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You don’t have to drive EVERY Where!!

The Coast to Valley Express, a service provided through a partnership between Lincoln County Transit and Benton County Transportation, will be resumed by Lincoln County on Sunday, June 7th and by Benton County Transportation on Monday, June 8.

The Coast to Valley Express service will follow a new schedule, adding a stop in North Albany at the Park n’ Ride, and will operate seven days a week with four daily runs between Albany, Corvallis and Newport.

Transit Intercity Bus Service: Sunday, June 7, 2020 all Lincoln County routes will resume normal days, regular scheduled hours with regular fare pricing.

Extra Precautions are being made by both agencies to keep our drivers and passengers safe. In accordance with guidance issued by the Oregon Health authority, all passengers will be required to wear a face covering while onboard buses and to sit spaced no closer than three feet from other passengers and six feet from the driver.

Although we are resuming service at this time, please remember to keep yourself and others safe by washing your hands regularly, covering your cough/sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, practicing social distancing, and by staying home if you feel unwell.

Cluster of Covid-19 cases erupts in Lincoln County

Covid-19 growing on the Central Coast

Cluster of Cases Confirmed in Lincoln County

NEWPORT, Ore. – Lincoln County Public Health is investigating an outbreak of confirmed COVID-19 cases.  Five of the recently announced cases are connected to Pacific Seafood on the Bayfront in Newport.

“We’re committed to doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of our team members and community,” said John Moody, General Manager of Pacific Seafood, Newport. “We have temporarily suspended operations to professionally sanitize all buildings and will be offering testing to all Pacific Seafood employees.  We are providing testing at our own expense in order to preserve free testing services for first responders and other community members.  We thank the Lincoln County Health Department for their partnership and the hard work they are doing to keep the community healthy.”

Nicole Fields Deputy Director of Public Health added “Pacific Seafood is working with Public Health to get their employees tested as quickly as possible. As we move through this outbreak and conversation continues regarding reopening the county, it is critically important that we all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including washing our hands frequently, maintaining physical distances, and wearing a face covering when out in public.”

Public Health is currently tracing all contacts of the known cases.  This generally is done by phone.  Public Health asks that if a contact tracer reaches out to you, please answer the call or return the message. These calls help us keep our families and communities safe.  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.) 

For more information on contact tracing, please visit https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/contact-tracing

For more information about COVID-19 or testing, please go to our website at https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/2019-novel-coronavirusPublic Health also has a call center available Monday – Friday from 9am – 4:30pm.  Phone 541-265-0621 or email LincolnCoCallCenter@co.lincoln.or.us

Covid-19 update – Lincoln County: 3 new cases

Corona Virus on the rise in Lincoln County, attributable to Memorial Day influx to the coast…

COVID-19 Case Update for June 4, 2020
Three new cases confirmed

NEWPORT, Ore. – Lincoln County Public Health announced three more confirmed COVID-19 cases today. This brings the current case count to 23 confirmed and 2 presumptive for a total of 25 cases:

– Person in their 20s, not hospitalized and was a close contact of a confirmed case.
– Person in their 40s, not hospitalized and was a close contact of a confirmed case.
– Person is 0-9, not hospitalized and was a close contact of a confirmed case.

Public Health strongly encourages the public to follow the current OHA guidelines:
* Stay home if you are sick.
* To avoid exposure to COVID-19, people who are at risk for severe complications (over age 60 or have underlying medical conditions) should stay home even if you feel well.
* If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath) while in public, please return home and self-isolate immediately. Contact your health care provider if you need medical attention.
*Practice good hand hygiene with frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).
* Cover coughs/sneezes with elbow or tissue. If you use a tissue, immediately discard tissue in garbage and wash your hands.
* Avoid touching your face.
* Practice physical distancing of at least six (6) feet between you and people who you do not live with.
* Use cloth, paper or disposable face coverings in public. As Oregon is reopening and restrictions are being lifted on businesses and public spaces, it may be difficult to ensure that you can stay six (6) feet away from others at all times. Please review Mask and Face Covering Guidance for Business, Transit and the Public.
* Stay close to home. Avoid overnight trips and minimize other non-essential travel, including recreational day trips to destinations outside the community where you live. Travel the minimum distance needed to obtain essential services; in rural areas, residents may have to travel greater distances for essential services, while in urban areas, residents may only need to travel a few miles for those services.
* You can find more local information at www.co.lincoln.or.us/covid
* Stay informed

Oregon suffers 65 new confirmed and presumptive Covid-19 cases – 2 additional deaths

Corona Virus on the rise in Lincoln County, attributable to Memorial Day influx to the coast...

