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Governor Kate Brown has placed new restrictions on gyms and fitness centers effective Friday. Masks are required to be worn at all times, even during exercise that is deemed “strenuous.”

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Several inmates at the Lane County Jail are into their fifth week of hunger striking. They want better preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, and the release of pre-trial and medically vulnerable detainees.

With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to rise in Oregon, and the start of the school year getting closer, state education officials have released updated guidance for schools and students.

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A nationwide coin shortage has Oregon banks scrambling to provide merchants with enough pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to serve their customers, such as retail stores.

UPDATE: (4:56 p.m. PT) — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the death toll to 271, state health officials said Wednesday.

The Oregon Health Authority also reported 264 new confirmed or presumed COVID-19 diagnoses. Since the pandemic was first detected in Oregon, 15,393 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, though health officials say that number under-counts the virus' full reach.

The people whose deaths were announced Wednesday were:

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Over the weekend, Lane County saw the highest COVID-19 case count in a single day. On Saturday, 40 new positive cases were identified. Public Health officials acknowledge a transmission trend.

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Benton County is warning its residents that it could be placed on a coronavirus watch list as a result of falling behind in several key public health indicators.

UPDATE (12:35 p.m. PT) —Oregon was one case shy of matching a dismal record set just days ago, with 436 new COVID-19 diagnoses announced Sunday. State health officials also shared details about the ongoing surge in new infections. The record of 437 new cases in a day was set on Thursday, and daily diagnoses have been gradually ticking up for weeks. 

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Lane County Public Health announced 40 new cases of COVID-19, the largest case jump for a 24-hour period here.

Oregon Announces 3 New COVID-19 Deaths

Jul 18, 2020

The more densely populated Portland-metro area continues to drive the rise in cases, with 149 new confirmed and presumptive new cases in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties on Saturday.

Away from Portland, Marion County reported 31 diagnoses, Lane County reported 37, and Umatilla County reported 35.

The state provided these details about the people whose deaths it announced Saturday:


Each week, epidemiologists prepare a surveillance report looking for trends across cases countywide. So far, 82% of cases have been located in the Eugene/Springfield area. Nearly half of all infections have been in people under the age of 30.

On Monday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she was “sounding the alarm” because COVID-19 is at risk of spiraling out of control. 

In response, she tightened regulations on indoor get-togethers and required Oregonians to wear masks outside if they can’t stay six feet from other people. 

But more action may be required. 

Two Oregon prisons are on the chopping block, as state lawmakers wrestle with how to close a yawning budget gap spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Three projects along the central Oregon coast will have to do without state funding, at least for now.

Rachael McDonald

To support downtown restaurants, the City of Eugene is closing a block to motor vehicles. The Broadway Streatery program started Thursday.

Lane County Public Health has confirmed an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in Florence, with 6 new tests reported as positive. This puts the total number of cases seen in the coastal city at *11. 

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This week, the Bethel school district in Eugene will hold online zoom meetings with community members about reopening for the fall. To limit the spread of COVID-19, the district is considering a hybrid learning model.

Late last month, the Oregon Health Authority made a change to the way it assesses whether coronavirus patients in the state have recovered from their illness. Some say that change may be inflating the number of “active” coronavirus cases in Oregon.  

Now, “any confirmed or presumptive case who is alive 60 days after the earliest of their onset of symptoms or collection of their first positive test will be considered recovered,” Jonathan Modie with OHA told OPB.  

The agency is using that new strategy to shift its resources, Modie said.  

Oregon Passes 13,000 Coronavirus Cases

Jul 15, 2020

UPDATE (4:26 p.m. PT) — The Oregon Health Authority announced Wednesday 282 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 diagnoses in the state, and four additional deaths due to the virus. With those cases and deaths, Oregon’s pandemic has now reached 13,081 positive cases and claimed the lives of 247 people.

The highest case numbers were concentrated in the state’s population center around Portland, where more than 130 new cases were identified: 59 cases in Multnomah, 50 in Washington and 24 in Clackamas counties.

Rachael McDonald

Wednesday marks the 24th day of a hunger strike by protestors at the Lane County Jail, and inmates say they have not yet seen any progress towards their demands which include better conditions and health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools around Oregon are planning to welcome students back on campus this fall, despite alarming increases in COVID-19 cases and the news that big districts in other states are already planning a virtual start to the academic year. 

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Lane County Public Health reports an increase in the number of complaints regarding mask use or more specifically, the lack of it.


The Oregon Department of Transportation says shutdowns related to the coronavirus are taking a bite out of the agency’s financial outlook.

UPDATE (6:45 p.m. PT) —  The Oregon Employment Department announced Tuesday the state has already recovered nearly one-third of the more than 121,550 jobs lost during March and April amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

All told, the state recovered more than 77,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in May and June. That helped the state unemployment rate dip more than three percentage points last month, down to 11.2%.

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7/21/2020 Update: A second Eugene / Springfield frontline worker testing event will be held July 29 at the Lane Events Center Parking Lot, from 1-5 p.m.

This Wednesday- (07/15/2020) Lane County Public Health will conduct a COVID-19 testing event for frontline workers. These are individuals who have continued to work-- in public-facing positions-- throughout the outbreak.  They could be gas station attendants, bus drivers, grocery store workers or food and beverage servers.

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The Bethel School District in Eugene will hold virtual meetings with community members about reopening for the upcoming school year. The district will host three online sessions in English and two in Spanish.

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Oregon’s Attorney General and two of the state's largest universities are part of a pair of lawsuits attempting to block a new federal rule they say will harm international students.

FOOD for Lane County

FOOD for Lane County is seeking volunteers for its Summer Food Program, which provides free meals for people in need.

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Lane County announced a second round of applications for rent assistance will become available at 9AM Wednesday morning and be open for one week.

Last week the Pac-12 announced a shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.