For the first time, some Oregonians will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine at their local Walmart or Bi-Mart.

It’s an early example of how the arrival of a third vaccine, made by Johnson & Johnson, could reshape the effort to vaccinate all Oregonians. The new medication only requires one shot and can be kept in a normal refrigerator.

It’s been almost a year since Gov. Kate Brown ordered schools to close because of COVID-19. Now, she’s ordering them to open back up again.

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It’s been a week since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown lowered Lane County’s coronavirus risk level from extreme to high, putting indoor dining back on the table. Owners in Springfield and Eugene say although capacity is limited, they’re seeing a sharp increase in business.

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Benton County officials are continuing to push the state to change the way it calculates risk levels for COVID-19. Their latest comments came Thursday evening during an online town hall.


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Oregon Health Authority announced the state will receive 80,000 new Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on March 22. This will essentially double the overall number of doses in the state and increase allocations to counties.

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Oregon State University said Thursday that it’s still on track to offer most classes in-person this fall.

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Stores in Linn and Lincoln Counties must accept bottle returns again.

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Public Health departments in Lane and Douglas counties each announced Tuesday the discovery of COVID-19 variants.

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Benton County doesn’t think it belongs in the “Extreme Risk” category of the state’s coronavirus risk levels. They’re asking the state to reconsider the way it determines those designations.


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Some students in the Corvallis School District will have the opportunity to return to the classroom starting next week.


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This past year has been hard for everyone, including those who work to provide comfort and assurance to those in crisis.

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On this week's show we talk with clinical psychologist Dr. Shin Shin Tang with Oregon Mind Body Institute about mental health care and we put listener questions on the vaccine and Covid-19 to Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health.

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Lane County’s weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccine has increased to about 6,300 doses. Public Health will hold mass vax clinics this weekend at two different sites.

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Governor Kate Brown will hold a press availability February 26, at 11 a.m. to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She will be joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority. You can tune in live to KLCC radio or watch the conference here. 

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Oregon expects its vaccine supply to increase sharply in the coming months — enough to open vaccination appointments to all adults by July 1. Oregon could open vaccine appointments to all adults by mid-summer, health officials will announce Friday.

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The drop in Lane County’s COVID-19 risk level-- from Extreme to High--will affect some operations at the University of Oregon.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Oregon issued an $18,150 fine Wednesday for the Firehouse Restaurant in Florence for allegedly violating the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

It was a bumpy start, but vaccines for COVID-19 are now being administered with consistency across Oregon. As of Feb. 22, more than 270,000 Oregonians were fully vaccinated – that’s about 7% of the population.

But to get back to “normal” — with businesses and schools open without restrictions, no masks, no social distancing — that number will have to go up. Way up.

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Sixteen Oregon counties will improve in their coronavirus risk level starting this Friday. Lane County will officially move down a category to “High" risk after months of operating at the "Extreme" risk level. 

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A Florence restaurant that continued to potentially expose employees to COVID-19 has been fined nearly $18,000.


Benton County says it’s planning another mass vaccination clinic in cooperation with Samaritan Health Services this Thursday and Friday (Feb. 25 and 26) at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.


Ellen Stein and her husband felt well prepared when Oregon opened up COVID-19 vaccine appointments for people age 70 and up on Monday.

Computer savvy and well informed on their options, the Washington County couple logged on to a state vaccination website right at 9 a.m., when 7,300 new appointments came open in the region. They also called 211, the public service line that assists people in scheduling vaccinations, and were ready to reach out to Albertson’s and other pharmacies that are doling out doses.

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President Biden and Vice President Harris acknowledged a grim milestone Monday: the deaths of more than 500,000 Americans from COVID-19.

Biden and Harris, along with first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, emerged from the White House at sundown. They stood at the foot of the South Portico, covered in 500 candles honoring the dead, and listened to a Marine Corps band play "Amazing Grace" as they held a moment of silence.

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Officials are seeing more scams pop up as coronavirus vaccine distribution continues  in Oregon. The old adage still applies: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 


Program Date: Feb. 19, 2021

Air Date: Feb. 22, 2021

This City Club program is the third in a three-part series on local housing issues.

From The City Club of Eugene:

Eviction has been described as “the nuclear option” to address disputes between tenants and landlords, and the most common cause of eviction is the nonpayment of rent. Evictions initiate a cycle of housing instability for the renter—especially in markets like Eugene with little available housing—and they are time-consuming, stressful, and expensive for the landlord.

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On The Friday Show this week, Doctor Patrick Luedtke, Senior Public Health Officer with Lane County answers listener questions about the coronavirus vaccine, masks, and more. He also talks about "break-through" cases of Covid-19 among those who've been vaccinated, cases at local schools, the vaccine-rollout, and new variants of coronavirus.  

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A 104-year-old woman who credits her mom’s pumpkin seed soup for helping her survive the flu pandemic of 1918, got her 2nd covid-19 vaccine dose Friday in Eugene.

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Daily service would be restored to long-distance Amtrak trains in the latest stimulus package under discussion in Congress.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown will hold a press availability February 19, at 11 a.m. to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She will be joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Primary Care Association, and Virginia Garcia Memorial Health System. 

Watch live here, or listen on KLCC radio. 

Oregon infant dies of COVID-19

Feb 18, 2021

An infant has died of COVID-19 in Oregon.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger with the Oregon Health Authority announced the death Thursday. He expressed condolences to the family, saying that an infant’s death to the coronavirus is extremely rare.

Gov. Kate Brown called the death “an indescribable tragedy for a family.”

The infant was a Umatilla County boy who died Jan. 17, and had underlying health conditions. He died the same day that he tested positive for COVID-19.