Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Douglas County Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 177, including 17 presumptive and 160 confirmed cases.

Ten people remain in isolation and three Douglas County coronavirus patients are being hospitalized, but are in hospitals out-of-the-area.

There have now been more than 10,000 negative test results from those tested in Douglas County.

Oregon added 212 new confirmed and presumptive cases Thursday, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 25,761.

The Oregon Health Authority said there were five new deaths giving the state 438 coronavirus-related fatalities. Four of the deaths were in Washington County and one was in Malheur County.

Washington County had the most new cases with 47, Marion County had 40 and Multnomah County added 27.

The OHA reported another workplace outbreak. the number of cases at Independent Transport in Boardman has reached 21. The outbreak investigation started on July 28.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline has been operating for more than five months since a week after the first COVID-19 case was announced in Douglas County.

Under the direction of the Douglas Public Health Network and support of the Douglas County Commissioners, the county set up one of the first COVID-19 Hotlines and has since taken more than 2,600 calls and had over 130 local volunteers staffing the call center, including more than 45 licensed health care providers, according to the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team.

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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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Mike

Is the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team OVER REPORTING coronavirus testing? The Oregon Health Authority is reporting today that Douglas County has tested 10,106 people. Meanwhile, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team is reporting today they have performed 10,387 coronavirus tests. The difference of 281 tests is more tests than is typically done in Douglas County in over three days. The August average is 86 tests per day in Douglas County.

Because OHA reports at 8:00 am and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reports at noon, there has always been somewhat of a disconnect. But until recently, the number of OHA tests was always more than the number of tests reported the previous day tests by the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team. That changed over the past week.

It now appears the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team claims to be performing significantly more coronavirus tests than what is being reported by OHA. This is probably because the OHA reports the number of PEOPLE tested and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reports the number of tests PERFORMED, which inflates the testing numbers by including multiple tests on one person.

Mike

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 0 new coronavirus cases today. The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 8 coronavirus cases over the past week and its 7-day positive test rate decreased to 1.4% (using Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team inflated test numbers).

The six counties surrounding Douglas County again reported 32 new coronavirus cases and one more death today in Lane County. This brings Lane County’s death total to 6. The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 202 cases over the past week and one death, and have now reported an overall total of 2,008 cases and 14 deaths.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 239 new coronavirus cases and 7 more deaths today. Oregon has had 37 coronavirus deaths over the past week. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon declined slightly to 4.9%.

mworden

I remember an articIe from severaI months ago about the state scaIing down reporting on Saturdays and Sundays. The Oregonian compIained and the state partiaIIy reIented. To me, there has since appeared to be a Iag in accuracy from Friday through Tuesday. That's a casuaI observation, not a concerted study. Here's the articIe -- https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/oregon-to-scale-back-weekend-reporting-for-some-coronavirus-data.html

Mike

The OHA reports cases, deaths and tests every day. What they stopped reporting is hospital information.

Mike

Our County Commissioners are attempting to hide the true number of coronavirus cases in our county. The Commissioners are ordering isolation and intentionally NOT testing people suspected of having coronavirus to keep Douglas County’s positive test rate artificially low. The positive test rate is one of three criteria used for determining school openings.

You may have noticed Douglas County Public Health Network website recently began listing the number of presumptive coronavirus cases and cases in isolation. Presumptive cases are people WITHOUT a positive diagnostic test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and close contact with a laboratory confirmed case. The Commissioners KNOW these presumptive cases have the disease but technically they don’t have to include them in the positive test rate calculation as long as they don’t confirm it with a test. Instead, they just isolate or hospitalize the person until they show no more symptoms.

Likewise, rather than testing people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, they are instead put in isolation and NOT tested unless they are hospitalized. The Commissioners know a large number of these infected people recover without ever exhibiting symptoms. They also know they don’t have to include these likely coronavirus cases as long as they don’t test them for the disease. This helps explain why Douglas County is the 7th lowest in Oregon for testing.

The Norris Blueberry Farm workplace outbreak is a perfect example of how our Commissioners tried to fudge the numbers. Initially, Norris Blueberry Farm had two employees exhibiting coronavirus symptoms. Both eventually tested positive. Rather than testing everyone who was in close contact with them, they instead were isolated in hopes it would simply go away. But it didn’t. More employees developed symptoms. Some had to be hospitalized forcing more confirmed cases of coronavirus. It wasn’t until OVER a month later that the Oregon Health Authority, NOT our County Commissioners, declared Norris Blueberry Farm a workplace outbreak with 27 confirmed cases. Most weren't included in Douglas County numbers because they were seasonal workers and didn't live in in the county. The actual number of Norris Blueberry Farm workers and their families who had coronavirus is unknown because so many were isolated without ever being tested.

This is just one more indication of how our County Commissioners continue to try to cover up their gross negligence and have failed to protect county residents from coronavirus.

Mike

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 0 new coronavirus cases today out of 50 test results received. The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 8 coronavirus cases over the past week and its 7-day positive test rate decreased to 1.6%.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 32 new coronavirus cases today and 199 cases over the past week. The six counties surrounding Douglas County have reported an overall total of 1,976 cases and 13 deaths.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 293 new coronavirus cases and 9 deaths today. Oregon has had 33 coronavirus deaths over the past week. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon increased to 5.0%.

The OHA reported 16.7% of 5,737 total ICU and non-ICU hospital beds are available today.

Mike

The News-Review keeps repeating, "there have now been more than 10,000 negative test results from those tested in Douglas County."

What it intentionally doesn't clarify is how many PEOPLE have been tested. Many, many people have been tested multiple times. So, the actual number of people tested is way less than 10,000.

Rise722

Why can't we know more information - such as where these outbreaks are occurring, and whether or not these cases are from out-of-state people?

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