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CITY OF NEWPORT YEAR END REPORT

The City of Newport has released its year end report for 2021 which reflects on the accomplishments and issues that were tackled by the City Council and staff over the past year. This report included 20 top issues that have been identified as particularly noteworthy during the year. This is followed by additional information, including Council Actions by the Numbers, and Highlights of Activities by City Departments.

The Council began 2021 with an organizational meeting in January which followed the November 2020 municipal election in which all of the incumbents were returned to office. Mayor Sawyer took the oath of office for a second term as Mayor, and Councilors Dietmar Goebel, Cynthia Jacobi, and Beatrice Botello, were returned to the Council to fill four-year terms.

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As part of the national discussion on racism and equity in our society, Council developed a statement that embodies the City’s commitment to support civil rights and work to make everyone in the community feel welcome and included, and to pause and listen when we do not understand someone’s point of view. The statement is consistent with the City’s welcoming statement that Newport is the “the friendliest”.

In 2021 the city, state, nation, and the world, continued to deal with the most significant pandemic in the past 100 years. COVID-19 impacted us all in different ways. For many, COVID-19 has changed how we deal with day-to-day activities and do business. During the course of this past year, Newport enjoyed relaxed protocols for COVID-19 safety during the summer when infection rates were very low. As infection rates rose substantially toward the end of summer, certain restrictions were put back in place by efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As a city organization, the directions provided by the Governor’s office and by Oregon OSHA to best manage COVID-19, as modified from time to time, were reimplemented. It is becoming obvious that COVID-19 will be with us for a while and that we will need to continue managing certain aspects of our lives to both protect ourselves as individuals and the people we are in contact with, both socially and at work.

The pandemic has had a number of other impacts on our economy that has created challenges for the City and for the community at large, including major delays in obtaining supplies and materials, a shortage of employees to fill open vacancies at all levels of the economy, and the continued divide on how best to address COVID-19 from a health standpoint. That being said, there are many positive signs of the resiliency of the Greater Newport Area to successfully face these challenges.

While managing a public organization has not been fun during this time, the city is grateful for the dedicated employees who have continued to provide essential services through the course of the pandemic, a City Council who has continued to move this community in a positive direction looking towards the future, and the general collaborative atmosphere that exists among the various units of government in Lincoln County.

As City Manager, I am looking forward to continued growth and positive momentum occurring in 2022. While we will still be dealing with challenges of COVID-19, staffing shortages, material and supply delays, and other similar obstacles, this community and organization are benefitted by people who will continue to be inventive, resourceful, and remarkable in so many ways to find constructive paths forward to the challenges we will face in 2022

A link to the City of Newport Annual Report can be found at: https://www.newportoregon.gov/citygov/sr/Final_2021_Year_End_Report.pdf

I extend wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2022 to all!
Spencer Nebel, City Manager
City of Newport

Covid-19 continues to “break through”

OHA releases new COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report

Oregon Health Authority’s most recent update on COVID-19 breakthrough cases, released today, reported 45,334 cases of COVID-19 during the week of Jan. 2 to Jan. 8.

Of those cases, 33,363 or 73.6% were unvaccinated people and 11,971 or 26.4% were vaccine breakthrough cases.

The average age of the breakthrough cases during that period was 36. Forty-five breakthrough cases involved residents of care facilities, senior living communities or other congregate care settings. There were 985 cases in people aged 12 to 17.

To date, there have been 72,683 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon. The average age of all cases is 44. Breakthrough cases have been reported in all 36 counties.

Cases of COVID-19 are far more common in unvaccinated people. The report shows that the rate of COVID-19 in unvaccinated people is more than five times higher than in vaccinated people.

To date, 3.5% of all vaccine breakthrough cases have been hospitalized and 1% have died. The average age of vaccinated people who have died is 81.

Vaccination remains the most effective tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Oregonians are encouraged to get vaccinated and, if eligible, to get a booster shot.

We’re still a considerable distance from the end of this pandemic

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 21,825 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry Jan. 12. Of that total, 2,032 were initial doses, 1,269 were second doses and 8,574 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 9,859 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Jan. 12.

