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Linn County Fair Expo / Linn County

[Updated 9/17/20, 1:30pm]- Linn County Emergency Management officials received information late this morning that the positive test result received for a shelter resident on Wednesday, September 16th, was in error.  A second test performed on the individual, at a different facility, confirmed the negative result.  Linn County Public Health officials are investigating the reason for the false positive result.

Original Story: Linn County Emergency Management officials disclosed Wednesday that one individual who was sheltering at the Linn County Expo Center tested positive for COVID-19. They say the person is completely asymptomatic and was being tested as a normal precaution before being relocated to another facility. 

Oregon State University

The unhealthy air blanketing much of Oregon has caused Oregon State University to postpone the latest round of its door-to-door coronavirus testing.

Wildfires and hazardous air conditions have affected COVID-19 testing in Oregon. Over the past several days, statewide testing numbers appear to have dipped. This could be due to widespread hazardous conditions causing people seeking testing to be declined.

Marion County Sheriff's Office

While new confirmed cases of COVID-19 are at their lowest levels in months in Oregon, the ongoing wildfires could affect efforts to slow the spread of the virus that causes it.

Alachua County (public domain) /

As communities reel in the midst of evacuations and devastating fires in the region, Lane County Public Health reports COVID-19 continues to claim lives and sicken people.  Meantime,  in neighboring Douglas County, health officials report zero new cases. 

Tiffany Eckert / KLCC

Regional fires have filled the skies with smoke and particulates. Throughout the Willamette Valley and in spots along the central coast, air quality can range from unhealthy to hazardous.

Evergreen Memory Care, CDC

The staff of caregivers and hospice nurses at a Eugene long term care facility continue to work in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak. So far, 19 residents and 8 staff at Evergreen Memory Care have been infected with the novel coronavirus, two elder residents have died.

Evergreen Memory Care, CDC

Lane County Public Health announced Friday an additional 22 cases of COVID-19. Nine of these are attributed to the Evergreen Memory Care outbreak. The outbreak now stands at 27 cases.

The facility in northwest Eugene reports two residents have died of COVID-19 related causes. Both elders reportedly had underlying conditions.  

In a statement, Evergreen staff offered condolences to the deceased residents’ families and friends and said it was a privilege to care for them.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Emergency operations at Lane County Public Health have been focusing on the Labor Day holiday with warnings of transmission risks and requests to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Evergreen Memory Care, CDC

UPDATE: Lane County Public Health announced Friday (09/04/2020) there have been 9 additional cases attributed to the Evergreen Memory Care outbreak. The outbreak now stands at 27 cases. The facility reports two residents have died of COVID-19 related causes. Both elders reportedly had underlying conditions.  

In a statement, Evergreen staff offered condolences to the deceased residents’ families and friends and said "it was a privilege to care for them."

Lane County has seen its first COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility. Eighteen people in one site in northwest Eugene have now tested positive for the virus.

Oregon State University

The federal government has given a veterinary lab at Oregon State University clearance to expand its testing program for COVID-19.

City of Bend

The City of Eugene will be one of dozens across the state to have its wastewater analyzed for the presence of the coronavirus.

Lane County COVID-19 Infection Rate Sees Downward Trend

Aug 27, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


A Lane County Public Health official, Jason Davis, said the daily rate of COVID-19 cases and rate of infection are still trending downward. And Davis said they want those to keep going down, especially as college students return to the area for fall term. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Lane County is urging people to get a flu shot.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A landmark hotel in Lincoln City is the site of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Lane County schools regional directory

Public Health teams are pouring over “blueprints for re-opening” from public schools across Lane County. The effort is meant to ensure each school’s plan conforms to state and county health standards.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Lincoln County’s move into Phase Two of Gov. Kate Brown’s re-opening plan has been delayed until after Labor Day.


The number of new COVID-19 cases per day has begun to drop in Lane County. Public health officials are cautiously optimistic but still concerned about transmission trends.

OSU Extension

As part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Lincoln County is reaching out to speakers of an indigenous language from Central America.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Lincoln County Public Health Department says up to four residents of a Lincoln City assisted living home died of COVID-19 over the weekend.

The agency says two of the deaths at Hillside Place are confirmed cases: a 90-year-old man and a 97-year-old woman. Two more deaths are suspected cases, but test results are still pending. Those include a 66-year-old man and a 93-year-old woman.

The county also announced nine new confirmed cases since Friday, with the bulk of them suspected to be community spread.

Kelsey Cluff

A grassroots effort to re-instate birth center services in Lane County just received a financial boost.

Spring Valley Assisted Living

Lane County Public Health reported another staff person at a residential care facility has tested positive for COVID-19. The new case prompted immediate testing of all residents at Spring Valley Assisted Living, some of whom have memory loss. The Springfield facility is in the process of testing staff.

Tiffany Eckert

Awareness, patience and some changes to public health policy will help us get through this pandemic, and be more prepared for the next one, according to one local expert. To cap off our year-long series on resilience, KLCC’s Karen Richards spoke with Lane County’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke.

Oaktree Residential Living

Lane County Public Health reports new COVID-19 cases have raised the overall count to 597. One of them is a staff person at Oaktree Residential Living in west Eugene.

Oregon Health Authority

Fear of COVID-19 transmission is keeping families out of doctors’ offices. The Oregon Health Authority says because of that, children are falling behind on vaccinations.

Tiffany Eckert

Before summer ends, some of us might be thinking about how to squeeze in a trip somewhere. With COVID-19 still spreading across communities, health officials do not recommend travel. For those who must, here are some points to consider before hitting the road.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health reports there have been an average of 70 COVID-19 cases per week-- for the last five weeks. The rate of positive cases has risen to 2%-- the highest so far in the outbreak. But that’s well below the state’s threshold of a 5% positivity rate, one of the requirements for allowing in-person classes to resume. 

Oregon reported 342 new confirmed or presumed cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, with five new deaths linked to the contagious disease. The new numbers put the state’s total cases at 19,699 since the outbreak reached the state earlier this year; 333 people have died from the virus as of Tuesday.

The Oregon Health Authority reports that most of the new COVID-19 cases stem from Umatilla (61), Multnomah (57), Malheur (33) and Washington (29) counties. The five new deaths included:

Lane County Public Health

Lane County Public Health officials have taken several complaints -- about possible fraudulent calls from people posing as COVID-19 contact tracers. There are specific ways to identify potential phone scams.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Eugene's mobile crisis intervention service known as CAHOOTS will be highlighted as a model alternative to traditional policing this week.