The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported two new presumptive cases, but no new positive tests for COVID-19 on Friday.

On Thursday, the team reported one new case with a positive test result.

Those cases bring the total number of combined positive and presumptive cases in the county since the beginning of the pandemic to 185.

Prior to Thursday, the county’s cases had remained flat at 182 for four days.

The team is currently supporting four county residents in isolation. No county residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

Three Douglas County residents have died from the illness.

Statewide, two new COVID-19 deaths were reported Friday, bringing the death toll to 499.

The state reported 215 new confirmed and presumptive cases Friday, bringing the total to 28,865.

The Oregon Health Authority said in its weekly report Thursday that 4.3% of those tested around the state the previous week were positive.

That’s better than the national rate of 8%. OHA attributed the state’s better rate to Oregonians wearing face coverings, physically distancing and avoiding social gatherings.

The largest number of infections across the state — 37% of reported cases — are in young adults 30 and under, but that group accounts for a very small number of hospitalizations and deaths.

Hospitalizations and deaths increase with patients’ age. 47% of the deaths among Oregon COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic have been among patients 80 and older and 73% among patients 70 and older, according to the most recent data from the OHA.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Mike

Over the past three weeks, Douglas County has traced a mere 45% of its coronavirus cases to it source, according to the Oregon Health Authority (below link). That means the infected people who infected 55% of Douglas County’s cases are still infecting others because they haven’t been identified and isolated. This is a concern.

Another concern is the 13 new coronavirus cases in Douglas County over the last week also match the total number of people isolated in Douglas County. This indicates the Douglas County COVID-19 Response believes ALL 13 of these cases did NOT come in contact with anyone else who might need to be isolated.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Emerging%20Respitory%20Infections/County-Watchlist-Data.pdf

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority reported coronavirus cases for each Douglas County zip codes as of September 13 (below link). It appears the OHA report is inaccurate. Douglas County reported a total of 189 cases on September 13. The below zip codes only add up to 180 cases.

97417: 9

97435: 9

97457: 15

97462: 11

97467: 9

97469: 9

97470: 35

97471: 42

97479: 41

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Emerging%20Respitory%20Infections/COVID-19-Weekly-Report-2020-09-16-FINAL.pdf

Mike

For the third day in a row, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 2 new coronavirus cases today and 13 cases over the last week.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 13 coronavirus cases and received 531 test results over the past week. Dividing 13 cases by 531 test results gives a 7-day positive test rate of 2.5% for Douglas County. ANOTHER significant increase.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 46 new coronavirus cases today and 197 cases and 4 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 188 new coronavirus cases and 2 deaths today. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon decreased to 5.1%.

Mike

The U.S. passed 200,000 coronavirus deaths today.

Mike

For the second day in a row, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 2 new coronavirus cases today and 10 cases over the past five days. Like yesterday, both of today’s new cases were hospitalized.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 11 coronavirus cases and received 546 test results over the past week. Dividing 11 cases by 546 test results gives a 7-day positive test rate of 2.0% for Douglas County. Another significant increase.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 26 new coronavirus cases today and 174 cases and 5 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 178 new coronavirus cases and 8 deaths today. There have been 33 coronavirus deaths in Oregon over the past week. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon decreased to 4.9%.

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority School Metrics weekly report indicates Douglas County’s 7-day positive coronavirus test rate for week ending September 13 was 1.1%.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Emerging%20Respitory%20Infections/Weekly-County-Metrics.pdf

Mike

Study finds people who tested positive for COVID-19 were roughly twice as likely to have dined at a restaurant within two weeks of the onset of illness than those who tested negative for the virus.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/covid-19-patients-twice-as-likely-to-have-dined-out-before-illness-cdc-study/ar-BB1923Vv

Mike

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 2 new coronavirus cases today and 9 cases over the past five days. Both of the new cases are hospitalized.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 9 coronavirus cases and received 495 test results over the past week. Dividing 9 cases by 495 test results gives a 7-day positive test rate of 1.8% for Douglas County. Another significant increase.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 28 new coronavirus cases and another death in Lane County today, the eighth death in Lane County in the past nine days. The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 169 cases and 6 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 147 new coronavirus cases and 2 deaths today. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for all of Oregon increased to 5.13%.

Mike

Douglas County's 7-day positive test rate of 1.8% is the highest its been since August 13.

Mike

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 1 new coronavirus case today and 7 cases over the past four days.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 7 coronavirus cases and received 678 test results over the past week. Dividing 7 cases by 678 test results gives a 7-day positive test rate of 1.0% for Douglas County.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 27 new coronavirus cases and another death in Lane County today, the seventh death in Lane County in the past eight days. The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 157 cases and 6 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 181 new coronavirus cases and 4 deaths today. Today’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon increased to 4.8%.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/Oregon-reports-185-new-confirmed-and-presumptive-COVID-19-cases-5-new-deaths.aspx

Mike

A New York Times survey of more than 1,600 American colleges and universities has revealed at least 88,000 cases and at least 60 deaths since the pandemic began (see the map at below link).

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/covid-college-cases-tracker.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200913&instance_id=22154&nl=the-morning&regi_id=123329811&section_index=1&section_name=big_story&segment_id=37970&te=1&user_id=2d9279670974826e45b563123ff09555

Mike

(Re-Posted) A New York Times survey of more than 1,600 American colleges and universities has revealed at least 88,000 cases and at least 60 deaths since the pandemic began (see the map at attached link).

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/covid-college-cases-tracker.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200913&instance_id=22154&nl=the-morning&regi_id=123329811&section_index=1&section_name=big_story&segment_id=37970&te=1&user_id=2d9279670974826e45b563123ff09555

Mike

According to the Oregon Health Authority county watch list weekly report (below link), Douglas County has not traced the source of over 45% of its coronavirus cases for each of the past three weeks. The Oregon average is 31%.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Emerging%20Respitory%20Infections/County-Watchlist-Data.pdf

Mike

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 3 coronavirus cases today and 5 cases in the past two days.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 8 coronavirus cases and received 796 test results over the past week. Dividing 8 cases by 796 test results gives a 7-day positive test rate of 1.0% for Douglas County. This is a significant increase.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 29 new coronavirus cases today and another death in Linn County, the sixth death in Linn County this week. The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 160 cases and 6 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 291 new coronavirus cases and 6 deaths today. Yesterday’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon dropped to 4.3%.

Mike

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 3 new coronavirus cases in the last two days but only list 2 people (not 4 as indicated in the article) in isolation and zero in the hospital (below link). How can that be? Why aren't all three new cases isolated?

http://douglaspublichealthnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/09-11-2020-DCCRT-DAILY-UPDATE-COVID-19.pdf

Mike

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has reported 5 coronavirus cases and received 735 test results over the past week. Dividing 5 cases by 735 test results gives a 7-day positive test rate of 0.7% for Douglas County.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 21 new cases yesterday and 0 deaths for the first of six days. The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 162 cases over the past week and 5 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 211 new coronavirus cases and 2 deaths yesterday. Yesterday’s 7-day positive test rate for Oregon dropped to 4.4%.

Considering the relatively low number of coronavirus cases in Oregon, it is interesting that for a second day in a row, the OHA reported a new record low 687 non-ICU hospital beds available in Oregon yesterday. In addition, a record low 178 ICU hospital beds were reported available in Oregon yesterday. Overall, as record low 15.0% of Oregon’s 5,750 ICU and non-ICU hospital beds were reported available yesterday.

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