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Lincoln County Reports Fourth Local COVID-19 Death

Corona Virus

NEWPORT, Ore. – A 96-year-old woman is Lincoln County’s fourth reported local COVID-19 related death. She died July 2 at her residence and had underlying medical conditions. Public Health also announced 1 new case of COVID-19 today. This brings the current count to 346 cases.

Lincoln County has many resources that can help residents or visitors of any background and preferred language. If you experience a medical emergency call 911 immediately. For less urgent care, contact the Lincoln Community Health Center or Samaritan Health. Contact information listed below.

There are three situations where you must quarantine for 14 days.
* We ask that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. Supports are in place for people who must isolate, and we will be reaching out to all known close contacts and confirmed cases.
* If you have questions about this, please contact our call center at 541-265-0621 or email LincolnCoCallCenter@co.lincoln.or.us.

The three situations where people need to self-isolate and quarantine are:
* Confirmed COVID-19 test
* Close contact of positive case (within 6 feet for over 15 minutes)
* Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms include cough, chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of sense of taste or smell. New symptoms recently announced include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.
* Below is a description of quarantine and isolation guidelines for confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts. According to the Oregon Health Authority, testing above and beyond this guidance is neither recommended nor should it be required. That is, once a case has met criteria for discontinuation of isolation, or a contact has completed their quarantine period, they should not be required to test negative before returning to work.

Once close contacts and positive cases meet the criteria for discontinuation of quarantine and isolation, they may return to their regular lives. Additional testing is not recommended.

Lincoln County staff and partners are making calls to close contacts of confirmed cases. Some of these calls may look like they come from an unknown number. If you don’t answer, they will leave a message. Please call them back as soon as you can.
Local public and tribal health authorities will never ask for your social security number, credit card number, bank account or billing information, or immigration status. (Note: Information will not be shared with immigration authority or law enforcement. Getting tested or getting treatment for COVID-19 will not affect your ability to get permanent residency in the U.S.)

Additional details on how to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus:
* If you have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case:
* 8 Someone from public health will reach out to you. Monitor your symptoms. Contact your doctor if you develop symptoms.
* If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
* Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
* Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947
* If you aren’t sure if you have had close contact with a confirmed case:
* Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or longer. If this did not happen, then you do not need to quarantine, but you may want to limit your trips outside the home. Monitor your symptoms.
* Contact your doctor if you develop symptoms. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms:
* Start a 14 day quarantine immediately. This means staying at home or in your hotel/other living arrangements. This includes staying home from work and not going out to shop for supplies.
* Contact your doctor and let them know that you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947
* If you receive a negative COVID-19 test result after being asked to quarantine:
* Continue to quarantine until your 14 days have passed. This includes staying home from work and the store.
* Continue to monitor your symptoms and contact your doctor if you develop any. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
* Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
* Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947
* Anyone in Lincoln County that is confirmed to have COVID-19 or that has had close contact with a confirmed case will be receiving a letter from Public Health as proof to their employer excusing their absence from work. If you have COVID-19, have been exposed, or develop symptoms you need to quarantine immediately. It is of utmost importance that Lincoln County employers and occupants quarantine at the first sign of symptoms or suspected exposure.

* For more information on contact tracing, please visit https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/contact-tracing
* For more information on quarantine and self-isolation, please visit
https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/quarantine-and-isolation-information

Report of a possible house fire at 902 SW Mark Street….

8:45pm  Report of smoke in a home at 902 SW Mark Street, overlooking the beach in Newport. 

9:01pm  Sounds like there’ s some confusion over where the smoke is coming from…

9:14pm  Secondary smoke from fireworks on the beach is reported to be the source.  No house fire.

Guarded progress with Newport’s water supply – primary cause still elusive…

Newport Water Treatment Plant

From Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel:

I have some relatively good news to report on water production and storage. The quick flush and cleaning of the water modules is allowing us to keep up with usage. The filters are still plugging fairly quickly and we are not sure that we can sustain full production without the portable sand filtration units. The quicker cleaning has allowed us to catch up on production with the seafood plants not operating until Friday on a limited basis.  It also seems that with water conservation and less visitors than usage, our water demand is down from a normal Fourth.

