As Douglas County announced three new COVID-19 cases Monday, Gov. Kate Brown announced that Oregonians throughout the state will be required to wear face masks while in indoor public spaces beginning Wednesday.

As new cases mount in the state, Brown announced Monday she is expanding a face mask requirement that has been in effect for eight counties since last Wednesday.

The new requirements are scheduled to go into effect Wednesday. Residents of all counties in the state will be required to wear facial protection at grocery stores, shopping centers, and restaurants and bars while not eating or drinking.

“From the beginning of the reopening process, I have said that reopening comes with the risk of seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases beyond our health systems’ capacity to test, trace, and isolate them,” Brown said in a press release from her office Monday. “Over the last month, we have seen the disease spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties. The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend is a critical point for Oregon in this pandemic, and we can all make a difference.”

Brown said modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows if people in the state don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, hospitals could be overwhelmed by new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within weeks.

Brown said the new statewide face mask mandate, along with existing COVID-19 guidelines, are aimed to avoid a worst-case scenario.

“I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing. If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public,” Brown said.

Local businesses and residents are already preparing for the new regulations set to begin Wednesday.

Linda Hellenthal learned about the face mask requirement on her way to JOANN Fabrics and Crafts in Roseburg. She decided to wear a mask inside the store Monday — with some reservations.

“I don’t want to impair anyone else, I’ll go along with it,” Hellenthal said. “But I think it’s too much government, and kind of a pain in the neck, especially in July.”

Sam Gross, owner of Loggers Tap House, isn’t worried about a significant effect on his business.

“I don’t see the governor’s new mask requirements affecting my business or the restaurant industry in general,” Gross said.

“I haven’t seen the details yet, but I’m sure that my customers will be allowed to remove their masks to eat, drink and be merry.”

Don Leber, vice president of advertising and marketing for Bi-Mart, said their stores are in good shape to comply with the orders.

“We’ve done it in other stores, we started last week in the Oregon stores, we’re doing it in all of our Washington stores, so it’s become kind of the situation over the last week to 10 days and it’s gotten more serious as the number of COVID-19 cases has gone up,” Leber said.

Douglas County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer said getting COVID-19 under control will depend on how well people follow existing guidelines.

“I think it will last until we get this back under control. We had it under control for a while and when we opened up, things are now a bit out of control, so we really have to get it back under control,” he said.

The total number of confirmed positive cases in Douglas County is now 40, with one person still hospitalized.

Dannenhoffer, said the latest cases appear to have come from other recent cases.

“The cases are related to previous clusters that we were looking at, all from out of state places,” Dannenhoffer said. “Except for the one fellow that’s been in the hospital for a long time, all of the other cases are either asymptomatic or mild.”

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

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Mike

I just came from Fred Meyer. About half of the shoppers weren't wearing masks. This includes the ones who had their masks in their hand, under their chin or hanging out of their pockets.

If coronavirus takes off in Douglas County like it has in nearby counties, it will be the fault of these selfish shoppers who forced the governor to order all of the businesses closed again and people with families again going unemployed. I wonder how happy those rebels will be when they realize it was their selfish acts of defiance that ended up hurting everyone.

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority reported that Douglas County had 1 more new coronavirus case today, bringing the total to 45. The Douglas County Public Health Network also reported 45 new cases today after changing its reporting back to the criteria recommended by OHA and CDC to include presumptive cases in total cases reported.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 342 new coronavirus cases in Oregon today. This is the second highest number of new cases ever reported and the second day in a row OHA has reported over 300 new cases.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 32 new coronavirus cases today and 156 new cases over the past seven days. Those 156 new cases are a new weekly record.

While OHA reported receiving test results from 4,095 people in Oregon today and 7,683 yesterday, OHA also reported Douglas County received a meager 62 test results today and 58 yesterday.

The U.S. reported over 57,000 new coronavirus cases yesterday, which is a new record. The U.S. is currently on pace to break that record with 11 states (for the first time) already reporting over 1,000 new cases so far today. Today is the eleventh day in a row that the U.S. has already reported over 40,000 new coronavirus cases.

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority reported today that Douglas County had 1 new coronavirus case, bringing the total to 44. This is contrary to Douglas County Public Health Network's website that indicates Douglas County’s has 43 total cases today with zero test results.

While DPHN claims Douglas County had zero new cases, the six counties surrounding Douglas County reported a record high 38 new coronavirus cases today. The 144 new cases over the past seven days for those six counties is also a new weekly record. Could the high case counts in these other six counties be because those counties actually test their residents?

The Oregon Health Authority reported a record high 363 new coronavirus cases in Oregon today and 1 death. This is a 31% increase over the previous record for cases. OHA also reported receiving a record high 7,683 coronavirus test results today. This is the second day in a row OHA has reported a record number of test results. Contrast that to DPHN’s website which reported receiving zero test results today.

