One of the four Douglas County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 had to be hospitalized, Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer said Saturday.

The hospitalized individual tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, Douglas County officials said. Those officials declined to provide any additional information on the individual. Douglas Public Health Network launched its investigation earlier this week, and close contacts of the person hospitalized have been notified by public health officials.

As of noon Saturday, four people had tested positive for COVID-19 in the county, although the actual number of cases is believed to be higher because so few people have been tested. There have been 173 negative tests for COVID-19, and no Douglas County residents have died, officials said. None of the four people who have been identified with COVID-19 have recovered.

Across the state, COVID-19 claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 12 to 13, the Oregon Health Authority reported Saturday morning.

Oregon’s 13th COVID-19 death was a 93-year-old male in Yamhill County, who tested positive on March 18, and died Friday at Providence Newberg Medical Center. He had no known underlying medical conditions.

OHA also reported 65 new cases of COVID-19, and Jackson County announced six additional cases, bringing the state total to 485, as of Saturday afernoon. The COVID-19 cases reported Saturday were in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (5), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (2), Jackson (8), Josephine (1), Linn (4), Marion (11), Multnomah (14), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (18) and Yamhill (2).

Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website:

For Douglas County residents, the Douglas Public Health Network has a new online tracking system for test results. The goal is to have the chart updated at noon daily. Residents will be able to go on the website and see the tracking of results. DPHN will not be releasing any identifying information of those who were tested, or those that have tested positive.

If a case comes back positive after that time, DPHN will announce it with a press release and update its website. Go to the DPHN website to view the update:

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8 cases as of today and growing yet this county does not even tell us the ages of these people? Why not be a little transparent and give your citizens a sense of what is happening? Keeping folks in the dark, just like this President is no way to get to a resolution. How about providing some information on the growing cases in Douglas County Dannenhoffer?


Douglas County officials announced the fifth confirmed coronavirus case in the county Sunday morning. According to the press release, the county does not plan on releasing any identifying information out of consideration for patient safety.

However, it is acceptable for the county to maliciously release/publish personal information jeopardizing the safety of people who question the actions/inactions of their county supervisors.


Peak of COVID pandemic weeks away in Oregon, Washington according to analysis by researchers at the University of Washington.

Our hospital should allow doctors and nurses to wear N95 or better masks they personally own to work at this point, like a lot of the rest of the nation is doing. If they trust them to care for the patients they should trust them to use and clean their own respirators which are far better than surgical masks. The medical community nationwide response is all over the news. Without the respirators soon a lot of our medical people will be sick when they are needed the most.


Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, estimated in an interview with CNN that the pandemic could cause between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths in the United States. This compares to between 12,000 and 61,000 Americans a year killed by the flue since 2010, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. coronavirus death toll is currently 2,391.

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