The Friday Show

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 rual Lane County, and more questions from KLCC listeners.

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.

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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. 


On April 23, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown gave an address with some cautionary words for Oregonians, noting that cases exceeded 1,000 for the day, and that Oregon hospitals are on pace to surpass 300 patients with COVID-19.

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. 


KLCC's Jason Brown is joined by Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Chief Medical Officer with Lane County Public Health. Dr. Luedtke gives an update on vaccine availability and case numbers in Lane County, and he takes listener questions on the vaccine rollout, variants of coronavirus, and the possiblity of safe summer recreation. 

Whitney Donielson

KLCC listener Whitney Donielson sent this voice memo to KLCC about how she's been spending her time during the past year. 

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. 


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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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

This Friday at 3:30, we'll again have Lane County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke in the KLCC studios to answer your questions about COVID-19. We'll discuss more good news about the vaccine, how the governor's two-week freeze may help to curb the spikes in COVID-19 in Oregon, and more. 

Melorie Begay

On this week's show, Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Lane County's Chief Medical Officer, answers listener questions about the safety of vaccines, how they'll be distributed, administered, and how soon we can resume "normal" life. Meanwhile, due to the huge numbers of new cases of COVID-19 in the state, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced new restrictions including limits on social gatherings. 

Melorie Begay

There was promising news this week on one of the many vaccines being developed for Covid-19. This Friday at 3:30 we’ll talk about vaccines with Lane County Public health’s Doctor Patrick Luedtke. 

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