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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Inn at Spanish Head Resort Hotel

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Lincoln County Public Health and Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City announced today an outbreak among staff at the resort where five out of 97 staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

“Proactive preventative steps have been taken by the Inn throughout the onset of COVID 19,” spokesperson for Inn at Spanish Head, Michael Schneider, said on Monday. “Those steps include: Initiating and maintaining communication with the Lincoln County Health Department; closely following all CDC and Health Department recommendations; requiring face coverings for all staff and guests; maintaining social distancing for all staff and guests; posting reminders to wash hands frequently with soap and water and conducting proactive staff testing at the Inn’s expense.

“While we do recognize that suspending food and beverage operations may cause unanticipated inconvenience to the public and our guests, we have made the difficult decision to close Fathoms Restaurant beginning August 24, 2020.

“We will be taking this opportunity to conduct operational cleaning and to allow our staff time to quarantine and to submit to additional testing as warranted. We anticipate reopening Fathoms soon and as recommended by CDC and Lincoln County Public Health guidance.“

Rebecca Austen, Health Department Director, said that Public Health is currently investigating the cases and will be reaching out to close contacts.  “Lincoln County has noticed an increase in cases in the Lincoln City area.  We ask that residents and visitors continue to take safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The Inn at Spanish Head is working closely with us to investigate this outbreak.”

Public Health reminds the public that the best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to:

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and those who do not live with you;
  • Wear a face covering when you cannot maintain this distance;
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water; and
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you feel sick, stay home.

If you have questions about this or COVID-19, please contact the Lincoln County Call Center at 541-265-0621 or by email at [email protected]

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  1. It’s just a matter of time before all of Lincoln City is infected. Left up to the mayor, Dick Anderson, LC wouldn’t have a single business close down or allow the summer tourist influx to be inhibited. The thought is, the city needs the revenue, and people need their livelihoods. All well and good, until there’s no people left to enjoy them. Until we take responsible action and SHUT DOWN the city from outsiders, we can expect more infection. LC has a high retirement age residency, and this could potentially wipe out a good portion of the population. When you know something works, you do it. Take a lesson from Jacinda Ardern in NZ. Close everything, no tourism until the virus goes away…then open up gradually. They are having tremendous success, while we are simply flailing. I’m surprised the Safeway employees aren’t all infected, with the massive overcrowding this summer.

  2. Politics and greed got in the way of handling this issue, and still are.
    All interstate travel for personal reasons, all international and domestic
    flights for non-emergencies should have been implemented when this virus was
    first sent over by China to do exactly what it is doing, completely screwing
    us and the economy.
    It’s just a good thing the president did what he did when he did it, I just wish
    he’s have gone further sooner, but that’s not possible is it? Vote Democrat for
    more chaos and suffering.

  3. Sounds like a bunch of scared boomers watchin too much news believing everything they are told! Put your mask over your face like they tell ya and hopefully ya pass out

  4. Think about when there was only few cases in L C come on city leaders wake up the city needs to back track close up for a while, know its going to hurt look what’s happening with this out of control few invading city here and we still have another holiday to go before end of summer!!! For those few out there wear a mask not only for you but the rest of us a lot of us don’t like them too but better safe than sorry.

  5. LCRes, “no tourism until the virus goes away” and “Shut down the city”? You have every right to be hysterical, say stupid things and hide in your basement. But I missed the part where snowflakers get to shut down our city because their hair is on fire. If you get a peanut allergy are you going to demand Safeway remove peanut butter from their shelves? ENOUGH!

  6. The real snowflakes are the Faux News, kool-aid drinking hillbillies who don’t have the backbone to do simple things to stop the spread. The selfish idiot tourists come here, dump their mess and infest us with their disease. The president has fell flat on his face and showed how ignorant and inept he is throughout this mess, and ignored the problem and only thinks of himself and the election. He hasn’t done a thing. Lincoln City dumped the 24 hour hold on reservations and now housekeepers are getting Covid from infested rooms, virus living on surfaces. The only way Trumptards will believe anything other than their brainwashing is if one of their family lives through it or doesn’t.

  7. So the virus is spread ONLY ‘on surfaces” of “infested“ hotel rooms. Grocery, pot, and liquor stores are immune…And only the tourists can spread covid because it’s …“their disease”. Thanks for straightening all us hillbillies out.

  8. Social D, An Epidemiologist you are not. I think you should put your Woman’s Studies degree from Reed to better use. Seriously, you are one of L.C.s Xenophobes who’ve weaponized covid to hate on tourists. Which is unfortunate because this town depends on the industry. Just imagine someone using the virus to shut down something important to you like your NAMBLA convention. Ill bet you’d be singing a different tune then.

  9. Not many people know what nambla stands for. I hate tourists, we live next to dozens of VRDs, it’s like living next to a motel that caters to alcoholic and drug
    addicted idiots that’s across the street from an airport.
    Exactly, how many times does some “person” need to go out to their car and slam the doors? At 8 am, at 10 am, at 12am, at 1am?


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