Federal, State and County Health Officials launch investigation into Waldport School gas/odor incidents – SCHOOL RESUMES THURSDAY.
After several weeks of student and staff evacuations at Crestview School in Waldport, due to unidentified noxious gases and odors, federal and state medical and health investigators are converging on the schools to get to the bottom of what’s causing the air contamination. Over the last few weeks a large number of students were taken to area doctor’s offices and PCH Samaritan Hospital in Newport where elevated levels of Carbon Monoxide has been found in their blood streams.
Fifteen children suffering from toxic inhalation were treated at PCH Samaritan Hospital in Newport this week. The hospital staff quickly notified a number of state and federal health and poison investigation teams which will be inspecting the school and tracking down the source of the contamination. While those state and federal health and safety agencies begin testing the school environment, the state Department of Environmental Quality and the National Environmental Protection Agency will be assisting in hopefully getting to the bottom of what has thus far eluded local agencies for weeks. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT CRESTVIEW AND OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE WALDPORT COMPLEX WILL RESUME CLASSES TOMORROW – THURSDAY.
Here’s the official announcement from the Lincoln County Health Department: