Coronavirus

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Blood donations are down to critical levels, says a regional organization serving Oregon and Washington. 

It’s a bizarre thing to think about: Just over a year ago, no one had even heard of social distancing. Now, one COVID-19 pandemic later, it’s become a way of life.

We stay 6 feet apart. We avoid large gatherings. We stay home.

Well, we mostly do these things.

“We sometimes have selfish motivations. So we can see right now that we’re sometimes doing things that are not benefiting everyone. We’re doing quite the opposite, right?” said University of Texas researcher Sebastian Stockmaier.

Tiffany Eckert

Starting Monday, all Oregonians 16 years and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Lane County Public Health is gearing up to provide more vaccination availability as new COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs / Oregon National Guard from Salem, Oregon, United States, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a press availability April 16  to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

  

Tiffany Eckert

To help navigate the process of getting vaccinated where you live, here’s a handy reference guide.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Last year, 911 dispatchers took 2 million emergency calls in Oregon-- responding to pandemic, floods, fires and a destructive winter storm. Governor Kate Brown honored 911 operators by declaring this Public Safety Telecommunications Week. (April 11-17, 2021)

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City council members were presented today with the results of a Eugene-area survey on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected locals.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause in the U.S. – because of reports of rare cases of potentially fatal blood clots in a small number of vaccinated women – could have global ramifications.

Even though the J&J vaccine so far has had very limited distribution outside of the United States, it's slated to provide more than a billion doses to the global fight against COVID.

J&J is authorized in, among other countries, Brazil, Canada, Peru, Chile and New Zealand (although none of those countries have received shipments yet).

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A few trends are popping up in the majority of new COVID-19 cases in Lane County. Officials say schools, churches and nursing homes are where they are seeing them.

Lane County Public Health

Lane County health officials announced Tuesday they will cease administering any Johnson & Johnson vaccines to residents until further notice from the Oregon Health Authority. 

OHA Halts Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

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The Oregon Health Authority has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

On this week's Friday show we talk about the latest data on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, break-through cases among people who've been vaccinated, and more.


Jenny Ulum / King Estate Winery

 

One of Oregon’s largest wineries has told its workers they must show proof they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine by May 20th. Many workplaces are considering this as pandemic restrictions loosen.

  

The Oregon Health Authority reported a small number of cases Thursday where Oregonians who had received their full vaccinations later contracted COVID-19.

The state defined the “breakthrough” cases as instances where a person had received their final dose of vaccine and then contracted COVID-19 at least 14 days later.

Of the more than 700,000 Oregonians who are now fully vaccinated, health officials identified only 168 breakthrough cases as of April 2. That is equivalent to roughly 0.024% of that fully vaccinated group. Three of those 168 died.

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Lane County is seeing a disproportionately high number of younger adults being adversely affected by COVID-19.

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Small to mid-sized restaurants hit hard by the pandemic will have relief soon. Two Oregon lawmakers shared the news in Eugene today.

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An alternative newspaper in Eugene is unveiling its foray into NFTs, or non-fungible tokens.  It’s to help offset advertising losses while also embracing an emerging digital art form.

Brian Bull / KLCC

So you’ve gotten your first – maybe even second – vaccine shot against COVID-19, and want to show the world on social media. But authorities say not to post pics of your vaccination card.  

Our Community Birth Center

There are currently no free-standing birthing facilities operating in Lane County. But that is about to change. A non-profit midwifery birth center recently found a new space to call home.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health announced they will open a third COVID-19 mass vax site this weekend. Officials said this is because the county has received an increased allocation of vaccine from Oregon Health Authority—nearly 23-thousand doses this week.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 cases in Lane County continue to surge with several days last week seeing counts in the double digits. Officials say springtime activities have resulted in outbreaks. 

Oregon officials are warning of a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, even as more people become eligible for vaccines each week. Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen joins us to discuss the latest projections and the new timeline that will allow all Oregonians 16 and up to get a vaccine starting April 19.

Chris Lehman

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced that all Oregonians over 16 will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19. 

Tiffany Eckert

The second gentleman of the United States was in Eugene Monday. The husband of Vice President Kamala Harris visited a COVID-19 vaccination clinic and met with state and local leaders.

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Lane County has seen an increase in coronavirus cases of school-aged children this week. Public Health officials say the case numbers in this age range have doubled.

On this week's show, we talk with Dr. Patrick Luedtke Lane County's Senior Public Health Officer about the latest information on case counts in the county, new cases among school-age kids, long COVID, vaccines, and more. 


Each week, we answer "frequently asked questions" about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

I've just had my second dose of the vaccine, and now I have a vaccine card. Um, what do I do with it?

Oregon state health leaders have jumped at every opportunity to warn the public that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. That warning carries new weight this week as the state and nation brace for a possible fourth wave of infections.

“It’s clear that in Oregon and across the country, the fourth surge of the virus is at our doorstep,” Gov. Kate Brown said during a Friday news conference.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University could be holding some in-person graduation events this year.

  

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

 Governor Kate Brown held a press availability April 2nd to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority.

  

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