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Melorie Begay

On this week's show, Lane County Public Health's Senior Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke talks with KlCC's Rachael McDonald about travel, how to quarantine at home, the effectiveness of masks, and more. 

The Oregon Health Authority announced new COVID-19 restrictions Friday, following several weeks of unprecedented spread. They’re the strictest measures the Oregon government has created since the initial “stay home, save lives” measures were implemented in March.

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Lane County Public Health on Thursday announced two new COVID-19 outbreaks.  One is in Avamere Riverpark Rehabilitation Center in Eugene where one staff and 11 residents tested positive after routine screening. The other outbreak is at Eugene/Springfield Fire Department. 

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, the largest hospital in the Southern Willamette Valley has been preparing for a surge of COVID-19 patients. That has yet to come, but with winter approaching, hospitals remain at the ready.

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Reports of a six-and-a-half ton peanut rolling through Eugene have proven true. No, it’s not a new ridesharing company called “Goober”…rather, it’s a nutty draw for a more serious cause. KLCC’s Brian Bull cracks the story.

Melorie Begay

We’ll have Lane County Public Health’s Dr Patrick Luedtke live in the KLCC studios again this Friday at 3:30 to take your questions about COVID-19.

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Here’s a public health message to bear in mind: Stress is bad for you. The build up of tension around the pandemic and now an historic election can take a serious toll. But there are workarounds.

Tiffany Eckert

The Holiday Farm fire destroyed nearly every structure in the remote town of Blue River and cut McKenzie Valley residents off from key services: the post office, the library, the general market. Especially critical was the loss of the medical clinic. But as the community is learning, it’s not so much the buildings that make the difference --it’s the people.

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Last month, the City of Eugene launched a new "Stop the Spread" campaign effort--a COVID-19 messaging contest geared toward young adults, aged 14 to 30 years old.  This just announced: the contest deadline has been extended with a new deadline for submissions: 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Melorie Begay

Listen back to KLCC's Friday show with Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health. We talked about testing, contact tracing, and who would be able to get a vaccine once it's available. 

The Oregon Health Authority Friday announced another record-breaking day of new confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases.

The agency reported 600 diagnoses, breaking the previous record, set only a day prior, of 575 cases.

OHA also reported two new coronavirus-related deaths Friday, bringing the state’s total deaths to 675.

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The Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board recently approved $4.3 million for the University of Oregon to expand their COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program, known as MAP.  The funding will allow purchase of “precise sequencing equipment” and could more than double the state’s testing capacity.

Oregon State University

Back in April, Oregon State University launched a program to test randomly selected Corvallis households for COVID-19. Now, that tracing effort is coming to Eugene.

Oregon State University

The Oregon Health Authority says wastewater monitoring shows how widespread the coronavirus is in the state.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health is urging people to respond when a contact tracer reaches out to them regarding a positive COVID-19 test. 

Melorie Begay

What do you want to know about COVID-19 testing? How does it work when public health does contact tracing? And what happens when there's a vaccine? These are some questions we plan to explore this Friday at 3:30 p.m. with Lane County's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke. 

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Over the weekend, there were 81 new COVID-19 cases in Lane County. Meanwhile, neighboring Douglas County confirmed three new deaths from the disease.

Note: In an earlier release dated October 22, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported that opioid-related deaths and hospitalizations in Oregon increased by 70%.   The OHA now says that number was for all drugs, not just opioids, and regrets the error.

Drug overdoses across Oregon  have seen a troubling spike compared to last year.

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Note: In an earlier release dated October 22, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported that opioid-related deaths and hospitalizations in Oregon increased by 70%.   The OHA now says that number was for all drugs, not just opioids, and regrets the error.

Drug-related deaths and hospitalizations in Oregon have seen a troubling spike compared to last year.

Melorie Begay

Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrict Luedtke joins KLCC's Rachael McDonald to answer listener questions about COVID-19 in our community. Hear advice on what to do if your workplace isn't observing social distancing and mask-wearing, flu-shots, and planning ahead for Thanksgiving. 

Rachael McDonald

600 people in Lane County participated in a phone survey on COVID-19 that was conducted by the Patinkin Research Institute. Lane County Public Health released some of the findings on Thursday.

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As of Thursday morning, there were 75 active COVID-19 outbreaks that have contributed to more than 500 of Lane County’s total positive case count, according to Lane County Public Health.

Tiffany Eckert

KLCC will have a live in-studio show with our guest, Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Senior Public Health Officer at Lane County Public Health. We'll take your questions about COVID-19. 

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Lane County Public Health reports 102 new positive COVID-19 cases were identified over the weekend. This brings the total case count to 2,143-- with 215 currently considered infectious. 

Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As flu season arrives on the U.S. west coast, health officials fear a possible ‘twindemic’ in 2020.

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Few people were ready for what 2020 had in store. A pandemic, protests, economic distress and in much of Oregon, wildfires. Such crises can take a toll on our mental health.


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Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that Lane County has been added to the Watch List for COVID-19 case activity. 

A second wave? A third? A continuation of the first? Whatever you want to call it, COVID-19 seems to be spreading faster in Oregon, across the country and around the world.

Experts say this increase comes at a time when governments should be trying to get cases down, ahead of an expected fall wave.

“What we’ve seen in the last week is not good news,” said Dr. Ann Thomas, a public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority, “The trend is going up.”

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If you get a call from the Lane County Public Health department, officials say ‘please take it.’ This comes out of concern as non-compliance in the COVID-19 contact tracing effort continues to grow.

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Lane County Public Health has added a new reporting function to better describe COVID-19 outbreaks in communities.