Oregon reports 65 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 159, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 65 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 4,399. The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (7), Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Hood River (6), Jackson (1), Jefferson (1), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Marion (18), Multnomah (13), Polk (1), Umatilla (2), Wasco (2), Washington (5), Yamhill (4).

Oregon’s 158th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old male in Clackamas County, who tested positive on May 21 and died on June 2 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 159th COVID-19 death is a 60-year-old male in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 17 and died on May 30 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Newport feeling the budget squeeze – affecting many departments including the airport

Airport revenues down, trying to adjust….

CITY OF NEWPORT AIRPORT STAFF FURLOUGH IMPACT ON AIRPORT SERVICES

The effects of COVID-19 have had a serious financial impact on the city. City administration has required all non-represented employees to take 12 furlough days. This will affect the three staff positions at the airport. Finding a balance to meet customer needs and the furlough mandate is difficult.

Staff has determined that it should fulfill the 12-day furlough requirement as soon as possible in order to minimize the impact on airport users. Starting June 5, airport staff will be unavailable on Fridays and Saturdays until July 18. This will allow staff to return to its regular schedule during the busiest months at the airport which are late July, August, September, and October.

City staff will be available Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. until the 12 furlough days have been met. This will not affect the USCG Air Station, FedEx, UPS, military, private charter, corporate aircraft, or other general aviation from using the airfield for flight operations.

Services affected during the Friday and Saturday furlough include airfield maintenance, rental cars, and tenant issues that may come up during those days. Airport staff will be available for emergencies on Fridays and Saturdays.

County Commissioners pass a new rule – Inside the Co. Courthouse Wear a Facemask

Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday made it official – anyone entering the Lincoln County Courthouse  MUST WEAR A FACEMASK.  There are exceptions, but they are rare.  The requirement could take effect in the next couple of days.  Compulsory facemasks in all courtrooms have been required for quite a while.  Today, it was reasoned that anyone coming in to the courthouse could be carrying the Covid-19 virus and therefore a facemask would be the minimum amount of protection against the disease.

Again, the new facemask requirement is likely to take effect by the end of Friday.

We’re far, far away from getting out of the woods over Covid-19

A message from Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen

While health equity is a stated value of our agency, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how far we are from eliminating health inequity in this state. A crisis has a tendency to expose your weaknesses and areas where systems are inadequate, and this pandemic has been no exception. The broad impacts of the coronavirus have fallen especially hard on Black and African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Native American, and Latino, Latina, and Latinx people, in the U.S., and here in Oregon. A centuries-long history of racism and oppression have led to the very health conditions that exacerbate the impacts of COVID-19. And we at OHA were, frankly, too slow to recognize that threat and act on it. For that, I’m truly sorry.

The protests of the killing of George Floyd, while not directly related to the coronavirus, have certainly served to expose the fundamental injustice of our flawed systems, including in health care. As a result, people are angry, hurting, and afraid. I want to acknowledge those very real feelings, and acknowledge the failings, including ours, including mine, that have contributed to them.

OHA will do better. I will do better. We have to. We owe it to our communities. The health and safety of our communities depends on those of us in positions of privilege and leadership taking action.

OHA has been involved in conversations with leaders of Communities of Color in Oregon on how we rectify mistakes that have been made and form a better path for engagement. These conversations have included how OHA can better support the health of Black, African American, African immigrant, African refugee, and Afro-Latinos, Latinas, and Latinx communities. For the COVID-19 response, this includes:

  • Improving collection of race and ethnicity data to better understand how hard the virus is impacting different communities.
  • Improving access to testing, treatment and support services so we know who’s infected so we can help them recover.
  • Supporting community-centered outreach and education for people to know how to protect themselves and their families and get the help they need.
  • And helping more people get counseling to ease the worry and distress that can stem from the health and economic impacts of this disease.

I am committed to taking the steps necessary to be responsive to and engage and co-create solutions with Communities of Color to improve health outcomes. I encourage you to reach out to me any time with your thoughts and ideas at OHA.DirectorsOffice@state.or.us.

