There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Douglas County between noon Friday and noon Saturday, according to the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team.

"The good news is that today we see the first reprieve in case increases since September 23, 2020," the daily update said. "But, this does not mean it is time to let your guard down."

Douglas County has a total of 252 coronavirus cases, with 227 positive tests and 25 presumed positive. During the 24 hour period there was an increase of 120 negative test results, bringing that total to 13,393.

As of Saturday, 29 people were in isolation. Thee people are hospitalized, two locally and one out of the area.

The statewide total of COVID-19 cases rose by 360 to 34,511 and eight new deaths were reported; four people from Multnomah County, one from Umatilla County, one from Marion County, one from Lane County and one from Washington County. 

Douglas County residents are encouraged to be cautious about traveling or inviting people from outside the county. 

People with questions regarding COVID-19 or the recent wildfires can call the Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline at 541-464-6550 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.

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Mike

Every state in the U.S. had at least 26 new coronavirus cases today. Today is the first time that has happened. All but 13 states reported at least 1 death.

Mike

The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported Douglas County had 3 MORE new coronavirus cases today, bringing its total to 259 cases and 4 deaths, 7 more cases than it reported just two days ago. This begs the question are all of these cases being generated throughout the county or is there another workplace or hospital outbreak going on we won’t find out about until two or three weeks from now.

The County Commissioners have reported 22 coronavirus cases and received 602 test results in Douglas County over the past week. Dividing 22 cases by 602 test results gives Douglas County a 7-day positive test rate of 3.7% today. Contrary what our County Commissioners previously announced, Douglas County has NEVER met the required county school metric maximum 7-day positive test rate of 1% for 3-weeks.

Mike

The six counties surrounding Douglas County again reported 62 new coronavirus cases today and a RECORD 472 cases and 4 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 279 new coronavirus cases today in Oregon. Over 15% of Oregon’s today test results were positive. The 7-day positive test rate for Oregon increased to 6.1% today which is above the state school metric maximum of 5%.

Mike

I'm Here to Fact-check,

My above comment can be considered facts. There's a difference between an opinion and a fact. In my opinion, if you have "Fact-Check" in your name, you may want to understand the difference. Facts are provable, opinions are not. You, not liking my comments may be considered a fact to you, and it is provable from all the disparaging comments you have made about me. However, it is not considered a fact shared by everyone.

Another example; I have stated in the past that I believe (opinion) the political actions and inaction of our County Commissioners contributed to the coronavirus deaths of 4 people in Douglas County and probably many more to come. Some people accuse me of saying the Commissioners killed those 4 people, which is untrue.

What I said is no different than if I said the same thing about President Trump. There are numerous studies I can point to indicating over 100,000 people would be alive today if President Trump had taken bolder action against coronavirus. Because President trump didn't take action doesn't mean he killed those 100,000 people. No more than gun manufactures kill people. But, "in my opinion," President Trump sure as heck contributed to their death. I believe (opinion) President Trump contributed to the deaths of over 100,000 people, but I can't prove it via facts.

GhostofTMcCall

Mike -- you are very clever, I will give you that. However, you can go through every press release from the Commissioner's office and count all the times they told the public to wear masks, follow social distancing practices, avoid unnecessary travel -- and you will find very consistent messaging for the last six months --- which is VERY different than what has come out of the White House. To conflate the President with our locally elected Commissioners is, in my humble opinion, wrong and misguided. Drawing a line from the actions of the Board to the deaths of local members of the community, again in my humble opinion, is beyond the pale and appalling.

While we are fact checking. Again, the "Board of Commissioners" did not hold an anti-mask rally as you keep contending. Commissioner Boice also, individually, did not hold an an anti-mask rally. If you want to debate whether Commissioner Boice's attendance at the rally (that he did not organize) where some anti-mask sentiment was expressed was wise, fine, but lets not pretend you deal purely in facts. I get you have an axe to grind with some of our elected officials -- which is fine. I have an axe to grind with a lot of elected officials myself, but let's not pretend that doesn't make us biased.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

I actually do know the difference between fact and opinion, sir. Thank you for your concern, though. In your various ramblings, you've spewed half truths, likes, and every once in a while you're even accurate.

At the end of the day, opinion or not, you get a lot of it wrong. You play fast and loose with county data and reporting, holding public health officials' feet to the fire if and when their numbers don't sync with state data.

Surely you're smart enough to know there's a reporting lag time, but you choose to ignore that and accuse them of hiding the truth when, really, it's you who is being disingenuous. At that point, your proclaimed facts become misinformation that only causes more confusion and fear.

And your opinions? Just as dangerous as your so-called facts. Maybe I've missed, but haven't read where you've retracted or apologized for your statement accusing that poor Sutherlin family of spreading the virus willfully. Opinion? Yes. Dangerous? Yes. Unnecessarily fomenting fear in the community? Yes.

You have every right to disagree with public officials and talk about it. It's just shameful that you willingly misinform the community and make falsely accuse innocent community members to settle those grudges. Stop.

