Hospitals see first COVID-19patients

What a difference a week makes!  On May 28, 2020, Lincoln Country announced its tenth COVID-19 case. On June 7, Lincoln County announced 124 new COVID-19 cases related to an outbreak at Pacific Seafood, in addition to several community-acquired and family-spread cases announced the week of June 1.  At this time, both coastal hospitals have admitted our first COVID-19 positive inpatients. Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital have not experienced patient surges. However, surge plans are in place and we are ready as many close contacts of people who are asymptomatic now need to be tested. Both coastal hospitals have more than sufficient bed and testing capacity as well as personal protective equipment.

We are working closely with Lincoln County Public Health (LCPH) on contact tracing as well as asymptomatic contact testing.   Samaritan is making employees available to LCPH to increase their pool of contact tracers.  We are also in close contact with Lincoln County Commissioners as well as the Oregon Health Authority. The entire community is pulling together to do whatever is necessary to contain this latest outbreak and keep our communities safe. Please visit Samaritan Health Services and the Lincoln County websites for more information.

Stay safe and continue to wear a mask in public, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

                        

Lesley Ogden, MD, CEO                                                            Ralph Breitenstein, MD, Chair

Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital                              Pacific Communities Health District

and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital