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On Saturday April 3, 2021 all adults in custody and staff on duty were re-tested for COVID-19 at the Lincoln County Jail.

All tests returned as negative. Staff continues to work with Lincoln County Public Health, State of Oregon as well as the facility physician to ensure proper procedures and protocols are in place.

Previous Report

On Wednesday March 31, all Adults in Custody (AIC) were re-tested for COVID-19, two additional positive cases among this population were discovered. In addition, staff were re-tested and two additional cases were discovered.

All Sheriff’s Office staff have previously been offered the COVID-19 vaccine. Jail staff continues to work with Lincoln County Public Health, State of Oregon as well as the facility physician to ensure proper procedures and protocols are in place.

Original Report

On Saturday March 27, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Administration was informed that an Adult In Custody (AIC) was indicating signs/symptoms similar to that of COVID-19.

The AIC was immediately tested utilizing a rapid COVID-19 test, the result returned positive. Based on the housing location of the AIC all AIC were tested and five additional tests were received as positive. As per established protocol, all AIC who test positive are to receive an additional test, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), to confirm accuracy of the initial test. In addition to AIC, staff were provided the necessary COVID test.

Prior plans had been established which entailed leaving a housing unit vacant should they have one or more positive cases. Because of this established process the jail was able to quarantine these AIC and they are now being monitored by medical staff multiple times each day. At this point all of the individuals exhibit only minor symptoms, which can be adequately treated within the facility.

Jail medical staff have been in close contact with Lincoln County Public Health and the State of Oregon to ensure all necessary protocols are being followed to include contact tracing.

All AIC throughout Oregon became eligible for the COVID vaccine in February. Lincoln County has been and will continue to offer the vaccine to all AIC. To date Lincoln County has provided at least a single dose vaccine to 43 AIC.

All prior precautionary measures and protocols remain in place for the facility – COVID testing for all AIC who remain in custody, daily temperature checks for AIC and staff as well as a facial covering requirement and other daily precautions.

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Nikki Hayes

Dear Representative Gomberg. I read you are waiting your turn to get COVID test. At 67 it is your turn so do your part to protect the community. Thank you

Nikki Hayes

Sorry Representative Gomberg I meant vaccine not test.

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