 

Operation of Industrial Water Users

On Thursday evening we notified industrial users that they may begin using a limited amount of water for fish processing. We are now allowing Pacific Seafood to expand their water usage by an additional 300 GPM per their request this afternoon. We will make a determination about going into full production on Sunday evening. We are allowing Bornstein’s to operate and have notified Rogue that they may begin operations.

Portable Filtration Units

Public Works Crews and Emory and Sons have completed work on the intakes, valves and connections to the water treatment plant. We are ready to connect these units to the water treatment plant. We were originally told that the units would be here today. For reasons unknown to us the arrival times are now Sunday morning. Because of the timing and the public works crews have been working extended days through today, it is now our intent to physically connect these units to the new intake lines and the plant on Monday morning, provided that the units arrive tomorrow. We had never planned on operating the units until Monday, so this does not dramatically impact our original schedule.

Lab Testing of the Filter Module

The filter will be analyzed in the lab of the filter manufacturer, Pall, beginning on Monday. We expect that we will have initial results on Tuesday from the testing. Pall had a person on site for six days to assist with trouble shooting and analysis of our situation.

Installation of new Membrane Filters

The Filters have been delivered to the Water Treatment Plant. We are holding off on installation until after the testing is completed on the module that was sent to Pall’s lab in New York.

Overall, we are in much better position today than we were on Monday. There has been a lot of cooperation and collaboration to get us to this point. The Emergency Declaration is still in effect and we have notified users that may need to have them reduce operations if things do not continue on their current path. We should be in a much stronger position once the portable sand filters are in place. I will provide an update to this report on Sunday evening.

 

Spencer R. Nebel,

City Manager, 541-574-0601

s.nebel@newportoregon.gov

Oregon’s catching up with the rest of the country – 303 new cases today

Oregon reports 303 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 213, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 303 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 9,930.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (2), Clackamas (26), Clatsop (2), Columbia (2), Deschutes (11), Douglas (1), Gilliam (1), Jackson (7), Jefferson (1), Josephine (8), Klamath (5), Lake (1), Lane (12), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Malheur (31), Marion (18), Morrow (11), Multnomah (58), Polk (3), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (49), Wasco (4), and Washington (46).

See the press release for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

Oregon’s 210th COVID-19 death is 93-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on June 27 and died on July 1, in his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 211th COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on June 21 and died on June 26, at Good Shepherd Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 212th COVID-19 death is a 94-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 16 and died on June 29, in her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 213th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old woman in Lincoln County who tested positive on June 29. Her date and place of death, and underlying medical conditions are being confirmed.

Attention Tillamook County….

North Coast: A single vehicle crash that has resulted in a fatality has U.S. 101 closed four miles south of Cloverdale in Tillamook County. This could be a lengthy closure for a law enforcement investigation and reconstruction. Travelers should avoid the area, consider an alternative route or expect long delays.

Keep It Safe, Folks….

The City of Newport asks everyone to use care with fireworks this weekend. This is particularyly imporant with the water emergency that has been declared by the city. The city wishes everyone happy and social-distanced Fourth of July celebrations.

Fireworks Frequent Questions

The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office has provided the following information on fireworks use –

What type of fireworks can I use in Oregon?
Retail: Oregon consumer legal fireworks, also sometimes referred to as retail fireworks. Commonly known Oregon consumer legal fireworks are fountains, flitter sparklers, and ground spinners just to name a few.

Limited: 1.4g products, also known as consumer fireworks in the fireworks industry, may be used in Oregon only with a valid permit issued by our office. Common 1.4g fireworks are bottle rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers, and certain aerial fireworks. For more information on the permitting process, visit our website at https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Fireworks.aspx.

Where can I purchase fireworks?
They can be purchased at an Oregon permitted retail fireworks sales location during the retail fireworks sale dates of June 23 through July 6. For approved locations, visit https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Fireworks-Retail-Permits.aspx.

When can I use fireworks?
Under Oregon law, the Office of State Fire Marshal has no regulations on when you can use retail fireworks purchased during the retail fireworks sale dates of June 23 through July 6.

Where can I use fireworks?
Some prohibited locations are Oregon State beaches, parks, campgrounds, and State and Federal forest lands. For more information, visit these websites:

Can I use fireworks on the beach?
No, please see information above for restrictions.

Can I bring fireworks to Oregon from another state?
No, fireworks must be purchased from an Oregon permitted retail fireworks sales location.

