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Five additional confirmed Lincoln County Covid-19 cases

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Lincoln County does not meet Phase 2 reopening criteria

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Tenth confirmed Lincoln County COVID-19 case

Yesterday’s presumptive positive case had a negative test result so will be removed from the total.  The current totals for Lincoln County are: 10 confirmed positive, 1403 negative tests, 8 recovered, and 1 was hospitalized during illness. 

The last mayor of Depoe Bay

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Lincoln County Sheriff: COVID-19 contact tracing scam alert

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Lincoln City to hold public hearing on state revenue sharing

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COVID-19

The most recent data suggests that current social distancing measures could cut transmission rates between 50-70 percent if Oregonians maintain limitations on virus-spreading interactions into early May.

Updated projections from health researchers show there is “strong evidence that measures currently in place in Oregon are reducing transmission,” according to the latest models.

If Oregonians can maintain current social distancing efforts and the current projections hold true, the state could likely meet demand for hospital beds under current strategies.

According to the latest report, researchers estimate that Oregon has slightly higher numbers of current infections than previously assessed, based on an increase in reported cases from earlier time points.

  • COVID-19 infections: Under current social distancing conditions with the cooperation of most Oregonians to Stay Home, Save Lives, it is estimated that in early May Oregon would have over 4,000 cumulative infections and 200-1,200 active infections. However, if the state were to reopen non-essential businesses (while keeping schools closed), the number of new infections would spike to as many as 3,500 active infections by early May.
  • Hospital beds needed: Researchers found “expected demand for hospital beds is predicted to remain relatively constant before decreasing, assuming current or strengthened interventions and continued high compliance.
  • Uncertainty: Researchers highlighted that the projections remain uncertain. In coming weeks, state public health officials and researchers will get a better picture of current actual infections and how they affect the projections, as well as more data on the public’s continued adherence to social distancing measures.

The models state health officials released today were prepared by the Institute for Disease Modeling, based in Washington.

Oregon’s emergency response continues to focus on strengthening the health care system’s ability to meet the coming surge. State health officials are working with hospitals and other health care partners to mobilize the health care workforce and keep workers safe, expand bed capacity and secure more ventilators. However, the public’s ability to maintain social distancing will be the most important factor in determining whether Oregon prevents local hospitals from becoming overwhelmed by COVID-19 admissions.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state health officer at OHA, said: “We know coronavirus has brought painful disruption and distress for Oregonians. However, these numbers tell us that what we’re doing can work. We know social distancing is tough and comes with incredible sacrifices. But steps we’re all taking to maintain social distancing could save the lives of people we know and people who are important to us. As Oregonians, we all must continue to put Stay Home, Save Lives into practice.”

Oregon reports 1 new COVID-19 death, 47 new cases

Oregon Health Authority reported 47 new cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 1. The new COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (6), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1), Jackson (1), Lane (2), Lincoln (1), Marion (10), Multnomah (18), Washington (3), and Yamhill (1).

One case previously reported in Hood River County was identified as a resident of another state; thus, today’s statewide case count is 736. Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s nineteenth COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old woman in Multnomah County, who tested positive on March 27, 2020, and died on March 29, 2020 at her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

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  1. The normally anti-social have come into their own, it’s nice to hear that
    Lincoln City is doing well, all things considered, and there are a lot to be considered.
    I’ve read a couple articles, and am pleased not to read any political dog flop comments, November is the time for that.
    I hope we all learn the necessary lessons from this situation, and why we’re dealing with it now and how it can be prevented in the future.

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