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"No-Contact" STI Testing Launched in Roseburg

Aug 4, 2020
HIV Alliance

The HIV Alliance launched a “no-contact” STI testing program Monday in Roseburg as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization’s goal is to continue providing sexual health services while protecting its clients and staff.

Oregon reported two more COVID-19-linked deaths Monday, raising the state’s death toll to 328 since the pandemic began. The deaths included:

The Oregon Health Authority also reported 272 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 19,366. The bulk of the new cases are in Umatilla (64), Multnomah (49), Marion (27) and Yamhill (27) counties.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, thinks the key to re-opening the economy as soon as possible will be widespread, rapid testing.

University of Oregon

Contact tracing and support is a critical tool to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but it’s time consuming. To help ease the burden, Lane County Public Health contracted with the University of Oregon, and they formed a group they call the Corona Corps.

Tiffany Eckert

If you have a cell phone with apps, chances are your location is being tracked at any given time. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, publicly available cell phone data is being used to analyze how practicing social distancing- or refusing to  --indicates the rise and spread of COVID-19.

Live updates: 10% of Oregon coronavirus cases are children

Aug 1, 2020

The Oregon Health Authority issued a report analyzing pediatric COVID-19 cases in Oregon on Friday. It found that 1,755 cases, or 10% of all diagnoses in the state, were in children under 18.

Children are far less likely to become severely ill after diagnosis, the state reported, with about 1.5% being hospitalized, compared to 9.7% of adults.

City of Eugene

Lane County has seen a total of 484 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Public Health officials report a slight downtrend of new cases, with 49 confirmed over the last week. The majority of all cases- 81% -are in the Eugene/Springfield area. And that is where they’re seeing an increase in community transmission.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health announced Thursday they have administered more than 40,000 COVID-19 tests to residents. At the same time, health officials are doing some rumor control around testing.

Bonnie Lehman / KLCC

After a major outbreak of the coronavirus in early June, Lincoln County is trending in a more positive direction.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The overall caseload of COVID-19 in Lane County increases daily, yet the number of 'active' or 'infectious' cases has not changed at the same rate. Public Health officials have an explanation.

Tiffany Eckert

The Oregon Department of Education, in tandem with the Oregon Health Authority and the governor’s office, released some guidance Tuesday for how and when schools may start back up this Fall.  

Brian Bull / KLCC News

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, Oregonians are now required to wear face masks outdoors when they are unable to socially distance. But the Eugene Police Department is not actively enforcing this rule.

UPDATE (12:07 p.m. PT) — Oregon reported one of the state's younger deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, a 40-year-old Multnomah County woman who died three weeks after she received her diagnosis. The two other people whose deaths were disclosed by health officials were also younger than most whose lives COVID-19 has claimed: a 56-year-old man from Marion County and a 63-year-old woman from Malheur County.

PeaceHealth Oregon

With temperatures rising and public pools closed due to the pandemic, families are looking for ways to beat the heat. Whether it’s a backyard wading pool or a local lake, safety advocates remind us the risk of drowning is real, especially for kids. Here are some tips on staying safe around water.


The number of overall new COVID-19 cases in Lane County has steadily declined since last weekend’s spike. Public Health officials say that’s ‘good news.’ However what was gleaned from studying cases identified between July 13th and 19th includes some bad news: community transmission has occurred.

Serena Black MD

Oregon’s mandate for masking children five and older goes into effect Friday. A Eugene pediatrician offers some tips on how to talk to kids about wearing facial coverings.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University’s prevalence testing for the coronavirus is expanding into northeast Oregon for the first time this weekend.

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A new online tool helps Oregonians find the nearest COVID-19 testing site, if they suspect they may be infected.

UPDATE: (4:56 p.m. PT) — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the death toll to 271, state health officials said Wednesday.

The Oregon Health Authority also reported 264 new confirmed or presumed COVID-19 diagnoses. Since the pandemic was first detected in Oregon, 15,393 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, though health officials say that number under-counts the virus' full reach.

The people whose deaths were announced Wednesday were:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Over the weekend, Lane County saw the highest COVID-19 case count in a single day. On Saturday, 40 new positive cases were identified. Public Health officials acknowledge a transmission trend.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

A task force created by the Oregon legislature to examine the potential for universal health care in the state will hold its first meeting Wednesday.

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Benton County is warning its residents that it could be placed on a coronavirus watch list as a result of falling behind in several key public health indicators.

UPDATE (12:35 p.m. PT) —Oregon was one case shy of matching a dismal record set just days ago, with 436 new COVID-19 diagnoses announced Sunday. State health officials also shared details about the ongoing surge in new infections. The record of 437 new cases in a day was set on Thursday, and daily diagnoses have been gradually ticking up for weeks. 

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health announced 40 new cases of COVID-19, the largest case jump for a 24-hour period here.

Oregon Announces 3 New COVID-19 Deaths

Jul 18, 2020

The more densely populated Portland-metro area continues to drive the rise in cases, with 149 new confirmed and presumptive new cases in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties on Saturday.

Away from Portland, Marion County reported 31 diagnoses, Lane County reported 37, and Umatilla County reported 35.

The state provided these details about the people whose deaths it announced Saturday:


Each week, epidemiologists prepare a surveillance report looking for trends across cases countywide. So far, 82% of cases have been located in the Eugene/Springfield area. Nearly half of all infections have been in people under the age of 30.

Lane County Public Health has confirmed an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in Florence, with 6 new tests reported as positive. This puts the total number of cases seen in the coastal city at *11. 

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Lane County Public Health reports an increase in the number of complaints regarding mask use or more specifically, the lack of it.

UPDATE (6:45 p.m. PT) —  The Oregon Employment Department announced Tuesday the state has already recovered nearly one-third of the more than 121,550 jobs lost during March and April amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

All told, the state recovered more than 77,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in May and June. That helped the state unemployment rate dip more than three percentage points last month, down to 11.2%.

Tiffany Eckert

7/21/2020 Update: A second Eugene / Springfield frontline worker testing event will be held July 29 at the Lane Events Center Parking Lot, from 1-5 p.m.

This Wednesday- (07/15/2020) Lane County Public Health will conduct a COVID-19 testing event for frontline workers. These are individuals who have continued to work-- in public-facing positions-- throughout the outbreak.  They could be gas station attendants, bus drivers, grocery store workers or food and beverage servers.