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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 18 new cases Tuesday and no new deaths.

Three county residents are currently hospitalized with the illness, two locally and one out of the area.

The Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 134 cases in isolation, as well as another 161 people who’ve been in contact with an infected person and are in quarantine.

In Douglas County, 542 people have so far been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Statewide, the number rose to 55,239 vaccinations Tuesday, with 317 of those having received both shots.

That’s less than a quarter of the vaccines the state has received from the federal government. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon has received 226,700 vaccines.

Shots are currently being given to healthcare workers and staff and residents at nursing homes. There are not currently enough available to vaccinate the general public.

The distribution of the vaccine is determined at the federal level by the Centers for Disease Control and at the state level by the Oregon Health Authority.

On Monday, Gov. Kate Brown acknowledged in a statement that Oregon hasn’t been vaccinating its citizens fast enough. She said the pace has accelerated from 3,700 given in the first week to more than 29,000 last week. And she said that’s as fast a rate per person as other states are accomplishing.

Still, she said the pace needs to speed up.

“Let me be clear: we must vaccinate Oregonians as quickly as possible. Oregon families, schools, and businesses are counting on rapid vaccine distribution. We all are,” she said.

She said she directed the Oregon Health Authority Monday to achieve a 12,000 vaccinations-per-day benchmark by the end of the next two weeks.

That would put Oregon on track to deploy every vaccine it has each week, she said.

“This is an all-hands-on-deck effort, and I have directed OHA to partner as widely as possible to ensure we are using all available resources to ramp up Oregon’s vaccinations rapidly,” she said.

Statewide, Oregon reported 1,059 new cases and 44 new deaths Tuesday.

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A mere 107 people in Douglas County were vaccinated yesterday. Though, it is the most people vaccinated in Douglas County since December 16 when it received its first 795 doses of Pfizer vaccine, this is still totally unacceptable. If Douglas County only vaccinates 107 people per day, it will take nearly 6 years for everyone in Douglas County to receive their two doses.

It has now taken 3-weeks to vaccinate a total of 683 people in Douglas County. That is 0.61% Douglas County residents. Only two counties in Oregon have vaccinated a lower percentage of their residents. Malhuer County (0.59%) and Grant County (.57%) have vaccinated a lower percentage of their residents. Lives are being lost every day in Douglas County while literally hundreds, if not thousands, of vaccine doses sit on the shelves at Mercy Medical center collecting dust.

4,828 people in Oregon were vaccinated yesterday bringing the total to 61,664 vaccine doses administered out of the 227,000 doses received. 1.37% of Oregon residents have received their first dose of vaccine, while only 27% of available vaccine doses have been administered.

595 people in Oregon have received two doses and are now fully vaccinated. No one in Douglas County is fully vaccinated.

All of this information is provided by the Oregon Health Authority on their vaccine dashboard. Unfortunately, the News-Review spam filter will not let me publish the link. However, you can get to it by going to the below link and scrolling down one half page to “Vaccination Data Dashboard.”


Oregon is only just now convening a new vaccine advisory committee to recommend who will receive shots. Oregon’s new vaccine committee isn’t expected to develop its prioritization list until mid-February. Other states, including California, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Florida and Massachusetts, convened their committees months ago. Most have already determined and published their prioritization schedules, including on their websites timelines, web-based tools and apps to help residents determine when they are eligible. Oregon’s disorganization gives vaccine manufacturers a reason to put Oregon at the back of the line and send shipments to other states that are prepared to move forward.


12 new coronavirus cases and 1 death were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,486 cases and 42 deaths.

Douglas County’s 42nd death was a 60 year young man who died last Sunday. This increases Douglas County’s coronavirus cases that result in death to 2.9%, which is higher than all counties in Oregon except for Wallowa - 3 deaths and Wheeler - 1 death.

Roseburg’s Veteran Affairs reported 4 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing Roseburg’s VA totals to 164 cases and 5 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 163 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 145.2 today for Douglas County, which is less than the case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to reopen.


11 of Douglas County's 42 coronavirus deaths have been people 64-years old or younger. Most never had a chance to start collecting the Social Security they had paid into their entire lives.


The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 157 new coronavirus cases and 3 deaths today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,565 cases and 23 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 735 new coronavirus cases and 8 deaths today in Oregon. The OHA reported there are a RECORD LOW 569 non-ICU hospital beds available in Oregon today.

