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Posted on: March 25, 2020

[ARCHIVED] March 25 - County Hotline, First Case in County, News

Call Centers Open

Lincoln County Call Center

 Lincoln County Call Center is open this week, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Answers any local questions about COVID19.  Phone lines will be staffed with an RN, a counselor, and volunteers.  Hours will increase as we get more agency volunteers.

Samaritan Call Center

Samaritan Call Center is open 8:00 am to 7:30 pm, 7 days a week
541-451-SICK (7425)
Answers both patients’ and staff members’ questions regarding any healthcare-related COVID-19 concerns. For example: I am starting to feel ill, what are my next steps? Should I visit the ED or set up a virtual appointment with my doctor’s office?  The phone lines are staffed with RNs who will help triage and assist the patients and employees as well as direct them on the next most appropriate steps to take.

First Case in Lincoln County

NEWPORT, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority today announced Lincoln County’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19. The new case brings Oregon’s total to 209 cases.  One This resident’s symptoms and treatment has been outside of Lincoln County.  Public Health is still investigating the case to determine more details.

The person is over the age of 55 and is hospitalized outside of Lincoln County. The individual had no known contact with a confirmed case, and had not traveled from a country where the virus is circulating, so the case is being investigated as a community-acquired case.

Clarification on Latest State and County Action

See the Lincoln County summary poster.

Donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

We are asking local and regional businesses and non-health care industries, including construction, dental, veterinary, manufacturing, breweries, mining, logging, fisheries etc. to donate their PPE.  

Items that can be accepted include:

  • Masks (N95, surgical, and procedural)
  • Face Shields (medical)
  • Gowns - Disposable
  • Gloves – Exam Type
  • Eye Protection (goggles and eye shields)

Donated PPE must be:

  • Unused
  • Original packaging is preferred but not required
  • Expired is okay

Drop Off Location for South County

Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue
145 NW Alsea Hwy, Waldport, OR 97394
Drop off times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday

Other Local News

Rogue Brewery has started production of hand sanitizer for first responders and local hospitals.  You can see Jack Waibel’s 50-second video about their production.  If you know of any other businesses that are switching over production to support the COVID-19 response, please email

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