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The Roar of the Omicron is sweeping the country….

Omicron Virus
Shoving Delta variant out the door…

Omicron Cases and Deaths – You cannot be too careful…

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (30), Benton (321), Clackamas (820), Clatsop (45), Columbia (50), Coos (244), Crook (53), Curry (31), Deschutes (737), Douglas (155), Gilliam (6), Harney (2), Hood River (39), Jackson (375), Jefferson (110), Josephine (158), Klamath (70), Lake (3), Lane (678), Lincoln (209), Linn (313), Malheur (45), Marion (801), Morrow (21), Multnomah (1,454), Polk (213), Sherman (7), Tillamook (33), Umatilla (325), Union (38), Wallowa (13), Wasco (37), Washington (1,158), Wheeler (12) and Yamhill (154).

Pelican Brewing taking over Culinary Center in Lincoln City – and Crowded Neighborhood Streets are Getting a Closer Look

Lincoln City via Drone
StatMan photo

The Lincoln City Culinary Center will be turning over its facility to Pelican Brewery for three months this summer.  After three months Pelican can offer-up more money to continue to run the facility into the Fall, possibly.  There is also talk of extending a dock to provide more tourist strolls along the shoreline.  We’ll see how it turns out.

The city is also exploring how to improve and expand Taft Park as well as applying more outdoor athletic activities.  Outdoor activist David Jamieson is leading the charge telling city officials that the time is right to transform many areas of Lincoln City into a wider variety of outdoor recreation and sports activities.  Stay tuned – it’s still in the planning stages which may produce soccer fields, softball fields, LaCrosse, miniature golf and playgrounds – all with adequate parking, we’re told.

The City Council also began paying close attention to neighborhood parking issues.  The council indicated that many neighborhoods are choked with high levels of “parked vehicle congestion” reflecting Lincoln City’s rapid population growth.  There was a lot of talk of trying to keep those areas “functional,” as in preventing over-crowded streets.  Suggestions are being made that residential parking is getting out of hand causing city officials to create “neighborhood parking areas” that still have room for vehicles.  But many of those parking lots are more than a short walk to peoples’ homes.  Streets that were built 50 years ago, with their narrow widths, makes for a lot of frustrated drivers trying to get to work on time or getting back back in time for dinner. 

Old neighborhoods are not very versatile.   Narrow streets with parking on both sides makes for white knuckle driving – and frequently dodging neighborhood children.  It’s prompted some transportation engineers to suggest that homes with single driveways are quite obsolete, if not dangerous.  They say if owners of older homes have only a single strip of concrete leading up to their garages, they should look into adding an adjacent parallel cement driveway to accommodate a second vehicle – even if it has to stay outside.   That way commuters will know their cars will be right outside their home at 7:30am – ready to go.  And mail truck won’t have to stop so often, stepping out of their vehicles to put mail into mailboxes.

Such is the stuff of a growing metropolitan area which will prompt more convenient ways to get around Lincoln City and other Lincoln County communities. 

 

Virtual Port of Newport Meeting and Work Agenda

PORT OF NEWPORT COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING AND WORK SESSION AGENDA
Thursday, January 13, 2022, 12:00 p.m.
Microsoft Teams
Newport, OR 97365

This will be a virtual meeting, which means you can attend by registering or you can view the live stream of this meeting on our website: https://www.portofnewport.com/2022-01-13-commission- meetings-2022-january-13-2022-12-00-p-m

Anyone interested in making public comment must complete the form on our website and submit it by 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2022: https://www.portofnewport.com/2022-01-13- commission-meetings-2022-january-13-2022-12-00-p-m

Regular Meeting

I. Call to Order

II. Changes to the Agenda

III. Old Business

A. Approval of Resolutions Regarding Business Oregon Loans – Miranda IV. Adjournment
Work Session
I. Call to Order

II. Changes to the Agenda

III. Public Comment (3-minute limit per person)

IV. Old Business

A. Goals and Objectives Discussion – Miranda

V. Calendar/Future Considerations 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Port Office Closed January 17, 2022

Next meeting date January 25, 2022 SDAO Annual Conference (Virtual)  February 10-12, 2022

VI. Public Comment (3-minute limit per person)

VII. Adjournment

Wires Down on NW 52nd Drive, Lincoln City

Power line problems at 1886 NW 52nd Drive in Lincoln City.  Passers-by say they were seeing smoke from the transformer atop the pole.  Smoke now has subsided.  Power company is enroute to check things out.

The Omicron Viral Invasion Is Upon Us…stay smart – follow directions – stay alive.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 20,571 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry Jan. 6. Of that total, 1,898 were initial doses, 1,564 were second doses and 8,328 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 8,402 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Jan. 6.

