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For many it may seem that life is heading back to normal after Lane County met the vaccination metrics to move to Low risk for COVID-19 restrictions.  However, the future is uncertain for the unvaccinated.

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  Bloodworks Northwest is running low on blood and platelets, and they are calling for donors to step forward, especially donors with Type O blood.

Tiffany Eckert

Now that Lane County has achieved Low Risk status for business restrictions, Public Health has shifted the goal. Officials say now it’s about reaching “herd immunity” in order to protect everyone. The focus is on vaccine access.  

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Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a press availability June 11, to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

  

Lane County Public Health

Lane County has met the state’s 65% metric for COVID-19 vaccinations and will now move to the Low Risk category—permanently. Changes in community restrictions will go into effect sooner than expected. 

Lane Transit District

Lane Transit District will host a pop up vaccination clinic June 8 through June 10 at the Springfield Station.

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Oregonians could buy certain cold medicines without a prescription under a bill approved Monday by the Oregon Senate.

  

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As of today, roughly 66% of Oregonians 18 and older have had at least one dose of any COVID-19 vaccine. An expert at Oregon State University says that's not enough to help protect the less vulnerable, like children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Brett Tyler also says the virus is mutating and becoming more dangerous, particularly in the unvaccinated population. And, yes, that includes children under 12.

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Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a press availability June 4, at 11:00 a.m. to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

  

Brian Bull / KLCC

If you’ve spent the past week sneezing, rubbing your eyes, and even suffering asthma, that’s because one of the worst allergy seasons since 2010 is upon us in the South Willamette Valley. 

HIV Alliance

HIV Alliance has launched a Medication Assisted Treatment (MET) program for people who inject illicit drugs in Lane County.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health hopes to motivate people to get the COVID-19 vaccine this weekend—by offering the chance to win tickets to Duck games or the Olympic trials.

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During their door-to-door sampling this weekend, researchers with the Oregon State University TRACE project will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine door-to-door in Corvallis.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Officials say Lane County is close-- but still has not met the state’s vaccination metric to move to Low Risk for restrictions. 

Tiffany Eckert

In an update on COVID-19 risk levels Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Lane County will move from High to Moderate Risk for transmission starting Friday June 4 through June 10.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University has scheduled another round of COVID-19 prevalence testing this weekend, June 5 and 6, in Corvallis.

  

Lane County Sheriff's Office

Warm weather is expected to beckon residents to the open water this holiday weekend. With that, Lane County Sheriff’s Office has some warnings for boaters. 

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:

Eugene Police Department

Investigations in Eugene/Springfield continue over a recent rash of overdoses related to fentanyl. Some deaths are reportedly associated with fake prescription pills believed to contain the powerful drug. 

The City of Eugene is partnering with White Bird Clinic to provide a downtown location for primary care and behavioral health services to the unhoused.

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Oregon lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would ban the sale of vaping products over the internet.

  

Lane County Public Health

With the current rate of new COVID-19 cases, about 130 per 100,000 people, officials say Lane County is expected to remain in the High risk category for restrictions.

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.

Jes Burns

Recently, the University of Oregon announced it will require students and employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of the fall term. The university continues to work through the decision.

 

Douglas County health officials say Thursday marked the highest single day of new COVID-19 cases-- since March. They say over the past two weeks, the new cases are all from residents who are not fully vaccinated. 

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State leaders hope cash prizes will spur more Oregonians to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Friday, Governor Kate Brown announced a $1-million lottery drawing, called the Take Your Shot Oregon campaign.

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Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

Governor Kate Brown held a press availability May 21, at 12 p.m. to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Lottery.

  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Benton, Deschutes, and Lincoln Counties are among five Oregon counties that will enter the state’s “Lower Risk” category for COVID-19 starting Friday.

  

Tiffany Eckert

This week, Eugene’s Bethel School District is holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics for 12 to 15 year old students. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert visited a clinic at Willamette High School to see how things were going.

Oregon Health Authority

Under new state guidelines, Oregon counties will be eligible to move to Lower Risk for COVID-19 restrictions when 65% of county residents, 16 years and older, receive their first dose.

 

  

 

 

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