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Siletz Highway, OR 229 is closed at mp 9 and 15

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast:

OR229, the Siletz Highway, is closed between mileposts 9 and 15 due to flooding. The combination of high tide and rain saturated terrain is contributing. The closure is expected to be lifted as the tide recedes.

Motorists are advised to not enter flooded highway areas and to find alternative routes.

Newport: Pick up the trash, including plastics!!

Public Hearing Scheduled for Plastics Reduction

The Newport City Council will hold a public hearing on January 19, 2021 to discuss the concept of a plastics reduction ordinance, which could include a potential prohibition on the use of expanded polystyrene foam (Styrofoam). The public hearing will occur during the regular City Council meeting of Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The meeting begins at 6:00 P.M., and will be held virtually utilizing the Zoom platform.  All virtual public meetings of the City of Newport are livestreamed and televised on Charter Channel 190. To access the livestream, visit the City of Newport website at www.newportoregon.gov. Once there, click on “City Government;” then click on “City Council” or “Committees (depending on the meeting of interest); click on the name of the committee; then an “in progress” note will appear if the meeting is underway; click on the “in progress” link to watch the livestream. It is not possible to access a meeting that will be livestreamed before the meeting starts.

To submit a written public comment, send the written comment to publiccomment@newportoregon.gov. The e-mail must be received by noon on January 19, 2021. These comments will be acknowledged, at the appropriate time, by the Mayor. If a specific request is made to read written public comment into the record during a meeting, the City Recorder, or designee, will be provided a maximum of three minutes to read the comment during the meeting.

To make a “real time” comment during a meeting, a request to speak should be made by 2:00 P.M. on January 19, 2021. The request should be e-mailed to publiccomment@newportoregon.gov. Once a request to speak has been received, staff will send the requestor the Zoom meeting link. This link will allow a requestor to participate via video or telephone. Participants will remain in the Zoom “waiting room” until the public hearing is opened.

Vaccination schedule update….

Covid-19 Virus

COVID19 Vaccination Update for Lincoln County


NEWPORT, Ore. – Lincoln County Public Health is excited to see the interest in getting the COVID19 vaccine in the county.  However, due to vaccine availability we are not ready yet to begin vaccinating adults age 65 and older as announced by Governor Brown yesterday.  The state guidance states this must begin by January 23rd, and we will be ready.

Currently, Lincoln County is vaccinating Phase 1A.  Included in this release is an overview of the priority groups.  Public Health, in partnership with Samaritan, North Lincoln Fire, Pacific West Ambulance, Newport Fire, and County Emergency Management,  have been setting up closed points of distribution (POD) for people in this Phase 1A group.  If you believe you are in Phase 1A and have not been sent a registration link, you have two options:

  1. Contact your employer to see if they received an invitation from County Emergency Management to sign up their employees for the vaccine. If your employer has not received an invite, have them complete this vaccine needs assessment form here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/ecedca1cc0cd4314a0e911dd32305a99
  2. If you are not employed by someone else, complete the assessment form linked above. Reminder – this is ONLY for Phase 1A eligible groups.

Eligible groups in Phase 1A can be found in detail in the “Phase 1a Vaccine Sequencing Plan” document located here https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le3527.pdf

Phase 1a groups include the following:

  • Hospitals and Urgent Care Clinics
  • Long-term Care facilities
  • Emergency Medical Services Providers and other first responders
  • Hospice programs
  • Mobile Crisis Care and related services
  • Secure transport
  • Corrections facilities
  • Outpatient medical care services
  • Integrative Health Services (massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc.)
  • In-Home care services (agency and independent licensed workers)
  • Day Treatment services
  • Non-emergency medical transport
  • Public Health
  • Death care workers
  • Medical Clinics – Dental, Vision, General Practice Providers
  • Educational Facilities (teachers, support staff, and daycare) have since been added to Phase 1A

When the county is ready to begin vaccinating adults age 65 and older, notices will be posted on our website, social media, Lincoln Alerts and we will notify local community groups, healthcare providers and media outlets.  Make sure your email is up to date in your Lincoln Alerts profile so you can get all notifications.

If agencies have any questions, please email or call (541) 265-0621 Option #0, LincolnCoCallCenter@co.lincoln.or.us Please note there may be a delay responding to phone calls due to call volume and staffing.  We are working on getting more staff to answer calls.

Siletz River gettin’ kinda high up the banks…

* Flood Warning for the Siletz River at Siletz.

* Until Wednesday morning.
* At 2:30 PM PST Tuesday the stage was 15.7 feet.
* Flood stage is 16.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast…The river is expected to rise above flood stage late this afternoon to a crest of 16.5 feet late this evening. It will then fall below flood stage late tonight.

* Impact…Above 16.0 feet, expect minor lowland flooding and minor flooding of some structures and roads along the Siletz River.
Flooding may be exacerbated during high tide.

– Current Lincoln County rivers can be monitored here: https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/hazards-flooding-and-river-levels

 – Current conditions or alerts from NWS can be monitored here: https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwaatmget.php?x=ORC041

 – New to Lincoln County or want more information on our flooding events, preparedness, response, recovery – check out our Flood Info Guide: https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/emergency_management/page/4631/information_guide_-_flooding.pdf

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