The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported eight new confirmed tests for the coronavirus in its Friday report, raising the total number of cases in the county to 436.

Six area residents are presently receiving hospital care. In addition, there were 80 county residents in isolation and another 381 in quarantine.

With this weekend marking the return of college football in Oregon, the COVID-19 Response team offered strong advice for football fans.

“Amid the current rash of COVID cases in Oregon, the much anticipated return of PAC-12 football this weekend means a chance for fans to finally cheer for their favorite Oregon team, but also an increase in possible social gatherings (parties), and the likelihood that we could see another run on COVID cases,” according to Friday’s press release. County officials urged fans to be responsible in how they gather to watch college football: keep gatherings small, and make sure have a safe watching distance when at a local restaurant or bar.

“As our local businesses have been hit hard already this year, don’t be the reason the authorities sideline your favorite restaurant or bar for the remainder of the season,” according to the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team.

Friday’s report from the Oregon Health Authority continued to bring an increased number of cases of COVID-19 across Oregon.

The OHA reported 770 new positive and presumptive cases of COVID-19, raising the total number of cases in Oregon to 48,608.

Six deaths were also reported, raising the state’s death toll to 716. The youngest was a 59-year-old Multnomah County woman, while four of the remaining five were ages 82 or older.

Among the state’s major metropolitan areas, the four counties which make up the Portland area accounted for 338 new cases. There were 127 new cases in the Salem area. Jackson County reported 83 new positive or presumptive tests, Lane County 40 and Deschutes County 38.

Since Sunday alone, the Oregon Health Authority has reported 3,748 cases, an average of nearly 625 cases per day.

Donovan Brink can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4219.

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mworden

Now that the election is over and political leaders can go an entire year without worrying about the next election cycle, I would really like to see our local officials step forward and talk about something other than "individual responsibility," which are buzzwords for people with certain political leanings that are popular here in Douglas County.

Individual responsibility is a good thing. I can't think of a single thing to say against it except that as a guiding precept it's incomplete. If we live in the world with other people, we also have a "community responsibility." For example, it's selfish and irresponsible, possibly criminal, to put your septic system or cattle pens too close to a water source that other people use for drinking. Our actions impact people we don't even know.

I'd like to see our elected leaders talk to their base about the concept of "community responsibility." The only way to keep the schools open and to avoid a shutdown of daily activities is to convince people that wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding travel and forgoing social gatherings is a community responsibility that can pay off with the dividends of keeping the hospitals functional, schools open, vulnerable people safe and businesses open.

If our leaders who have endorsed the concept of individual responsibility don't get behind the idea of talking to folks about community responsibility, then I'm pretty sure we'll be heading for another statewide shutdown. I strongly prefer that not happen. I talk to my friends and family about community responsibility all the time, but I don't have the same platform that elected officials have. It's time to step up and speak some home truths to the people who are predisposed to listen to what you have to say. The time is now, as we approach Thanksgiving. Otherwise, things are going to get worse, much worse.

CitizenJoe

mworden: yes! Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and today, we've hit higher and higher highs of new cases of COVID-19 in this country. And a new high in the county today. Community responsibility is crucial to most human endeavors, not least in public health.

Mike

It’s not a good day in Douglas County and Oregon as coronavirus cases break records in both. It appears that under the dangerous leadership of our County Commissioners, Douglas County will soon be immersed in Dr. John Powell’s herd immunity experiment despite the warnings of medical experts nationwide. If you aren’t worried, you should be.

A RECORD 21 new coronavirus cases were reported today by our County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team, increasing Douglas County’s totals to 457 cases and 10 deaths. Douglas County has set record case numbers two of the last three days. And Douglas County STILL does not follow CDC testing and tracing guidelines.

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 110 coronavirus cases and received 1,327 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 110 cases by 1,327 test results increases Douglas County to a RECORD HIGH 14-day positive test rate of 8.3% today. The school re-opening metric is a maximum of 5.0%

The 110 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks represent a RECORD HIGH case rate of 99.1 today for Douglas County. The school re-opening metric is a maximum of 50.

A RECORD 100 cases were reported today in Douglas County’s four county region 3 where available hospital beds were already scarce according to the Oregon Health Authority. How scarce, we don't know because uUnfortunately, OHA does not report hospital statistics on the weekends.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported a RECORD 200 new coronavirus cases and 1 death today in Lane County. This brings the six counties surrounding Douglas County to a RECORD 800 cases and 5 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported a RECORD 979 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths today. The 7-day positive test rate for Oregon is a record 11.3% today. And Douglas County has surpassed Oregon with a 7-day positive test rate of 11.5%.

melrosereader

And still...Douglas County elects commissioners and representatives who shun mask-wearing and promote personal responsibility while practicing the exact opposite.

Need a new campaign: Mask It or Casket

Mike

There is probably going to be fewer of those who voted for our commissioners and representatives come the next election, and not because they changed their minds.

mworden

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mworden

I intended a [thumbup] for Melrosereader's comment supporting Mike's posts. But, you know, morning.....

Mike

The U.S. reported 132,450 new coronavirus cases today, by far the highest number ever.

The U.S. reported 1,248 deaths today, the highest number since August 25.

A record 37 U.S. States reported over 1,000 new coronavirus cases today.

The U.S. reported over 10 million cases and over 240,000 deaths from coronavirus today.

The world will surpass 50 million cases and 1.25 million deaths from coronavirus tomorrow.

The virus did not simply disappear after the election.

CitizenJoe

"The virus did not simply disappear after the election." True. I believe we were promised that it would, by our President-reject. Along with a health plan, taxes, infrastructure, Melania's "genius" immigration history, easily-won trade war, etc. I am shocked.

Mike

Today’s press release from our hypocrite Commissioners stated, “Our local businesses have been hit hard already this year, don’t be the reason the authorities sideline your favorite restaurant or bar for the remainder of the season.” Considering the NUMEROUS actions our County Commissioners have taken to oppose previous coronavirus restrictions and encourage non-compliance, it is extremely hypocritical on their part to NOW point their collective fingers at residents for being the “reason the authorities” will be forced to implement stricter coronavirus mandates. All along, our Commissioners have been one of our county’s biggest and most negligent problems.

Roseburg Veterans Affairs has reported 3 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing their total to 55 cases.

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 94 coronavirus cases and received 1,306 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 94 cases by 1,306 test results increases Douglas County to a RECORD HIGH 14-day positive test rate of 7.2% today. The school re-opening metric is a maximum of 5.0%.

The 94 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks represent a RECORD HIGH case rate of 84.7 today for Douglas County. The school re-opening metric is a maximum of 50.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 153 new coronavirus cases today and a RECORD HIGH 699 cases and 6 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported a RECORD 769 new coronavirus cases and 6 deaths today. The 7-day positive test rate for Oregon is 9.9% today. Douglas County has now surpassed Oregon with a 7-day positive test rate of 10.3%.

melrosereader

Mike, it seems some people get annoyed with you for your comments. But for the most part you are spot on. Thank you.

Citizen495

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