The U.S. reported over 51,000 new coronavirus cases yesterday, which is a new record. The U.S. is currently on pace to break that record with 10 states (for the first time) already reporting over 1,000 new cases so far today. Yesterday was the ninth day in a row that the U.S. reported over 40,000 coronavirus cases.

Mike

I forgot to mention the six counties surrounding Douglas County, besides having record numbers of new cases, also experienced another death, a 73-year-old woman in Klamath County who tested positive on June 20 and died on June 30.

I also forgot to mention OHA reported 9 new coronavirus cases in Douglas County over the past week, which is 1 short of a new record.

Mike

Went to the doctors office this morning. Office staff all wearing masks. Less than half of the patients had masks.

Mike

Sheriff’s deputies in the Southern California city of West Hollywood will issue citations to people who don’t wear masks in public, ramping up enforcement of a rule largely without penalties. The West Hollywood station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says the increased enforcement would begin this month. The non-criminal citations come with a fine of $250 for a first offense. Is there a reason why Roseburg City Councilors and Douglas County Commissioners couldn't instruct our police and Sheriff's to do likewise?

Mike

An Oregon State Trooper is on paid administrative leave after an employee of a coffee shop complained he didn’t wear a mask when entering the establishment. It’s required under a statewide order by the governor to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the assistant manager Allan’s Coffee & Tea in Corvallis said the trooper on Wednesday told him Gov. Kate Brown had no authority to take away civil liberties and uttered a vulgarity directed toward the governor. State police spokesman Capt. Timothy Fox said the trooper has been placed on leave and an internal investigation has begun.

Mike

Coronavirus infections rising fastest among kids younger than 10, dimming prospects for Oregon’s school reopening plans.

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/coronavirus-infections-rising-fastest-among-kids-younger-than-10-dimming-prospects-for-oregons-school-reopening-plans.html

Mike

Oregon Governor Brown issues ultimatum: Wear masks and slow coronavirus, or businesses may close and schools might not reopen .

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/oregon-governor-issues-ultimatum-wear-masks-and-slow-coronavirus-or-businesses-may-close-and-schools-might-not-reopen.html

On May 6, Douglas County Sheriff Hanlin said his Sheriff’s office would not enforce the governor’s executive orders against businesses that choose to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. While clarifying the he was NOT suggesting the governor’s orders were unconstitutional, Sheriff Hanlin was quoted saying, “I will always defend the rights of the citizens and I will always stand against a tyrannical government,” suggesting the governor’s shutdown orders are those of a tyrant.

http://www.nrtoday.com/news/health/coronavirus/hanlin-sheriffs-office-to-educate-not-enforce-governors-orders-closing-businesses/article_c163d5e6-b2f9-5b37-af46-9f9179d3b2a6.html

If coronavirus case numbers continue to spiral out of control forcing the governor to shut down businesses, will the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department continue to remain on the sidelines?

Mike

Another new coronavirus case was reported today in Douglas County, bringing the total to 43. Douglas County has now had 8 coronavirus cases over the past week.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported a record high 24 new coronavirus cases today. The 126 new cases over the past seven days is also a new weekly record.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 275 new coronavirus cases today and 1 death. OHA has now reported over 100 new cases for the past 21 days.

The U.S. reported over 2.75 million coronavirus cases and over 130,000 deaths today and it is already the eighth day in a row that the U.S. has reported over 40,000 coronavirus cases.

Mike

The Douglas County Public Health Network just released a “Talking Points” update that says, “COVID‐19 cases are surging throughout Oregon since the state began its phased reopening.”

What the “Talking Points” fails to mention is our Douglas County Commissioners’ proudly published claim to be the first county to apply for each phase of that same reopening. It also fails to mention Commissioner Boice’s facebook offer of assistance to Casey’s Restaurant to open illegally in defiance of the governor’s order.

Our commissioners didn’t gauge whether Douglas County communities were adopting social distancing guidelines and wearing facemasks before plunging into the phased reopening. There was no discussion. Our Commissioners never even bothered to put it on the agenda to discuss at a Board of Commissioners’ Meeting. Instead, our County Commissioners unanimously and autocratically made a potentially life or death decision for all Douglas County residents without seeking our input. And now the DPHN is saying we are seeing “cases surging” because of that autocratic decision by our Commissioners to be the first county in Oregon to apply for phased re-openings.

The public is notified and allowed to comment on the record when new cell phone tower is installed in the county. Yet when deciding to reopen Douglas County, a decision that could impact everyone’s life in Douglas County, the public was not given the opportunity by our Commissioners to speak on the record. The Commissioners autocratically plunged ahead while urging people to defy the Governor’s orders.

