Lincoln County Health Department (Call Center) 541.265.0621 option 2 Siletz Community Health Center (Linn-Benton County) 541.444.9636 Samaritan Health Services (Lincoln County Residents) 1.855.441.2311 Safeway Pharmacy (Newport) 541.351.4035 Bi-Mart Pharmacy (Lincoln City) 541.614.1023 Hi-School Pharmacy (Waldport) 541.563.4848 Rite-Aid Pharmacy (Newport) 541.265.8596 Fred Meyer Pharmacy (Newport) 541.574.1733 Walgreens Pharmacy (Newport) 541.574.4405
The Lincoln County Public Health website has more information and links to sign up: https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/covid-19-vaccination-clinics
Two Projects on U.S. 101 Underway
Street improvement project begins
A project to improve travel south of the Yaquina Bay Bridge has started. The work will improve movement and connections for cars, pedestrians and bikes in South Beach. Details about the work being done are shown in the map below and listed on the project webpage. Construction is expected to be completed in 2021.
Project Area Map What to Expect: Increased activity and noise – Drivers should start seeing more signs and changes to how traffic moves through South Beach. There will be increased noise from construction and from equipment moving through the work zone. Night work – Starting March 29, the construction crew will be working at night to remove the center median throughout the project area. Expect delays and construction noise from 7 P.M. to 6 A.M. daily. New traffic pattern – Starting April 5, crews will be working during the day on the shoulder of the road. Crews will shift traffic and use the center lane to maintain flow in both directions. Yaquina Bridge Picture Yaquina Bay Bridge project continues Work is underway on the Yaquina Bay Bridge to replace the cathodic protection (corrosion protection), repair damaged concrete and install seismic upgrades to retrofit the bridge. Construction is expected to take three and half years.
What to Expect: Lane closures – There will be times during construction when single lane closures will be needed at night. Most work will de done under the bridge during the day. Sidewalk Closure – The east sidewalk will be closed for the duration of the project. Noise – Expect sandblasting, spray coating and other general construction noises when work is being done, both in the day and at night.
Contacts: Residents or businesses in South Beach with questions or concerns, please contact: Derrick Tokos, Newport Community Development Director, 541.574.0626. For other questions: Markus Schaaf, ODOT Project Manager, 541.757.4211. Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around work zones. ODOT is an EEO/AA employer. This information can be made available in alternate format on request by calling 503.986.2600 or via the Oregon Telecommunications Relay System: 7-1-1 or email: ODOTeeo@ODOT.state.or.us.
Join the Culture Pass Program
The Newport Public Library and Oregon Coast Aquarium launched the Culture Pass program on Thursday, April 1. The Culture Pass is a program for Newport Public Library cardholders. With the help of community partners, the library supports users as they engage in local cultural experiences. Using a library card, adult cardholders in good standing can reserve a pass for free admission for a family of four. Four passes are available per month.
Funding for this program is made possible by the Franz Bakery Foundation and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition.
For more information or to reserve a Culture Pass, please call the library at 541.265.2153 or visit https://newportoregon.gov/dept/lib/cultural_pass.asp
Wyden and Merkley: FEMA Will Now Provide Financial for COVID-19 Funeral Costs
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that FEMA is providing financial assistance for eligible COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 in Oregon and nationwide.
“The COVID-19 global pandemic has left thousands of families throughout our state and country shouldering the financial burden of end-of-life care while grieving the losses of their loved ones,” Wyden said. “The critical financial support from FEMA for funeral costs hopefully will ease some of that financial burden and allow Oregonians to focus on grieving the loss of loved ones.”
“The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on communities in Oregon and across the country. The last thing families should have to worry about is how they’re going to pay for the funeral of a loved one as they grapple with the grief of sudden loss,” Merkley said. “Help is here: FEMA is opening up a new program to reimburse people for COVID-related funeral expenses. For Oregonians who have lost a loved one to COVID and incurred funeral expenses, I encourage you to apply.”
The COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number is 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Applications began this week with calls being accepted Monday – Friday 6 am to 6 pm Pacific time. Multilingual services are available. Get answers to eligibility questions and more information about the application process on FEMA’sFuneral Assistance FAQ page.
