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Olalla Lake: Where the view is as good as the fish!

Olalla Lake
Ahhhhhhhhhhh…….

Greetings from Georgia-Pacific:

After reviewing government guidelines and in consultation with local public health authorities, Georgia-Pacific (GP) will reopen Olalla Reservoir to the public at sunrise on Saturday, May 1.

Located northeast of Toledo, the reservoir supplies production water to GP’s containerboard mill. As the property owner, the company allows the public to use the site for daytime recreational purposes.  GP closed the reservoir on March 21, 2020 due to risks posed by COVID-19. Since then, most public parks and recreational sites in Lincoln County have reopened with visitors being urged to comply with precautions such as social distancing and mask wearing. GP urges visitors to the reservoir to do the same and a sign has been posted explaining these precautions.

Specifically, GP urges visitors to comply with the following:

  • Stay home if you feel sick
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance from others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask if you might come into contact with others
  • Bring an extra mask in case your mask gets wet or soiled

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s comprehensive list of precautions for recreational site visitors is here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/index.html

The reservoir is use at your own risk and no lifeguard is on duty. No littering, alcohol, tobacco, hunting or gas-powered boat motors are allowed. Please leash your pets and clean up after them.  GP security personnel patrol the reservoir and lock the barricade at sundown and reopen it at sunrise. After hours trespassing will be reported to law enforcement. GP may close the reservoir to the public at any time, including for reasons of health and safety.

Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.

J. Drake, Public Affairs Manager

Georgia-Pacific, Toledo, Oregon

Don’t forget to keep your batteries charged!

Newport Marina
Pauline Morrison photo

Newport Recreational Marina Power Interruption

The South Beach Marina is undergoing a replacement of the electric load centers that supply power to the docks in the South Beach Marina. During this replacement project, there will be scheduled periods of power outages on the docks in the marina; the estimated dates and times of those outages will be posted on this webpage. Additionally, there may be intermittent, unscheduled outages for the duration of the project, which is scheduled to be completed by May 1st.

New Hotel for Nye Beach

Proposed new Hallmark Inns and Resorts near Davis Park in Nye Beach

 

The Newport Planning Commission will Monday begin to review a proposed new resort hotel at 33 SW Elizabeth Street in Nye Beach. The new resort by Hallmark Inns and Resorts will cause the removal of two single family homes. Here’s a description:

The new resort hotel will offer 25 guest units with views of the ocean just north of the existing Whaler Hotel. Access is via SW Dolphin Street with a connection to the original Whaler Hotel parking lot. Upper floors of the new Whaler project have observation decks for guests. Main floor of the resort will have a cafe.

The review of the proposed resort will be conducted by the Newport Planning Commission and eventually by the City Council. Local neighbors have already started to complain about the resort’s obstruction of oceans views and what they call the change in atmosphere of what has been a traditional evironment and feel for the Nye Beach area.

The planning commission’s meeting begins tonight at 7pm on Zoom and on the city website at NewportOregon.gov.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine about to get the go-ahead

Johnson & Johnson getting back on track with their vaccinations.

Oregon health officials encouraged by federal approval to resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine; Oregon use pending Western States’ review

A federal vaccine safety review panel announced today that it recommends lifting the pause on the use and distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 and older. The Food and Drug administration has followed the recommendation and lifted the pause, adding a warning about the potential for rare blood clots for women under age 50.

State health experts will review the federal decisions and will participate as part of Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup that will be assessing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FDA decision today based on the panel’s recommendation. Once that review is completed, the Oregon Health Authority will share its recommendations to clinicians and vaccine providers on plans for the resumption of the vaccine’s use and distribution in Oregon.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state health officer said, “Today’s federal actions are encouraging news as we confront the latest surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths. This thorough scientific review found that the benefits of the Johnson & Johnson outweigh the risks. And the prompt and rigorous safety examination can give us all confidence that adverse events are carefully scrutinized.”

Background

The pause was implemented on April 13 after reports of six cases of an unusual, severe syndrome of blood clots in major veins, along with low platelet count occurred among six women who received the Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met to review the data accumulated since then and to weigh the benefits of the vaccine against its risks.

  • After nearly 8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were administered, 15 cases of TTS have now been confirmed. All were women: 13 of the cases were 18–49 years of age, and two were 50+ years old. Three have died (including a woman in Oregon).
  • The risk of this syndrome was found to be seven cases per million doses in women 50 years of age or younger, based on the cases reviewed.
  • The risk in women older than 50, the risk was found to be 0.9 cases per million.
  • Less than one per million doses in men were identified, based on a case history of a man who developed this syndrome during the clinical trial.
  • Even assuming moderate transmission of COVID-19, the panel estimated that in women 18–49 years of age, Johnson & Johnson vaccine would prevent far more deaths and intensive care unit admissions than the potential number of TTS cases incurred. One million doses in this age group, at current US COVID-19 exposure risk, might be associated with 13 cases of TTS but prevent 657 hospitalizations, 127 ICU admissions, and 12 deaths. The benefits outweigh the risks even further for women 50 years of age and older and for men.

For these reasons, ACIP voted that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine again be recommended for persons 18 years of age and older in the U.S. population under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. Prior to any resumption of use and distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Oregon, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup will also be assessing the ACIP recommendation. The Oregon Health Authority will consider its recommendations before advising clinicians and vaccine providers on plans for the resumption of the vaccine’s use and distribution.

Traffic Crash in Yachats – Car into a house

8:20pm  Report of a vehicle leaving the road at 68 East 6th Street in Yachats.  The vehicle slammed into a house.  There is damage to the vehicle and major damage to the house.  Unknown if anyone inside the house was injured.

 

Call for photos:  Send to:  News@NewsLincolnCounty.com

Traffic Crash on Highway 20 milepost 30

8:11pm  Report of a traffic crash on Highway 20, about 30 miles east of Newport.  Reports from the scene says a black vehicle is up on its side and there are injuries.  Smoke is emanating from the vehicle.

Another day…more cases and more deaths….and they’re rising. Mask, Distance, Hand Washing….

Oregon reports 830 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

There are eight new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,484 the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported today.

OHA reported 830 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 bringing the state total to 179,930.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 53,765 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 29,160 doses were administered on April 23 and 24 – 605 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on April 23.

The 7-day running average is now 35,236 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,452,244 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,220,018 first and second doses of Moderna and 91,967 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 1,731,015 doses of Pfizer, 1,454,400 doses of Moderna and 215,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.  These data are preliminary and subject to change.  OHA’s dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 295, which is 19 more than yesterday. There are 66 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two more from yesterday.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Cases and Deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (6), Benton (12), Clackamas (106), Clatsop (1), Columbia (7), Coos (5), Crook (8), Curry (7), Deschutes (82), Douglas (11), Harney (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (47), Jefferson (3), Josephine (12), Klamath (38), Lake (1), Lane (70), Lincoln (6), Linn (34), Malheur (1), Marion (65), Multnomah (130), Polk (10), Tillamook (6), Umatilla (8), Union (3), Wallowa (1), Wasco (6), Washington (117), Yamhill (24).

Oregon’s 2,477th death is a 69-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on March 22 and died on March 27 at Portland Adventist Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,478th death is a 61-year-old man from Coos County who tested positive on April 16 and died on April 22 at Bay Area Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2479th death is a 75-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on Oct. 22 and died on Nov. 23 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,480th death is a 68-year-old man from Hood River County who tested positive on March 21 and died on March 26 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,481st death is a 91-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on Sept. 4 and died on March 5 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2482nd death is a 91-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 23 and died on March 2 at 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. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2483rd death is a 71-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Dec. 10 and died on March 7 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2484th death is a 46-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive posthumously on Dec. 17 and died on Dec. 14 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Vehicle crash off Logsden Road well east of Siletz

7:30am  Report of a vehicle over the side of a hill on Logsden Road, well east of Siletz.  Toledo, Siletz and Newport Fire-Rescue are headed to the scene.  Reports say the vehicle rolled considerably downhill from the road.

7:53am  Fire-Rescue personnel have found the wreck.  They say the vehicle left the road and rolled downhill into the river right across from the fish hatchery.

8:04am  The Lincoln County Rope-Rescue Team is being summoned to the scene.  Air Ambulance is on stand-by.  Rescuers on scene cannot determine whether anyone in the vehicle survived.

8:07am  Search-Rescue personnel on scene says the car is upside in the water.  If there is an air pocket inside the vehicle the driver may still be alive but from the sound of the rescuers, they’re not optimistic.  Meanwhile the air ambulance is still at its base awaiting word whether there is a live person in the car to transport to a hospital.

8:14am  The Lincoln County Rope-Rescue is on scene. They’re in the water approaching the car to determine if there is a live person inside the vehicle.

8:16am  Rescuers report there doesn’t appear to be anyone in the car.

A News Time-Out for Worthwhile Art!

TOLEDO FIRST WEEKEND – May 1st & 2nd 

CONTACT:   Judy Gibbons    (541) 336-2797     michaelgibbonsart@charter.net 

Images Attached:

                YRMA EXHIBIT:                  “Dune Patina” by Dee Boyles 

                IVAN KELLY STUDIO:       “Lupin & Driftwood, Beverly Beach” by Ivan Kelly               

                MICHAEL GIBBON’S GALLERY:    “Vineyard Landscape” by Michael Gibbons

                FIRST WEEKEND:              “Misled” by Janet Runger        

 

Driftwood Scene
Ivan Kelly, Artist

May’s First Weekend Blooms in Toledo

Every month, Toledo showcases the arts during First Weekend. This event on the first weekend of every month is an opportunity for gallery goers to talk to local artists and connect on a personal level with their work. First Weekend starts off the month of May with new and exciting shows from local galleries, studios, and museum on May 1st and 2nd. Participating galleries still continue to follow the guidance provided by the Oregon Health authority to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The month’s First Weekend Feature is the assemblage art of Janet Runger at Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio. Using found materials, Janet takes her audience into her world of fantastical creation. Viewers will find themselves discovering something new and enchanting the longer they gaze at her masterful sculptures. Explore her sculptural art this First Weekend and see forgotten objects turned into treasure. Also featured at Crow’s Nest are the works of Val Bolen, Alice Haga, Paula Teplitz, Jeff Gibford, and Tish Epperson. .  Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is now located at 305 N. Main Street in Toledo.  Information: 541.207.8088.  Crow’s Nest will be open from 10AM to 5PM Friday through Sunday.


“Dune Patina” by Dee Boyles

On Alder Street, the Yaquina River Museum of Art will be opening Part 2 of their Permanent Collection features. Included in this exhibition are new additions and reframed works that will be shown to the public for the first time within the Schoolhouse Exhibit space. Highlighting this exhibition are watercolors by C.E.S. John, Dick VanRyper, and two limited edition prints by Michael Gibbons. Marilyn Murdoch, of Murdoc Collections Gallery in Portland, has gifted the collection with a 1988 oil painting “Reflections of Hot Lake” which represents an early Gibbons’ style of quick and gestural brush strokes, capturing the natural vegetation during a hot October day at a location 10 miles from LaGrande Oregon. Also for first time viewing, a unique oil painting by David McCosh from the 1960s, is an example of the highly original Oregon landscapes he explored with a directness and sense of personal discovery.  YRMA is proud to show this selection where restoration and framing expenses have been provided through donations from its membership. The Additions to the Permanent Collection Exhibit exhibits from April 23rd  to June 27th at the Schoolhouse located at 151 NE Alder Street, open every weekend from 12PM-4PM. For more information, please visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org or call (541) 336-1907.

The Vineyard
Michael Gibbons

Across the street from the Yaquina River Museum of Art, Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery will have a special spotlight on “Vineyard Landscape.”  Selected by Flying Dutchman Winery, Otter Rock, Oregon to be the Limited Edition Label for an exquisite 2013 OREGON SYRAH ;  this painting features a dramatic background  of wind blown trees for which Gibbons was noted and the foreground registers  warm rich earth tones of “grape” country here in Oregon.  Flying Dutchman has aged this SYRAH for 7 years and now offers it to the public. Find more information on the wine at www.dutchmanwinery.com and on Michael Gibbons’ art at www.michaelgibbons.net . Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery is located at 140 NE Alder Street and is open every weekend from 12PM-4PM.

