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Locally reported COVID-19 cases are slowing down, with just 18 newly reported cases since Thursday, bringing the county total to 1,353.

On Saturday, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported seven new positive test results. The day before, there were 10 positive tests and one presumptive positive test.

Statewide there were no deaths reported on Saturday, leaving the state total at 1,422. In Douglas County, 37 people have died as a result of the virus.

“You always have to be cautious about cases during holiday weeks,” Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer said during a fireside Christmas day chat on Friday via the public health network’s Facebook page.

“During holiday weeks sometimes people don’t get tested, sometimes public health is closed down and so we don’t get the reports as we might, and sometimes things just happen during this time and we may not be able to tell what’s going on.”

Dannenhoffer did acknowledge cases are rising at a slower rate worldwide in the last few weeks.

“When you look at the U.S., the number of cases is down this week and I hope that’s real,” he said. “I hope that’s just not an anomaly related to a holiday. Remember back during Thanksgiving there as a drop in numbers during the Thanksgiving weekend and the hope was that it was a real drop, but it turned out that rather than being a real drop it was just an anomaly due to the holiday. But we can always hope.”

As of Saturday, there were 10 Douglas County residents hospitalized with the coronavirus, eight locally and two out of the area.

Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 425 people who are either in isolation or quarantine. There are currently 145 people in isolation, which are people with confirmed or presumptive COVID-19.

This week county officials have asked members of the public to focus on mental health.

“This time of year is typically difficult on many individuals who already suffer from mental illness, anxiety and depression,” Saturday’s update said. “It is also difficult for many that are alone, having to quarantine or isolate themselves or those in care facilities that have stopped or limited visitation from loved ones. And, there is extra stress on caregivers that are also being asked to take on more duties or work extra shifts, due to the rise in case counts and the increasing number of people who need mental health or addiction services. We encourage everyone to find time to take care of yourselves.”

Dannenhoffer did say the two mutant strains of the virus, one reported in the United Kingdom the other in South Africa, are concerning.

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Mike

3 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release by the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. Due to a lab processing error, 20 cases attributed to Douglas County last week have been removed from the total. Those cases and two other cases of people who didn’t live in Douglas County have been removed, giving Douglas County a cumulative total of 1344 cases and 37 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 136 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 121.2 today for Douglas County, which is less than the case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to reopen.

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 136 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,722 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 136 cases by 3,722 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 3.7% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 89 new coronavirus cases and 6 deaths today. Two deaths were in Jackson County and four deaths were in Lane County. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,175 cases and 21 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 820 new coronavirus cases and 6 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 5.4% today.

The Oregon Health Authority tracks hospital statistics for seven different regions in Oregon. Region 3 consists of Douglas, Coos, Curry and Lane Counties. The OHA reported 12 ICU beds and 127 non-ICU beds are available in Region 3 today. 49 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 7 of them are in ICU. There were 38 new coronavirus cases reported in Region 3 today.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/Oregon-reports-865-new-confirmed-and-presumptive-COVID-19-cases-6-new-deaths.aspx

Mike

With the impending Government shutdown because President Trump refuses to sign any of the bills put before him, it appears to have halted Operation Warp Speed in its tracks. A shutdown would halt planned government shipments of vaccine to U.S. states as well as planned additional purchases of vaccine from Moderna and Pfizer. Meanwhile, thousands die daily as Trump plays golf.

Mike

Trump signed both bills today after shooting a low round of golf needing only 18 mulligans.

NJ

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Mike

A day on the golf course helped change Trump’s mind on the stimulus bill.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/a-day-on-the-golf-course-helped-change-trumps-mind-on-the-stimulus-bill/ar-BB1ciPff?li=BBnb7Kz

Mike

10 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release by the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force out of 106 test results received by the Oregon Health Authority, bringing Douglas County totals to 1,363 cases and 37 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 162 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 144.3 today for Douglas County, which is less than the case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to reopen.

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 162 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,928 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 162 cases by 3,928 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 4.1% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 273 new coronavirus cases and 2 deaths in Jackson County today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,220 cases and 19 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,399 new coronavirus cases and 5 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 5.1% today.

https://www.oregon.gov/OHA/ERD/Pages/Oregon-reports-1416-new-confirmed-and-presumptive-COVID-19-cases-5-new-deaths.aspx

CitizenJoe

We'll have a better idea about where we actually are today, about ten days from now. Testing in the U.S. had peaked at over 2.2 million tests/day, and then went down to 1.3 million, currently averaging under 1.8 million tests/day. The lag time in receiving results increases our ignorance, and the lag time between exposure to disease to diagnosis to hospitalization to death means that we are always looking back to see where we really were, not where we really are at this moment. (The rest of life is like that, too, of course, but the lag time is usually shorter.)

https://covidtracking.com/data/charts

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