A 70-year-old woman from Douglas County who had contracted the coronavirus died Saturday at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, according to Douglas County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer.

“This is truly another sad day in our county with the news of a third resident succumbing to this virus,” Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman said. “The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, our families and the members of our (Douglas County COVID-19 Response) Team send out our sincere condolences and prayers to the family.

“This is again a sobering reminder that the COVID-19 virus is still active in our county and in our communities. We continue to urge all of you, as the citizens of Douglas County to take all the appropriate precautions to stop this virus.”

The woman is the third Douglas County resident to die from COVID-19 and the 455th in Oregon. As of Monday, the death toll in Oregon was 459.

Oregon Health Authority noted in its report that, “presence of underlying condition is being confirmed.”

She tested positive on Aug. 9 and was hospitalized in Eugene until Aug. 27, when she was transferred to Portland.

“It is truly heartbreaking news that we lost resident, friend and neighbor to COVID-19,” Dannenhoffer said. “We all send our thoughts and prayers to the family at this time. Unfortunately, through our investigation of this case we discovered that the virus was acquired because of out-of-state travel and social gatherings. I really want to stress how important it is to do everything you can to protect yourself and your family from contracting this deadly virus.”

A press release from the DCCRT reminded residents to be compassionate and to take extra care in helping slow the spread of COVID-19.

Last week, the Douglas County commissioners said they don’t believe it’s appropriate for the county to be placed in the role of enforcers for the new coronavirus regulations.

The commissioners wrote that they stand with, represent and support the county’s citizens and businesses, and they want them to be economically stable and healthy, as well as to have access to necessary services.

Commissioner Chris Boice attended a rally for those protesting the mask mandate set by the state and assured a mostly mask-less crowd that the county would not be forcing people to wear face coverings.

There were no additional cases of coronavirus reported in Douglas County on Sunday, and one new positive case on Monday bringing the total number of cases to 178. In Douglas County, 161 people have tested positive and 17 are presumed positive.

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter


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3 deaths in a county population of over 100,000 over this many montys does not justify any public health mandate.


Today’s email from the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team led by our County Commissioners says they, “will continue to promote prevention measures such as limiting travel, limiting social gatherings, promoting social distancing and the wearing of face coverings when appropriate.”

Last week, a maskless Commissioner Boice, who is chairman of the County Commissioners, led an anti-mask rally at the courthouse where he urged Douglas County residents to ignore the Governor’s coronavirus precautions. Can someone please tell me how our Commissioners are promoting prevention measures when their actions throughout this pandemic have been exactly the opposite?


The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 1 more new coronavirus case today, bringing total cases to 179, which is exactly 150 more cases than when our County Commissioners decided unilaterally to re-open Douglas County.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 7 coronavirus cases and received 591 test results over the past week. Dividing 7 cases by 591 test results gives a 7-day positive test rate of 1.2% for Douglas County. This is contrary to the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team’s published claim the positive test rate has been below 1% for the last three weeks. Douglas County’s 7-day positive test rate has not been below 1% since June 28.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 23 new coronavirus cases today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 198 cases over the past week and 2 deaths, and have now reported an overall total of 2,254 cases and 15 deaths.

Douglas County has 8% of the coronavirus cases, 9% of the coronavirus tests in the six surrounding counties and 20% of the deaths.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 236 new coronavirus cases, 6 deaths today. Oregon had 38 coronavirus deaths over the past week. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon declined to 4.7%.


It seems to me that Boice is very confused about which side of the coin he wants his face to represent during all this.

Have his name attached to a task force which says to wear a mask, but be the face of the local anti mask rally?

Sorry, you can't have it both ways!


Hypocrite Commissioner Tim Freeman addressed Douglas County’s third coronavirus death today by saying, “This is truly another sad day in our county with the news of a third resident succumbing to this virus…we continue to urge all of you, as the citizens of Douglas County to take all the appropriate precautions to stop this virus.”

While Commissioner Freeman URGED citizens to take all precautions, a maskless Commissioner Chris Boice led an anti-mask rally last Tuesday at the County Courthouse where he URGED Douglas County residents to ignore the Governor’s coronavirus precautions.


Furthermore, it was Commissioner Freeman who addressed coronavirus during a Board of Commissioners meeting by URGING people to IGNORE coronavirus precautions by saying, “There is no call for social distancing…there is no call to close events…people should go about their lives…this virus, like most viruses, will cycle through and we’ll move on to the next thing.”

Our County Commissioners have steadfastly downplayed the pandemic, manipulated case numbers, withheld information from the public, isolated people rather than testing them, withheld workplace outbreak notifications, URGED businesses to NOT comply with shutdown orders and as a result have probably caused multiple deaths by their actions opposing coronavirus precautions. Their hypocrisy is deafening.

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