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Lane Community College nursing programs

A recent gift to the Lane Community College Nursing Scholarship Endowment will help more students stay in school, graduate and become nurses in their communities.

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Blood donors across Oregon are being sought between now and year’s end, to make sure there’s a sufficient supply.  

His name was Chad Allen Frank. He was 30 years old. And he had no pre-existing health conditions.

The Lane County man died of COVID-19 at home on November 13th.

Tracy Arthur has been a traveling registered nurse for nearly two decades.  This year she found herself on the front lines once COVID-19 reached the shores of the U.S. and began spreading.  More than a quarter million of Americans have since died from the disease, and Arthur herself was afflicted with the novel coronavirus while working at a hospital in Texas.

This development hit home for KLCC's Brian Bull, Arthur's brother.  What follows is an extended interview about her fight against COVID-19 and how treatment has changed over the last eight months.

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COVID-19 cases are at record highs across the country. And no one knows that more than the doctors, nurses, and other health care workers on the front lines. And many – like Tracy Arthur – have also become infected with the novel coronavirus. This story hits close to home for KLCC’s Brian Bull, who’s Arthur’s brother. He talked to her about her ordeal with COVID-19, which led to her hospitalization recently in a Texas hospital. Arthur described when she realized something wasn't quite right.

The Veterinary Hospital

As folks prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, veterinarians remind us the holiday dinner table may contain hazards for our canine companions.


Lane County now exceeds 200 COVID-19 cases per 100,000. This volume of cases has elevated the county to “wide-spread” mode, meaning the virus has spread throughout communities. Transmission risks are high for everyone, particularly elders.

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Public health officials in Lincoln County delivered a mixed bag of news about the coronavirus to county commissioners this week.


Since 1979, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart caregivers have sponsored efforts to help struggling families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. This year volunteers say, the need is greater than ever.

Melorie Begay

On this week's show, we ask Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Lane County Senior Public Health Officer, about the governor's two-week freeze, the surge in cases of COVID-19 in Oregon and locally, masks, and when to get tested. 

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Sean Nealon

Teams from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon recently partnered to test a random sample of residents in Eugene-- for COVID-19. The results are in.

Jessica Burnett

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, women are the fastest growing population in the military today. So, the demand for equitable, high-quality health services for women has also increased. Recently, the Roseburg V.A. System made some additions-- just for female vets.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, says despite the encouraging news this month on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the fight against the coronavirus is far from over.

Melorie Begay

This Friday at 3:30, we'll again have Lane County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke in the KLCC studios to answer your questions about COVID-19. We'll discuss more good news about the vaccine, how the governor's two-week freeze may help to curb the spikes in COVID-19 in Oregon, and more. 

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Following Gov. Kate Brown’s 14-day "freeze" placing restrictions on some businesses and activities, the Eugene Family YMCA will pause all on-site services except for childcare. Gyms are required to remain closed during the "freeze" in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Rachael McDonald

A 30-year-old Lane County man who had tested positive for COVID-19 died last Friday, November 13th. The Eugene/ Springfield area resident was not hospitalized at the time of his death. That brings the coronavirus-related death toll in Lane County to 35.

Centers For Disease Control

When Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced a two-week “freeze” to help stop the spread of COVID-19 Friday, she mentioned concern about hospital capacity.

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White Bird Medical Clinic has partnered with Kaiser Permanente to develop a safe, COVID-19 screening and testing center for Lane County’s unhoused populations.

Melorie Begay

On this week's show, Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Lane County's Chief Medical Officer, answers listener questions about the safety of vaccines, how they'll be distributed, administered, and how soon we can resume "normal" life. Meanwhile, due to the huge numbers of new cases of COVID-19 in the state, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced new restrictions including limits on social gatherings. 

Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reports their highest weekly case count since the pandemic. Officials have already seen 106 new cases, with two days still left in the week.

Tiffany Eckert

Over the last two days, Lane County has seen 116 new COVID-19 cases and two reported deaths from the virus. Health officials say they have identified three established outbreaks around Halloween activities. A new surveillance effort indicates masking compliance remains an issue.

Rosboro Lumber

Lane County Public Health announced a new COVID-19 outbreak, this one at Rosboro Sawmill in Springfield. Officials note it’s a combination of workplace and household transmission. So far, five positive cases are associated.

Sean Nealon

Over the weekend, hundreds of randomly selected Eugene households were approached to participate in a community COVID-19 testing effort. The TRACE project is expected to provide an estimate of the viral infection rate within city limits.

Melorie Begay

There was promising news this week on one of the many vaccines being developed for Covid-19. This Friday at 3:30 we’ll talk about vaccines with Lane County Public health’s Doctor Patrick Luedtke. 

Lane County Public Health-Summit South

Lane County Public Health was notified over the weekend of 103 additional cases and four (4) new deaths from COVID-19. 

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Over the weekend and Monday, Douglas County Public Health has seen 61 new cases of COVID-19. This spike puts the county over the 500-mark for residents in isolation and quarantine.

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Lincoln County residents can get a free coronavirus test this week.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

High COVID-19 case numbers reported over the weekend pushed Oregon to 50,448 cases of the virus. Oregon Health officials reported 874 new coronavirus cases Sunday. That's the second-highest daily total of the pandemic following a record 988 cases reported on Saturday.

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Health Authority Saturday reported 988 new and presumptive cases of COVID-19. This is the highest number reported on a single day since the start of the pandemic in Oregon.

Some Oregon and Washington political leaders are taking to social media to applaud the results of the presidential election.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, on Twitter Saturday morning called the win for president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris a “great day for America” and “our democracy.”

“Now it’s time to beat this pandemic. Fight for racial justice. Overcome our differences & work together,” Brown tweeted.