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One more Douglas County resident has died from complications due to COVID-19, the county’s recovery team reported Wednesday.

A 73-year-old woman was diagnosed with the coronavirus Friday and died Monday. She was the 243rd county resident to die due as a result of the illness.

There were 31 new positive and five presumptive cases of COVID-19 reported Tuesday and another 61 total cases reported Wednesday.

The good news continues on the hospitalization front, whereas on Wednesday there was just one patient in CHI Mercy Medical Center’s intensive care unit and four in the progressive care unit. Of all patients hospitalized at Mercy, only 7% are receiving treatment for COVID-19.

A total of 34 county residents were hospitalized due to the coronavirus as of Wednesday, 19 locally and 15 outside the county. Of those 34, 29 are reportedly not fully vaccinated.

WEEKLY OUTBREAK REPORT

The Oregon Health Authority reported very little movement in Douglas County in Wednesday’s weekly outbreak report.

One senior care, assisted living or congregate care facility was added to the list this week as Callahan Court Memory Care Community reported three new COVID-19 cases, the last of which was reported Sunday, while a breakout at Umpqua Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has now been classified as “resolved.”

Orenco Systems in Sutherlin, Harbor Wholesale in Roseburg and Umpqua Dairy in Roseburg were also considered “resolved” on the health authority’s workplace outbreak list. Only two Douglas County workplaces — Roseburg Forest Products’ Dillard Plywood and Riddle engineered wood plants — added three combined cases. Other workplaces on the list saw no new additional cases reported.

Three elementary schools — Sunnyslope in Green, Tri City and Glide — each had three positive cases reported by the health authority. Coffenberry Middle School in Myrtle Creek also had three, while Roseburg High School reported six. All of those cases were reportedly students.

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Mike

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 VACCINATION RATE PASSES THE 50% MARK ON MAY 20. That was the headline in the County Commissioners May 20 press release (below link). The press release went on to say, “Douglas County has passed the 50% mark with COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible residents ages 16 and older, and as of today there are 47,937 residents or 50.5% people vaccinated with their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Fast forward to today. According the County Commissioner’s Friday press release, the very same officials now report 156 days later that, “of all county residents age 16 and older, an estimated 64.8% are at least partially vaccinated.”

This means it took OVER 5 months to vaccinate 14.3% of Douglas County residents 16 years and older. That is a mere 13,574 residents vaccinated in 156 days. During that time, 173 Douglas County residents died from Covid.

It certainly doesn’t appear heard immunity in Douglas County will be achieved through vaccination.

https://files.constantcontact.com/16459d00701/77eed514-a5de-42d6-b59c-63ee0ff34f07.pdf

Mike

75% of Mercy Medical Center staff have been vaccinated or are in the process of being vaccinated according to today’s radio interview (below link) with Mercy Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jason Gray and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Hoyt. The 25% of staff that are NOT vaccinated have either received their exemption or are in the process of receiving their exemption and will soon begin weekly testing.

Mercy Medical Center’s vaccine exemptions are being determined at their corporate office, not at the local hospital. However, according to Ms. Hoyt, Mercy is, “one of a subpopulation in Oregon that is accepting waivers…but we still have some waivers that we don’t know whether they’ve been accepted” by the corporate office. Maybe someone else can tell me what that means.

https://kqennewsradio.com/2021/10/22/inside-douglas-county-10-22-21/

Mike

Mercy Medical Center is owned by CommonSpirit Health, which announced (below link) on August 12 that all 150,000 employees in all of its 140 hospitals across the non-profit system, including physicians, advanced practice providers, volunteers and others caring for patients in its facilities, must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1.

https://commonspirit.org/commonspirit-health-announces-that-employees-must-be-vaccinated-against-covid-19/

According to CommonSpirit Health CEO Lloyd H. Dean, “As health care providers, we have a responsibility to help end this pandemic and protect our patients, our colleagues, and those in our communities – including the most vulnerable among us…An abundance of evidence shows that the vaccines are safe and highly effective. Throughout the pandemic, we have made data-driven decisions that will help us best fulfill our healing mission, and requiring vaccination is critical to maintaining a safe care environment.”

https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/workforce/commonspirit-health-mandates-covid-19-vaccination-for-employees-in-21-states.html

On October 19, CommonSpirit owned St. Anthony hospital in Pendleton, Oregon placed 15 employees — or 4% of its more than 370 employees — on leave after failing to comply with its vaccine mandate. Emily Smith, a St. Anthony spokesperson, said the hospital could not comment on the specific case of any employee but explained exemption requests are processed by the national office for CommonSpirit Health, a part of Catholic Health Initiatives, the national Catholic health care system that owns St. Anthony.

https://www.bakercityherald.com/protesters-decry-vaccine-mandate/article_5aeab812-32a7-11ec-a98a-e3b3e6f83b54.html

Mike

Chicago based CommonSpirit Health posted an operating revenue gain of $998 million for the fiscal year ending June 30. CommonSpirit’s earnings report outlined a steady quarterly increase in earnings and revenue during the first nine months of the year, which it largely attributed to pandemic trends. CommonSpirit said it has received roughly $1.5 billion in CARES Act relief funding to date, $690 million of which was recorded in fiscal year 2021. It has also received a total of $2.8 billion from the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program.