Can I use fireworks that fly in the air?
Fireworks that fly in the air, explode or behave in an uncontrolled and unpredictable manner are not allowed to be used in Oregon without the proper permit issued by our office. A limited fireworks display permit would allow you to use 1.4g fireworks, commonly known as bottle rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers, and certain aerial fireworks. For more information on the permitting process, visit https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Fireworks.aspx.

Can I use sky lanterns in Oregon?
No, the law prohibits the use of sky lanterns in Oregon at all times.

Although there is an ongoing water emergency in the City of Newport, fireworks are allowed. Please celebrate the Fourth of July safely and responsibly.

Burn Season Ends

Newport Fire Department is ending burn season early. Back yard debris burning is closed for the City of Newport and the areas of Newport Rural Fire Protection District that are North and East of the city limits of Newport.

Only the portion of the Rural Fire District located South of Newport will be allowed to continue back yard debris burning through July 5th. This is because that area’s water is supplied by Seal Rock Water District, which is not under any water restrictions.

All back-yard debris burning in all areas will be closed for the summer starting Monday, July 6. Debris burning season will open back up this fall, usually around October 1, when the fall rains return. Please call Newport Fire Department at 541-265-9461 if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading the City of Newport’s E-Blast. If you would like to submit a community event or meeting, please email g.tucker@newportoregon.gov.

Washington DC is upside down in the eyes of America….

Senator’s Wyden and Merkley
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As the Trump administration keeps working to dismantle the health care law that provides coverage for millions of Americans, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have joined 45 of their Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution condemning that reckless effort. The senators also demanded the Department of Justice (DOJ) defend existing law in court, and halt its efforts to repeal the health care protections for millions of Americans—including 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions—in the middle of a public health emergency.

“The last thing families need while they’re fighting to stay healthy and keep the lights on amid an ongoing global pandemic is to have their health insurance ripped away,” said Merkley. “All of the Americans who get and recover from COVID-19 are going to have a brand new pre-existing condition, and the Trump administration and their allies in Congress and the states want to make sure insurance companies can use that illness to kick them off insurance. If there’s one thing this pandemic has made crystal clear, it’s that good health care matters.  We should build on the strengths of the Affordable Care Act, not scrap it and return to a time when insurance company bureaucrats rationed care to the healthy and wealthy.”

“The Trump administration’s playbook of ‘adding insult to injury’ can add another predictably cruel chapter with this bizarre scheme to yank away health care from millions of Americans during COVID-19,” Wyden said. “Walking hand-in-hand with insurance companies while turning a cold shoulder to families struggling to weather this public health crisis combines incompetence with irrationality.  As the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, I am all in with the battle to defend the Affordable Care Act’s provisions protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions.”

The resolution urges DOJ to reverse its position and instead protect the millions of people who rely on the ACA for health care coverage amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected more than 2.5 million Americans and killed more than 125,000.

Last week, the DOJ and a group of Republican Attorneys General submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to invalidate the ACA and pull the rug out from underneath the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who depend on the law for health care coverage. If the Supreme Court agrees and overturns the ACA, 340,000 Oregonians could lose coverage, including Oregonians enrolled through Medicaid expansion and those under the of age 26 who have stayed on their parents’ health coverage.

Additionally, the 1.6 million Oregonians who have a pre-existing conditions could once again face annual or lifetime caps, medical underwriting for their insurance coverage, or denials for the care they need. Across the board, the state would lose billions of dollars in federal funds, causing significant job losses and jeopardizing the viability of Oregon’s rural and frontier hospitals. All of this would happen in the midst of a global health and economic crisis that has already impacted health providers across Oregon.

Governor Brown hints of a crackdown on the Covid-19

Governor Brown is laying it on the line – if people don’t cooperate with facemasks she’ll start shutting things down.

Gov. Kate Brown on Friday announced increased enforcement of the state’s facemasks, physical distancing and occupancy standards for businesses at the start of the three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The move comes as Oregon’s number of new coronavirus cases soared Thursday to record-breaking heights for the second consecutive day with 375 cases, topping Wednesday’s 281.

Governor Brown is vowing to do what’s necessary to save lives despite those who lack sufficient respect for the urgency of the situation…

A bit of calm before the storm…

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: Eleven New Cases and Two Recoveries

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eleven new positive cases and two additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 372, with 260 recoveries and seven deaths, 105 cases remain active.

