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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 23 new cases and no new deaths Thursday.

That brings the county’s total since the pandemic’s beginning to 1,509 cases.

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

The Douglas Public Health Network is currently supporting 160 people with COVID-19 who are in isolation, along with another 170 people who’ve been in contact with an infected person and are in quarantine.

That’s a total of 330 members of the community being supported by the health network.

The COVID-19 response team said in a statement it is asking the public to remain patient as it awaits more information on the availability of the vaccine for the next phase of distribution.

Oregon is still in the first phase, which only includes health care workers and people in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities.

That’s likely to continue through January, the team said.

As of Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority reported that 66,921 Oregonians have received the vaccine so far. Of those, just 995 have received second doses.

In Douglas County, 867 people have received vaccines, according to the health authority.

The state reported 867 new cases Thursday and 10 new deaths.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Buligajo

Mworden thanks an accepted. Rumors fly around about everything in our lives thanks to social media. I was just writing what I was told not confirming anything. This did come from a medical professional who I give more credence to than the internet. When you watch the news anymore you don’t know what the truth is. Too many right and left wingers spewing their beliefs. You have to watch 3-different channels and add them together to get some kind of semblance of the truth. Hive me back the 2-channels before cable and internet where the all reported the same thing, no opinions just the news. By the way you dated yourself I had forgotten about the polio stuff...haha Thanks

Mike

117 more people were vaccinated in Douglas County yesterday bringing the Douglas County’s total to 980 people vaccinated over the last 23 days. 7 of those people in received their second dose today and are now fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, thousands of other people are waiting patiently for their first shot of vaccine while a minimum 615 doses of vaccine have been sitting on shelves at Mercy Medical Center and Roseburg VA hospital for over three weeks collecting dust. At the current rate of vaccination, it will take Douglas County 11 years before everyone is vaccinated.

35 people, mostly hospital big wigs, received their first doses of vaccine on December 18. Yesterday, 7 of those same people received their second dose of vaccine and are now fully vaccinated, fully protected. Meanwhile, people seeking their first dose of vaccine are dying.

Douglas County has now vaccinated 0.87% of its residents. There are only 3 counties in Oregon that have vaccinated a lower percentage of their residents than Douglas County. Wheeler County with zero hospitals has already vaccinated 5.15% of its residents.

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.”

https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

Mike

FDA says mutated coronavirus can produce false negative results on coronavirus diagnostic tests.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/fda-says-mutated-coronavirus-can-produce-false-negative-results/ar-BB1cAZmG

Buligajo

Mworden call me out all you want what I stated in my post was absolutely the truth, I do not have a FB account and I believe I said this is what they told me. As for info one happens to be my daughter and the other are friends. I don’t appreciate being called a liar, which if you knew me and you might know of me, couldn’t be further from the truth. Here is my beef with Mike. In the beginning I actually read his comments to keep up on the numbers which I thought were helpful. When mike started accusing people of being responsible for the COVID deaths his conspiracy theory mind started showing through. He has made other remarks not supported by fact just his theories. The constant blaming of Mercy for their vaccine collecting dust was just the last comment. I was hoping my comment would open his mind to other reasons as to why the low number of people have been vaccinated. You also questioned Mike of his use of a cure the other day. But you assumed he knew the difference between vaccine and cure. He knows the difference but chose his words the way he wanted it to come out. Mworden would love to meet with you and show who I am and you will know I have not made up anything, unlike Mike. I just try to keep him in check.

mworden

Buligajo, thank you for responding. You were nice to me about it, too.

Let's put Mike and Mercy to the side for a moment. That's not what got me going. It was the statement that the vaccine could make women sterile. That is wrong. It's disinformation. It is dangerous. And I accept that you didn't realize it was wrong. I apologize for calling you a liar. To lie, a person has to know their statement is false.

Why did I key in on that one sentence in your post? That very same rumor is the reason that polio has not been eliminated after decades of world-wide effort.

All it took was a false rumor of infertility to convince religious leaders in Africa and the Mid-East to ban vaccination for polio. As a result, polio has not been wiped out and it is spreading. It was wiped out everywhere except five provinces in northern Nigeria and then the rumor about sterility surfaced and people became terrified and enraged. Vaccination teams were ambushed and murdered. Now polio is spreading again.

