In light of the rapid increase in COVID hospitalizations, the United Way of Clatsop County board voted Wednesday night to cancel Shipwrecked Music Festival.
At the meeting, we learned that Columbia Memorial, Providence Seaside and Ocean Beach Hospitals are seeing more COVID patients than they have at any other time during the pandemic. Hospital departments, including pediatric, are overrun with patients, and as of yesterday, 834 patients were hospitalized because of COVID, up from the previous high of 600.
The resurgence peak is expected in the next 3 weeks, when the state will potentially be 500 hospital beds short. Hospitals are bracing for new infections resulting from an upcoming beach volleyball tournament in Seaside, the Hood to Coast relay and the State Fair. The UWCC board didn’t want to add Shipwrecked to that list.
We will be working to contact ticketholders over the coming days, if you bought tickets online you should be getting all of this via email soon.
Please consider converting your ticket purchase into a donation. Cancelling the event will mean a loss for us, which ultimately impacts the nonprofits we fund.
Alternatively we could roll your ticket purchase over to next year, though of course at a time like this it’s hard to be sure about what will happen a year from now.
If you’re curious, find out more about what we do here.
If you decide to donate, and you’d like a tax receipt, please contact us.
Here’s hoping that next year is music friendly.