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A light at the end of the tunnel – and hope that it’s not an oncoming train….

Corona Virus

According to “The Oregonian,” Oregon is nearing its peak for the Corona Virus revealed in an updated projection from University of Washington researchers.  The story says that there’s developing evidence that Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s social distancing restrictions are taking hold. Oregonians have helped the state escape the worst of the global pandemic — as long as people continue to stay home – or at least indoors.  It means that Oregon may soon be awarded its “Get Outta Jail Card” free. Here’s the story in The Oregonian.  Click here...and here.

What’s going on around the cities and county of Lincoln???

Corona Virus

Now that the Corona Virus has forced most of us to remain behind closed doors in our homes, condos and apartments – not to mention travel trailers – we all need to figure out what’s going on and where, so the silence doesn’t drive us crazy. 

Everyone knows what they like to do for fun and recreation and where to call to see if those entertaining activities are still available.  Hint:  A lot of them aren’t available.  So it’ll be an Easter Egg Hunt trying to keep ourselves occupied.

But for those who are used to a more structured schedule of entertainment and authentic recreation there is nothing like checking out activities sponsored by our cities – we’ve got 7 of them plus the county.  They’re good for helping to give instructions on paying bills like trash pickup, keeping your landline and cell-phone up to date, and your electric and gas bills current.  Those are easy. The phone numbers are on your last bill.

Click here for info

But getting back to our cities, they’ve got lots going on – especially for recreation.  The best way to find out about our cities and county governments are up to (and they’re doing A LOT) just check the list of  websites where it’s ALL listed:

LincolnCity.org   Depoe Bay.org   NewportOregon.gov   CityofToledo.org   Waldport.org   YachatsOregon.org and for county information it’s:   Co.Lincoln.Or.US

Phone numbers are easy to find on their websites.

 

Celebrating a half-century of Earth Day on the Central Oregon Coast

Earth heating up
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The Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Newport group and 350 Oregon Central Coast will be sponsoring a virtual
video/audio public event coming live to your home or office to celebrate 50 years of Earth Day. The event will be held on Earth Day, April 22nd from 6:00 to 8:30 pm on the Zoom video conference platform. The event will feature local musicians, elected officials, and environmental/service organizations. “While we have confirmed a number of musicians, elected officials, and other leaders to play music or
speak, we are reaching out to the Lincoln County community for others who may wish to participate in the event,” says Martin Desmond, one of the organizers of the event. “Each of the participants will have anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes to broadcast from their home or office about the importance of Earth Day.

Given the Covid 19 virus, we are encouraging presenters to be positive about all of the great accomplishments of our joint efforts over the past 50 years.” The virtual event will be carried on the Zoom video/audio platform. The format of the program will be shifting the video from one presenter to the next presenter by the host. The members of the audience will be muted although they will be able to show their video on the side. At the end of the presentation, the planis to turn on the microphones of everybody and allow everyone to sing America the Beautiful or some other appropriate song.

Individuals and groups who are interested in presenting are asked to contact Martin Desmond at cclnewport@gmail or call 541-968-5143. Individuals do not need any special equipment if they have a web browser. All that they have to do is to click on the Zoom link below. Zoom apps can also be downloaded from your smartphone. A person can also just listen to the presentation with a phone. The links are listed below:

Topic: 50th Year Earth Day Celebration – Lincoln County
Time: Apr 22, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/3505677534
Meeting ID: 350 567 7534
One tap mobile +13462487799,,3505677534# US (Houston) +16699009128,,3505677534# US (San Jose)
Dial by your location +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US

About Citizens’ Climate Lobby and 350 Oregon Central Coast:

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on
national policies to address climate change. The Newport group is one of ten groups in Oregon. Nationally, CCL sponsored 3,296 public events and 1,656 lobby meetings in 2019 with chapters in 87% of
the Congressional districts. CCL supports a market-driven carbon fee and dividend approach to reduce
carbon dioxide to 50% of 1990 levels while creating 2.8 million jobs.

350 Oregon Central Coast, an affiliate of the international 350.org, encourages local citizens to become
active on climate issues. One of the major goals is to reduce CO2 levels from 410 parts per million to less than 350 parts per million which climate scientists believe is necessary to protect the Earth’s climate.