The new cases are:
A male Lyon County resident in his 50’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident in her 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident in her 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A male Douglas County resident in his 70’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
A male Douglas County resident in his 70’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Lyon County resident in her 20’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
A male Carson City resident in his 30’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
A male Carson City resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
A male Lyon County resident in his 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
A female Carson City resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.

Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.
Gender and age break down of the cases by county as well as the cases by zip code is available at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/. Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website (nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/).

In observance of Independence Day, the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline will be closed Saturday July 4th. It will reopen Monday July 6th at 8 a.m. The phone number is (775) 283-4789.

Stay informed. For updates and more information on COVID-19 visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/.

Another Lincoln County Covid-19 victim succumbs to the virus…

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Lincoln County Reports Third Local COVID-19 Death


An 86-year-old woman is Lincoln County’s third reported local COVID-19 related death. She died July 1 at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and had underlying medical conditions.  “As we see positive cases increase in our community and across the country, it will be more challenging than ever to protect our vulnerable people. This death is incredibly sad and we will probably see more especially in our elder population. For this reason alone, please keep 6 feet from others, wear a mask in public and wash your hands frequently” said Health Department Director, Rebecca Austen. Public Health also announced 3 new cases of COVID-19 today. This brings the current count to 327 cases.

Lincoln County has many resources that can help residents or visitors of any background and preferred language. If you experience a medical emergency call 911 immediately. For less urgent care, contact the Lincoln Community Health Center or Samaritan Health. Contact information listed below.

There are three situations where you must quarantine for 14 days. We ask that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations. Supports are in place for people who must isolate, and we will be reaching out to all known close contacts and confirmed cases. If you have questions about this, please contact our call center at 541-265-0621 or email LincolnCoCallCenter@co.lincoln.or.us

The three situations where people need to self-isolate and quarantine are:
* Confirmed COVID-19 test
* Close contact of positive case (within 6 feet for over 15 minutes)
* Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms include cough, chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of sense of taste or smell. New symptoms recently announced include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

Below is a description of quarantine and isolation guidelines for confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts. According to the Oregon Health Authority, testing above and beyond this guidance is neither recommended nor should it be required. That is, once a case has met criteria for discontinuation of isolation, or a contact has completed their quarantine period, they should not be required to test negative before returning to work.

Once close contacts and positive cases meet the criteria for discontinuation of quarantine and isolation, they may return to their regular lives. Additional testing is not recommended.

Lincoln County staff and partners are making calls to close contacts of confirmed cases. Some of these calls may look like they come from an unknown number. If you don’t answer, they will leave a message. Please call them back as soon as you can.
Local public and tribal health authorities will never ask for your social security number, credit card number, bank account or billing information, or immigration status. (Note: Information will not be shared with immigration authority or law enforcement. Getting tested or getting treatment for COVID-19 will not affect your ability to get permanent residency in the U.S.)

Additional details on how to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus:

If you have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case:

* Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or longer. Start a 14-day quarantine immediately. This means staying at home or in your hotel/other living arrangements. This includes staying home from work and not going out to shop for supplies.
* Someone from public health will reach out to you. Monitor your symptoms. Contact your doctor if you develop symptoms. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947

If you aren’t sure if you have had close contact with a confirmed case:

Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or longer. If this did not happen, then you do not need to quarantine, but you may want to limit your trips outside the home. Monitor your symptoms.
Contact your doctor if you develop symptoms. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:

Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms
:

* Start a 14 day quarantine immediately. This means staying at home or in your hotel/other living arrangements. This includes staying home from work and not going out to shop for supplies.
* Contact your doctor and let them know that you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947

If you receive a negative COVID-19 test result after being asked to quarantine:
* Continue to quarantine until your 14 days have passed. This includes staying home from work and the store.
* Continue to monitor your symptoms and contact your doctor if you develop any. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
* Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
* Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947

Anyone in Lincoln County that is confirmed to have COVID-19 or that has had close contact with a confirmed case will be receiving a letter from Public Health as proof to their employer excusing their absence from work. If you have COVID-19, have been exposed, or develop symptoms you need to quarantine immediately. It is of utmost importance that Lincoln County employers and occupants quarantine at the first sign of symptoms or suspected exposure.

