According to the Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, the Roseburg VA Medical Center has five active cases of COVID-19, a figure that conflicts with the Oregon Health Authority, which has reported nine.

According to the VA, it has four veteran patients and one employee with active cases of COVID-19.

The VA said the discrepancy is likely due to the fact that OHA includes in its outbreak statistics other household members and close contacts of patients and staff who've contracted the disease.

Altogether since the beginning of the pandemic, the Roseburg VA said it has had 38 cases. Of those, 31 were veterans, five employees, one veteran employee and one listed as "other."

"Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, employees and patients exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others with testing results and follow-up care delivered via telephone," VA spokesperson Tim Parish said in an email.

He said no veterans receiving direct inpatient care at the VA have contracted COVID-19.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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This morning, Roseburg’s VA now reports 7 active cases, 2 of which are employees according to the VA’s national website. Contrary to their spokesperson, the Roseburg VA is reported to have 44 total cases with 9 of those being employees/staff.


The Roseburg Veterans Affairs reported 1 new coronavirus case this afternoon, increasing their active cases to 6 and their total cases to 44 according to the VA’s national website (below link). This comes two weeks after Roseburg VA was declared a workplace outbreak by the Oregon Health Authority.

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