Third Death In Lincoln County From Covid


An 86-year-old woman is Lincoln County’s third reported local

COVID-19 related death. She died July 1 at Samaritan Pacific Communities

Hospital and had underlying medical conditions. “As we see positive cases increase in our community and across the country, it will be more challenging than ever to protect our vulnerable people. This death is incredibly sad and we will probably see more especially in our elder population. For this reason alone, please keep 6 feet from others, wear a mask

in public and wash your hands frequently” said Health Department Director, Rebecca Austen.


Public Health also announced 3 new cases of COVID-19 today (7/2/20) yesterday (7/1/20) there were 12 cases announced . This brings the current count to 327 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 LincolnCoCallCenter@co.lincoln.or.us


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

1. Confirmed COVID-19 test

2. Close contact of positive case (within 6 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.


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:

o 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.

o 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:

o 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.

o 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

o 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.


o 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:

o Continue to quarantine until your 14 days have passed. This

includes staying home from work and the store.

o 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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