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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!)

Lincoln Co. Schools Update from Superintendent Dr. Karen Gray

While Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Colt Gill has alluded to the fact that Oregon schools may be closed the rest of the year, we are standing on the facts of the Governor’s last Executive Order that states that we are closed through April 28. Rumors are flying and if you hear that we are closed the rest of the year it is not true as of the writing of this message.

We have a new Interim Principal at Toledo Elementary School. It is the former Vice Principal, Mrs. Liz Postlewait. Ms. Postlewait has been the VP for the last 3 years and taught at Toledo for 11 years before that. She is a Boomer all the way! She will be hiring a new VP soon. In addition, Principal Libba Sager of Crestview Heights Elementary School in Waldport announced her retirement this week. We wish her all the very best of luck. The district is developing a selection team and process as we speak.

We are still serving meals to our families at the rate of between 2500 and 3000 per day. We have added school work packets to the meals that are meant to last a week and also distributed Chromebooks to those that have filled out the online form and requested it.

The people on the front lines are observing the 6 feet apart rule and no gathering of people rule. Today, our district staff went out to every meal pick up site to observe the process and we are being VERY careful to observe the proper protocol for social distancing. Reminder: WHEN STANDING BY THE BUS WAITING FOR MEALS, PLEASE STAND AT A DISTANCE OF AT LEAST 6 FEET FROM THE NEXT PERSON.

We have had more than 1200 requests for Chromebooks. By Tuesday April 7, we should have them all out to most of the kids that requested one. The process has been fantastic and I am very proud of our technology/media staff. Right now we are still only giving out 1 per household grades K-8 but that may change due to the Distance Learning For All requirement we got this week. More to come.

Late Monday night, some of us got the message from the Oregon Department of Education that we were moving from the Supplemental Learning we had for about 5 minutes to new Distance Learning for All which I am going to abbreviate to “D.L.” As you might imagine, LCSD staff and admins jumped right on it and began planning and designing how to provide computer-based learning for ALL kids everywhere in the district. There are many barriers and hurdles to accomplishing this but we are going to give it our all. The education department gave us until April 13 to make our plan which is not a required ODE plan. Efforts are already underway. We plan to roll this D.L. out little by little and then be completely phased in by Monday, April 18. Please stay tuned for more information about this soon. I want everyone to know that people have demonstrated great thinking and idea sharing around this and have our children’s best interests in mind at all times. We will make this graded and credited work worthwhile without overwhelming our families.

Finishing this message, I just got off the Friday phone call with statewide Superintendents and Deputy Superintendent Colt Gill and here is what I heard:

* The Student Investment Account application is still due April 15
* There is no word on Graduation. Mr. Gill’s original plan was confirmed by 55 members of the Student Success Act Advisory group and 25 members of the African American Student Success group (of which I was a founding member when I was Parkrose Superintendent). The Governor wants Colt to convene a conversation with the State Board of Education which he will do tomorrow. He wants them to advise Colt about the plan they have been shopping around. We simply cannot wait much longer for an answer. If given the go ahead, the ODE has guidance ready. No policy change is needed because it is a statewide policy change.
* We have had no guidance yet from our Governor or Deputy Superintendent Colt Gill to wear masks. If this changes, we will communicate that.

Well, that is all I can think of at this moment. I will continue to message you as often as I can so we can all stay in the loop of communication. Please call me or email me if you have ideas, questions or concerns. Stay home, Save lives.

Karen Gray
Superintendent
Lincoln County School District

Lincoln County Public Information Update – April 4

Dear Lincoln County Residents:

This is our public information update for April 4.  The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve quickly and we feel it is important to provide information on how you can stay informed, what your local government is doing and what you can do to keep you and your family safe.

Today’s update:

  1. Fourth Confirmed COVID-19 case in Lincoln County- Fourth Lincoln County resident tests positive for COVID-19
  2. Need more information? 
  • Lincoln County Call Center is open weekdays 9am – 1pm. 

