After three days of no new COVID-19 cases, Douglas County reported three new positive cases Tuesday. That brings the county total to 172 since the start of the pandemic.

The county has had 155 confirmed cases and 17 presumptive. the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported only one person remains hospitalized and that person is in a hospital outside of the county. There are 10 people that are still in isolation.

The county has recorded two deaths that have been related to COVID-19.

According to the COVID-19 Response Team, 9,922 people have been tested in Douglas County — including 1,404 at drive-thru clinics hosted by the Douglas County Public Health Network.

The Oregon Health Authority reported COVID-19 claimed seven more lives, bringing the state’s total of COVID-related deaths to 427.

The state had 247 new confirmed and presumed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total to 25,391 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Multnomah County had 48 new cases, Marion County added 40 and Washington County had 38. Jackson County reported 18, Lane County had three and Coos County had 2 new cases.

Umatilla County had three deaths, Lincoln County had two, Multnomah and Marion counties each had one.

For those who think they should be tested for COVID-19 should contact their health care provider for a referral.

Patients without a Primary Care Provider, that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at 541-459-3788 or call the Rite Aid Pharmacy, 444 SE Stephens St., Roseburg for an appointment.

Dan Bain can be reached by phone at 541-957-4221, or by email at

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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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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team again reported 1 new coronavirus case today. Only 34 test results were received.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has now been reporting 17 presumptive cases on their website for over eleven days. Why weren’t these presumptive cases tested to verify whether they have the disease?

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 6 coronavirus cases over the past week and its 7-day positive test rate remains at 1.1%.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 34 new coronavirus cases today. There have been a total of 190 cases and 1 death in the six counties surrounding Douglas County over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 180 new coronavirus cases and 6 more deaths today. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon remained at 5.4%.


Most of those 17 presumed cases won't change. Some of the cases have traiIed the stats since March. According to Dr. Dannenhoffer, some peopIe have refused testing when a famiIy member tested positive and they aII had the same symptoms. The non-tested persons then become presumptive cases and wiII remain so. PeopIe have a right to decIine testing, but they don't have the right to refuse to isoIate if they have an exposure and are exhibiting symptoms. Other cases, such as those at Mercy, tested negative, but they had exposure to a coIIeague who tested positive and the negatives had covid symptoms. If testing is done too soon after exposure, the test can be negative whiIe the person is incubating. Repeated testing in search of a positive resuIt can extend the time the person spends in isoIation beyond what's necessary due to current ruIes on how it's done. The point is to remain in isoIation onIy whiIe there is danger of transmission. ApparentIy, the antigen tests have a higher rate of faIse negatives. AduIts in this country have the right to refuse testing and treatment. But they are supposed to isoIate if they're symptomatic and have had an exposure to someone who has tested positive. In DougIas County, it wouIdn't surprise me to see a number of peopIe refuse testing on principIe. Their principIes, not mine. Those 17 presumptive cases wiII remain in the same coIumn in the daiIy reports. DougIas is the onIy county in the state that reports confirmed and presumed cases separateIy. It does confuse the issue.


Oregon's definition of positive test rate only includes cases confirmed by a test, not presumptive cases. One way of keeping the positive test rate down is to never test the presumptive cases.


Were these the three cases reported at the Roseburg VA three days ago?

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