Coronavirus

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health reports there have been an average of 70 COVID-19 cases per week-- for the last five weeks. The rate of positive cases has risen to 2%-- the highest so far in the outbreak. But that’s well below the state’s threshold of a 5% positivity rate, one of the requirements for allowing in-person classes to resume. 

Eugene 4J School District

The Oregon School Activities Association shifted its traditional fall high school sports season contests to begin in March under a new 2020-2021 school activities calendar approved by the association’s executive board on Wednesday.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

The Eugene 4J school district announced Tuesday the entire fall trimester will be online. This is an update from 4J’s previous announcement to only have online learning for roughly the first four weeks of the school year.

Oregon reported 342 new confirmed or presumed cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, with five new deaths linked to the contagious disease. The new numbers put the state’s total cases at 19,699 since the outbreak reached the state earlier this year; 333 people have died from the virus as of Tuesday.

The Oregon Health Authority reports that most of the new COVID-19 cases stem from Umatilla (61), Multnomah (57), Malheur (33) and Washington (29) counties. The five new deaths included:

Lane County Public Health

Lane County Public Health officials have taken several complaints -- about possible fraudulent calls from people posing as COVID-19 contact tracers. There are specific ways to identify potential phone scams.

HIV Alliance

The HIV Alliance launched a “no-contact” STI testing program Monday in Roseburg as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization’s goal is to continue providing sexual health services while protecting its clients and staff.

Oregon reported two more COVID-19-linked deaths Monday, raising the state’s death toll to 328 since the pandemic began. The deaths included:

The Oregon Health Authority also reported 272 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 19,366. The bulk of the new cases are in Umatilla (64), Multnomah (49), Marion (27) and Yamhill (27) counties.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, thinks the key to re-opening the economy as soon as possible will be widespread, rapid testing.

Live updates: Oregon passes 19,000 coronavirus diagnoses

Aug 3, 2020

COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, a 68-year-old Malheur County man who died a month after his diagnosis. That brings the pandemic’s death toll in the state to 325, health officials reported Sunday.

The Oregon Health Authority also reported 285 new confirmed and presumptive cases of the coronavirus Sunday, bringing the total diagnosed with the virus to 19,097 since the start of the pandemic.

The most new cases were in Marion County, which reported 53 diagnoses, followed by Multnomah County with 48, Washington County with 47 and Clackamas County with 26.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

The Eugene 4J school district will hold virtual information sessions over the next two weeks about reopening for the fall. According to a press release, at least the first four weeks of the school year will be online.

Live updates: Amidst distancing mandates, the arts find a way

Aug 2, 2020

Portland artists joined together recently for Pavement, a socially distanced evening of pop-up performances in a public parking lot. Audience members watched from their cars while some of the city’s best singers, dancers and spoken word artists performed.

The evening was presented by Portland nonprofits Risk/Reward and Boom Arts. Featured performers included Portland Opera singer Onry, Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater artistic director Oluyinka Akinjiola and improvisational musician Amenta Abioto.

Tiffany Eckert

If you have a cell phone with apps, chances are your location is being tracked at any given time. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, publicly available cell phone data is being used to analyze how practicing social distancing- or refusing to  --indicates the rise and spread of COVID-19.

Live updates: 10% of Oregon coronavirus cases are children

Aug 1, 2020

The Oregon Health Authority issued a report analyzing pediatric COVID-19 cases in Oregon on Friday. It found that 1,755 cases, or 10% of all diagnoses in the state, were in children under 18.

Children are far less likely to become severely ill after diagnosis, the state reported, with about 1.5% being hospitalized, compared to 9.7% of adults.

Nathan Bouquet

To help its customers who are behind on utility payments due to the pandemic, the Eugene Water and Electric Board is doubling the amount of funding available in August for its bill repayment programs.

US Forest Service

UPDATE: As of Monday (8/10/2020) morning, the Willamette National Forest campfire restrictions are in effect. Campfires are now banned on the Willamette National Forest outside of developed campgrounds and certain wilderness areas.

With hot, dry weather continuing, fire danger ratings are at a high for much of western Oregon. 

Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay

Students in the Corvallis School District will take classes remotely for the first six weeks of the school year.

City of Eugene

Lane County has seen a total of 484 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Public Health officials report a slight downtrend of new cases, with 49 confirmed over the last week. The majority of all cases- 81% -are in the Eugene/Springfield area. And that is where they’re seeing an increase in community transmission.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health announced Thursday they have administered more than 40,000 COVID-19 tests to residents. At the same time, health officials are doing some rumor control around testing.

Jon Erickson / McKenzie Ranger District

Pandemic closures have inspired more people to recreate outdoors this summer, and that’s taking a toll on our public lands. Land managers are seeing more visitors, and more trash.


Bonnie Lehman / KLCC

After a major outbreak of the coronavirus in early June, Lincoln County is trending in a more positive direction.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The overall caseload of COVID-19 in Lane County increases daily, yet the number of 'active' or 'infectious' cases has not changed at the same rate. Public Health officials have an explanation.

Tiffany Eckert

The Oregon Department of Education, in tandem with the Oregon Health Authority and the governor’s office, released some guidance Tuesday for how and when schools may start back up this Fall.  

Brian Bull / KLCC News

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, Oregonians are now required to wear face masks outdoors when they are unable to socially distance. But the Eugene Police Department is not actively enforcing this rule.

UPDATE (12:07 p.m. PT) — Oregon reported one of the state's younger deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, a 40-year-old Multnomah County woman who died three weeks after she received her diagnosis. The two other people whose deaths were disclosed by health officials were also younger than most whose lives COVID-19 has claimed: a 56-year-old man from Marion County and a 63-year-old woman from Malheur County.

PeaceHealth Oregon

With temperatures rising and public pools closed due to the pandemic, families are looking for ways to beat the heat. Whether it’s a backyard wading pool or a local lake, safety advocates remind us the risk of drowning is real, especially for kids. Here are some tips on staying safe around water.

UPDATE (3:57 p.m. PT) — Officials at the Oregon Early Learning Division have issued new draft guidelines for child care centers, after a combination of new rules, health concerns over COVID-19, and related costs forced hundreds of care providers to close.

In a statement officially releasing the guidance Thursday afternoon, Gov. Kate Brown likened the guidance to the evolving advice given to public school leaders as they wrestle with how to support children's education without fueling spread of coronavirus.

NIH / Flickr.com

The number of overall new COVID-19 cases in Lane County has steadily declined since last weekend’s spike. Public Health officials say that’s ‘good news.’ However what was gleaned from studying cases identified between July 13th and 19th includes some bad news: community transmission has occurred.

Serena Black MD

Oregon’s mandate for masking children five and older goes into effect Friday. A Eugene pediatrician offers some tips on how to talk to kids about wearing facial coverings.

Live updates: Oregon health officials forecast thousands of new COVID-19 cases

Jul 23, 2020

UPDATE (3:50 p.m. PT) — By the middle of August about 1,600 Oregonians will contract COVID-19 per day and 27 will enter hospitals, if the current rate of transmission continues, according to an Oregon Health Authority model shared Thursday that seemed to underline Gov. Kate Brown's decision to tighten restrictions around the state.

The health agency updates its forecast for COVID-19 every other week, outlining possible scenarios for the virus' spread.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University’s prevalence testing for the coronavirus is expanding into northeast Oregon for the first time this weekend.

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