The rumor about the covid vaccine had a big splash on the internet about a month ago. Some women are now afraid to get vaccinated because they want to have children. There is no relationship between vaccines and infertility.

Here's an example of how bad the rumors about the polio vaccine became. I don't want to see the same thing happen with covid.

From 2003: "Datti Ahmed, a Kano-based physician who heads a prominent Muslim group, the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN), is quoted as saying that polio vaccines were “corrupted and tainted by evildoers from America and their Western allies.” Ahmed went on to say: “We believe that modern-day Hitlers have deliberately adulterated the oral polio vaccines with anti-fertility drugs and…viruses which are known to cause HIV and AIDS”

Rumors led to death. We can't afford to allow the same kind of panic and disinformation to form about covid vaccines. The sterility rumors weren't true 20 years ago for polio and they aren't true today for covid.

As for Mike and Mercy, carry on. My concern was the false rumor.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1831725/

Vaccination teams in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria have been repeatedly ambushed and murdered. That's not likely to happen in the USA, but rumors that start here about the vaccine can very well cause covid vaccination teams to be murdered in other parts of the world. Stopping the rumors is vital to stopping covid around the world. With international flight, the world is on our doorstep.

https://www.newsweek.com/polio-related-murders-kill-more-disease-itself-287880

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/world/africa/in-nigeria-polio-vaccine-workers-are-killed-by-gunmen.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/18/two-killed-in-attack-targeting-polio-vaccination-team-in-pakistan

TheObserver

We're being begged to be patient? Months to get us all vaccinated? I don't know what other choice we have except to leave and take up temporary residence elsewhere so that we can receive vaccines in a timely manner. By the way, I've personally seen vaccination records this week of people who are not on the eligibility list for this phase of the vaccine. If that's not demoralizing, I don't know what is.

Mike

Much like President Trumps lethal disregard for the coronavirus pandemic, our Douglas County Commissioners and the Douglas County Public Health Department have both entirely washed their hands of anything related to the coronavirus vaccine roll-out. The Douglas County Commissioners website says if you have questions about the vaccine, “WE ASK THAT YOU NOT CALL US.”

The County Commissioner’s website directs people to call the CDC or the Oregon Health Authority about any vaccine questions. I called the OHA and was told to contact my local health authority for vaccine information. I told OHA I lived in Douglas County and asked who I should be contacting. They told me to contact the Douglas County Public Health Network which is overseen by our County Commissioners. The County Commissioners are saying talk to OHA and OHA is telling me to talk to DPHN which is run by the County Commissioners.

Contrast this to other Counties in Oregon whose local county public health agencies are at the forefront of vaccination information. Below is the information provided by Lincoln County’s public health network per the below link:

https://www.newslincolncounty.com/archives/258572

“Lincoln County Public Health and County Emergency Management are in the process of contacting eligible Phase 1a agencies to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

However, due to the extensive listing of the eligible agencies in Phase 1A, County Public Health is canvasing the entire county to make sure that they are aware of the vaccine distribution process and the steps they need to take to participate.

If you or your agency meet the following criteria for Phase 1A and have NOT been contacted by Lincoln County Public Health or County Emergency Management, then you are encouraged to complete the on-line Lincoln County vaccine needs assessment survey as soon as possible.

Eligible groups in Phase 1A can be found in detail in the “Phase 1a Vaccine Sequencing Plan” document located here:

https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le3527.pdf

Phase 1a groups include the following:

Hospitals and Urgent Care Clinics

Long-term Care facilities

Emergency Medical Services Providers and other first responders

Hospice programs

Mobile Crisis Care and related services

Secure transport

Corrections facilities

Outpatient medical care services

Integrative Health Services (massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc.)

In-Home care services (agency and independent licensed workers)

Day Treatment services

Non-emergency medical transport

Public Health

Death care workers

Medical Clinics – Dental, Vision, General Practice Providers

Educational Facilities (teachers, support staff, and daycare) have since been added to Phase 1A

The survey can be accessed here:

https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/ecedca1cc0cd4314a0e911dd32305a99

When the county is ready to move to Phase 1B, notices will be posted on our website, social media, and we will notify local community groups, healthcare providers and media outlets. Phase 1B will include people age 75 and older and frontline essential workers, with more detail being developed by the State Vaccine Advisory Group now.

