The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team on Saturday reported seven new people with confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 1,436.

Currently, there are six Douglas County patients hospitalized with the disease, five locally and one out of the area. The county death toll from COVID-19 stood at 40, unchanged from Friday.

Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 142 people who have the disease and are in isolation, as well as another 203 people who are in quarantine because they have come into close contact with someone who has it.

The next drive-thru testing clinic in Roseburg is scheduled for Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Douglas County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer is scheduled to host a discussion 6 p.m. on COVID-19 Facebook Live.

The public can submit COVID-19 questions to Dannenhoffer during the show, and can email your questions to: Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority on Saturday reported the state has 116,348 COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic.

There were 1,010 new cases statewide reported Saturday, as well as two new deaths. The state death toll is now 1,492.

Also on Saturday, the Oregon Health Authority recorded 880 doses of vaccine, raising the state’s total number of first vaccine doses to 45,295. This figure is based on preliminary reports of 419 doses administered Friday, as well as 461 administered on prior days that had not been recorded.

All vaccinations occurred at Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities. As of Saturday, 190,500 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon stood at 468 on Saturday, an increase of two from Friday. There were 109 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds Saturday, no change from Friday.

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Mike

Hospitals across New York state will face up to $100,000 in fines if they do not use their current COVID-19 vaccine inventories before the week is up. New York’s hospitals have used approximately 46 percent of the state’s total vaccine allocation over the past three weeks.

ONLY 33% of the vaccine distributed to Douglas county has been administered. Oregon needs to impost the same fines on Mercy Medical Center and the Roseburg VA Hospital on a daily basis to get local vaccination rates up.

https://www.radio.com/1010wins/news/state/ny-hospitals-that-dont-speed-up-vaccines-will-face-fines

Mike

9 new coronavirus cases and 0 deaths were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,456 cases and 41 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 1 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 152 cases and 5 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 145 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 129.2 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 six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 173 new coronavirus cases and 2 deaths today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,591 cases and 23 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 711 new coronavirus cases and 6 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 6.4% today.

Mike

Douglas County has had 112 new coronavirus cases and 4 deaths since the County Commissioners threw out 22 cases one week ago.

Mike

Oregon is No. 41 in nation for its slow coronavirus vaccine rollout and Douglas County is No. 35 in Oregon for its slow rollout.

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/01/oregon-is-no-41-in-nation-for-coronavirus-vaccines-given-pace-lags-as-states-death-toll-hits-1500.html

Mike

ONLY 3 people in Douglas County were vaccinated yesterday and a total of 26 people since Wednesday. Douglas County has now vaccinated 0.48% of its residents which is lower than EVERY county in Oregon except for Josephine County. Meanwhile, literally hundreds if not thousands of vaccine doses sit on the shelves at Mercy Medical center collecting dust.

I guess we should feel lucky anyone in Douglas County receives the vaccine considering our County Commissioners hands-off approach to saving lives. The Commissioners website says to NOT contact them about the vaccine. Meanwhile, Douglas County residents who can't get the vaccine are dying.

1,163 people in Oregon were vaccinated yesterday and a total of 9,189 people since Wednesday. Oregon has vaccinated 1.14% of its residents and has administered 51,275 doses of vaccine out of the 190,000 doses it has received. All of this information is provided by the Oregon Health Authority on their vaccine dashboard. The News-Review spam filter doesn't allow me to publish the link.

Mike

According the OHA, 9 people in Oregon have received their second dose of vaccine and are now fully vaccinated. None of those people are in Douglas County.

Mike

The County Commissioners publish a coronavirus press release EVERY DAY that tells us how many people are in isolation because of the virus. Why don't you ask your Commissioners why their daily press release doesn't include the number of people in Douglas County who have been vaccinated?

Mike

Only 23 people in Douglas County have been vaccinated over the past three days, despite literally hundreds of doses sitting on the shelves of Mercy Medical Center and Roseburg’s VA Hospital.

At 0.47%, Douglas County has vaccinated the lowest percentage of its residents of almost every county in Oregon. Only Josephine County and Hood River County have vaccinated a lower percentage of their residents than Douglas County.

A total of 531 people have been vaccinated in Douglas County despite receiving AT LEAST 1,595 doses of vaccine since December 16. Mercy Medical Center received its first batch of 795 doses of Pfizer vaccine 18 days ago on December 16 and Roseburg’s VA Hospital received 800 doses of Moderna vaccine on December 21.