Senator Dick Anderson, District Rep David Gomberg, Re: HB2001
Agate Beach Safety Coalition, LLC
Awareness is the First Step Of Preparedness – A Cascadia Subduction Zone event
This bill should never have been passed as a one size fits all. Certain coastal communities have population limitations due to the Environmental Surroundings & Infrastructure. Safely being able to evacuate everyone in a safe timely manner seems to have been overlooked in this Bill for certain areas?
One Example: Newport has only ONE (1) escape route to go East (Hwy 20). More than 10,000 residents would have to use Hwy 20 to evacuate from the threat of a Tsunami or Wildfire. We are presently beyond capacity to safely evacuate the current population and there are steps being taken to change Newport’s code to comply with HB2001, which would allow the packing of even more people into our already overcrowded residential areas. (Much Worse in Summer Tourist Season)
Providing more housing at the cost of endangering lives is not a Housing Shortage Solution. I’m asking for your help to amend HB2001 to have exempt conditions that take into account evacuation restrictions.
We cannot afford to have bills that make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people.
Thank you for your attention to this matter, and please share our concerns with relevant parties as we have limited email contacts.
We are moving into the next phase of the session with deadlines approaching for bills to have a hearing or they in effect die. There were around 4000 to start with! With all the committees that I sit on and the countless number of video hearings that we have had, coupled with floor sessions, it is welcoming to move past this process.
We were able to recently pass a budget bill for wildfire relief. This wildfire relief bill included over $700,000 specifically for wildfire recovery from the Echo Mountain Fire. This money is critical for those devastated by the fire and will help them rebuild their wells and septic systems. I am glad I was there to make sure this money was directed to our residents on the coast and not somewhere else.
The last item I want to touch on isredistricting – the State Courts have ruled in favor of the Legislature to redraw the lines instead of Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. This means you will probably hear a lot more about the political lines of the state after we adjourn at the end of June. There will likely be a special session or two in September and October. I bring this up as I just want you to be aware. We do not want our Representatives to have portions of Portland and Eugene Metro areas in them and we want to push to have our own Congressional Representative for the Coast! I will work with my bipartisan coastal caucus for the good of the coast – north and south. They are still taking testimony, find out more informationhere.
Honoring Mo’s – and the chowder too!
What do Paul Newman, Henry Fonda and Robert Kennedy all have in common? They all loved Mo’s chowder, of course. You’d be hard pressed to find someone in Oregon who doesn’t know about Mo’s. The restaurant is an institution, and like many, I’ve been able to call the many managers and family members friends.
One of the fun things that happens in the capitol is the privilege of voting to honor some of the greatest Oregonians. This year we have the distinction of honoring Mo’s with House Concurrent Resolution 8. This Resolution congratulates Mo’s Seafood and Chowder for 75 years of business on the Oregon coast. I will plan to speak about the restaurant and what it has meant to the region when the legislation comes over to the Senate side later in session. I think the language in the resolution tells the story of Mo and her beloved establishment well. It reads in part: “Mo’s spirit lives on in her wildly successful family-run business and the vibrant community she did so much to foster and grow. We recognize and honor Mo Niem’s lager than life personality for being the spark that lit the fire of the tourism industry on the Oregon coast.”
We need to discuss housing – for real
I serve on the Senate Housing and Development Committeethis session and it has been a great chance to dig in on one of the states biggest challenges. I quickly became aware as I participated in hearings and discussed bills that we spend a lot of our time talking about subsidies and creating new programs but very little on how to actually build more homes. In short, the “development” part of the “Housing and Development” committee was not being considered. A recent Oregon housing study stated Oregon is going to need 580,000 units between now and 2040 across all regions of Oregon to meet demand. We are going to have to generate about 30,000 new units per year to do that. We are currently at 20,000 and have not hit 30,000 since 2005, before that not since the 1970’s. When you combine this with the fact we already have a back log of 125,000-150,000 units, it’s easy to see the size of the problem.
I have convened a diverse group of housing builders, developers, financiers and innovative thinkers to discuss the barriers to building and how we can take practical steps to get at the root of the problem, and not just create more window dressing in Salem. (pun intended). I’ll be sharing more in coming newsletters and this will be a long-term project of mine to generate more housing options for Oregon families.