If agencies have any questions, please email or call (541) 265-0621 Option #0,

LincolnCoCallCenter@co.lincoln.or.us

You can follow the county’s vaccine distribution progress here:

https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/hhs/page/covid-19-vaccine”

Mike

19 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. Douglas County has had 134 cases and 3 deaths over the last 8 days. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,528 cases and 42 deaths.

TODAY’s press release (below link) from our County Commissioners says in bold print, “Please Be Patient – COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming, We Just Don’t Know When!... we ask for your continued patience as we await more information on the availability of the COVID vaccine for the next phases of distribution. Much like when COVID testing started, they are still working out all the details.”

http://douglaspublichealthnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/1-08-2021-DCCRT-DAILY-UPDATE-COVID-19.pdf

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 4 new coronavirus cases and retracted 1 death since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 170 cases and 5 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 182 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 162.1 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. Good thing the Commissioners threw out those 22 positive cases or Douglas County would be back in the extreme category again.

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 182 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 2,482 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 182 cases by 2,482 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 7.3% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 418 new coronavirus cases and 3 deaths today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,599 cases and 22 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,762 new coronavirus cases and 7 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 7.5% 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 12 ICU beds and 128 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. 35 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. There were 160 new coronavirus cases reported in Region 3 today.

Mike

Douglas County keeps moving up the list of coronavirus deaths. One month ago, Douglas County was the 12th highest state for coronavirus deaths. Two days ago, Douglas County became the 8th highest state for coronavirus deaths.

Likewise, Oregon keeps moving up the list of coronavirus deaths. One month ago, Oregon was the 41st highest state for coronavirus deaths. Two days ago, Oregon became the 37th highest state for coronavirus deaths.

Douglas County is doing its fair share helping Oregon move up the list. All while our County Commissioners keep misleading the public by claiming Douglas County has the fewest cases in the U.S.

Mike

Oops. Meant to say Douglas County became the 8th highest county in Oregon for coronavirus deaths.

Buligajo

Mike the article states the first phase is for health care and nursing homes. Do you really think Mercy is hoarding the vaccinations? Or as you say just letting them sit on a shelf collecting dust. Here is another option for your very targeted mind. I have talked to 5-people from mercy who are able to get the vaccine due to their positions. All five have declined the vaccinations due to different reasonings, by the way is there choice. One has medical issues and due to the fine print on the vaccine may cause them to have serious health reactions. Two of them are trying to start a family and this vaccine can make (female at least) them sterile for a time. Another personal risk these 2 were not willing to take. The other 2 wanted to wait a month to see if there were any side effects that popped up as the vaccine was administered all over the US. I realize that this is 5- peoplebut as you can see they all had reasons for not being vaccinated at this time. Again a personal choice not an issues with Mercy. I know your conspiracy theory mind believes there are other governmental reasons as to why not all the vaccines are being administered. And at this point Mercy is not able to give any of the unused vaccines to people who do not fall into that category. Secondly, nursing homes just can’t randomly give the shots to their residents. Many of them have P o A’s over them that the homes have to go through. I know from personal experience that the ones who are coherent and want it are getting it. So maybe you should dust off your brain and actually think of actual reasons why some people at mercy would not want the vaccine at this time instead of constantly using the words “ collecting dust on the shelf”!!!!!

mworden

Buligajo, you seem to have a lot of personal insider info about who is and isn't getting the vaccine and why, including info about women's reproductive cycles. Are you accessing their medical records? Or maybe you're an eavesdropper and gossip, I don't know. But I highly doubt you have any legit reason to know about people's medical history and fertility struggles. You certainly don't seem like a charmer who can get people to reveal all their personal info to you. I mean, you carried this one too far. You not only have insider info about the reproductive plans and medical issues of Mercy staff but also about patients at nursing homes who have powers of attorney for medical care over them. Too far, Buligajo, too far.

But that's not why I'm responding to you.

There is no evidence -- none, zero, only lies -- that vaccines make women sterile for any length of time. This was a lie promulgated in the mid-east and parts of Africa to scare people out of getting the polio vaccine in the world-wide effort to remove polio from the environment. I've seen current anti-vaxxers pick it up and throw memes around Facebook to scare women out of getting vaccinated for covid, It's a shameless use of fear over one of life's most intimate issues. The fact that you repeated it as a fact is unforgivable.

