Yet another local life has been claimed by COVID-19.
An 86-year-old man died Tuesday in Roseburg. He was the 12th Douglas County resident to die of COVID-19.
That terrible news came along with shocking new case numbers. A record-breaking 33 new Douglas County cases were reported Tuesday by the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team.
The new cases topped the earlier record of 30 set on Friday, and they bring the county’s total since the pandemic’s beginning to 678.
The man who died was admitted to the hospital on Nov. 10 and tested positive for the illness.
Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman said in a written statement that each and every person lost to the virus is one too many, and he extended condolences to the family.
“COVID-19 doesn’t care who you are, what you believe or how you voted. COVID-19 does not discriminate, it just spreads and attacks,” Freeman said.
He said the key to stopping the spread of the disease is everyone working together “to fight this terrible intruder head on.”
“This is a battle, and we need to all be united in our efforts to defend and protect our families, loved ones, neighbors and communities from catching and spreading this disease,” he said.
Freeman urged county residents to be vigilant and follow health and safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Please keep your distance from others, stay home if you are sick, delay travel plans, postpone gatherings, wash your hands, sanitize surfaces and wear a mask,” he said.
Fourteen county residents are currently hospitalized, with one in a hospital outside of the county. The county is supporting 699 cases and people who have been in contact with cases in isolation or quarantine.
Oregon Health Authority reported on Tuesday that there were 935 new COVID-19 cases statewide and 13 new deaths. The deaths reported Tuesday raise the state’s death toll to 778 since the start of the pandemic.
The statewide deaths were reported from multiple counties and those who died ranged in age from 52 to 98. Most had underlying conditions.