Fraud – Scam Jam for all Oregonians
The Oregon Scam Jampresented by AARP Oregon, the Oregon Attorney General’s office and the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation will take place virtually four Fridays in April, beginning April 9, 2021. You can catch up on the past ones and keep going with the new ones. Scams across Oregon have increased in the past year, as scammers use the pandemic and natural disasters of the past year to steal millions from Oregonians. These interactive virtual events bring together experts to highlight the types of scams across the state and then provides resources and tips that help protect consumers.
Budget Framework & Hearings Update:
Your chance to weigh in on the budget is happening really quick. You can watch the discussions online or you can testify. I will be heavily involved in budgeting this session, and we intend to work to ensure that the coast will get it’s ‘fair share’.
It is not the most exciting thing, but talking about infrastructure, broadband access, health care needs and more for the coast is always important. Even though we are one area of the state, it is safe to say all of the state uses the Coast.
Volunteers help to make vaccination clinics run smoothly
National Volunteer Weekis April 18-24 this year and what better way to celebrate than to highlight the incredible work volunteers are doing to vaccinate folks against COVID-19 right here in Oregon.
At vaccination sites of all sizes, volunteers are showing their dedication to their communities.
Sue Moerer enjoyed a career as a registered nurse and felt it was her duty as a retired healthcare worker to volunteer. She recently participated at a drive-through clinic in Washington County where hundreds of people were vaccinated and plans to help at the Portland International Airport vaccine clinic soon.
Moerer said, “It is an honor to meet people from all walks of life, the appreciation I get from underserved populations is especially rewarding.” She really enjoys meeting people from diverse backgrounds. Not only does Moerer volunteer with theMedical Reserve Corps of Washington Countyto assist in COVID-19 vaccine clinics, she also delivers food throughMeals 4 Kids, a service in the city of Portland.
Tim Larson is thevolunteer coordinatorfor Providence Health & Services. Larson says there are hundreds of volunteers throughout the state involved in the vaccination effort and without them, clinics such as the All4Oregon COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site at the Oregon Convention Center would not be possible. Larson has heard from scores of people that they want to be part of the solution to end the pandemic and said, “This massive response is an inspiration. You can feel that people are dedicated to their communities and it’s a great thing to witness.”
Governor Kate Brown, pictured below, recently visited the drive-through vaccine clinic at Portland International Airport to see airport employees get their shots. Volunteers there were commended for their caring and professional service.
Weekly COVID-19 report, continued…
The Oregon Health Authority’sCOVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows a third consecutive week of surging daily cases, higher hospitalizations and higher deaths than the previous week.
OHA reported 3,722 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, April 5 through Sunday, April 11. That represents a 26% increase from the previous week.
New COVID-19 related hospitalizations rose to 156, up from 150 last week.
There were 47 reported COVID-19 related deaths, which is the highest weekly total in five weeks.
There were 103,928 tests for COVID-19 for the week of April 4 through April 10. The percentage of positive tests was 4.4%.
People 70 years of age and older have accounted for 40% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 76% of COVID-19 related deaths.
Today’sCOVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Reportshows 24 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.
Oregon reports 816 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths
There are three new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,449, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.
Oregon Health Authority reported 816 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 172,206.
Vaccinations in Oregon
Today, OHA reported that 39,326 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 24,097 doses were administered on April 13 and 15,229 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on April 13. Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize.
The 7-day running average is now 38,392 doses per day.
Oregon has now administered a total of 1,215,804 doses of Pfizer, 1,052,206 doses of Moderna and 86,624 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 945, 453 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 1,492,658 who have had at least one dose.
To date,1,499,355 doses of Pfizer,1,289,900 doses of Moderna and 215,500 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.
These data are preliminary and subject to change.
OHA’s dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.
Cases and deaths
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (14), Benton (25), Clackamas (97), Clatsop (2), Columbia (13), Coos (4), Crook (2), Curry (3), Deschutes (84), Douglas (8), Grant (32), Harney (1), Hood River (8), Jackson (50), Jefferson (3), Josephine (19), Klamath (27), Lane (49), Lincoln (6), Linn (23), Malheur (2), Marion (83), Morrow (1), Multnomah (126), Polk (18), Sherman (1), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (9), Union (2), Wasco (8), Washington (86) and Yamhill (9).
