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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.

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How many of these are the regular flu?


None. They use different tests.


You slept through all of your sciences classes, eh?


Oregon Gov. Kate Brown pledged $55 million in state aid for businesses hurt by COVID-19 restrictions. The money will be distributed by county, based on population, and each county will be responsible for managing its application. Douglas County's portion should be approximately $1.5 million.

I will not be surprised to read the County Commissioners distributed the majority of this $1.5 million to the Oregon Timber Counties Coalition which is an assumed business name used by Commissioner Tim Freeman who is listed as the registered owner and authorized representative with the county courthouse listed as its business address. This would be similar to the $5,000 per month contract the Board of Commissioners awarded to the Oregon Timbers Counties Coalition (Tim Freeman) on July 1.

In the past, it would be possible to watch the video of that Board of Commissioner's meeting to check out what hanky panky the Commissioners were up to. Unfortunately, the Board of Commissioners voted last May to no longer record their Board Meeting conducted during the day when everyone is working because us citizens were asking too many questions.


Minutes after Governor Brown’s statement on increased coronavirus restrictions, officials with the Oregon Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police and Oregon State Police released their own. They implored Oregonians to comply with the executive order, noting that misdemeanor charges would be “a last resort” and officers would seek to educate first.

Does this mean that after refusing to enforce past restrictions, our Douglas County Sheriff will now be enforcing coronavirus restrictions?

Brown’s order lays out that those who “knowingly” violate the order would face a Class C misdemeanor charge, which carries the potential for a $1,250 fine, jail time or both.


The city of Bend, Oregon has a hotline residents can call about businesses not adhering to the statewide mask mandate. Callers to the hotline must leave a message and include the name of the business, the date and time of the violation and a description of the violation, according to the city. Anonymous calls are not accepted. Businesses violating the mask order could be charged with a Class A civil infraction, which comes with a fine up to $750.

Individuals not following the Oregon Health Authority mask guidelines in Bend are subject to a $100 civil penalty for the first violation, $250 for the second, and $500 for a third violation. The penalties were adopted in July.


Nope. Our local heads of law enforcement will not enforce the law. I'd like to see the governor withhold future funds to law enforcement to get her point across.


The U.S. saw 1,615 coronavirus deaths today, the highest amount since July 30. While America prepares itself for a 9/11 every two days, our President does nothing about it. A less caring, humanitarian president there has never been.

Kevin Adamski

I disagree the President is the culprit. From what I (a citizen) see the Democratic’s are always attacking him (I.e armchair quarterbacking). The “dim-witted” President-Elect main agenda is to have the citzenery locked down to promote the one world government. I predict this country will be engaged in a Civil War (family member to family member) if this bitterness continues.


We all have our opinions and can voice them freely. That is what makes America great.


Well said, Mike.


Please remove your tinfoil hat.


US Coronavirus: 1,707 Covid-19 deaths were reported in 1 day. That's the highest daily death toll in 6 months.


"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."

If Freeman's so concerned then why doesn't he call out little GOP Puppet boy Dallas who is insistent that the virus is, "not a problem in his District."












Douglas County has now had 55 cases and 2 deaths over the past two days and 4 deaths in the past two weeks.

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs reported 5 more coronavirus cases since yesterday, increasing their total case count to 71.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 278 coronavirus cases and received 1,789 test results over the past two weeks in Douglas County. Dividing 278 cases by 1,789 test results gives Douglas County a RECORD 14-day positive test rate of 15.5% today. The school re-opening metric is a maximum of 5.0%

The 278 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks represent a RECORD HIGH 14-day case rate of 250.5 today for Douglas County. The school re-opening metric is a maximum of 50.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 171 new coronavirus cases and 1 death in Lane County today and 1,237 cases and 7 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 924 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths, the second highest, today in Oregon. The 7-day positive test rate for Oregon is 13.8% today.

The OHA reports, for the second day in a row, that 40 people are currently on ventilators state-wide today. Other than yesterday, this is the highest number since April 17.

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