GhostofTMcCall

Mike you wrote:

"Mike Sep 1, 2020 10:37am

…Our County Commissioners have steadfastly downplayed the pandemic, manipulated case numbers, withheld information from the public, isolated people rather than testing them, withheld workplace outbreak notifications, URGED businesses to NOT comply with shutdown orders and as a result have probably caused multiple deaths by their actions opposing coronavirus precautions."

And we are supposed to give you the benefit of the doubt that you are rationale, arbiter of truth?

Mike

Mr. Ghost,

Commissioner Boice's anti-mask rally wasn't his only action inconsistent with his coronavirus messaging. Don’t forget about:

1. Commissioner Boice encouraged local businesses on Facebook to defy the Governor’s shutdown mandate.

2. Commissioner Boice repeatedly encouraged local businesses in the News-Review comment section to defy the Governor’s stay-home and social distancing mandates.

3. Commissioner Boice donated money to businesses GoFundMe pages to help pay the citation for illegally reopening during the shutdown mandate.

4. Douglas County Commissioners published an untruthful press release indicating Douglas County’s 7-day positive test rate metric for school re-re-openings was below 1% for four weeks.

5. Commissioner Boice encouraged people to NOT wear masks during his recent radio interview.

6. Douglas County Commissioners agreed to NOT be the enforcement agents for the state’s coronavirus restrictions meant to control coronavirus cases and keep people safe.

7. Douglas County Commissioners downplayed coronavirus during their Board of Commissioner’s meeting, saying, “There is no call for social distancing…There is no call to close events…People should go about their lives…This virus, like most viruses, will cycle through and we’ll move on to the next thing.”

8. When Douglas County Commissioners were questioned about their Board of Commissioners’ meeting comments downplaying coronavirus, they took the video of the meeting down from public view.

9. The Douglas County Commissioners re-opened the County Courthouse during the Governor’s shut-down mandate before Douglas County received approval to re-open Douglas County.

10. The Douglas County Commissioners re-opened County Parks, campgrounds and boat ramps during the Governor’s shut-down mandate before Douglas County received approval to re-open Douglas County.

11. Douglas County Commissioners have repeatedly published false press releases claiming to be among the best or the lowest in the state on numerous coronavirus statistics that simply was not true.

12. Commissioner Boice ignored the Governor’s stay-home and social distancing mandate by hiring a guide to take him fishing on the N. Umpqua River.

13. Commissioner Boice doxxed me for questioning his downplaying of coronavirus.

These are off the top of my head. I’m sure, giving it more thought, there are many other actions I can add to the list of Douglas County Commissioner actions inconsistent with their coronavirus messaging.

Mike

As of 4:30 pm today, the Douglas County Public health Network has NOT yet updated their website to indicate the number of new coronavirus cases in our county. I suspect this is because our County Commissioners will report numerous new coronavirus cases and they needed time to to come up with a good reason why cases keep going up.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

Mworden, if you stumble across this thread, Mike's comment above is a fine example of what Buligajo is talking about. Mike is a social provocateur who many times before has made inaccurate statements to degrade the community's trust in DPHN and DCCRT.

He has on several occasions been called out for spreading misinformation and outright lies. He's even gone as far as accusing people who have tested positive of willfully spreading the virus without regard for their fellow community members. Rather than rebutting with facts or retracting these damaging statements, Mike -- when confronted with the truth -- chooses to ignore those who challenge him or refers to them as trolls and stooges of the commissioners.

Mike has every right to call public servants to the carpet, but in doing so must recognize that he, too, will be asked to back up his statements with facts. There's plenty enough uncertainty and fear surrounding this horrible virus; Mike does our community a disservice by spinning facts and spreading lies.

Mworden, you strike me as a reasonable person. All I ask is you hold Mike to the same standard as you do his detractors.

Mike

When I say "I suspect" something, that is called having an opinion. I'm sorry you don't understand the difference between an opinion and a fact.

mworden

Hey, Fact-Check. What? How'd I get into this discussion? But, seeing that you asked nicely, I have no trouble responding.

Over the course of many posts over weeks of time, I've stated my opinions and judgments on the subject of Mike's posts. In a nutshell, I often don't agree with his style, harshness, emphasis or frequency of posting. I find his facts good and helpful. When I've checked them, he's been accurate. If he makes an error, he comes back quickly and makes a correction. He's responsive to facts and he has his own opinions. When he was doxed by public officials I found it to be a shameful and petty act and I told Mike so. I have some empathy and understanding for what that's like for a person. I have zero problems with him, even when I disagree with his opinions or style.

A while back I did call out you, Ghost and Buligajo over what I saw as name-calling, ad hom attacks, hair-splitting and other below the belt debating tactics. I didn't view you three as trolling. Rather I interpreted it as expressions of frustration and anger. Buligajo and Ghost of Tom both responded quite civilly and we had the opportunity to disagree on some things and agree on others in a way that gave me an opportunity to view them and their ideas with new respect. I saw substance in their ideas whereas before I'd been distracted by the sarcasm.