Call: 541-265-0621   Email: lincolncocallcenter@co.lincoln.or.us

En español los Miércoles y Jueves

Teléfono: 541-265-0621   Email: lincolncocallcenter@co.lincoln.or.us

  • If you have COVID19 health questions you can also call the Samaritan Call Center from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, 7 days a week.  Call: 541-451-SICK (7425)
  • 211info is a community information hotline. Call: 211
  1. What are the next steps when someone tests positive for COVID-19 in Lincoln county? Click here for more information.
  2. Want to know more about effective vs. dangerous or ineffective prevention for COVID-19?  Click here for more information.

Stay Informed about COVID-19:

  • Regional response: Lincoln County updates its site with COVID-19 news and guidance.
  • Review the attached Lincoln County Emergency Operations Center Public Briefing document. This briefing is intended to be a guide to access additional local, state, tribal and federal information and resources. It will be available on the county website and updated regularly.
  • Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.
  • United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.
  • Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

What we are doing:

  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management is coordinating PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) donations. 

What you can do:

  • You can help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases- stay at home, when you must go out follow good physical distancing practices, and continue to use proper hand washing and cleaning practices.
  • Reach out to your neighbors, friends, and family by phone or email to make sure they and their animals have the resources they need to be safe during this public health emergency.

Respectfully submitted, 

Jenny Demaris, 
County Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Susan Trachsel,
Public Information Officer
Lincoln County Public Health

www.co.lincoln.or.us/covid  

Stay Home! Save Lives!

(SALEM, Ore.) — In response to the “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, a coalition of Oregon state agencies are asking Oregonians to voluntarily refrain from conducting outdoor burning. 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office (OSFM), Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recognize that many Oregonians use fire as a necessary tool to manage their lands, including industrial forest landowners, farmers, small woodland owners, and rural residents. However, it’s important to weigh possible effects on the wider community before choosing to burn. Please be a good neighbor. Smoke from fires during the current pandemic may result in the following negative consequences for the public and first responders:

  • Smoke inhalation can cause upper respiratory symptoms, which could be incorrectly attributed to COVID-19, leading to unnecessary testing or self-isolation.
  • Exposure to smoke and other forms of air pollution can increase the risk of contracting infectious respiratory disease such as COVID-19, increase the severity of existing respiratory infections, and worsen underlying chronic respiratory conditions.
  • There is a severe shortage of personal protective equipment to reduce smoke exposure at this time.
  • First responders and other emergency services are operating at a reduced capacity and have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

COVID-19 affects the respiratory system. Fever, cough and difficulty breathing are the most common symptoms. While some people with COVID-19 are hospitalized, most patients recover at home, where smoke from a nearby outdoor burn could worsen their condition. To avoid additional health impacts, all people in Oregon are asked to voluntarily refrain from conducting outdoor burning activities until further notice.

Burning that can be delayed includes:

  • Debris burning around one’s property
  • Burn barrels
  • Industrial burning
  • Slash and forest burning
  • Agricultural burning that would impact neighbors and can be delayed

Local officials may already have prohibited outdoor burning in your area. If you must conduct outdoor burning, please first check with your local fire agency to see if outdoor burning is still allowed. If it is, please follow best burn practices, which can be found on the website of the Office of the State Fire Marshall.

DEQ, ODF, OSFM, and ODA encourage the public to use the following alternatives to burning when available:

  • Recycle paper products when possible
  • Compost or chip yard debris on site
  • Haul to a yard debris composting or recycling site
  • Reuse old lumber

For more information, visit:

ODF https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Fire/pages/Burn.aspx

DEQhttps://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/Pages/Burning.aspx

ODAhttps://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/NaturalResources/Pages/Burning.aspx

OHA COVID-19 website – https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

This is a rapidly evolving situation. The latest COVID-19 response and protocols information is available at the Oregon Health Authority | COVID 19 Updates webpage. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

Another death in Oregon from Corona Virus

Corona Virus

April 3, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 22, the Oregon Health Authority reported Friday.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. Friday. The new COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (5), Clatsop (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (4), Klamath (5), Malheur (1), Marion (14), Morrow (1), Multnomah (15), Polk (2), Washington (17), Yamhill (5). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus

Oregon’s 22nd COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old man in Polk County, who tested positive on March 19 and died April 2 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying medical conditions.

