Lincoln County Experiences COVID-19 Outbreak

Jun 12, 2020

Lincoln County has the highest infection rate for coronavirus in the state right now, linked to an outbreak at a seafood processing plant. The current number of known positive cases is 184— up from 10 cases a week and a half ago.

The harbor in Newport.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

Susan Trachsel is public information officer for Lincoln County Public Health. She says some of the cases are in children.

“We’ve had young children, teenage children, that have been positive because this virus doesn’t care how old you are. And it is spread easily among family members in the same home.”

Trachsel says the county is trying to get the information out to people to practice physical distancing, wear masks and stay home if they’re sick. The challenge is that many of the people affected do not speak English, so the county is reaching out with contact tracers who speak Spanish and other Latin American languages.

The Lincoln County Public Health hotline is: 541-265-0641

Note: This story has been updated with new numbers from OHA on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday, the county is handing out free K-95 masks in every city in Lincoln County. 

Distribution Locations and Times 

North - Otis -  Otis Fire Station 381 N Old Scenic Hwy 101 - Saturday, June 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

North - Lincoln City - St. Claire Fire Station 4520 SE Hwy 101 - Saturday, June 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

North - Gleneden Beach - Gleneden Beach Fire Station - 6445 Gleneden Beach Loop - Saturday, June 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Central - Newport - Newport Middle School - 825 NE 7th Street - Saturday, June 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Central - South Beach - Aquarium Overflow Parking on Ferry Slip Road - Saturday, June 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

South - Waldport - Central Coast Fire Station - 145 NW Alsea Hwy - Saturday, June 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

South - Yachats - Yachats Community Presbyterian Church - 360 W 7th Street - Saturday, June 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

East - Toledo - Toledo Fire Station - 285 NE Burgess Road - Saturday, June 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

East - Siletz - Siletz Fire Station - 149 W Buford Ave - Saturday, June 13th - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm