A new study by the Douglas Public Health Network indicates that 81% of the earliest reported COVID-19 patients in Douglas County are still feeling ill today.

DPHN spokesperson Vanessa Becker said the epidemiology team reached out to the county’s first 20 positive cases, and received responses from 16. Of those, 13 were still experiencing symptoms that are distinctly related to COVID-19, and that they were experiencing when they first tested positive months ago.

“We expected the number of people still experiencing symptoms to be high, just not quite this high,” Becker said in an email.

Worldwide, studies have shown the majority of patients continue to experience symptoms for up to 60 days from the time they test positive, she said.

They’re being called “long-haulers,” and the most common symptoms those in the Douglas Public Health study said they’re experiencing are fatigue and shortness of breath.

Other symptoms included muscle aches, swollen glands, memory loss, headaches, diarrhea, rash, hair loss, nausea and neurological symptoms in the hands and feet. One patient remains on oxygen all hours of the day.

“Having worked with every single COVID-19 positive case locally, DPHN is definitely invested in their health and wellbeing. So yes, it was difficult to hear how this virus and its aftereffects are still impacting our fellow residents. It certainly emphasizes for those of us in public health that it is not only death rates that are of concern with this virus,” Becker said.

Patients were not asked about preexisting conditions, she said, and no age-based analysis was performed.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team said in a press release the study shows the resolution of symptoms from the disease “appears to be a long and arduous road for the majority of those that were infected.”

And it said the team will continue to promote prevention measures, including limiting travel and social gatherings and practicing social distancing and wearing masks.

The team reported one new positive test Tuesday, bringing the total number of positive tests and presumptive cases combined to 179.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 243 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, and six deaths.

That brings the state total to 26,946 and the death toll to 465.

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

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Momos

On a positive note, school shootings are way down due to the coronavirus. Gotta look for the good in all the bad news.

Mike

A record 19 states in the U.S. reported over 1,000 new coronavirus cases today.

Mike

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 1 new coronavirus case today. The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 3 coronavirus cases and received 877 test results over the past week. Dividing 3 cases by 877 test results gives a 7-day positive test rate of 0.3% for Douglas County. Contrary to what the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team’s claims, today is the SECOND day in a row Douglas County’s positive test rate has been below 1% and only the second day since June 28 that it has been below 1%.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 41 new cases today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 208 cases and 3 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 265 new coronavirus cases and 5 deaths today. Oregon had 28 coronavirus deaths over the past week. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon increased to 4.7%.

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority reports monthly death statistics for every county in Oregon. Over 2015 – 2019, Douglas County averaged 33 suicides per year. At the end of July, 2020, Douglas County had a total of 10 suicides. 5 of those suicides occurred before the onset of coronavirus in March.

This extrapolates to 17 suicides in Douglas County for year-end 2020, approximately half the normal suicide rate. The data suggests coronavirus reduced the number of suicides in Douglas County.

This pretty much debunks previous claims by our County Commissioners that coronavirus causes increased suicides, a claim they made as justification for reopening Douglas County.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/BirthDeathCertificates/VitalStatistics/death/Pages/index.aspx

Mike

Based on new data published the W.H.O, Steroids Can Be Lifesaving for Covid-19 Patients, Scientists Report. “Clearly, now steroids are the standard of care,” said Dr. Howard C. Bauchner, the editor-in-chief of JAMA, which published five papers about the treatment.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/02/health/coronavirus-steroids.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200903&instance_id=21867&nl=the-morning&regi_id=123329811&section_index=2&section_name=three_more_big_stories&segment_id=37384&te=1&user_id=2d9279670974826e45b563123ff09555

Mike

University of Oregon is among one third of Power 5 conference schools that are concealing COVID-19 data and protocols in their athletic programs.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaafb/espn-survey-several-power-5-conference-schools-conceal-covid-19-data-protocols-in-athletic-programs/ar-BB18GgfP?li=BBnb7Kz

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

Uhhh, they refused to provide data and protocols to ESPN, not the local public health authority. What right does ESPN have to a student's private health information? The answer, as I'm sure you are aware but refuse to admit, is none. But I mean if you disagree, feel free to use this forum to share your personal health history. You know what they say, lead by example, Mike.

