Just four new COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday by the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team.
No new deaths were reported Tuesday.
Currently, nine county residents are hospitalized with the illness, seven locally and two out of the area.
The Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 122 people who have the disease and are in isolation. It’s supporting another 267 people who’ve had close contact with an infected person and are quarantining.
Health care workers and nursing home residents and staff are included in the first priority group to be vaccinated, called 1a, but there aren’t enough vaccines available yet to cover that need.
Once all the health care workers and nursing home residents and staff in group 1a are vaccinated, the vaccines will next be available to the group called 1b.
At a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Kate Brown announced the essential workers included in group 1b will include teachers and school staff as well as child care providers and early learning educators. It’s also expected to include people over 75.
The state is creating an advisory panel to determine who will be included in the 1b group.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,282 new cases and 35 new deaths Tuesday.
The Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday that 7,203 people at hospitals and long-term care facilities have so far received vaccines for COVID-19.
Through Sunday, the state had received 35,100 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with more scheduled to arrive this week.
The state also received its first Moderna vaccines Monday and expects to receive more by next week. It is not expecting to receive as many doses of either vaccine next week as originally promised by the federal government.
The Moderna vaccine is a bit easier to handle since, unlike the Pfizer vaccine, it can be thawed and kept in a refrigerator for up to a month.