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Funding for emergency rental assistance for Lane County residents will be available once again. Eligible applicants can apply Friday March 19 between 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The heads of Eugene and Springfield gave messages online Thursday to recognize a full year of fighting COVID-19 and what it's meant for their communities.

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

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

  

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While the U.S. overall is finding its stride with COVID-19 vaccine distribution, some Native American tribes – including in Oregon – are on a mean streak.  Indigenous communities have largely overcome mistrust and logistical challenges that have hampered other efforts. 

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The Hult Center in Eugene is set to return next week with limited capacity. The center’s staff spent their time behind closed doors working on upgrades for a better - and COVID-friendly - experience.

The Oregon Health Authority told OPB on Wednesday that all adult Oregonians will be eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by May 1.

President Joe Biden set the May 1 timeline earlier this month, but Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said that while she would like to meet that timeline, she wouldn’t change the state’s schedule until she was sure enough vaccines would arrive.

The hesitation stems from a promises made for vaccines under the Trump administration, which then did not arrive.

Oregon State University

Spring break will mean an increase in coronavirus tests for Oregon State University students.

  

KLCC

Autzen Stadium in Eugene is opening as a mass COVID-19 vaccination distribution site. The first event happens this Saturday with enough doses for 1,800 eligible people.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It's been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Lane County. The medical community is reflecting on mistakes made as well as what went right.

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The rate of young people with urgent mental health needs has increased, including in Eugene-Springfield. A new program aims to help.

McKenzie School District

 

The McKenzie School District welcomed Grades 1, 2 and 3 back to the classroom, this week. The district and its students have been challenged by both the pandemic and the Holiday Farm Fire.

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At the beginning of the pandemic when Oregon entered its first shut down, UO senior Emily Fowler found herself living back in Portland with her family and facing all online classes. One of those classes was with political science professor, Dr. Alison Gash. Gash discovered many of her students were experiencing this unprecedented situation alone or away from their peer support systems. 

  

  

Whitney Donielson

KLCC listener Whitney Donielson sent this voice memo to KLCC about how she's been spending her time during the past year. 

Tiffany Eckert

On this week's Friday show KLCC's Rachael McDonald is joined by Lane County Public Health's Public Information Officer, Jason Davis. 


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Sunday, March 14, 2021 marks one year since the first COVID-19 death in Lane County.  KLCC revisited the grim anniversary with the widower of MaryKay Alexander.  She died March 14, 2020 at the age of 60.

Imelda Cortez

As Oregon districts shift some class time back into school buildings, one Eugene educator shares what teaching over the past year has been like, and what to expect.


Tiffany Eckert

Meals on Wheels has been serving food to seniors in Lane County for nearly 50 years. The program isn’t only about delivery of a hot meal to the homebound. Volunteer drivers also provide crucial human contact and sometimes it’s been life-saving. The pandemic has created significant challenges but the nutrition program never stopped delivering.

Tiffany Eckert

 

A Douglas County Health Official says COVID-19 vaccination efforts seem to be going well, but he warns against complacency.

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 Friday, March 12, at 11 a.m. to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health & Science University.

Tiffany Eckert

White Bird Clinic has partnered with the iconic W.O.W. Hall performance space in downtown Eugene to offer indoor COVID-19 vaccinations. Anyone currently eligible under state guidelines can get the shot there.

Tiffany Eckert

White Bird Medical has opened an indoor mass vax clinic in downtown Eugene. They’ve partnered with the Community Center for the Performing Arts, better known as the W.O.W. Hall, to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone eligible under Oregon’s guidelines.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Public health officials in Benton County say some residents there are receiving calls from people falsely claiming to help set up COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health has set a goal to reach herd immunity from COVID-19: 70-percent of the population vaccinated by September. That may seem doable right now with demand for the vaccine outpacing supply. But health officials say with ever increasing allocations, that will change.

Serena Black MD

As of Friday, Lane County will move from the High to Moderate risk level for COVID-19 transmission. This change will affect restaurants and retail, along with other businesses.

Oregon State University

Restaurants in Benton County are preparing to open their doors to in-person dining this Friday for the first time since last fall.

  

Oregon leaders plan to spend as much as $325 million in state and federal money making up for gaps in students’ pandemic-year learning with summer programs.

Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leaders announced Monday that they will devote $250 million in state money to the effort to begin to make up educational ground lost amid COVID-19 shutdowns and remote learning. They’ll add $75 million in federal money to that pot.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Regional air travel is inching up towards pre-pandemic levels, including at the Eugene Airport.

On Monday, March 1st, Charlis Meador arrived at Curry Medical Center in Brookings for her scheduled COVID vaccination appointment. At 75-years-old and a retired operating room nurse, Meador was within Oregon’s vaccination eligibility.

Meador filled out her paperwork, noting that she is allergic to a type of melon related to cantaloupe. But she was surprised and upset when nurses said she couldn’t get vaccinated that day.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On this week's show, Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke talks about coronavirus variants, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and more, including questions from KLCC listeners.

Mark Smith

Over the last week, the Pacific Northwest's blood bank has seen a spike in demand and a frightening shortage in blood supply. This has prompted an urgent call for donors.

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