University of Oregon

The University of Oregon has made made some changes to campus-wide mask requirements 

Oregon Health Authority

Under new state guidelines, Oregon counties will be eligible to move to Lower Risk for COVID-19 restrictions when 65% of county residents, 16 years and older, receive their first dose.





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Officials from the Oregon Health Authority released updated mask guidelines Tuesday.

As Oregon’s mask mandate ends, it’s up to each business to chart what’s next

May 16, 2021

Oregon public health officials are providing more details on this week’s announcement that fully vaccinated people will be allowed to go without masks in most situations. Gov. Kate Brown announced Oregon’s decision to relax mask mandates Thursday, shortly after guidance was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a press conference Friday morning, state epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said the decision gives Oregonians two choices: either get vaccinated, or continue wearing face coverings and following physical distancing.

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After elevated COVID-19 risk levels across Lane County postponed it this month, the Oregon Asian Celebration will now be held jointly with another decades-old event in July.  

Tiffany Eckert

Thursday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the mask mandate is now lifted for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert went outside in Eugene to get some reactions on the decision.

This past week has felt a bit like a whirlwind and the beginning of a new phase of the pandemic. Oregon Governor Kate Brown follows up CDC guidance with an allowance for fully vaccinated Oregonians to do away with masks and social distancing.


Relief is making its way to small businesses affected by the pandemic in Lane County by way of $2.4 million in grants from the State of Oregon. This is the seventh round of funding disbursed by the county and CommunityLending Works.

Bethel School District

Eugene’s Bethel School District has scheduled COVID-19 vaccination clinics for the newest eligible age group, 12 to 15 year olds. The clinics next week will also be a chance for older teens to get their second shot.

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Oregonians who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distance. Governor Kate Brown made the announcement via video Thursday.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a first-time purchase of several West Coast seafood products for its food assistance programs.  The news is being well received by the regional seafood industry. 

Tiffany Eckert

Kids 12 and older are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon and Washington.

Oregon Health Authority

Oregon is poised to begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to the youngest age group soon to be eligible, youth 12 to 15 years old. Lane County Public Health officials say some parents have already begun scheduling their kids for the shot.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health announced Tuesday they have received the highest allocation of COVID-19 vaccines from the state to date. With supply on the rise, the issue now is demand. 

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a press availability May 11, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).


The University of Oregon announced Monday afternoon that it will require COVID-19 vaccines of all on-campus students and employees this fall.

Western Oregon University announced Monday that it will be requiring vaccines for all on-campus students and employees this fall.

WOU is the latest Oregon public university to make such an announcement. Last week, both Portland State University and Oregon State University made similar calls.

On this week's show, we discuss herd immunity to COVID-19, breakthrough cases, varients, vaccines for younger people and more. 

A bill that gives legal cover to hospitals and other health-care providers who are sued after following COVID-19 emergency orders is progressing in the Oregon Legislature.

The state Senate on Friday approved Senate Bill 780 by a 21-1 vote, moving the measure onto the House of Representatives.

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The Eugene 4J School District plans to have students back for five-day a week in person learning in the fall.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregon lawmakers could decide to continue to allow remote testimony, even after the pandemic.


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The Eugene 4J school district scheduled a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for 12 to 15 year olds for later this month, in anticipation of federal approval.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Fifteen Oregon Counties that had to halt indoor dining a week ago due to the state’s designation of “extreme risk” for COVID-19 restrictions can resume indoor dining Friday.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday that 15 counties that were moved to “extreme risk” for COVID-19 restrictions last week will be moved to “high risk” on Friday.

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Oregon State University is joining a growing list of colleges and universities that will require students and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health is trying to make it easy for people to access the COVID-19 vaccine. Starting next week, people can drop in to vaccine clinics without an appointment.


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Lane County’s increased COVID-19 restrictions due to extreme risk status didn’t stop large gatherings over the weekend.

Ayelet Amittay and Lane County Public Health

This week we talk about the mental and emotional toll the pandemic has taken on our community. 

Lincoln County Public Health

Public health officials in Lincoln County are extending an invitation to community groups and businesses that are interested in holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.


Oregon could see 176 more COVID-19 deaths by the end of summer — with most of them concentrated in the next five weeks — if it’s unable to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

That was among the more sobering details to emerge Friday from a news conference conducted by Gov. Kate Brown and her top health care advisers.