PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 232, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.
Oregon Health Authority reported 409 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 11,851. Today’s high number is partially due to a transition to a new reporting system, which prevented the processing of positive cases for a few hours Thursday. Those cases are included in today’s case count.
The new cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (6), Clackamas (29), Columbia (1), Coos (2), Deschutes (15), Douglas (2), Hood River (2), Jackson (5), Jefferson (4), Josephine (3), Klamath (4), Lane (13), Lincoln (1), Linn (2), Malheur (16), Marion (61), Morrow (7), Multnomah (99), Polk (2), Sherman (1), Umatilla (50), Union (1),Wallowa (1), Wasco (10), Washington (55), Yamhill (15).
Since Oregon began reopening, we have seen spread of COVID-19 when people get together to celebrate with family and friends. Some examples include:
COVID-19 is spreading more among social activities involving groups of younger people. OHA has recorded outbreaks linked to:
While it is difficult not to celebrate these events as we have in the past, COVID-19 is spreading in our communities and people must think hard about altering daily routines that may put people at risk.
OHA recommends that everyone:
Limit the size of our gatherings
Keep our distance
Cover our faces
Find alternative ways for those who are vulnerable to participate.
See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.
1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.
Thenewest modelingshows the continuation of a concerning trend of rapidly spreading COVID-19 throughout Oregon. Cases are rising fast, and even a 10-percent reduction in the growth of infection would result in significant increases in new cases day after day.
The bottom line is that the disease is spreading more rapidly than expected and that since reopening, Oregonians have not consistently practiced the behavior needed to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Three modeling scenarios all show rising cases.
The first scenario assumes transmission rates stay the same as they are now, with daily infections tripling over the next month and a similar increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the next 30 days.
The second scenario assumes a 10-percentage point decrease over the 30 days, slowing the growth of infection and cutting hospitalizations in half.
The third and final scenario assumes a 10-percentage point increase continuing over the next 30 days with a dramatic increase in daily cases and a sharp increase in hospitalizations.
In any scenario Oregonians must do more to flatten the curve of COVID-19 by taking the recommendations of health authorities. Limit the size of gatherings; maintain 6 feet of physical distance between people, wear a face mask, practice good hand hygiene and stay home if you are sick.
Quad-County COVID-19 Update: Eleven New Cases and Nine Recoveries
(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eleven new positive cases and nine additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 434, with 301 recoveries and eight deaths, 125 cases remain active.
The new cases are:
A male Carson City resident in his 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident in her 80’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A male Carson City resident in his 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident in her 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Douglas County resident in her 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident in her 20’s with a connection to a worksite exposure.
A male Douglas County resident in his 20’s who was exposed at work.
A male Carson City resident in his 50’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A male Carson City resident in his 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A male Carson City resident in his 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident in her 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.
For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-4789.
Today is another day of status quo. The main Water Treatment Plant is continuing to meet the city’s current water demand. Water is being provided to all residential, commercial, and industrial users.
Staff is working with the mobile units to obtain necessary performance data. Cleaning work on the main plant is scheduled to begin next week, and its reduced water production will be supplemented by the two mobile water plants.
The Pall Corporation provided recommendations on cleaning techniques that yield good results, but the reason for fouling has not been determined. When additional information becomes available, it will be shared with all of you.
Want to join Grace Wins Haven in supporting a good cause? We’re raising money for Grace Wins Haven and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support. I’ve included information about Grace Wins Haven below.
Our mission is to assist and train homeless or near-homeless residents of Lincoln County to set goals for individual living and utilizing community resources, providing stable, healthy living conditions while providing security and a place to learn working and life skills.
Our mission is to assist and train under-housed patrons of Lincoln County to set goals for individual living and utilizing community resources, providing stable, healthy living conditions while providing security and a place to learn working and life skills.
The National Weather Service reports that the Pacific Northwest could be in for a busy wildfire season this summer. And consequently the American Red Cross needs volunteers to help in our local communities.
“The coronavirus pandemic will make it challenging to deploy trained disaster volunteers from other parts of the country should a large emergency occur in Oregon or Southwest Washington. In light of this, the Red Cross is asking everyone to be ready to help their community,” said Rebecca Marshall, Regional Disaster Officer, Red Cross Cascades Region. “Train now to be a Red Cross volunteer and answer the call to help if the need arises here in our region.”
Here’s what the Red Cross needs –
SHELTER HELP NEEDED There is a special need for volunteers to support sheltering efforts. Because of COVID-19, the Red Cross is placing those needing a safe place to stay in emergency hotel lodging when possible. If hotel stays aren’t possible, then the Red Cross will open traditional shelters. To help keep people safe, we have put in place additional precautions and developed special training for our workforce.
