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Fourth Lincoln County COVID-19 case reported

A fourth positive novel coronavirus case in Lincoln County was reported on Thursday. According to the Lincoln County Health Department, the county’s fourth COVID-19 patient is in their 30s. They had no known contact with a confirmed case, so the case is being investigated as an incident of community transmission. The patient is not hospitalized and is self-isolating.

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Lincoln County has third COVID-19 case

Lincoln County Public Health announced another positive case of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, bringing Lincoln County’s total to three confirmed cases. Officials say the patient is over 80 years old and had contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19. The patient is not hospitalized and is self-isolating per public health guidelines.

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Chinook Winds announces extended closure, layoffs

Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, the Chinook Winds Casino Resort closed on March 17 and has remained closed while continuing to pay all staff through March 31, with a goal of reopening April 1. It is clear the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic requires Chinook Winds Casino Resort to remain closed until at least April 15, when it will re-assess based on the status of the pandemic. The resort made the difficult decision to implement a temporary lay-off effective April 1.

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Lincoln County announces second positive COVID-19 case

Lincoln County has announced the second positive case of novel coronavirus in the county.

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Hospital screening visitors

Everyone must enter Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport through a tent set up outside the emergency entrance, where they will be screened before allowed entry. Those without symptoms of COVID-19 will proceed to their destination. Those presenting symptoms will be advised of their next step. Infants 14 days or younger should be brought to the tent, but they will be screened inside the emergency entrance. SPCH and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital maintain Facebook pages to help keep the community up to date. Samaritan Health Services also regularly updates a webpage dedicated to the novel coronavirus at www.samhealth.org/coronavirus. (Photo by Cheri Brubaker)

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Hatfield gearing up to bring science into homes

While Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center is closed due to the threat of coronavirus, the life inside is still tended to by faithful caretakers, and its associated educators are working hard to extend online resources to out-of-school kids.

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Helping out in 3-D

LINCOLN COUNTY — A Lincoln County school’s 3-D printers are being put to work for the benefit of local health care workers. Noah Lambie teaches art, physics and career and technical education design at Taft 7-12 School in Lincoln City. A regular feature of his instruction is a 3-D printer, which students have used to make gears, game pieces, clocks and other items. With schools closed by the governor to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the printers were sitting idle. Lambie noted the plea from Samaritan Health Services for equipment needed to protect medical workers from infection and saw a way the cutting-edge technology could be deployed for the greater good.

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Finding options for recreation is challenging

Cones, tape and barricades were erected to block the entrances of local, state and federal parks, including many beach access points, in response to Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order to “stay home, save lives.”

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LCSO collecting protective gear for health care workers

Due to the nationwide shortage in personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management is coordinating PPE donation sites. LCSO is asking local and regional businesses and non-health care industries, including construction, dental, veterinary, manufacturing, breweries, mining, logging, fisheries and others, to donate their PPE. They are accepting disposable and reusable, unopened and opened, expired and not expired PPE.

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Hospitals prepare for potential surge

With positive coronavirus cases increasing in Oregon, Lincoln County’s hospitals are preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.

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County takes drastic action with blessing of cities

LINCOLN COUNTY — After a weekend that saw an influx of visitors to Lincoln County, there was backlash from locals that extended beyond social media. Local residents were spotted with signs advising visitors to go home, as specified by Gov. Kate Brown during a press conference on Friday, urging people to “stay home, stay healthy.”

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Fred Meyer introduces special shopping hours for seniors

Fred Meyer will now offer special hours for seniors and other people at a greater risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.

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Governor issues stay-at-home order

Gov. Kate Brown on Monday issued an executive order closing non-essential businesses and directing all Oregonians to stay home unless absolutely necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19.

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United Way launching COVID-19 response fund

CORVALLIS — The United Way of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties announced it has started a dedicated fund to meet the needs of vulnerable community members and the nonprofits that serve them in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Lincoln County Commissioners ask tourists to stay away, for now

In a video statement released Sunday, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Chair Kaety Jacobson asked tourists to postpone plans to visit the area and requested that current visitors return home.

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Oregon State Parks closed starting March 23

At the direction of Gov. Kate Brown and in keeping with the guidance that all Oregonians should stay home and stay healthy, the Oregon State Park system will close at the end of the day Monday, March 23. Day-use areas will be closed starting 5 p.m. Campers need to check out no later than 1 p.m.

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Newport City Council to hold emergency meeting

The Newport City Council will hold an emergency meeting at noon tomorrow, Monday, March 23. Most councilors will participate by telephone. No action is expected at the meeting. Its purpose is to update the council and mayor on the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Governor places moratorium on evictions

Gov. Kate Brown on Sunday issued Executive Order 20-11, placing a temporary moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment in light of the public health emergency caused by the spread of coronavirus in Oregon. The order is effective for 90 days.

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Governor tells Oregonians to 'stay home, stay healthy'

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown delivered a mixed message during a Friday night press conference, but officials indicated a form of “shelter-in-place” order would be issued after the weekend.

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Food Share providing prepackaged meals, prepared to scale up service

Food Share of Lincoln County wants to reassure you that our network of pantries & meal-sites remain committed to providing services to our most vulnerable friends and neighbors in need, and we are very thankful for the trust that’s placed in us.

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Samaritan issues hospital-wide visitor restrictions

To protect patients and reduce exposure to viruses circulating in our community, including the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Samaritan Health Services has put the following visitor restrictions in place until further notice.

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Additional Articles

  • County now has four COVID-19 cases confirmed

    A fourth positive novel coronavirus case in Lincoln County was reported on Thursday. According to the Lincoln County Health Department, the county’s fourth COVID-19 patient is in their 30s. They had no known contact with a confirmed case, so the case is being investigated as an incident of community transmission. The patient is not hospitalized and is self-isolating.

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