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Covid-19 update – Sunday night

Oregon reports 211 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. There are no new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, the state’s death toll remains at 2,296 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 211 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 157,285.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (10), Clackamas (26), Columbia (1), Coos (4), Curry (8), Deschutes (9), Douglas (12), Hood River (1), Jackson (13), Jefferson (3), Josephine (5), Klamath (1), Lake (3), Lane (16), Lincoln (1), Linn (7), Malheur (2), Marion (17), Morrow (1), Multnomah (23), Polk (8), Tillamook (4), Washington (20), Yamhill (16).


Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 26,235 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 16,414 doses were administered on March 6 and 9,821 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on March 6.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

Oregon has now administered a cumulative total of 1,142,035 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 1,362,535 doses of vaccine 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.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 116, which is three more than yesterday. There are 34 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five more than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

County Total Cases1 Total deaths2
Baker 676 9
Benton 2,377 18
Clackamas 13,482 191
Clatsop 779 6
Columbia 1,278 21
Coos 1,595 21
Crook 781 18
Curry 446 7
Deschutes 6,035 65
Douglas 2,604 55
Gilliam 54 1
Grant 230 1
Harney 278 6
Hood River 1,072 29
Jackson 8,582 118
Jefferson 1,979 30
Josephine 2,405 56
Klamath 2,817 55
Lake 386 6
Lane 10,388 131
Lincoln 1,140 20
Linn 3,620 57
Malheur 3,365 58
Marion 18,640 287
Morrow 1,051 14
Multnomah 32,024 550
Polk 3,096 45
Sherman 53 0
Tillamook 434 2
Umatilla 7,709 82
Union 1,305 19
Wallowa 144 5
Wasco 1,222 26
Washington 21,400 217
Wheeler 22 1
Yamhill 3,816 69
Statewide 157,285 2,296

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

For those who would like to slow life down a tad…

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Oregon Coast Climate Action Walk – Brookings to Astoria

Starting – March 28, 2021

*  This initial walk will originate just south of the So. Oregon border and will proceed north to the Maritime Memorial next to the bridge in Astoria. Approx. 345 miles.

* As the name indicates the primary purpose of the walk is to bring further awareness and acknowledgment towards the present climate emergency we are in.

* The duration of the walk will be about 30 days, please join for any part of the walk or all of it. 23 walking days @ 15 miles a day = 345 miles, plus rest days.

* There are NOT any predetermined or preset places to camp along the route, which will be mainly along Hwy 101.

* There will be an average of 15 miles per day, w/ a few days closer to 20,

* This will be a totally self-funded and self-sufficient endeavor for all participants.

* NO rude or disrespectful attitudes towards anyone will be tolerated.

* YOU MUST have a Covid mask.

* Further information can be obtained @         

oregonpeaceman@yahoo.com or 541-263-2920 -Text #

“Without love in the dream it will never come true”      


Thank you

Reported House Fire on Swan Avenue in Siletz

1:55pm  Report of a house fire in Siletz at 176 SE Swan Avenue.  Fire-Rescue crews are enroute.

2:01pm  Owners of the property are frantically trying to get workshop tools and machinery out of the shop building.

2:02pm  Several fire departments are responding to the blaze.

2:05pm  Firefighters say the flames are huge.  There are several R/V’s parked nearby along with heavy equipment and chemicals.

Call for photos:  Send to:  News@NewsLincolnCounty.com

2:09pm  Report that someone ran back inside the shop area and has not re-emerged.  Unconfirmed.

2:11pm  Reports now say there is NO ONE inside the shop building.

A new natural paradigm unfolding for America’s forests – wild and otherwise…

Change is in the air for Oregon’s forests?

For decades, the logging industry has held an incredibly disproportionate amount of political power in Oregon. Using our lax campaign finance rules, they’ve been able to easily bend the state’s environmental protection rules and tax policies to their will, gutting funding for rural community services while polluting our rivers and endangering clean drinking water, salmon, and wildlife. They even have their own public relations firm embedded in the state government to tell Oregonians everything is fine.

However, the logging industry’s influence looks to be on the downswing. This week saw the first legislative hearing to dismantle that in-house propaganda firm, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. At the same time, a working group formed to reexamine the industry’s sweetheart tax deals that have brutally shortchanged rural Oregon communities.

