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Advocates say summer is a time when food anxiety is particularly high for struggling families. And the pandemic has only made matters worse. Now, some rural food programs are getting an unexpected boost to provide supplemental meals throughout the season.

Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets

Some Oregon farmers markets have a new option for prople who want fresh, local produce but also want to minimize their possible exposure to the coronavirus.

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As of Friday, some detainees in Lane County Jail have been on a hunger strike for 19 days. To show their support, the Lane County Mutual Aid Network held a press conference outside of the jail Friday.


Lane County Public Health announced 18 new positive COVID-19 cases Thursday. There has been a total of 271 positive cases in the county with 79 currently considered infectious. Jason Davis with Public Health said now 20% of cases in the county are travel-related.

In Jackson County, of the 157 total cases since the pandemic started, 57 are listed as “Active Infectious Cases.” Similar reporting is done in Lane and Curry County. The Oregon Health Authority includes “recovered” cases.

UPDATE (1:13 p.m. PT) — Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney Thursday proposed $500 emergency relief checks for Oregonians who are still waiting on unemployment benefits from the Oregon Employment Department. 

“This isn’t a fix, this is a band-aid,” Courtney said in a statement. “We need to get cash into the hands of Oregonians who have been waiting on their benefits for months. As the department continues to clear claims, this money will help those who are still waiting.”

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State funding meant to help the Eugene YMCA build a new headquarters is in jeopardy.

The Oregon Health Authority Wednesday reported 217 new confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. That brings the state to a total of 10,817 cases.

The state health agency reported four new coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday. The number of people confirmed to have died from the virus in Oregon is 224.

OHA described those new deaths as:

An 85-year-old woman in Benton County who tested positive May 31 and died June 28 at her residence. She had underlying medical conditions. 


Two state agencies in Oregon are ramping up their inspections and enforcement of rules that are meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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During a recent Bethel School board meeting, members discussed putting a bond on the November election ballot. The funds would be used to update buildings and provide more student resources. 

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health has identified cluster of COVID-19 cases at El Torito Grocery Store in Eugene. Seven staff members have tested positive for the virus.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 positive cases. There have been 244 cases countywide to date and 63 people are currently infectious. Now, a growing trend for viral transmission is travel.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon State University will send its research teams back to Newport to conduct another round of coronavirus testing this weekend.

An inmate at the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

It's the first known case of the disease at the facility, about 30 miles northwest of Salem.

The federal Bureau of Prisons did not immediately release information about the person in custody or how they contracted the disease.

Oregon Nearing 10,000 Confirmed Cases

Jul 4, 2020

UPDATE (12:12 p.m. PT) — The Oregon Health Authority Saturday reported 303 new confirmed and presumptive coronavirus diagnoses, bringing the state to 9,930 known cases.

Many of Saturday’s new cases are in the Portland metro area, with 58 cases in Multnomah County, 46 cases in Washington County and 26 in Clackamas County. There are also 49 new known cases in Umatilla County.

The health agency reported four new deaths bringing the state’s total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 213.

The new deaths are described as:

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With summer in full swing and students on vacation, Lane Transit District is preparing for a potential increase in passengers during the pandemic. But LTD is reminding residents to only take essential trips.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County has seen a doubling of new COVID-19 cases—  each week-- over the last month. Currently at 180 total cases, over 40% of them are people under the age of 30.

Oregon State Police

The Superintendent of the Oregon State Police is criticizing the actions of several troopers who refused to wear face coverings at a Corvallis coffee shop.

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People in Oregon can now have things notarized through the internet. That’s due to a bill approved by lawmakers during the special session in June. It's now been signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown.

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Wednesday marks the 10th day that Lane County Jail detainees have participated in a hunger strike. This is in response to a lawsuit that was filed against jail supervisors and Gov. Kate Brown, by Bryan MacDonald and three other detainees.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

A massive infrastructure bill backed by Oregon 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio is on the House floor this week. 

UPDATE (5:50 p.m. PT) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order Tuesday extending a state of emergency through Sept. 4. The move comes nearly four months after the original declaration was signed March 8 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state of emergency declaration allows for the governor’s previous executive orders to stay in effect, including orders on reopening, child care, schools and higher education operations. 

Oregon State University

Oregon State University says the results of a study to test for COVID-19 in Newport indicates the disease is still active in that community.

UPDATE (9:35 a.m. PT) — Jason Cook is wearing a blue dotted mask and a large button on his neon safety vest that reads “Let’s Keep Our Distance.” It’s a good reminder in the age of COVID-19, but maybe one that’s not really necessary for a man wielding a crowbar and collecting water from sewers. 

Gov. Kate Brown To Expand Mask Mandate Throughout Oregon

Jun 29, 2020

Gov. Kate Brown will require Oregonians throughout the state to wear face masks while in indoor public spaces beginning Wednesday.

As new cases surge in Oregon, Brown announced Monday she is extending a seven-county face mask requirement that went into effect June 24. The statewide requirements kick in July 1, and will require residents don facial protection at locations like grocery stores, shopping centers, and restaurants and bars while not eating or drinking.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lincoln County is reducing the cap on the number of people who can be present in private social gatherings.

Recorded On: June 26, 2020

Air Date: June 29, 2020

From the City Club of Eugene:

After an extensive state shutdown, most business are now permitted to reopen, with conditions.  Reopening under these conditions and succeeding under them are two entirely different things, however.  To paraphrase a great baseball movie, “If you open it, will they come?” How are local businesses faring with the new restrictions?  How many people in Eugene feel comfortable venturing out to dine or shop or have routine medical visits?

Washington state puts final reopening phase on hold

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Saturday the state would be pausing counties from moving into Phase 4 of the state's reopening plan. Eight counties were eligible to move from Phase 3 to Phase 4 before the pause.

Inslee pointed to rising cases across the state and concerns about the continued spread of COVID-19.

Phase 4 guidelines would essentially mean restrictions would be eliminated entirely, which Inslee said is impossible at this time.

The Oregon Health Authority says Black Lives Matter demonstrations have not contributed significantly to the spike in coronavirus cases around the state.

During a Friday morning press conference, Oregon State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger said that although some individuals who tested positive reported they did attend demonstrations, the agency has not seen large clusters in cases or gathered evidence of transmission in these settings.