Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

Lane County Public Health is expanding the hours of its public, non-emergency COVID-19 call center to accommodate questions from residents over the weekend.

The call center, which can be reached at 541-682-1380, will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15.

The call center is staffed with Lane County Public Health staff.

This week the call center answered more than 700 calls from Lane County residents.

Universities and technical colleges in southern Oregon and northern California announced plans on Thursday to extend spring breaks and move classes online in order to minimize the spread of coronavirus.

Brian Bull / KLCC

UPDATE as of 3/15/20: The staff member's test for COVID-19 is negative, and the YMCA in Eugene will now open on April 1st, as sanitization efforts continue. 

Eugene’s YMCA is closed until Tuesday (3/17), pending a unidentified staff member’s test results for COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

While there are still no confirmed cases in Lane County, public health officials say they believe coronavirus is circulating in communities. So far, fewer than 28 tests have been ordered with negative results, an additional 5 samples are pending lab results. Folks need to know, getting the test is a process.

President Trump Suspends All Travel Between US And Europe For 30 Days

Mar 11, 2020

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is suspending all travel between the U.S. and Europe for 30 days beginning Friday as he seeks to combat a viral pandemic.

Trump made the announcement in an Oval Office address to the nation, blaming the European Union for not acting quickly enough to address the novel coronavirus and saying U.S. clusters were “seeded” by European travelers.

Rachael McDonald

As of Wednesday morning, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Lane County, but health officials announced a new measure to prevent its spread. It recommends people who are 60 years or older and those with pre-existing health conditions avoid large gatherings. 

FOOD For Lane County

In an effort to meet an increase in demand, FOOD for Lane County purchased a new warehouse in west Eugene, last fall. According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture study, 14.6 percent of the county experiences food insecurity. That’s higher than the state’s 11.6 percent.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon’s flu season peaked in mid-January but there is still widespread flu activity in communities, everywhere. Unlike COVID-19, there is a vaccine to protect against Influenza and health officials urge those who haven’t gotten a flu shot yet-- to do it.

UPDATED (March 10, 7:45 p.m. PT) – The Oregon Health Authority announced Multnomah County’s first presumptive case of the novel coronavirus Tuesday.

The state now has 15 reported cases of the virus in seven Oregon counties.

The COVID-19 virus, a relative of other viruses like SARS, was first identified in Wuhan, China, late last year.

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Health Authority is working on guidelines on large public gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The mobile crisis intervention group that serves Eugene-Springfield has expanded its service hours.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

A group of Corvallis providers celebrated their 50th clinic last month. Together they offer free health services to two nearby farms in Philomath. Most of the workers on those farms are uninsured, work seasonally, and about half them are Hispanic/Latinx. The program gives patients access to care they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A regional bloodbank says it’s facing a shortage of donations. They’re encouraging people to give blood this weekend.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Advocates in Lane County are scrambling to ensure the unsheltered community is prepared for a possible COVID-19 outbreak. Medical supply shortages and access to water are only a few of their concerns.

PeaceHealth Oregon

With the number of novel coronavirus cases on the rise in the Pacific Northwest, PeaceHealth hospitals have implemented voluntary visitation restrictions. The controls are more about prevention than panic. 

Rachael McDonald

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus yet in Lane County, but officials say they expect it to show up here in the coming weeks.

Updated at 10:15 p.m. ET

Four more people in the Seattle area have died after contracting COVID-19, health officials say, bringing the total in both Washington state and the U.S. to six. The state now has a total of 18 cases.

Three of the people who died were residents of King County, Wash., which now has 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The fourth person had been living in Snohomish County, north of Seattle. That county has a total of four cases.

PeaceHealth Oregon

The Western Lane Health Network (WLHN) recently opened two centers -on school grounds- to offer early intervention and behavioral counseling to children and teens on the central Oregon coast.

Oregon health officials announced Friday the state has its first presumed case of COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus. And they don’t know how or where the patient contracted the virus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants Americans to prepare for the spread of coronavirus. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert brings us an update on local prevention and preparedness tactics in Lane County.

Associated Press

A Lane County man who came home last week from a cruise ship under quarantine in a Cambodian port has been the object of shunning and criticism on social media. But, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Friday confirmed none of the crew or passengers on the cruise ship Westerdam ever had coronavirus. 

Leah Sikora Moore

When PeaceHealth closed its Birth Center in Springfield last August, it left a gap in services for women. Now, a group of midwives plan to open a new free-standing center. 

PeaceHealth Oregon Network

Health professionals say despite some reports to the contrary, they’ve not found any actual cases of the novel Coronavirus in Lane County. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on some preventative protocols in place at Sacred Heart RiverBend Medical Center in Springfield.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Oregon parents have until February 19 to have their children up-to-date on their immunizations or claim an exemption.

In 2018, Tiffany Eckert reported on a Springfield boy who was looking forward to getting prosthetic arms built with a 3-D printer. This is an update to that story.

PeaceHealth Oregon has confirmed plans to cut 40 jobs across their four hospitals in Lane County. This over strong objections from the union representing hospital workers. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, many of the positions being eliminated are in the area of child delivery.

Rachael McDonald

The University of Oregon has suspended all official travel to China, in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Several health groups and Native American tribes are backing a bill to expand dental care across Oregon.

CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy

On Thursday, The World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Lane County Public Health got a “crash-course” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to identify the deadly virus.

Tiffany Eckert

Five of the nurse midwives who were fired when Peacehealth closed its birth center—have new jobs. McKenzie Willamette hospital has hired them to run a midwifery service in Springfield.