Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team announced four new people with positive test results on Friday, for a total of 79 confirmed and presumptive cases since the coronavirus pandemic started. There are now 24 people in isolation, but no patients are hospitalized.

There has been one death — a county resident who died at a medical facility in Texas.

There have been 6,290 negative tests in the county and another drive-thru test is set for today in Reedsport.

After a record high of 434 new COVID-19 cases in Oregon Thursday, the state added 307 cases Friday, raising the state’s total to 13,802.

There were five new deaths in the state raising the total to 254. One of the deaths was a 35-year-old woman from Multnomah County. All the others were over 70 years old and four of the five had underlying health conditions.

Multnomah County, the most populated county, again led the state with 88 new cases bringing its total to 3,285 positive cases.

Umatilla County’s surge of cases continued with another 38 cases Thursday to run its total to 1,227 with nine deaths that have been COVID-related.

If you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.

Patients without a primary care provider who want to get tested for COVID-19 may contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at 541-459-3788.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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Mike

The Douglas County Public Health Network reported 3 new coronavirus cases today and a record 22 new cases over the past week. Douglas County now has 86 total cases.

Douglas County had 29 coronavirus cases 100 days after diagnosing its first case. In contrast, Douglas County has 57 cases (197% increase) over the past 32 days. The difference is our County Commissioners blindly re-opened Douglas County with zero county precautions after repeatedly down-playing the seriousness of the disease.

Positive test rate is an indicator of whether coronavirus cases are increasing or decreasing in a community and is defined as the percentage of total tests that are positive. 32 days ago, Douglas County’s positive test rate was zero. Since then, Douglas County’s 7-day rolling average positive test rate has increased steadily to where it is today at 3.40%, also a new record.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported a record breaking 36 new coronavirus cases today and a record 203 cases over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported a record 430 new coronavirus cases today and 3 deaths in Oregon.

The below link provides graphical views of Oregon’s statistics.

https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/

Mike

Correction: Today's 36 is not a new record number of cases for the six counties surrounding Douglas County. The record of 56 was set yesterday.

melrosereader

The anti-mask movement has nothing to do with constitutional rights. The anti-mask crusade is about childish selfishness and nothing else.

The solution? Grow up!

mworden

Covid cases remained steady at 29 untiI 12 days after the county opened up, then a sudden increase happened. That's about how iong the incubation period for covid Iasts. Then came Independence Day with its many ceIebrations, barbecues and famiIy gatherings. Days pass and then there's another rise in case numbers. Not onIy here, but statewide and nationwide. In many ruraI, conservative areas of the nation peopIe seem to be viewing covid as an issue of individuaI rights, rather than as a pubIic heaIth crisis. I've heard many peopie here discuss mandates to stay home, avoid Iarge gatherings, avoid traveI and wearing face coverings as a vioiation of their civiI rights. Some even caII covid a hoax and cIaim we don't have it here as they head out for a sociaI gathering. Some of our own ieaders have enthusiasticaIIy encouraged businesses to open unsafeIy and peopie to go about their normaI Iives as if covid is not reaI. For that reason, I don't biame county residents for going out in pubIic with bare faces, having parties and big gatherings, for traveIing and weIcoming visitors. They're doing what they beIieve is their god-given right to do. And the number of cases goes up. Covid is not the same as the fIu. Most peopIe recover from the fIu with no iasting damage to their bodies. Covid is causing damage to the heart and neuroIogicaI systems. Patients may never fuIIy regain their heaIth. So even if we don't have peopIe dying right and Ieft, we may end up with dozens of disabIed peopIe who never fuIIy return to normaI heaIth. We need Ieadership. We need Ieaders who wiII stand on the courthouse steps wearing face coverings, who wiII say, c'mon DougIas County, this is a reaI heaIth crisis and we can fight it together. We need this newspaper, which has a Iong and honorabIe history, to urge our independent-minded citizens to show consideration for the safety of others by foIIowing the simpIe ruIes of sociaI distancing and face coverings. I've Iived in DougIas County most of my Iife and the peopIe are strong, smart and wiIIing to heIp their neighbors. This is the first time in 50 years that I've ever seen Iarge numbers of DougIas County citizens show disregard and disrespect for the heaIth and safety of others. We are suffering from a gIitch in in our usuaIIy strong community compassion. Covid is here. I hope our Ieaders wiII have the courage and compassion to set a positive exampIe through their own behavior so that as a community we can beat this viraI beast.

melrosereader

mworden. nice comment. calm. straightforward. apolitical.

