The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported nine people with positive test results for coronavirus and one new presumptive case, increasing the number of cases by 10 for a total of 300. The new cases Wednesday marked the second highest one-day total since the pandemic was declared in March.
The one-day record happened on July 23 when Douglas County reported 20 cases of COVID-19.
The Douglas Public Health Network reported 40 patients currently in isolation, an increase of 10 from Tuesday, and 152 in self-quarantine.
The latest positive numbers have been linked to people who travel outside Douglas County or even outside Oregon.
Before traveling, attending a party or inviting people to visit them, residents should weigh the risks to themselves, their family and their community, according to the COVID-19 Response Team.
“The COVID-19 virus is still here, still infectious and will be around for quite some time,” according to the noon update.
Roseburg Veterans Affairs Health Care and the Riddle plant of Roseburg Forest Products both saw their numbers unchanged from the Oregon Health Authority’s Oct. 7 report, with the VA remaining at six positive cases and RFP at five.
Three additional cases were reported at CHI Mercy Medical Center, according to the state’s weekly report. The total number of cases at the hospital is now 13.
Hospital officials declined to comment on this week’s new cases and instead referred reporters to the county government and the Douglas Public Health Network.
Workplace outbreak cases, as well as those involving care facilities, child care or education, are considered resolved 28 days after the last known instance of someone testing positive for COVID-19.
In addition to its weekly report, the state reported 390 new confirmed and presumptive cases in its daily update Wednesday, as well as three new deaths.
The highest number of new reported cases Wednesday included 88 in Multnomah County, 63 in Marion County and 60 in Lane County.
The three COVID-19 victims — an 80-year-old Wasco County woman, an 82-year-old Washington County woman, and a 93-year-old Multnomah County man — all reportedly had underlying health conditions.
The number of Oregon deaths related to the coronavirus rose to 608, while the new positive and presumptive cases raised the state’s total case count to 38,160 since early March.