We need volunteers to help staff shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks to help those we serve. We have both associate and supervisory level opportunities available.
HEALTH SERVICES SUPPORT NEEDED If you are an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA with an active, current and unencumbered license, the Red Cross needs your support. Volunteers are needed in shelters to help assess people’s health. Daily observation and health screening for COVID-19-like illness among shelter residents may also be required. RNs supervise all clinical tasks.
Roles are also available for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Home Health Aides, student nurses and medical students. We need volunteers who can provide care as delegated by a licensed nurse in shelters. This could include assisting with activities of daily living, personal assistance services, providing health education and helping to replace medications, durable medical equipment or consumable medical supplies.
FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING If you are interested in helping our community should a disaster occur, please go to redcross.org/volunteertoday or contact our region offices at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to review the CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your health care provider and follow local guidance. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, volunteers and the people we serve.
NEWPORT, Ore. – A 99-year-old woman is Lincoln County’s fifth reported local COVID-19 related death. She died July 9 at her residence and had underlying medical conditions.
Public Health also announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 today. This brings the current count to 363 cases.
Lincoln County has many resources that can help residents or visitors of any background and preferred language. If you experience a medical emergency call 911 immediately. For less urgent care, contact the Lincoln Community Health Center or Samaritan Health. Contact information listed below.
There are three situations where you must quarantine. We ask that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. Supports are in place for people who must isolate, and we will be reaching out to all known close contacts and confirmed cases. If you have questions about this, please contact our call center at 541-265-0621 or email LincolnCoCallCenter@co.lincoln.or.us
The three situations where people need to self-isolate and quarantine are:
1. Confirmed COVID-19 test 2. Close contact of positive case (within 6feet for over 15minutes) 3. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms include cough, chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of sense of taste or smell. New symptoms recently announced include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.
Below is a description of quarantine and isolation guidelines for confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts. According to the Oregon Health Authority, testing above and beyond this guidance is neither recommended nor should it be required. That is, once a case has met criteria for discontinuation of isolation, or a contact has completed their quarantine period, they should not be required to test negative before returning to work.
HOW LONG TO QUARANTINE OR ISOLATE
IF NO SYMPTOMS
Quarantine yourself if you have had Quarantine for 14 days Quarantine for 14 days. If close contact with a positive case symptoms develop, get tested.
Isolate away from others in your home who may be quarantined
IF NO SYMPTOMS
Isolate for 10 days from date tested
Isolate for 10 days after onset and 3 days after symptoms stop
Once close contacts and positive cases meet the criteria for discontinuation of quarantine and isolation, they may return to their regular lives. Additional testing is not recommended.
Lincoln County staff and partners are making calls to close contacts of confirmed cases. Some of these calls may look like they come from an unknown number. If you don’t answer, they will leave a message. Please call them back as soon as you can.
Local public and tribal health authorities will never ask for your social security number, credit card number, bank account or billing information, or immigration status. (Note: Information will not be shared with immigration authority or law enforcement. Getting tested or getting treatment for COVID-19 will not affect your ability to get permanent residency in the U.S.)
Additional details on how to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus:
* If you have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case: * Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or longer. Start a 14-day quarantine immediately. This means staying at home or in your hotel/other living arrangements. This includes staying home from work and not going out to shop for supplies.
* Someone from public health will reach out to you. Monitor your symptoms. Contact your doctor if you develop symptoms. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center: Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947 • If you aren’t sure if you have had close contact with a confirmed case:
Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or longer. If this did not happen, then you do not need to quarantine, but you may want to limit your trips outside the home. Monitor your symptoms.
* Contact your doctor if you develop symptoms. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
* Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
* Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947 • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms
* Start a 14 day quarantine immediately. This means staying at home or in your hotel/other living arrangements. This includes staying home from work and not going out to shop for supplies.
* Contact your doctor and let them know that you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
* Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
* Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947 • If you receive a negative COVID-19 test result after being asked to quarantine:
* Continue to quarantine until your 14 days have passed. This includes staying home from work and the store.
* Continue to monitor your symptoms and contact your doctor if you develop any. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
* Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780. * Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947
Anyone in Lincoln County that is confirmed to have COVID-19 or that has had close contact with a confirmed case will be receiving a letter from Public Health as proof to their employer excusing their absence from work. If you have COVID-19, have been exposed, or develop symptoms you need to quarantine immediately. It is of utmost importance that Lincoln County employers and occupants quarantine at the first sign of symptoms or suspected exposure.