Please visit our social media 350 Oregon Central Coast Website & Cyndi Karp’s Blog. Facebook 350 Oregon Central Coast Public Page and 350 Oregon Central Coast Go Green Group.

For more information about the event, please contact Martin Desmond at cclnewport@gmail.com.

Housing grant funds bound for Oregon as in 49 other states

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $32 Million in Housing Grants to Support Vulnerable Oregonians During Coronavirus Crisis

Community members who need social services, are experiencing homelessness, and fighting AIDS will benefit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making over $32 million in grants available to communities in Oregon to support a variety of social services and homelessness assistance programs in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

Grants to Lincoln City and Newport might vary between 40,000 to 50,000.

The grants come amid a report that 1 in 5 American households has lost work because of the pandemic—a startling indicator of the virus’ severe economic impact. Additionally, individuals experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable to the pandemic, as homeless shelters are often crowded, and individuals living on the streets are not able to shelter in place and may not have access to handwashing.

“As we continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic, we have to support and protect all Oregonians,” said Merkley. “That effort must include the housing assistance Oregonians need to keep roofs over their heads, and to protect the most vulnerable among us—and I’m pleased that these grants will help us provide that support.”

“Vulnerable Oregonians facing the economic devastation unleashed by the coronavirus need housing help now,” Wyden said. “These federal grants will help to provide that assistance in the communities that are working hard to provide shelter and to keep Oregonians safe and healthy during this public health crisis.”

Specifically, the funding will be directed at supporting a wide range of public services and health programs, as well as renovations and improvements to public facilities through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG); emergency shelters, motel rooms, and other interventions to assist homeless Oregonians through the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program; and housing assistance through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program.

Senator Merkley has been at the forefront of advocating for the housing assistance Oregonians need to weather the coronavirus crisis—including pushing HUD Secretary Ben Carson and President Donald Trump to invoke a moratorium on evicting renters during the pandemic. Senator Wyden has been working to ensure that Americans experiencing homelessness can also get access to direct payments in response to the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The grants will be awarded as follows:

 

LOCATION CDBG20-COVID Recovery ESG20-COVID Recovery HOPWA20-COVID Recovery
Albany $220,804.00 $0.00 $0.00
Ashland $104,079.00 $0.00 $0.00
Beaverton $413,279.00

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Bend $298,616.00 $0.00 $0.00
Corvallis $325,973.00 $0.00 $0.00
Eugene $839,940.00 $0.00 $0.00
Grants Pass $220,405.00 $0.00 $0.00
Gresham $641,125.00 $0.00 $0.00
Hillsboro $439,454.00 $0.00 $0.00
Medford $432,691.00 $0.00 $0.00
Portland $5,139,281.00 $2,578,424.00 $249,909.00
Redmond $151,013.00 $0.00 $0.00
Salem $775,837.00 $0.00 $0.00
Springfield $327,639.00 $0.00 $0.00
Clackamas County $1,328,722.00 $646,045.00 $0.00
Multnomah County $179,666.00 $0.00 $0.00
Washington County $1,311,034.00 $662,721.00 $0.00
Other Oregon funding $8,004,314.00 $6,748,493.00 $85,314.00

 

 

 

Senator Merkley and 34 other senators

Myself and 34 other U.S. Senators write to express our disappointment with the lack of funding dedicated for distance learning in the third Corona Virus relief package that recently passed Congress.

We have repeatedly called for concrete funding to help ensure tha tall K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity if their schools close due to the ongoing pandemic. We believe that Congress must provide robust resources for these purposes, in order to guarantee that all children are able to continue their education during the current public health emergency.

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon

We request that the next Corona Virus relief package include at least $2 billion in E-Rate funds for schools and libraries to provide Wi-Fi hotspots or other devices with Wi-Fi capability to students without adequate connectivity at their home.The Corona Virus pandemic has shone a bright light on the “homework gap” experienced by the 12 million students in this country who do not have internet access at home and are unable to complete their homework — at a time when more than 70% of educators assign schoolwork that requires internet access. Research has shown that the homework gap affects students in both rural and urban areas and disproportionately affects lower-income students and students of color.

Students without internet access at home consistently score lower in reading, math,and science.We are very concerned that this existing inequity will only be worsened by the high number of schools that are suspending in-person classes and have transitioned to remote learning over the internet to protect the health of students, faculty, and staff. Children without connectivity are at risk of not only being unable to complete their homework during this pandemic, but being unable to continue their overall education.