Oregon’s 2,447th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old woman in Tillamook County who tested positive on March 17 and died on April 13 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. She had no underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 2,448th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old woman in Union County who tested positive on February 22 and died on March 15. Location of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 2,449th COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old man in Klamath County who tested positive on March 1 and died on April 7 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. He had no underlying conditions.
4:02pm Traffic crash in Lincoln City at 180 SE 101. The vehicles involved were able to scramble onto a nearby parking lot. No hazards reported. One observer told police that the driver of one of the cars was “out of it.” No reason given.
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to an announcement released from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this morning. This is out of an abundance of caution as they review six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot occurring in women ages 18-48 who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
What this means for the public:
If you have received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, contact your healthcare provider, or seek medical care.
Report adverse events following receipt of any COVID-19 vaccine to VAERS
If you are scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine, please contact your healthcare provider, vaccination location, or clinic to learn about additional vaccine availability.
Wyden, Paul, DeFazio, Davis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Abolish the Selective Service
AKA: Military Draft (Remember Vietnam)
With No Draft Since 1973, Selective Service Costs $25 Million in Taxpayer Dollars Per Year to Upkeep
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., and U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., today introduced a bicameral, bipartisan bill to end the Selective Service.
“The Selective Service has far outlived its expiration date, wasting millions of taxpayer dollars per year to prepare for a draft is no longer relevant to our military,” Wyden said. “Congress hasn’t come close to reinstating a military draft in 50 years, and I can’t imagine a scenario where it would. With the success of our all-volunteer force, this arcane system, which disproportionately harms disadvantaged young men, should be officially abolished, once and for all.”
“It has been nearly 50 years since the draft was last used. I’ve long stated that if a war is worth fighting, Congress will vote to declare it and people will volunteer. This outdated government program no longer serves a purpose and should be eliminated permanently,” said Dr. Paul.
“No young person, regardless of gender, should be subject to a military draft or be forced to register for a draft in the United States. The military draft registration system is an unnecessary, wasteful bureaucracy which unconstitutionally violates Americans’ civil liberties and unfairly subjects individuals who fail to register for the draft to unnecessarily severe, lifelong penalties – penalties which disproportionately affect low-income Americans. We should be abolishing military draft registration altogether, not expanding it, which is why I’m proud to reintroduce the Selective Service Repeal Act in the House,” DeFazio said.
“The last time the Selective Service System was used was nearly a half century ago, yet taxpayers are shelling out $25-million dollars a year to operate an agency that doesn’t even maintain an accurate count of citizens who are of service-age or enforce federal law requiring registration upon turning eighteen years old,” said Rep. Davis. “This is not a responsible use of taxpayer dollars, particularly as our nation has been defended by an all-volunteer military since the Vietnam War. This legislation is just one small step we can take to eliminate an outdated and ineffective federal bureaucracy, saving taxpayer dollars in the process.”
The Selective Service runs an annual budget of more than $25 million per year, preparing for a draft that has not occurred since 1973.
Friends Committee on National Legislation, Center on Conscience & War, World BEYOND War, RootsAction.org, CODEPINK, Truth in Registration, the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild and American Friends Service Committee, Just Foreign Policy and Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD) have endorsed this bill.
Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., have also co-sponsored this bill.
Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Careers in Science webinars provide a great opportunity for students (grades 6-12) to engage LIVE with professionals, learn about job opportunities, and hear about the paths our presenters have taken to get to where they are today. Cost is FREE and pre-registration is required.
COMING UP for GRADES 6-8
Adelie Penguins, Sand Dunes, Genetics – This Wednesday, April 14 @ 4 pm (PT) Learn more and register:https://beav.es/Jt8 What do cows and penguins have in common? Join us as Suzanne Winquist shares how her winding career path went from increasing biodiversity on working ranches to strapping video cameras onto penguins in Antarctica. Her story is an adventure guided by curiosity and the love of wildlife, wild places, and science! Learn how her unique experiences led her to her current graduate work researching Adelie penguins within the Seabird Oceanography Lab at Oregon State University (OSU). Also hear from Rebecca Mostow, a graduate student at OSU studying dune ecology and beachgrass hybridization. Rebecca will share how she combines dune plant surveys and genetic lab work to investigate how grasses build the iconic Oregon coast dunes. She will also discuss some of the (mis)adventures that lead her to a career in ecology, including how a pinky promise and rotting whale launched her on her scientific path.
