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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported nine new cases Thursday.

Seven county residents are currently hospitalized with the illness, five locally and two out of the area.

Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 84 people who have the illness and are in isolation as well as another 221 people who have been in contact with an infected person and are in quarantine.

The response team said there’s been a decline in cases in Douglas County over the past few weeks, but the reduction is not enough for the state to lower the county’s risk level.

Health officials are seeing a continued increase in cases with some local churches, the team said in a press release Thursday.

In the past year, local epidemiologists have recorded 10 church-related outbreaks in Douglas County, associated with 176 cases, 23 hospitalizations and seven deaths.

Churches that have worked with county health officials to take steps like limiting capacity, adding virtual service options, requiring masks and curtailing singing have had no identified outbreaks, the team said.

Other churches have not been so careful, the team said.

Douglas Public Health Network is following several current church outbreaks. At one church, more than 15 people have been infected and secondary cases from that outbreak have been found at several local businesses, health care facilities and schools.

One of the cases from that outbreak was identified as one of the California variants of the COVID-19 virus.

The press release said the county will not publish the names of the churches with outbreaks, following the lead of the Oregon Health Authority, which reports workplace, nursing home and school outbreaks but not church outbreaks. Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 733 new cases and six new deaths Thursday.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,242,066 doses of Pfizer, 1,069,417 doses of Moderna and 87,339 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 945,453 people have been fully vaccinated.

In Douglas County, 49,106 doses have been administered to 30,213 people, or 26.9% of the population. A total of 21,041 people have been fully vaccinated.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at or 541-957-4213.

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

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Douglas County is the fifth from last county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. Only four other counties in Oregon have vaccinated a lower percentage of their residents. Over four months after Douglas County received its first doses of vaccine, only 30,898 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have received their first shot. 27.5% of Douglas County residents have received their first vaccine dose compared to Oregon’s average of 37.9% and a U.S average of 39.0%.

Below is the updated percentage of resident who have received their first vaccine dose in each Oregon County today according to the Oregon Health Authority.




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How does that go again . . . "Thou shalt not kill?" Oh, right unless you are a member of a Christian church. Jesus is apparently pretty busy with mass shootings and cannot protect you from the COVID 19 . . .


These are the wages of Dallas Heard's sins.


He announced the formation of his anti-mask crusade and the Citizens Against Tyranny, which would name and shame people, in a sermon he gave at his church. I listened to the whole thing on-line and he was met with loud cheering and applause. I looked at the CAT website yesterday and it has devolved into a wacky anti-vax and conspiracy gripe page. It can only be called a complete and utter failure.




Great post- I agree! It would still be good information to know which churches have had the outbreaks so one can make their decision accordingly-but have been told that that is not going to happen

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

I'm a person of faith and even lean conservative. Still, it's unconscionable to me some churches and their parishioners continue to deny the severity of this pandemic and ignore simple steps to mitigate the risk of transmission.

I hate wearing masks, but I still do it, even though I'm fully vaccinated. For me, it falls in line with loving thy neighbor. Those who hijack the argument and insist this simple act is a violation of our God-given rights are, in my opinion, the equivalent of a false prophet.

What's more, does God only bless you within the four walls of a church? Does worshipping with others remotely as opposed to in-person somehow dilute the glory we give God? Was it God's will for those 176 churchgoers to test positive? Was it His plan for 23 of them to be hospitalized? Did God design, in his divine and infinite wisdom, the deaths of those seven individuals?

I submit to you the answer to each of those questions is no. To be frank, right now, willingly flouting common sense measures to slow the spread of this virus and protect yourself and others is akin to playing Russian roulette. God no more compels you to pull the trigger than He encourages you to go maskless.

Sure, God does encourage us to worship together. But in His plan I believe he saw the tools (think Zoom) modern technology would bring us, just as He did modern medicine. To you believers who refuse to mask and continue to gather, would you refuse a treatment for cancer and choose to pray it away instead? I'd choose both, but that's just me.

I miss gathering. I miss fellowship. But these are small sacrifices I'll gladly make to protect the people I love.

To those who continue to worship en masse sans masks and distancing, you're no closer to God than those of faith who choose to take those protective measures.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."

God gives each of us free will. We have the choice to do good or bad, cause harm or protect.

Refuse to mask and distance? Fine, but don't hide behind a veil of righteousness; you're no more worthy of God's grace than the rest of us.



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No One at the News Review wear masks either. BET You'll NEVER Hear of anyone getting Sick there.? Right.? And We still have Good Ole Fashioned Christian Ignorance working AGAINST US here....Douglas Public Health Network is following several current church outbreaks. At one church, more than 15 people have been infected and secondary cases from that outbreak have been found at several local businesses, health care facilities and schools.


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