An increase in social events means younger people in Douglas County are now testing positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team.

“In addition to positive cases being linked to travel, our newest cases are directly related to the increase in local social gatherings; like birthday celebrations, sleepovers, sporting events and parties,” the press release said. “Unfortunately, that also means we are seeing younger and younger residents, including children and teens being added to those that have tested positive for COVID-19.”

By noon Friday, four new people had tested positive and there were two new presumptive cases since Thursday. This brings the total number of cases to 113 — 102 with positive tests and 11 presumed to have coronavirus.

“Our newest positives test results have been directly linked to travel outside Douglas County, and especially those residents that have chosen to travel outside of Oregon,” the press release said.

Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday that she’s planning to put travel restrictions in place for out-of-state travel.

Oregon Health Authority reported 396 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

The virus claimed nine more lives, bringing the death toll to 282 statewide, the most deaths in a single day in Oregon since the start of the pandemic.

“Whatever your reason for traveling or attending a party, we encourage you to please consider the risk and only go if you can do so in a COVID-19 safe manner,” the press release from DCCRT said. “The COVID-19 virus is still here, still infectious and will be around for quite some time. So, before you travel, attend a party or invite your relatives from out of state to visit, you need to assess the risk to you, your family and to your local community. The bottom line is that each and every person needs to take personal responsibility for their actions and adopt the proper precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

As of Friday, everyone over the age of 5 has to wear a mask in all public indoor spaces and outdoors when they aren’t able to stay 6 feet away from others. Exemptions no longer apply. Restaurants and bars will have to close the doors at 10 p.m. and the limit to indoor gatherings is 100 people.

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Mike

Douglas County Public Health Network reported 3 new coronavirus cases today, bringing the total to 116. DPHN has reported 33 new cases in Douglas County over the past week.

Douglas County coronavirus cases have increased 300% since our Douglas County Commissioners re-opened Douglas County forty-nine days ago on June 5.

Three days ago, the Oregon Health Authority (not DPHN) reported Norris Blueberry Farm as a workplace outbreak with at least 22 coronavirus cases. The exact number of new cases will be unknown until next Wednesday when OHA again publishes its next weekly report which will contain that information. The reason it will remain unknown until next Wednesday’s OHA report is because our DPHN refuses to provide that information. In fact, Douglas County residents wouldn’t even know about either workplace outbreak at both Romtec and Norris Blueberry Farm if the OHA didn’t publish their Wednesday weekly report. DPHN investigated both workplace outbreaks but didn’t say anything about either of them. Good thing we have the OHA to protect us.

The County Commissioner’s daily email update continues to say, "Our newest positives test results have been directly linked to travel outside Douglas County, and especially those residents that have chosen to travel outside of Oregon," without mentioning ANYTHING about either the Romtec workplace outbreak nor the Norris Blueberry Farm workplace outbreak that contributed the majority of recent new cases in Douglas County. Can our Commissioners be any more misleading?

The Oregon Health Authority reported 388 new coronavirus cases today and 4 deaths in Oregon. There has also been a new record 29 deaths in Oregon over the last week.

Mike

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 26 new coronavirus cases today and have had 208 new cases over the past week and a total of 1,072 cases and 6 deaths year to date.

https://www.flashalert.net/id/OregonHealthAuthority

Mike

You can be fined if you don’t wear a mask in public in Bend. A person could be fined $100 for a first violation, $250 for the second and $500 for the third.

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/you-can-be-fined-if-you-dont-wear-a-mask-in-public-in-bend.html

Mike

A new record 78,009 coronavirus cases were reported in the U.S. today, bring its total to 4.2 million cases with 142,000+ deaths.

A new record 289,028 coronavirus cases were reported in the world today, bringing its total to just short of 16 million cases with 642,000+ deaths.

Dianee0401

So they are saying younger people but do not confirm the ages. We need to know. Also more testing means more cases. I am a little leary of all information.

melrosereader

Dianee, More testing does not mean more cases. Rather, more testing means you know where the cases are.

Say for example that there are five cases in your neighborhood, but no one in your neighborhood has been tested. That does not mean the cases are not there; it only means we do not know they are there.

Mike

Douglas County Public Health Network reported 6 new coronavirus cases today, bringing the total to 113. DPHN has now reported 34 new cases over the past week which is a new record. Douglas County coronavirus cases have increased 290% since our Douglas County Commissioners re-opened Douglas County forty-eight days ago on June 5.

It is unknown how many coronavirus cases from the Norris Blueberry Farm outbreak (last count 20) are included in DPHN case numbers because ONLY Douglas County residents are included. Norris Blueberry Farm workers from “out of the area” that test positive for coronavirus are not included in DPHN case numbers and are also unknown. Why? Because in Douglas County, this information is secret.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 31 new coronavirus cases today and that ties yesterday’s record of 238 new cases over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 391 new coronavirus cases today and a record 9 deaths in Oregon. There has also been a record 28 deaths in Oregon over the last week.

The OHA reported a record low 214 ICU hospital beds available today statewide in Oregon and 17.4% availability of combined ICU and non-ICU hospital beds. OHA also reported 769 ventilators are available today in Oregon, which is the lowest number reported since April 16.

The below link provides graphical views of Oregon’s statistics.

https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/

Mike

Today's Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team press release says, ""Our newest positives test results have been directly linked to travel outside Douglas County, and especially those residents that have chosen to travel outside of Oregon," but doesn't mention ANYTHING about the 20 new coronavirus cases at Norris Blueberry Farm. How more misleading can the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team be?

TJ

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