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Lincoln County Public Health announced another confirmed COVID-19 case.

The person is between the ages of 10 and 19 and had contact with a known case. This brings Lincoln County's current case count to 16 confirmed and two presumptive for a total of 18 cases. Due to website updating procedures, the OHA website may not match the local case reporting.

Public Health continues to do contact tracing for all new cases. Staff initiated the contact tracing process immediately and continue to notify people who had contact with a known case.

In addition to the confirmed case, there is a new presumptive positive case who is awaiting test results for COVID-19, but has had close contact with a confirmed case and is symptomatic. Neither case reported today is related to the outbreak reported yesterday.

Yesterday, Rebecca Austen, Health Department Director spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. She said of the news of more cases that “people need to think differently."

"We are going to see a spike," Austen said. "But the important thing is to keep (Covid-19) away from vulnerable people who will have to be hospitalized.”

Public Health strongly encourages the public to follow the current OHA guidelines:

• Stay home if you are sick.

• To avoid exposure to COVID-19, people who are at risk for severe complications (over age 60 or have underlying medical conditions) should stay home even if you feel well.

• If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath) while in public, please return home and self-isolate immediately. Contact your health care provider if you need medical attention.

• Practice good hand hygiene with frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).

• Cover coughs/sneezes with elbow or tissue. If you use a tissue, immediately discard tissue in garbage and wash your hands.

• Avoid touching your face.

• Practice physical distancing of at least six (6) feet between you and people who you do not live with.

• Use cloth, paper or disposable face coverings in public. As Oregon is reopening and restrictions are being lifted on businesses and public spaces, it may be difficult to ensure that you can stay six (6) feet away from others at all times. Please review Mask and Face Covering Guidance for Business, Transit and the Public.

• Stay close to home. Avoid overnight trips and minimize other non-essential travel, including recreational day trips to destinations outside the community where you live. Travel the minimum distance needed to obtain essential services; in rural areas, residents may have to travel greater distances for essential services, while in urban areas, residents may only need to travel a few miles for those services.

You can find more local information at www.co.lincoln.or.us/covid

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