Further down the street from Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery, Ivan Kelly will be featuring his iconic big game paintings, maritime works, and sweeping coastal landscapes. Featured works include “Lupin & Driftwood, Beverly Beach” a moody springtime depiction of the rugged coast with a beam of sunshine glinting off of the freshly bloomed lupin. Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery, located at 207 E Graham Street, will be open on May 1st from 11AM-4PM and May 2nd from 12PM-4PM. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/IvanKellyGallery.

Johnson & Johnson back on track fighting the Corona Virus

Johnson & Johnson back on track with their vaccinations.

OHA clears health care providers to resume Johnson & Johnson vaccinations with informed decision-making in patient languages

Salem, Ore. — Oregon health care providers and pharmacies may resume administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine if they can ensure patients or their caregivers are informed about the benefits and risks of the vaccine in their primary language.

The Oregon Health Authority issued guidance to health care providers earlier today. Currently, there are approximately 124,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that have been stored at Oregon vaccination sites, while providers awaited resolution of the recent federal and Western States safety reviews.

On April 13, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a pause on use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following reports of rare and serious blood clots in a small number of people, out of the approximately 7.5 million people who’d been vaccinated at the time.

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration lifted the pause, with a warning about the potential for rare blood clots for women under age 50. The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup also found that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is “generally safe and effective and that the resumption of its use is warranted once culturally and linguistically appropriate patient and provider educational materials in plain language that support informed decision-making are available.”

Medical experts on the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup also stated: “resumption of its use will support COVID-19 vaccine uptake and help reduce severe COVID-19 illnesses and control the pandemic in our states.”

According to OHA’s guidance to health care providers:

Vaccine providers in Oregon may now resume the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine so long as they ensure that recipients or their caregivers receive the new warning information regarding thrombosis and thrombopenia. This information must be provided in the individual’s primary language or in a manner that the individual can understand, considering English language proficiency and Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility needs. Updated fact sheets including this warning have been approved by the FDA, including the Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers administering vaccine and the Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers.

OHA’s guidance also states: “Recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be made aware of this rare potential risk of blood clots within the first three weeks of vaccination. Clinical characteristics include clots in the cerebral, extremity, pulmonary or splanchnic vasculature. Symptoms may include severe or unusual headache, leg pain, shortness of breath, or abdominal pain; petechiae in the arms and shins indicating thrombocytopenia. Those who develop such symptoms should be advised to seek medical attention immediately … Vaccine providers should make information available about which vaccine is available at their site.”

More information about vaccinations in Oregon is available at covidvaccine.oregon.gov.

Community Recovery Center & Diamonds in the Rough

ReConnections Counseling would like to invite you to the ANNEX-Open House on 4-30-2021 @ 5 pm to 8 pm.

Last January ReConnections Counseling had the opportunity to lease the old Oregon Coast Community College building on HWY 101 in Newport, Oregon. We consulted with other professionals regarding this opportunity and decided to open it with a focus on being a Community Recovery Center.

This Community Recovery Center will be operated by peer mentors and case managers to serve those within our community needing supportive services and to connect with local resources. At the Community Recovery Center, multiple resources will be offered to help individuals build capital at the community level by providing advocacy training, recovery information, and resource mobilization.

Another goal of Community Recovery Centers is to help facilitate supportive relationships among individuals with substance abuse and mental health disorders. In turn, the increase in resources helps individuals initiate, sustain, and support healthy behaviors over time. Community Recovery Centers also play a unique role that builds on professional services and mutual-help organizations by connecting individuals to social services, employment, and life skills training in one facility.

ReConnections Counseling will have multiple peer staff onsite to support and refer community clients to social services available in Lincoln County. ReConnections Counseling believes in the use of Peer Support and Behavioral Health Navigation. These positions are evidence-based and are shown to increase retention and satisfaction with social service referrals.

