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Covid-19 update…bring on those vaccines….

Covid-19 Virus

Oregon reports 1,669 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Health Authority reported a record number of new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Oregon. Today’s 1,669 cases bring the state total to 72,506.

COVID-19 has claimed 11 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 896, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (6), Benton (17), Clackamas (164), Clatsop (8), Columbia (11), Coos (3), Crook (2), Curry (4), Deschutes (64), Douglas (10), Gilliam (1), Harney (3), Hood River (2), Jackson (124), Jefferson (6), Josephine (13), Klamath (84), Lake (7), Lane (49), Lincoln (3), Linn (9), Malheur (8), Marion (70), Morrow (3), Multnomah (701), Polk (45), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (24), Union (8), Wasco (5), Washington (164), Yamhill (48).

Oregon’s 886th COVID-19 death is a 62-year-old woman in Douglas County who tested positive on Nov. 16 and died Nov. 27 at Mercy Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 887th COVID-19 death is a 96-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive on Nov. 9 and died Nov. 25 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She did not have underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 888th COVID-19 death is a 62-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Oct. 31 and died Nov. 23 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 889th COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 24 and died Nov. 25 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 890th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 16 and died Nov. 26 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 891st COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 21 and died Nov. 27 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 892nd COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 16 and died Nov. 24 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 893rd COVID-19 death is a 102-year-old woman in Union County who tested positive on Nov. 11 and died Nov. 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 894th COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old man in Coos County who tested positive on Oct. 26 and died Nov. 26 at Oregon Health & Science University. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 895th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive on Nov. 19 and died Nov. 24 at St. Charles Medical Center – Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 896th COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive on Oct. 10 and died Nov. 26 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

…if you don’t wear a life jacket….

Crabber not wearing a life jacket died…

On Friday at approximately 2:20 P.M., emergency personnel responded to a capsized boat at the mouth of Netarts Bay.

Preliminary investigation revealed that two people, Srun Hong (53) and Lyda Hong (41) both of Fairview, were crabbing in a small inflatable boat with an electric motor when the boat capsized in heavy surf. 

Lyda Hong was recovered in the surf by a US Coast Guard helicopter crew.  She was wearing a life jacket and was transported to Tillamook Regional Medical Center.  She was treated and released. 

Srun Hong, who was not wearing a life jacket, has not been located and is presumed drowned.  

                                        They don’t call them LIFE-jackets for nothing.

Newport officials are developing substantial highway and roadway upgrades – and they want our opinions!

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Newport City Councilors and staff are in the process of making it easier for motorists to get into, around and through the city of Newport.  A major effort is being made to reconfigure traffic flow patterns so we can all get easier access to shopping, recreation and our evolving neighborhoods.

The city has just produced a video to give a glimpse of which directions we might want to take to make our city more navigable and efficient in getting around town.  Click here for the video.

Covid-19 Update

Oregon reports 826 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 885, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 826 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 bringing the state total to 70,832.

Note: The number of new cases reported today is lower than expected because several of the local health public departments that report daily numbers to OHA were off for the Thanksgiving holiday. OHA anticipates tomorrow’s daily case count will be unusually high.

Also: A technical reporting issue is impacting the number of negative test results reported today. The number of negative test results reported today are lower than usual due to the delay in reporting.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (9), Clackamas (14), Columbia (13), Crook (6), Deschutes (90), Douglas (12), Gilliam (1), Grant (1), Harney (3), Hood River (1), Jackson (1), Jefferson (4), Josephine (2), Lane (64), Lincoln (4), Linn (27), Malheur (10), Marion (168), Morrow (8), Multnomah (14), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (45), Union (22), Wasco (7), Washington (297), Yamhill (1).

Oregon’s 883rd COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old woman in Union County who tested positive on Nov. 17 and died on Nov. 24 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 884th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old woman in Linn County who tested positive on Oct. 29 and died on Nov. 20 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 885th COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old woman in Linn County who tested positive on Oct. 29 and died on Nov. 19 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients across Oregon increased to 521, 32 more than reported on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

There are 115 COVID-19 patients in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, up two from Wednesday.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Covid-19 becoming more vicious

Covid-19 Virus

Oregon reports 1,189 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 20 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed 20 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 867, the Oregon Health Authority reported today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 1,189 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 bringing the state total to 68,503.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (4), Benton (10), Clackamas (112), Clatsop (3), Columbia (11), Coos (12), Crook (8), Curry (8), Deschutes (75), Douglas (42), Grant (3), Harney (1), Hood River (3), Jackson (89), Jefferson (12), Josephine (28), Klamath (44), Lake (4), Lane (101), Lincoln (12), Linn (17), Malheur (14), Marion (105), Morrow (5), Multnomah (177), Polk (35), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (25), Union (26), Wasco (9), Washington (180), and Yamhill (12).

