Another three new COVID-19 cases were reported in Douglas County on Friday, while one of the five cases reported Thursday was retracted from the total after it was learned that patient is not a county resident.
The total number of cases now stands at 202, with 14 of those having come in the week ending Friday.
Nineteen county residents are currently being supported in isolation, and six are hospitalized.
After Thursday’s spike in cases, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team urged county residents not to forget the pandemic’s risk even as it adapts to the impact of the Archie Creek Fire.
“While our local numbers have been low over the last 5 weeks, we are now seeing an unfortunate spike in cases. In addition to dealing with COVID-19, we recognize that our residents, neighbors and friends are incredibly distracted, displaced and reeling from the devastating local wildfires, we are too. But, we cannot lose sight of the fact that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic,” the team said in a press release Thursday.
“We continue to encourage you to stay vigilant in protecting you and your family from contracting or spreading this virus,” the press release said.
County residents are being asked to curb travel, limit social gatherings, stay home if sick, wear masks and practice social distancing.
Epidemiologists for the county continue to identify patients with positive COVID-19 test results who have traveled out of the area, contracted the disease during their visit and brought it back to Douglas County.
States directly related to cases here include Alaska, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts and Wyoming.
Patients in isolation who don’t qualify for paid sick leave may be eligible for $120 per day payments for up to 10 days under a state temporary paid leave program. More information is available online at