Lincoln County is experiencing a record number of new cases of COVID-19, according to health officials. Nearly a quarter of the county’s total cases since the beginning of the pandemic were reported in the last three weeks.
In a report on cases released by Lincoln County Public Health on Thursday, the agency stated “This wave far surpasses any wave we have had thus far.”
Susan Trachsel with Lincoln County Public Health said they’re no longer able to do contact tracing.
“We stopped doing that because we just didn’t have the staff to do that anymore and we had a lot of new cases coming in,” she said. “Now, we’re at the point where we can’t even reach out to every single positive case that’s coming in.”
Trachsel urged people who’ve tested positive to immediately begin isolating themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.
Trachsel said hospitals are holding their own, but they’re worried about being able to transfer patients to higher levels of care in other counties.
People can contact the Lincoln County Public Health call center at 541-265-0621 and access information and resources on their website.