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Oregon expects its vaccine supply to increase sharply in the coming months — enough to open vaccination appointments to all adults by July 1. Oregon could open vaccine appointments to all adults by mid-summer, health officials will announce Friday.

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A new mobile app developed by PeaceHealth and the Eugene Marathon takes users on a guided tour highlighting Black History throughout Eugene. The program includes audio, video and descriptions of several events and landmarks.

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Sixteen Oregon counties will improve in their coronavirus risk level starting this Friday. Lane County will officially move down a category to “High" risk after months of operating at the "Extreme" risk level. 


Benton County says it’s planning another mass vaccination clinic in cooperation with Samaritan Health Services this Thursday and Friday (Feb. 25 and 26) at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.


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A Eugene-based mobile crisis intervention service could be replicated in other cities and funded by Medicaid, under a bill penned by Oregon Democrats.

Melorie Begay

On The Friday Show this week, Doctor Patrick Luedtke, Senior Public Health Officer with Lane County answers listener questions about the coronavirus vaccine, masks, and more. He also talks about "break-through" cases of Covid-19 among those who've been vaccinated, cases at local schools, the vaccine-rollout, and new variants of coronavirus.  

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Rachael McDonald

A 104-year-old woman who credits her mom’s pumpkin seed soup for helping her survive the flu pandemic of 1918, got her 2nd covid-19 vaccine dose Friday in Eugene.


A Native American tribe based in Coos Bay says it’s been going strong on vaccinating its members – and others - against COVID-19.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown will hold a press availability February 19, at 11 a.m. to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She will be joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Primary Care Association, and Virginia Garcia Memorial Health System. 

Watch live here, or listen on KLCC radio. 

Centers for Disease Control

Winter storms in the southern U.S. have delayed the shipment of COVID-19 vaccines reserved for some in need of second doses in Lane County. But, officials say this won’t harm the effectiveness of the vaccine. 

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Oregon’s shipment of tens of thousands of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be delayed this week, officials learned on Wednesday. Frigid temperatures and storms in the southeastern U.S. have grounded flights and disrupted shipping across the country. As of Wednesday, Oregon’s doses were still stuck in Memphis, Tennessee.

Oregon Health Authority

Oregon made national news recently after four people tested positive for COVID-19 at least two weeks after they were fully vaccinated. Two of the so-called “break-through” cases are in Lane County.

Tiffany Eckert

Over the weekend, Lane County Public Health had its most challenging COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic to date. Officials say about 15% of the people who showed up didn’t have an appointment.

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Four Oregonians have tested positive for COVID-19 after being vaccinated against the disease, Oregon health officials disclosed Friday. The Oregon Health Authority said two of the cases were in Lane County and two were in Yamhill County.

State of Oregon

Many county public health departments in Oregon say they’re not getting enough COVID-19 vaccine doses from the state. That includes Lincoln and Douglas County.


On Thursday, Douglas County reported the highest single-day new COVID-19 case count since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County health officials are hopeful the coronavirus vaccine supply will be more consistent in the future in order to operate mass vaccination clinics. The county plans to administer first doses to 1,500 people aged 80 and over on Sunday. That clinic is full with a waiting list.


On Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority ordered Lane County to remain in the “Extreme risk” category for COVID-19 transmission.  This, while 12 other Oregon counties are downgraded.

Oregon State University

COVID-19 continues to be prevalent in the city of Redmond, according to results released this week by Oregon State University’s TRACE program.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

With so many people in priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, public health departments must make hard decisions on how to best use the insufficient amount of doses allocated to them each week. Now, it’s about the elderly.


Falling COVID-19 case counts mean Linn and Deschutes Counties are among 10 Oregon counties that will improve to ‘High Risk” or "Moderate Risk" under Gov. Kate Brown’s public health framework, starting this Friday.

Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County

Amidst remote work, job loss and economic uncertainty during the pandemic, many families have also faced a new need and expense: child-care for their school-aged kids. Here’s how one coastal Oregon town helped fill the gap.

Rachael McDonald

On this week's Friday Show we spoke with Lane Education Service District Superintendent Tony Scurto about vaccination efforts among public school teachers and staff and about school plans for returning to in-person learning. And Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health shared updates on coronavirus numbers, vaccine availability and took listener questions. 

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The Oregon Health Authority says the rate of new HIV diagnoses (2008-2017) among Black Oregonians is nearly five times that of whites. To confront this disparity, the NAACP will host two free events in Eugene this weekend-- to engage the Black community in HIV prevention strategies. 


Super Bowl is this Sunday and the message from Lane County Public Health is “please don’t gather with multiple households.”  

Lane County Public Health

Lane County Public Health has opened up pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccination-- to all members of the public. Officials say since the roll out Thursday morning, people have enrolled at a rate of 5,000 every 30 minutes.

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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.



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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.