The Lincoln County Jail has proven to be a pretty incubator of the flu this winter. A news release just issued by Sheriff Dennis Dotson indicates that inmates started coming down with flu symptoms last Sunday. Sheriff Dotson now reports that 24 jail inmates are being treated for flu and that all inmates and staff are wearing nose and mouth cover face masks in an effort to slow down its spread. All jail inmate visitations by family/friends have been cancelled.
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Here’s the news release:
Incident: Flu outbreak within the Lincoln County Jail
Sheriff Dotson has announced that on Sunday February 21, 2011 numerous inmates began reporting flu like symptoms. As of this date, approximately 24 Lincoln County Jail inmates are being treated for flu like symptoms. Lincoln County Public Health, including Dr. David Long, were advised, and they are assisting with further treatment. Universal precautions have been instituted for all staff and inmates to include flu vaccines and wearing of masks. Weekend inmate visitation and other services have been canceled until further notice.
“This is the time of year we expect to see influenza symptoms at their peak in the Northwest,” stated Dr. Long. Oregon experienced their first influenza deaths in January and has seen an increase in recent weeks in influenza hospitalizations.
Symptoms of influenza include: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, headache, nausea, chills and fatigue. Flu spreads rapidly via airborne droplets. It is important that everyone take simple steps to avoid getting or spreading the flu; these include covering your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing, washing your hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, avoid close contact with sick people, and stay home when sick.
Lincoln County Public Health continues to maintain an adequate supply of flu vaccine. An annual flu shot will help to protect you and those you live with, work with, and interact with in the community,” said Dr. Long.
More information is available at www.flu.oregon.gov.
Jim snapped a few shots on his iPhone commuting over from the valley this morning. Snow and packed snow was all he was given to drive on for well over 50 miles. Left photo is 770′ elevation at the top of Cline Hill. The other is a semi that went off into a ditch during the night. No injuries. The commute remains nasty to the valley, and in the valley when you get there. However, travel in the Newport area is really not that bad. More snow the farther north you get. Lincoln City got some some snow this morning. Heavier in Otis, we hear. Siletz, Toledo and Logsden especially got a fair dusting of the white stuff. More pictures if you scroll down.
Slight change in the amount spending on the project ($100,000 vs. $125,000), and where the money comes from (restricted tourism funds).
Lincoln County Schools website says ALL schools in the county are running two hours late. Eddyville Charter School is closed for the entire day.
9:22 am Oregon State Police: Interstate 5 northbound lanes at the Highway 20 interchange are now open following this morning’s non-injury rollover commercial truck crash at approximately 7:45 a.m. The driver of the truck pulling a box trailer loaded with produce lost control on the snow-covered road, struck a sign and concrete barrier before overturning. The vehicles have been moved to the center median and will remain there several hours until crews arrive to off load the cargo onto another trailer. Note that there were at least 3 other crashes, one with injury, as other drivers were slowing for truck crash.
8:37am Reports of a semi in the ditch on Highway 20 eastbound at mile post 30 at the top of Cline Hill. No injuries.
8:05am OSP reports I-5 northbound is completely blocked due to a jack-knifed semi. Several cars are also involved. Detours are being set up. Mile Post 233 is at the I-5 Albany/Sweet Home exit to Highway 20.
At 8:15 OSP reports I-84 westbound lanes closed from jack-knifed truck with two trailers. Spilled load of hazardous materials, but none of their containers broke open. Clean up to take a number of hours. Eastbound lanes not affected.
Let’s give each other a sense of what it is looking like in Lincoln County this morning!!!!
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