The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team announced 15 new positive and two presumptive positive test results for the coronavirus Saturday.

Six Douglas County residents are currently hospitalized due to the coronavirus, three in the county and three out of the area. As of Saturday, the response team was monitoring 176 positive test cases in isolation and another 161 who are in quarantine.

In Friday’s report, 19 new positive cases were announced in Douglas County. No deaths related to COVID-19 have been announced since Wednesday.

There has been no determination when Phase 2 of the vaccination will be rolled out, and that direction from the Oregon Health Authority may not come until late March or early April.

Also Friday, the Douglas Public Health Network held its 100th drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. Since the first such clinic held on March 17, nearly 2,200 tests have been conducted at the drive-thru clinics held both in the Roseburg and Reedsport.

The Oregon Health Authority Saturday announced 1,643 new cases and a staggering 28 deaths. The victims ranged in age from 68 to 100, with the median age of those dying because of the coronavirus being 87 years old. Of those who perished, 22 had confirmed underlying health conditions.

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mworden

Rise, you know I support you. But sometimes, please, I wish you'd show more compassion. Here's a report from the long-haul covid symptoms scene. I was sick last March. Don't know if I really had covid because you couldn't get tested unless you were sick enough to be hospitalized. I came close, with my blood oxygen level dropping to 82%, Fortunately, I had canned oxygen in a backpack for hiking in the high Cascades. I had all the symptoms, including loss of taste and smell. So, yeah, pretty sure it was covid. I'd never had any illness that felt anything like that. It wasn't like the flu at all. Much worse, especially during the third week,

Finally, after months, my sense of taste and smell is coming back. Unfortunately, it's distorted. Everything smells like mold and tastes like poison. Even plain water tastes ghastly. I have other people smell and taste my food before I eat it just to make sure I'm not eating something bad. My appetite has not decreased. I have normal hunger and everything tastes disgusting.

I still cough every day. Since March. That's improving. But it's not so great that my previously super healthy respiratory system often leaves me breathless.

So, Rise, I'm glad your friends all recovered nicely. Lucky for them. I hope to get there eventually. This hasn't been fun at all.

Mike

Only 1 person was vaccinated in Douglas County yesterday. Let that sink in. Douglas County will soon run out of freezer space because of the continually increasing number of vaccine doses stored there. Yet, only one person was vaccinated. Douglas County had 8 coronavirus DEATHS since the vaccine arrived at Mercy Medical Center December 16. Yet, only one person was vaccinated.

Douglas County has vaccinated fewer of its residents than just about every county in Oregon. Only 3 Oregon counties have vaccinated fewer residents than Douglas County. Below is the percentage of residents vaccinated in each of the 6 counties surrounding Douglas County.

Klamath County – 2.6%

Coos County – 2.3%

Curry County – 2.2%

Lane County – 1.9%

Jackson County – 1.7%

Douglas County – 1.2%

Josephine County – 0.9%

Harney County has vaccinated over 7% 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.” Compare how poorly Douglas County is doing compared to the other counties around it.

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

Mike

OHSU holds drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Oregon.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/ohsu-hold-first-pilot-drive-thru-covid-19-vaccination-clinic-in-oregon/ar-BB1cDKwI

Mike

2 Oregon hospitals throw away 42 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/2-local-hospitals-say-disposal-of-42-doses-of-covid-19-vaccine-was-necessary/ar-BB1cwWdE

Mike

9 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,575 cases and 42 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 231 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 205.8 today for Douglas County, which is GREATER than the maximum case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to reopen.

Look for Douglas County to AGAIN be relegated to the EXTREME risk category requiring shutdowns of bars and in-dining restaurants because its 14-day case rate is AGAIN over 200. This comes two weeks after our County Commissioners threw out 22 positive cases from the total which moved Douglas County from the Extreme risk to High risk category and bars and in-dining restaurants to reopen.

This is a FAR CRY from our Douglas County Commissioners’ and Dr. Dannenhoffer’s repeated misleading claims that Douglas County has the lowest number of cases in the country. By deleting those 22 positive cases from Douglas County’s total and encouraging bars and in-dining restaurants to reopen, our County Commissioners did Douglas County a great disservice by again encouraging close contact and resulting increased case numbers.

Our three County Commissioners are the next elected officials that need to be impeached. Their decisions are often reckless and lead to increased deaths in Douglas County. Douglas County would most assuredly have lower coronavirus cases going forward had our Commissioners NOT thrown out the 22 positive cases, allowing Douglas County to be moved to the high risk catagory. Moreover, lives could be saved if our Commissioners took a leadership role in coronavirus vaccinations. Yet, our County Commissioners website says, “we ask that you not call us” for any questions related to the vaccine. Is this recklessness and lack of leadership what you want from your elected officials?

Mike

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 231 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 2,772 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 231 cases by 2,772 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 8.3% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 160 new coronavirus cases today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,662 cases and 30 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 924 new coronavirus cases and 8 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 7.0% today.

Mike

Israel received the Pfizer vaccine on December 21 and has already vaccinated 20% of its 9 million people by focusing on medical workers but doling out excess doses to anyone who shows up. Israel is on schedule to have its entire country vaccinated by March.

