Month: July 2021

Draft Lincoln City Evacuation Plan available for Public review and comment

The draft Lincoln City Evacuation Plan will be posted to the City Web site until August 31, 2021 for public comment. If you have questions, comments or recommendation please email your thoughts to

This plan looks at the potential for different types of events/scenarios which may cause Lincoln City to evacuate. It provides optional routes and processes for managing evacuations. It also addresses Tsunami events, Chlorine leaks, and bridge failure alternate routes.

Microsoft Word Version here.

Adobe PDF version here.

OHA recommends universal mask use for all public indoor settings

In responses to a large jump in cases and hospitalizations and new national guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Oregon Health Authority today is recommending universal mask use in public indoor settings throughout the state to protect Oregonians from COVID-19.

“Today’s reported sharp rise in cases and hospitalizations in Oregon are sobering reminders that the pandemic is not over, especially for Oregonians who remain unvaccinated,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state epidemiologist and state health officer.

“The highly contagious Delta variant has increased tenfold in the past two weeks in Oregon, and it is now estimated to be associated with 80% of the new cases in Oregon. The use of face masks provides significant protection for individuals who are unvaccinated as well as an additional level protection from a small but known risk of infection by the virus for persons who have already been vaccinated.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who are vaccinated with currently available vaccines are protected from the virus and the circulating variants, including the Delta variant that is now seen in the majority of Oregon’s new cases.

OHA’s recommendation aligns with the CDC’s new guidance issued today that everyone, including fully vaccinated persons, wear a mask in public indoor settings. OHA’s recommendation applies statewide, and not just areas with higher infections and high transmission, as cases have increased across the state in recent weeks due to the Delta variant.

OHA is continuing to call on local community and public health leaders, and businesses, to encourage vaccination and masking to prevent new outbreaks in areas of substantial and high transmission.

Original news bulletin found here.

COVID-19 Cases Rising in Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows an increase in daily cases, hospitalizations and COVID-19 related deaths.

OHA reported 2,026 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, July 12, through Sunday, July 18. That represents a 54% rise over the previous week and the highest tally in seven weeks. New COVID-19 related hospitalizations rose to 123, up from 104 the previous week.

There were 29 reported COVID-19 related deaths, up from 15 reported the previous week. There were 62,098 tests for COVID-19 for the week of July 11 through July 17. The percentage of positive tests was 4.2%, up from 3.4% the previous week.

As of July 20, 2,452,035 Oregonians — 57.5% of the state’s total population — had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. [Lincoln County currently stands at 71.8%].

Case rates have generally been higher in counties with lower COVID-19 vaccination rates. During the week of July 11–17, case rates in 15 counties exceeded the statewide average of 44.9 cases per 100,000 population. All 15 counties had overall population COVID-19 vaccination rates of lower than 55%, and 13 of them had rates lower than 47%. For full article visit

15th Street and NW 34th Court beach drive accesses to remain closed through September 7, 2021 at noon via City Council Resolution 2021-34.

Announcement – Due to ongoing safety concerns due to Fire, Rescue and Police services not being able to access the beach due to the beach drive accesses blocked by parked vehicles, the beach drive accesses located at NW 15th St & NW 34th Ct. will remain closed through noon on September 07, 2021. City Council Resolution 2021-34.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event set for July 31, 2021 See attached flyer for more information. Evento de recolección de desechos domésticos peligrosos programado para el 31 de julio de

Is Your Home Toxic-Free? Please carefully consider the purchasing choices you make everyday and never place hazardous/toxic waste into your trash or recycling carts.

On Saturday, July 31, 2021 Lincoln County residents can properly dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge at the annual HHW Collection Event. Each year the event rotates between Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo and Waldport. The 2021 HHW Event will be held July 31, 2021 at:

North Lincoln Sanitary Service Address
1726 SE Hwy 101, Lincoln City
9:00am – 2:00pm

Materials accepted at the HHW Collection Event include: Poisons: pesticides, herbicides, fungicides & other poisons Heavy Metals: mercury & products containing elemental mercury Corrosives: acids, bases, & reactives This year we are also encouraging Lithium Batteries – not only because old lithium batteries are a recyclable commodity, but also because they pose a risk of fire when placed into the garbage.

A few reminders:

  1. No containers larger than 5 gallons in capacity
  2. No sharps or other medications
  3. No explosives: such as bullets, fireworks, flares/aerial flares

PLEASE BE SAFE when handling hazardous household waste, safety is essential!. Properly prepare materials:

  1. Keep products in their original containers whenever possible. Ensure containers are labeled. Do not mix products into one container – Dangerous reactions can occur when some materials are combined.
  2. If a container is leaking, secure it in a secondary leak-proof container. – Please do not put items in plastic bags –
  3. Box up materials and seal lids tight to prevent rolling around in your trunk while driving and to prevent spills or dangerous mixing of hazardous materials. secure in the trunk of your vehicle, away from the driver, passengers, and pets. Containers and boxes, including gasoline cans, cannot be returned.

COVID-19 safety for this event:
When at the event, please keep windows rolled up and locate hazardous waste(s) in the trunk or in
the very back of truck bed so event staff may easily remove items.

Also, check with your hauler for items they accepted year-round at their depots!

See attached flyer for more information (Consulte el folleto adjunto para obtener más información.)

Dust Abatement Delay

Due to supply constraints in acquiring Lignosulfonate, the City will not perform the dust abatement on most of the gravel roads on July 09 but will delay for one or two weeks until product can be secured. We will update here when new date is set. Lignosulfonate is a naturally occurring polymer found in wood. It is not harmful to plants, animals or aquatic life.

Governor Kate Brown Statement on Oregon Receiving More Federal Dollars for Disaster Recovery

Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today issued the following statement on FEMA’s announcement that President Biden has authorized an increase, from 75% to 100%, in federal funds that Oregon will receive for public assistance projects related to last year’s historic wildfire season:

“I am incredibly pleased that Oregon will be receiving additional federal funding to support our efforts to help our communities recover from last year’s devastating wildfires,” said Governor Brown. “These resources will provide financial relief for critical recovery services like debris removal and individual public assistance.

“I would like to thank our incredible partners in the White House and at FEMA for making these additional funds possible. Their support and collaboration reflects the importance of devoting resources to help Oregon communities not only recover from last year’s wildfires, but also to build back stronger.”

Federal funding for 2020 fires was originally available for public assistance, hazard mitigation, and other needs assistance at 75% of the total eligible costs. Under the President’s order, the federal share for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, has been increased to 100% of the total eligible costs for a continuous period of 30 days established by the state.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management will work closely with partner state agencies and local governments to determine the optimal 30-day period in which the most FEMA-eligible costs were incurred to ensure federal funding is maximized. Once that date is determined, all previously reimbursed FEMA costs for that period will be reimbursed for the full 100% total cost.

The announcement from FEMA can be found on their website.

Original article found here.