Douglas County health officials reported no new COVID-19 cases Monday, leaving the county’s total number of positive tests at 29 cases.

There are only three active cases of coronavirus among residents of Douglas County — 26 of the 29 who tested positive have recovered and two remain hospitalized. There have been no deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19.

But the state has had a surge of positive cases fueled by a large breakout at a Pacific Seafood facility in Newport.

Monday, the Oregon Health Authority reported 114 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, including 61 in Lincoln County. The number was expected to go much higher after the seafood company announced in a press release issued Sunday, that it had 124 workers that have tested positive.

Another outbreak of seven positive cases was reported at Chaucer Foods in Washington County. Overall, there have been approximately 4,922 positive cases in Oregon, according to OHA, including 164 presumptive cases. A total of 149,732 tests have been performed.

The Douglas Public Health Network is continuing its epidemiologic investigations to find people who have had close contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Douglas Public Health is continuing its testing, and is conducting another drive-thru test in Douglas County on Tuesday. DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics in the county continue to test.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan O

Dear Dr. Dudley:

"We knew there would be more cases as things open up and testing and contact training increases."

That's bullshit. We knew there'd be more cases when twitchy fuckers like you couldn't stand it anymore. #Imdone. That's who you are. Non-compliant, by character, Incapable of compliance and discipline. Yer certainly the life-of-the-party, aren't you? We expected these spikes due to Memorial Day, and George. Your "testing" theory is bovine excrement.

"Guidelines and restrictions bought us time until we had more information to go on as to how to best understand, assess and control a true pandemic. We cannot stop the virus, and we cannot keep life on hold indefinitely."

No. What we discovered is that there is no "life as usual", it can all be fine from home, yet you're full of it once again. Maybe I just want to make my own meals. Maybe I really don't need a haircut. Obviously, if you work in the modern world, you just need a workstation. Sorry you've been found to be non-essential.

"I'm sorry that you continue to live in fear, and that you feel compelled to control and publically admonish businesses and neighbors who are not complying with the one size fits all governor's orders."

Ah. Hahahahaha

Really? Really!

I don't think Mike is living in fear. I'm certainly not. I'm ex-Mil. Volunteered twice: once for the Army, and again for Jump School. I'm an ex medic with 20 years of experience in the O.R.. And I have a degree in Biology.

What were you saying again about "Freedom"? Remind me.

"We are living in a fairly low risk area..."

Not anymore.

"...with great resources.

Whaaat? Mercy? Yer Silly

"My intelligence and sense of personal responsibility allow me to make choices about how I conduct myself based on the situation I am in."

You truly overestimate yourself.

"If you walk into a business and they don't have masks, walk out and conduct your business elsewhere."

Let's hope you take your own advice.

"If you have no other choice then please discuss with management, but please do not publicly shame and "turn in" folks because of your personal feelings".

I certainly appreciate Mike's surveil, I shared it with my family. God Bless local news and forums like this that protect us from the likes of you, MWhatever.

"People should be allowed personal responsibility and freedom to act and enjoy or suffer the consequences of their actions."

Covered this.

"Allowing continued government control and overreach is not the answer. Please don't try to destroy the folks in your community who are trying to support themselves, their employees and their families. Please don't throw away my choices and freedoms along with yours."

And please don't kill anyone while you try to navigate your twisted logic.

This isn't about your smelly little "rights".

It a Global Pandemic.

No one has violated your stupid "rights". They've only asked you to do what's right, under the circumstances.

And you get all like this?

Please grow a brain.

Dan O

@Mike:

Thank you for your vigilance.

Bless you.

Dan O

@MDudley

"People should be allowed personal responsibility and freedom to act and enjoy or suffer the consequences of their actions."

Uh, no.

Your family and neighbors should not have to be endangered by You crude experimentations in Covid-logic.

Shut up. Stay in. Shut up, and keep your ignorance to yourself.

Idiot.

Mike

As identified daily infections reach an all-time high statewide, the Oregon Health Authority cannot provide basic statistics about how many tracers are currently working. State health officials, after more than a week of questioning from The Oregonian/OregonLive and a public records request, said they are in the process of surveying counties and expect to have results by the end of the week.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state health officer and epidemiologist, said he did not know how many tracers were working but a survey would go out. This week, Philip Schmidt, a health authority spokesman, indicated in a statement that the survey had yet to be sent as of Tuesday.

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/how-many-contact-tracers-are-battling-coronavirus-in-oregon-right-now-state-cant-say.html

Mike

Gov. Brown on Thursday said all pending applications for counties to move into Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan have been put on hold.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/by-the-numbers-a-look-at-oregon-s-recent-covid-19-spike/ar-BB15nqaT

Mike

A leaked CDC document put the US as the worst of 10 countries trying to fight major coronavirus outbreaks.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/a-leaked-cdc-document-put-the-us-as-the-worst-of-10-countries-trying-to-fight-major-coronavirus-outbreaks/ar-BB15l1tT

Mike

Oregon Health Authority reported 177 new coronavirus cases today and 763 new cases in the last week. Combined with the new cases from the previous five days, this is a significant spike. To put this in perspective, until this past week, the highest number of new cases reported by OHA in one day was 100 on April 4, over two months ago. Now, OHA reported three of the last five days were over 100 new cases. Moreover, the number of available state non-ICU hospital beds reported today by OHA is at an all-time low.

