Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

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.


Jenny Ulum / King Estate Winery

 

One of Oregon’s largest wineries has told its workers they must show proof they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine by May 20th. Many workplaces are considering this as pandemic restrictions loosen.

  

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Lane County is seeing a disproportionately high number of younger adults being adversely affected by COVID-19.

Brian Bull / KLCC

So you’ve gotten your first – maybe even second – vaccine shot against COVID-19, and want to show the world on social media. But authorities say not to post pics of your vaccination card.  

Our Community Birth Center

There are currently no free-standing birthing facilities operating in Lane County. But that is about to change. A non-profit midwifery birth center recently found a new space to call home.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health announced they will open a third COVID-19 mass vax site this weekend. Officials said this is because the county has received an increased allocation of vaccine from Oregon Health Authority—nearly 23-thousand doses this week.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 cases in Lane County continue to surge with several days last week seeing counts in the double digits. Officials say springtime activities have resulted in outbreaks. 

Chris Lehman

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced that all Oregonians over 16 will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19. 

Tiffany Eckert

The second gentleman of the United States was in Eugene Monday. The husband of Vice President Kamala Harris visited a COVID-19 vaccination clinic and met with state and local leaders.

Brian Bull / KLCC

An Oregon Senate Committee could vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to establish safe staffing ratios at the state’s long-term care facilities. Problems with staffing became more apparent because of the pandemic. 

  

  

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Lane County has seen an increase in coronavirus cases of school-aged children this week. Public Health officials say the case numbers in this age range have doubled.

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. 


Tiffany Eckert

While Lane County Public Health's COVID-19 vaccine allocations remain somewhat stagnant, officials say there are other options for getting the shot, including your local pharmacy.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Results of the latest round of COVID-19 prevalence testing in Corvallis show the highest levels there since the project began nearly a year ago.

  

St. Vincent de Paul

Now that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has expanded, two Lane County organizations are ready to get shots in the arms of people experiencing homelessness—starting Thursday.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health has a request of anyone going to a drive-through vaccination clinic: Please don’t bring your dog. Let them stay comfortable and safe at home.

Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Health Authority Wednesday announced that 20 Oregon counties can expand their vaccine eligibility.  

  

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Throughout the U.S., Black, Indigenous and People of Color have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. To confront inequities and increase access to the vaccine, Lane County Public Health is using some targeted strategies.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The effort to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 won’t be the final chapter in the fight against the pandemic. That’s according to an Oregon State University researcher who spoke to reporters Tuesday.

  

Program Date: March 26, 2021

Air Date: March 29, 2021

From the City Club of Eugene:

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. 


Another week and another big promise from the Biden administration has Oregon speeding up its coronavirus vaccine timeline once again.

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Lane County Public Health announced Thursday they have identified two new viral outbreaks. They both resulted from social gatherings.

Tiffany Eckert

This week, the Oregon Health Authority expanded who can administer COVID-19 vaccines. The list now includes midwives, dentists, even veterinarians. The “all hands on deck” effort may increase efficiency in the long run but right now the biggest issue is vaccine supply.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last month, Lane County Public Health was told by the Oregon Health Authority that they would be receiving 80,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses starting March 22. That did not happen. 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health is making it easier to get a COVID-19 vaccine. They are doing away with the pre-registration process and now encourage all eligible residents to get online and schedule a time and place to receive the shot.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County is officially moving down to the Lower risk category for COVID-19 transmission. What does this mean?

OPB

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that the state will update risk levels for counties based on public health guidelines aimed at reducing the transmission of coronavirus.

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The Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde on Monday officially opened a new treatment center in Salem for people struggling with opioid addiction.

  

Program Date: March 19, 2021

Air Date: March 22, 2021

From The City Club of Eugene:

A 2019 report from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission found that Oregon “ranks among the most challenged states in the nation for substance abuse and mental health problems, while at the same time ranking among the worst states for access and engagement with care.”

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