Oregon’s 848th COVID-19 death is a 96-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Nov. 7 and died on Nov. 22 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 849th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Nov. 11 and died on Nov. 23 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 850th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 19 and died on Nov. 21 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 851st COVID-19 death is a 94-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 20 and died on Nov. 23. Place of death and underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 852nd COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Nov. 11 and died on Nov. 21 in her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 853rd COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man in Lake County who tested positive on Nov. 17 and died on Nov. 21 at Lake District Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 854th COVID-19 death is a 97-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on Nov. 9 and died on Nov. 11 at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 855th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Oct. 1 and died on Nov. 23 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 856th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive on Oct. 31 and died on Nov. 8 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 857th COVID-19 death is a 92-year-old man in Wasco County who tested positive on Nov. 17 and died on Nov. 23 in his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 858th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Multnomah County who died on Nov. 21 at Providence Portland Medical Center. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

Oregon’s 859th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 8 and died on Nov. 13 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 860th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Oct. 28 and died on Nov. 13 in his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 861st COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Oct. 12 and died on Nov. 23 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 862nd COVID-19 death is a 47-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 17 and died on Nov. 22 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 863rd COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 18 and died on Nov. 23 at Portland VA Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 864th COVID-19 death is a 95-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 16 and died on Nov. 24 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 865th COVID-19 death is a 27-year-old man in Lincoln County who tested positive on Nov. 17 and died on Nov. 18 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 866th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman in Malheur County who died on Nov. 13 in her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 867th COVID-19 death is a 98-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 4 and died on Nov. 15 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.


COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients across Oregon increased to 489, 15 more than yesterday.

There are 113 COVID-19 patients in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, no change from yesterday.

Next year the commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day will resume at Don and Ann Davis Park

Pearl Harbor Attack
Dec. 7, 1941
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Every year since 1991, Lincoln County residents have gathered at Don and Ann Davis Park to honor those lost during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Sadly, this year, due to the pandemic, the physical gathering will not take place. We hope to pay special tribute next year on the 80th anniversary of the attack.

1991 was the 50th year since the day President Roosevelt declared would “live in infamy”. Peggy and Frank Woods, long-time Newport residents, wanted to make sure the day did not pass unrecognized. Peggy’s dad was a Pearl Harbor survivor. So, the Woods arranged the first local, annual remembrance. Originally, the many County residents who were also Pearl Harbor survivors were honored, as were other survivors whose families were Lincoln County residents. There are no longer any living Pearl Harbor survivors in Lincoln County, but that has not stopped the original group from meeting every year to honor those who were lost but also those who survived the devastating attack on the US Naval Fleet.

On December 7, 1941, at 7:55am Honolulu time, the Japanese launched an air strike on US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The strike lasted one hour and fifteen minutes resulting in the deaths of over 2400 US military personnel and civilians. The attack destroyed or damaged 19 Navy ships, including eight battleships. On December 8, the US declared war against Japan and entered WWII.

This year, on Monday, December 7, we ask that you pause, give thanks for all that you have, and for those who sacrificed so much for us.

Mini Masterpiece Holiday Card Contest for Youth

The Oregon Coast Children’s Theatre & Center for the Arts announces their 12th Annual Holiday Craft Card Project.  Because of Covid Restrictions no in person workshops will be offered this year.  Art Students can pick up Free Holiday Craft Kits at 2 locations. Saturday December 5th in Tillamook at the Fairview Grange Parking Lot at 5520 3rd St. & Fairview from 1-4p.m. On Saturday December 12th free pickup will be done at the Olalla Center Parking Lot 321 S.E. 3rd St.up from Main Street in Downtown Toledo in Lincoln County also from 1-4p.m. 
If students can’t come pick up kits please call Mr. Adrian, Artistic Director & a secondary means of dispersal might be available. Thanks to Foundation support 100 family art kits will be given out in both Central Oregon Coast Counties.  Packs will include art supplies, blank art cards, stickers, and other holiday supplies. Students have until January 15th to submit their finished original art work representing any Holiday from Christmas, New Years, even Birthdays. 
Art work can be done on one of the art cards, or just a blank piece of paper no bigger than 5×7 inches.  Send finished art work via e-mail to- (occt.youthartprograms@gmail.com) or by smart phone to Mr. Adrian at 503-801-0603. Parents are encouraged to contact theatre/art center directors before pickup and let us know how many children are in the household and the families name, and the time you would like to pick up your free packet.
There are limited supplies available but any one can enter the contest. Prizes will be mailed out in January to enter send & include the name,age, and school, of the student, or if they are home schooled. Each entry will have an entry # assigned and then 15 prizes will be randomly drawn.  Contest open to youth 5-18 years of age in Tillamook and Lincoln County.
OCCT/OCCCA is currently in their 30th year and has directors in both Lincoln & Tillamook County in normal years they tour all over Oregon but do the majority of their programs on the Central Oregon Coast- promoting the “fine and performing arts for the children of Oregon.”  For further info, or to support our work- please contact Directors by phone or e-mail. & Happy Holidays, keep alive the arts for our children.  
Attached Sample – Sample Art Card was made using stamps, stickers, cut paper and painted designs.  Contest inspires students to do original design, graphic arts, paper arts, and assembly arts. 
Thank you for spreading the word about these upcoming events, please include us on your holiday calendars for events.
Any questions, please contact Mr. Lawrence Adrian, Artistic Director/CEO.  503-801-0603