MDudley

Geez, Mike, aren't you just a little ray of sunshine? Don't be such a Debbie Downer all the time. We knew there would be more cases as things open up and testing and contact training increases. Guidelines and restrictions bought us time until we had more information to go on as to how to best understand, assess and control a true pandemic. We cannot stop the virus, and we cannot keep life on hold indefinitely. I'm sorry that you continue to live in fear, and that you feel compelled to control and publically admonish businesses and neighbors who are not complying with the one size fits all governor's orders. We are living in a fairly low risk area with great resources to respond to any surge in virus cases. My intelligence and sense of personal responsibility allow me to make choices about how I conduct myself based on the situation I am in. If you walk into a business and they don't have masks, walk out and conduct your business elsewhere. If you have no other choice then please discuss with management, but please do not publicly shame and "turn in" folks because of your personal feelings. People should be allowed personal responsibility and freedom to act and enjoy or suffer the consequences of their actions. Allowing continued government control and overreach is not the answer. Please don't try to destroy the folks in your community who are trying to support themselves, their employees and their families. Please don't throw away my choices and freedoms along with yours.

Mike

I'm just providing information the NRToday chooses to ignore for those people concerned about their safety. I'm all for personal responsibility and the freedom to act as long as it doesn't doesn't impact public safety. Am I correct in assuming you approve of laws and codes? Or are those also restrictions to our personal responsibility and freedom to act that should be ignored?

I'm not sure why you think drawing attention to businesses, who by their decision to defy the law may pose a danger to the public, is destroying folks. There are plenty of us other concerned folks who would like to feel safe until the all clear is sounded. After 179 new cases today in Oregon, I think there is still a bit to worry about. Do you disagree?

We called a grocery store manager and expressed concern about one of their employees not wearing a mask recently, but would never publicly post their name. The manager was appreciative and no harm was done. We continue to shop there and support local businesses.

Mike

Today I walked in to Evergreen Family Medicine on Edenbower. I counted seven employees in the upstairs office. None were wearing masks. Customers were not required to wear a mask. Approximately half of the customers in the waiting room were wearing masks. When I went back downstairs to the diagnostic clinic, I saw one of five employees wearing masks. Neither offices required customers to have masks to enter the offices. What is ironic about Evergreen is the huge sign outside spread across the parking lot that says, “Heroes Work Here.”

I then went to Mercy’s Outpatient Imaging office in Harvard Park. Customers could not enter either the main floor office or the downstairs office without wearing a mask. A reusable cloth mask was provided for people who didn’t have their own in both offices. All employees were observed wearing their masks.

All employees observed at Advanced Skin Center in Harvard Park were wearing their masks. Customers were not required to wear a mask.

Pretty much every employer knows the Phase 2 rules. They don’t need me to remind them. Some choose to not require their employees to comply. I will choose to avoid those establishments if possible. Others may feel the same way. Still others may demonstrate their support for rebels like Casey’s by giving them their business. If it’s acceptable for NRToday to write about Casey’s, I’m not sure why people have heartburn identifying other business that both comply or defy the Phase 2 requirements.

Mike

I forgot to mention both of Mercy's Outpatient Imaging offices in Harvard Park took every customer's temperature after they put their mask on and applied hand sanitizer to each customer's hands. Didn't see that done at any of the other medical offices mentioned.

What is curious is the two different standards at Mercy's facilities. The Mercy facility at Harvard Park requires masks, takes temperature and distributes hand sanitizer. The Mercy facility on Edenbower does none of that. Guess which one I think is the safest.

Mike

Phase 2 requires ALL businesses MUST require employees, contractors and volunteers to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering (see below link). The masks are intended to protect both the customer and the employee from transmitting coronavirus.

If Douglas County residents care about one another, they should all be calling attention to those businesses which violate phase 2 mask requirements like American has done in his comments below. We should all name restaurants and stores that choose to ignore the phase 2 mask requirements so the rest of us concerned folks know which businesses to avoid. But beware of the wrath of Boice. Commissioner Boice scolds commenters who identify business that defy the governor's orders. Let me begin with my list of observations.

Businesses that Obey mask requirement - Walgreens on Stephens, Northwest Compounding Pharmacy, Subway on Diamond Lake Blvd., Alonson Randol Dentist, Sonic.

