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.