Thursday, October 29, 2020

Perspective on COVID-19

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Courser claims ag abandoned by Schrader

The suddenly-tight race in the fertile U.S. 5th District could hinge on Oregon family farms and rural communities slammed by pandemic and wildfire, claimed the challenger to a six-term incumbent who has severed his official ties to agriculture.

Courser braces Schrader over law and order stand

Mounting the biggest challenge ever to an entrenched incumbent, Congressional candidate Amy Ryan Courser this week drew a stark battle line between her and six-term representative Kurt Schrader over law enforcement in the U.S. Fifth District.

Lincoln County discusses waiver of fees retroactively for wildfire victims

Lincoln County government met Monday to discuss possibly waiving construction fees for victims of the Echo Mountain Complex Wildfire and may do so retroactively to Sept. 8. 

Newport K9 team discovers commercial quantity of meth

Newport Police Officer Hayden Randall and his partner, K9 Nero, were responsible for discovering a commercial quantity of methamphetamine during a routine traffic violation...

NWS issues freeze warning for North, Central Oregon Coast

National Weather Service Portland issued a freeze warning Sunday night for the North and Central Oregon Coasts for 1-10 a.m. Monday.

Redemption Thrift theft in Taft

Former Lincoln City Mayor Don Williams took to Facebook Saturday with a video that shows a man making off with charity funds from his Redemption Thrift store in Taft.

Enough with the COVID doom and gloom

I just this minute have had enough of the doom and gloom COVID narrative.

Homepage team behind Fox 12 wildfire coverage

Where do Portland TV stations get their breaking news? Often, it turns out, from Lincoln City Homepage!
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Volunteers raise spirits, hope amid wildfire ashes

A spirited volunteer cleanup effort is underway in Otis as workers sift through the rubble of destroyed homes left behind by the Echo Mountain Complex Wildfire.

Dick Anderson has lots of help funding his campaign

This past Wednesday, the Lincoln City News Guard ran a huge campaign ad for Dick Anderson and three other conservative candidates.

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Evacuations in effect for Lincoln City

A level 3 evacuation is in effect for all of Lincoln City from 40th street north. Level 3 means go now.

MYSTERY SOLVED! D.B. Cooper was my friend

He was the soldier who became a skyjacker, the skyjacker who became a priest, and the priest who lived and died in Depoe Bay. He was D.B. Cooper, the most famous fugitive on earth, and he was my friend.

Fire strikes historic Otis Cafe on Independence Day

North Lincoln Fire Rescue units swarmed the Otis Cafe shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to combat a fully involved fire at the iconic restaurant.

Highway 101 hole prompts ODOT to call in geologists

Oregon Department of Transportation officials have called in geologists Thursday to take core samples of a hole on southbound Highway 101 in Otis.

Lincoln City wildfires update

Lincoln City government issued an update Thursday on wildfires north of the city, saying all evacuation orders are still in effect and residents are not allowed in the area.

An evacuated Lincoln City sits dark and intact

Lincoln City Police were active Wednesday night and were patrolling with spotlights in a town evacuated and once again without power.

Spanish Flu Graph

Publisher’s Note: The following is the first in a series of articles from Oregon Coast Community College educator Jim Kusz.

As restaurants try to keep serving the public with take-out, and schools, shops and many hotels remain closed, the news looks bleak. However, there are hundreds of awesome, inspiring stories of how people are coping on social media, sharing with songs, and with the national economic relief/stimulus fund passing there is financial relief; for some in our workforce community.

Still many need your support as this pandemic continues, there are many other concerns and unfortunately as in any severe event, there will be many unforeseen challenges. COVID-19 is a serious virus and all precautions need to be followed!

This pandemic is referred to as the worst, and that we (the global community) have never seen anything like this. Well that simply isn’t correct when we look through the lens of history. Multiple viruses, plagues and contagious diseases have swept the planet over the last several hundred years, and we’re still here.

 In more recent times, globally, we’ve combated swine flu, H1N1 virus and of course the “Spanish Flu”. The Spanish flu 1918-1919 pandemic killed between 30 and 50 million people worldwide (675,000 Americans were among the dead). The coronavirus COVID-19 should not invoke such numbers, especially, with modern medical advantages and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through media outlets giving proper guidance and education; we need share and follow that information seriously to empower ourselves from COVID-19!

Coronavirus discovery and research really kick-off in the 1960’s, coronaviruses are responsible for a substantial proportion of the upper respiratory tract infections. Since 2003, research has identified several human coronaviruses worldwide. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses, the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a contagious and sometimes fatal respiratory illness.

Most viruses spread through droplets that enter the air when someone with the disease coughs, sneezes or talks. They can also spread mainly through close personal contact. The virus may also be spread on contaminated objects — such as doorknobs, telephones and handrails.

Why is this virus different?  COVID-19 is a new disease, a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

We will not know how long this will go on; and unfortunately, there are individuals whose fear can turn to anger and hostility. That would be the most damage any disaster can cause and it would be the biggest causality to our society. We need to be logical, and know that someday this will be behind us.

It is important to put things in perspective, follow the CDC guidelines and local government recommendations, especial stressing social distancing, closures and self-quarantine. In this unprecedented time in our life, appreciate your family, stay at home and keep vigilant, your actions are the first defense to coronavirus COVID-19.

Be informed, be prepared, be empowered and stay calm. Our response to COVID-19 is creating the history that will assist the next generation as to how to handle future events!

We are all in this together.

To learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself go to the CDC website for further information.

Stay safe, stay informed and stay healthy.

Historical note:  The 1918-1919 pandemic was labeled “The Spanish Flu” not because it originated in Spain, but because that country had remained neutral during World War I and was a source of news that freely reported news of flu activity globally. Scientists currently believe the Spanish flu was a form of H1N1!

 

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Jim Kusz
Jim Kusz
Oregon Coast Community College, Disaster Preparedness Educator

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