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Oregonians encouraged to “Answer the Call” to stop the spread of COVID-19

As Oregon begins the slow process of reopening, one of public health’s key strategies to stopping the spread of COVID-19 is contact tracing. Contact tracers call people who may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to provide them with guidance and support. OHA is working closely with local public and tribal health departments on a statewide coordinated contact tracing effort.

To help simplify the process of contact tracing, OHA has developed a webpage (in English and Spanish) with downloadable resources, videos and social media cards. You can learn more about who will get a contact tracing call, what happens on a contact tracing call and how your privacy will be protected. Downloadable one-pagers are available in 11 languages.

If you get a call from a contact tracer working for your local county or tribal health department, we encourage you to answer the call. Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19.

Go to: healthoregon.org/contacttracing or healthoregon.org/rastreodecontacto to learn more and download resources.

Why is it important for me to answer a contact tracing call

Natural Gas Leak at Newport Safeway….

Smell of natural gas at Safeway, 101 @ NE 20th.

6:26p  Reports of leaking natural gas at Safeway in Newport at North Coast Highway and NE 20th.  Reports from the scene says the smell is pretty thick.  Newport Fire-Rescue is enroute.

The store is evacuating.

Getting a hand up on rent and mortgages due to Covid-19 hammering…

If you’re struggling to pay your rent or mortgage due to COVID-19

Oregonians suffering from the economic impacts of COVID-19 are not only worried about their health, they’re also navigating how to stay afloat. As we enter a new month, we want to remind you of the support related to housing available to you during this crisis. If you are not able to make payments due to COVID-19, contact your landlord or mortgage lender. If you need help with housing resources or shelter, visit 211info.org or call 2-1-1.

  • On March 22, Gov. Kate Brown issued a statewide eviction moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment of rent due to wage loss resulting from COVID-19. Her Executive Order issued on April 1 prevents a landlord from giving an eviction notice or filing an eviction lawsuit related to non-payment of rent or no-cause evictions.

Oregon Law Center has put together an easy-to-understand fact sheet.

Watch this video from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau to see if temporarily suspending mortgage payments due to COVID-19 makes sense for you:

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COVID-19 resources are available for small business owners

Small business owners, employees and others dealing with the effects of COVID-19 can find information at Oregon’s Small Business Navigator. The site is a joint effort of Business Oregon, the Oregon Employment Department, the Oregon Secretary of State, and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

Find resources in the following categories:

  • financial assistance (access to federal, state and other loans)
  • workforce assistance (information about unemployment benefits and insurance coverage)
  • other business guidance (connections, planning, counseling, other resources)
  • reopening guidance (securing or manufacturing PPE)

The Small Business Navigator Hotline is 833-604-0880.

Phase II for Lincoln County may be a bit more out of reach than we thought

Corona Virus on the rise in Lincoln County, attributable to Memorial Day weekend influx to the coast…

PORTLAND — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 157, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 33 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 4,335.

The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (1), Hood River (4), Lincoln (2), Linn (1), Marion (8), Multnomah (10), Umatilla (1), Wasco (2), Washington (4)

Local Lincoln County communities are seeing an uptick in the number of Corona Virus cases. Many medical experts were not surprised commenting earlier that when the Willamette Valley and the Portland Metro empties out onto Oregon beaches, virus infections rise considerably. The rise this time was so quick that it pushed Lincoln County back farther, making their hoped-for “Phase II” status even farther out on the calendar.

Lincoln County medical experts say staying away from crowds, small, medium or large, is the best way to prevent exposure to Covid-19. For locals, it might be a good idea to stay at home on weekends no matter how good the weather, because valley Oregon residents are more packed together and they’ll likely bring the virus with them.

The latest death reports indicate that there were three deaths attributable to the virus over the last 24 hours. All victims had pre-existing medical conditions that quickly took their lives.

Lincoln County Commissioners will be approving new restrictions on visitors to the Lincoln County Courthouse next week. The new rule will be – if you’re going inside the courthouse, wear a face covering (aka facemask). It’s just too crowded in the courthouse to even come close to the six foot rule. Wearing face coverings in the courtrooms are already mandatory every second you’re inside one.

Taking a wide-eyed look at a deeply painful situation….by Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer – Retired Police Officer

Mayor Dean Sawyer
Newport

We have a crisis of humanity in this country and it’s at its limit. The issue is not just the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It is about neighborhoods that have been left behind for decades and have experienced racism for decades.

As a young child growing up in Los Angeles I vividly remember the Watts riots. I could see the smoke from the fires wondering if it would burn down our house.