ANNEX Current Harm Reduction Community Intervention Partners Include;

  • Prime Plus Peer Program- a response to the continuing challenges of the substance overdose and health epidemic, and aims to mitigate the negative effects of substance use by actively and proactively engaging people who are at risk of substance overdose or who have been hospitalized for substance use related medical conditions, but are not at readiness to pursue substance use treatment. Peer services are a proven method of fostering readiness for treatment while reducing harm of ongoing substance use, thus increasing the likelihood of recovery and leading to better health outcomes.
  • Lincoln County Health and Human Services Harm Reduction-Syringe Exchange
  • Next Step Mentoring- Leanne Walsh
  • Nurture Oregon- Nurture Oregon is an integrated care model providing services for pregnant families with peer support, maternity care, substance use treatment, and social service coordination.
  • FAIR-(Families Actively Improving Relationships)
  • LEADS-Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Navigation
  • Diamonds in the Rough – A Faith-Based Refinery Program (diamondsintherough.org)

PLEASE COME AND SEE THIS NEW FACILITY AT 332 SW HIGHWAY 101, NEWPORT

Covid-19 threat is rising in Oregon – Make sure you’re vaccinated!!

Vaccines plentiful for the young and old...

Red alert in latest COVID-19 forecast

The spread of COVID-19 is accelerating throughout the state, driven by more transmissible variants and our actions, said state epidemiologist, Dr. Dean Sidelinger, at today’s press conference.

Daily cases, percent positivity and hospitalizations continue to rise sharply.

“A fourth wave is upon us,” said Dr. Sidelinger. He warned that  if spread continues at this rate, Oregon hospitals risk being swamped by virus-stricken patients, and counties could return to higher risk levels.

He urged people in Oregon to act now to contain the virus.

“We can slow the virus by continuing to wear masks, gather more safely and maintain physical distancing. And, of course, by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.”

#MyORHealth horizontal rule

Twelve counties could move back to Extreme Risk next week

As Oregon faces a fourth surge of COVID-19, Governor Kate Brown announced at today’s press conference that 12 counties could move back to Extreme Risk on Friday April 30 without an intervening  “warning week.” Decisions will be made early next week after county data has been analyzed.

The county risk level framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—and assigns health and safety measures for each level. Usually, county risk levels are reassigned every two weeks and the first week’s data provides a “warning week” to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. Governor Brown canceled the  “warning week”  amid the current surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

You can watch a recording of today’s briefing here and find a copy of the talking points here. Today’s slides are also available here.

Oregon’s job recovery is rising…but in slow motion

Oregon’s unemployment rate edged down to 6.0% in March, from 6.1% in February. For the past three months, Oregon’s unemployment rate has ticked down by a tenth of a point each month. During the past 11 months the pace of recovery in Oregon’s unemployment rate has mirrored the national experience. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 6.0% in March, from 6.2% in February.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose 20,100 jobs in March, following a gain of 15,300, as revised, in February. Two-thirds of all the jobs gained in March were in leisure and hospitality (+13,900 jobs). Three other major industries each added more than 1,000 jobs: manufacturing (+2,000 jobs); professional and business services (+1,300); and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+1,100). Construction and private educational services each added 700 jobs. All other major industries performed close to their normal seasonal patterns.

The 20,100 total nonfarm jobs added in March was Oregon’s largest monthly gain since 38,300 jobs were added in July. March’s gain was the third monthly increase, following a large drop in December that was the result of temporary, heightened restrictions at the time.

In March, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment totaled 1,840,600, a drop of 132,400 jobs, or 6.7% from the pre-recession peak in February 2020. Oregon’s employment dropped to a low of 1,687,500 by April 2020. Since then, Oregon has recovered 153,100 jobs, or 54% of the jobs lost between February and April 2020.

Over the past year, the employment gyrations in leisure and hospitality have accounted for a large share of the swings in Oregon’s total employment. This broad industry includes restaurants, bars, coffee shops, hotels, golf courses, and fitness centers. It employed a peak of 216,300 jobs in February 2020 which was 11% of total nonfarm payroll employment. Then, within two months, leisure and hospitality cut over half its jobs. Since then, the industry recovered about half the drop, to employ 165,200 jobs by November. Then, hit by renewed COVID restrictions, the industry retrenched to 136,800 jobs in December. Since then, the industry added 25,900 jobs over the past three months and is close to its recent high point from last November, but is still far below its February 2020 peak.

