For the second day in a row and the fourth day in a week, Douglas County had no new COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday.

With that dip in cases, Douglas County has now been under the 1% test positivity rate for three weeks in a row, one of the key metrics required by the state for schools to reopen.

Reopening plans are up to the individual school districts, and different schools will open at different times based on decisions made by their district boards and administrators.

In addition to Saturday, no new cases were reported on Sunday, Monday or Friday of last week, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team said.

However, the county did report four new cases Thursday, three on Tuesday and one on Wednesday, for a total of eight new cases for the week.

The total number of COVID-19 cases to date in the county stands at 177. Currently, the county is assisting 11 residents who are in isolation. One Douglas County resident is currently hospitalized, and is in a hospital outside of Douglas County.

County public officials continue to urge residents to use caution, however. They recommend caution about traveling or inviting out-of-county guests, and are encouraging residents to consider vacationing at home and rescheduling visits to a later date.

Travel has been a key source of infections here.

“The COVID-19 virus is still here, still infectious and will be around for quite some time. The bottom line is that everyone needs to take personal responsibility for their actions and adopt the proper precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the team said in a press release.

The Oregon Health Authority reported COVID-19 claimed seven more lives in Oregon Saturday, raising the state’s death toll to 454.

OHA reported 252 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the state total to 26,293.

Douglas County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer will host a virtual town hall question and answer session on COVID-19 at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the Douglas Public Health Network’s Facebook page.

The county also offers a COVID-19 hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 541-464-6550.

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

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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Buligajo

Way to side step the question Mike, I’ll assume future posts will just be repeated except the one personally blaming the commissioners. Now you are blaming Trump, amazing. It is easy to armchair quarterback decision when you don’t know all the facts.

GhostofTMcCall

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Buligajo

Keeping it real, mike thrives on conspiracy theories. Thanks for your post!

Mike

Men in black? Dark shadows? Trump hits full conspiracy theory mode.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/men-in-black-dark-shadows-trump-hits-full-conspiracy-theory-mode/ar-BB18DAhb?li=BBnb7Kz

GhostofTMcCall

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Buligajo

Sooo waiting Mike you posted again just ignored my post. Just want your source of information so the public has accurate info. Oh wait that doesn’t fit into your ax to grind with the commissioners. Ok I like it better when you are silent.

GhostofTMcCall

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Mike

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 1new coronavirus case today and the 3rd death yesterday. Apparently this infected person did not come in contact with anyone because they were the only one isolated.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 9 coronavirus cases and received 668 test results over the past week. Dividing 9 cases by 668 test results gives a 7-day positive test rate of 1.35% for Douglas County. The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team is deliberately untruthful and putting children and people’s lives by repeatedly claiming Douglas County’s 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 math is simple. Check it out for yourself.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 21 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 2,231 cases and 15 deaths.

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

The Oregon Health Authority reported 159 new coronavirus cases, 1 death and 2,573 test results received today. Oregon has had 39 coronavirus deaths over the past week. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon declined increased to 4.9%.

Buligajo

Mike please share how it is the commissioners fault another person has died. Yes tragic, but do you have information we don’t? Where did this person contract Covid? Was it from one of our commissioners? Please elaborate and share what you know. I have little use for the commissioners also, but to blame a death on them please share your evidence or don’t post that kind of stupidity. You are always saying share your source, so now I am asking you what is your source that they deliberately are the cause for this persons death.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

I agree with Buligajo here. Mike's words are really pushing libel. I don't know what calamity brought Mike to this place in life, but his statements are at best careless and at worst dangerous.

Mike

And what do you call it when the County Commissioners send out multiple emails each stating a lie that, "Congratulations Douglas County, we have successfully met the county metric guidelines for our schools to reopen...Douglas County has been under the 1% test positivity rate for the minimum three-week requirement?

Douglas County's 7-day positivity test rate has been over 1% since JUNE 28. At no point since June 28 has it been under 1%. Three weeks ago on August 12, the positivity test rate was 2.6%. It's not hard to calculate. Check it out.

Wouldn't you consider it dangerous to school children if schools were opened because of a lie?

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Mike

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 Tim 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.

http://www.nrtoday.com/news/health/coronavirus/nearly-100-attend-freedom-rally-in-roseburg/article_260277b8-733a-5bd1-9102-d2c1ea70c263.html

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 workplace outbreak notifications and have probably caused multiple deaths by their actions opposing coronavirus precautions. Their hypocrisy is deafening.

Mike

Thanks to our County Commissioners, Douglas County suffered its third coronavirus death today, a 70-year-old woman who tested positive on August 9 and died on August 29, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. No underlying conditions indicated.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/Oregon-reports-269-new-confirmed-and-presumptive-COVID-19-cases-4-new-deaths.aspx

Mike

“With that dip in cases, Douglas County has now been under the 1% test positivity rate for three weeks in a row, one of the key metrics required by the state for schools to reopen.”

This statement by the News-Review and its author is a BOLD FACED LIE. Douglas County’s positivity rate has been ABOVE 1% since June 28. Check it out for yourself. The math is simple. It’s the new cases in one week divided by the number of tests performed during that week.

Douglas County’s total case count yesterday was 177. The count of total tests yesterday was 10,387. Douglas County’s total cases a week ago on August 23 were 169 with tests being 9,873. That means Douglas County had 8 cases over the last week while performing 514 tests over that same week. 8 divided by 514 equals 1.6%.

The News-Review endangers and does the community a disservice by consistently publishing false information without verifying their facts.

Mike

Douglas County's positive test rate was 2.9% three weeks ago on August 10. The News-Review's false reporting endangers our community.

Mike

It's telling that this 3rd coronavirus death occurred on Saturday, yet the News-Review chose to not report it.

Mike

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 0 new coronavirus cases today. The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 8 coronavirus cases over the past week and Douglas County’s 7-day positive test rate is now 1.3%.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County again reported 25 new coronavirus cases and two deaths. The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 207 cases over the past week and two deaths, and have now reported an overall total of 2,033 cases and 14 deaths.

Douglas County’s 3 deaths are the second highest in all six surrounding counties. Only Lane County with three times the population has more deaths at 6. Even Jackson County with twice the population, has less coronavirus deaths than Douglas County.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 261 new coronavirus cases and 4 more deaths today. Oregon has had 41 coronavirus deaths over the past week. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon declined slightly to 4.8%.

Keepin it Real

You are beyond cruel for these accusations. I feel sad for you and your obvious bone you have to pick with the commissioners. Over what? A comment that was made very early when this started? Like the commissioners or not, I think they had the good intentions to keep people calm while getting a simple message out, which I believe was to stay home if you’re sick, and take care of yourselves and your family. You can now quote all the comments said Way back when, but please also find quotes from every other person in the world at that time, when no one thought this would turn into the world pandemic it is today.

Why you have to place blame on someone is baffling to me.

And again, I don’t work for anyone so you can throw away that conspiracy theory.

Mike

If the United States had done merely an average job of fighting the coronavirus — if the U.S. accounted for the same share of virus deaths as it did global population — how many fewer Americans would have died?

The answer: about 145,000.

That’s a large majority of the country’s 183,000 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths.

No other country looks as bad by this measure. The U.S. accounts for 4 percent of the world’s population, and for 22 percent of confirmed Covid-19 deaths. It is one of the many signs that the Trump administration has done a poorer job of controlling the virus than dozens of other governments around the world. I place blame for those 145,000 unnecessary deaths square on the shoulders of President trump. It goes with the job at which he under performed.

GhostofTMcCall

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