The seven-day running average is now 11,060 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,854,007 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 175,745 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,542,563 doses of Moderna and 258,438 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 3,065,845 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,782,464 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (27), Benton (301), Clackamas (1,132), Clatsop (55), Columbia (66), Coos (127), Crook (35), Curry (23), Deschutes (940), Douglas (103), Gilliam (3), Grant (9), Harney (5), Hood River (1), Jackson (291), Jefferson (63), Josephine (96), Klamath (63), Lake (6), Lane (578), Lincoln (42), Linn (237), Malheur (40), Marion (1,286), Morrow (24), Multnomah (2,380), Polk (183), Sherman (2), Tillamook (19), Umatilla (170), Union (12), Wallowa (5), Wasco (26), Washington (1,891) and Yamhill (210).

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Health Care Students Invited to Apply for Mary Decker Scholarships

Samaritan Pacific Hospital

Lincoln County residents studying to become a nurse, imaging tech, phlebotomist, pharmacist or other health care professional are invited to apply for a Mary Decker Scholarship of up to $1,000. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 15.  The scholarship is named in memory of Mary Decker, who believed in the power of education and the advancement of rural health care in north Lincoln County. She had been a board member of the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation and of the North Lincoln Health District. In 2008, friends Ron and Nancy Usher, along with other donors, established the foundation’s first named endowment fund in her memory.

To qualify, applicants must be:
* Lincoln County residents for at least one year.
* Enrolled in a health care certificate or degree program at an accredited college or university, with preference given to those enrolled in a two or four year undergraduate degree program.
* Employed at least part-time.
* Taking at least nine credit hours of classes per term.
* The applicant’s financial need will be strongly considered, along with scholastic achievement.

Scholarship applications are available at Taft High School, Career Tech High School, Oregon Coast Community College, north and south campuses, and the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation office. For information, call Leslie James, foundation development specialist, at 541-557-6434 or send an email to lejames@samhealth.org.

Aiming for lofty educational goals – Lincoln County School District

Board Strategic Goals 2020-2025

GOAL ONE: Enhanced Communications and Community Engagement.  LCSD will enhance the ways in which it communicates with community stakeholders and increase the engagement of various community groups by connecting schools, families, and partners county wide.

GOAL TWO: LCSD is a Convener and Influencer of City, County and State Education and Economic Policies.  LCSD will convene at least one county wide partnership gathering per year in order to connect Lincoln County elected people, organizations, and agencies in order to create partnerships that benefit our students and families throughout the community.

GOAL THREE: LCSD will provide for the Health and Welfare of our Facilities.  LCSD will continue to assess, monitor, and enhance all of its facilities and grounds such that every school is warm, safe and welcoming to all students, families and communities and learning experiences are supported in the healthiest environments possible.

GOAL FOUR: LCSD will Identify the Need and Development of a LCSD Foundation (501 c 3).  LCSD will investigate the development of a LCSD Foundation for the purposes of creating a funding source for valued activities we currently cannot pay for through the general fund such as art, music, theater, middle school athletics, some field trips, and other items desired by our teachers and staff. Feasibility, costs and sustainability will be investigated.

GOAL FIVE: Demonstrate High Expectations For Student Achievement By Supporting an Equitable Education Framework.  ALL LCSD students will demonstrate continuous academic and behavioral growth and achievement as demonstrated by the indicators. LCSD will strive to create equitable classrooms across the district within a framework of excellence in education.

Health Care Students Invited to Apply for Mary Decker Scholarships

Lincoln County residents studying to become nurses, imaging techs, phlebotomists, pharmacists or other health care professional are invited to apply for a Mary Decker Scholarship of up to $1,000. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 15.

The scholarship is named in memory of Mary Decker, who believed in the power of education and the advancement of rural health care in north Lincoln County. She had been a board member of the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation and of the North Lincoln Health District. In 2008, friends Ron and Nancy Usher, along with other donors, established the foundation’s first named endowment fund in her memory.

To qualify, applicants must be:

* Lincoln County residents for at least one year.
* Enrolled in a health care certificate or degree program at an accredited college or university, with preference given to those enrolled in a  two- or four-year undergraduate degree program.
* Employed at least part-time.
* Taking at least nine credit hours of classes per term.
* The applicant’s financial need will be strongly considered, along with scholastic achievement.
* Scholarship applications are available at Taft High School, Career Tech High School, Oregon Coast Community College, north and south campuses, and the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation office. For information, call Leslie James, foundation development specialist, at 541-557-6434 or send an email to lejames@samhealth.org.

The Omicron invasion may be slowing down…just a little

As Omicron cases increase, state leaders promote vaccines, boosters and masking to blunt the spread

As Omicron COVID-19 cases continue to set new records in Oregon, leaders from Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) urged people to get vaccinated and boosted and to practice safety measures, during a joint press conference Jan. 7, 2022. Read on for more.