Most importantly, this week also saw new Members approved to the Board of Forestry. The Board has been steeped in conflicts of interest that have essentially allowed the logging industry veto power over any new state protections for fish, wildlife, or clean water. The new Board Members seem poised to tilt toward a more balanced approach. (You can watch our webcast with one of the new Board Members Ben Deumling here) One more seat on that Board remains to be filled, and we’re hopeful it will be given to a scientist who will be able to guide forward new climate-smart forestry proposals.

There is still a lot of work to be done, but the winds are changing, and there is the possibility of a better future for Oregon’s forests, as well as the fish, wildlife, and communities that depend on them.

—- Oregon Wild —-

Senator Dick Anderson – “Something’s not right here…”

Sen. Dick Anderson
Oregon Coast

Working families have gone through a lot over the last year.  Many have had to deal with job loss, losing a loved one to COVID-19 and learning how to become a teacher for their kids or even grandkids like my wife Sue and I have had to do. The last thing we should be doing is adding to this uncertainty by allowing the state to tax the federal stimulus checks that a lot of people in Oregon received last year. I could not believe that the federal government would send a check meant to pay rent and/or mortgage, put food on the table or pay for babysitters; just to have the State of Oregon take some of it back in taxes.

Back in May of last year, the Legislative Revenue Office issued a report that estimated that 870,000 middle-class families could be sending around $300 from their stimulus check to the state government. I was shocked that the issue had not yet been corrected. This is why I introduced the Stimulus Check Protection Act, also known as Senate Bill 842.

To me, it’s common sense that relief money, regardless of whether it was state or federal relief, is meant to help Oregonians – not to be taxed again. Oregonians deserve to keep all of this money in their respective communities, so they can support the local community.

In a time when Oregon is seeing better than expected revenue because of federal bailouts, there is no need to nickel-and-dime Oregonians. The loophole in the tax code that taxed stimulus checks is expected to raise over $110 million. Massive federal packages have been sending billions to the State of Oregon.  To turn around and tax Oregonians on top of that is just flat-out wrong.

It is no secret that our politics are more polarized than ever and bipartisanship is increasingly difficult. Yet, I have been encouraged by the amount of support this idea has received from other state and federal legislators. Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) has expressed support for the concept of ensuring stimulus check dollars stay in the pockets of Oregonians.

Some will ask, why send me a reimbursement check when we could just exempt the stimulus money from taxation?”

That is what I, along with a number of my other colleagues in the Legislature, would have preferred. But because of procedural rules, if passed, SB 842 will not go into effect until September.  So, yes, when you file your taxes in the coming weeks, you will be sending part of your stimulus check to the state, unfortunately.

But only when SB 842 is passed, you will get a check in the mail around the end of September or October to make up the difference.

I urge my Republican and Democrat colleagues alike to support this bill and show Oregonians that bipartisanship isn’t dead. We can work together and show our commitment to Oregonians.

Senator Dick Anderson

Senate District 5 is 7 counties along the coast from Tillamook to Coos Bay.

Senate Anderson’s legislative website is www.oregonlegislature.gov/anderson.

Samaritan House – “Box-Tea-To-Go”

Samaritan House Announces “Box Tea-To-Go”

Samaritan House Homeless Family Shelter will celebrate springtime with a high tea, boxed and ready to go, on Saturday, April 10. The event will take the place of the usual high tea fundraiser. The tea will include a selection of high tea goodies, including a cranberry orange scone with marmalade and clotted cream, three sandwiches, three savories, and four desserts. A smaller box geared for children will have a sandwich, fruit, and two desserts.

A quotation from Helen Keller is the theme for the tea: “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”

The $25 tickets are available online at www.samaritanhouse.bpt.me; only 200 will be sold. (The children’s box will be $10.) The to-go boxes can be picked up at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 927 North Coast Highway, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. the day of the tea. A Zoom program available to all tea participants will begin at 2 p.m.

Another feature of the tea will be a raffle drawing for a quilt made by Jean Amundson of Newport. “Blossoms and Ribbons” is 79” square, in shades of delicate lilac, lavender, and cream. It is machine pieced and quilted. Tickets are $5 for ten tickets; they can be purchased online at the same time as the tea tickets.

Sponsors for the event are Susan Painter, Advantage Real Estate, Oregon Coast Bank, Thrivent Financial, and Western Title and Escrow.

Samaritan House Homeless Family Shelter is an independent 501c(3) charitable organization based in Lincoln County. The programs of Samaritan House have developed from an emergency overnight shelter to a full program of shelter and transitional housing with classes on parenting and nutrition, employment guidance, budgeting and renter education, and general counseling.

Further information about Samaritan House programs and additional donation opportunities is available on its website, www.samfamshelter.org.

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