On a day when Oregon had its largest total of new COVID-19 cases, Douglas County picked up two new positives and three new presumptive cases, bringing the total for the county to 76 with one COVID-related death. There are 23 people in isolation in the county.

The Oregon Health Authority reported the state had an increase of 437 confirmed and presumptive cases, bringing the total number of positive cases to 13,509 in Oregon.

The state death toll related to the coronavirus reached 249 with two new deaths. One was a 97-year-old man and the other was a 58-year-old woman. Both were from Malheur County and had underlying health conditions.

Multnomah County led the state with 108 new positive cases, while Washington County had 76 new cases.

The Douglas Public Health Network received word that Jose Jimenez, a nurse at the Roseburg VA Hospital who had been in a Portland hospital since March 30, has been released from the hospital after 109 days and has gone to a rehabilitation center.

Jimenez was the only person from Douglas County that was hospitalized with COVID-19.

Douglas Public Health officials said the majority of new positives have been directly linked to travel outside Douglas County, and especially those residents who have chosen to travel outside of Oregon.

Health officials encourage people who are traveling consider the risk and travel in a safe manner.

Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority shows that traveling and coming into contact with people from other areas significantly increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

They suggest that before you travel, attend a party or invite your relatives from out of state to visit, you should assess the risk to your family and to your local community and adopt the proper precautionary measures.

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

Roseburg's Veterans Affairs reported one new coronavirus today, bringing their total to 12 cases.

https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Healthcare/COVID19NationalSummary

Mike

The Centers for Disease Control is delaying the release of updated guidance on the safe reopening of schools until the end of the month. The guidance was originally supposed to come out this week.

School districts nationwide can not wait until the end of the month to decide how they will re-open.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/cdc-delays-school-reopening-guidance/ar-BB16SdMI?li=BBnb7Kz

Mike

Republicans are making liability protection for schools a requirement for any new coronavirus relief package. The issue is at the forefront with President Donald Trump pushing hard for schools to reopen. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said repeatedly, “No new relief will pass the Senate without it.”

Providing liability protection to schools is similar to existing law enforcement “qualified immunity” laws that prevent law enforcement from being sued for negligence. A family whose child dies because a school is negligent in protecting their child from coronavirus would be prevented from suing the school. This almost assuredly guarantees schools would spend less money protecting your child, knowing they could not be sued.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/senate-gop-relief-bill-to-include-liability-protections-for-schools-that-reopen/ar-BB16SwGC?li=BBnbcA1

Mike

The White House is blocking US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield and other officials from the agency from testifying before a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on reopening schools next week, just as the debate over sending children back to classrooms has flared up across the US.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/white-house-blocks-cdc-from-testifying-on-reopening-schools-next-week/ar-BB16SwxB?li=BBnb7Kz

Mike

A document prepared for the White House coronavirus task force recommends 18 states roll back their re-opening to Phase 1 amid surging cases. Oregon, so far, is NOT one of the states on the list. The states on the list had counties that during the last week reported both new cases above 100 per 100,000 population, and a diagnostic test positivity result above 10%." The report comes despite President Donald Trump's insistence that states reopen and a push to send the nation's children back to school, even as cases increase.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/task-force-report-says-18-states-in-coronavirus-red-zone-should-roll-back-reopening/ar-BB16Rx4Z?li=BBnb7Kz

Mike

The Douglas County Public Health Network reported 3 new coronavirus cases today after receiving a two week low 40 test results. DPHN is now reporting 79 total coronavirus cases for Douglas County and 19 new cases over the past week which is a new record.

Douglas County had 29 cases on June 5 when our County Commissioners blindly began Phase 2 re-opening. Beginning twelve days after re-opening, the number of new coronavirus cases began increasing exponentially. New cases have increased 172% over the past 30 days and the rate of new cases continues to increase.

Positive test rate is an indicator of whether coronavirus cases are increasing or decreasing in a community and is defined as the percentage of total tests that are positive. 30 days ago, Douglas County’s positive test rate was zero. Since then, Douglas County’s 7-day rolling average positive test rate has increased steadily to where it is today at 3.19%, also a new record.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 31 new coronavirus cases today and 156 cases over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 293 new coronavirus cases today and 5 deaths in Oregon.

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

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

Mike

Oregon passed Delaware today for total number of coronavirus cases. Delaware has tested 14.9% of its residents for coronavirus. Contrast this with Oregon, which has tested only 7.7% of its residents and Douglas County which has tested 5.7%. Oregon is moving up the list on total cases while remaining second from last in the U.S. on per capita testing. Imagine how many cases Oregon would have if it tested more. Maybe that's Oregon's reason for not testing more.

Mike

Douglas County, Oregon, the U.S. and the world ALL reported a record high number of coronavirus cases yesterday at 5, 429, 73,388 and 248,989 new cases respectively.

Mike

The U.S. reported a NEW record high number of coronavirus cases at 74,987 with 947 deaths. A record breaking 18 states reported over 1,000 new cases today. Three states reported over 9,400 cases today.

mworden

The headIine is misIeading. There were five new cases, not two. That's expIained in the body of the articIe, but the headIine remains misIeading.

Mike

It's nice to see other people notice News-Review Health reporter Dan Bain's attempt to mislead the public.

You may have noticed the headline was changed after your comment was posted but STILL attempts to mislead the public. Rather than proclaiming BOTH Douglas County AND the State recorded record number of coronavirus cases yesterday, it points to ONLY the state as having a new record and says "county adds more."

Mr. Bain can not be trusted. Last week I showed where Mr. Bain intentionally added words and changed the direct quote of a Portland Doctor describing coronavirus cases at a recent Roseburg baseball tournament. Mr. Bain changed the Doctor's quote to say Grants Pass rather than Roseburg.

mworden

I do notice when headIines or stories are inaccurate or iIIogicaI. With that said ... I used to know who did what at the NR, but that's no Ionger true. In the past, the person who wrote the story was seIdom the person who wrote the headIine. Editors made changes to the stories reporters thought were finished. For that reason, my compIaints are aimed more toward the NR in generaI rather than at the person whose by-Iine is on the story. My hope is that someone wiII provide a correction, whether it be editor, reporter or intern. Or you, Mike. You have good info.

Mike

If I reported for the News-Review, I would be extremely upset if I found an editor had changed my wording of a direct quote made by someone else. I consider that a matter of personal integrity and would demand the editor publish a correction and change the wording back in the article. Neither of those things happened. I am therefore left to conclude Mr. Bain is NOT a man of integrity.

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