The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 12 new cases Wednesday.
Six county residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, three locally and three out of the area.
Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 112 people who have the illness and are in isolation, as well as another 247 people who have been in contact with an infected person and are in quarantine.
There were no new cases in the nursing home outbreaks listed in the weekly outbreak report Wednesday. Umpqua Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has had 14 total cases and Roseburg VA Medical Center River House has had three.
Workplace outbreaks listed in this week’s report included Swanson Group Manufacturing in Glendale, which no new cases. It’s had 35 in all.
Roseburg Forest Products Dillard Lumber had no new cases, remaining at 15. Roseburg Forest Products Dillard Plywood had three new cases, bringing its total to 13. Roseburg Forest Products Riddle Plywood had no new cases, standing firm at seven.
Umpqua Dairy Products had no new cases, remaining at 14, and Roseburg VA Medical Center also had no new cases, remaining at 13.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 481 new cases and seven new deaths Wednesday.
It also offered two new types of reports Wednesday. The first of these lists the number of doses that were wasted, spoiled or expired across the state. The total to date is 656.
The health authority said that’s a small fraction of the 2 million doses that have been safely administered into Oregonians’ arms.
“We believe that our health system partners are managing their vaccine responsibly and doing everything that they can to minimize waste,” Oregon Health Uthority Chief Financial Officer Dave Baden said in a press release.
The other new report is a dashboard showing the total numbers of variant cases that have surfaced in Oregon.
As of April 6, Oregon has seen 22 cases of B.1.1.7 variant, which first surfaced in the United Kingdom; one each case of P.1 and P.2 variant, originating from Brazil; 54 cases of B.1.427 variant and 217 cases of B.1.429 variant, together known as the California coronavirus variants and six cases of B.1.526 variant, which first surfaced in New York. No cases of the South African variant were reported.
Eligibility for vaccines will open up to all Oregon residents April 19, the governor announced this week.
County health officials are asking already eligible seniors, people with underlying health conditions and people in frontline jobs to contact their health care provider or pharmacy to set up a vaccination appointment.
Health care workers and first responders were eligible early, but those who have not yet received a vaccine can send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org to get connected with a local provider.
Educators, also eligible early, can email educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.
Aviva Health is holding pop up vaccination events in outlying areas of Douglas County for residents 18 years and older. Federally qualified health centers like Aviva Health are able to vaccinate anyone, including people not currently eligible according to state guidelines. To make an appointment at one of the events, call 541-672-9596. More information about when and where the events will take place is online at https://aviva.health/ or on Aviva Health’s Facebook page.
Aviva Health has held vaccination clinics in Drain, Sutherlin and Myrtle Creek over the past two weeks and planned to hold one from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Sutherlin Community Center, 150 S. Willamette St.
Aviva announced on its website this week that Thursday’s clinic will now be open to walk-ins as well as people with appointments. People wanting a shot must show up by 4 p.m. Thursday.
Members of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians can get information about vacination programs at 541-672-9405 or online at cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.
Veterans can contact the Roseburg VA Medical Center at 541-440-100 or online at va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.
Anyone needing help scheduling an appointment can also call the Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline at 541-464-6550.
The response team said Douglas County Public Health received 4,170 first doses of the various COVID-19 vaccines this week. All have been deployed to local vaccinators throughout the county.