Daily coronavirus casessurged to record-breaking heightsonce again as the Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported 389 new confirmed or presumed infections and 6 deaths.
The record case count comes one week after state officials reported the previous high of 375, which was followed by three consecutive days of 300 cases or more. Oregon has been able to dodge a lot of bullets, but it’s getting harder every day – especially since less and less elderly are getting sick from Covid-19 and more and more young people are coming down with it. Click here.
Samaritan Foundations and SamFit are partnering to present the first ever Samaritan Walk Run Roll 2020, a virtual 5K, 10K and half marathon that participants will complete at their own pace between Sept. 10-20. Entrants who register for the virtual race by Aug. 24 will receive a unique race bib, a custom event T-shirt and a finisher’s medal. Racers will track their own distance and time to upload to the race event site. They can even share a photo of themselves racing so others can see how much fun they are having while getting fit.
Not only will the race motivate individuals to reach their personal fitness goals, proceeds from the $40 entry fee will benefit Samaritan Health Services’ Patient Support Program. Currently, 486 community members are benefiting from this program through assistance with expenses such as medical bills, transportation, prescriptions, nutritional supplements and groceries. In 2019, the program distributed $45,000 in assistance in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.
Help support the health and well-being of your community by registering today. The registration deadline to include a T-shirt with your entry is Aug. 24, and you must be registered by Sept. 1 to guarantee receipt of race packet prior to the race dates.
A 50% discount is available to youth up to the age of 18 who are on the Oregon Health Plan managed by InterCommunity Health Network (IHN-CCO). To get a promo code, send an email to email@example.com with name, date of birth and member number for member verification.
This year’s event is powered by HUB Barker-Uerlings Insurance, with more sponsorship opportunities available.
Oregon medical officials are complaining that the federal government is distributing Covid-19 testing kits to many other states besides Oregon which is falling behind due to a lack of test kits. Oregon officials say they jumped right on the virus outbreak keeping Oregon’s infection rates down. Now they say test kits are being re-directed to other areas of the country exposing Oregon to a higher than expected infection rates. Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.
COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 230, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. DEATHS DUE PRIMARILY FROM PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS.
Oregon Health Authority reported 389 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 11,188.
The new cases are in the following counties: LINCOLN (15), Benton (1), Clackamas (20), Clatsop (1), Columbia (2), Coos (4), Crook (3), Deschutes (5), Hood River (1), Jackson (7), Jefferson (8), Josephine (2), Lake (2), Lane (18), Linn (3), Malheur (31), Marion (47), Morrow (12), Multnomah (86), Polk (2), Umatilla (55), Union (4), Wallowa (1), Wasco (5), Washington (46), Yamhill (8).
Today’s case count is the highest total daily case count since the onset of the pandemic. The recent increase in cases is attributed to workplace outbreaks and community spread. Newly diagnosed cases are being interviewed now.
Oregon’s 225th COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old woman in Crook County who became symptomatic on July 1 after close contact with a confirmed case and died on July 8, at her residence. She had no underlying medical conditions.
Oregon’s 226th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 4 and died on July 3. The place of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 227th COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on June 26 and died on July 7, at his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.
Oregon’s 228th COVID-19 death is a 75-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 10 and died on July 2 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.
Oregon’s 229th COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old woman in Clackamas County who died on June 18 at her residence. More details are pending.
Oregon’s 230th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on May 9 and died on June 1, at his home. He had underlying conditions.
Traffic flow to temporarily change at Newport’s PCH hospital parking lot
Construction on the new main parking lot and entry canopies at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital is moving along quickly. As a result, there will be a minor change to traffic flow in the parking lot for approximately four weeks, beginning Tuesday, July 14.
To ensure safety and allow adequate space for work crews to continue with their work, the existing parking lot construction fence will be moved a few yards to the south. This will cut off the ability for vehicles to loop through the parking lot. Instead, vehicles will have to exit using the same route they entered.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience during this stage of construction,” said Jon Conner, director of hospital plant services and engineering. “This temporary change may create a bit of traffic congestion, but the driving lanes are quite wide and visibility is good, so we don’t anticipate any problems.”
CITY OF NEWPORT EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
The City of Newport reported that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. That employee is quarantining at home, and it is anticipated that a speedy and full recovery will occur.
Because of potential exposure to other employees, a number of employees were tested on July 7, 2020. Test results should be available late this week or early next week. The city’s goal is the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens and staff. The city is working closely with the Lincoln County Public Health Department. This situation will be closely monitored and updates will follow as needed.
The Research Ship Thomas G. Thompson came into port Wednesday afternoon. It’s operated by the University of Washington as part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory system. It’s a former U.S. Navy ship.