As many of our readers know, there are a number of what-are-called “variant” versions of the Covid-19 Virus. One such “variant” has surfaced in Lincoln City. Scientists say, however, the current vaccines available in the U.S. “should” be able to handle them. Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.
NEWPORT, Ore. – Lincoln County Public Health is asking employers in Lincoln County to complete the Lincoln County Essential Workers Assessment. This assessment will help Lincoln County plan and coordinate COVID-19 vaccination efforts for essential workers over the coming months.
This is the link to the Lincoln County Essential Workers Assessment: https://tinyurl.com/LCEssentialWorkersAssessment. COVID-19 vaccination can reduce the risk of workplace outbreaks and keep businesses open.
This Essential Workers Assessment is for employers of essential workers who were not included in Phase 1a, such as:
Grocery stores and restaurants
Food production: farming, harvesting, fishing, and food/fish processing
Utilities/energy, water treatment, and telecommunications
Transit and public transportation systems
Mail and delivery services
Employers who were included in Phase 1a should not complete this assessment.
Through this assessment, employers of essential workers are asked to identify:
A central point of contact to help coordinate vaccination efforts
The type of essential work performed through their business/agency
The number of frontline and non-frontline essential workers employed through their business/agency
The assessment should take less than 5 minutes to fill out.
OHA releases new COVID-19 forecast
The Oregon Health Authority held a media briefing today to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and the new modeling.
The latest COVID-19 model shows a decrease in daily cases. The new report estimates that, as of Jan. 13, our statewide reproductive rate was 0.81. That means that each case of COVID-19 is being spread to less than one other person.
According to the newest forecast, if we continue on our present course of wearing masks, keeping physical distance and restricting our gathering sizes, daily COVID-19 cases will decline to an average of 420 per day, and COVID-19 related hospitalizations will decrease by 13 per day.
A 30% increase in transmission would translate to roughly 720 daily cases and 24 new hospitalizations a day, as well as 240 cases per 100,000 people by mid-February.
The new modeling does not factor in the presence of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 in Oregon.