Mike

Apparently you didn't read the article from the link I provided before commenting. ESPN did NOT ask for any names of people and would have had no way of knowing personal information without the names. ESPN asked specifically for data without names.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

Apparently you refuse to answer my question: What right does ESPN have to a student's private health information, irrespective of whether a name is attached to that health information? Feel free to peruse scholarly journals and case law to rebut my assertion here. I'll wait.

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I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

I don't even know where to begin with this comment. Are you honestly and with a straight face suggesting coronavirus is responsible for the reduction of suicides in Douglas County? Dude bro, you've hit rock bottom and continue to dig.

FWIW, a study published by QJM (a peer-reviewed medical journal that's been around for more than a century) accurately states, "Multiple lines of evidence indicate that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has profound psychological and social effects," and further points out documented increased rates of suicide associated with previous pandemics, specifically the Spanish Flu and SARS.

The study goes on to say, "The psychological sequelae of the pandemic will probably persist for months and years to come," suggesting the COVID-19 pandemic -- like those previous -- may increase the prevalence of psychiatric disorders and suicide rates during and after the pandemic.

I pretty much debunked your BS.

Dude bro, Mike, tone down the rhetoric, if for no other reason your own well-being.

In case you're interested: https://academic.oup.com/qjmed/advance-article/doi/10.1093/qjmed/hcaa202/5857612

Mike

I read through your linked article and suggest you re-read what it says and more importantly what it doesn't say.

Regarding, "Multiple lines of evidence indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic has profound psychological and social effects," this statement references two other articles as its basis. I did a word search on each of the two articles referenced and the word "suicide" is never mentioned.

There is no empirical data to support the authors opinion. In fact the author CLEARLY states, "I suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic MAY (caps mine) increase the prevalence of psychiatric disorders and suicide rates during and after the pandemic."

This is one psychiatrist's opinion about what may happen. He provides zero evidence to back his opinion other than what happened during other epidemics in other countries. What I provided was hard data on suicides in Douglas County. Everyone has a right to disagree with the data. But until you provide actual data suggesting otherwise, I think I will stick by my conclusion.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

Dude bro, Mike, we're in the middle of this pandemic, so of course we're not going to have empirical data related to COVID-19 suicides.

And you say the author provides "zero evidence" but in the same sentence contradict yourself by referencing the actual evidence the author pointed to from two previous pandemics. Oh yeah, and the contributions to this journal are peer-reviewed by other professionals in his field. Are your bloviations peer-reviewed?

In terms of your "conclusion," feel free to stick with it. Sure, there's correlation, but absolutely no causation. For someone who constantly accuses others of playing fast and loose with facts and data, you sure take liberties when interpreting the "research" you conduct.

With regard to your conclusion that the coronavirus is directly responsible for reduced suicide rates in Douglas County, that assertion is balderdash. If for the first eight months of 2020 there were reduced rates of death by gun violence, motor vehicle accident, heart attack, cancer, poisoning, traumatic injury, etc., would you also arrive at the conclusion that coronavirus reduced those rates?

It's been fun playing. Have a glorious and bountiful Friday!

Mike

But we do have empirical data from the OHA. That's what I based my opinion on.

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Mike

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs reported 1 new case of coronavirus today, bringing their total to 24. Veterans were 20 of those cases and the remainder Roseburg VA employees. The VA reported a total of 219 cases in the state of Oregon with 11 deaths. 41 of those cases are Oregon VA employees.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 1 new coronavirus case today. The DCCRT has not said whether it is the same case reported today by the Roseburg VA. The county totals are now 180 cases and 3 deaths.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 3 coronavirus cases and received 689 test results over the past week. Dividing 3 cases by 689 test results gives a 7-day positive test rate of 0.4% for Douglas County. Contrary to what the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team’s claims, today is the FIRST day Douglas County’s positive test rate has been below 1%. Before today, Douglas County’s 7-day positive test rate was last below 1% on June 28.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 35 new cases today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 199 cases and 3 deaths over the past week, and have now reported an overall total of 2,320 cases and 16 deaths.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 261 new coronavirus cases and 2 more deaths today. Oregon had 32 coronavirus deaths over the past week. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon increased to 4.6%.