For more information on contact tracing, please visit https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/contact-tracing
For more information on quarantine and self-isolation, please visit
https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/quarantine-and-isolation-information

Governor Brown lowers the boom on those who don’t wear face masks in public…

Governor Kate Brown Launches July 4th Face Covering Enforcement Statewide for Restaurants, Bars, and Other Businesses

Masks must be worn in indoor and outdoor public places…

Eight counties placed on Watch List, will face restrictive measures if COVID-19 outbreaks worsen 

(Salem, OR) — In light of rising COVID-19 case counts over the month of June, including a record-high 375 cases yesterday, Governor Kate Brown today announced stepped up enforcement statewide on face covering, physical distancing, and occupancy standards in place for businesses. The effort, led by Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), will ensure restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules over the Fourth of July holiday weekend and thereafter.

She also added 8 Oregon counties to a Watch List for COVID-19: Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wasco. The spread of COVID-19 in these counties has risen to alarming levels in recent weeks. Analysis by the Oregon Health Authority showed alarmingly high per capita rates of case increases and community spread––cases where the infections are not attributable to a specific location or event. This community spread is a serious warning sign for health experts.

Counties on the Watch List will be monitored in the coming days while the Oregon Health Authority and local officials deploy additional capacity to control the spread of the disease. If the counties do not see a downturn quickly, restrictive measures such as business closures or tighter gathering size limits will ensue.

“I am asking Oregonians this holiday weekend to take urgent steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face coverings, avoiding large gatherings, and physically distancing,” said Governor Kate Brown. “And state enforcement agencies will be out in force to ensure businesses are in compliance. Those businesses not complying with gathering size limits, face covering requirements, physical distancing rules, and other standards face stiff penalties.”

Staff from the OLCC, supported by OSHA field offices across the state, will be conducting spot checks and inspections all over Oregon during the holiday weekend to ensure restaurants, bars, other businesses, and their patrons are complying with state alcohol laws, OLCC rules, and the requirement to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces. The compliance effort comes after the state reached a new record of 375 new cases of COVID-19 across the state on Thursday.

For businesses that refuse to comply, OSHA and OLCC staff are empowered to take administrative action including issuing citations, fines, and Red Warning Notices if necessary. Red Warning Notices apply to businesses that appear to be in willful violation of the Governor’s executive orders or who refuse to take corrective measures. Such businesses are closed until the hazardous condition is remedied. Violation of a Red Warning Notice results in stiff penalties.

The Governor added, “We stand at a crossroads this weekend––we can either stop the spread of COVID-19, or infections and hospitalizations will rise across Oregon and I will reinstate restrictive measures in impacted counties and business sectors.”

Virus Update July 3 – Lincoln County remains a “warm” spot

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July 3, 2020

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Oregon reports 344 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths; provides Watch List data

The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 209, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 344 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 9,636.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (7), Clackamas (22), Clatsop (1), Columbia (3), Coos (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (9), Douglas (1), Jackson (9), Jefferson (5), Josephine (3), Klamath (2), Lake (1), Lane (16), Lincoln (18), Linn (2), Malheur (20), Marion (32), Morrow (10), Multnomah (59), Polk (5), Sherman (1), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (49), Union (8), Wasco (10), Washington (46), and Yamhill (1).

The Health Authority also released a table showing recent trends in cases by county between mid-June and the beginning of July.

These trends show where the COVID-19 virus is spreading at the fastest rate and which counties have the highest rates of “sporadic” transmission – i.e., cases that do not have a clear epidemiological link to other outbreaks or clusters of infections and therefore indicate that the virus is spreading uncontained in a community.

Governor Kate Brown identified eight counties that will be placed on a “Watch List” based on these data: Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wasco. State and local health officials will closely monitor the situation in these counties in coming days and prioritize additional resources to suppress the virus in these hotspot communities.

To see more case and county-level data, go to the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 website:www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Newport Water Plant update..

Newport Water Treatment Plant is struggling – reduce your water usage!

Update on Water Emergency July 2 at 6:00 pm

Tim Gross, Steve Stewart and Public Works Crews and various consultants are working on addressing production problems at the water filtration plant caused by the plugging of the Micro Filtration Modules. This is a summary of where we are at with the emergency:

First of all, some better news. We are catching up with storage of drinking water heading into the Fourth of July weekend for a variety a reasons as outlined below. We have notified Pacific Seafood and Bornstein’s that they may resume limited production at the fish plants effective immediately. We do not have enough water to run the surimi plant at this time. We will update this report at the end of the day on Saturday. We will be evaluate the impact of these operations on our water storage. If this causes problems with our water storage, we will ask that this activity be curtailed.

