up to date about the return to in-person learning.

Through July and August, Julie Smith watched her husband Jeffrey get worse and worse from COVID-19. In early July, the healthy, 51-year-old outdoorsman had tested positive for the coronavirus. Within a week, he was admitted to the intensive care unit at a hospital near their home, in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Lane County has asked the state for a refrigerated mobile morgue. The need comes with an increase in deaths associated with COVID-19 and other causes.

  

On the Friday show this week, Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health talks about the potential for the Delta surge to fade, the recent news on booster shots, vaccine and testing access for rural Lane County, and more questions from KLCC listeners.

 

The next installment of “The Next Normal Series” from the City Club of Eugene.

From the City Club of Eugene:

The abrupt closure of office workplaces was a visible and dramatic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, millions of people continue to work from home as our unexpected global experiment continues—and recent surveys show that neither the workforce nor company executives want to simply return to pre-pandemic routines.

Oregon State University

Fall terms are about to begin at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. And that means students are moving back to campus this week in Corvallis and Eugene.

  

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Lane County announced Thursday that all county employees and volunteers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 30. Those who miss the deadline could face provisional layoffs.

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A change in the weather has Lane County Public Health on alert. Part of their COVID-19 emergency response is reminding residents of the high risks associated with some autumn activities.

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With in-person learning underway in K-12, Lane County Public Health has been working closely with educational partners to mitigate possibilities of COVID-19 spread.

It's a bad time to get sick in Oregon. That's what many doctors are telling their patients and the public as hospitals full of COVID-19 patients have been forced to postpone some treatments of other medical conditions.

Charlie Callagan's scheduled bone-marrow transplant was postponed. Now he's waiting for a new surgery date, hunkered down at his home in Merlin, a small Rogue Valley town in southern Oregon.

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Lane County COVID-19 vax clinics are ramping up to accomodate people under deadline to get the shot. This as some vaccinators report experiencing rude, threatening treatment from angry workers.

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Public Health officials say the number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Lane County’s long term care facilities is a problem quickly becoming a crisis.

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To help navigate the process of getting vaccinated where you live, here’s a handy reference guide.

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PeaceHealth has placed 420 caregivers on administrative leave because they remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.  

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Over the weekend, Oregon surpassed 300,000 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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Oregon’s Employment Department is hoping a series of job fairs this week will help Oregon businesses who are badly in need of workers.

  

University of Oregon

Eugene 4J and Bethel School Districts have opted-in to a voluntary weekly testing program for COVID-19. It’s administered by the University of Oregon in partnership with Oregon Health Authority.  

  

Peacehealth and Lane County

We focus on kids this week on the Friday Show on KLCC. This week, the Oregon Health Authority described an “explosion” of pediatric cases of Covid-19, as kids go back to in-person school. Dr. Serena Black, pediatric hospitalist with Peachealth, and Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health, spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald and answered listener questions about coronavirus, pediatric cases, vaccines, in-person school and more.

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here.

Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated, new research has found, bolstering evidence that the inoculations continue to provide powerful protection, even against the delta variant.

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The Oregon Health Authority reports an “explosion" of pediatric COVID-19 cases around the state. 

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With the first day of school just around the corner, Lane County Public Health is doubling down on their messaging to parents: Get vaccinated.

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Lane County set a grim record over the last month. 

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Monoclonal antibody treatment is now available at Peacehealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. The treatment is for patients with COVID-19 who are at risk for severe complications.

  

Lane Community College

The surge in Covid-19 cases in Lane County has prompted Lane Community College to move to mostly remote classes this fall. The announcement came Tuesday.

  

PEACEHEALTH

Amid a surge in new COVID cases, a Pacific Northwest hospital system is at odds with its employee unions over a decision to dismiss hundreds of unvaccinated workers.

Delta has changed everything. That’s what Governor Kate Brown said several weeks ago. Oregon’s hospitals are in crisis as Covid-19 patients continue to sicken and die. In Lane County, we’ve averaged 200 new coronavirus cases per day in the last two weeks.

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The State of Oregon has been approved to expand the Pandemic Food Assistance program. Nearly $591 million will be used to feed about 430-thousand children through October.

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Each day, Douglas County continues to see triple digit COVID-19 cases --many resulting in hospitalization and too often, in deaths.

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