COVID-19

Oregon Athletics

University of Oregon football says the five positive COVID-19 tests that were announced last weekend have turned out to be false positives. 

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Over the weekend, there were 81 new COVID-19 cases in Lane County. Meanwhile, neighboring Douglas County confirmed three new deaths from the disease.

Oregon Athletics

Five University of Oregon football players tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday. University officials say all five student-athletes are symptom-free.

University of Oregon

A new facial covering policy is in effect at the University of Oregon. All faculty, students and visitors must now use masks or cloth face coverings while indoors and outdoors -- in public spaces on campus. That’s regardless of whether 6 feet of distance can be maintained or not.

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Lane County Public Health reports 102 new positive COVID-19 cases were identified over the weekend. This brings the total case count to 2,143-- with 215 currently considered infectious. 

Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As flu season arrives on the U.S. west coast, health officials fear a possible ‘twindemic’ in 2020.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that Lane County has been added to the Watch List for COVID-19 case activity. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If you get a call from the Lane County Public Health department, officials say ‘please take it.’ This comes out of concern as non-compliance in the COVID-19 contact tracing effort continues to grow.

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Lane County Public Health has added a new reporting function to better describe COVID-19 outbreaks in communities.

Tiffany Eckert

According to The National Human Activity Pattern, people spend nearly 90% of their lives inside buildings. Long before the novel coronavirus reached our shores, scientists have been studying how pathogens behave in the built environment. Places like homes, workplaces and schools. Now 8 months into a global pandemic, much of that research is being put to use- testing for the presence of viruses in occupied spaces-- in the hopes of stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Lane County Public Health video

Lane County remains on High Alert for COVID-19 transmission risks. As Public Health announced four new outbreaks Thursday, elected officials pled with community members to heed the warnings and take action toward prevention.

Lane County Public Health video

The positivity rate of people with COVID-19 in Lane County has tripled in the last couple weeks. That is an indicator of how much the virus is spreading in our communities.

@oregonfootball Twitter

After an August announcement that fall and winter sports would not be played until 2021 because of coronavirus concerns, the Pac-12 CEO Group announced Thursday that the conference will resume its football, basketball, and winter sports seasons in the coming weeks.

Lane County Public Health

Lane County is on high alert for risk of transmission of COVID-19. Public Health reports 200 people are currently infectious—an all-time high for the county during the pandemic.

Lane County Public Health video

COVID-19 case numbers – and hospitalizations - continue to increase in Lane County. The trend directly impacts the county’s timeline for getting kids back in school.

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Lane County Public Health has announced 20 more positive cases of COVID-19, one new death, and a new workplace cluster.

 

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Incoming storms have helped clear the air and will hopefully dampen the chance of regional wildfires spreading.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Incoming storms have helped clear the air and will hopefully dampen the chance of regional wildfires spreading.

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A previous web-version of this story, that also aired, included incorrect information from a Lane County employee, stating out-of-state firefighters in the county had tested positive for COVID-19. This story has been corrected.

 

Brian Bull / KLCC

The Holiday Farm Fire is now 10% contained, and has consumed over 170,000 acres. It’s hoped that an incoming weather front will give fire crews some help, though it could pose its own risks.  KLCC's Rachael McDonald and reporter Brian Bull discuss the latest on the fire. 

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After the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory closed Monday due to hazardous indoor air quality, no new specimens were accepted or tested. But Lane County Public Information Officer Jason Davis said COVID-19 testing is still available in the county.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Air quality indexes range from “unhealthy” to “hazardous” across the region, as wildfires continue to burn. And homeless people remain limited in options.

AirNow.gov

Wildfires and hazardous air conditions have affected COVID-19 testing in Oregon. Over the past several days, statewide testing numbers appear to have dipped. This could be due to widespread hazardous conditions causing people seeking testing to be declined.

Karen Richards

Gardening supply is one business that’s done well, and even blossomed, during the pandemic. Vegetable growers and landscapers both are spending more money this year. 

 


Lane County COVID-19 Infection Rate Sees Downward Trend

Aug 27, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

A Lane County Public Health official, Jason Davis, said the daily rate of COVID-19 cases and rate of infection are still trending downward. And Davis said they want those to keep going down, especially as college students return to the area for fall term. 

Karen Richards, via Zoom

After a pause, Lane County’s community plastics collection is up and running again, though many collectors have dropped out for health reasons.


Aubrey Bulkeley

Businesses across Oregon are finding ways to cope with COVID-19 safety guidelines, which require masks indoors. Eugene Family YMCA adapted their group exercise classes by taking them outside.


Karen Richards

A new chapter at the Eugene Public Library starts Monday. Branches have been closed to the public since the start of the pandemic.

 


Karen Richards, via Zoom

St. Alice Catholic Church in Springfield started planning last summer to turn its warming kitchen into a commercial one. While the coronavirus hasn’t changed the project’s scope, it may shift the use.


Tiffany Eckert

Awareness, patience and some changes to public health policy will help us get through this pandemic, and be more prepared for the next one, according to one local expert. To cap off our year-long series on resilience, KLCC’s Karen Richards spoke with Lane County’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke.


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