An Emergency Declaration is in effect until July 20. The City has been working with HDR and Pall Company to identify why the filters are getting plugged.  Pall Company has been onsite working with our crews to identify what is causing the filters to continually plug up. It’s substantially reducing production of water.  Meanwhile worker have used a number of deep cleaning methods to clean this filters. The cause could be chemical, biological and/or mechanical. While a number of methods have been used and temporary clearing of the filter modules has been achieved at various levels, the filters are plugging up shortly after operations resume. A variety of production changes have been implemented trying through the process of elimination to determine what is, or is not causing these problems. A Micro Filtration Module has been shipped to Pall Company in New York to do a complete analysis (chemical and mechanical) of this module in their lab on Monday. Some better news is that yesterday afternoon, Pall tried a different cleaning process of the filters. This process only lasted 3 hours  and we have had good success cleaning one of the filter banks. We have repeated this process with the other filters with the same results. While they are still plugging up after a few hours of the cleaning, this quicker cleaning process is allow us to substantially increase water production over what we have been able to produce over the last week.  In the meantime please restrict your water use.

We continue to receive treated water from Seal Rock Water District through the intertie that was installed four years ago. This was really critical for us particularly over last weekend and earlier this week and we appreciate the efforts of Seal Rock Water District and the City of Toledo for their efforts at supplement our water production. We plan on continuing this effort through the weekend.

Industrial Water customers have stopped using water for production.  Pacific Seafood, Bornstein’s and Rogue accounts for nearly half of our water production during the Pacific Whiting processing. This stoppage allowed us to recover water in storage. We have met /or talked with each of these major water users and greatly appreciate their cooperation with these efforts. The shutdown does have significant impacts to their operations and to the commercial fishermen. We have also discussed these issues with the Mid-water Trawlers Association as well. By resuming limited operations, we will reduce some of the impact that the water production limitations has had on this our seafood sector.

The City has ordered two semi-trailer sand filtration modular units that are coming from Texas and Missouri. The units are expected to arrive on Saturday with the first unit arriving at 10:00a.m. and the second unit arriving at 4:00 p.m.. In order to connect these units into the water plant, separate intakes have been designed and are now being built to get raw water from the lower reservoir to the modular water filtration units. This work has been contracted with Emery and Sons and is underway. A new electrical service to power the modular units has been built and connected to the power grid by the PUD.  The water treated through these modular units will then flow through the water plant’s charcoal filtration system (separate from the micro filtration modules) and chlorination system. The goal is to have this system connected to our system and tested over the weekend with the hope that these units are operational by Monday if everything goes as planned.

The City has received new Micro Filtration Modules from Pall Company to replace existing modules. Those modules arrived today. Since we have to take part of the plant down to install these modules, we are not proceeding with their replacement until the modular filtration units are operational. Also, we are concerned that the problem of plugging the existing filters may occur with the new filters as well. Until we know why this happening we will make a decision as to when we will install these units. We are looking forward to the lab analysis that will begin on Monday by Pall Company in New York. Pall has indicated that they could have results as early as Tuesday from their testing and analysis.

Overall, we have been able to make significant headway on increasing water storage over the past few days. Short of a major water main break or a major fire, We are feeling more optimistic that we will have sufficient water for this coming weekend to allow limited seafood production with conservation efforts.

Finally, all water that we are producing has been and will continue to meet our permit requirements for providing safe drinking water to the customers of this community. This is a standard that we will continue to meet.

I greatly appreciate the efforts of Tim Gross, Steve Stewart and the water plant crews for their time and dedication in working through this very difficult situation. They have put in many hours around the clock to keep providing safe drinking water to the community despite very difficult circumstances. The Public Works crews have been busy working with Emery and Sons to make the necessary preparations for the modular sand filters. They will be working on Friday and Saturday to connect these systems to the water plant. Also, thank you to Peggy Hawker for serving as Acting City Manager during last week. Peggy spent a good chunk of her weekend dealing with this emergency. Finally, we are grateful for the cooperation that we received from those impacted directly by the water production issues with the water treatment plant. We have had good support from all of our partners to address this emergency.

