Douglas County will be downgraded from “extreme risk” to “high risk,” effective Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday morning.

The risk levels are state public health guidelines designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The move is made possible after Douglas County reported 178 positive COViD-19 cases between March 7 to March 20, below the 200-per-100,000 threshold.

“Not to jinx our progress, but today we are sharing lots of good news,” the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team said in its Tuesday press release. “Our new COVID-19 case count numbers, as well as our number of local hospitalized COVID-19 patients are definitely coming down.”

Douglas County had been designated extreme risk since Feb. 26, but had 65 positive cases last week. With similar results from March 20 through March 26, the county could be eligible to be lowered to moderate risk.

With the county dropping to high risk designation, many businesses will be allowed to resume certain activities — including indoor dining at restaurants and other establishments — under capacity limitations.

The move to high risk also means that interscholastic athletics — specifically volleyball and basketball, which have been categorized as contact sports — can be played indoors, although with limitations on total capacity within those venues.

Coos County, already in the extreme risk category, will be joined by Curry County as the only two counties with that designation. An increase in cases in Josephine and Klamath counties has placed both into a two-week caution period.

The county response team reported seven new positive test results Tuesday, and said that three county residents were receiving hospital treatment, two of them locally. The county did cross the 2,800-case plateau, with its total rising to 2,806 as of Tuesday.

The three hospitalized patients are the lowest for Douglas County since Jan. 2.

There are 125 positive cases presently in isolation and another 206 contacts in quarantine.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 316 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases and two new deaths, raising the state’s death toll to 2,367. Both of the reported deceased lived in Coos County, and one reportedly passed away at CHI Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg.

Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer will be holding a Facebook Live event on the Douglas Public Health Network Facebook page Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The next drive-thru testing clinic is scheduled for Friday.

Donovan Brink can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4219.

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Mike

Canyonville and Sutherlin zip codes are tied for the highest percentage of total Douglas County coronavirus cases. The number of coronavirus cases, the percent of residents in that zip code diagnosed with coronavirus and the number of cases since last week’s report are listed below for each Douglas County zip code reported by the Oregon Health Authority on March 24.

---------------------------------------Cases

---------------------------------------Since

Zip-------Total---------------------Last

Code----Cases---------%--------Week

97417-----86-----------3.5----------2

97435-----54-----------2.3----------2

97442-----44-----------2.0----------0

97443-----41-----------1.8----------2

97457----239----------2.3----------0

97462-----99-----------2.4----------0

97467----124----------2.3----------5

97469-----52-----------2.0----------2

97470----565----------2.8---------12

97471----765----------2.6---------19

97479----331----------3.5----------7

97495-----45-----------3.1----------1

97496----159----------2.1----------7

97499-----43-----------2.2----------2

Mike

WEDNESDAY’S VACCINE UPDATE

Douglas County is currently the fifth from last county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. 22,517 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have received their first shot which equates to 20.1% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated compared to Oregon’s average of 24.2%.

Below is the updated percentage of residents vaccinated in each Oregon County today and each county’s current risk level according to the Oregon Health Authority. Douglas County is currently one of only two Oregon counties that are in the EXTREME risk level, meaning bars and indoor dining it to remain closed.

-----------------------------------------Risk

COUNTY-------------%-------------Level

Baker--------------49.99-----------Moderate

Wheeler----------35.95-----------Lower

Lincoln------------31.82-----------Lower

Wallowa----------28.32-----------Lower

Benton------------27.98-----------High

Deschutes--------26.61-----------Moderate

Polk----------------26.51-----------High

Sherman----------26.19-----------Lower

Multnomah------25.58----------Moderate

Lane----------------25.53----------Moderate

Tillamook---------25.31----------Moderate

Jefferson----------24.67-----------High

Hood River-------24.46-----------Lower

OREGON----------24.16

Coos---------------23.98-----------Extreme

Gilliam------------23.96-----------Lower

Curry--------------23.90-----------High

Wasco-------------23.67-----------Lower

Harney------------23.36-----------Lower

Yamhill-----------22.86-----------Moderate

Clatsop-----------22.17-----------Lower

Crook-------------22.12-----------Lower

Marion-----------21.82-----------High

Clackamas-------21.44-----------Moderate

Washington-----21.20-----------Moderate

Josephine--------21.16-----------High

Union-------------20.96-----------Moderate

Lake---------------20.86-----------Lower

Klamath----------20.58-----------Moderate

Jackson-----------20.54-----------High

Linn----------------20.39-----------Moderate

Grant--------------20.19-----------Lower

Douglas-----------20.06-----------Extreme*******

Morrow----------18.49-----------Lower

Columbia--------18.37-----------High

Malhuer---------17.05-----------Moderate

Umatilla---------15.77-----------High

Mike

Casey's restaurant parking lot was completely full today at lunch time. I watched several maskless people leaving the restaurant to go to their cars. None of them were carrying food.

Marine Vet

Unfortunately the Christians & Republican Base. Will Ensure this Virus doesn't end anytime soon. Over a Year has passed. Douglas county has been a shing example of How NOT to quell this virus. Ive even seen VA Employees enter stores here with No Masks. Then they return to work. VA Employees are screened 1 time a day upon coming to work, after that they come & go as they please into the community & it's mess. There by Risking every Veteran that use's the Roseburg VA.

dejadoodoo

Nobody's stupid -- at this point we all know what's going on and what we need to do...how to act. We need to work together to keep people from getting/spreading this disease. The effort is actually pretty small -- and the failure to "be part of the solution" is simply foolish. Do the right thing.

CitizenJoe

dejadoodoo: re: "Nobody's stupid." My experience is contrary. I've routinely seen unmasked, indoors, and crowded people in stores in Roseburg, in pictures of Republican headquarters in this newspaper, in countless videos, and so on--defiant, muscular stupidity and public endangerment.

But, yes, you are right about the prescription; what we need to do is pretty simple. Mask, distance, wash, get vaccinated as soon as it's your turn. Don't be stupid; we are very nearly at the end of this pandemic, but we can still throw it all away.

CitizenJoe

"I’m not ruling out the possibility that COVID-19 has organized itself into a neural hive network, attained sentience, hijacked Republicans’ brains, and forced them to do everything in their power to spread the virus."

---Aldous J Pennyfarthing

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/3/23/2022505/-Major-luxury-travel-agency-dumps-the-former-guy-s-hotels

Momos

It's really very simple to understand. Science and facts are a "liberal" thing. The voters of Douglas County won't elect anyone who even hints at agreeing with a liberal about anything. The more contempt they can show, the more votes they get. It's all about owning the libs, regardless of the consequences.

Mike

How is it possible Douglas County is moving out of the EXTREME risk category for the second time after increased restrictions were imposed by the Governor? After all, our Douglas County Commissioners have vigorously condemned those restrictions as not workable for Douglas County. So how is this possible?

Douglas County has been relegated to the EXTREME risk category two separate times. The first time occurred December 18 when Douglas County had a case rate of 208. After increased restrictions were imposed by the Governor, the case rate dropped to 152 on January 1 when Douglas County was moved back to the high risk category.

With a reduction in restrictions, Douglas County’s case rate ballooned to 297 on February 26 when it was again moved back into the EXTREME category. After again imposing increased restrictions, Douglas County’s case rate today is 139.

While claiming the Governor’s coronavirus restrictions don’t work in Douglas County, our Commissioners refuse to say what actually does work. Similar to the Republican lawmaker’s recent vote against stimulus checks sought by the majority of Americans, our County Commissioners universally oppose ALL decisions by Oregon’s Democrat Governor, even if those decisions help to save lives of Douglas County residents.

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