Fact Check, it's all right with me if you want to take a particular poster to task for his comments. I'm not the arbiter of what's right or wrong to say in the comment section of the News-Review. I called out the three of you recently because I really thought there was more to what you had to say than annoyance and frustration and I wanted to hear what it was in order to see if we could understand each other a little better. What I am most interested in is honest discussion. I like hearing what people genuinely think, feel and believe. There are a lot of creative, smart, good-hearted people in Douglas County. Unfortunately, in my opinion, we've had a lot of trauma and difficulty here and it's gotten to the point where sometimes people just don't want to listen, ask questions or figure out why people are so upset. So we see the anger, but there's almost always much much more to a person than that. It's highly likely there's way more depth and character behind your screen name than just being annoyed by Mike's posts. If that's all you want to share in the comment section, that's fine, too. But if there's more, then that's what I'm interested in, even when we disagree. Listening to people who think differently than we do is one of the ways we can learn from each other.

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority reported Douglas County had 4 new coronavirus cases today, bringing its total to 257 cases and 4 deaths. This is 5 more cases than is currently being reported by the Douglas County Commissioner’s Coronavirus Response Team.

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs reported 2 more veteran coronavirus cases yesterday, bringing their total to 34 cases. These are probably part of the increased cases reported by the OHA.

The OHA reported Douglas County had 24 coronavirus cases and received 515 test results over the past week. Dividing 24 cases by 515 test results gives Douglas County a 7-day positive test rate of 4.7% today. Contrary what our County Commissioners previously announced, Douglas County has NEVER met the required county school metric maximum 7-day positive test rate of 1% for 3-weeks.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 47 new coronavirus cases and a RECORD 450 cases and 4 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 259 new coronavirus cases and 1 death today. The 7-day positive test rate for Oregon is 5.7% today which is above the state school metric maximum of 5%.

Mike

Irwin E. Redlener, founding director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness said, “everyone (INCLUDING our County Commissioners) who hitched themselves to the president’s dishonest messaging about the virus is being confronted with the reality that the president himself is sick.”

When people try to tell me 99.9% of all police are good, I always ask them the same thing. Does that 99.9% include those officers who choose to look the other way when one of their fellow officers commits a crime or misconduct?

I feel the same way about our County Commissioners. Though Commission Chairman Chris Boice’s politicization of coronavirus has been by far the most publicized of the three Commissioners, Commissioners Freeman and Kress are just as guilty of politicizing coronavirus as Boice because they chose to look the other way and say NOTHING. Their silence represents their tacit support of Commissioner Boice holding anti-mask rallies and encouraging people to NOT wear masks. Their silence risks lives. Commissioners Freeman and Kress were also elected to be our leaders and have so far failed miserably. They have been mice, not men. I look forward to reminding voters of that fact during their next elections.

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority is reporting Douglas County now has 257 coronavirus cases which are 5 more than our County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported yesterday.

Mike

On September 29, Douglas County Commissioner Boice justified being a maskless speaker at an anti-mask rally at the county courthouse by saying, “It was an OUTDDOOR event where masks are not REQUIRED when 6' social distancing can be observed.”

This appears contrary to the below linked guidance from the Douglas County Public Health Network which says, “Avoid gatherings…Cover your face when you are in public. Masks and face coverings protect the people around you. You may feel great, but we know that people who are pre‐symptomatic or asymptomatic can spread coronavirus. Don’t put the people you know and love at risk.”

The DPHN simple message is “cover your face when in public.” Doing otherwise endangers everyone around you.

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

Mike

The Facebook page (below link) for the anti-mask rally at the county courthouse says, “We want to let our Commissioners know that we stand behind them. It specifically says “our commissioners,” which includes Commissioner Kress and Commissioner Freeman and not just Commissioner Boice.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1652724951568419/?active_tab=discussion

Mike

“There was a panic before this started, but now we’re sort of the stupid party,” said Edward J. Rollins, co-chairman of the pro-Trump super PAC Great America.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/as-virus-spreads-across-gop-ranks-some-republicans-say-party-will-pay-price-for-stupid-approach/ar-BB19FM3f?li=BBnb7Kz

Mike

While the Douglas County Commissioner’s Coronavirus Response Team reported 0 new cases today, this is contrary to the Oregon Health Authority which reported Douglas County had 1 new coronavirus case and 253 total cases. This is also contrary to the Roseburg Veteran’s Affairs which has reported 2 new cases since yesterday. You pick who you think is telling the truth.

The Oregon Health Authority reported Douglas County had 24 coronavirus cases and received 620 test results over the past week. Dividing 24 cases by 620 test results gives Douglas County a 7-day positive test rate of 3.9% today. Despite what the County Commissioners previously announced, Douglas County has NEVER met the required county school metric maximum 7-day positive test rate of 1% for 3-weeks.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 33% of all Oregon coronavirus cases today when they reported a RECORD 114 new coronavirus cases and 1 death in Lane County today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County also had a RECORD 441 cases and 4 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 348 new coronavirus cases and 8 deaths today. The 7-day positive test rate for Oregon is 5.8% today which is above the state school metric maximum of 5%.

Mike

Is the County Commissioners Response Team minimizing reporting on coronavirus cases on Saturday for Sunday's paper, know the next paper won't be published with the bad news until Tuesday?

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