Congress must address this issue by providing financial support specifically dedicated to expanding home internet access in the next emergency relief package so that no child falls behind in their education. We believe providing funds to the E-Rate program is the best way to help students continue their education at home.

The E-Rate program is, and has been for over two decades, an essential source of funding to connect the nation’s schools and libraries to the internet. As the Corona Virus pandemic develops, this program offers an immediate solution that may help mitigate the impact on our most vulnerable families. We believe additional funding for E-Rate would greatly narrow the homework gap during the current crisis and help ensure that all students continue to learn.

Congress must act in light of the unprecedented disruption that the Corona Virus has created for our education system. We must work now to close the homework gap and ensure that all students who need internet access have the connectivity they need to continue learning from home.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
Oregon

…and 34 other U.S. Senators including Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Lincoln County’s up to four Corona Virus victims with likely more to come…

Corona Virus

Fourth Lincoln County resident tests positive for COVID-19

NEWPORT, Ore. – Lincoln County Public Health announced today another positive case of COVID-19. The new case brings Lincoln County’s total to 4 confirmed cases. This individual is in their 30s, had no known contact with a confirmed case, so the case is being investigated as a community-acquired case. The person is not hospitalized and is self-isolating per Public Health guidelines.

“We are receiving a lot of questions about why we are not releasing city specific information about cases and the main reason is for patient privacy. Beyond that, we realize there have been limitations with testing and that it is unlikely that everyone who has COVID-19 has been tested.” said Nicole Fields, Deputy Director of Public Health, “In order to best protect you and your loved ones, please ask yourself , ‘What would I do differently if I knew there was a case in my city?’ and then take those actions to keep yourself as safe as possible.”

The best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure to the virus. This is why social distancing and staying at home as much as possible is crucial at this time. For the latest information, guidelines, and resources for those effected, go to Lincoln County’s website www.co.lincoln.or.us/covid or call 541-265-0621.

A more kind and effective approach to help troubled people reclaim their lives…while riding a Comet!!

Behavioral Health and  Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office team up

The Lincoln County Mobile Outreach Team is about to start connecting with people having a hard time – often on the streets – people who need helping hands and nurturing hearts to get them back to enjoying the lives they were always meant to live.

An outreach team that pairs a mental health counselor with a sheriff’s deputy hit the streets of Lincoln County in March to bring help, health and healing to those suffering from too much “street-life disorders.” The team’s mission is to help people on the verge of, or in the middle of, a crisis and to channel those troubled individuals toward help before they land in jail or in a hospital emergency room. These community intervenors are known as Community Comets – the mission of the Community Outreach and Mental Health Enhancement Team (COMET).

Jointly formed by the Behavioral Health Department of the Lincoln Community Health Center (LCHC) and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, this mobile response team will meet with clients in the field to make referrals and connect vulnerable people with services.

“It could be that someone calls law enforcement because of a person yelling and talking to themselves in a public place. Maybe a person is off medications and so they’re not functioning well enough to call for help on their own. This team can reach out to people like that, help them feel safe, and refer them to primary care services and other assistance,” explained Sheryl Fisher, director of Behavioral Health at LCHC. Pairing these initial contacts with follow-up care will help prevent future crises.

The demand for this unique style of service is overwhelming. Sheriff’s Lt. Adam Shanks has been in law enforcement for 23 years and he says the eruption of increased calls for help have been rising and accelerating.

“In my early days, the calls for service were mostly tagged as a suspicious person or a suspicious activity. Most calls now are related to an emotionally-disturbed person and those calls have increased dramatically over my career,” he said, noting that they can often be tied to substance abuse which triggers a wide array of mental health disorders. “We realized we needed to address this at the local level and do what we can to have a positive impact on people in need,” the lieutenant said.

COMET is staffed by Clinical Counselor Liz Scott and Deputy Siscilee Gouge in the mobile unit, with Community Health Worker Ellen Wenzel providing follow-up support.

Gouge, a Lincoln City native, with more than seven years of law enforcement experience, has consistently gone above and beyond to compassionately counsel people, including carrying extra necessities in her patrol car to share with those in need. With the formation of the mobile outreach unit, she’ll now spend her time helping people overcome the barriers between themselves and the good life that awaits them.

