Two COVID-19 patients hospitalized, one serious

A patient who came to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital’s emergency room on Sunday was in poor condition upon arrival and had to be transferred to Corvallis on Monday for more intensive care. (News-Times file photo)

LINCOLN COUNTY — Two patients have now been hospitalized with COVID-19 in Lincoln County, and the condition of one has deteriorated.

The county website now lists three total hospitalizations for the novel coronavirus, including one who was the county’s first confirmed case in March — they tested positive and were admitted to a hospital outside of the county.

Dr. Lesley Ogden, CEO of Samaritan Health’s two local hospitals, told Lincoln County commissioners on Monday that one of the new patients tested positive while in Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport and was doing well. That patient — Lincoln County’s 156th — was a case of community spread and not connected to the outbreak at Pacific Seafood.

Ogden said the other patient had already been diagnosed prior to arriving at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City on Sunday, and they’d shown up at the emergency department “quite ill.” 

She said that patient was kept overnight with a worsening condition and had to be transferred to Corvallis on Monday “because of their need for a higher level of care.” Pacific Seafood confirmed Wednesday, June 10, that this patient was an employee at the Newport fish plant where an outbreak infected 124 workers. 

Ogden also told county commissioners there were three “rule-out” patients in the Newport hospital awaiting test results.

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