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Lincoln County Public Health and Surftides Hotel in Lincoln City announced today an outbreak among staff at the resort where five out of 64 staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

Jennifer Cho, spokesperson for Surftides Hotel said on Tuesday, “The safety and well-being of our team members, guests, and our community is our top priority. We are proactively working with the Lincoln County Health Department while enhancing cleaning protocols and adding additional safeguards both front and back of house.”

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 resources available to help those who must quarantine to stop the spread” she said. “If you get a call from a case investigator or contact tracer, please do your best to share as much as you can about who you may have been in contact with in the past two weeks. Sharing this information will help us prevent further spread of outbreaks.”

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. @CaryD: Contact tracing not only takes time, but cooperation from people who are willing to volunteer information about their whereabouts. It is painstakingly difficult to get 100% participation, and time consuming to go through registers and receipts. Unless people voluntarily take the time to add their names to a list for contact tracing, their privacy cannot be invaded. A better question is, why don’t the majority of people do their best to stay home, or add their names to the list when they do go out? It takes people believing this is a real issue, instead of allowing the media to influence it.

  2. Isn’t it time our mayor and governor made rational decisions regarding the spread of Covid? Shut down ALL hotels and restaurants until we have this under control. We had 10 cases the first 3 months in Lincoln County, NONE in Lincoln City. With the influx of 1000s of tourists arriving daily, we’re up to 450+ cases, and 11 deaths. There were 4 deaths at a local nursing home. Surely we’d rather have some sacrifices for a short time, than continue with business as usual, and not be around to enjoy anything.

  3. As the General Manager of Surftides Jennifer Cho neither takes responsibility for the safety of her staff and guests nor does she “believe” that COVID-19 is anything to be concerned about. Why else was she documented traveling from Portland to Lincoln City on a regular basis since the beginning of lockdown? Can someone explain to me why she only sees this pandemic as an opportunity to take advantage of people in their greatest time of need down to charging $5 for 1oz of sanitizer at the door.

  4. So far 500,000 Oregonians have been tested with 5% testing positive. Which means in a population of over 4 million at least 200,000 Oregonians have covid and are moving freely about the state. Brown is diligently tracking only 12% of 200,000 Oregonians who have covid. Why?


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