An average of 30 Douglas County residents per day have received their first of two vaccine doses since the first 795 doses were received 18 days ago. At this rate, it will take over 20 years for all Douglas County residents to receive their two shots. All of this information is provided by the Oregon Health Authority on their vaccine dashboard. I tried posting the link but the News-Review spam filter won't allow it.

Meanwhile, our Douglas County Commissioners website just announced local businesses are their TOP priority (below link) while also indicating the Commissioners should NOT be contacted regarding the vaccine, despite people dying daily while the cure sits on hospital shelves out of reach.

https://files.constantcontact.com/16459d00701/13f05722-451a-400f-9153-aa90be1dbb96.pdf

Mike

Since receiving 1,595 doses of vaccine 18 days ago, there have been 8 days where 5 people or less have been vaccinated in Douglas County. Meanwhile people are dying while waiting for the cure.

Mike

Each Moderna Vaccine dose costs $20. Not much more than a flu shot. We learned that from the story of the Pharmacist who is going to jail for intentionally spoiling 500 doses (below link). “The value of the wasted medicine is estimated to be between $8,000 and $11,000.”

While the vaccine is cheap, it’s gold to some people who are particularly susceptible to the virus. It’s ridiculous this cheap cure is sitting on hospital shelves collecting dust when people it could save are dying every day.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/maryanngeorgantopoulos/hospital-employee-wisconsin-vaccine-arrested

mworden

Vaccines are not cures. They are preventatives. It may seem like a small semantic difference, but it's big. I wrote my first post this morning urging people not to let their guard down because I've heard too many people saying they can go about as normal because now we have a cure. No, we don't. We have a vaccine that can prevent infection, not stop it once people are sick.

For the vaccine to work as a preventative, we have to get two doses into our arms. It may take a week or two after the second dose for a person to gain full immunity. I've come to realize that vaccines are such a normal part of modern life and kids get immunized so young that many people don't really understand how vaccines work. There's some confusion out there.

I know you realize the difference between a cure and a preventative, Mike, but many folks don't. My hair has been standing on end because so many people seem to be thinking if they get sick they'll just get the covid shot and they'll be okay. They're ready to start the party, Not yet. It's too soon. That's exactly what got me going this a.m.

Thanks for motivating me to say it again: Continue to take care. The vaccine roll out nationally and locally has been too slow. We're not out of danger yet. Soon. But not yet.

Mike

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Mike

11 new coronavirus cases and 1 death were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,436 cases and 41 deaths.

Roseburg’s Veteran Affairs reported 3 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing Roseburg’s VA totals to 151 cases and 5 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 163 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 145.2 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 163 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,212 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 163 cases by 3,212 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 5.1% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 236 new coronavirus cases and 1 death in Coos County today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,507 cases and 27 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 48,725 doses of vaccine have been administered statewide today. That is 25.6% of the 190,500 vaccine doses it has received since December 16. The OHA also reported 1,397 new coronavirus cases and 8 deaths today. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 6.5% today.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/Oregon-reports-1421-new-confirmed-and-presumptive-COVID-19-cases-8-new-deaths.aspx

mworden

An important article about vaccine delays and the importance of doing better.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/03/us-covid-coronavirus-death-toll-350000-vaccine-rollout

mworden

According to the New York Times, as of today, January 3, 2021, Oregon has the 4th lowest number of covid cases per 100,000 residents out of the 50 states.

In Oregon, Douglas County ranks number 31 out of 36 counties, with 11 cases per 100,000 residents. The five counties in Oregon with lower case counts are very rural, having populations ranging from 1300 people to 26,000.

We are so close to returning to normalcy. Vaccines are available. Unfortunately, there is no leadership from the top and the roll out is slow nationally as well as locally, with some states doing better than others. Oregon has been way too slow. It's hoped that will improve when things become more organized at the national level.

It's important that none of us get careless or hopeless. It's even more important that we look at reality with clear eyes. As terrible as the sickness and death in Douglas county has been, we have fared well compared to other counties and states. But one super-spreader event, one party, one night out drinking and dancing could change all that. Many of the cases and deaths in November and December were traced back to such events, such as a Halloween party for adults.

The only rational way to reach community immunity is through vaccination. Waiting for herd immunity through natural infections is an invitation for countless people to die or become permanently disabled or disabled for months as they struggle with long-haul recovery.