We as a community need to have open and frank discussions on how we can positively impact Newport – OUR Community. We need to resolve to treat everyone here with deep respect no matter their race, religion, color, or sexual orientation.

I drove by Newport City Hall yesterday and saw several people with signs showing their disgust at the tragic death of George Floyd. They were holding signs and I was impressed that everyone was behaving in a positive and peaceful manner. I truly believe that only well thought out changes will make a LASTING positive difference.

Officers are human like all of us – and some make bad choices. I was proud to be a member of the Newport Police Department for 30 years where everyday all of the officers worked hard to serve our community and treat everyone with dignity and respect. No one hates a bad cop more than a good cop.

The law enforcement officers we have here in Lincoln County are ashamed of the events in Minneapolis.

We are our own hometown keepers of the peace.  Most of our officers live here, have families here, and want to live and serve in an inclusive community. I have a friend that is an officer in the Seattle area who has been working all weekend dealing with the protests up there. She got off work this morning at 8 AM and went home and gathered up cleaning supplies and a power washer. Instead of sleeping, she and her husband went into town and helped clean up the mess from the last few nights.

The acts in Minneapolis were horrific and are occurring more often. Police work is very difficult and challenging in protecting the rights of our citizens regardless of race, political persuasion or world-view. It is critically important to recognize that racial and other biases are part of our culture and we need to continue to work aggressively to counter their impacts in law enforcement and all other aspects of society.

I am a strong supporter of the men and women in law enforcement, but I recognize that there is a cultural disconnect between law enforcement and many groups in many of our communities. We need to continue to work to bridge these gaps. We need to work to eliminate bias in the way people are treated throughout our country.

We cannot ignore racism.
We cannot ignore brutality.
We cannot ignore lawlessness.
We cannot let hate win.

Mayor Dean Sawyer
Newport

Governor Kate Brown Calls for Peaceful Protest, Justice

Gov. Kate Brown

Governor to send 100 Oregon State Police, 50 National Guard Members to support Portland Police Bureau 
 

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today joined with state and local leaders in calling for peaceful protest to honor the memory of George Floyd, as well as the need for meaningful racial and criminal justice reform.

“The killing of George Floyd is a stain on this country,” said Governor Brown. “On Friday thousands of people gathered at several peaceful protests across the city. This was a cry for action. A call for reform. A community in mourning. Then very late at night, much smaller groups decided to break windows and damage property. Senseless violence does not honor George Floyd’s death or create accountability. Only the hard work of racial justice will.”

“To everyone who is hurting right now, I want to say I see you. I hear you. I stand with you. And I add my voice to yours. Years and years of failure to reform police practices. Years of failure to hold police officers accountable. Years of failure to bring real reforms to our criminal justice system, which incarcerates Black Americans at five times the rate of white Americans.”

To help protect property and ensure peaceful protests, the Governor also announced she would be sending 100 Oregon State Police to work with the Portland Police Bureau today, as well as 50 members of the Oregon National Guard to serve in a support function only.

The Oregon National Guard members will not be on the front lines, making arrests, or doing crowd control. They will act as support personnel––caring for the injured, processing arrests, and directing traffic.

Newport City Council – Monday night

The Newport City Council Monday night teamed up with the non-profit Proud Ground organization, which is promoting affordable housing deals to eight families who have been selected for down payment assistance to help them move in.  Average grant subsidies are just shy of $90,000.   These homes are in Lincoln City, Newport, Seal Rock and Waldport.   These and other affordable housing efforts seek to provide housing for working class families.  Employers who need workers are also chipping in to help seal the deal for a number of families.  The eight homes are not even a drop in the bucket for lower income families who need housing, but it’s a start.  There are a couple of other affordable housing projects being built in Lincoln County to help house laborers for tourism and retail outlets.

The city council also learned that the “Coast to Valley” bus service will start back up on June 7th.  Those catching the bus on the coast can affordably reach the Willamette Valley with connections north and south from there.  Rates appear to be quite reasonable.

The seemingly never ending saga between Rogue Ales and the city of Newport is showing signs of coming to a suitable deal between the two entities over what the city contends is finishing up on working with the beer brewery to better treat wastewater from their operations.  The negotiating dance between Rogue and the city appears to be nearing a conclusion but will still take a while to finally come to a permanent solution.  City officials say that Rogue is making suitable strides in making sure that their effluent from their beer operations has been adequately processed and treated.