Corona Virus variants are growing rapidly – GET VACCINATED!!!!

Vaccines are plentiful for the young and old

The time is NOW to get your COVID-19 Vaccine!!  Vaccines are plentiful for everyone!!!

Today, OHA announced that cases and hospitalizations are increasing at an uncontrolled rate in Oregon. The state expects to reach critical level of 300 COVID-19 hospitalizations in a few days. The current COVID-19 hospitalizations are in people who are younger and have not been vaccinated. The pandemic modeling shows that this may be the last time we will have to implement the strong restrictions – but only if we can get more people vaccinated. There are a few reasons behind this rise in cases:

  • Variants of the virus are taking hold in Oregon
  • Vaccination rates are slowing down
  • People are relaxing their practices. It is still very important to mask up, washup and back up from people who are not vaccinated and/or not in your householdThe time is NOW to get your vaccine to stop this surge!!One of the roles of Public Health is to provide scientific, peer reviewed information to empower people to make informed decisions regarding their health and the health of their families.  This is exactly why we fully support getting a COVID-19 vaccine. From the Centers for Disease Control all the way down to your local health department there are experts who have spent their careers studying and asking those same questions about health. The good news is that there is overwhelming consensus worldwide that the vaccines have great power against the virus.  VACCINES ARE SAFE AND ABSOLUTELY SAFE AND NECESSARY TO END THIS PANDEMIC!Maybe you are still on the fence about whether this vaccine is right for you. You are a healthy skeptic and want to make an informed decision. So, let’s look at some very important benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine: you are much less likely to become ill and much less likely to pass the virus on to someone else.

  • If you are fully vaccinated and exposed to the virus you won’t have to miss work.

•  You can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.

2. Your risk of getting sick, severely ill or dying plummets falls to almost zero. This vaccine is extremely effective, even more so than flu, chicken pox and several childhood vaccines.
3. Vaccines will end the pandemic. The Oregon Health Authority states that we need a critical mass of people vaccinated to start reopening more activities and businesses July 4th. This means at least 80% of people need to be vaccinated as quickly as possible.

  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing,
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self- quarantine after travel.
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.Vaccine Clinic UpdatesEveryone 16 and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. However, our clinics are not filling up. We have opened our clinics to walk-ins to help those who have schedules that change frequently. The walk-in options are available at any Lincoln County Commons (Fairgrounds) clinic and at the St. Clair Taft Fire station clinics. Samaritan is also testing a walk-in program on Saturday morning at their Newport Center for Health Education clinic by the hospital.Public Health and local community organizations are planning mobile outreach clinics closer to where you live or work. Businesses, agencies and organizations have been contacted to see if they would like to host one of these events.
  • Since vaccines are much more available now, we urge you to get vaccinated as soon as you can so that we can stop the spread of the new variants and prevent the creation of new, more dangerous mutations in the virus.
  • Check our website frequently for local clinics and links to pharmacies:www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/covid-19-vaccination-clinics
  • Contact our call center for assistance, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Email LincolnCoCallCenter@co.lincoln.or.us or call us at 541-265-0621. If you need help with Samaritan Clinics, call 855-441-2311
  • Get instant notifications of new clinics added. Sign up for: www.GetVaccinated.Oregon.gov

12 Oregon Counties may slip back in to the furnace

Twelve counties could move back to Extreme Risk next week

As Oregon faces a fourth surge of COVID-19, Governor Kate Brown announced at today’s press conference that 12 counties could move back to Extreme Risk on Friday April 30 without an intervening  “warning week.” Decisions will be made early next week after county data has been analyzed.  

The county risk level framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—and assigns health and safety measures for each level. Usually, county risk levels are reassigned every two weeks and the first week’s data provides a “warning week” to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. Governor Brown canceled the  “warning week”  amid the current surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. 

