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Public Health teams are pouring over “blueprints for re-opening” from public schools across Lane County. The effort is meant to ensure each school’s plan conforms to state and county health standards.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Lincoln County’s move into Phase Two of Gov. Kate Brown’s re-opening plan has been delayed until after Labor Day.

Resilience after a disaster can mean re-building bridges or restoring power. But resilience can also mean restoring an economy. As part of our year-long series on resilience, KLCC’s Chris Lehman spoke with Gail Krumenauer, the state employment economist at the Oregon Employment Department.

Matt Gonzalez

The City of Eugene has adapted an existing program to help local businesses take advantage of outdoor park spaces during the pandemic. 

Oregon launches $500 emergency relief program

Aug 19, 2020

Oregonians still waiting for their unemployment benefits can now apply for a one-time payment of $500 in emergency relief.

State lawmakers approved the $35 million financial relief program in mid-July, allocating federal dollars from the CARES Act. The program gives $500 in relief for up to 70,000 Oregonians experiencing economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.


The number of new COVID-19 cases per day has begun to drop in Lane County. Public health officials are cautiously optimistic but still concerned about transmission trends.

OSU Extension

As part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Lincoln County is reaching out to speakers of an indigenous language from Central America.

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For the Democratic National Convention this week, delegates including those from Oregon will be watching from home.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Lincoln County Public Health Department says up to four residents of a Lincoln City assisted living home died of COVID-19 over the weekend.

The agency says two of the deaths at Hillside Place are confirmed cases: a 90-year-old man and a 97-year-old woman. Two more deaths are suspected cases, but test results are still pending. Those include a 66-year-old man and a 93-year-old woman.

The county also announced nine new confirmed cases since Friday, with the bulk of them suspected to be community spread.

The Oregon Health Authority has reported another nine deaths in the state from COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 397, according to figures released Tuesday. The number of new COVID-19 diagnoses remains similar to what it’s been in recent days. Officials reported 237 new cases Tuesday, following 192 reported Monday, bringing Oregon to 23,676 confirmed or presumed cases of the coronavirus, since the pandemic reached the state.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 412 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and one new death.

A large share of new diagnoses were in the Portland metro area, with 79 in Multnomah County, 56 in Washington County and 38 in Clackamas County. Marion County reported 75 new cases, and Umatilla County had 36.

A 71-year-old Jefferson County man with underlying medical conditions was the most recent death. He was diagnosed Aug. 6 and died Saturday at St. Charles Bend Medical Center.

Oregon’s official COVID-19 case count is far too low to be considered accurate, according to a new study that tested Oregon residents for antibodies for the new coronavirus. The research was conducted by the Oregon Health Authority and published as a Field Note in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Since the study period was completed two months ago, the report can’t say much about how many people in Oregon have been exposed to COVID-19 as of today.

Hal Hermanson / KLCC

A Corvallis state lawmaker has called on Oregon State University to keep its dorms closed this fall and to encourage students to stay away from campus.

Spring Valley Assisted Living

Lane County Public Health reported another staff person at a residential care facility has tested positive for COVID-19. The new case prompted immediate testing of all residents at Spring Valley Assisted Living, some of whom have memory loss. The Springfield facility is in the process of testing staff.

Oregon Athletics

With the Pac-12’s decision to postpone all fall sports until at least Jan. 1, local colleges are facing a significant financial loss.

Tiffany Eckert

Awareness, patience and some changes to public health policy will help us get through this pandemic, and be more prepared for the next one, according to one local expert. To cap off our year-long series on resilience, KLCC’s Karen Richards spoke with Lane County’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke.

Springfield School District

Springfield School District  plans to start the fall with online learning. but under the current plan, K through 3 students can be in the classroom come September. 

Oaktree Residential Living

Lane County Public Health reports new COVID-19 cases have raised the overall count to 597. One of them is a staff person at Oaktree Residential Living in west Eugene.

Oregon Health Authority

Fear of COVID-19 transmission is keeping families out of doctors’ offices. The Oregon Health Authority says because of that, children are falling behind on vaccinations.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday afternoon that Malheur County will have to tighten restrictions due to its growing struggle with COVID-19. The nearly 10,000-square mile county in the state’s southeastern corner is reporting an alarming 266 cases per 10,000 people. Its test positivity rate has been consistently above 20%, and was at nearly 27% on Aug. 2, putting it at five times the state average and well above public health goals.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University said Tuesday that the vast majority of its classes this fall will only be offered remotely.

City of Newport

A group that supports fishing families in Newport has established a fund to help those affected by COVID-19.

More than 21,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Oregon, and the pandemic’s far-reaching impacts have touched nearly every corner of life across the Pacific Northwest. That will be exceedingly clear in Salem Monday, when the state Legislature convenes for its second special legislative session in two months.

Live updates: Oregon considers travel restrictions as COVID-19 diagnoses climb

Aug 8, 2020

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she’s discussing possible coronavirus-related travel restrictions, but she has not made any concrete decisions.

Brown said she’s been in touch with Dan Joyce, chair of Malheur County, which shares a border with Idaho, as well as Idaho Gov. Brad Little.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday in a call with media that conversations about travel restrictions due to coronavirus spread are ongoing, but that she has not made any concrete decisions.

Brown said she has been in touch with Dan Joyce, chair of Malheur County, which shares a border with Idaho, as well as Idaho Gov. Brad Little.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport will be re-opening its outdoor exhibits to the public on Monday. New policies will help maintain social distancing between visitors, as Lincoln County is still in phase one.

Karen Richards

As previously reported, the Mapleton School District created a model plan for in-person class this fall. After the latest guidance, they’ve switched gears.

Tiffany Eckert

Before summer ends, some of us might be thinking about how to squeeze in a trip somewhere. With COVID-19 still spreading across communities, health officials do not recommend travel. For those who must, here are some points to consider before hitting the road.

People in their 20s continue to be the most likely to test positive for coronavirus, the Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday.

More than one in five diagnoses since the start of the pandemic has been of a 20-something adult, but this age group is far less likely to be hospitalized or to die after infection. The virus continues to be most deadly to older adults, and has been fatal to one in five people diagnosed after the age of 80.

A breakdown of severity and rates of COVID-19 by age group in Oregon found that:

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As the pandemic continues, families in the Eugene 4J school district are trying to navigate online learning, as well as the future reopening of school buildings. But students have another option for extended online learning.