Buligajo

Mikey have all your numbers been rounded up to meet your agenda. Round up the deaths to 200 so you look better. What was said was factually correct and you knew that. Just had to twist it , so it looks better for you. Nobody is lying Mikey, it just the way the numbers are being shared and when they are received. I know that does not give you any ammo for your posts, so let’s blame everyone and have a CT.

Keepin it Real

Buligajo, you can’t argue with ignorance. Mikey has an agenda, although I’m not exactly sure what it is, but he’s super cranky about it. He’s mad about people OUTSIDE, on the river. I’m glad he wasn’t around when it was discovered that the world wasn’t flat after all. He would probably find a quote from the Greeks and Europeans from the 8th century about the world being flat, copy and paste the same thing repeatedly, arguing the world is flat because at one time, someone said so. That’s how ridiculous he is. Not to mention he must blame someone. Smh.

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Mike

COVID-19 struck Oregonians the hardest in August -- killing at least 124 people in the state, more than in any other month since the pandemic began.

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/09/oregons-covid-19-deaths-set-a-new-record-in-august.html

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority reported coronavirus cases for each Douglas County zip codes as of August 30 (below link). It appears the OHA report is inaccurate. Douglas County reported a total of 177 cases on August 30. The below zip codes only add up to 172 cases.

97417: 9

97435: 9

97457: 9

97462: 11

97467: 9

97469: 9

97470: 34

97471: 41

97479: 41

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Emerging%20Respitory%20Infections/COVID-19-Weekly-Report-2020-09-02-FINAL.pdf

Rise722

There needs to be a thorough explanation - are these people obese; do they have asthma; diabetes; cancer; heart problems....? The CDC has stated just recently that the number of deaths in the U.S. is about 9,000 - NOT the 180,000 that keeps getting thrown around. The larger figure has other related issues involved.

Mike

That's not what the CDC said. That's what Trump said the CDC said.

Jon Mitchell,

That 9,000 you're talking about are people who died of ONLY Covid-19, which amounts to around 6 to 7 percent of the people who have died. The other 171,000 had COVID-19 but had underlying conditions. So essentially, the CDC was clarifying what they've been saying all along. Essentially, many people who were fatalities because of the virus had other problems previously, and those other problems may or may not have been fatal. Adding the virus onto those problems proved fatal.

Mike

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 0 new coronavirus cases today. The county totals are 179 cases and 3 deaths. That is 150 cases and 3 deaths more than when our County Commissioners decided unilaterally to re-open Douglas County less than three months ago.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 6 coronavirus cases and received 621 test results over the past week. Dividing 6 cases by 621 test results gives a 7-day positive test rate of 1.0% 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 was last below 1% on June 28.

Roger

6 divided by 621 equals 0.966%

Mike

Which rounds up to??? The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team claims the county has been below 1%. They don't claim 1.000%. If they had, I would have shown more significant figures as you did.

Keepin it Real

Mikey, when you go to the store (with your mask on of course) and your purchase total is 28.92, do you just give them 30.00 and tell them to keep the change? You know, cause it rounds up to 30?

Mike

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 24% of all cases in Oregon today with 31 new coronavirus cases and Jackson County’s 3rd death. The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 195 cases and 3 deaths over the past week, and have now reported an overall total of 2,285 cases and 16 deaths.

The Oregon Health Authority reported a seventy-eight day low 129 new coronavirus cases today and 3 deaths. Oregon had 35 coronavirus deaths over the past week. Just in time for the next spike following Labor Day, today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon declined to a seventy-five day low of 4.4%.

The OHA reported 17.1% of 5,774 total ICU and non-ICU hospital beds are available statewide.

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