#MyORHealth horizontal rule

Help hospitals by avoiding the emergency room if possible

infographic explaining importance of avoiding the emergency room for mild COVID-19 symptoms or testing

 

New high-volume vaccination site opening in Coos County

  • Opening Sat., Jan. 8
  • Pony Village Mall, 1611 Virginia Ave., North Bend
  • Outdoor drive-through clinic
  • Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Several counties throughout Oregon have high-volume vaccination sites that offer a free, convenient way to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. All three COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and pediatric doses are offered at these sites, and no insurance or appointments are required. Next weekend, on Sat., Jan. 15, another high-volume vaccination site will open at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde. Keep an eye on our regularly-updated list of these sites across Oregon. 

infographic about the new high-volume vaccination site opening in Coos County

Oregon reports 10,451 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 33 new deaths

Due to delayed reporting, a large volume of more than 10,000 backlogged electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) were received on Jan. 6. Results were from Dec. 6 to Dec. 30. As a result, test counts and case counts are higher than anticipated for Jan. 6.

Arrows show that cases and hospitalizations have increased over the previous day. The Seven-Day Moving Average shows an increase.

We want to keep you informed about COVID-19 in Oregon. Data are provisional and change frequently.

  • Samples for 619,297 tests have been reported positive.
  • Samples for 8,275,301 tests have been reported negative. 

State continues march toward goal of boosting a million more people in Oregon

Oregon continues to move closer to meeting Gov. Kate Brown’s goal, announced Dec. 17, of getting 1 million more people in the state a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January.

When the challenge began, 949,749 people had received a booster dose. Since then, 259,984 more Oregonians have received a booster.

As of today, Oregon needs 740,016 people to get a booster to reach the goal and make our state safer from the Omicron variant. Find a booster here.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 625, which is 37 more than yesterday. There are 119 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is nine more than yesterday.

There are 47 available adult ICU beds out of 660 total (7% availability) and 219 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,075 (5% availability).

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

National Guard kicks in to help fight the Omicron surge

Governor Kate Brown Announces Deployment of Up to 500 Oregon National Guard Members to Support Frontline Hospital Workers During Omicron Surge

Initial deployment of 125 Guard members to hospitals statewide will begin next week  

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced she will be deploying up to 500 Oregon National Guard members to support frontline health care workers as Oregon hospitals face a surge of hospitalizations due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

Beginning next week, an initial 125 Guard members will be deployed to hospitals around the state to provide needed logistical support as materials handlers and equipment runners, as well as assisting with COVID-19 testing and other necessary non-clinical services to support hospital operations. The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon National Guard will continue to work with the hospital systems to monitor ongoing need and determine additional deployments as necessary.

“With more than 500 current hospitalizations and daily record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 cases, we are at another critical point in this pandemic—and the Oregon National Guard is stepping up again to assist,” said Governor Kate Brown. “I would like to thank the employers of our Guard members—we cannot call upon these hardworking Guard members without your sacrifice and support as well. While Guard members work to support our frontline health care workers, I am asking all Oregonians to continue to do your part to help. Get vaccinated, get boosted, wear your masks, and stay home when you are sick.”

While the Oregon National Guard also has members with health care, nursing, and medical training, many of those members are already hard at work for their civilian employers––Oregon hospitals and health care providers.

 

National Weather Service is reporting….

National Weather Services (NWS) Updates:


HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM
PST FRIDAY

WHAT: South to southwest winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts of 60 mph, higher gusts possible on ridges and peaks.

WHERE: Coast Range of Northwest Oregon and Central Coast Range of Western Oregon.

WHEN: From 7 PM this evening to 10 AM PST Friday.

IMPACTS: Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

  • People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows.
  • Use caution if you must drive.
  • Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation.
  • Fasten loose objects or shelter objects in a safe location prior to the onset of winds.


FLOOD ADVISORY FOR SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS REMAINS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 4 PM PST FRIDAY

WHAT: Small stream flooding caused by excessive rainfall continues.

WHERE: Portions of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington, including the following counties, in northwest Oregon, Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill. In southwest Washington, Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, and Wahkiakum.

WHEN: Until 400 PM PST Friday.

IMPACTS: Flooding of small streams and creeks, as well as areas with poor drainage. Ponding of water in urban areas and areas poor drainage can be expected.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • At 938 AM PST, Heavy rain has been falling across the region overnight. The heaviest rain continues to fall over far northwest Oregon into southwest Washington. Two to 4 inches of rain have fallen along the north Oregon coast and the nearby Coast Range, as well as areas across southwest Washington including the Willapa Hills. Many of the small streams are running full, with some spilling out of their banks and causing flooding.
  • Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches, with 2 to 5 inches over the north Coast Range into thew Willapa Hills, are expected over the area.
  • Flood Safety Tips and Resources

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

  • Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Do NOT drive around barricades. Road surfaces may or may not be safe.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding or where the roads edge may be located.

Warming Shelters and Resources for Houseless Community Members

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