The Douglas County COVID-19 Recovery Team reported a two-day total of 182 new cases of COVID-19 in its Friday report.
On Thursday, 74 people were reported with new cases Thursday, followed by 108 new cases Friday. Thirty-one county residents are hospitalized, 27 locally and four out of the area.
Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer said that the recent surge in COVID-19 is not likely to end anytime soon.
“Unfortunately, I do not think we have seen the full impact of this surge yet,” Dannenhoffer said in Friday’s news release. “The rampant surges are so unnecessary, and getting out of control.”
Douglas County has an abundance of vaccines available between the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna and one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and there is ample access for unvaccinated residents who wish to receive the shot.
“We know that the COVID-19 vaccines are still showing to be the most effective prevention measure for slowing the spread of COVID-19, being hospitalized for COVID-19 or dying from a COVID-19 infection, even with the newer variants,” Dannenhoffer said.
Local health officials are reportedly seeing a vast increase in young people requiring hospital care due to the illness. In June 2020, the average age of county residents requiring hospitalization was 86. Since this past June, that average had dropped to 47, with nearly 40% of those cases being younger than 30.
“There are many possible explanations (for the increase in younger cases), but one that stands out to me is that most of the young hospitalized COVID-19 patients are not vaccinated, and we know that vaccine uptake has been higher in older generations,” Dannenhoffer said.
As of Friday, the Douglas Public Health Network was monitoring 640 county residents in isolation with positive test results, an increase of 219 since Monday. There are an additional 410 potential contacts who are in quarantine.
The Douglas County Tiger Team continues to offer free vaccinations to anyone age 18 or older at the Douglas County Fair through Saturday. Aviva Health has a vaccination center 4221 NE Stephens St., Roseburg, open to anyone age 12 and older.
Additionally, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians has two available drive-thru clinics at 2371 NE Stephens St., Roseburg and 480 Wartahoo Lane in Canyonville. The tribe offers the Moderna vaccine Monday-Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.