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The outbreak at Curry Manor Memory Care in Roseburg has now led to eight deaths, according to a weekly outbreak report from the Oregon Health Authority.

The facility has now had 64 COVID-19 cases, up from 60 last week. Previously, the facility’s outbreak had led to just three deaths.

Forest Hill Assisted Living in Canyonville is now at 66 cases, one more than last week. It’s also had an additional death, bringing its total to two deaths.

Riverview Terrace in Roseburg joined the weekly outbreak list this week, with five cases. So did The Landing a Senior Living Community, with four cases.

Umpqua Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had one additional case, bringing its total to 22 cases. No deaths have been reported for that facility.

CHI Mercy Medical Center’s outbreak had two additional cases, bringing its total to 61.

Ingram Book Company joined the workplace outbreak list this week with six cases. So did Costco in Roseburg, with six cases.

Fred Meyer in Roseburg had one additional case, bringing its total to eight.

No new cases were reported from outbreaks at Sherm’s Thunderbird Market and Roseburg VA Medical Center.

Overall, a relative dip in local cases continued Wednesday, with the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reporting eight new cases.

That brings the county’s total cases to 1,323 since the pandemic’s start. So far in December, with a week yet to go, the county has seen 360 new cases. In November, the county had 584 new cases — more than the 379 cases seen in the entire first eight months of the pandemic.

Lower case numbers this month could mean that many people chose to stay home during the Thanksgiving holiday, preventing the type of superspreader events that led to November’s spike.

No new deaths were reported by the response team Wednesday.

Public health officials are urging members of the public to celebrate safely this Christmas, saying prevention is the best medicine.

“If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers,” the response team said in a press release.

That means avoiding social gatherings, staying home and celebrating just with household members, wearing masks, avoiding travel, and staying home if sick.

Statewide, Oregon Health Authority reported 1,000 new COVID-19 cases and 21 new deaths Wednesday.

Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer will offer a Special COVID Fireside Chat at 4 p.m. Christmas Day on the Douglas Public Health Network Facebook page.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Raven2020

Hats off to Sarah Calvert and Care Givers at Brookdale. They have taken great measures to keep our loved ones safe and healthy.

Mike

7 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release by the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force, bringing Douglas County totals to 1,353 cases and 37 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 174 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 155.0 today for Douglas County, which is less than the case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to reopen.

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 174 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 4,116 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 174 cases by 4,116 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 4.2% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 95 new coronavirus cases today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,138 cases and 18 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 608 new coronavirus cases and 0 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 4.6% today.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/Oregon-reports-612-new-confirmed-and-presumptive-COVID-19-cases-0-new-deaths.aspx

Mike

Does anyone wonder why we don’t hear about military hospital ships or the military medical staff supporting areas experiencing shortages of doctors, nurses and hospital beds?

In case you don’t remember, it was March of this year, when the U.S was only reporting 20,000 new coronavirus cases per day , that the U.S. Navy's two Mercy-class hospital ships were deployed — USNS Mercy to the Port of Los Angeles and USNS Comfort to New York Harbor. Both ships departed Los Angeles and New York in April to parts unknown.

Now that we are experiencing 10 times more coronavirus cases per day, the only military assistance we seem to hear about is the Operation Warp Speed military delivery of coronavirus vaccines. Why aren’t we hearing about more medical assistance from the military?

mworden

Governor Newsom of California and Governor Cuomo of New York both requested that President Trump deploy the Navy hospital ships to handle overflow in the early months. More accurately, they requested and Trump required them to humble themselves and to plead for help. They did. If necessary, they may plead again. It's anyone's guess how the Commander-In-Chief would respond from his vacation in Florida.

Mike

Don’t trust a drop in coronavirus case numbers over the next week. After weeks of record case and death numbers, the United States is poised to see a steep drop in newly reported Covid-19 infections as the upcoming holidays introduce gaps in data.

Health departments in at least 15 states have said they will not publish statewide data on Christmas and New Years. Several, including Wyoming, Rhode Island and North Carolina, also plan to take off Christmas and New Years. More states and counties are likely to join them.

Across the country, some testing sites will close or limit their hours, meaning fewer coronavirus cases may be identified even on days when data is reported.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/12/24/world/covid--updates-coronavirus#dont-trust-a-drop-in-coronavirus-case-numbers-over-the-next-week

Mike

11 new Douglas County coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release by the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force, bringing Douglas County totals to 1,346 cases and 37 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team again reported 175 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 155.9 today for Douglas County, which is less than the case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to reopen.

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 175 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 4,117 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 175 cases by 4,117 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 4.3% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 137 new coronavirus cases and 1 death today in Lane County. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,382 cases and 26 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 897 new coronavirus cases and 7 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 5.0% today.