Business that defy mask requirement – Dominoes Pizza on Harvard, Jack in the Box, Lithia Ford.

https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf

sectorstar

Granted I could be mistaken as I didn't read the requirements in great detail, but I thought the mask thing was only required of businesses where social distancing wasn't possible in the workspace? Obviously pretty much all food establishments would fall under that as the kitchen workspaces with multiple employees would not allow proper distancing. Most businesses just flat out said it was mandatory for employees to have them period, but few will go out of their way to enforce it. Than theres my case at Costco where employees and shoppers are required to have them. the employees are under constant scrutiny from management and corporate to have them on correctly, but nothing for the customers who by now are all using the "I have a medical condition so I can't wear a mask card" when well over half them probably don't. The few that do wear a mask don't wear it correctly, so it defeats the purpose of employees being made to wear them.

Mike

The link (three pages) I provided defines what a business is and says businesses MUST require employee's to wear a face covering. There are exceptions for people with disabilities or health issues. There was nothing in the document that mentioned the words social distancing. Give it a look and see if I missed something.

Concerned citizens can contact store management if they see employees not wearing masks properly and report what they saw. They can also contact Oregon OSHA and file a complaint that will bring businesses into swift compliance.

https://osha.oregon.gov/workers/Pages/index.aspx

Mike

Interesting. Aren't you the person who recently told me to move out of Oregon?

And now you are providing concerned citizens with the link to contact OSHA if businesses are defying the law so they can be fined $14,000 like Casey's. How well do you think that flies with Roseburg businesses?

Sharing a link off the State's Covid-19 website isn't a recommendation, it's an option for dealing with concerns about improper use of masks in businesses. Readers can make their own choices.

Mike

U.S. coronavirus deaths will pass 115,000 before the end of today, all occurring over the past 103 days.

American

This article identifies 2 food companies in Oregon that have a high number of workers testing positive for COVID19. Food companies elsewhere in the US have also tested high, including Tyson Foods. Since these companies have employees who work directly with food products that are then introduced into the public food supply, why weren't they tested regularly all along, and proper safeguards put in place? Why isn't the health department and USDA requiring this at all such companies? If so, maybe Crystal Creek Meats (at their processing plant on Umpqua Hwy) would be required to put some safeguards in place, because at present they do not take any precautions. And a note to the meat dept at Safeway: masks don't do any good if they aren't covering your nose and mouth. Store managers might want to take a stroll through their stores from time to time to make sure their employees are in compliance with their store's own rules!

Mike

Not going to read about this in NRToday. "Coronavirus infections in Oregon hit all-time high. Officials say it’s too early to draw conclusions."

"More Oregonians have been identified with coronavirus in the past week than at any point since the pandemic began. At the same time, residents in the hospital with the virus spiked by 40 percent...The number of infections reported daily bottomed out two weeks ago but has since doubled...The number of Oregonians in the hospital as of June 2 with a confirmed case of COVID-19 stood at 46, the lowest since the state began releasing figures. But the number climbed to 65 people by Monday."

"Oregon throughout the pandemic has recorded one of the country’s lowest death rates and infection rates among residents who are tested. But the state also has one of the lowest testing rates in the country, meaning it’s not surprising that increased testing has identified more infections."

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/coronavirus-infections-in-oregon-hit-all-time-high-officials-say-its-too-early-to-draw-conclusions.html

Mike

"The increase of coronavirus cases in counties with fewer than 60,000 people is part of the trend of new infections surging across the rural United States. Health experts worry those areas, already short of resources before the pandemic, will struggle to track new cases with the infrastructure that remains."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/06/08/14-states-puerto-rico-hit-their-highest-seven-day-average-new-covid-19-infections-since-june/

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority tracks the number of available hospital beds throughout the state to identify when hospitals are becoming overwhelmed with coronavirus. Currently, OHA is reporting the lowest number of available ICU beds and non-ICU hospital beds since it began reporting these numbers in early March at 255 and 1,025 respectively.

Mike

Oregon one of 14 states having a record spike in coronavirus cases (see #10). "The daily high of 146 cases on June 7th was striking, with highs in April reaching no more than 100; now the state is seeing cases topping 100 for consecutive days."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/these-14-states-just-had-a-record-spike-in-coronavirus-cases/ss-BB15eXOw#image=11

Mike

The article only mentions the 114 new coronavirus cases on Monday, failing to mention the 146 new cases the day before on Sunday, both of which are new one-day records, having passed the previous record of 100 new cases established over two months ago on April 4. Combined with today’s total of 66 new cases, OHA has reported a total of 653 new coronavirus cases in Oregon over the past seven days which is a record number of cases in one week.

Mike

OHA reported today that 5 more people died from coronavirus. That brings the one week total of deaths to 12 which is the highest Oregon has had in a month.

Mike

Oregon reports five more COVID-19 deaths, highest daily total in a month.

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-oregon-five-deaths-june-9/283-52c9fc6b-4132-4573-ace4-b13c81fa9d21

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