As owner of Mercy Medical Center, CommonSpirit Health is the country's largest nonprofit health system with more than 1,000 care sites and 140 hospitals spread across 21 states. The Catholic system is also the largest provider of Medicaid services.

https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/hospitals/commonspirit-health-bounces-back-fy21-1b-operating-gains

Mike

Douglas County has the fourth most per capita deaths of all Oregon Counties. The three Oregon counties with higher per capita deaths are Harney, Malheur and Josephine, all of which are among the few counties to have vaccinated less residents than Douglas County.

---------------------Deaths-------10/22/01

----------------------Per-----------Residents

County---------100,000------Vaccinated

==============================

Harney------------371-------------40.9%

Malheur----------240-------------41.0%

Josephine--------224-------------46.4%

Douglas-----------218-------------48.8%

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

Mike

2 MORE Covid DEATHS were reported today in Douglas County, bringing the total Covid Deaths in our county to 245.

Douglas County has the fourth highest per capita deaths of all Oregon Counties.

https://files.constantcontact.com/16459d00701/db477053-878a-478a-862a-d372d3ce1425.pdf

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority issued a report (below link) today identifying a “significant contrast” in adherence to the recommended public health protocols between unvaccinated and vaccinated persons.

Mask wearing among unvaccinated people is about half the rate of vaccinated people. Unvaccinated people are also more likely to attend large events outdoors.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDHS/bulletins/2f8bbb1

Mike

There is a new AY.4.2 variant being called “Delta Plus” which is said (below link) to be 10% - 15% more contagious than Delta which is currently spreading through the U.K., raising calls there for another lock-down.

It appears the new AY.4.2 variant may already have arrived in the U.S., having been detected in at least five cases in the U.S.: in Washington, D.C., California, North Carolina, Washington state and Massachusetts.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/22/covid-us-officials-keep-close-watch-on-the-delta-plus-mutation-as-it-spreads-in-the-uk.html

mworden

From today's commissioners' covid report:

LAST DAY FOR TRAVELING COVID-19 CLINIC IN ROSEBURG

Today, Friday, October 22, 2021 is the last day to take advantage of the traveling COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinic in Roseburg. The clinic is offering free drive-through COVID-19 vaccinations, COVID-19 PCR testing and COVID-19 booster/3rd vaccine dose for those who are eligible. Additionally, thanks to the efforts of DPHN and Aviva Health, they also have annual flu shots available. The Roseburg COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Clinic is open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm today. The drive-through clinic is located in the parking lot (1530 NE Diamond Lake Blvd) at the corner of NE Fowler Street and Diamond Lake Blvd (Hwy 138), adjacent to the Roseburg Public Library in downtown Roseburg.

Mike

Regarding what is written in this article about senior care, Callahan Court Memory Care may have had 3 new cases, but what is NOT reported in this article is four retirement home Covid deaths occurred since last week according to the OHA Outbreak Report. One death each at Chantele's Loving Touch, Curry Manor, Rose Haven Nursing Center and Umpqua Valley Nursing Home.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/covid19/Documents/DataReports/Weekly-Outbreak-COVID-19-Report-2021-10-20-FINAL.pdf

Mike

48.8% of Douglas County residents have been fully vaccinated today according to the CDC and confirmed by Douglas County Public Health Network Director Dr. Dannenhoffer during his October 18 KQEN radio interview (below link). That is 15% lower than nearby Lane County. Below is the number of Douglas County residents who became fully vaccinated during each of the previous weeks according to the Oregon Health Authority (below link).

Week

Ending----------------Number

October 20--------------500

October 13--------------553

October 6----------------858

September 29----------713

September 22--------1,009

September 15-----------905

September 8------------552

September 1------------558

August 24----------------571

August 18----------------481

August 11----------------370

August 4------------------292

https://kqennewsradio.com/2021/10/18/inside-douglas-county-10-18-21/

Mike

To date, there have been 32,954 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon. The average age of all cases is 48. To date, 4.4% of all vaccine breakthrough cases have been hospitalized and 1% have died. The average age of vaccinated people who died was 80.