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority announced it received the first of 72,100 doses of Moderna vaccine earlier this week. Combined with 60,450 does of Pfizer vaccine, Oregon has received 132,550 combined doses of coronavirus vaccine since December 17. All doses have been distributed to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities throughout Oregon. 14,524 doses (11%) have been administered.

https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/

I haven’t been able to identify an accurate number of vaccine doses received by Douglas County. Mercy Medical Center did receive 975 of the initial Pfizer vaccine doses on December 17. And the Department of Veterans Affairs announced doses of Moderna coronavirus vaccine have been received at Roseburg’s VA and vaccination of its health care workers has begun. The exact number of doses received is unknown.

https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/

The lack of transparency on the number of doses shipped, received and administered is disappointing. It might be understandable if the vaccine logistics and reporting was suddenly sprung on the medical community. However, in this case, the CDC, OHA and DPHN have known for many months the vaccines were coming and they still seem utterly confused about their logistics and reporting.

Mike

“At least 7 dead in Douglas County coronavirus outbreaks linked to single superspreader…officials have not revealed when the ill person went to work sick, nor where they work.”

For some strange reason, an individual’s right to privacy is deemed more important than everyone else’s right to live.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/at-least-7-dead-in-2-oregon-coronavirus-outbreaks-linked-to-single-superspreader/ar-BB1cdmgF?li=BBnb7Kz

melrosereader

Mike, there may be many reasons for privacy for the individual. For example, as we have seen in the recent election, some election officials and others have been targets of death threats. Another reason, why SHOULD the individual be named? What public purpose would that serve?

But another question is relevant. Why did the person go to work sick? Was he or she afraid of losing her job if he or she failed to show up? Is there an adequate sick leave policy? Was there a staffing problem and the person figured that if he or she failed to show up that another person would have to work a double shift? Or another worker be called in on a day off? Or staff who showed up would be overloaded?

Not a black and white issue.

Mike

And we will never find out the answer to that relevant question because the person will never be pressed for an answer because they will forever remain anonymous.

Mike

Two issues. First, when the President, a Congressperson, Senator, Governor, actor, police chiefs, or some celebrity contracts coronavirus, they are immediately identified for the entire world to know. And also for the entire world to stay away from if they choose. Given that, where is the line drawn between people with coronavirus who are identified and those who aren't identified? I don't believe privacy laws distinguish this difference.

Second, when people knowingly or unknowingly violate public health restrictions, they should IMMEDIATELY lose all rights to their privacy and their identity SHOULD be published. Knowing this could happen to them, sick people most likely would reconsider going to work, infecting others and causing people to die because of their careless behavior.

RickF

Did Mike suggest the name of the person going to work knowing they were sick be made public? I didn't see that. Revealing the name of the business, and the dates involved, without question, falls within the publics right to know, without question!

Why a person chooses to place their own interests above the safety of those around them, knowing the potential risks, is NOT RELEVANT.

melrosereader

I think Mike clearly suggested that the individual's name be revealed. But let's ask Mike. Is that what you meant?

RickF

Simply read his 12/24 comment posted at 1:32 pm: "... officials have not revealed when the person went to work sick, nor where they work." In conclusion, I have determined you are irrelevant.

mworden

[thumbup] for melrosereader. You asked the right questions.

People can be highly contagious for several days before they experience any symptoms, so the whole idea of someone going to work with mild symptoms -- the term Dr. D. used today -- is a red herring. Going to work with symptoms was called a superspreader action. But numerous people could have been exposed for several days before symptoms started. IMO, it's the wrong action to focus on.

Apart from the very real issues melrosereader mentioned, the personal behavior issue is still people being careless about attending events that have the potential to become a superspreader -- indoors, close together, no masks, for extended times, often with drinking, dancing, loud voices or singing, all of which lower inhibitions about staying distanced and using sound public health sense in the moment of having fun.

The serious November outbreaks were the result of people letting their guard down around Halloween, going to adult events and behaving as if everything was normal. They went to work without realizing they had been exposed and infected, without realizing they were highly contagious before the symptoms appeared. The real problem was partying like it was 1999.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are two of the biggest days of the year for adult partying, gathering and drinking. Acting as if it's a normal New Year's event can easily turn a fun group into a superspreader event.

Naming and blaming an individual person takes the heat off everyone else. Look at that bad person! No, folks, look in the mirror.

Mike

12 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release by the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force, bringing Douglas County totals to 1,335 cases and 37 deaths.

98 Douglas County residents were vaccinated yesterday according to the Oregon Health Authority, bringing Douglas County’s total to 187 residents vaccinated. This represents 23% of the 795 vaccine doses received at Mercy Medical Center over a week ago. At this rate, it will be year 2043 before all residents receive their two doses of vaccine. Meanwhile, Douglas County residents are being infected daily which may have been prevented had those people received the vaccine.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 175 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 155.9 today for Douglas County, which is less than the case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to reopen.

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 175 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 4,082 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 175 cases by 4,082 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 4.3% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 203 new coronavirus cases and 2 deaths today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,548 cases and 30 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 851 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 5.5% today.

The Oregon Health Authority tracks hospital statistics for seven different regions in Oregon. Region 3 consists of Douglas, Coos, Curry and Lane Counties. The OHA reported 15 ICU beds and 150 non-ICU beds are available in Region 3 today. 40 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 6 of them are in ICU. There were 96 new coronavirus cases reported in Region 3 today.

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