The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported three new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday. There was one positive and two presumptive cases, which brings the county’s total 159.

There have been 143 people who’ve tested positive to go with 16 presumptive cases. As of Wednesday, the Douglas Public Health Network was supporting 28 people in isolation.

There has been one death of a county resident, who died in a Texas hospital.

Three people are hospitalized, one of whom is a county resident hospitalized outside the county. One county resident and one person from another state are hospitalized in Douglas County for the coronavirus.

County officials say they continue to identify people with positive test results who have chosen to travel out of Oregon to visit relatives or vacation. While traveling, some have come in contact with a person who was infected and brought the virus back. Some other cases were the result of a family member coming to the county to visit and infected their host family.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 258 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases along with seven new deaths Wednesday.

The state’s total number of cases is at 22,022. The death toll is at 375.

Clackamas County had four deaths, two were in Washington County and one in Umatilla County.

The OHA’s weekly report says daily cases of COVID-19 declined slightly during the week of Monday, Aug. 3 through Sunday Aug. 9. There were 2,122 new cases that week, a slight drop from the previous week’s tally of 2,278. There were 29 deaths reported, a drop from 39 the previous week.

Most cases continue to be sporadic, meaning there is no known source, which OHA officials say, is an indication the virus is widespread.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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Majority in poll say US coronavirus response worse than other countries. "There appears to be a growing sense that the U.S. does not have a handle on this pandemic, especially when Americans see other countries opening up without the uptick in cases we see here," Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.


The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 0 new coronavirus cases today. The total remains at 159 cases and 1 death. It has been 17 days since the last time Douglas County had zero cases. This drops Douglas County 7-day positive test rate to 2.0%.


It is worth noting Roseburg Veterans Affairs did report 2 new coronavirus cases yesterday afternoon that do not appear to be counted as Douglas County cases. Roseburg VA cases now stand at 21.


The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 25 new coronavirus cases today and 181 cases over the past week with 2 deaths.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 278 new coronavirus cases today and 8 deaths. Oregon has had 44 coronavirus deaths over the past 7 days which is a new weekly record for deaths. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate increased for the third day in a row to 5.9%.

The OHA reported 16.9% of overall ICU and non-ICU hospital beds are available statewide in Oregon.

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