Coronavirus

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UPDATE as of 3/15/20: The staff member's test for COVID-19 is negative, and the YMCA in Eugene will now open on April 1st, as sanitization efforts continue. 

Eugene’s YMCA is closed until Tuesday (3/17), pending a unidentified staff member’s test results for COVID-19.

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Oregon is closing schools and banning mass gatherings, as concerns about the new coronavirus spread. Governor Kate Brown says schools will close statewide from March 16th through March 31st, due to staffing challenges and health concerns.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

While there are still no confirmed cases in Lane County, public health officials say they believe coronavirus is circulating in communities. So far, fewer than 28 tests have been ordered with negative results, an additional 5 samples are pending lab results. Folks need to know, getting the test is a process.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Eugene’s business forecast for 2020 just got hazier, following Governor Brown’s directive to cancel large public gatherings as a precaution against COVID-19.

Meerah Powell, US Census, Jordan Strauss, Associated Press, Rachael McDonald

Governor Kate Brown bans large public events to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Meanwhile the number of cases of COVID-19 grows in Oregon. 


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Washing your hands with soap and water has long been touted by health officials to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other diseases. For Lane County’s 2,000 plus unhoused population, that could be a problem. The county says they’re working on a solution.

Eugene Opera

In the wake of coronavirus concerns and Governor Brown’s statewide directive to limit public gatherings to 250 people or less, many events are being canceled or rescheduled.

UPDATE (March 13, 7:39 a.m. PT) – The Oregon Health Authority reported nine new cases of COVID-19 Thursday afternoon and evening, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 30 across nine counties.

Clackamas County identified its first case in a man between the ages of 35 and 54, who was a close contact with a previous case.

The two other new cases were identified in Washington County in women older than 55, with no known close contacts.

Washington County now has a total of 10 cases.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University on Wednesday announced measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Eugene School District 4J

3/12/2020 UPDATE: Springfield, Bethel and South Lane School districts have joined the Eugene 4J district in canceling or postponing non-essential gatherings and activities. 

UPDATE (March 11, 10:25 p.m. PT) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced late Wednesday night that she would ban all public gatherings of more than 250 people statewide for four weeks, effective immediately.

President Trump Suspends All Travel Between US And Europe For 30 Days

Mar 11, 2020

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is suspending all travel between the U.S. and Europe for 30 days beginning Friday as he seeks to combat a viral pandemic.

Trump made the announcement in an Oval Office address to the nation, blaming the European Union for not acting quickly enough to address the novel coronavirus and saying U.S. clusters were “seeded” by European travelers.

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University of Oregon President Michael Schill provided an update Wednesday afternoon on the school’s plans to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Rachael McDonald

As of Wednesday morning, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Lane County, but health officials announced a new measure to prevent its spread. It recommends people who are 60 years or older and those with pre-existing health conditions avoid large gatherings. 

Census 2020

This Thursday (3/12) the very first 2020 Census count in Oregon will be conducted…on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon’s flu season peaked in mid-January but there is still widespread flu activity in communities, everywhere. Unlike COVID-19, there is a vaccine to protect against Influenza and health officials urge those who haven’t gotten a flu shot yet-- to do it.

UPDATED (March 10, 7:45 p.m. PT) – The Oregon Health Authority announced Multnomah County’s first presumptive case of the novel coronavirus Tuesday.

The state now has 15 reported cases of the virus in seven Oregon counties.

The COVID-19 virus, a relative of other viruses like SARS, was first identified in Wuhan, China, late last year.

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Health Authority is working on guidelines on large public gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 

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State economists say it’s too soon to know how the spread of the COVID-19 virus will impact Oregon’s economy.

UPDATED (March 9, 5:53 p.m. PT) — As of Monday afternoon, there have been no new cases of the novel coronavirus, with Oregon’s total standing at 14. Eleven of those cases were just announced over the weekend.

The Oregon Health Authority intends to release the results of 52 tests Tuesday. State officials also said they’ve completed monitoring of 291 people. They’ve been released after not developing symptoms for two weeks, according to OHA. But health officials said they anticipate more positive cases in the weeks to come.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Advocates in Lane County are scrambling to ensure the unsheltered community is prepared for a possible COVID-19 outbreak. Medical supply shortages and access to water are only a few of their concerns.

PeaceHealth Oregon

With the number of novel coronavirus cases on the rise in the Pacific Northwest, PeaceHealth hospitals have implemented voluntary visitation restrictions. The controls are more about prevention than panic. 

Rachael McDonald

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus yet in Lane County, but officials say they expect it to show up here in the coming weeks.

Brian Bull / KLCC

To date, no coronavirus cases have been reported in the Eugene-Springfield area. And while the risk of contamination is low, school officials are warning families to be prepared.

Oregon health officials announced Friday the state has its first presumed case of COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus. And they don’t know how or where the patient contracted the virus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants Americans to prepare for the spread of coronavirus. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert brings us an update on local prevention and preparedness tactics in Lane County.

PeaceHealth Oregon Network

Health professionals say despite some reports to the contrary, they’ve not found any actual cases of the novel Coronavirus in Lane County. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on some preventative protocols in place at Sacred Heart RiverBend Medical Center in Springfield.

Rachael McDonald

The University of Oregon has suspended all official travel to China, in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy

On Thursday, The World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Lane County Public Health got a “crash-course” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to identify the deadly virus.

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