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Health, Medicine

Melorie Begay

Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrict Luedtke joins KLCC's Rachael McDonald to answer listener questions about COVID-19 in our community. Hear advice on what to do if your workplace isn't observing social distancing and mask-wearing, flu-shots, and planning ahead for Thanksgiving. 

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600 people in Lane County participated in a phone survey on COVID-19 that was conducted by the Patinkin Research Institute. Lane County Public Health released some of the findings on Thursday.

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As of Thursday morning, there were 75 active COVID-19 outbreaks that have contributed to more than 500 of Lane County’s total positive case count, according to Lane County Public Health.

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KLCC will have a live in-studio show with our guest, Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Senior Public Health Officer at Lane County Public Health. We'll take your questions about COVID-19. 

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Lane County Public Health reports 102 new positive COVID-19 cases were identified over the weekend. This brings the total case count to 2,143-- with 215 currently considered infectious. 

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As flu season arrives on the U.S. west coast, health officials fear a possible ‘twindemic’ in 2020.

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Few people were ready for what 2020 had in store. A pandemic, protests, economic distress and in much of Oregon, wildfires. Such crises can take a toll on our mental health.


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Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that Lane County has been added to the Watch List for COVID-19 case activity. 

A second wave? A third? A continuation of the first? Whatever you want to call it, COVID-19 seems to be spreading faster in Oregon, across the country and around the world.

Experts say this increase comes at a time when governments should be trying to get cases down, ahead of an expected fall wave.

“What we’ve seen in the last week is not good news,” said Dr. Ann Thomas, a public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority, “The trend is going up.”

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If you get a call from the Lane County Public Health department, officials say ‘please take it.’ This comes out of concern as non-compliance in the COVID-19 contact tracing effort continues to grow.

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Lane County Public Health has added a new reporting function to better describe COVID-19 outbreaks in communities.

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Lane County saw 123 positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend, and the University of Oregon reported 30 for Saturday and Sunday.

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Lane County Public Health Thursday announced three new workplace clusters for COVID-19.

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Oregon State University said the first round of weekly random testing of students, faculty and staff turned up just one case of COVID-19.

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As more COVID-19 cases roll in, Lane County Public Health is cautioning the community against shaming individuals who’ve tested positive.

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More COVID-19 workplace clusters could be announced in Lane County, according to a public health official. Individual non-compliance with safety protocols and possible airborne transmission could behind the increase in cases found in the workplace.


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Lane County surpassed a previous high count for positive COVID-19 cases, this weekend. Lane County Public Health reported 130 cases, one COVID-19 related death, and a workplace cluster.

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Benton County was added to Oregon’s coronavirus watch list Friday.

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The city of Newport is re-opening some city offices to the public for the first time since March.

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Lane County remains on High Alert for COVID-19 transmission risks. As Public Health announced four new outbreaks Thursday, elected officials pled with community members to heed the warnings and take action toward prevention.

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Oregon State University is testing residents of one of its dorms and an off campus student apartment building for COVID-19 after wastewater investigators found traces of the virus in sewer outflows.

Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory Tuesday for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Seaside Beach in Clatsop county.

Officials say people should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach or discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and older adults, who may be more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.

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The positivity rate of people with COVID-19 in Lane County has tripled in the last couple weeks. That is an indicator of how much the virus is spreading in our communities.

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Lane County reported 75 new positive COVID-19 cases, and one related death over the weekend. Six of the positive cases are associated with long term care facilities. Despite a surge in cases the past couple of weeks, a Lane County Public Health official says the rapid growth rate is starting to slow.

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Lincoln County will move into Phase Two of Oregon’s coronavirus re-opening plan starting Tuesday, September 29.

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Lane County is on high alert for risk of transmission of COVID-19. Public Health reports 200 people are currently infectious—an all-time high for the county during the pandemic.

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COVID-19 case numbers – and hospitalizations - continue to increase in Lane County. The trend directly impacts the county’s timeline for getting kids back in school.

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A spike in cases of COVID-19 in Lane County has public health officials reminding people of the basics. 72 new cases were announced after the weekend, bringing the total of positive cases countywide to 1,009.

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Lane County Public Health has announced 20 more positive cases of COVID-19, one new death, and a new workplace cluster.


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Lane County has seen a spike in new cases of COVID-19. There are 23 new cases of the virus as of Thursday. Lane County Public Health Spokesperson Jason Davis said many of the new cases come from small gatherings, often with family, when people let their guard down.