13 Corona Virus cases at Lebanon veterans’ home have recovered

Corona Virus

13 COVID-19 cases at Lebanon veterans’ home have recovered

Thirteen of the 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon are now recovered, the medical staff informed the Oregon Health Authority this week.

Two of the Home’s COVID cases died, while one case remains active. Facility staff continue to monitor residents for symptoms of respiratory illness to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Those who have recovered include the home’s most senior resident, a World War II veteran who celebrated his 104th birthday with a small group of family this week.

“This is the good news so many of us have been hoping for throughout this difficult situation,” said Kelly Fitzpatrick, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs director. “Words cannot express our gratitude to the medical staff at the home who helped guide these recoveries, and who provided such exceptional care to our honored residents.

“There is no doubt that their diligent adherence to the infectious disease prevention protocols and public health guidelines have helped ensure the health and safety of our vulnerable residents, themselves and the community.”

Widespread and strict lock-down protocols remain in place, in line with the home’s protocols and nationwide guidance for skilled nursing facilities that are now in effect.

“While we celebrate this welcome good news, we recognize that we are not out of the woods yet,” Fitzpatrick said. “As long as this virus is out there, it remains our duty to do whatever we can to protect the honored residents in our care, and prevent the spread or reintroduction of this potentially deadly disease.”

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said, “I am glad to hear these veterans have recovered from their illnesses. I’m grateful to everyone whose excellent and attentive care helped them beat the COVID-19 virus, from their medical care providers to staff at the Allworth Veterans Home. Their story is a reminder that all of us are part of a critical mission to prevent others from getting sick: stay home, save lives.”

Oregon appears to be making progress fighting COVID-19

Corona Virus

New projections from health researchers show there is “strong evidence that measures currently in place in Oregon are reducing transmission,” but these measures need to be maintained to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections in Oregon.

During a virtual press briefing this afternoon, Oregon Office of Emergency Management director Andrew Phelps, along with Dr. Dean Sidelinger of Oregon Health Authority, discussed projections of the disease’s spread in the state. Go to https://oregon-coronavirus-geo.hub.arcgis.com/ to view video from the briefing. Dr. Sidelinger is a specialist in epidemiology and immunization.

“By staying home, Oregonians are doing their part to flatten the curve,” said Andrew Phelps. “When Oregonians stay home, we limit contact with sick people, protect first responders and frontline workers, preserving hospital space, and extend the life of the state’s supply of personal protection equipment, such as masks and gloves.”

Phelps clarified that the briefings will be occurring regularly and that media advisories will be sent out on the days there are webinars. The Oregon Joint Information Center (JIC) may be reached at media.COVID-19@state.or.us or 503-373-7872 with any immediate questions.

Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Police say drinking and driving remains a common cause of serious injuries.

Yaquina Bay Rd Crash
Driver arrested DUI

Traffic Crash Yaquina Bay Rd Leads to DUI Arrest

On March 31, 2020 at approximately 6:40 PM The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a single vehicle traffic crash near mile post three on Yaquina Bay Rd. Upon arrival EMS personnel along with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office found a light green Ford Focus had left the roadway eastbound and struck a dirt embankment at a high rate of speed causing significant damage to the vehicle.

Deputy Siscilee Gouge assisted in providing medical care to the injured driver and his K9 companion.

The driver, Andrew Gullet, age 50 of Newport was transported to SPCH in Newport for injuries related to the traffic crash. During this time, no family or friends could be located and his K9 companion was taken to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter for observation and care.

