Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

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.

Tiffany Eckert

A change in the weather has Lane County Public Health on alert. Part of their COVID-19 emergency response is reminding residents of the high risks associated with some autumn activities.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County COVID-19 vax clinics are ramping up to accomodate people under deadline to get the shot. This as some vaccinators report experiencing rude, threatening treatment from angry workers.


Public Health officials say the number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Lane County’s long term care facilities is a problem quickly becoming a crisis.

Tiffany Eckert

To help navigate the process of getting vaccinated where you live, here’s a handy reference guide.

PeaceHealth Oregon

PeaceHealth has placed 420 caregivers on administrative leave because they remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.  

Rachael McDonald

Over the weekend, Oregon surpassed 300,000 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Oregon Health Authority reports an “explosion" of pediatric COVID-19 cases around the state. 


With the first day of school just around the corner, Lane County Public Health is doubling down on their messaging to parents: Get vaccinated.


Lane County set a grim record over the last month. 


Monoclonal antibody treatment is now available at Peacehealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. The treatment is for patients with COVID-19 who are at risk for severe complications.



Amid a surge in new COVID cases, a Pacific Northwest hospital system is at odds with its employee unions over a decision to dismiss hundreds of unvaccinated workers.

Karen Richards

Residents in the South Willamette Valley are experiencing unhealthy air quality Friday and it’s expected to stick around through Saturday afternoon.

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.


The State of Oregon has been approved to expand the Pandemic Food Assistance program. Nearly $591 million will be used to feed about 430-thousand children through October.

Mercy Health Center

Each day, Douglas County continues to see triple digit COVID-19 cases --many resulting in hospitalization and too often, in deaths.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Local health officials have identified a number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Lane County. The cases include groups of youth and elders.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 in pregnancy causes an increased risk of pre-term labor, Cesarean section and death. When the  vaccine first came out, pregnant people were advised against it. However, that has changed.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County’s Board of Health has decided to extend a local Emergency Declaration through the end of the year. The decision will free up an additional $5 million to respond to the pandemic.

Oregon Nurses Association

Earlier this month, the Oregon Health Authority adopted a temporary rule requiring all health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The state's deadline to be fully vaccinated is October 18.

Rachael McDonald

National Guard members arrived Monday at Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield. The hospital, like many in Oregon, is coping with the surge in COVID-19 patients due to the DELTA variant.

Karen Richards

The Douglas County Sheriff says he won’t be enforcing Oregon’s mask mandate that goes into effect Aug. 27. The county has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 in the state.

White Bird Clinic, Chris Hecht

Following Governor Kate Brown’s recent rule change requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers-- the Oregon Nurses Association says it’s all in.

National Institutes of Health

PeaceHealth has begun offering an I-V therapy to COVID-19 patients at risk for severe complications. It’s the first time the treatment has been made available in the Eugene/Springfield area. 

Tiffany Eckert

Over the last few weeks, the volume of COVID-19 patients at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield has increased so quickly, medical staff have had to reconfigure physical spaces to treat them.

Lane County Government webcast

The Lane County Board of Health voted unanimously Tuesday to take up emergency public health recommendations released over the weekend. The board stopped short of issuing a mandate but called on the community to heed the COVID-19 safety advisory.

Alachua County (public domain) /

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday that face coverings will once again be required in crowded outdoor public spaces.

Bloodworks NW

Blood donations have fallen to a critical low for Bloodworks Northwest. The shortage has the center cutting back on deliveries to hospitals. 

Patricia Zavala / Unsplash

Increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations compelled Lane County Public Health to issue emergency guidance Saturday.