Now is the time to stay vigilant, alert but not anxious, as we prepare for a return to normal living. Not quite yet. But soon. We won't know for several weeks if folks locally used good sense over Christmas and New Year's. Time will tell. After Halloween carelessness, people seemed to have better control over Thanksgiving. Cell phone data showed people in Oregon did not travel much. We can keep that up for a while longer. Freedom is on the horizon.

Mike

Though true Douglas county has a low number of overall cases, it doesn't reconcile that Douglas County's percentage of cases that result in death are nearly the highest in Oregon. The data suggests a person who catches coronavirus in Douglas County has less chance of survival that if they lived in almost any other county in Oregon.

mworden

All the more reason for people to keep their guard up in the coming months.

NJ

I wish I could take comfort from that, but I can't. I'm reading this morning that I could still be infectious. Dr. Fauci explains that the only way to be sure is to get two more tests to confirm one no longer carries it. When I was told I no longer had to isolate I asked about taking another test and I was given an emphatic No. No, really? Can't test to see if I'm still infectious? Will I ever be able to even get another test? And now that I'll be waiting at least 3 months to get a vaccination since I did have it, will I get tested beforehand? Things I wish the Health Network could answer. source: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/dr-fauci-says-know-youre-183433226.html

mworden

NJ, I'm so sorry about the obstacles and uncertainty you're facing. Nothing I wrote would provide comfort in your situation. My understanding is that if you're not currently having symptoms, the fast Binax test is not reliable. To get a PRC test you need an order from your doctor to take to the drive-in clinic. The next one is on Tuesday. Perhaps the doctor who infected you or a colleague from his practice would be so kind to write the order for you. All i can say is that if I were in your situation I know my frustration level would be spitting high. Please keep posting regularly so we know you're okay.

NJ

Thank you mw, for your concern and the testing information. I would venture that, like vaccination doses, tests are held with specific guidelines and while perhaps getting one, Fauci indicates there should be two, 24 hours apart. His recommendation is too recent for me to think the health community and the insurance industry has come to any conclusion and recommendation regarding making sure one is completely clear. I'm in no danger, the lingering symptoms are mild, they're just persistent and leave me guessing. There's really no cause for concern (it's not the first time I've cheated death), I just find it telling how little is known, how much new information is discovered on an ongoing basis, and how impossible it is to keep up with in order to address. Feeling like Typhoid Mary is a new experience but hibernating for Winter is not.

mworden

[thumbup] for NJ. Hope each day is a little bit better.

Mike

I believe there are drive-up facilities throughout the state that allow people to be tested without a doctor's referral. For instance at OHSU;

"OHSU has established two low-barrier drive-up testing facilities in the Portland region at the Oregon Convention Center and Hillsboro Stadium. These low-barrier facilities do not require an appointment or referral, are free to the patient (although insurance will be charged if the patient has insurance) and are available to OHSU and non-OHSU patients alike."

https://news.ohsu.edu/2020/12/31/preparing-for-the-novel-coronavirus-at-ohsu

Quest Diagnostics does drive-up testing at certain Oregon Walmarts without a doctors electronic order.

http://patient.questdiagnostics.com/myquestcovidtest

You may have to drive outside Douglas County, which appears to be one of the few places to require a doctor's referral. Their way of keeping cases numbers down so they can claim to have the lowest infection rate in the country.

https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/

NJ

Thank you for the information Mike. I find I'm profoundly disappointed in the state of my home county. It's like living in a time capsule, stagnate in the old ways with no vision nor intention of any progress.

Mike

UC San Diego Using Vending Machines To Dispense COVID-19 Tests To Students, Employees.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/uc-san-diego-using-vending-machines-to-dispense-covid-19-tests-to-students-employees/ar-BB1csMaA

Mike

Comparing County's cases per 100,000 residents makes sense ONLY if every county is testing the same percentage of its residents. Counties that test a lower percentage of their residents should expect a lower number of cases. And Douglas County is one of the lowest testing counties in Oregon on a percentage basis.

Moreover, comparing total case numbers since March is misleading. It's a Dannenhoffer ploy. There are East Coast counties that have more cases per 100,000 residents than Douglas County. However, the vast majority of their cases and deaths occurred in March and April when coronavirus was less well known and they have had 0 – 50 cases over the past two months. I would argue those Counties are doing a much better job than Douglas County which has 1,195 cases over the past two months.

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