COVID-19

Eugene Public Library

Area libraries continue to provide services while their doors are closed. From phone help to online materials and streaming programming, they’ve shifted their focus.


With Oregon schools closed until at least April 28, the state department of education shared guidance Monday night with superintendents, making a move from supplemental learning to “Distance Learning For All.”

In addition to Gov. Kate Brown’s order to stay home, Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill said school may be out for longer than a month.

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During the University of Oregon’s online town hall yesterday, President Michael Schill announced they have created a student crisis fund to provide $1 million in support. 

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The coronavirus pandemic is also seeing a rise in fraud cases. Consumer protection and law enforcement officials are warning people against scammers. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Photo provided by Joanna Bartlett.

Testing for COVID-19 is gradually becoming more available across the U.S. and Oregon, but demand still exceeds availability. Many people are being told by their doctors to self-isolate if they think they’ve possibly been infected, which includes Joanna Bartlett and their family.  Since last week, they’ve been self-quarantined inside their Eugene home.  KLCC's Brian Bull recently talked to Bartlett, and asked how they’re all doing.

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Liquor and wine stores have seen a slight uptick in sales since the more socially-restrictive pandemic measures were enacted, including limits on public gatherings. KLCC’s Brian Bull checked in on a couple local establishments.

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Grocery stores and markets are deemed “essential” in this pandemic, meaning they’ll stay open. KLCC’s Brian Bull checked in with stores in Eugene and Springfield on how they safeguard both customers and staff. 

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If you’re one of the thousands of people in Lane County who reach for a free copy of the Eugene Weekly, you will notice it feels different lately. Thinner. Like businesses everywhere, the alternative newspaper is experiencing the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Home confinement and stress has boosted business for some products, including cannabis.

Eugene 4J School District

 

Now that Oregon schools will be closed at least until April 28, many are concerned about a major aspect of education—testing. Many statewide and national tests have been cancelled this year due to school closures.

Eugene 4J School District

 

As Spring Break comes to an end, Oregon school districts are navigating how to equitably teach classes remotely. The Eugene 4J school district is working to remove barriers to learning for low-income students.

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Worldwide, people are working through what it means to be knocked off course and find a new normal, which is one definition of resilience. We’ve been airing a monthly series on Natural Disasters and Preparedness, funded by the UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, but this month we reset our compass. We found some people who deal with uncertainty in their work, and asked what resilience means to them. 

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Over a week ago, state rules were relaxed to permit Oregon restaurants and bars to deliver alcohol and provide curbside pickup.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s to help these businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For Eugene 4J students who don’t have transportation, getting a free school meal can be difficult. But a couple has been delivering lunches to low-income students.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced Friday morning that the Ashland-based regional theater company's 2020 season will be further postponed until early September due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. They also laid off the majority of their staff.


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Fears over possible coronavirus infection have driven some people to desperate and unsafe practices.

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The glut of spring break tourists last weekend drove coastal communities to collectively limit reservations for hotels, RV parks, and vacation rentals through April. KLCC’s Brian Bull recently talked to Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer about that order -and other efforts within Lincoln County- to curb COVID-19.

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More and more Oregon communities are stepping up efforts to curb COVID-19, and prepare for more cases.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, that includes Newport, one of the larger coastal cities.

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With the commercial crab season soon winding down, Oregon fishermen would normally be preparing for the shrimp harvest.  But Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer says that’s all in limbo, as the pink shrimp market’s been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A shortage of Personal Protective Equipment or PPE in hospitals and clinics has led to community-based, mask-making projects.

Bryan White leaned in to greet his wife with a kiss on the forehead when she arrived home from a 12-hour shift at Salem Health, a hospital that's had 19 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

“Nope, you don’t want that,” his wife told him as she rebuffed his kiss.

Lane Community College

 

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Lane Community College will have online classes for the entire spring term.  But that decision comes with financial consequences—including hundreds of layoffs.

Oregon lawmakers are getting closer to the first of what many believe could be several special legislative sessions this year, as the state grapples with the spread of the coronavirus.

But with some predicting Gov. Kate Brown could convene lawmakers early next week, a lot of uncertainty remains.

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We’ve been hearing a lot about COVID-19 in recent weeks from health experts and elected officials. Now we’re going to hear from a family that’s contending with a case inside their own home.

UPDATE (March 27, 11:01 a.m. PT) – If your day-to-day life hadn’t already been significantly disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, there’s going to be no getting around it now.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an order Monday requiring people to stay home in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

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When it comes to detecting and controlling coronavirus, Native American communities are often at a disadvantage. Now state funds are being sent to Oregon’s nine-federally recognized tribes. But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it may not be enough.

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Today, Governor Kate Brown issued a 90-day order to temporarily stop residential evictions for nonpayment due to the spread of coronavirus in Oregon.

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Starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is changing how patients enter and are screened.

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As of this morning, the Oregon Health Authority has announced 24 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 161.

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On Saturday, Lane County Public Health reported two new positive test results of COVID-19. This puts the number of positive cases in the county at 4, including one person who tested positive after their death.

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