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.