Lane County Public Health

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Over 700 community members were vaccinated Tuesday in the first mass vax booster clinic at Lane Events Center Auditorium in Eugene. 

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Lane County Public Health officials are concerned about the rise in COVID-19 cases in school-aged children and the exposure risks associated.

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Lane County Public Health says it will begin mini-mass vaccination clinics for the COVID-19 booster dose Tuesday at the Lane Events Center in Eugene. 


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On Wednesday, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) signed off on approval of COVID-19 booster doses for everyone 65 and older-- and for people at high risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is next to weigh in on who should get a third shot, and when. Lane County Public Health stands ready to provide boosters to all who are eligible.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County has asked the state for a refrigerated mobile morgue. The need comes with an increase in deaths associated with COVID-19 and other causes.


Tiffany Eckert

A change in the weather has Lane County Public Health on alert. Part of their COVID-19 emergency response is reminding residents of the high risks associated with some autumn activities.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County COVID-19 vax clinics are ramping up to accomodate people under deadline to get the shot. This as some vaccinators report experiencing rude, threatening treatment from angry workers.


Public Health officials say the number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Lane County’s long term care facilities is a problem quickly becoming a crisis.


With the first day of school just around the corner, Lane County Public Health is doubling down on their messaging to parents: Get vaccinated.


Lane County set a grim record over the last month. 

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Increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations compelled Lane County Public Health to issue emergency guidance Saturday.


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Lane County Public Health gave a sobering COVID-19 update to the Board of Health today/Tuesday. Its commissioners responded by issuing an Emergency Public Health Advisory.


Lane County is experiencing another COVID-19 surge. Health officials are concerned not only about the rise in cases but also the growing number of people refusing to comply with contact tracing efforts. 

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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.