You can watch a recording of today’s briefing here and find a copy of the talking points here. Today’s slides are also available here.

Commission adopts game bird, halibut, ocean salmon regulations

SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted regulations for several upcoming fishing and hunting seasons today during an online meeting. 

Pacific halibut regulations:

This year sport halibut fishing will begin as early as May 1 in some Oregon subareas. See dates and quotas for each subarea at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/halibut/seasonmaps/2021_hbt_map.pdf

2021 ocean salmon fishing regulations:

  • Ocean waters off the Columbia River from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Cape Falcon: Open for recreational salmon fishing for all salmon except coho from June 19-26 with a one fish daily bag limit and a 22″ minimum length.
  • North of Cape Falcon: Open for all salmon beginning June 27 and continue through the earlier of Sept. 15 or quota with a hatchery mark selective coho quota of 42,400. There is also a Chinook guideline in this area of 7,200. The daily bag limit will be two salmon, but no more than one Chinook and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip. Minimum length for Chinook is 22″ and the coho minimum length is 16″.
  • Chinook salmon on Central Oregon Coast from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.: Opened on March 15 and will continue through Oct. 31.
  • Chinook salmon from Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border: Open for recreational Chinook beginning on June 19 and continues through Aug. 15. The Chinook minimum length in all seasons from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border is 24″.
  • Hatchery mark selective coho salmon season from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border: Open from June 12 through the earlier of Aug. 28 or the quota of 120,000 adipose fin-clipped coho. There will also be a much more limited non-selective coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. in September. The September non-selective season will open on Sept. 10, and be open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the earlier of Sept. 30 or the quota of 14,000 non-mark selective coho. The open days in September may be adjusted in season. Coho minimum length of 16.”  

All recreational anglers are limited to no more than 2 single point barbless hook per line when fishing for salmon, and for any species if a salmon is on board the vessel.

2021-22 Game Bird Regulations (major changes from last year listed below):

For wild turkey, there will be additional fall hunting opportunity starting on Sept. 1 in those units that overlap Grant County (Murderers Creek, Northside, Desolation, Ritter portion of Heppner) due to an increase in nuisance and damage complaints. With the removal of fall turkey season tag caps in 2020, Sports Pac holders can select either a Statewide Spring, Eastern Oregon Fall, or Western Oregon Fall turkey tag beginning in 2022.

Mourning dove season will be split into two geographic zones and two periods in one of the new zones (hunting in Western Oregon and Columbia Basin would be Sept. 1-30 and Nov. 15-Dec. 14). This approach should provide more hunting opportunity as concentrations of wintering mourning doves can be found in some areas of western Oregon. Duck hunting seasons will be the same as last year under the proposal, except for calendar day shifts.  For goose seasons, the bag limit for white geese will increase to to 20 daily, statewide, during the entire season, and there will be a late-winter white and white-fronted goose seasons in all eastern Oregon counties.  Additionally, eastern Oregon goose zone boundaries will align with current duck zone boundaries.

The Commission was also briefed on the 2020 Annual Wolf Report, pygmy rabbits (an Oregon Conservation Strategy Species) and implementation of Executive Order 20-04 – “Directing State Agencies to Take Actions to Reduce and Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions” and “Climate Adaptive Inland Angling Policy Framework”.

A taped version of the meeting is available on ODFW’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TARVQ9yaGTw

 

Oregon is #2 in the country for Covid-19 infections. The state could be forced to demand Oregonians stay home until the worst is over…

Governor Brown – “Oregon is in 2nd place among all 50 states states for Covid 19 infections cases.  We can and must do better.”

Governor Brown is ramming it home. Oregonians MUST get vaccinated.  No excuses.  Until you get fully vaccinated, the virus will hunt down and probably infect any and everyone who is not vaccinated.  In the meantime face masks will likely save your life.  If you’re not fully vaccinated wear a mask, practice social distancing and stay away from crowded areas.