“Often we see red flags thrown up, but as a patrol deputy, you don’t have enough time to deal with issues that often do not constitute a criminal act. That all changes under the auspices of COMET. “We should get to troubled people before they hurt somebody or themselves,” Gouge noted. Liz Scott, a licensed professional mental health and certified drug and alcohol counselor, is equally passionate about the new program She said saw a similar program work very well in Benton County. “I noticed that it made a huge difference in how quickly people could access services during a personal crisis,” she explained. “Once we started coordinating with law enforcement in Benton County, it just seemed to create a lot more effective collaboration.”

Scott and Gouge both express a love for the work they do, a disposition that is sure to benefit the entire community.

“As a crisis worker, we see people when they are having their worst day,” Scott said. “My favorite part of the job is working with people and the time I get to spend with helping them – giving them options. I just try to minimize the length of the crisis, get through it more quickly, and calmly help them recenter themselves – because many people suffer a mental health crisis at some point in their lives. When they don’t get the life-saving consolement from their families or other people they know, COMET personnel can guide them to intelligent and caring mental health professionals.

Her partner in the mobile unit shares a similar enthusiasm for helping people. “I’ve known since kindergarten that I wanted to be a law enforcement officer. I knew it’s my calling. This is how I’m changing the world and the perception of law enforcement. So many of us truly care and we work within the constructive boundaries we are given. When I see somebody in need, it’s obvious that I’m meant to be in that place,” Deputy Siscilee Gouge said.

Driving an unmarked vehicle and dressed in a casual manner will be the “uniforms” for Gouge and Scott, since the goal is to put people in need at ease. This dynamic duo will also be meeting with local social service organizations, law enforcement agencies and support service providers to familiarize themselves with COMET and the vital mission they pursue everyday.

“We want them to drive the county and start making connections with people who appear to be in need. We also want them to connect to services and let them know we are up and running. Our overarching role is to help people and that starts by building trust,” Fisher noted.

While the Sheriff’s Office was able to assign a deputy to this role, LCHC applied for and received an Integrated Behavioral Health Services Supplemental Funding grant (HRSA-19-100) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide Initiative to Support Small Businesses

Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator connects businesses with resources
 

(Portland, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced the launch of the Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator, which will help connect small businesses to financial support and information they need to stay in business through the COVID-19 crisis.

“My goal is to connect thousands of Oregon’s small businesses with the federal, state, and local financial support available to small businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19,” said Governor Brown. “There are potentially billions of dollars available from the CARES Act, and I want Oregon businesses to get their fair share.”

Business Oregon will lead the new Small Business Resource Navigator, with support from several state agencies including the Oregon Employment Department, the Oregon Secretary of State, and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. The Governor’s Jobs and Economy Policy Advisor, Leah Horner, is spearheading the initiative along with the Resource Navigator’s lead manager from Business Oregon, Melisa Drugge. The Resource Navigator will include a hotline and a website containing comprehensive information on key programs for small businesses, available at oregon4biz.com, with access to:

More information on the Resource Navigator is available here:

Important information on determining one’s health in these threatening times….

Corona Virus

When someone is diagnosed with Covid-19, a Public Health Nurse usually interviews that person. Some of the questions include asking where they work and where they have been. This helps us find anyone they may have been in close contact with.

Anyone that has been in close contact with the person infected will get a direct phone call from a Public Health Nurse. The nurse will share the nature of the exposure and precautions that need to be taken.

Sometimes employers will choose to notify all employees that someone who works for the organization was recently diagnosed with Covid-19. Unless you receive a direct phone call from a Public Health Nurse, you are not deemed a close contact of the infected person.

Regardless of known exposure and confirmed cases, the best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to the virus by practicing frequent hand washing, sanitizing surfaces frequently, washing your hands, avoiding crowds and social distancing. And wearing a face mask when you’re out and about is now recommended by the Center for Disease Control and the FDA.

Follow our pages for the latest information and guidelines.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LincolnPublicHealth
Website: www.co.lincoln.or.COVID.us/
Call Center Phone: 541-265-0621 (Monday-Friday, 9am – 1pm)
Call Center Email: lincolncocallcenter@co.lincoln.or.us

Are you having a mental health crisis and need to talk to a counselor?
Call 866-266-0288 (This call is FREE!)

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