The Oregon Health Authority tracks hospital statistics for seven different regions in Oregon. Region 3 consists of Douglas, Coos, Curry and Lane Counties. The OHA reported there are 11 ICU beds and 91 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. 40 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 9 are in ICU. There were 76 new coronavirus cases reported in Region 3 today.

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Sadly it is the VERY People who Don't Wear Mask's & Socially Distance Who will be RESPONSIBLE for Our Next Shut Down. And there will be one as this Virus has Yet to Reach Peak Spread due to just Plain Willful Ignorance. And then When We ARE SHUT DOWN Again, It will those Very Same People Screaming the Loudest about Being in a Lock Down Again. The G.O.P. Has WEAPONIZED IGNORANCE.*




I said this before in a comment a few weeks ago, and I'll say it again. I still think where I work at Costco is one of the VERY few places (maybe the only one) in douglas county where they have a strict mask policy and if you try to come into the store with no mask or seen with it on incorrectly or off, you're gonna be asked to put it on/on correctly.

For awhile we had a mask policy, but it turned out to be a joke when anyone that had medical conditions was exempt and most of the town seemed to mysteriously develop some kind over night to where they didn't have to wear a mask. I saw people of every age and gender doing it, but the most common groups I saw were probably people in their early 20s, entire families of four, or anyone with a Trump hat/shirt on.

About two months ago we went to anyone that shops in the store has a mask on period, or you're not allowed in the store. Amazingly it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be, but we always have a handful of people a day that want to cause a problem about it.

Last week I say was a particularly bad week for it as its first of the month and a lot of the crazies come of out of the wood work. I saw a girl walking around with no mask on, I'd say probably had to be around 18-21. I asked her to put on a mask, just looked at me and walked away. I knew one of the managers was in the area where she was heading so I radioed them, they basically told her "put it on or your gone" After that she wore her mask the entire time.

I saw an older couple walking around in their 60s I'd guess. The wife had the mask on correctly, but the husband had one of those fabric tube like masks you wear around your neck and pull up, but his was all the way down to his neck which served no purpose. I said "Sir, can I get you put your mask on correctly, thank you!" Just stared at me like "who the bleep are you to tell me what to do". As he walked around the corner of the aisle I very slowly saw him pull up his mask. I think his mindset was once he walked around the corner and was out of my sight, that would be the end of that nonsense with being told to put his mask on right. Much to his dismay, when he walked around the corner, all he did was go into the aisle next to the one I was in so I could very clearly see all he did was barely pull it up to the tip of his chin, which was still not the correct way to put it on. I popped my head out from between the aisle and said "Sir, I need you to put it on right, or you can't be here". After that he angrily pulled it correctly, and in his haste to get away from me before I could possibly tell him to do something else he didn't like, accidently ran into a plastic wet floor sign. Honestly I chuckled a little under my breath when that happened.

The other day there was an entire family of four with no masks on. They were told several times by supervisors and managers to put a mask on. After about the 5th time another manager finally told them that if they're not going to comply with the store policy that they need to leave, in which they did.

As I also said in my previous comment, the fact that people are so comfortable and used to taking their mask off with no fear tells me they're used to going to places where no one ever tells them to wear them.


Good for you and Costco. Anyone who wishes can go into Fred Meyer, Home Depot and Lowes WITHOUT a mask on and NOT be challenged. The vast majority of the people in those stores have masks on properly. However, nobody in store management seems to care about the 10% who shop without their masks on.


[thumbup] Maybe they were absent the day their teacher explained "cause and effect".


2.8% of Douglas County coronavirus cases result in death. Only two counties in Oregon (Wallowa - 3 deaths and Wheeler - 1 death) have a higher coronavirus death rate.

0.48% Douglas County residents have been vaccinated. Only two counties in Oregon (Josephine-0.38% and Hood River -0.35%) have vaccinated a lower percentage of their residents.

These are two FACTS that do NOT shine a good light on our County Leadership, are lack thereof.


Oregon officials didn’t know 42 coronavirus vaccine doses wasted. It’s unclear if other doses in Oregon have been wasted.


At 12,000 people per day, it will take over 700 days to fully vaccinate all Oregon residents.


As the rest of the world shuts down again or still.. we are going to open up again preemptively and mess up our chances to return to normality any time soon. Great job leadership.


Dr. Dannenhoffer doing a 40 minute Facebook chalk talk on the state of the vaccine effort as of 6 pm January 5.


Thanks! I saw notice of this earlier, and had forgotten.

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