And now DPHN is pointing to the Commissioner promoted phased reopening as the cause for “cases surging.” The Commissioners can't pin this decision on the Governor. This was all theirs. I hope voters remember.

http://douglaspublichealthnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2020_07_01-Novel-Coronavirus-Master-Talking-Points_FINAL.pdf

Mike

Pandemic's death toll in U.S. underestimated by 35%. A study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth and Yale universities and published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said there were 87,000 more deaths than expected in the U.S. from March 1 to April 25, based on the average from the previous five years. 65% of those deaths were directly attributed to COVID-19, suggesting 35% were linked to the pandemic but not ruled as the main cause. The report noted that deaths increased markedly in the states hardest-hit by coronavirus in March and April.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2768086?guestAccessKey=4ac471b2-bea0-4292-8625-f99d49a9eb08&utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_content=tfl&utm_term=070120

Mike

The U.S. has so far reported over 51,000 new cases today, far surpassing the previous one day record of 47,365 cases on June 26. And not a word out of our President about federal government assistance.

Mike

After a record breaking 5,711 test results yesterday reported by the OHA, Oregon now surges to third from last place in testing in the U.S., having now tested 5.76% of its residents, narrowly beating out Colorado and last placed Idaho which have tested 5.73% and 5.29% of their residents respectively. Do you get a ribbon for third from last place?

Momos

Just the fact this directive came from a woman and a Democrat is enough to make stupid people throw a tantrum. You obviously don't care if it will save lives. "But, science is so HARD, wah, wah." Stomps feet. Stop wearing your ignorance like some badge of honor. Your childish defiance is killing people.

CitizenJoe

Idiocracy: we appear to be there. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/30/welcome-united-states-idiocracy/

Mike

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases testified before Congress today saying, "We're now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day (over 46,000 today). I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around and so I'm very concerned.”

With America's coronavirus death toll climbing to over 130,000, the European Union lifted travel restrictions for 15 countries but not the U.S. "The way in which the current American administration has dealt with the virus, I don't think it would be responsible for any European leader to basically let Americans in at the moment," former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told NBC News.

Vice President Mike Pence, who was harshly criticized for not wearing a mask during meetings and photo ops, has also started wearing one while out in public. So has Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We must have no stigma –- none –- about wearing masks when we leave our homes and come near other people,” the Kentucky Republican said on Monday. “Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves. It is about protecting everyone we encounter.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-becoming-further-isolated-by-covid-19-crisis/ar-BB16aco8?li=BBnb7Kz

Mike

Big question for our Sheriff and Police Chiefs. Are you going to help keep businesses open and people working by enforcing the governor's unconstitutional face mask order, or are you going to force the governor to shut businesses down again?

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority reported 2 new coronavirus cases today in Douglas County, bringing Douglas County’s total cases to 42. This is two more cases than is reported by the Douglas County Public Health Network which three days ago stopped following OHA and CDC guidelines for reporting coronavirus cases. More on that later.

Douglas County has now had 8 coronavirus cases over the past week. This is the highest weekly number of coronavirus cases in Douglas County since April 19.

DPHN received 47 test results today and the day before it received 52. According to the OHA, Douglas County has tested 4.45% of its residents for coronavirus which now makes it the 8th lowest county in Oregon for testing. And keep in mind, Oregon has tested the 2nd lowest percentage of its residents in the entire U.S. Only Idaho has tested less than Oregon.

It has now been over 100 days since DPHN began testing people for coronavirus. Its mind boggling that it took 100 days to test less than 4.5% of Douglas County residents. This woeful testing probably means unidentified coronavirus cases are probably walking among us infecting others.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 16 new coronavirus cases today and 107 over the past seven days which is another new weekly record.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 171 new coronavirus cases today and 3 deaths. The OHA has now reported over 100 new cases for the past 20 consecutive days. Prior to this, Oregon’s highest number of new cases reported in one day was 100 on April 4, nearly 3 months ago.

No new cases were reported by the Roseburg VA today. Nationwide, the VA reported 425 new coronavirus cases and 25 more deaths today.

whizbang

EVERYONE should submit to testing. Those who resist should be forcibly hauled in, strapped to a table, and have a swab repeatedly stabbed into their sinuses. As an alternative maybe those who're fearful, elderly, or have compromised immune systems could just isolate themselves.

DanB1967

This is all a progressive, socialist Democrat take over our nation. Nanny State Kate nor any governer for that matter has ZERO authority to make. mandates like this at all. I for one will not be wearing a mask and urge everyone to stop being 🐑 and stand up for you rights and liberty.

Mike

Dan Bain is listed as the NRToday health reporter and the author of this article. Are you Dan Bain? If so, I now understand from your comment why your articles have been so biased. If not, why would you select a name so similar to Mr. Bain's?

GetItRight

Yup, your an idiot like the guy who traveled to Montana.... Have you actually studied what the other countries are doing? Australia/NZ are definitely influenced by USA politics. I'm sure you served your country to gain your rights versus just being born and paying taxes. Let us know your name so we'll know who not to treat when you come into the clinic or hospital gasping for air and potentially contaminating the other healthcare workers... Oh, sign a DNR while your protesting without your mask.

valoajo1

I for one am 100% support what you are saying. Thank you.

melrosereader

Grow up.

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