COVID-19

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Small to mid-sized restaurants hit hard by the pandemic will have relief soon. Two Oregon lawmakers shared the news in Eugene today.

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An alternative newspaper in Eugene is unveiling its foray into NFTs, or non-fungible tokens.  It’s to help offset advertising losses while also embracing an emerging digital art form.

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So you’ve gotten your first – maybe even second – vaccine shot against COVID-19, and want to show the world on social media. But authorities say not to post pics of your vaccination card.  

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Lane County Public Health announced they will open a third COVID-19 mass vax site this weekend. Officials said this is because the county has received an increased allocation of vaccine from Oregon Health Authority—nearly 23-thousand doses this week.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced that all Oregonians over 16 will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19. 

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Throughout the U.S., Black, Indigenous and People of Color have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. To confront inequities and increase access to the vaccine, Lane County Public Health is using some targeted strategies.

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The CDC and the Oregon Health Authority recently announced classrooms can reduce physical distancing from six feet to three. Decisions now fall to each district whether and how to change in-person learning.

  

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Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has partnered with world renowned and Oregon-born artist Carrie Mae Weems for a public art campaign about COVID-19. The project’s focus is twofold.

   

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While the U.S. overall is finding its stride with COVID-19 vaccine distribution, some Native American tribes – including in Oregon – are on a mean streak.  Indigenous communities have largely overcome mistrust and logistical challenges that have hampered other efforts. 

 

This week, kindergarteners and first graders in Bethel and Eugene are going into their classrooms for the first time since the pandemic shutdown.

 

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Sunday, March 14, 2021 marks one year since the first COVID-19 death in Lane County.  KLCC revisited the grim anniversary with the widower of MaryKay Alexander.  She died March 14, 2020 at the age of 60.

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There’s a lot to learn about back to school as Eugene 4-J brings some students back into classrooms this spring.

  

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Eugene 4J elementary school parents who’ve chosen to remain in comprehensive distance learning should expect some changes before spring break. Spokesperson Kerry Delf said because most people chose the hybrid model, those staying online are more likely to be assigned a new teacher.

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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A Native American tribe based in Coos Bay says it’s been going strong on vaccinating its members – and others - against COVID-19.

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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. 

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Oregon made national news recently after four people tested positive for COVID-19 at least two weeks after they were fully vaccinated. Two of the so-called “break-through” cases are in Lane County.

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Since getting the green light from the state in January, Eugene area school districts have worked to bring their youngest students back into classrooms. Eugene 4J and Bethel Schools aim to start hybrid learning March 15th.


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The Bethel School District aims to welcome kindergarteners back for hybrid learning on March 15th.

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On Thursday, Douglas County reported the highest single-day new COVID-19 case count since the beginning of the pandemic. 

For the first time in recorded history, deaths outnumbered births in Oregon.

For years, Oregon’s been averaging about 1,500 more births a year, than deaths. But since the great recession in 2008, that average has gradually been dropping.

Josh Lehner, with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, said COVID-related deaths last year finally pushed the number into negative territory — not by a lot — but about 200 more Oregonians died last year than were born.

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After 11 weeks, Eugene’s YMCA re-opened today, under new pandemic protocols.

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Lane County Public Health officials praised communities Tuesday for what they call a downturn in COVID-19 case numbers.

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The fight against COVID-19 is stronger under the Biden Administration, says U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio. The Oregon Democrat said more needs to be done to get the nation back on its feet, however.

Lane County Public Health

While overall reports of the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics in Eugene have been positive-- Lane County Public Health ran into some issues when a registration link was shared on social media.

Oregon Education Association, We Are Teachers

Educators working at community colleges want to be prioritized the same as pre-school and K-12 employees in the COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. The Oregon Education Association is circulating a petition.

Deadly Weekend for COVID-19 Inside Oregon's Prisons

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At least four Oregon prison inmates are suspected to have died since Saturday from COVID-19.

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The University of Oregon has seen a spike in students and employees testing positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks.

191 people associated with UO have tested positive in the past 14 days. That includes 103 on-campus students, 85 off-campus students and three employees. 

In all of December, the university reported a total combined 103 students and employees with positive test results.

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As COVID-19 vaccines are administered across Oregon, a big part of their reception by residents will depend on messaging.

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Lane County Public Health officials announced they will hold two COVID-19 vaccination clinics this weekend. The mass vax opportunities are only for high-risk health care providers in a specific group.

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