Coronavirus

Tiffany Eckert

While Lane County Public Health's COVID-19 vaccine allocations remain somewhat stagnant, officials say there are other options for getting the shot, including your local pharmacy.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Results of the latest round of COVID-19 prevalence testing in Corvallis show the highest levels there since the project began nearly a year ago.

  

St. Vincent de Paul

Now that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has expanded, two Lane County organizations are ready to get shots in the arms of people experiencing homelessness—starting Thursday.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health has a request of anyone going to a drive-through vaccination clinic: Please don’t bring your dog. Let them stay comfortable and safe at home.

Fresh off of a COVID-19 scare in the Oregon Capitol, state lawmakers are about to have an easy way to get vaccinated.

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April 1 is the start of pink shrimp season across the Pacific Coastline. Seafood industry officials hope it’s one that’ll offset the pandemic’s effects on markets that began a year ago. 

Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Health Authority Wednesday announced that 20 Oregon counties can expand their vaccine eligibility.  

  

Saturday Market

 

The Eugene Saturday Market opens this weekend on April 3. With its return comes a few changes.

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The operators of the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene are disputing claims that they “gave up” the business months ago, and are contesting the termination of their lease.

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Throughout the U.S., Black, Indigenous and People of Color have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. To confront inequities and increase access to the vaccine, Lane County Public Health is using some targeted strategies.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The effort to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 won’t be the final chapter in the fight against the pandemic. That’s according to an Oregon State University researcher who spoke to reporters Tuesday.

  

On the first day back from spring break for Oregon students, Gov. Kate Brown hosted a Facebook Live event to mark the week she directed schools to open their doors for in-person instruction for elementary students.

“It’s truly a moment worth celebrating,” Brown said. “I know students, parents, educators, all of us, have been looking forward to this for months.”

Amid growing optimism about the rising pace of vaccinations in the U.S., the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has one request for the American people: Don't act as if the pandemic is over – it's not.

In an emotional plea during the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing on Monday, the CDC chief, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, described a feeling of "impending doom."

"We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope," Walensky said. "But right now, I'm scared."

Proceedings in the Oregon House have been delayed by at least one more day, after a second confirmed case of COVID-19 within the Capitol.

In an email Sunday, House Speaker Tina Kotek’s office announced that two floor sessions scheduled for Monday would not occur “because some individuals who were in the Capitol are still waiting for results or may need to test as a result” of the new confirmed case.

On this week's show, we learn about a federally grant funded project called RADx UP [Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underrepresented People}. It's a collaboration between researchers at the University of Oregon and other agencies. They're offering free COVID-19 testing in communities that otherwise might not have access to testing. 


Another week and another big promise from the Biden administration has Oregon speeding up its coronavirus vaccine timeline once again.

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Lane County Public Health announced Thursday they have identified two new viral outbreaks. They both resulted from social gatherings.

Oregonstate.edu

Benton County officials are warning of a scam related to vaccine clinics at Reser Stadium.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last month, Lane County Public Health was told by the Oregon Health Authority that they would be receiving 80,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses starting March 22. That did not happen. 

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Carrie Mae Weems

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has partnered with world renowned and Oregon-born artist Carrie Mae Weems for a public art campaign about COVID-19. The project’s focus is twofold.

   

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health is making it easier to get a COVID-19 vaccine. They are doing away with the pre-registration process and now encourage all eligible residents to get online and schedule a time and place to receive the shot.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County is officially moving down to the Lower risk category for COVID-19 transmission. What does this mean?

OPB

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that the state will update risk levels for counties based on public health guidelines aimed at reducing the transmission of coronavirus.

Continuing with its plan to get vaccine doses into more arms across the state, the Oregon Health Authority announced Monday that 13 counties can start giving doses to agricultural workers, people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations.

The moves follows Oregon’s announcement last week that it would speed up vaccination timelines to meet the Biden administration’s goal of having all adults eligible for a vaccine by May 1.

Oregon House Republicans who have been slowing down the legislative process with a constitutional roadblock presented a series of demands Monday for returning to more normal activity. But their list was nearly immediately pushed aside by a more pressing hindrance: a possible COVID-19 exposure in the chamber.

House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, said Monday she was delaying all action in the House until March 29 at the earliest, after someone who had been in the chamber last week tested positive for the coronavirus.

Spring break is coming up this week. The week after, students and staff are expected to return to school buildings, if they haven’t already — under Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order issued earlier this month.

In travel guidance effective March 12, the Oregon Health Authority recommends staying home or in your region, and avoiding non-essential travel to other states or countries.

NCAA

Oregon advanced in the 2021 Men’s NCAA Tournament after their Saturday night opponent, Virginia Commonwealth, had multiple players test positive for COVID-19 and was forced to pull out of the tournament.

The NCAA ruled that 10th-seeded VCU’s first-round game Saturday against Oregon was a “no-contest.” That means the seventh-seeded Ducks will advance to face Iowa in the second round of the West region on Monday. The announcement came a little more than three hours before VCU and Oregon were supposed to play.

Oregon Coach Dana Altman released this statement on Saturday:

KLCC's Jason Brown is joined by Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Chief Medical Officer with Lane County Public Health. Dr. Luedtke gives an update on vaccine availability and case numbers in Lane County, and he takes listener questions on the vaccine rollout, variants of coronavirus, and the possiblity of safe summer recreation. 

Oregon will speed up its COVID-19 vaccination timeline to make all adult residents 16 years and older eligible for a shot by May 1, the governor announced Friday. That’s the date President Joe Biden said he wants all American adults to be able to get a vaccine.

Lane Community College

Lane Community College’s Board of Education approved tuition rates for the 2021-22 academic year at its Wednesday meeting. The overall cost to most students won’t increase from what they paid in 2020-21, aside from a possible emergency fee in the event state funding isn’t enough.

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