The seven-day running average is now 16,057 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,913,885 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 187,454 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,580,064 doses of Moderna and 260,415 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 3,084,711 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,796,576 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

There are 25 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,870, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 9,796 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 504,731.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (28), Benton (325), Clackamas (875), Clatsop (97), Columbia (97), Coos (130), Crook (73), Curry (22), Deschutes (671), Douglas (233), Gilliam (1), Grant (11), Harney (6), Hood River (27), Jackson (505), Jefferson (113), Josephine (125), Klamath (122), Lake (1), Lane (686), Lincoln (85), Linn (307), Malheur (46), Marion (862), Morrow (54), Multnomah (1,877), Polk (220), Sherman (1), Tillamook (39), Umatilla (267), Union (31), Wallowa (15), Wasco (79), Washington (1,512) and Yamhill (253).

A Review of a Lingering Invasion

Terra Magazine Photo – Sylvia Yamada

The folks down at the Hatfield Marine Science Center wants everyone to know about the next Science on Tap talk, Wednesday, January 19 at 6 pm. Hosted by the Hatfield Marine Science Center, the talk is entitled “European Green Crabs: Are they here to stay?” The guest speaker is zoologist Sylvia Yamada, a courtesy faculty at Oregon State University who has tracked European green crabs on the Oregon coast for more than two decades.

In recent years, European green crabs have become a species of increasing concern on the coast. They are a globally invasive species that prey on native species, including shellfish and smaller crabs. Furthermore, they can tear up valuable eelgrass meadows and deprive native species of food and shelter. Green crabs arrived in Oregon estuaries during the 1990’s but remained rare until the 2015-2016 El Niño. They are abundant enough to be observed by divers and caught in sports traps.

In her talk, Dr. Yamada will talk about where green crab comes from, how to tell them apart from native crabs, how they spread, and anything we can do to stop their spread.

The public is invited to this free, online talk. Below is the link information. I’ve also attached a photo of a European Green Crab if you need a picture.

Zoom Webinar Link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/98482374868
Or Call: +1+1 971-247-1195
Webinar ID: 936 4253 0812

If you have any questions, please contact the event organizer, Cinamon Moffett, HMSC Research Program Manager, at cinamon.moffett@oregonstate.edu or 541-867-0126.

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Senator Harry Reid celebrated as a strong U.S Senator who got things done…for Nevada and Our Country…

A fond farewell to a Nevada legend…

Governor Kate Brown Orders Flags Lowered in Honor and Remembrance of Senator Harry Reid

Flags to fly at half-staff beginning at midnight tonight until sunset on January 13, 2022
Correction: Governor Kate Brown today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff beginning tonight at midnight.
 

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff beginning tonight at midnight to honor the life and legacy of Senator Harry Reid. In accordance with a proclamation from the White House, the day of interment is scheduled for tomorrow, January 13. Therefore, flags will be lowered to half-staff beginning at midnight tonight and return to full staff at sunset on Thursday, January 13.

“Together we mourn the loss and honor the legacy of a true statesman,” said Governor Brown. “Senator Reid lived a life of service and led by example through his courageousness and tenacity. Dan and I send our deepest condolences to his family as we honor his memory.”

The full Presidential Proclamation is available at the White House website.

Over 8,000 new Omicron cases in Oregon

Omicron Virus
Spreads fast but not as deadly as earlier versions of Covid-19

Oregon reports 8,040 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 35 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 35 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,814, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 8,040 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 486,202.

More Oregonians receive COVID-19 booster doses

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, 309,132 Oregonians have received a booster.

As of today, Oregon needs 690,868 people to get a booster to reach the goal and make our state safer from the Omicron variant. Find a booster here.

Consider alternatives for non-urgent health issues

With a record number of cases recorded and the spread of the Omicron variant statewide, Oregonians are being asked to ease the burden on health systems and emergency rooms. If you are looking for non-emergency COVID-19 treatment, please call your doctor or an urgent care clinic. Not sure who to call? Start with 211. You can find a test here.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 727, which is 35 more than yesterday. There are 138 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is no change from yesterday.

There are 44 available adult ICU beds out of 663 total (7% availability) and 292 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,094 (7% availability).

And the Arts Keep Blossoming Along…

Salem, Oregon – The application is now live for the Artist Resilience Program, a second round of relief funding for Oregon artists offered by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. The partnership, which began with 2020’s Artist Relief Program, invests another $1.5 million in support for artists’ recovery from the pandemic.

Awards will generally range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be determined by a peer review panel. A geographic distribution model will ensure that applicants from across Oregon are supported. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10.

