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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. 

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Teams from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon recently partnered to test a random sample of residents in Eugene-- for COVID-19. The results are in.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, women are the fastest growing population in the military today. So, the demand for equitable, high-quality health services for women has also increased. Recently, the Roseburg V.A. System made some additions-- just for female vets.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, says despite the encouraging news this month on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the fight against the coronavirus is far from over.

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. 

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Following Gov. Kate Brown’s 14-day "freeze" placing restrictions on some businesses and activities, the Eugene Family YMCA will pause all on-site services except for childcare. Gyms are required to remain closed during the "freeze" in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Rachael McDonald

A 30-year-old Lane County man who had tested positive for COVID-19 died last Friday, November 13th. The Eugene/ Springfield area resident was not hospitalized at the time of his death. That brings the coronavirus-related death toll in Lane County to 35.

Centers For Disease Control

When Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced a two-week “freeze” to help stop the spread of COVID-19 Friday, she mentioned concern about hospital capacity.

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White Bird Medical Clinic has partnered with Kaiser Permanente to develop a safe, COVID-19 screening and testing center for Lane County’s unhoused populations.

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. 

Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reports their highest weekly case count since the pandemic. Officials have already seen 106 new cases, with two days still left in the week.

Tiffany Eckert

Over the last two days, Lane County has seen 116 new COVID-19 cases and two reported deaths from the virus. Health officials say they have identified three established outbreaks around Halloween activities. A new surveillance effort indicates masking compliance remains an issue.

Rosboro Lumber

Lane County Public Health announced a new COVID-19 outbreak, this one at Rosboro Sawmill in Springfield. Officials note it’s a combination of workplace and household transmission. So far, five positive cases are associated.

Sean Nealon

Over the weekend, hundreds of randomly selected Eugene households were approached to participate in a community COVID-19 testing effort. The TRACE project is expected to provide an estimate of the viral infection rate within city limits.

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. 

Lane County Public Health-Summit South

Lane County Public Health was notified over the weekend of 103 additional cases and four (4) new deaths from COVID-19. 

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Over the weekend and Monday, Douglas County Public Health has seen 61 new cases of COVID-19. This spike puts the county over the 500-mark for residents in isolation and quarantine.

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Lincoln County residents can get a free coronavirus test this week.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

High COVID-19 case numbers reported over the weekend pushed Oregon to 50,448 cases of the virus. Oregon Health officials reported 874 new coronavirus cases Sunday. That's the second-highest daily total of the pandemic following a record 988 cases reported on Saturday.

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Health Authority Saturday reported 988 new and presumptive cases of COVID-19. This is the highest number reported on a single day since the start of the pandemic in Oregon.

Some Oregon and Washington political leaders are taking to social media to applaud the results of the presidential election.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, on Twitter Saturday morning called the win for president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris a “great day for America” and “our democracy.”

“Now it’s time to beat this pandemic. Fight for racial justice. Overcome our differences & work together,” Brown tweeted.

Melorie Begay

On this week's show, Lane County Public Health's Senior Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke talks with KlCC's Rachael McDonald about travel, how to quarantine at home, the effectiveness of masks, and more. 

The Oregon Health Authority announced new COVID-19 restrictions Friday, following several weeks of unprecedented spread. They’re the strictest measures the Oregon government has created since the initial “stay home, save lives” measures were implemented in March.

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Lane County Public Health on Thursday announced two new COVID-19 outbreaks.  One is in Avamere Riverpark Rehabilitation Center in Eugene where one staff and 11 residents tested positive after routine screening. The other outbreak is at Eugene/Springfield Fire Department. 

PeaceHealth Oregon Network

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the largest hospital in the Southern Willamette Valley has been preparing for a surge of COVID-19 patients. That has yet to come, but with winter approaching, hospitals remain at the ready.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Reports of a six-and-a-half ton peanut rolling through Eugene have proven true. No, it’s not a new ridesharing company called “Goober”…rather, it’s a nutty draw for a more serious cause. KLCC’s Brian Bull cracks the story.

Melorie Begay

We’ll have Lane County Public Health’s Dr Patrick Luedtke live in the KLCC studios again this Friday at 3:30 to take your questions about COVID-19.

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Here’s a public health message to bear in mind: Stress is bad for you. The build up of tension around the pandemic and now an historic election can take a serious toll. But there are workarounds.

Tiffany Eckert

The Holiday Farm fire destroyed nearly every structure in the remote town of Blue River and cut McKenzie Valley residents off from key services: the post office, the library, the general market. Especially critical was the loss of the medical clinic. But as the community is learning, it’s not so much the buildings that make the difference --it’s the people.

City of Eugene, Lane County Public Health

Last month, the City of Eugene launched a new "Stop the Spread" campaign effort--a COVID-19 messaging contest geared toward young adults, aged 14 to 30 years old.  This just announced: the contest deadline has been extended with a new deadline for submissions: 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2020.