And Newport will be engaged in a financial arrangement with the state and federal governments to assist financially hard hit businesses, especially on the Bayfront and at South Beach.  They’re trying to get some financial help to crawl out of the financial hole the Covid-19 pandemic has caused.  Final distribution of those funds, some of which are coming from city urban renewal funds, have not been fully worked out yet.  But they’re close.

Keeping Cool: Investment Strategy vs. Reaction

Duane Silbernagel, CFP
Financial Planner

Keeping Cool: Investment Strategy vs. Reaction
Provided By: Duane J. Silbernagel, CFP®

After losing ground in 2018, U.S. stocks had a banner year in 2019, with the S&P 500 gaining almost 29% — the highest annual increase since 2013.1 It’s too early to know how 2020 will turn out, but it’s been rocky so far, and you can count on market swings to challenge your patience as an investor.

The trend was steadily upward last year, but there were downturns along the way, including a single-day drop of almost 3% on August 14. That plunge began with bad economic news from Germany and China that triggered a flight to the relative safety of U.S. Treasury securities, driving the yield on the 10-year Treasury note below the 2-year note for the first time since 2007. A yield curve inversion has been a reliable predictor of past recessions and spooked the stock market.2 By the following day, however, the market was back on the rise.3

It’s possible that a yield curve inversion may no longer be a precursor to a recession. Still, larger concerns about the economy are ongoing, and this incident illustrates the pitfalls of overreacting to economic news. If you were also spooked on August 14, 2019, and sold some or all of your stock positions, you might have missed out on more than 13% equity market growth over the rest of the year.4

Tune Out the Noise

The media generates news 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can check the market and access the news anywhere you carry a mobile device. This barrage of information might make you feel that you should buy or sell investments in response to the latest news, whether it’s a market drop or an unexpected geopolitical event. This is a natural response, but it’s not wise to react emotionally to market swings or to news that you think might affect the market.

Stay the Course

Consider this advice from John Bogle, famed investor and mutual fund industry pioneer: “Stay the course. Regardless of what happens to the markets, stick to your investment program. Changing your strategy at the wrong time can be the single most devastating mistake you can make as an investor.”5

This doesn’t mean you should never buy or sell investments. However, the investments you buy and sell should be based on a sound strategy appropriate for your risk tolerance, financial goals, and time frame. And a sound investment strategy should carry you through market ups and downs.

It can be tough to keep cool when you see the market dropping or to control your exuberance when you see it shooting upward. But overreacting to market movements or trying to “time the market” by guessing at future direction may create additional risk that could negatively affect your long-term portfolio performance.

All investments are subject to market fluctuation, risk, and loss of principal. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. U.S. Treasury securities are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. If not held to maturity, they could be worth more or less than the original amount paid.

Long-Term Commitment

“Time in the market” is generally more effective than trying to time the market. An investor who remained fully invested in the U.S. stock market over the past 30 years would have received almost triple the return of an investor who missed the best 12 months of market performance.

Source: Refinitiv, 2020, S&P 500 Composite Total Return Index for the period 12/31/1989 to 12/31/2019. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged group of securities that is considered to be representative of the U.S. stock market in general. The performance of an unmanaged index is not indicative of the performance of any specific investment. Individuals cannot invest directly in an index. This hypothetical example is used for illustrative purposes only and does not consider the impact of taxes, investment fees, or expenses. Rates of return will vary over time, particularly for long-term investments. Actual results will vary. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

1) S&P Dow Jones Indices, 2020
2) The Wall Street Journal, August 14, 2019
3-4) Yahoo! Finance (S&P 500 index for the period 8/14/2019 to 12/31/2019)
5) MarketWatch, June 6, 2017

I hope you found this beneficial and informational. For more information about me and my services, visit my website: www.duane.wrfa.com

Thank you for your interest.
Duane Silbernagel is a Financial Advisor in Lincoln City, Oregon offering securities through Waddell & Reed, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. He can be reached at (541) 614-1322 or via email at DSilbernagel@wradvisors.com.


This article is meant to be general in nature and should not be construed as investment or financial advice related to your personal situation. The article was written by an independent third party, Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. (Copyright 2020) and is provided for informational and educational purposes only.

Waddell & Reed is not affiliated with www.newslincolncounty.com website and is not responsible for any other content posted to this website.  (05/20)

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