“We are incredibly grateful to Oregon Community Foundation and the Miller Foundation for their dedication to helping us sustain our artists through these difficult times,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission. “In reaching Oregon’s artists, we know we are not only supporting these individuals financially, but also enabling them to continue their creative careers and enliven the cultural environments of Oregon.”

The purpose of the Artist Resilience Program is to provide relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals or other activities with a stipend, events, teaching opportunities, book signings or other professional presentation opportunities. Guidelines are now posted on the Arts Commission website.

“In times of crisis, artists help us make sense of our world and stay connected to one another,” said Martha Richards, executive director of the Miller Foundation. “The Miller Foundation stands with Oregon artists in this difficult time because we recognize the critical roles they play in our communities and our lives – they are the foundation of our state’s arts ecosystem.” (more…)

For those who test “positive” for Covid-19

OHA launches website, hotline for COVID-19-positive people

New services, which allow people to report positive tests and get info on isolation and quarantine, follow shift toward focus on outbreaks at high-risk settings

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Health Authority is moving to an opt-in model for investigating COVID-19 cases, launching a new website and hotline as a way for people who test positive for the virus to report results from an at-home test kit or testing provider.

People using the new Positive COVID Test website and COVID-19 Case Support Hotline, 866-917-8881, can complete an online survey linked from the web portal to report their positive case, or get help completing the survey through the hotline. They can also get information on isolation and other ways to keep themselves and those around them safe while they recover.

The launch of the services follows an OHA decision to revise its guidelines for investigating COVID-19 cases to focus less on interviewing individual cases and conducting contact tracing, and more on outbreaks in high-risk settings, such as those in congregate care, health care, K-12 education and food chain industries.

“The current and rapidly growing surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant has outpaced the capacity of Oregon’s public health system to effectively conduct active case investigation and contact tracing, which cannot effectively slow the spread of the disease in the context of widespread community transmission,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer and state epidemiologist at Oregon Health Authority.

“As a result, given the burdens to the entire public health infrastructure and the need to pivot resources to higher priority public health measures, we are adjusting case investigation and outreach efforts. OHA will move away from individual investigation and contact tracing calls to focus on investigating outbreaks in high-risk settings,” he said.

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Omicron Virus Continues to Surge – But less deadly than Delta strain…

Omicron Virus
Spreads fast but not as deadly as earlier versions of Covid-19

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 20,149 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry Jan. 11. Of that total, 1,703 were initial doses, 1,192 were second doses and 7,419 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 9,196 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Jan. 11.

The seven-day running average is now 15,532 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,892,158 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 183,707 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,564,949 doses of Moderna and 259,593 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 3,080,739 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,793,941 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 (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).

A club that gets people up and involved cruising around Yaquina Bay

Yaquina Bay Yacht Club

The Yaquina Bay Yacht Club is hosting a variety of speakers in January. The club is interested in promoting what our beautiful Yaquina Bay has to offer. The public is invited to explore the club and attend these free informative sessions.  We do require masks be worn.  The sessions will be held on Wednesday’s at 5:30pm with the exception of January 19th.  The club is located at 750 SE Bay Blvd.

Our first speaker is OBF, the Oregon Boating Foundation.  The Oregon Boating Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Newport dedicated to getting people out on the water safely by making affordable boating and education opportunities accessible to everyone. The organization’s programs include youth kayak and sailing camps, adult kayak and sailing camps, and guided kayak tours in Yaquina Bay. Members will be presenting information about the organization, it’s programs, and opportunities to get involved and support boating education and safety at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 5:30pm.
Our second Speaker is Paula Miranda, General Manager for the Port of Newport. Come find out what’s happening on our Bay!  Paula will present an overview of the ports district and current projects and events that will affect economic opportunities. Paula has been with the Port since May of 2019 and has a keen eye towards maintaining what the Port is currently managing, upgrading facilities and seeking long term sustainability for our Bay and Port.

Water Pump House Fire Knocked Down Fast in North Newport

Firefighters on scene real quick.

It looks like there was an equipment fire in the sewer pump house at the end of 56th and the ocean in north Agate Beach. The firemen had to vent the roof, hose off the vent system and the equipment inside the pumphouse.  Looks like the fire was knocked down pretty quick – perhaps due to the closeness of a local fire station.

John Vann was on scene quick with his camera.

Making sure fleeting embers got a good soaking…

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