Mobile Medical Van

Douglas Public Health Network Executive Director Teresa Mutschler, Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman and Douglas County Fleet Division Manager Omar Assed with one of two mobile medical vans the county’s COVID-19 Response Team hopes to deploy by early April. The MMVs will be used as “pop-up” vaccination centers in rural and remote parts of the county as well as local businesses.

Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 14 new cases Thursday.

The county response team also announced its 59th death, a 76-year-old man who was diagnosed March 4 and died Wednesday.

The 14 new cases Thursday raised the county’s weekly total to 40 since Monday. Nine area residents are hospitalized due to the coronavirus, six locally and three out of the area.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team is monitoring 112 positive cases who are in isolation and 216 potential contacts who are in quarantine.

The county announced Thursday the acquisition of two mobile medical vans which it hopes to deploy in early April for use as mobile vaccination “pop-up” centers both in rural and remote areas of the county as well as local businesses.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 422 new positive and presumptive COVID-19 cases Thursday. The health authority also announced two deaths, raising to state’s death toll due to the coronavirus to 2,370.

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Mike

I’m confused. On December 4, 2020, Douglas County Commissioners announced (below link) “two massive refurbished trailers” and a “45-foot, 35,000-pound 2008 International truck” were purchased with CARES Act money and were set to provide clinical and vaccination services to “high-need areas of Douglas County that do not currently have access to reliable medical services.”

Does this mean there are now FIVE mobile clinics providing vaccination services to inaccessible areas? These two vans mentioned in this article appear to be in addition to the three mobile clinics already purchased as announced in the December 4 article.

https://www.nrtoday.com/news/health/new-mobile-medical-units-will-help-with-covid-19-response-and-other-essential-medical-needs/article_0a14e8a7-b862-5c39-9aaf-9df573ef9e1b.html

Marine Vet

Based on good reporting. Why was the money Wasted on Vans.? Over 50 % of Republicans Wont even get the Vaccines.? This is how they are Spending the Millions they applied for in Covid-19 relief.? Pissing away money on Vans that will barely be used.? Shows a lot about the Leadership in this county doesn't it.?

mworden

This is one time I disagree with you. Douglas County is over 5000 square miles -- about the same size as Northern Ireland and 4 times larger than Rhode Island. We have many small communities with few services and many people scattered around the countryside. A van can hold all the supplies necessary to set up a vaccination clinic at a grange hall, church or Diamond Lake lodge. We need to provide services to those people who have a difficult time coming into town due to transportation, age, eye sight. mental health issues or other problems. It's not ideal, but it's reality.

Public Health is also in charge of disaster preparedness, like last summer's fires. We also have a history of flooding. Public Health needs to get to where people are, not to where it's more convenient to provide them with services.

I see these vans as a good investment for our large, sprawling county with folks who live out in the countryside. We're not going to stop this pandemic if we make it hard for them to get vaccine and other services. After the pandemic, there will be plenty of other opportunities to use the vans. The need for Public Health won't end when the pandemic ends.

NJ

You're going to need bigger vans. Show up anywhere without enough staff and doses to serve everyone in the community and people who have waited and worried for months will let you know exactly how they feel. Drive to all smaller more remote communities first before you pop up at local businesses.

CitizenJoe

NJ: agreed. If a community is large enough to have a clinic or pharmacy (like Canyonville), the van doesn't need to stop there. But for tiny communities like Azalea, or Tiller, or places way up Upper Cow Creek, the van is ideal.

CitizenJoe

Good for the county, regarding those vax-vans. A lot of the remote folks, though, are as isolated informationally as they are geographically. How does the county plan to inform and motivate those individuals? I know folks way up the creek and over the mountains who are ill-informed and recalcitrant, but are nevertheless excellent culture media for viral replication. And a lot of them are collections of risk factors, from age to obesity to cardiovascular disease. The only thing going for them is their limited human contact.

Anyway: good on the county!

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