Sixth positive COVID-19 case in county

Lincoln County Public Health announced the county’s sixth positive COVID-19 case on Wednesday, May 6, 16 days after the fifth case was announced. The individual is asymptomatic and self-isolating. (Courtesy photo)

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LINCOLN COUNTY — A sixth person in Lincoln County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

According to a release from Lincoln County Public Health on Wednesday, May 6, an individual in their 80s tested positive as part of routine testing prior to an outpatient procedure. The person had been sheltering in place since Gov. Kate Brown’s March 23 “stay home, save lives” executive order, with only minimal trips outside, and so is assumed to be a case of community transmission, the health department said. This latest patient has not been hospitalized and is self-isolating.

Lincoln County’s fifth case was announced 16 days ago, on April 20, 18 days after its fourth case was confirmed. According to the health department website, four of the county’s six cases have recovered from the illness.

“During the last week, we have seen in increase in testing for anyone with symptoms and also for those who will have outpatient procedures. We expect to see more positive cases and are prepared to do contact tracing,” Nicole Fields, deputy director of public health, said. Fields said the sixth confirmed patient did not have contact with any other known cases and was asymptomatic.

“As we look towards slowly reopening, it is important to remember that the virus is still in our community, and that we must continue to physically distance, protect others with cloth face coverings whenever possible, and wash our hands frequently,” she said.

As of Thursday, May 7, there had been 2,989 positive COVID-19 tests in Oregon, and 121 deaths. Last week, the Oregon Health Authority began providing more granular information on the location of those cases, breaking it down to positive tests per ZIP code in increments of 10 (e.g., zero to nine cases, 10-19 cases, etc.). Of Lincoln County’s 16 ZIP codes, only three are listed as having any confirmed cases — Newport, 97365; Lincoln City, 97367; and Depoe Bay, 97341.