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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 18 new cases Wednesday and no new deaths.

This week’s outbreak report released Wednesday from the Oregon Health Authority listed no Douglas County nursing homes as currently having outbreaks.

A new workplace outbreak, with five cases, was reported at Advanced Skin Center and Dermatology in Roseburg. The outbreak at Aviva Health in Roseburg had two additional cases, bringing its total to 10. No new cases were added to current cases at CHI Mercy Medical Center or Costco in Roseburg, or to the outbreak at South River Community Health Center in Winston.

The report also included active outbreaks among students and staff at local schools. New to this week’s outbreak list over last week’s list were Riddle High School with two cases, Tri City Elementary School with one case, Highland Elementary School in Reedsport with two cases, Fullerton IV Elementary School in Roseburg with one case and Roseburg High School with one case.

Additional cases adding to previously listed outbreaks included Jo Lane Middle School with one additional case, Sutherlin Middle School with one new case, East Sutherlin Primary School with one new case, Winston Middle School with two new cases, Oakland High School with one new case, and South Umpqua High School in Myrtle Creek with one new case.

Eleven county residents are hospitalized with the illness, seven locally and four out of the area.

The Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 122 county residents with COVID-19 who are in isolation, and another 253 people who have had contact with an infected person and are in quarantine.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 649 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and 10 new deaths, raising the state’s death toll since the pandemic’s beginning to 1,991.

Statewide, 471,966 COVID-19 vaccinations have been given. Of those, 5,774 have been given in Douglas County, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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

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Mike

Covid cases fell dramatically and quickly among people who were vaccinated, Israeli studies found. It’s the strongest evidence yet that a robust vaccination program can tame the pandemic.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/05/world/middleeast/israel-virus-vaccination.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20210204&instance_id=26794&nl=the-morning&regi_id=123329811&segment_id=51053&te=1&user_id=2d9279670974826e45b563123ff09555

Mike

Douglas County is still the 2nd to last county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. ONLY 6,025 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have been vaccinated since Douglas County received its 1,595 doses on December 16. A mere 5.4% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated compared to the Oregon average of 9.0%.

Only Columbia County (4.4%) has vaccinated a lower percentage of their resident than Douglas County. Below is the percentage of residents vaccinated in each Oregon County today according to the Oregon Health Authority.

COUNTY----------%

Wheeler---------27.61

Deschutes------14.33

Harney----------12.88

Polk--------------12.22

Hood River-----10.48

Lincoln----------10.20

Benton----------10.03

Jefferson--------10.01

Marion-----------9.56

Wasco------------9.50

Sherman---------9.42

Multnomah-----9.33

Wallowa---------9.19

OREGON---------8.96

Lake---------------8.81

Crook-------------8.60

Baker-------------8.56

Jackson-----------8.54

Clackamas-------7.83

Klamath----------7.80

Gilliam------------7.69

Washington-----7.60

Lane---------------7.52

Linn----------------7.52

Yamhill-----------7.21

Union-------------7.18

Grant--------------6.74

Curry--------------6.72

Clatsop-----------6.70

Morrow----------6.60

Josephine--------6.48

Coos---------------6.46

Umatilla----------6.27

Malhuer----------5.77

Tillamook--------5.44

Douglas-----------5.37*********

Columbia--------4.38

Our County Commissioners claim low supply of vaccine is the reason for Douglas County’s slow vaccine roll-out to its residents. If so, ask yourself why vaccine supply is NOT an issue for the rest of Oregon, with some counties having vaccinated five times higher percentage of their residents. Moreover, the CDC (below link) indicates 706,575 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Oregon, which is enough to vaccinate 16.8% of Oregon’s residents. But Only 486,856 doses have been administered. This means Oregon has 219,719 vaccine doses that have NOT been administered. That’s an average of 6,103 doses sitting on the shelf in EVERY Oregon County that have yet to be administered. It’s also more doses than Douglas County has vaccinated in the month and a half since it received its first 1,595 doses.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations

Mike

28 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,931 cases and 48 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 2 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 196 cases and 6 deaths. Roseburg VA administered 83 vaccine doses since yesterday, bringing its total to 1,446 doses administered. 27 veterans have received both doses of vaccine according to the VA National website link below.

https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Healthcare/COVID19NationalSummary

The Commissioners Response Team reported 192 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 171.1 today for Douglas County, which is less than the maximum case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to remain open.

Mike

The Commissioners Response Team reported 192 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,628 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 192 cases by 3,628 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 5.3% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 184 new coronavirus cases and 2 deaths today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,168 cases and 11 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 715 new coronavirus cases and 7 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 3.8% today.

The Oregon Health Authority tracks hospital statistics for seven different regions in Oregon. Region 3 consists of Douglas, Coos, Curry and Lane Counties. The OHA reported there are 16 ICU beds and 125 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. 37 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 11 are in ICU. There were 112 new coronavirus cases reported in Region 3 today.

Mike

The number of coronavirus cases, the percent of residents diagnosed with coronavirus and the number of cases since last week are listed below for each Douglas County zip code reported by the Oregon Health Authority (below link) as of February 3.

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

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

----------------------------------------Last

Zip--------Cases---------%--------Week

97417-----69-----------2.8----------0

97435-----28-----------1.2----------0

97442-----17-----------0.8----------1

97443-----25-----------1.1----------2

97457----168----------1.6----------1

97462-----78-----------2.0----------1

97467-----79-----------1.5----------2

97469-----41-----------1.6----------3

97470----373----------1.9---------28

97471----515----------1.8---------18

97479----230----------2.4----------8

97495-----31-----------2.1----------4

97496-----99-----------1.3----------7

97499-----38-----------1.9----------6

Mike

This article mentions 12 Douglas County schools have reported 14 new coronavirus cases since last week’s Outbreak Report was published by the Oregon Health Authority. What the article fails to mention is teachers were 9 of the 14 new cases.

This article also fails to mention the 12 Douglas County Schools with new cases this week is over twice the 5 Douglas County schools reported in the previous week’s Outbreak Report.

There have been 26 coronavirus cases in Douglas County schools reported by the last two Outbreak Reports. 17 of those cases were teachers.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/covid19/Documents/DataReports/Weekly-Outbreak-COVID-19-Report.pdf

Mike

For those of you who oppose teachers being vaccinated before seniors, consider this fact. Teachers constitute less than 5% of a school's population but have been diagnosed with 65% of the coronavirus cases over the past two weeks in Douglas County.

I suspect the infected teachers are now terrified they may have taken this virus home and passed it on to their families. While I can protect myself from being infected, I have no idea how teachers can protect their selves from the little munchkins they teach. Masks only go so far.

OregonHusker

We shouldn't have in person school right now. The elderly need to be vaccinated before the teachers and the teachers should be teaching students online. It's a shame our lame duck governor succumbed to pressure from people who use our schools as babysitters.

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