Douglas County had just one new case of COVID-19 to report on Thursday, while the state had another big number, with 416 cases reported and five new deaths. Nearly one-fourth of the new cases were in Umatilla County, including two of the deaths.

Douglas County’s total number of cases rose to 122 since the start of the pandemic. There are four presumptive cases, and 34 people remain in isolation. There has been just one COVID-19 related death involving a person from the county, and none of those in isolation are currently hospitalized.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team said 7,678 people have tested negative for the coronavirus.

Statewide, Umatilla County, which had been around 50 to 70 new cases each day for several days, reported four cases Wednesday, but 101 Thursday. However, Oregon Health Authority officials said the case count in that county was so high because of a delay in processing electronic laboratory reports.

The state’s total number of positive cases is now at 18,131 with 316 deaths.

OHA said it incorrectly reported an increase in cases for the week of July 20-26, but it was actually down 168, about a 7% drop from the previous week.

Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County public health officer, said on News Radio 1240 KQEN’s Inside Douglas County program that the big problem for the county has been people going out of the county and bringing the virus back with them.

“More than half of our recent cases are related to outside of Oregon travel, and almost all of these have started with somebody that has left and come back or somebody from out of the state came here,” Dannenhoffer said. “That’s very worrisome.”

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

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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Mike

Why do our County Commissioners believe keeping bars open is more important than re-opening schools?

Mike

Douglas County Public Health Network reported 3 more new coronavirus cases today. There have been a total of 128 cases and 1 death reported in Douglas County.

DPHN does not include confirmed cases who do not reside in Douglas County in their total case count. DPHN has NOT reported how many of the 31 recent coronavirus cases reported at Norris Blueberry Farm and Romtec are “out of area” and therefore are not included in Douglas County’s total case count. DPHN has also not clarified whether tests performed on “out of area” coronavirus cases are omitted from the total number of tests reported for Douglas County.

DPHN reported 12 coronavirus cases over the past week. The criterion for re-opening schools requires Douglas County to have 10 or fewer cases over the last week.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 39 new coronavirus cases today and have reported 219 cases and one death over the last week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 325 new coronavirus cases today and 3 deaths. That brings Oregon total coronavirus cases to 18,817 with 325 deaths.

The OHA does not report hospital bed availability on the weekends.

Oregon’s 7-day rolling average positive test rate again increased to 6.5%, which ties the highest number set on July 14. Oregon's positive test rate has steadily increased to a record high since OHA reported last Sunday that Oregon’s positive test rate appeared to be decreasing.

Oregon’s positive test rate needs to be below 5% for schools to re-open statewide. Unless the governor takes action to close bars and in-restaurant dining to get the cases down, in-person learning at schools will probably NOT be happening in Oregon.

Douglas County Commissioners could help schools to be reopened by requesting Governor Brown mandate the shutdown of bars and in-restaurant dining in Oregon. After all, what’s more important, re-opening schools or keeping bars and restaurants open?

Mike

Even Alaska has now rolled back parts of its economic reopening for at least the next four weeks in its attempt to re-open schools, limiting outdoor gatherings to 50 people; prohibiting bars, nightclubs and restaurants from indoor service; and extending the city's indoor mask mandate to outdoor events where social distancing isn't possible. Why can't Oregon do the same? Where are our ghostlike County Commissioners on this subject?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/coronavirus-safety-plans-already-put-to-the-test-as-some-communities-start-the-school-year/ar-BB17rh6r?li=BBnb7Kz

Mike

The U.S. reported 26,625 coronavirus deaths in July. To put it in perspective, it's the equivalent of everyone in Roseburg dying of the virus or nine more 9/11 terrorist attacks in one month.

Oregon had 115 of those deaths.

Mike

Douglas County Public Health Network reported 3 new coronavirus cases today and a total of 125 cases. The total number of cases reported by DPHN now matches cases reported by OHA.

DPHN has reported 12 coronavirus cases over the past week. The criterion for opening schools requires a county have 10 or fewer cases over the last week.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 45 new coronavirus cases today and have reported 206 cases and one death over the last week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 361 new coronavirus cases today and 6 deaths. That brings Oregon total coronavirus cases to 18,492 with 322 deaths.

The OHA reported a record low 182 ICU hospital beds out of 1,092 available statewide in Oregon. This is a significant drop. The previous record was 214 ICU beds available on July 24. Non-ICU hospital beds are also near record lows at 781 out of 7,882 available statewide. The current availability of total ICU plus non-ICU hospital beds is 16.7%, which is the first time this number has been under 18%.

Oregon’s 7-day rolling average positive test rate increased to 6.37%. It needs to be below 5% for schools to re-open statewide. Unless the governor takes action to close bars and in-restaurant dining to reduce daily case numbers, in-person learning at schools will probably NOT be happening in Oregon any time soon.

Douglas County Commissioners could help schools to be reopened by requesting Governor Brown mandate the shutdown of bars and in-restaurant dining in Oregon and then not offer their services help Casey’s restaurant to stay open in defiance of the Governor’s mandate. It boils down to what’s more important; re-opening schools or keeping bars and restaurants open?

TJ

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CitizenJoe

As of this moment, it looks like 130 cases: 125 lab-confirmed and 5 presumptive. Meanwhile, it looks like the Trump administration has found a way to flatten the curve; instead of having results handled through the CDC, the report goes through them, and then they let us have what they want us to see; since that time, the curve has bent down. It's like a miracle.

Mike

Amazing how that happens. I guess those pesky cases and deaths could have been prevented if the information had been routed through the White House to begin with.

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