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Health, Medicine

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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.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon has its first case of the new, more contagious U.K. variant of COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority announced on Friday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said increased vaccine shipments will not arrive next week. The head of the state health authority said this puts vaccination efforts “at grave risk.”

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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. 

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

Oregon Health Authority

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.

Capitol Racquet Sports, Inc.

A fitness center in Salem has been fined for operating out of compliance and willfully exposing employees to COVID-19. It’s the largest penalty related to the pandemic issued to an Oregon employer.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is speeding up the schedule for expanding COVID-19 vaccine access to everyone 65 and older as well as to childcare providers and K-12 teachers and staff.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health officials were shocked at the size of their allocation of COVID-19 vaccine this week. Despite readiness to administer thousands of shots, the county only received 100 doses from the state.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines continue and volunteers are still needed. Velocity Clinical Research in Medford is currently recruiting up to 400 people to take part in coronavirus vaccine studies.

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The City of Eugene wants locals to help inform officials on how COVID-19 has affected them, through an online survey.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregon National Guard members will assist with COVID-19 vaccine distribution at the state fairgrounds starting Tuesday.


UO Institute For Policy Research and Engagement

A recent survey conducted by researchers with the University of Oregon asked a random sample of state residents about their stance on masking, social distancing and getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Results indicate Oregonians are not 'all in' on prevention tactics. 

Rachael McDonald

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health has received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine. 

Eugene Springfield Fire

Last week, Eugene/Springfield Fire received its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. They got 1,000 doses. Acting Fire Chief Chris Heppel said they immediately began administering shots to first responders.


Public health officials in Lincoln County are searching for eligible recipients to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Chris Lehman

Officials in Marion County will launch a mass vaccination clinic Thursday, Jan. 7 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.




Tiffany Eckert

According to the Oregon Health Authority, 51,255 Oregonians have received a COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday. Nine of them have received two doses and are fully immunized.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health officials announced Tuesday they have seen the first patient to be diagnosed with both COVID-19 and Influenza.

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Oregon State University researchers in Bend are trying to understand how different communities, both nationally and locally, have responded to public health messaging about the coronavirus pandemic.

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Oregon’s tobacco tax will increase in the new year. That’s the result of a measure approved by voters in November.


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A professor at Oregon State University released a report last month that compared cigarette usage among racial and ethnic groups. Researchers found disparities in the effectiveness of anti-smoking measures.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Some coronavirus restrictions will be eased in Lincoln and Douglas Counties starting this Friday.


In the New Year, Peacehealth will begin a revitalization project at its Sacred Heart University District location in Eugene.

Rachael Mcdonald

Less than a week after Lane County hit the milestone of 6,000 positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, the total has grown to 6,437 confirmed and presumptive cases.

Tiffany Eckert

According to ownership statistics published by the Washington Post, there are more pet cats than dogs in the U.S.  If you’re a feline fan, here are some warnings about holiday hazards over this “shut in” season.

Rachael McDonald

Gym owners, staff, and members gathered in Eugene’s Free Speech Plaza Monday to protest the closure of fitness facilities under the governor’s freeze. Gyms are among the businesses shutdown under the latest COVID-19 restrictions.

Tiffany Eckert

Hospital caregivers at PeaceHealth RiverBend began receiving  vaccinations against COVID-19 Monday morning. KLCC was there to document the first shot given.

The Eugene Mission remains on lockdown after 69 positive cases of COVID-19 were discovered there last week.