To: Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Kaety Jacobson, Chair, 225 West Olive Street, Room 110 Newport, Oregon 97365
From: Governor Kate Brown
Thank you for the effort you, your residents, and your public health system have put into containing the spread of COVID-19 in Lincoln County. As mentioned in my August 20th letter, we’ve been in discussions regarding a mutually agreed upon date for the safe reopening in Lincoln County. I am pleased to inform you that your county continues to meet the required pre-requisites and may enter Phase 2, on September 29th.
I want to acknowledge Lincoln County local public health, community partners, contact tracers and residents who all came together to decrease the transmission of COVID-19 in your county.
Over the past two weeks (September 6-19), Lincoln County has had a total of 4 cases. This is a case rate of 8.3 per 100,000 people. The county has reported an average of 0.29 cases per day over the past two weeks. Over the past 2 MMWR weeks, 75% of cases could not be traced to a known source. There are no notable recent outbreaks.
As we all know by now, reopening does not come without risks. With every restriction lifted we know transmission of the virus has the potential to increase. The Oregon Health Authority will be monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in your county, and throughout the state, and will be ready to work with you if any concerns arise. Thank you for all of your hard work and vigilance on behalf of all Oregonians.
Sincerely, Governor Kate Brown