Mike

The vast majority of my Oregon friends claim coronavirus is a bunch of BS. They haven’t changed their minds since the beginning. They laugh and text me their coronavirus jokes. They cite numerous conspiracy theories. They don’t wear masks. They call me a wimp for refusing to get together for social events.

The majority of my family in Minnesota is no different. They are planning the summer family reunion as if nothing is happening and call me a wimp for not attending.

I feel like most of my family and friends are sheep, believing their civic leaders who have an agenda to grind while distrusting the advice of public health leaders who have spent their entire lives preparing for an event such as this. American individualism has been replaced by partisan herd mentality. It makes me sad.

TJ

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TJ

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Rise722

It seems this is coming in from somewhere else...whether it's people traveling out of state and coming back in, or others passing through....

Mike

Highly likely considering Douglas County is in the middle of tourist season and all businesses are open. And Oregon doesn't have 14-day quarantine requirements for visitors like many of the east coast states.

Mike

The Douglas County Public Health Network reported 4 new coronavirus cases today and a record setting 20 new cases over the past week.

Douglas County had 29 coronavirus cases 100 days after diagnosing its first case. In contrast, Douglas County has 54 cases (186% increase) over the past 31 days. The difference is our County Commissioners blindly re-opened Douglas County with zero county precautions after repeatedly down-playing the seriousness of the disease.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported a record breaking 55 new coronavirus cases today and 181 cases over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 347 new coronavirus cases today and 3 deaths in Oregon.

The below link provides graphical views of Oregon’s statistics.

https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/

Mike

16% of Oregon's new coronavirus cases today occurred in the six counties surrounding Douglas County. It's no longer just a Portland thing.

CitizenJoe

The latest from Arizona: “If that means cremating 24/7, we can.” So, really, nothing to worry about.

melrosereader

This. Is. Insane.

Mike

Our County Commissioners and County Public Health Officer refuse to provide information about coronavirus cases in Douglas County, claiming they are protecting the privacy of the patients/victims. Meanwhile, I am able to find patient/victim information from news medias outside of Douglas County. Our Commissioners and Dr. Dannenhoffer are often quoted in interviews by radio stations and newspapers from Eugene or other cities providing information they choose not to post on their website or publish in the News-Review. The following are examples:

While speaking with Eugene KEZI radio station about the recent workplace outbreak at Romtec, Douglas County Public Health Officer Dr. Dannenhoffer was quoted saying, “We are not clear about the initial source of infection.”

https://www.kezi.com/content/news/Small-Douglas-County-manufacturing-company-recovers-from-COVID-19-outbreak--571796861.html

According to the Oregon Health Authority, Romtec was the source of 6 new coronavirus cases in Douglas County over the past week. Meanwhile, Dr. Dannenhoffer and our County Commissioners have been quoted numerous times in the media over the past week untruthfully stating the source of new coronavirus cases in Douglas County has been from county residents traveling outside the county. Not once was it mentioned on the County’s website or daily update emails that the source of 6 recent coronavirus cases at Romtec was unknown. I had to go to a Eugene radio station to find that out.

Another example is our Commissioners sent out a flash email message notifying Douglas County residents a Douglas County resident had died from Coronavirus while in Texas. No other information was provided they said, to protect the privacy of the victim. Meanwhile, the Oregon Health Authority and Klamath County Public Health website reported, “Oregon’s 247th death was a 61-year-old woman in Douglas County who tested positive June 28 and died July 12, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Texas."

http://klamathcounty.org/1055/COVID-19-chronology

Why must everything be SO SECRET in Douglas County?

TJ

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Mike

After I posted my above comment, the News-Review changed a July 16 article and its headline to make it appear as if they had provided all along the information about the death of the 61-year-old woman in Douglas County.

Mike

Not mentioned in the article is Douglas County has had 19 new cases over the past week which is a new record and 40 new cases since Douglas County Commissioners decided to re-open Douglas County without allowing the public to voice their opinion on the record.

Douglas County’s 7-day rolling average positive test rate has increased to 3.19%, another new record for the county.

Douglas County received only 40 test results yesterday, the lowest number in ten days, just when Douglas County is experiencing record breaking increases in new coronavirus cases.

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