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A 96-year-old woman is Lincoln County’s fourth reported local COVID-19 related death. She died July 2 at her residence and had underlying medical conditions.

Public Health also announced one new case of COVID-19 today. This brings the current count to 346 cases.

Lincoln County has many resources that can help residents or visitors of any background and preferred language. If you experience a medical emergency call 911 immediately. For less urgent care, contact the Lincoln Community Health Center or Samaritan Health. Contact information listed below.

There are three situations where you must quarantine for 14 days.  We ask that workplaces support employees who are required to quarantine and not ask them to go to work in these situations.  Supports are in place for people who must isolate, and we will be reaching out to all known close contacts and confirmed cases.  If you have questions about this, please contact our call center at 541-265-0621 or email [email protected]

The three situations where people need to self-isolate and quarantine are:

  1. Confirmed COVID-19 test
  2. Close contact of positive case (within six feet for over 15 minutes)
  3. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms include cough, chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of sense of taste or smell.  New symptoms recently announced include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

Below is a description of quarantine and isolation guidelines for confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts. According to the Oregon Health Authority, testing above and beyond this guidance is neither recommended nor should it be required. That is, once a case has met criteria for discontinuation of isolation, or a contact has completed their quarantine period, they should not be required to test negative before returning to work. 

HOW LONG TO QUARANTINE OR ISOLATE
CLOSE CONTACT

Quarantine yourself if you have had close contact with a positive case

IF NO SYMPTOMS

Quarantine for 14 days

IF SYMPTOMS

Quarantine for 14 days. If symptoms develop, get tested.

 

 

POSITIVE CASES

Isolate away from others in your

home who may be quarantined

IF NO SYMPTOMS

Isolate for 10 days from date tested

IF SYMPTOMS

Isolate for 10 days after onset and 3 days after symptoms stop

Once close contacts and positive cases meet the criteria for discontinuation of quarantine and isolation, they may return to their regular lives. Additional testing is not recommended

Lincoln County staff and partners are making calls to close contacts of confirmed cases.   Some of these calls may look like they come from an unknown number.  If you don’t answer, they will leave a message.  Please call them back as soon as you can.

Local public and tribal health authorities will never ask for your social security number, credit card number, bank account or billing information, or immigration status. (Note: Information will not be shared with immigration authority or law enforcement. Getting tested or getting treatment for COVID-19 will not affect your ability to get permanent residency in the U.S.)

Additional details on how to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus:

  • If you have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case:
    • Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or longer. Start a 14-day quarantine immediately. This means staying at home or in your hotel/other living arrangements. This includes staying home from work and not going out to shop for supplies.
    • Someone from public health will reach out to you. Monitor your symptoms. Contact your doctor if you develop symptoms. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
      • Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
      • Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947
    • If you aren’t sure if you have had close contact with a confirmed case:
      • Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or longer. If this did not happen, then you do not need to quarantine, but you may want to limit your trips outside the home. Monitor your symptoms.
      • Contact your doctor if you develop symptoms. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
        • Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
        • Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947
      • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms
        • Start a 14 day quarantine immediately. This means staying at home or in your hotel/other living arrangements. This includes staying home from work and not going out to shop for supplies.
        • Contact your doctor and let them know that you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
          • Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
          • Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947
        • If you receive a negative COVID-19 test result after being asked to quarantine:
          • Continue to quarantine until your 14 days have passed. This includes staying home from work and the store.
          • Continue to monitor your symptoms and contact your doctor if you develop any. If you need a physician, contact Samaritan or the Lincoln Community Health Center:
            • Samaritan Health Services – 855-543-2780.
            • Lincoln Community Health Center – 541-265-4947

Anyone in Lincoln County that is confirmed to have COVID-19 or that has had close contact with a confirmed case will be receiving a letter from Public Health as proof to their employer excusing their absence from work. If you have COVID-19, have been exposed, or develop symptoms you need to quarantine immediately. It is of utmost importance that Lincoln County employers and occupants quarantine at the first sign of symptoms or suspected exposure.

For more information on contact tracing, please visit https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/contact-tracing

For more information on quarantine and self-isolation, please visit

https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/quarantine-and-isolation-information

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