COVID-19

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 positive cases. There have been 244 cases countywide to date and 63 people are currently infectious. Now, a growing trend for viral transmission is travel.

Karen Richards

No doubt, the pivot is one of the skills traditionally taught at KIDSPORTS summer camps. Now housed in a new facility at 20th and Willamette in Eugene, KIDSPORTS itself is demonstrating some savvy lateral moves.

 


Leah Nash

As wildfire season gets underway, Native American tribes in Oregon are cautiously preparing under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

City of Eugene

As Lane County continues to re-open, temporary COVID-19 shelters for the unhoused are closing down. In response, the City of Eugene collaborated with the Eugene Mission and Community Supported Shelters to create a second microsite located in the Whiteaker neighborhood.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

With summer in full swing and students on vacation, Lane Transit District is preparing for a potential increase in passengers during the pandemic. But LTD is reminding residents to only take essential trips.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County has seen a doubling of new COVID-19 cases—  each week-- over the last month. Currently at 180 total cases, over 40% of them are people under the age of 30.

Engin Akyurt / Unsplash

The latest round of pandemic scams now includes fake or unapproved antibody tests. 

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

Wednesday marks the 10th day that Lane County Jail detainees have participated in a hunger strike. This is in response to a lawsuit that was filed against jail supervisors and Gov. Kate Brown, by Bryan MacDonald and three other detainees.

Karen Richards

The Oregon DMV rolls out a new system July 6th. Ten years in the planning, it’s well timed for COVID-19 needs. 

Karen Richards

The world’s top athletes will not experience Eugene’s new Hayward Field this year. The Diamond League announced today (Friday) the 2020 Prefontaine Classic has been cancelled.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

To better understand how COVID-19 is moving through rural communities, Lane County Public Health is conducting low-barrier testing at several locations over the next month.

Lane County Public Health

For the second time this week, a COVID-19 case cluster has been identified in the Eugene/Springfield area. Transmission of the virus appears to have occurred as the result of young people in a loose party setting.

COPE Study

Just how is the coronavirus pandemic impacting pregnant women and mothers of newborns? A University of Oregon psychology professor is part of an international effort to find out.

Colby K. Neal/BLM Public Affairs / National Interagency Fire Center/Flickr

Fire crews are waging a two-front battle this year: besides the expected slew of wildfires across the Pacific Northwest, they’ll also be keeping COVID-19 at bay, which will prove challenging. As part of our monthly series on Oregon’s resilience and natural resources, this story looks at the pandemic’s effects on seasonal wildfire operations.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 “cluster” in the Eugene/Springfield area. The new case group—at least 7 people so far-- includes 3 University of Oregon students. Transmission appears to have occurred while bar-hopping. 

United Way of Lane County

There’s new data out on a section of the population-- often overlooked: the WORKING POOR. United Ways of the Pacific Northwest just released the latest ALICE Report. 

Green Valley Rehabilitation Center

A staff person at the Green Valley Rebilitation Center in Eugene has tested positive for COVID-19. Lane County Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis says response was rapid.

American Red Cross

When blood is donated, it’s tested for diseases like HIV and Hepatitis before being sent to hospitals for use. Now, for a limited time, The American Red Cross will test all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies and notify donors whether they have been exposed to the virus.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Homeless people will still be counted in the 2020 Census, despite delays due to the pandemic. 

U.S. Census Bureau

While the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted the 2020 Census effort, Oregon respondents are doing fine, according to a Census official.

Sharon McCutcheon via Unsplash

PeaceHealth Oregon has adjusted the visitor policy in its hospitals and freestanding clinics. Now, patients who are neither COVID-19 suspect or positive, are allowed one visitor, or two—approved on a case-by-case basis.

Lane County Public Health video

Eugene’s State of Emergency, declared at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic three months ago, has expired. 

Neal Herbert / U.S. Department of the Interior

Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has given a week’s notice to a federal forest official, to better explain how firefighters and rural communities will be safe from both COVID-19 and wildfires this season.

Being cooped up because of the pandemic has been tough on everyone, especially kids. With summer approaching, many parents wonder how they can get their kids out of the house, safely.

In May, the Oregon Health officials gave Day Camps the green light to operate-- but only under strict health and safety guidelines. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert checked in with a few providers as they prepare for a modified 2020 summer camp season.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Nearing its 31st anniversary, Eugene’s mobile intervention service, CAHOOTS – which stands for “Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets” – is busier than ever…and needing help.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

After both the City of Eugene and Lane County decided to close temporary emergency COVID-19 respite centers and camps, more than 100 protesters convened at a parking lot on Friday. 

Tiffany Eckert

In late March, Lane County opened two temporary homeless shelters to provide respite during the COVID-19 pandemic. County officials say those centers will close Friday morning. Plans for where scores of unhoused people will be allowed to relocate remain uncertain.

My Oregon

Lane County renters who have lost income or have had health effects related to COVID-19 could be eligible for some help. Wednesday morning, applications for rent assistance will be available on the county's website.

Melorie Begay

Over the weekend, Eugene saw record numbers of protesters gathered and marching-- in close proximity-- for hours. All in the midst of a pandemic. Images of Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest reveal thousands of participants wearing masks-- but several of the organizers on stage were un-masked and very close together.

NIH / Flickr.com

Over the weekend, Lane County Public Health learned of 9 new positive cases, one presumptive case and one new death assigned as COVID-19 related. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, this third fatal case remains under review.

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