Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

Tiffany Eckert

White Bird Medical has opened an indoor mass vax clinic in downtown Eugene. They’ve partnered with the Community Center for the Performing Arts, better known as the W.O.W. Hall, to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone eligible under Oregon’s guidelines.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Public health officials in Benton County say some residents there are receiving calls from people falsely claiming to help set up COVID-19 vaccine appointments.


Brian Bull / KLCC

The opioid epidemic has hurt Native American communities more than any other demographic.  A CDC study shows a more than 500 percent spike in opioid-related deaths for native people between 1999 and 2015. To fight this trend, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde is opening Oregon’s first tribally-owned opioid treatment program. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health has set a goal to reach herd immunity from COVID-19: 70-percent of the population vaccinated by September. That may seem doable right now with demand for the vaccine outpacing supply. But health officials say with ever increasing allocations, that will change.

Serena Black MD

As of Friday, Lane County will move from the High to Moderate risk level for COVID-19 transmission. This change will affect restaurants and retail, along with other businesses.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On this week's show, Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke talks about coronavirus variants, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and more, including questions from KLCC listeners.

Mark Smith

Over the last week, the Pacific Northwest's blood bank has seen a spike in demand and a frightening shortage in blood supply. This has prompted an urgent call for donors.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Public Health departments in Lane and Douglas counties each announced Tuesday the discovery of COVID-19 variants.

Brian Bull / KLCC

This past year has been hard for everyone, including those who work to provide comfort and assurance to those in crisis.

Program date: Feb. 26, 2021

Air date: March 1, 2021


From the City Club of Eugene:                 

Rachael McDonald

On this week's show we talk with clinical psychologist Dr. Shin Shin Tang with Oregon Mind Body Institute about mental health care and we put listener questions on the vaccine and Covid-19 to Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health.

Hannah Austin

In January, Community Health Centers of Lane County closed its Prenatal Clinic. Many clients are in the Latinx community. The closure has created a gap in services-- which an emerging Birth Center is looking to fill.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County’s weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccine has increased to about 6,300 doses. Public Health will hold mass vax clinics this weekend at two different sites.

Kristyna Wentz-Graff / OPB

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.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.


Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

A photo of Oregon Governor Kate Brown
Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

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. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.

NIH / Govt Work/Public Domain

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.