Electric Vehicles – Plug and play….

City Discusses Next Steps for EVs

In an effort to influence and support the use and advancement of electric vehicles (EVs) in the City of Newport, Council has begun considering the various options open to the city.

One area of support is through the installation of electric vehicle chargers for public use. As the number of electric vehicles increase, corresponding opportunities for expansion increase.

The city may play a sustainable role by providing financial support to organizations who would provide charging stations. This could be done through support from the Urban Renewal District to incentivize national companies such as ChargePoint to install chargers at specific locations. In addition, the city could incentivize private property owners to install chargers such as the Oregon Coast Aquarium utilizing Urban Renewal Agency funds.

Step No. 1: The city administration will develop locations within the Urban Renewal Districts where Urban Renewal funds could help incentivize charging stations from national companies and/or local businesses for charging stations located in the Urban Renewal boundaries. City-owned locations where commercial charging stations could be located, include the Ernest Bloch Wayside and the Angle Street parking lot as examples.

The second area in which the city can influence electric vehicle charging opportunities is through its code. The city can adopt the optional statewide code provisions, which require new developments of certain sizes to install conduit for future electric vehicle charging purposes.

Step No. 2: Council initiate a code amendment requiring certain development projects to install electric conduit capable of supporting future electric vehicle charging locations as part of that development.

The third area in which the city could encourage and support electric vehicles is through the development of a policy impacting the city organization. The city could develop a policy allowing employees to recharge their electric vehicles at city work locations. The city could follow the Oregon Department of Administrative Services guidelines, which provide for a payroll deduction for those employees wishing to utilize this service. As part of this effort, the city would need to identify and prioritize work locations where electrical vehicle infrastructure should be located for those employees wishing to take advantage of this service.

Further, in the policy area, the Council could adopt a policy to evaluate any new car purchases, and determine if it is feasible to use an electric vehicle and/or hybrid to meet that need. Overall, the city has a limited number of passenger vehicles that are utilized by the city workforce. Most department heads are not provided with city vehicles; they are instead reimbursed for mileage incurred while using their own personal vehicle. The amount of mileage reimbursed would likely not justify the purchase of city vehicles for these purposes. There are several vehicles that would lend themselves to be electric vehicles, such as meter enforcement, pool cars, etc. 

Step No. 3: Develop a policy where employees can charge electric vehicles at worksites, with a monthly payroll deduction established to offset electric use by those employees.

Step No. 4: Require departments to analyze the possibility of utilizing e-vehicles or hybrids for fleet vehicle purchases based on market availability at the time of purchase.

The City Council approved these policy steps at its meeting on November 16, 2020.

Freeze until December 2nd…

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and based on Governor Brown’s guidance, the City of Newport will be closing various facilities, and limiting access to others, effective November 18, 2020. The closures and limited access will remain in place until December 2, 2020, unless further extended. The city will reassess these closures based on future guidance from the Governor, and communicate any changes with the community.

City of Newport facility closures include: Newport Public Library (except for take-out); 60+ Activity Center; Newport Recreation Center; and the Aquatic Center. At this time, limited public access will continue at the Newport City Hall, and no public entry at the city’s Fire Stations is permitted.

The Newport City Hall will continue to be open to the public from 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday, except by appointment. A door monitor will be on duty at the front door to ensure anyone entering the building is wearing a mask and has their temperature taken.

City meetings, including the City Council, Planning Commission, and all advisory committees will resume virtual meetings. Public comment may be made in writing to publiccomment@newportoregon.gov, at least four hours before the start of the meeting, or by contacting the meeting staff to request the Zoom meeting information to participate virtually.

All non-essential meetings scheduled in city buildings are canceled until further notice.

The city will update the public regarding building and program status changes through its’ website and press releases.

Contact Peggy Hawker, at p.hawker@newportoregon.gov, or 541.574.0613, with questions.

For more information on the freeze, visit https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=37702

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