It appears that Lincoln County’s corona virus numbers have started to level off, prompting Governor Brown to invite the county to try to qualify for Phase II status in terms of relaxing the grip on commerce and other activities.
Governor Brown removed Lincoln County from the state’s “Watch List” which means that Lincoln County is more effectively tracing the source of new Covid-19 cases. If untraceable rates rise again, Lincoln County will be sent to the back of the bus….again.
Lincoln County has been plagued with a rapid increase in virus cases from concentrated outbreaks among Newport’s fish processing plants. Company testing and worker home confinement has lowered the growth rate of the virus – so far. But still, Lincoln County has met only 4 of the 6 medical goals set by state health officials. They say they want some breathing room to see whether infection rates rise or fall over the next few weeks. Depending on what happens, the county could apply for Phase II status by the end of August. Phase II status allows a release of restrictions on Lincoln County’s economy while monitoring the rate of new virus infections.
Because of the presence of immigrant fish plant workers in Newport (and other towns) state officials say it kicked up the rate of Covid-19 exposure and infections further revealing that EVERYBODY needs monitoring and testing. Lincoln County’s infection rate is right up there with Portland and surrounding counties.
But again, Lincoln County is close to getting a “B plus” rating rather than a “D minus.” We’ll see if Lincoln County can get a better handle on its situation over the next few weeks. Lincoln County Commissioners will be discussing the issue August 3rd.