A prolonged stretch of dry weather across southwest Washington and northwest Oregon is leaving vegetation much drier than usual for this time of year.
Additionally, dry and gusty offshore flow is resulting in unseasonably low relative humidity, further elevating the risk of fire spread. Although winds are expected to diminish Wednesday, humidity in general will remain low and afternoon temperatures will be above normal.
Another round of gusty offshore flow is expected later this week, prolonging the unseasonably warm, dry weather and keeping fire danger elevated through the upcoming weekend.
An unseasonably dry start to April has left vegetation drier than normal for this time of year along the Oregon and southern Washington coast. Meanwhile, breezy offshore flow is resulting in unseasonably warm and dry afternoons, further drying out vegetation across the region.
Offshore winds are expected to diminish Wednesday, turning more northwesterly and allowing cool, moist marine air to reach the coast by late afternoon. However, offshore flow is expected to return Thursday, continuing into Friday for another round of unseasonably warm and dry conditions.
Extra caution is advised with fire, at least through the upcoming weekend. Be sure to check with your local fire district before burning, as there may be restrictions in place. Be sure to check with your local fire district before burning, as there may be restrictions in place.
Oregon Health Authority issues pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine use
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately pause administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following an announcementthis morning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The recommendation for a pause was made out of an abundance of caution as teams from the CDC and FDA review six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The measures announced today followed reports of six cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis in women ages 18-48, with about 6.8 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered nationally to date. Symptoms in these patients began six to 13 days following vaccination. None of the reported cases were in Oregon.
The CDC is convening its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to review data at a public meeting.
This pause in vaccination is recommended until ACIP and FDA reviews are completed.
The blood clotting cases, reported in about one per million administered Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses, were identified in the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), which tracks vaccine safety monitoring nationally.
People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.
Health care providers statewide have been asked to report adverse events to the VAERS online tracking system. The CDC and FDA statement reminds health care providers that the administration of heparin, normally used to treat blood clots, may be dangerous in the setting of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, and alternative treatments should be given.
As of April 12, 85,148 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses have been administered in Oregon and 213,300 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine delivered to vaccine sites statewide. The vaccine has been delivered to pharmacies, outpatient clinics, federally qualified health centers, local public health authorities and health systems.
A copy of the joint CDC and FDA announcement can befound here
Have you ever wondered if local community college could be a good fit or how they could help you with your college plans?
The Student Affairs department at Oregon Coast Community College will be holding a virtual open house for high school students and their families and anybody else who is planning to return to school or attend college. The event will take place on April 26th and 27th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
The open house will feature discussions and presentations to familiarize residents of Lincoln County regarding what their local community college has to offer. The event will start with a 15 min introduction, followed by a series of workshops. Workshops will be presented in 20 minute sessions and you can choose your own experience. The agenda will be flexible/friendly to help you make the most of the event according to your needs. Topics include: * Academic Programs and Curriculum * Financial Aid * The Navigate Program * College Resources * Advising * Student Life / Student Panel
Join us, explore the different workshops being offered, and learn about Oregon Coast Community College’s program options and resources. Bring your questions, our specialists will be there to help you.
Visit https://oregoncoast.edu/open-house/ for the zoom link. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln County high school seniors who attend and complete the interest form during the open house will be eligible to wind a free summer scholarship.
Our May chapter event will be about gray whales. Stay tuned for details!
What’s Going On
Styrofoam Removal In an effort to remove plastic from the environment before it reaches the ocean, a crew organized by Northwest Ecotours and All Depth Charters and supported by Newport Surfrder removed 500 pounds of mostly styrofoam from the Yaquina River on last month. Read more…
Break Free From Plastic Pollution The Surfrider Foundation is working closely with allies in the Capitol to reintroduce bold federal legislation to tackle the plastic pollution crisis. The legislation is entitled the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. Read more…
Join or Renew TodaySurfrider Foundation is a grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. Members and volunteers are essential to our mission and programs.
SOME OREGON STATE PARKS GROUP FACILITIES OPEN FOR RESERVATIONS APRIL 15
SALEM, Oregon – Limited reserved group camping and reserved group day-use areas in some parks will open to reservations April 15 for stays beginning May 1 and beyond. Reservation availability will roll out between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. A list of parks and opening reserved group facilities are available on theOregon State Parks website.
Group size limits will be temporarily reduced to 25 visitors for each open area, which is a change to the 50-200 visitor limit based on normal site capacity. The group limit is part of the overall Oregon Health Authority and Center for Disease Control guidelines to lessen the spread of COVID-19 and our commitment to help local communities during the pandemic.
“Summer is quickly approaching and we want to give visitors plenty of time to plan their group events,” says Jason Resch, Communications manager for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. “Although we can’t open all group areas in all parks and the lower group limits isn’t what we are used to, we ask for your patience as we move forward.”
Hiker/biker camping areas are also opening statewide. A list of parks and opening hiker/biker areas is also available at the Oregon State Parks website. Hiker/biker sites are first-come, first-served.
The group facilities are reopening after being closed for more than a year due to revenue shortfalls and reduced staffing associated with COVID-19. For questions, call the Oregon State Parks Information Center at 1-800-551-6949, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Park visitors should continue to follow safety protocols while visiting state parks: limit the size of gatherings, wear face coverings, give space to others and wash hands often. For more information on what to expect while visiting state parks, visit the Oregon State ParksCOVID-19 FAQ page.
In 2020, 9-1-1 telecommunication professionals in Oregon answered approximately 2-million emergency calls for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services to protect the lives and property of Oregonians. Since early in 2020, these essential frontline workers have been busier than ever responding to the pandemic, floods, historic wildfires and most recently a devastating winter storm.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued a state proclamation to acknowledge these devoted professionals across the state who take emergency calls and/or dispatch appropriate police, fire and medical services to emergency locations. Each second week of April, this year April 11-17, public safety organizations in the U.S. and Canada recognize the crucial role of telecommunicators.
“When an emergency occurs, 9-1-1 operators are the unsung heroes who serve as the first point of contact in situations where seconds can save lives,” State 9-1-1 Program Section Manager Frank Kuchta said. “This week provides a chance to show these very important people some well-deserved gratitude.”
9-1-1 operators are a vital element of emergency services systems. The critical functions performed by professional telecommunicators also supports local, tribal, state and federal government agencies in the fields of emergency management, highway safety, search and rescue, and more.
“When we look at the professionalism and selfless service that our 9-1-1 operators exude, it is easy to see why this week worth celebrating,” said Kuchta.
The 9-1-1 program in Oregon was established by the 1981 Oregon Legislature, and is managed by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
“Building a digital defense against COVID-19 vaccine ID card scams.”
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center – orIC3.gov – has issued a warning about scams involving that oh-so-important piece of paper that millions of Americans are now carrying around in their wallets.
The FBI – along with our partners at the Department of Health and Human Services – are seeing reports of individuals selling fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards and encouraging others to print fake cards at home. Fake vaccination record cards have been advertised on social media websites as well as e-commerce platforms and blogs.
Vaccination record cards are intended to provide recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine with information about the type of vaccine they received and when they may be able to receive a second dose of the vaccine. If you did not receive the vaccine, do not buy fake vaccine cards, do not make your own vaccine cards, and do not fill-in blank vaccination record cards with false information.
By misrepresenting yourself as vaccinated when entering schools, mass transit, workplaces, gyms, or places of worship, you put yourself and others around you at risk of contracting COVID-19. Additionally, the unauthorized use of an official government agency’s seal (such as HHS or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) is a crime and may be punishable under federal law.
Because individuals may use fake vaccine cards to misrepresent themselves as vaccinated, we strongly encourage businesses, schools, places of worship, and government agencies to follow CDC guidance and continue to maintain physical distancing and to use personal protective equipment.
If you did receive the vaccine, we also recommend you do not post photos of your vaccine card to social media. Your personal information could be stolen to commit fraud. More on that next week.
If you believe are a victim of an online scam, you should report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.
OHA asks the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, per the announcement from the U.S. CDC and FDA this morning. This is out of an abundance of caution as they review six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in women ages 18-48 after vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
OHA will be sending out more detailed communications shortly.