COVID-19

Karen Richards

The first day of school looked a bit different for staff and students in Eugene today [Friday], but after 18 months of changing protocols, teachers are well prepared.


Peacehealth

Monoclonal antibody treatment is now available at Peacehealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. The treatment is for patients with COVID-19 who are at risk for severe complications.

  

Patricia Zavala / Unsplash

Increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations compelled Lane County Public Health to issue emergency guidance Saturday.

  

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is helping provide free voluntary COVID-19 testing at K-12 schools this fall, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon’s new mask mandate is causing problems for some businesses, especially bars. 

Jen Wright

Lane County is experiencing a surge in COVID cases, a significant number of them testing positive for the Delta variant.

Jen Wright

Springfield Public Schools will require masks indoors this school year, following state COVID guidelines, according to the board meeting held in person on Monday night.

Spruce Point Memory Care

Lane County Public Health was notified of a large COVID-19 outbreak at a memory care facility on the Oregon coast.

Love Cross / KLCC

The University of Oregon enacted new Summer COVID-19 Regulations Tuesday, lifting indoor mask wearing requirements for those who are fully vaccinated.

Margaret Bull

A group of Native American women from Utah have spent the past year promoting healing across the U.S. by dancing in what’s called a jingle dress. The garment – with makes a distinctive rustling cascade when in motion - hearkens back to another crisis, the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918.  KLCC recently caught up with the performers of the Jingle Dress Project, as they toured the Pacific Northwest.

Lane Events Center

As temperatures reached record highs over the weekend, the cooling centers at the fairgrounds in Eugene had more than 120 visitors taking respite from the heat.

Screenshot ZOOM press conference

Governor Kate Brown on Friday signed an executive order to lift all remaining COVID-19 safety restrictions in Oregon. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

COVID-19 has shuttered or limited virtually all performing arts venues, including those in Oregon. But many community theatres have not only weathered the pandemic; some have managed to raise funds to renovate and update their facilities, in anticipation of big re-openings. 

My Oregon

With Oregon’s Eviction Moratorium set to expire on June 30, tenants will be required to start making rent payments beginning July 2021 or possibly face eviction. In the face of this, Lane County is re-opening applications for rental assistance to those eligible.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

The 2021 legislative session is winding down and gaining momentum as lawmakers jockey for funding priorities in their districts. And this week, legislators might expel one of their own members. We get an update from KLCC's Chris Lehman.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Through the Memorial Day weekend, venues drew crowds to stadiums, race tracks, and theaters…which included an outdoor musical in Roseburg.  Performers and audiences alike hope to see the curtain fall on the pandemic, and rise on normalcy once more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

There’s new guidance on masking at school from the state Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. 

Lane Events Center/Lane County Fair

After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled it last year, the Lane County Fair is back for 2021.  

Mary Harrsch / Flickr.com

After elevated COVID-19 risk levels across Lane County postponed it this month, the Oregon Asian Celebration will now be held jointly with another decades-old event in July.  

Tiffany Eckert

Kids 12 and older are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon and Washington.

Anna Kien / University of Oregon GEO

After making most of its study abroad options virtual due to the pandemic, the University of Oregon is reopening opportunities this summer for students to study outside the US.

  

  

A bill that gives legal cover to hospitals and other health-care providers who are sued after following COVID-19 emergency orders is progressing in the Oregon Legislature.

The state Senate on Friday approved Senate Bill 780 by a 21-1 vote, moving the measure onto the House of Representatives.

Barbara Dellenback speaks with University of Oregon Professor Phil Fisher on a national survey of the affects of the pandemic on families with young children. The conversation covers topics including schooling, housing, shopping for necessities, and the lack of social interactions.

Photo Courtesy of Eugene Pavlov Photography and Family Building Blocks / Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation announced today it is giving $40 million in state-funded grants to summer enrichment programs. 

  

  

Andika Murandi / OAC website/Flickr.com (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/)

A week and a half before it was to start, organizers say the Oregon Asian Celebration has been postponed due to Lane County’s elevated risk levels for COVID-19.

Rachael McDonald

Allergy season can be particularly bad in our area because “The Grass Seed Capital of the World” is in Linn County. The broad, deep landscape of the southern Willamette Valley also retains pollen. How might the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having impact allergy season this year?

  

  

Karen Richards

TrackTown USA has news for spectators of this summer’s U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene. CEO Michael Reilly said in a statement Thursday that based on Hayward Field’s capacity and current health protocols, they cannot honor the number of tickets already sold.

 

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds are gearing up for a new baseball season and fans can expect changes when going to PK Park.

  

  

John Stapleton IV

Due to a steady increase of new COVID-19 cases, Lane County is moving back up to the High risk category for coronavirus restrictions. The governor’s office announced the change will go into effect this Friday.

Karen Richards

The Eugene Ballet moved to its new location at 16th and Pearl about two months ago. As KLCC’s Karen Richards reports, it’s artfully stretching into a place designed for its needs.

 


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