While at the hospital Deputies gained probable cause Mr. Gullet was driving impaired prior to the crash. Deputy Zachary Akin applied for and was granted a search warrant for further analysis of Mr. Gullet’s blood.

Mr. Gullet was cited and released for DUI, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief and Aggravated Harassment. Mr. Gullet was still receiving medical care for injuries from the traffic crash and could not be taken to the Lincoln County Jail.

Lincoln County Political Candidate Endorsements

NewsLincolnCounty.com is giving all Lincoln County voters an opportunity to endorse candidates of their choice.  Email to:  News@NewsLincolnCounty.com.  Keep them short and to the point.
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I’m Endorsing Russell Baldwin for Circuit Court Judge!

VOTE for a judge who has experience and integrity! Based on our direct experience with Russell L. Baldwin, we know him to be fully experienced in and have the deep commitment and ability to handle matters of both criminal and civil law. Bottom line: We trust him implicitly because he cares equally about all people, has an astonishing work ethic, is fair, extremely intelligent, level-headed, good-hearted, a hard-worker — and wise.

Thank you for your consideration in this important matter.

Sincerely,
Ashley Warrenton-Smith
Catalyst Coaching and Training
Medford, Oregon

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Some pointers for “Take Out” food…”Groceries” and “Mask-UP!!!”

There is a flood of people who are ordering prepared food from restaurants. But there are a few things that people should keep in mind.  Here’s the run-down:  http://a.msn.com/06/en-us/BB127j1n?ocid=se

And when you bring groceries home: https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/watch/how-to-properly-wipe-down-your-groceries/vi-BB126hd0?ocid=se2

And by the way…ALWAYS WEAR A MASK!  https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/health-news/what-are-the-latest-guidelines-on-wearing-masks-in-public/ar-BB11XWSN?ocid=se

Shooting in Lincoln City leaves one man dead

Lincoln City Police Dept

A person was killed overnight in a police shooting outside a Lincoln City drugstore.

Lincoln City police said officers pulled into the parking lot of the Rite Aid drug store at 4041 NE Logan Road, just off U.S. 101.  “The suspect,” died at North Lincoln Hospital.  No officers were injured.

No information about the circumstances of the incident has been released.

Update from Oregon State Police:

On Thursday, April 2nd at about 10:40 PM, Lincoln City Police Officers were involved in an officer-involved-shooting in the parking lot of the Rite Aid Store located at 4041 NW Logan Road in Lincoln City. The involved officers were uninjured and the suspect was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital where lifesaving efforts took place. The suspect was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.  Per Lincoln County Deadly Force Protocols, the Oregon State Police (OSP) was called in and is leading the investigation in cooperation with the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office. The involved officers have been placed on paid administrative leave as is standard practice for these events.

Name of the suspect has not yet been released.

Brutal Assault Puts Toledo Man in Intensive Care

Toledo Police Dept.

Shallone Sheets
Assault, Reckless Endangering, Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  $500,000 Bail

On Thursday April 2nd at approximately 2:20 AM the Toledo Police Department began receiving 911 calls regarding a physical fight occurring at the Yaquina Bay Motel. When Officers arrived they located an adult male victim with significant head injuries. The Officers provided first-aid treatment until Toledo Fire and Pac-West medics arrived.

Through an investigation it was determined the adult male victim had been struck in the head with a stick like object by a male who was later identified as Shallone Michael Sheets. Officers learned Mr. Sheets was reportedly hiding at an unknown location within or around the motel. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted the Toledo Police Officer in searching the area. Officers eventually located Mr. Sheets and were able to take him into custody without incident. Mr. Sheets was transported and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Assault I and Reckless Endangering with a total bail of $250,000.

Both the victim and Mr. Sheets are believed to be long term residents of the Yaquina Bay Motel.

Due to the severity of the victim’s injuries he was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis for a higher level of treatment. Additional charges are pending. Anyone with information on the assault is asked to contact the Toledo Police Department at 541-336-5555.

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