COVID-19 outbreak reported at senior living facility in Lincoln City


LINCOLN CITY — Lincoln County Public Health announced Tuesday that nine residents and five staff members at Hillside Place senior living community in Lincoln City tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Testing of 40 individuals was conducted after a staff member was confirmed to be positive on July 31.

Health department director Rebecca Austen said her staff and the Oregon Health Authority visited the facility on Friday and found no deficiencies in its infection control protocols. “We know that the new coronavirus is widespread in our country. We are currently investigating the contacts of all staff and residents to determine who may need to isolate to prevent further spread in Lincoln County,” Austen said in a press release from the health department.

Lisa Junod, the facility’s administrator, was quoted in the same press release, saying, “We have been very proactive in protecting our residents and staff. Over the past several months, we have worked closely with OHA and the county health department to adopt and implement suggested infection control guidance, including daily screening and monitoring of residents and staff. We will continue to be proactive in our response to the current outbreak.”

Austen said systems set up for early detection of the virus had worked, and she is confident in Hillside’s ability to control the spread.

Hillside is the third long-term care facility in the county to publicly disclose a positive coronavirus case. Lakeview Senior Living, also in Lincoln City, reported a single staff member tested positive at the end of June. They tested all residents the following week but did not receive the results until July 19, when they were notified of a single positive resident out of 108 tested. 

Avamere Rehabilitation of Newport reported a positive resident on the same day as Lakeview’s announcement of a positive staff member, June 26, and also tested all of the staff and residents of the skilled nursing facility. Twenty-five residents tested positive in the following weeks, and seven have since died, with 18 now listed as recovered. Sixteen positive staff members are now listed as recovered (two staff that tested positive earlier in June had already returned to work by the time of the outbreak). On July 27, the Oregon Department of Human Services lifted an admission restriction at Avamere, as the facility had no more active cases in the building.

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