Lane County Public Health

Tiffany Eckert

Awareness, patience and some changes to public health policy will help us get through this pandemic, and be more prepared for the next one, according to one local expert. To cap off our year-long series on resilience, KLCC’s Karen Richards spoke with Lane County’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke.


Oaktree Residential Living

Lane County Public Health reports new COVID-19 cases have raised the overall count to 597. One of them is a staff person at Oaktree Residential Living in west Eugene.

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Lane County has seen a total of 484 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Public Health officials report a slight downtrend of new cases, with 49 confirmed over the last week. The majority of all cases- 81% -are in the Eugene/Springfield area. And that is where they’re seeing an increase in community transmission.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The overall caseload of COVID-19 in Lane County increases daily, yet the number of 'active' or 'infectious' cases has not changed at the same rate. Public Health officials have an explanation.

Tiffany Eckert

The Oregon Department of Education, in tandem with the Oregon Health Authority and the governor’s office, released some guidance Tuesday for how and when schools may start back up this Fall.  

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Lane County Public Health announced 40 new cases of COVID-19, the largest case jump for a 24-hour period here.

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Each week, epidemiologists prepare a surveillance report looking for trends across cases countywide. So far, 82% of cases have been located in the Eugene/Springfield area. Nearly half of all infections have been in people under the age of 30.

Lane County Public Health has confirmed an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in Florence, with 6 new tests reported as positive. This puts the total number of cases seen in the coastal city at *11. 

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Lane County Public Health reports an increase in the number of complaints regarding mask use or more specifically, the lack of it.

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7/21/2020 Update: A second Eugene / Springfield frontline worker testing event will be held July 29 at the Lane Events Center Parking Lot, from 1-5 p.m.

This Wednesday- (07/15/2020) Lane County Public Health will conduct a COVID-19 testing event for frontline workers. These are individuals who have continued to work-- in public-facing positions-- throughout the outbreak.  They could be gas station attendants, bus drivers, grocery store workers or food and beverage servers.

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Lane County Public Health announced 18 new positive COVID-19 cases Thursday. There has been a total of 271 positive cases in the county with 79 currently considered infectious. Jason Davis with Public Health said now 20% of cases in the county are travel-related.

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For the second time this week, a COVID-19 case cluster has been identified in the Eugene/Springfield area. Transmission of the virus appears to have occurred as the result of young people in a loose party setting.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 “cluster” in the Eugene/Springfield area. The new case group—at least 7 people so far-- includes 3 University of Oregon students. Transmission appears to have occurred while bar-hopping. 

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This week, Lane County was approved for $5.3 million dollars in federal CARES Act funding. The award includes reimbursement for the purchase cost of 100 River Avenue COVID-19 Recovery Center in Eugene.

Green Valley Rehabilitation Center

A staff person at the Green Valley Rebilitation Center in Eugene has tested positive for COVID-19. Lane County Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis says response was rapid.

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Over the weekend, Eugene saw record numbers of protesters gathered and marching-- in close proximity-- for hours. All in the midst of a pandemic. Images of Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest reveal thousands of participants wearing masks-- but several of the organizers on stage were un-masked and very close together.

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Over the weekend, Lane County Public Health learned of 9 new positive cases, one presumptive case and one new death assigned as COVID-19 related. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, this third fatal case remains under review.

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Lane County has been approved to begin the first of three phases in the plan for re-opening Oregon. New guidance for certain businesses and some relaxed restrictions will go into effect Friday, May 15th. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

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On Friday, Lane County submitted its application to re-open and is still awaiting word back from the state. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the public health focus remains on COVID-19 testing and contact-tracing readiness.

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As the pandemic stretches into yet another week, health officials are reminding people that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, advice on keeping encouraged during the pandemic opened today’s  daily briefing by Lane County Public Health.

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Lane County Public Health Spokesman Jason Davis says COVID-19 testing guidelines have been broadened and local testing capacity is ready to increase. Testing numbers have yet to ramp up - likely because area doctors have been following advice to conserve resources. 

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Lane County has found one solution to the potential challenges if members of its homeless population become sick with COVID-19.


Lane County Public Health

For the second day in a row, Lane County Public Health reports no new cases of COVID-19. The number of cases in the county have plateaued at 48. One person remains hospitalized, 25 are recovering at home and 21 have completely recovered from the virus. 

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Today, Lane County Public Health announced more positive COVID-19 test results. This brings the number of cases to twenty-eight. 

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Two shelter locations have opened this week in Eugene and Springfield that will operate 24/7. The aim is to give the unhoused refuge during the state mandated “Stay at Home” order. Meals, hygiene, medical care, and sanitization will be provided for individuals staying at the respite centers.

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On Saturday, Lane County Public Health reported two new positive test results of COVID-19. This puts the number of positive cases in the county at 4, including one person who tested positive after their death.

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As coronavirus dominates headlines, people worried about showing symptoms should remember: it’s still flu season and allergy season is just beginning.

Lane County Government

Lane County is starting a donation program for personal protective equipment. They are asking community members to donate excess items such as gowns, gloves, and masks to the Delta Highway Warehouse. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

While there are still no confirmed cases in Lane County, public health officials say they believe coronavirus is circulating in communities. So far, fewer than 28 tests have been ordered with negative results, an additional 5 samples are pending lab results. Folks need to know, getting the test is a process.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants Americans to prepare for the spread of coronavirus. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert brings us an update on local prevention and preparedness tactics in Lane County.

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