Spencer R. Nebel, City Manager, City of Newport, 541-574-0601

Covid-19 cases soar in Oregon…Governor Brown eyes pulling in the reins….

The number of new daily coronavirus cases in Oregon soared to record-breaking heights for the second consecutive day on Thursday with 375 cases, topping Wednesday’s 281.

Disclosure of the cases comes as outbreaks continue throughout central and eastern Oregon. Umatilla County, with a population of just under 78,000 residents, had the highest case count on Thursday with 88. The county in eastern Oregon averaged 40 cases per day in the last week for the second highest count in the state behind Multnomah County and just ahead of Washington County, which has 500,000 more residents.

But it appears to be getting worse.  Click here.

‘Tis the season….

Southwest and South Central Oregon – Extreme fire danger this summer…

SALEM, Ore – Fire season will officially be in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands Monday, July 6. The North Cascade and West Oregon protection districts are the last two to declare fire season. ODF’s Southwest Oregon District was the first to declare fire season May 1.

Fire season is declared based on conditions at the local district level, with restrictions intended to help prevent human-caused wildfires. Fire season generally runs through mid-October and ends based on local conditions.

For residents within ODF’s 12 fire protection districts, the arrival of fire season means the end of unregulated outdoor debris burning, a leading cause of wildfires. While permits to burn may be issued in some areas, debris burning is generally prohibited throughout the summer due to increased wildfire risk. Violators burning without a permit will be cited and held liable for fire suppression costs.

Other public use fire restrictions are also in effect in several areas. The use of fireworks, tracer ammunition and exploding targets are illegal within ODF protection boundaries, as well as other state and federal lands. Campfires, the mowing of dry, cured grass, cutting and welding, power saw use and other spark-emitting activities are regulated at the local level, depending upon the conditions and fire danger. For example, during low fire danger, mowing may be allowed all day. However, during moderate, high and extreme fire danger mowing may be restricted to early morning or prohibited entirely until conditions improve.

ODF encourages the public to stay informed of current fire restrictions by visiting the agency’s Fire Restrictions & Closures website or calling their local ODF or protective association office. To learn more about preventing human-caused wildfires, visit Keep Oregon Green on the web at www.keeporegongreen.org.

Forest operators are required to follow fire season requirements, including providing a water supply, fire tools, spark arresters on equipment, and fire watch. Similar to fire danger restrictions for the public, operators must follow rules under the four-tiered Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) system.  

ODF protects over 16 million acres of private, county, state and federal land.

Time Marches on…and now Michael Gibbons joins others on their journey into eternity….

Michael and Judy Gibbons

Michael A. Gibbons, 1943-2020

“Somehow the artist is the mercurial figure, the messenger, the alchemist, sent to add to the benediction of human history. I pray my offerings will, in some way, contribute to the collective blessings evident in this region.”

Michael Gibbons (2007)

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Michael A. Gibbons, a self-described “poet with a paintbrush” whose art evoked the beauty, wonder and mystery of nature, passed away on July 2, 2020, at home in Toledo, Oregon, as a result of complications from a stroke he suffered in 2016. He was 76.

“All of us in Michael’s hometown are deeply saddened by his passing,” said Toledo Mayor Rod Cross. “We will forever cherish the rich artistic and cultural legacy he left behind.”

Michael was born in Portland, Oregon, on Dec. 18, 1943, the son of Millard and Virginia Gibbons. He was proud to be a native-born Oregonian whose ancestry was deeply rooted in the state. Family records indicate that his mother’s descendants arrived in Oregon by covered wagon in 1865 and his father’s family arrived later in the nineteenth century.

Experimenting with art as soon as he could hold a crayon, Michael began painting with oils while still in elementary school. He attended Benson Polytechnic Institute (later high school) in Portland, where he attracted the attention of the Oregon Society of Artists. At 16, he was the youngest person invited to join the society.

According to a 2014 newspaper article in which he reminisced about his education, Michael as a young student was especially inspired by the work of the French landscape painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875).

“I had to paint things that struck people like that,” Michael was quoted as saying. “I saw dawn, that silvery morning light and soft colors. They weren’t garish. It was like looking at a prayer.”

After graduation from Benson and a three-year tour in the U.S. Air Force, he worked as a designer of specialty automotive parts, reflecting a born instinct for working with his hands.

Though he was mechanically inclined, he sensed that his destiny was as an artist. At age 25, he left his job in Portland and relocated to the Oregon Coast to pursue painting full-time.

