Lane County Public Health

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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. 

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Lane County is officially moving down to the Lower risk category for COVID-19 transmission. What does this mean?

KLCC's Jason Brown is joined by Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Chief Medical Officer with Lane County Public Health. Dr. Luedtke gives an update on vaccine availability and case numbers in Lane County, and he takes listener questions on the vaccine rollout, variants of coronavirus, and the possiblity of safe summer recreation. 

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It’s been a week since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown lowered Lane County’s coronavirus risk level from extreme to high, putting indoor dining back on the table. Owners in Springfield and Eugene say although capacity is limited, they’re seeing a sharp increase in business.

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.

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.

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Lane County Public Health officials praised communities Tuesday for what they call a downturn in COVID-19 case numbers.

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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.

Lane County Public Health

While overall reports of the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics in Eugene have been positive-- Lane County Public Health ran into some issues when a registration link was shared on social media.

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The University of Oregon has seen a spike in students and employees testing positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks.

191 people associated with UO have tested positive in the past 14 days. That includes 103 on-campus students, 85 off-campus students and three employees. 

In all of December, the university reported a total combined 103 students and employees with positive test results.

Oregon Health Authority

Lane County Public Health officials announced they will hold two COVID-19 vaccination clinics this weekend. The mass vax opportunities are only for high-risk health care providers in a specific group.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health has received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine. 

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Lane County Public Health officials announced Tuesday they have seen the first patient to be diagnosed with both COVID-19 and Influenza.


Rachael Mcdonald

Less than a week after Lane County hit the milestone of 6,000 positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, the total has grown to 6,437 confirmed and presumptive cases.

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Many long-term care facilities in Lane County are scrambling to treat surges of COVID-19 patients and protect healthcare staff.  The challenges intensify when caring for patients suffering from memory loss and dementia.

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COVID-19 clusters in long term care facilities and nursing homes represent the bulk of the outbreaks in Lane County. Public Health announced Thursday five new deaths from the virus, all people over the age of 75.

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