Here’s more of what Governor Brown covered in her address to the state today:

Governor Kate Brown held a press conference today to provide an update on the status of COVID-19 in Oregon, and to urge Oregonians to make a plan to get vaccinated. The Governor was joined by Dr. Renee Edwards, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, OHSU Health; Olivia Quiroz, Executive Director, Oregon Latino Health Coalition; Patrick Allen, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Director; and Dr. Dean Sidelinger, State Epidemiologist, OHA. 

“In the race between vaccines and variants, right now the variants have the upper hand,” said Governor Brown. “Today’s cases topped 1,000, with Oregon now ranking second in the nation for having the most rapid growth of infection spread. Our hospitals are about to surpass 300 positive COVID-19 cases. That means several counties are on the verge of having to reinstate Extreme Risk restrictions on businesses and activities.

“At this moment, we are moving backwards. Oregon needs to be moving forward. My goal is to get the state back on track to lift the restrictions this pandemic has forced upon us — I think we can get there by the start of summer, but we will all need to pull together.

A few weeks ago, I came before you to say that we were concerned we would have a fourth surge of COVID-19 in Oregon. Today, that surge is here. Right now in the race between vaccines and variants, the variants are gaining ground and have the upper hand. Today’s cases topped 1,000, with Oregon now ranking 2nd in the nation for having the most rapid growth of infection spread.

Our doctors and nurses are once again overwhelmed. Our hospitals are about to surpass 300 patients who are positive for COVID-19, crossing the threshold to place several of our counties into Extreme Risk. Unfortunately, that means at least 12 counties are on the verge of having to reinstate restrictions on businesses like restaurants, bars and gyms, and to limit social gatherings to very small groups again.

We will analyze the data again early next week to see which counties may need to roll back into Extreme Risk. If the data indicates it is necessary, in light of this crisis I am cancelling the warning week and those counties will move into Extreme Risk starting next Friday, April 30. This is not a step I take lightly. However, this could be the last time we need to impose this level of restrictions given our vaccination trends and the virus’s behavior.  At this moment, we are moving backwards. Oregon needs to be moving forward.

That’s why I released my 10-point plan for economic recovery, and it’s why I’m working with business and worker advocates to pass important relief   during this legislative session.  We need:  Relief for the hardest hit businesses from  unemployment insurance rate increases;  Investments in our manufacturers and modernization of   apprenticeships and workforce training programs;  New relief for businesses that have never qualified for previous aid; and  An expansion of the rent relief package we passed in December to include businesses who own part or all of their storefronts.”

* My goal is to get the state back on track to lift the restrictions this pandemic has forced upon us, so we can all return to seeing the people we love and doing the things we miss. I think we can get there by the start of summer. But in order to reach that goal, we will all need to work together to win this race.

Here’s what must happen before we are able to fully reopen our economy:
• Oregonians need to get vaccinated. We need to reach a significant majority of Oregonians with a vaccine;
• We need to close the equity gap in our vaccine efforts;
• Vaccine supplies need to be readily available for all eligible Oregonians who want to be protected. Most importantly and of grave concern right now, we need adequate hospital staffing and capacity for our families and friends in need of this care.

Vaccines are the absolutely key to moving Oregon forward. The overwhelming majority of our new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are people who have not yet been vaccinated. We are seeing younger Oregonians in the hospital now, as well as people who had no underlying health conditions.

I do think, with all of us working together,  we can get to a place where we lift most restrictions and fully reopen our economy no later than the end of June. Common sense safety measures like mask wearing and maintaining six feet of distance will need to stay in place. We all need to make smart choices over the next several weeks so we can move forward and into post-pandemic life.  That’s the hill on the horizon. We can climb it together.  How quickly we get there is up to each and every one of us.

Every Oregonian age 16 and older can now sign up to get your vaccine. If you haven’t already had a chance to get vaccinated, make a plan to do so now. Once you get your shot, help your family, friends, and neighbors sign up for theirs. And spread the word. Join the #MyVaccineReason campaign and post your vaccine reason to social media.  So let this be your takeaway: vaccines are your best protection against the variants. They are the best way to keep you out of the hospital. And they are the quickest way for us all to get back to the people and things we miss the most.
Oregon, it’s up to all of us to get there.  Let’s move forward together.

 

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