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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown acknowledged Friday that ending a statewide mask mandate will place greater risks on already-vulnerable people and communities. But during a contentious news conference, she stood firm on her decision to lift the mandate once the state reaches its vaccination goal.

Oregon currently plans to lift most restrictions once 70% of the state’s adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination. As of Thursday, 67.2% of eligible adults were vaccinated.

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Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a press availability June 11, to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

  

Douglas County

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners just sent another letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown. The latest missive asks for a halt to enhanced unemployment benefits put in place during the pandemic. 

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration plans to relax the state’s COVID-19 workplace rules.

Lane County Public Health

Lane County has met the state’s 65% metric for COVID-19 vaccinations and will now move to the Low Risk category—permanently. Changes in community restrictions will go into effect sooner than expected. 

Lane Transit District

Lane Transit District will host a pop up vaccination clinic June 8 through June 10 at the Springfield Station.

Oregonians are on the verge of life after face masks.

With the state closing in on its goal that 70% of the population receive COVID-19 shots, officials announced Friday they are preparing to lift most pandemic restrictions by June 21. That would relax mask requirements for all Oregonians, regardless of vaccination status. Under the pending rule change, masks would only be mandatory at airports, on public transit and in health-care settings.

It’s unanimous. With recent announcements from Eastern Oregon University and the Oregon Institute of Technology, all of Oregon’s public universities will be requiring COVID-19 vaccinations this fall.

OIT made its announcement Wednesday afternoon, and EOU followed on Thursday. Like all of Oregon’s other public universities, both OIT and EOU will require vaccinations for students, faculty and staff — except with legally accepted exemptions.

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Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a press availability June 4, at 11:00 a.m. to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

  

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health hopes to motivate people to get the COVID-19 vaccine this weekend—by offering the chance to win tickets to Duck games or the Olympic trials.

Karl Maasdam / OSU

During their door-to-door sampling this weekend, researchers with the Oregon State University TRACE project will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine door-to-door in Corvallis.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Officials say Lane County is close-- but still has not met the state’s vaccination metric to move to Low Risk for restrictions. 

Tiffany Eckert

In an update on COVID-19 risk levels Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Lane County will move from High to Moderate Risk for transmission starting Friday June 4 through June 10.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Through the Memorial Day weekend, venues drew crowds to stadiums, race tracks, and theaters…which included an outdoor musical in Roseburg.  Performers and audiences alike hope to see the curtain fall on the pandemic, and rise on normalcy once more.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University has scheduled another round of COVID-19 prevalence testing this weekend, June 5 and 6, in Corvallis.

  

TrackTown USA

TrackTown USA has announced that recent changes to Oregon health regulations means spectators will be able to watch the Olympic Trials in person at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. The trials are scheduled for June 18-27.

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend we learn that Oregon has hit an unfortunate milestone: 200,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. While cases continue to decrease this figure is a reminder that people are still vulnerable. Dr. Patrick Luedtke joins us to answer listener questions and discuss where Oregon is at during this moment of the pandemic.

There are a number of vaccination clinics coming up, including the following:

Small mobiles this weekend:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

There’s new guidance on masking at school from the state Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. 

Lane Events Center/Lane County Fair

After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled it last year, the Lane County Fair is back for 2021.  

Rachael McDonald

Some movie theaters are resuming in-person showings as more people get vaccinated against COVID-19. That includes Regal Cinemas in Eugene and Albany, which reopened last weekend.

Lane County Public Health

With the current rate of new COVID-19 cases, about 130 per 100,000 people, officials say Lane County is expected to remain in the High risk category for restrictions.

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Businesses, entertainment venues and churches in Oregon’s “Lower Risk” counties can provide a special seating area for people vaccinated against COVID-19, according to an announcement from Gov. Kate Brown’s office Monday.

  

  

Oregon State University

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees has approved plans for returning to on-site learning this fall, the renovation of Reser stadium, and announced their intentions in the search for the university's next president.

Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that the state will offer a lottery program to offer a $1-million grand prize which everyone 18 and over who gets the COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to win. We discuss this with Dr. Patrick Luedtke of Lane County Public Health.

Jes Burns

Recently, the University of Oregon announced it will require students and employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of the fall term. The university continues to work through the decision.

 

Douglas County health officials say Thursday marked the highest single day of new COVID-19 cases-- since March. They say over the past two weeks, the new cases are all from residents who are not fully vaccinated. 

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State leaders hope cash prizes will spur more Oregonians to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Friday, Governor Kate Brown announced a $1-million lottery drawing, called the Take Your Shot Oregon campaign.

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Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

Governor Kate Brown held a press availability May 21, at 12 p.m. to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Lottery.

  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Benton, Deschutes, and Lincoln Counties are among five Oregon counties that will enter the state’s “Lower Risk” category for COVID-19 starting Friday.

  

Tiffany Eckert

This week, Eugene’s Bethel School District is holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics for 12 to 15 year old students. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert visited a clinic at Willamette High School to see how things were going.

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