Michael’s oil paintings of the coast and surrounding areas established his reputation for depicting the natural world with deep sensitivity and reverence. He became intimately familiar with the hills, meadows, estuaries and wildlife of the Yaquina River region, with a penchant for the interplay of light and colors.

Portable field equipment, solitude and focusing on a limited geographical area helped him create deeply personal portrayals of the land he called home for more than four decades. “My most powerful work comes from where I live,” Michael said.

While Michael’s most meaningful art was created in and around the community he called home, he visited many other locations to gain additional inspiration. He painted scenes in Washington, California, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, as well as in England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Mexico.

The ocean was a constant source of inspiration for Michael and his seascapes are among his most vital works. His painting re-creating the moment when the submersible “Alvin” discovered the hydrothermal vents off the Galapagos Islands in 1977 was given to Dr. Robert Ballard, who was a diver on that expedition. (Ballard gained worldwide fame for his discovery of the wreck of the “Titanic” in 1985.)

Michael’s work was featured in dozens of exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. “The Yaquina Traveling Exhibition: A Painted Voice for a Sacred Landscape” was featured at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in the summer of 2019. The same exhibition is currently on display through July 31 at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg.

Michael married Judith “Judy” Mortenson in 1988 and their partnership transcended life, love and art to become a true union of soul and spirit.

As longtime Toledo residents and civic leaders, Michael and Judy found constant inspiration in the town’s history and setting amid the naturally beautiful Yaquina River region.

“Life is an endless series of opportunities brilliantly disguised as hard work,” was one of Michael’s favorite maxims. In that spirit, he saw potential in Toledo as a place where art could flourish.

Michael’s and Judy’s tireless promotion of Toledo as a creative hub led to the creation of the Labor Day Art Walk, which in 2018 celebrated 25 years of showcasing the work of artists who depict the area’s natural beauty.

With his own hands, Michael restored the neglected complex of structures on Northeast Alder Street that became the focal point of his and Judy’s personal and professional lives, as well as that of Toledo’s unique artistic community.

“The Vicarage,” next door to St. John’s Episcopal Church, was their home and gallery, which Michael saved from dereliction in the 1980s. He also maintained a separate gallery in Tubac, Arizona, for nine years.

Michael’s studio in Toledo, where he painted, perfected and framed hundreds of his works, was built in 1887 as a Methodist church and later was used as a funeral home before he acquired it in 1992.

The two-story building that now houses the Yaquina River Museum of Art, which Michael and Judy founded in 2002, also dates from 1887.

With his fondness for machinery, Michael was proficient at painting industrial scenes, especially factories and ports. He was commissioned by Gunderson Marine in Portland to depict the company’s barges and railcar facilities.

He also painted the Georgia-Pacific containerboard mill on the Yaquina River in Toledo. His 1985 painting of the mill proved so popular that a framed print of it is given to retiring mill employees.

“Michael was fascinated by the relationship between manmade structures and nature,” said C.J. Drake, a friend of the Gibbons family who works at Georgia-Pacific. “His art depicting the works of industry pays homage to the natural environment in which they exist.”

Mayor Cross agreed. “Michael enshrined Toledo’s blue-collar culture in art,” he said.

Two of Michael’s original oil paintings, “Arnold Creek Estuary” and “Don Gray Country,” are on display in the Oregon governor’s official residence in Salem. Governor Kate Brown and First Gentleman Dan Little have been guests at the Gibbons home in Toledo.

The late Mark Hatfield, who represented Oregon in the U.S. Senate for 30 years, was among Michael’s many admirers. “This man has taken a land we all know and love and given it back to us in a form we can understand,” Senator Hatfield once said.

Michael was a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. He also was a member of the Allied Artists of America, the Copley Society and Christians in the Visual Arts. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newport and the Knights of Columbus.

Michael is survived by his beloved wife, Judy; four stepchildren, Vicky Ross, Michael Ross, Randy Ross and Stephen Ross; a sister, Laurie Gibbons; a niece, nephew, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He has gone before hundreds of friends, admirers and collectors of his art from throughout the world.

Memorial services are pending and will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Michael’s family encourages those wishing to honor his memory to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the art of the region. The museum’s address is 151 NE Alder Street, Toledo, OR 97391. www.YaquinaRiverMuseumofArt.org.

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