Lane County Public Health

National Institutes of Health

On Tuesday, Lane County Public Health reported 97 new COVID-19 cases, the most seen in a 24-hour period since mid-spring.

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KLCC spoke with Lane County Public Health's Emergency Program Coordinator Selene Jaramillo about how to prepare for emergency situations and what to pack in a go bag. 


Lane County Public Health was recently notified of another case of bat rabies—the fourth this year. A rabid bat was also just discovered in Deschutes County.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s executive order to lift most COVID-19 restrictions statewide--goes into effect Wednesday. Meanwhile, the virus still impacts Lane County where 28 new cases were announced on Tuesday.

Tiffany Eckert

Now that Lane County has achieved Low Risk status for business restrictions, Public Health has shifted the goal. Officials say now it’s about reaching “herd immunity” in order to protect everyone. The focus is on vaccine access.  

Lane Transit District

Lane Transit District will host a pop up vaccination clinic June 8 through June 10 at the Springfield Station.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health hopes to motivate people to get the COVID-19 vaccine this weekend—by offering the chance to win tickets to Duck games or the Olympic trials.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Officials say Lane County is close-- but still has not met the state’s vaccination metric to move to Low Risk for restrictions. 

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend we learn that Oregon has hit an unfortunate milestone: 200,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. While cases continue to decrease this figure is a reminder that people are still vulnerable. Dr. Patrick Luedtke joins us to answer listener questions and discuss where Oregon is at during this moment of the pandemic.

There are a number of vaccination clinics coming up, including the following:

Small mobiles this weekend:

Lane County Public Health

With the current rate of new COVID-19 cases, about 130 per 100,000 people, officials say Lane County is expected to remain in the High risk category for restrictions.

Oregon Health Authority

Under new state guidelines, Oregon counties will be eligible to move to Lower Risk for COVID-19 restrictions when 65% of county residents, 16 years and older, receive their first dose.





Speaking of Suicide

About a hundred people in Lane County die by suicide each year, according to public health data. And roughly 2,000 residents try to take their own lives. Now, suicide-attempt survivors are being recruited to share their stories and perhaps save lives.

This past week has felt a bit like a whirlwind and the beginning of a new phase of the pandemic. Oregon Governor Kate Brown follows up CDC guidance with an allowance for fully vaccinated Oregonians to do away with masks and social distancing.

Oregon Health Authority

Oregon is poised to begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to the youngest age group soon to be eligible, youth 12 to 15 years old. Lane County Public Health officials say some parents have already begun scheduling their kids for the shot.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health announced Tuesday they have received the highest allocation of COVID-19 vaccines from the state to date. With supply on the rise, the issue now is demand. 

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health is trying to make it easy for people to access the COVID-19 vaccine. Starting next week, people can drop in to vaccine clinics without an appointment.


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An increase in COVID-19 cases among school-age children (5-17 yrs.) has prompted Lane County Public Health to come up with a new way to report them. 

On April 23, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown gave an address with some cautionary words for Oregonians, noting that cases exceeded 1,000 for the day, and that Oregon hospitals are on pace to surpass 300 patients with COVID-19.

Oregon Health Authority

Lane County Public Health reports having a “slow down” with scheduling for the COVID-19 vax clinic at Lane Community College this weekend. The clinic will administer Pfizer doses and is directed toward 16 and 17 year olds who just became eligible for the shot.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

All Oregonians 16 and older are now eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. Lane County Public Health is geared up to reach the late teen population with mass vax clinics this weekend. School districts are also scheduling to vaccinate students. 

John Stapleton IV

Due to a steady increase of new COVID-19 cases, Lane County is moving back up to the High risk category for coronavirus restrictions. The governor’s office announced the change will go into effect this Friday.

Tiffany Eckert

Starting Monday, all Oregonians 16 years and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Lane County Public Health is gearing up to provide more vaccination availability as new COVID-19 cases continue to surge.


A few trends are popping up in the majority of new COVID-19 cases in Lane County. Officials say schools, churches and nursing homes are where they are seeing them.

Lane County Public Health

Lane County health officials announced Tuesday they will cease administering any Johnson & Johnson vaccines to residents until further notice from the Oregon Health Authority. 


Lane County is seeing a disproportionately high number of younger adults being adversely affected by COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 cases in Lane County continue to surge with several days last week seeing counts in the double digits. Officials say springtime activities have resulted in outbreaks. 

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Public Health has a request of anyone going to a drive-through vaccination clinic: Please don’t bring your dog. Let them stay comfortable and safe at home.

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Throughout the U.S., Black, Indigenous and People of Color have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. To confront inequities and increase access to the vaccine, Lane County Public Health is using some targeted strategies.


Lane County Public Health announced Thursday they have identified two new viral outbreaks. They both resulted from social gatherings.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last month, Lane County Public Health was told by the Oregon Health Authority that they would be receiving 80,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses starting March 22. That did not happen.