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Long-term care outbreaks worsening in Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — The latest COVID-19 outbreak in Lane County is at South Hills Rehabilitation Center, which has 32 cases and one death, Lane County Public Health reported Wednesday. 22 of those cases were from the last 7 days. Public Health says 88% of residents are vaccinated, compared to 64%...
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Wine and Chowder Event Moved; 8 More Cases of COVID-19 for Florence; OHA Weekly COVID Report; Daily COVID Numbers; Vax Clinic

The popular Florence Wine and Chowder Trail is being moved to February. The traditional October event has been rescheduled for the winter date. The Florence area Chamber of Commerce announced the change yesterday. Chamber CEO and President Bettina Hannigan stated one of the benefits of a February event is the affordability of hotels and the hopes that restaurants will have recovered from summer shortages of food, supplies and staff. Hannigan says times and locations are still being worked out, but the date will be February 18, 19, and 20. The event will offer wine tastings at several indoor venues and chowders from participating restaurants. More information can be found at
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Lane County requests mobile morgue amid recent surge in deaths

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County has requested a refrigerated trailer to store bodies following a recent surge in deaths, health officials say. The surge in deaths was partly driven by COVID-19, but also by traffic fatalities and overdose deaths, according to Lane County Public Health. Lane County currently has the...
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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.

32 infected, 1 dead in COVID outbreak at long term care facility

EUGENE, Ore. - A COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care facility in Eugene has infected 32 people and lead to one death, according to Lane County Public Health officials. The South Hills Rehabilitation Center has had 22 people who tested positive in the past seven days. LCPH said the source of the spread is from an unvaccinated employee.

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.

#Forward Together: What to know about face coverings

Even with the dramatic rise in cases caused by the Delta variant, masks and face coverings are important in limiting the spread of the coronavirus and reducing the chances of infecting others. The UO’s mask requirement is one of the reasons why the university has been able to return to in-person instruction for fall term.

Guest View: In it for the long haul

For many of us, the smell of diesel exhaust is so commonplace it’s easy to forget how toxic it is to our health. Breathing microscopic particles found in diesel exhaust leads to higher rates of cancer, heart disease, respiratory disorders and most recently higher risk of dying from COVID-19. While it won’t happen overnight, we now have the technology to cost-effectively replace diesel-burning vans, buses and trucks with zero-emissions electric vehicles, which will protect our health.

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...

Lane County Pubic Health: COVID-19 outbreaks in care facilities 'becoming a crisis'

The spread of COVID-19 in Lane County long-term care facilities is "quickly becoming a crisis." There are 39 active COVID-19 outbreaks, amounting to about 350 individuals, in Lane County long-term care facilities, Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said at a weekly LCPH briefing Wednesday. The problem is due in large part to unvaccinated staff members still working at the facilities.