South Tillamook County Emergency Volunteer Corps
Medical Reserve Corps
COVID-19 Update 12-16-2020
By Dan Sheridan, PhD, RN
As a member of the Tillamook County COVID-19 Health Advisory Committee, which meets regularly to keep abreast of COVID-19 issues such as the availability of PPEs (personal protective equipment), prevention efforts, and consistent communication, I would like to share this update.
As of Wednesday, 12-16-2020, Tillamook County has had over 200 confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Our County, and every coastal county, has had a marked increase in cases over the past few weeks. For that reason, Governor Kate Brown has raised all Oregon Coast counties to the Extreme-Risk level effective 12-18-2020. Also, as of Wednesday, 12-16-2020, Oregon has had 97,622 confirmed and presumptive cases with 1,215 deaths.
On Tuesday, 12-15-2020, Oregon received its first shipment of 35,000 Pfizer™ vaccines and expects to receive 25,350, then 48,750 Pfizer™ vaccines the weeks of 12-21-2020 and 12-28-2020, respectively. The Pfizer vaccine will require two (2) doses 21 days (three weeks) apart.
The Tillamook County Health Department has developed a multi-phase distribution response consistent with the CDC recommendations. In Phase 1, the first groups to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine will include the following:
- Tillamook Regional Medical Center employees including the ambulance-based EMTs and paramedics
- Residents and staff of the county’s long term care facilities
See Dan’s complete update
Let’s Talk Disaster Resilience
By: Marge Jozsa, Coordinator, STCEVC
In any disaster, what we all want and need is up-to-date information we can trust. We were reminded of that during the fires last Fall. What made everything so much worse was the lack of information.
The STCEVC Emergency Communications Committee continues to work on a South County emergency communications protocol, but in the meantime, this months column contains information sources that can be helpful during a disaster.
I urge you to review these sources and sign up immediately:
See the full article for all details.
ALERT! Please see the following link regarding Governor Brown’s new requirements for face coverings that go into effect on July 15th:
See information below if you are concerned you have COVID-19.
Do you need help with Groceries or Medications? If yes, see the notice below?
See the latest COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority
Reflective Home Signs
The best way to shorten the time it takes for emergency responders to find your home is by having a reflective green sign with white numbers posted in front of your home.
The Nestucca Volunteer Firefighters Association makes and sells highly visible 6 by 12-inch signs, mounting hardware and posts
Communications Seminars are now forming. Want to learn about using your emergency BTECH radio, about your communication options in South County during an emergency, or alternate power sources? You can review seminar details on our Training Page.
If you are concerned you may have COVID-19 symptoms
You can call the Tillamook County Nurse Hotline, 503-842-3940, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. If needed, the nurse will give you the location of the Health Department’s mobile medical unit so you can be tested in the parking lot.
Outside of these times, call your nearest emergency room for guidance.
Remember the symptoms:
Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37 C), in practice a person is usually not considered to have a significant fever until the temperature is above 100.4 F (38 C). Fever may occur with any type of infection or illness.