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Governor says Lincoln County Phase 2 possible for September

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Covid-19 Lincoln County

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said Lincoln County’s application to enter Phase 2 was received and a mutually agreed upon date of Sept. 8 could see Lincoln County loosening restrictions if conditions are met.

In a letter to Lincoln County Commissioners Thursday, Brown said the State of Oregon has been carefully monitoring Lincoln County’s case trends over the past two weeks and noted an increase in positive cases that are slightly higher than the Phase 2 reopening criteria.

COVID-19 Lincoln County

Lincoln County has been in Phase 1 for the required 21 days but needs to meet the following reopening criteria before an official move to Phase 2:

COVID-19 hospital admissions show a 14-day decline

Does not apply to Lincoln County.

Emergency Department visits below 1.5 percent

Lincoln County has met this criteria with 0.6 percent. 

New cases increase under 5 percent in seven days

Lincoln County has met this requirement with new cases down eight percent.

Percent of positive tests flat or declining

Lincoln County meets this requirement with a down trend of 6.8 percent.

Community spread below 30 percent of positives

Lincoln County does not meet the criteria as new cases not traced to a known source is at 59 percent.

Contact tracing started within 24 hours

Follow ups initiated within 24 hours need to be at 95 percent and Lincoln County is at 86 percent.

Brown said health officials anticipate Lincoln County will stabilize and be able to enter Phase 2 by Sept.8, if testing, tracing and isolating COVID-19 cases continues and the reopening criteria is met.

A move to Phase 2 allows a wider reopening, including recreational sports, movie theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, pools and increased office work. Indoor gatherings will rise to 100 and outdoor to 250 depending on the type of gathering.

“Maintaining a culturally responsive and robust contact tracing system, as well as an effective testing and isolation strategy, will be key to containing any potential spread of the virus.”

Brown said Phase 2 is the last full phase until a widely available treatment or vaccine is available for COVID-19.

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Justin Werner is founder and publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and a journalist reporting news for the fine citizens of Lincoln City, Oregon and beyond. He's on a mission to seek out truth and isn't afraid to be the tip of the spear for freedom of the press. When he's not wearing his reporter hat, you can find him enjoying the Oregon Coast with his wife and three children.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. How about shutting down hotels and restaurants? It worked for the first 3 months. The number of tourists here is staggering. This is completely hypocritical and unsafe.

  2. How about shut down pacific seafood for three weeks totally three full weeks. Now don’t wait they caused most of this issue. No one that has come into my business or any of my employees has gotten sick and we see about 100 visitors a day.

  3. How about we close every business, block 101 at both ends of L.C. and hide in our basements until Kate says we can come out?

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