Friday Show

On this week's show Lane County Public Healths' Dr. Patrick Luedtke discusses the latest news on FDA recomendations on COVID-19 booster shots, vaccines for youth 5-11 years old, and takes listener questions.

University of Oregon & Lane Co. Public Health

Brian Fox, Director of the University of Oregon's COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) and Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Senior Public Health Officer with Lane County join Rachael McDonald. They discuss the UO's testing programs for students & staff, the community and for K-12 schools in the region. 


On this week's Friday Show, Dr. Patrick Luedtke says hospitalizations for COVID-19 have gone down from more than 100 per day to less than 50. He says hospital stays are shorter too. But, there are several outbreaks at K-12 schools in Lane County. 

Rachael McDonald

On this week's Friday Show, Dr. Monique Carroll with McKenzie Pediatrics and Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Lane County Senior Public Health Officer join KLCC's Rachael McDonald to discuss children and COVID-19. The also discuss the latest news on booster shots and vaccines for children under 12.

On the Friday show this week, Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health talks about the potential for the Delta surge to fade, the recent news on booster shots, vaccine and testing access for rural Lane County, and more questions from KLCC listeners.

Peacehealth and Lane County

We focus on kids this week on the Friday Show on KLCC. This week, the Oregon Health Authority described an “explosion” of pediatric cases of Covid-19, as kids go back to in-person school. Dr. Serena Black, pediatric hospitalist with Peachealth, and Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health, spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald and answered listener questions about coronavirus, pediatric cases, vaccines, in-person school and more.

Delta has changed everything. That’s what Governor Kate Brown said several weeks ago. Oregon’s hospitals are in crisis as Covid-19 patients continue to sicken and die. In Lane County, we’ve averaged 200 new coronavirus cases per day in the last two weeks.

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend we learn that Oregon has hit an unfortunate milestone: 200,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. While cases continue to decrease this figure is a reminder that people are still vulnerable. Dr. Patrick Luedtke joins us to answer listener questions and discuss where Oregon is at during this moment of the pandemic.

There are a number of vaccination clinics coming up, including the following:

Small mobiles this weekend:

Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that the state will offer a lottery program to offer a $1-million grand prize which everyone 18 and over who gets the COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to win. We discuss this with Dr. Patrick Luedtke of Lane County Public Health.

This past week has felt a bit like a whirlwind and the beginning of a new phase of the pandemic. Oregon Governor Kate Brown follows up CDC guidance with an allowance for fully vaccinated Oregonians to do away with masks and social distancing.

On this week's show, we discuss herd immunity to COVID-19, breakthrough cases, varients, vaccines for younger people and more. 

Ayelet Amittay and Lane County Public Health

This week we talk about the mental and emotional toll the pandemic has taken on our community. 


Covid-19 case counts are climbing statewide even as vaccination eligibility opens up to all Oregonians 16 and older on Monday, April 19. We discuss the latest numbers and delve into your questions about vaccines, COVID-19, variants and more. 

On this week's Friday show we talk about the latest data on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, break-through cases among people who've been vaccinated, and more.


On this week's show, we talk with Dr. Patrick Luedtke Lane County's Senior Public Health Officer about the latest information on case counts in the county, new cases among school-age kids, long COVID, vaccines, and more. 


On this week's show, we learn about a federally grant funded project called RADx UP [Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underrepresented People}. It's a collaboration between researchers at the University of Oregon and other agencies. They're offering free COVID-19 testing in communities that otherwise might not have access to testing. 


Tiffany Eckert

On this week's Friday show KLCC's Rachael McDonald is joined by Lane County Public Health's Public Information Officer, Jason Davis. 


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On this week's show, Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke talks about coronavirus variants, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and more, including questions from KLCC listeners.

Rachael McDonald

On this week's show we talk with clinical psychologist Dr. Shin Shin Tang with Oregon Mind Body Institute about mental health care and we put listener questions on the vaccine and Covid-19 to Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health.


Melorie Begay

On The Friday Show this week, Doctor Patrick Luedtke, Senior Public Health Officer with Lane County answers listener questions about the coronavirus vaccine, masks, and more. He also talks about "break-through" cases of Covid-19 among those who've been vaccinated, cases at local schools, the vaccine-rollout, and new variants of coronavirus.  

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Rachael McDonald

On this week's Friday Show we spoke with Lane Education Service District Superintendent Tony Scurto about vaccination efforts among public school teachers and staff and about school plans for returning to in-person learning. And Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health shared updates on coronavirus numbers, vaccine availability and took listener questions. 

LCPH, DPHN Facebook page

On this week's Friday show, we heard from Douglas County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer and Lane County Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke. 

They updated us on vaccine distribution, infection numbers, and more. They also answered listener questions. 

Lane County Public Health website.

Melorie Begay

On this week's Friday Show on KLCC we discuss the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, case numbers, and what it will take to get to herd immunity. KLCC's Rachael McDonald is joined by Lane County Public Health Dr. Patrick Luedtke. 

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On this week's Friday show, Lane County Public Health's COVID response Incident Commander Steve Adams and Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke speak with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about the vaccine rollout. 


Rachael McDonald

Hear a conversation with two Eugene doctors who participated in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trials.


Melorie Begay

Oregon hit yet another grim milestone on Friday. The Oregon Health Authority reports that we’ve surpassed 100,000 cases of COVID-19 statewide. The death toll across the state is 1,304. Here in Lane County, as of Friday, Dec. 18, we have 6,028 cases and 80 people have died.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Lane County Public Health Department reported 251 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 over the Dec. 5-Dec. 6  weekend. This makes 4,976 cases for Lane County since the start of the pandemic.

Melorie Begay

On this week's show, Dr. Luedtke talks about how Lane County hospitals are doing with the surge in COVID-19 cases. He also answers listener questions about the vaccine, testing, and more. 


Melorie Begay

On this week's show, we ask Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Lane County Senior Public Health Officer, about the governor's two-week freeze, the surge in cases of COVID-19 in Oregon and locally, masks, and when to get tested. 

Music for the Friday Show by Asleep Verified Picasso.

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Melorie Begay

What do you want to know about COVID-19 testing? How does it work when public health does contact tracing? And what happens when there's a vaccine? These are some questions we plan to explore this Friday at 3:30 p.m. with Lane County's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke.