Waldport Woman Deceased
A Waldport woman that was reported missing on Friday afternoon was discovered deceased in the surf near the mouth of the Alsea river the same night. 60 year old Toni Goessman was last seen walking her two dogs around 3:15 on Friday afternoon. Her husband reported her missing after one of the dogs returned soaking wet. Mr. Goessman also tried briefly to locate his wife but had to abandon his search due to limited mobility. Search and Rescue volunteers discovered Mrs. Goessman around 10:30 Friday evening. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office investigated but found no evidence of anything suspicious. LCSO wants to remind the public to recreate safely near waterways as dangerous tides and sneaker waves can impact suddenly. The Goessman’s second dog has not been found.
There is no sign of any easing of the coronavirus in the state, county or locally as new cases for Oregon bring the state’s total to just under 144 thousand individuals and the death toll is at 1803. Lane County saw 81 new cases yesterday and the Florence area added 2 more cases for a total of 136. There is now a cumulative 8,363 cases in Lane County. In yesterday’s report the number of hospitalizations did decrease by 10, now only 23 individuals are in the hospital in the county.
The OHA is reporting that 216,925 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. That includes first and second doses. That leaves about 117,000 doses remain of the total inventory delivered to Oregon. The majority of doses have been given to care providers, first responders, long term care facilities and urgent care facilities. The state is awaiting to hear when they can expect their next shipment of the vaccine. With plans to roll out new guidelines for recipients on February 8th, the federal government is running out of time.
Photo Contest Winner
The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has chosen a winner for their 2020 Photo Contest. Joyce Korbein-Rennie’s photograph “Fun at Sunset” was taken on the beach below the Heceta Lighthouse in September. Korbein-Rennie says she likes to shoot nature, the dunes and the ocean. She admits, through sheer volume, that the Siuslaw River Bridge is one of her favorite things to photograph. She also says she recently retired in order to take pictures.
Doc Talk – COVID-19
This Thursday on KCFM Dr. Heather McArthur, medical director of Peace Harbor Hospital and Cheri Payne, director of operations for the PeaceHealth Medical Group at Peace Harbor Hospital will be on hand for a thorough conversation about the state of COVID-19 locally. Tune it at 10:05. It will be rebroadcast on Sunday after the noon sports on KCST.