You are a liar, with no insider info. You're getting your B.S. off Facebook and passing yourself off as someone in the know. If you were in the know you would definitely NOT be passing off false information about vaccines.

I am calling you out as a person who purposefully spreads false information for your own selfish reasons. Not as someone frustrated with Mike. Not as someone who is mistaken. Not as someone who is well-meaningly trying to have an intelligent conversation. You are a liar.

The vaccine does not cause infertility. That is an anti-vaxxer lie, a holdover from when Imams in the mid-east and Africa were scared that vaccines were not Halal and ordered people not to be vaccinated, They believed the conspiracy theory that Bill Gates -- the person behind the worldwide effort to eliminate polio -- was trying to sterilize non-Christians. Bill Gates has been a boogeyman for vaccine conspiracy theorists for decades.

What your motives for lying and spreading dangerous misinformation might be, I don't know. I don't have a clue. But if you're an insider at Mercy, nursing homes and DPHN then I suggest you get your facts straight. Otherwise shut up. You carried this one too far.

OregonHusker

I, too, read about short term fertility issues with women on Yahoo last month I believe. And I've opted out of all of the conservative sites on Yahoo except for one that I can't get rid of called "National Review."

mworden

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Mike

Mercy Medical Center claims to have over 1,400 health care employees eligible for the vaccine. Yet Mercy only vaccinated 203 people the entire first week after receiving 795 doses of Pfizer vaccine on December 16

Roseburg VA Hospital claims to have 800 healthcare employees. There are at least 19 Assisted Living facilities in Douglas County with over 800 seniors living in them. Combining all three, that is a total of 3,000 people potentially eligible for the vaccine when Roseburg VA received their additional 800 doses of Moderna vaccine on December 21.

In the week following December 21 when Mercy and Roseburg VA combined had at least 1,595 doses of vaccine to vaccinate 3,000 people. A total of only 252 people were vaccinated. In the week after that, only 251 people were vaccinated. Only 867 people have been vaccinated in the entire 22 days after receiving 1,595 doses of the vaccine.

AT LEAST 728 doses of vaccine remain sitting on the shelves AFTER 22 DAYS collecting dust. And that doesn’t include the thousands of doses that have probably been received since the first 1,595 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine arrived 22 days ago. After reports of the slow roll-out of vaccinations, OHA stopped reporting where the 262,100 doses were being distributed throughout the state.

I understand there might be hesitancy to take the vaccine, especially here in Trumpland where our fine doctors have steadfastly fought all coronavirus restrictions. Fine, cross their name off the list and move on to the next person who actually wants the vaccine. It doesn’t take 22 days to figure it out. These supposedly health care heroes are endangering lives every day by vacillating on their vaccinations. The fact you are not outraged at the slow pace of vaccinations is in itself outrageous.

Mike

151 people were vaccinated in Douglas County yesterday bringing the Douglas County’s total to 867 people vaccinated over the last 22 days. Mercy Medical Center and Roseburg VA hospital received a minimum of 1,595 doses of vaccine on December 16 and those two hospitals have administered barely 50% of the doses they received.

It will take one year to fully vaccinate 70% of Douglas County residents if 430 people per day are vaccinated. At the current rate of vaccination in Douglas County, it will take 11 years for everyone to be fully vaccinated with two doses.

Douglas County has now vaccinated 0.77% of its residents. There are only four counties in Oregon that have vaccinated a lower percentage of their residents. Several Oregon counties have vaccinated over 2% of their residents. Meanwhile, 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.

3,429 people in Oregon were vaccinated yesterday bringing the total to 66,919 vaccine doses administered out of the 262,100 doses received. 1.37% of Oregon residents have received their first dose of vaccine, while only 26% of available vaccine doses have been administered. 995 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.”

https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

mworden

Mike, I'd appreciate it if you changed your metaphor. Vaccines are not collecting dust on shelves at Mercy or elsewhere. They're collecting frost in freezers. The dust metaphor hits me like fingernails on a chalkboard every time.

Mike

Unless freezers are hermetically sealed, how do they prevent dust from getting inside like any other storage cabinet?

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