Meanwhile, Douglas County has barely vaccinated 1% of its 112,000 residents even though Douglas County has had the Pfizer vaccine a week longer than Israel.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/israels-covid-19-vaccinations-hold-lessons-for-u-s-11610307240

Mike

21 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,566 cases and 42 deaths.

Roseburg’s Veteran Affairs reported 1 new coronavirus case since yesterday, bringing Roseburg’s VA totals to 172 cases and 5 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 203 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 180.8 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.

Today is 2 weeks since the Count Commissioners threw 22 positive cases out of the total. Tomorrow’s case rate for Douglas County will probably jump by 20 points after negative 22 cases are no longer included in the equation. Douglas County may again be relegated by the Governor to the extreme category, forcing businesses to close again. But just remember, our County Commissions say Douglas County has the lowest number of cases in the nation. Like Trump, you say something enough times and the sheep will believe it.

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 203 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 2,638 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 1203 cases by 2,638 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 7.7% today. Expect the positivity to jump tomorrow also.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 217 new coronavirus cases today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,675 cases and 28 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,207 new coronavirus cases and 2 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 7.0% today. Douglas County’s 7-day positive test rate is 9.0% today.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDHS/bulletins/2b54789

Mike

72 PEOPLE were vaccinated in Douglas County yesterday bringing the Douglas County’s total to 1,294 people vaccinated since 1,595 doses of vaccine were received by Mercy Medical Center and Roseburg VA Hospital 25 DAYS AGO. At a vaccination rate of 72 people per day, it will take over 8 years to vaccinate all of Douglas County.

Douglas County has now vaccinated 1.15% of its residents which is lower than all but 3 counties in Oregon. Compare this to the 6 counties surrounding Douglas County.

Douglas County – 1.2%

Lane County – 1.9%

Klamath County – 2.6%

Jackson County – 1.7%

Josephine County – 0.9%

Coos County – 2.3%

Curry County – 1.6%

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.” Compare how poorly Douglas County is doing compared to the other counties around it.

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

Mike

According to the Oregon Health Authority, Mercy Medical center received 795 doses of Pfizer vaccine on December 16 and Roseburg VA Hospital received 800 doses of Moderna vaccine on December 21, for a total of 1,595 doses. After 24 days, only 980 people have been vaccinated while the other 615 doses of vaccine have been sitting on shelves collecting dust. At this rate, it will take 10 years for Douglas County’s population of 112,000 to be vaccinated.

Weeks ago almost every OTHER county public health agency in Oregon notified all of their county residents through newspapers and social media exactly who in Group 1a are eligible to receive the vaccine. Eligible people who weren’t contacted by their health agency directly are asked to complete and submit an on-line vaccine survey ASAP so they could be scheduled and vaccinated. Very involved. Very proactive.

Contrast that with Douglas County’s DPHN local health agency website which for nearly 3 weeks has advised if you have questions about the vaccine, “we ask that you not call us.” In fact, Friday’s press release from the Commissioners changed and now says people with vaccine questions, “not call or email the DCCRT, DPHN or local health care professionals, but instead directly contact CDC or the Oregon Health Authority.”

I contacted OHA two days ago and asked about vaccinations where I live. OHA told me to contact my local county health agency. When I told them I lived in Douglas County, the OHA told me I needed to speak with DPHN about when I would be eligible to be vaccinated. In effect, OHA and DPHN are pointing at each other. Meanwhile, Douglas County has vaccinated a lower percentage of its residents than almost every other county in Oregon and our Commissioners choose to not be involved.

Rise722

It's up to the Health Authority - not the Commissioners - and the individual. Also, remember that people who have already tested postive and recovered, do not need the vaccine. You seem to be too concerned with this whole scenario. I choose not to live in fear. Some of my friends have had the virus, and recovered. To me, this is more like the flu and not a death sentence like you keep pushing.

Mike

Ms. Rise Briggs,

The Commissioners oversee the Health Authority as they've pointed out numerous times in their press releases. Nearly 3% of people in Douglas County who contracted coronavirus have died which is higher than all but two counties in Oregon. The Oregon average is 1.3% and the U.S. average is 1.7%, meaning you and I are over twice as likely to die of if we catch coronavirus in Douglas County than if you live pretty much anywhere else.

I don't believe I'm a coward. I don't live in fear. I just choose not to live in ignorance.

OregonHusker

There are people who have had Covid twice. People who have tested positive and recovered do need the vaccine. Please stop with the misinformation.

NJ

Stand back, I'm going to do Science. People who recovered from Covid-19 do not have a get out of vaccine free card. Doctors can only guess that the recovered are immune from catching the virus again and are not even able to tell people whether or not they're actually clear of it or of being infectious to others. Your "friends" just might find those mild lingering symptoms are from the virus moving through their body causing complications and damage to their heart, lungs and brain. It's not like the flu, and it's not about living in fear which seems to be one of your catch phrases. It's about the reality that at some point in the future your "friends" may eventually admit they have medical issues they didn't have before they were infected.

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