First positive coronavirus case in Lincoln County

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NEWPORT — Just prior to press time on Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority announced Lincoln County’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19. The new case brings Oregon’s total to 209 cases.

The patient is over the age of 55 and is hospitalized outside of Lincoln County. The individual had no known contact with a confirmed case and had not traveled from a country where the virus is circulating, so the case is being investigated as a community-acquired case

“I can only imagine the concern among the family and friends of this person. My concerns and positive thoughts go out to the patient and his or her family; may he or she have a speedy recovery,” Dr. David Long, health officer for Lincoln County, said.

More details will be provided in Friday’s edition of the News-Times.