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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported nine new cases Monday and 21 new cases Sunday in Douglas County.

According to data released by the state health and state education department, there were 188.86 cases per 100,000 people in Douglas County during the last two-week period. During that same time frame, 5.46% of people tested were positive for COVID-19 in Douglas County.

The state advised school districts to start a transition to distance learning when there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 people. When there are more than 200 cases per 100,000 people the state advises initiating distance learning. The case numbers for Douglas County increased for the second consecutive week.

All Douglas County schools have announced plans to offer on-site classes by the end of the month.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 939 new cases and 10 new deaths Monday. It reported 1,225 new cases and two new deaths Sunday.

As of Monday, 104,595 vaccinations had been given to Oregonians.

More than twice that many, 270,800 vaccines, had been delivered to sites across Oregon.

Those vaccines were given to hospital workers, nursing home residents and staff, emergency medical service agencies and other health care workers.

Oregon has still not made it through the approximately 300,000 people in group 1a who may want vaccines.

Once that group is complete, the next phase is expected to offer vaccines to front line workers with lots of public contact, including teachers, and people 75 or older.

In Douglas County, eight people are hospitalized with COVID-19, five locally and three out of the area.

The Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 172 people with the disease who are in isolation, and another 204 people who have been in contact with someone with the disease and are in quarantine.

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Mike

Oregon expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to people 65 and older beginning Jan. 23

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/oregon-expanding-covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-to-people-65-and-older-beginning-jan-23/ar-BB1cHtaD

OregonHusker

*counted.

OregonHusker

I stopped into Sherm's tonight for milk, eggs and cereal. I skipped the meat section and went straight to the cereal section. I couldn't 11 people without masks. I haven't seen it that bad since the beginning of the pandemic. Looks like people are relenting or backing the "tyranny" train. So much for the sheriff's education campaign.

Cjb

Are these postings being heeded by the covid response team? Response team doesn't seem to be changing--roll out barely moving. Does this reflect that people in this county take the virus less serioudly than people in other counties? Can we get a vaccine in another county that's vaccinating faster if we don't live there?

OregonHusker

We're getting 500 more doses this week. Lane County is only getting 100 and they are very upset. Last week, Marion County put 10,000 shots in arms. The roll out isn't consistent or even compentent.

Mike

All good questions. Unfortunately, I don't know where you can turn to get answers. Normally, a person would get answers to those valid questions from their local county health agency. Our Douglas County local health agency is the Douglas County Public Health Network overseen by our County Commissioners. DPHN's website clearly states (below link) if you have questions regarding the vaccine, " We ask that you not call us, but instead contact CDC or OHA." If you call the OHA or CDC, they will tell you to speak with DPHN. I know. I tried. If you give it a try, let us know if you have a better result.

What seems weird is you can call DPHN if you have a business related question. But if you have a question regarding the coronavirus vaccine, we are on our own.

Maybe someone else has more information they can give you to help answer your questions.

http://douglaspublichealthnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/1-06-2021-DCCRT-DAILY-UPDATE-COVID-19.pdf

Mike

A mere 51 people were vaccinated in Douglas County yesterday. Meanwhile, 21 more people were diagnosed with coronavirus since yesterday. All while literally thousands of vaccine doses sit on Mercy Medical Center shelves collecting dust while more people are being infected every day. And our County Commissioners offer zero vaccine assistance. Could that be because the Commissioners and their families have already been vaccinated?

Douglas County has vaccinated 1.3% of its residents. That is fewer residents than just about every county in Oregon. Only 3 Oregon counties have vaccinated fewer residents than Douglas County. Harney County has vaccinated 7.5% of residents. Below is the percentage of residents vaccinated in each of the 6 counties surrounding Douglas County.

Klamath County – 2.8%

Coos County – 2.3%

Curry County – 2.3%

Lane County – 2.1%

Jackson County – 1.8%

Douglas County – 1.3%

Josephine County – 1.1%

All of this information is provided by the Oregon Health Authority on their vaccine dashboard. Unfortunately, the News-Review spam filter will not let me publish the link. However, you can get to it by going to the below link and scrolling down one half page and click on “Vaccination Trends.” Compare how poorly Douglas County is doing compared to the other counties around it.

https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

Mike

21 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,596 cases and 42 deaths.

110 cases were reported in Douglas County over the last 6 days. 242 cases were reported over the last 2 weeks. Our County Commissioners responded today by saying, “Despite a recent surge in local cases…Douglas County will remain in our current State mandated risk level, which currently provides an opportunity for ALL of our local businesses to be OPEN.” While acknowledging the coronavirus surge, our County Commissioners choose to do NOTHING to stop its increase. On top of that, they continue to ignore the fact the vaccine roll-out in Douglas County is one of the lowest in Oregon.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 242 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 215.6 today for Douglas County, which is GREATER than the maximum case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to reopen.

Mike

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 2 new coronavirus case since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 174 cases and 5 deaths.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 267 new coronavirus cases today and 10 deaths. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,731 cases and 31 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,173 new coronavirus cases and A RECORD 54 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 7.2% today.

Mike

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 242 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 2,850 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 242 cases by 2,850 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 8.5% today.

Mike

Only 1 person was vaccinated in Douglas County Sunday. Let that sink in. Douglas County had 21 new coronavirus cases Sunday. Yet, only one person was vaccinated that day. Douglas County had 8 coronavirus DEATHS since 1,595 doses of vaccine arrived at Douglas County hospitals almost a month ago. Yet, only one person was vaccinated Sunday.

Douglas County has vaccinated fewer of its residents than just about every county in Oregon. Only 3 Oregon counties have vaccinated fewer residents than Douglas County. Below is the percentage of residents vaccinated in each of the 6 counties surrounding Douglas County.

Klamath County – 2.6%

Coos County – 2.3%

Curry County – 2.2%

Lane County – 1.9%

Jackson County – 1.7%

Douglas County – 1.2%

Josephine County – 0.9%

Harney County has vaccinated over 7% of its residents. All of this information is provided by the Oregon Health Authority on their vaccine dashboard. Unfortunately, the News-Review spam filter will not let me publish the link. However, you can get to it by going to the below link and scrolling down one half page to “Vaccination Data Dashboard.” Compare how poorly Douglas County is doing compared to the other counties around it.

https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

CitizenJoe

That just can't be right. If it is, it may mean that nine or ten other doses were wasted.

Mike

Look at it this way. IF the vaccine roll-out was going good in Douglas County, our County Commissioners would be posting that information on their web site. They would be telling everyone what great leaders they were as they patted their selves on their collective backsides. The FACT that our County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force website provides zero information on vaccinations and tells residents "don't contact us" provides some validation.

Mike

You may be on to something here. According to today's OHA update, 1,385 people have been vaccinated in Douglas County with 20 of them having been fully vaccinated by receiving 20 doses. That's a total of 1,405 shots have been put in people's arms. Yet, if you add up the number of "Doses Administered by Day," it comes to a total of 1,425 doses which is 20 more doses than went into people's arms. Is it possible those 20 doses were wasted?

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