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Lane County Public Health officials praised communities Tuesday for what they call a downturn in COVID-19 case numbers.

Rachael McDonald

Lincoln County is protesting the Oregon Health Authority’s decision not to send them any vaccine doses this week.  Some rural counties were told to wait while urban counties catch up on inoculating 1A groups and educators.



LCPH, DPHN Facebook page

On this week's Friday show, we heard from Douglas County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer and Lane County Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke. 

They updated us on vaccine distribution, infection numbers, and more. They also answered listener questions. 

Lane County Public Health website.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The fight against COVID-19 is stronger under the Biden Administration, says U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio. The Oregon Democrat said more needs to be done to get the nation back on its feet, however.

Tiffany Eckert

As of Thursday Jan.28, nearly 22,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Lane County. And more than 5,000 individuals have been fully vaccinated.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University is taking its program that tests for the prevalence of the coronavirus to Redmond this weekend, Jan. 29, 30 and 31.


Lane County Public Health

While overall reports of the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics in Eugene have been positive-- Lane County Public Health ran into some issues when a registration link was shared on social media.

Tiffany Eckert

Oregon National Guardsmen and women are in Eugene to assist Lane County Public Health with mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics. 7,400 doses of vaccine are going to people in Phase 1A at this drive-up event.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown used her weekly COVID-19 media briefing Friday to defend her decision to prioritize vaccinating teachers and other school employees ahead of seniors living outside care facilities, despite almost two weeks of criticism from groups around the state.

White Bird Clinic, Chris Hecht

To accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination effort, Lane County Public Health has partnered with three area healthcare providers. One of them is White Bird Clinic. The agency will help to vaccinate the rest of health care professionals in Phase 1A Group 1-- namely dentists.

Melorie Begay

On this week's Friday Show on KLCC we discuss the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, case numbers, and what it will take to get to herd immunity. KLCC's Rachael McDonald is joined by Lane County Public Health Dr. Patrick Luedtke. 


A Portland doctor says stress and isolation caused by the pandemic have been attributed to a surge in people seeking help for eating disorders.

Tiffany Eckert

On Thursday, Lane County Public Health had some good news to share regarding COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

U.S. Navy /

If your blood type is “O”, then a regional blood bank wants YOU.

Oregon State Athletics

The football stadium used by the Oregon State Beavers will host a mass vaccination event next week.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

After some “hard levying”-- Lane County Public Health announced Tuesday, they will receive a significantly larger weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccine from the state.

Oregon Health Authority

Public health officials in Lincoln County say it only took five hours for eligible residents to reserve all of this week’s appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine.


Love Cross / KLCC

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.”

Alachua County (public domain) /

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. 

Province of British Columbia /

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

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.