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#Forward Together: What to know about classrooms and COVID-19

Fall term brings a new year of opportunities and a new chapter in the fight against COVID-19. Masks and vaccines are known to work. With more than 95 percent of those reporting vaccinated, full-scale testing protocols in place, buildings and facilities better outfitted, and more knowledge about the virus, the UO is positioned for a safe return to in-person instruction.
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A case of COVID-19 has made Oregon’s redistricting process even more uncertain

Oregon House Republicans showed signs Tuesday they would walk away from a special legislative session, throwing a roadblock into Democrats’ proposals for new political maps a day after House Speaker Tina Kotek reneged on a deal with the GOP. But before GOP lawmakers could make any decision official, COVID intervened.
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We Know How To Stop COVID

When it comes to masks and vaccination, I could say that Gov. Kate Brown is a parent of a naughty child who explains the risks of dangerous behavior and sets up reasonable limits and penalties, while Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida just let their kids do whatever they want. Governors aren’t parents and adult citizens aren’t children. A leader can do little in a democratic nation so passionately divided. Our country is founded on the principle that people can govern themselves and use their rights and liberties responsibly, but what happens when they don’t?

Lane County To Require Vaccinations for Employees; School Board to Move Meeting Place; More COVID for Florence; OHA COVID Numbers

Lane County has decided to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all county employees. The word came down yesterday that unless an employee has a medical or religious exemption under current state law they will be subject to provisional layoff. Lane County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky says it is a matter of walking the talk as one of the largest public service employers in the region. In a statement released yesterday Lane County Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke says current studies locally, nationally and internationally show that vaccines are “unequivocally safe for the vast majority of people, the best tool for protection and the safest most economical way end the disruption the virus has caused. County employees will have until November 30th to comply.

No Evidence Of COVID Spread In Lane County Classrooms So Far

Health officials say in the first week of school, there has been no direct evidence of classroom transmission. However there have been cases in school-aged kids. Spokesperson Jason Davis gave a current example. “We have two individuals sick in the same class but each individual has a different epidemiological link that is traced back to extracurricular activities,” he said.

Fall Brings Bright Colors And High Risk Of COVID Transmission

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. Fall team sports are underway and so is coronavirus transmission. Currently, health officials know of at least two active COVID...

My student just tested positive for COVID. Now what will their school do?

The new academic year has begun, and while schools still are dealing with the same issue of teaching through COVID-19 as they did the past two years, they are operating under different expectations and guidance from the state. Controlling the spread of the virus through contact tracing is still an...

COVID-19 cases popping up in schools as kids head back to class

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- With the new school year underway for many districts, parents are expressing concerns as COVID-19 cases have already started to pop up in schools. Eugene School District 4J officials told KEZI as of Sep. 14, they've had 11 positive COVID-19 cases in the district. Kerry Delf with 4J said when the district is notified of a positive case, they immediately start contact tracing. She said this might lead to everyone in the individual's cohort staying home for a day or two until the tracing is done.

As new Covid cases slowly decline, Lane County warns another surge still possible

EUGENE, Ore. — While we're seeing a slow decline in new Covid-19 cases, Lane County Public Health warned Wednesday that another surge is still possible. Public Health says another surge may happen because as we head into fall, more activities will likely be hosted indoors and in close proximity, which equals an increased possibility of transmission.