Vaccination remains the most effective tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDHS/bulletins/2f89b56

Mike

Remember Citizens for Tyranny, that group of 100+ Douglas County businesses led by Senator Dallas Heard that doxxes old ladies in blood and demands elected leaders commit their support or risk recall. I think it is worthy to mention the following additional businesses and their owners who have professed their support for Citizens for Tyranny.

Geter Done Salon – Brian & Wanda Henry

Canyonville Fitness – Julie McCartt

Perkins Automotive Mobile Repair – Justin Perkins

Lookingglass Brewery – Brett & Mendi Parrett

https://www.facebook.com/citizensagainsttyranny.DouglasCounty.OR/

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CitizenJoe

FedUp: that is a remarkably ignorant assertion, and it's dangerous if people believe you and act on it. There are cases of reinfection. I don't know what you mean by "contracted the disease twice naturally," in that I don't know who contracts the disease unnaturally. Who?

Getting the vaccine protects against getting the disease; it's not perfect protection (maybe 90-95%, but that number depends on many variables), and nobody asserts that it's perfect. Getting the disease is no "golden ticket", but a turn at Russian roulette with a 50-bullet cylinder. Surviving the disease will net you maybe 17 months of relative immunity (depending on lots of variables), and then you can spin the cylinder again. Or you can just get vaccinated. (And repeat, maybe annually--we just don't know yet.)

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02825-8

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mworden

There have been plenty of documented cases of people catching covid more than once. I've been reading about it on science and health sites for at least a year. Try this recent story:

https://www.science.org/content/article/more-people-are-getting-covid-19-twice-suggesting-immunity-wanes-quickly-some

I can't understand anyone who would call natural immunity through contracting coronavirus the golden ticket. In the last 20 months, 735,000 Americans have died of covid. That's more than all the Americans who died in combat in all the wars since World War 1. That's equal to 245 9/11 terrorist attacks. That equals hundreds of millions of dollars in medical bills, broken families, orphaned children and grief.

When you advocate for natural immunity, that's what you're recommending. Think about it for a minute. Do you really not care if we have the death toll of two or three new 9/11 events every week?

As many as 1/3 of covid patients endure long-haul symptoms. That can be something like chronic fatigue and coughing. Maybe loss of taste and smell. Not all that bad. But it can also cause kidney and lung failure, blood clots, amputations, cognitive problems. Those are serious disabilities that mean people may not be able to work and they have to be taken care of for the rest of their lives. We already have countless people out there suffering disabling long-term symptoms and you call that a golden ticket?

Reckless disregard for the safety of others is a sign of Something Seriously Wrong With Your Character. Please tell me you were just being glib and you don't really view 735,000 dead people as a golden ticket to anything.

dejadoodoo

Looks like we're entering a phase where unvaccinated younger, stronger people (including my 20 year old granddaughter) are going to happily aid society's quest for herd immunity. I think anyone who chooses to remain unvaccinated simply has to know that sooner or later they will catch it; it's pretty foolish to think you won't catch it when this very high community infection rate persists.

CitizenJoe

dejadoodoo: it's not merely "sooner or later" that they will catch it; it's likely sooner *and* later; the latest indicators suggest that folks will get it about every 16 months--but of course that will depend on many factors, including their own immune systems, and what the R0 is in their community.

It's gonna be a jab a year (or so), or disease every year (or so).

Oh brave new world, that has such a virus in it.

FedUp

Wishing I would have gotten an antibodies test before I got the vaccination! Hopefully if I already had covid, I haven't screwed up my immunities. I haven't heard of anyone who has gotten covid getting reinfected!

mworden

https://www.science.org/content/article/more-people-are-getting-covid-19-twice-suggesting-immunity-wanes-quickly-some

CitizenJoe

mworden: yes. And the article you link is about a year old (and the information is therefore a bit older). Here is a more recent article:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02825-8

FedUp: I think you misperceive the nature of immunity, and of vaccines. There is no reason to think you "screwed up [your] immunities"; you'd only have enhanced your immunity by following infections with immunization. Further, no informed person is going to "think that us vaccinated people aren't going to get it either!!!!" We understand that 90% efficacy leaves behind a vulnerable 10%. We also understand the exclamation points carry no evidentiary weight.

FedUp

It's pretty foolish to think that us vaccinated people aren't going to get it either!!!!!

Mike

This article falsely claims there were new Covid cases reported last week by just 5 different Douglas County schools. The actual number is 10 different schools reported new cases in the latest OHA Outbreak Report. The following schools that reported new cases and were NOT mentioned in this article are:

Eastwood Elementary – 1 case

Yoncalla High – 1 case

Lookingglass Elementary-1 case

McGovern Elementary -1 case

North Douglas High – 1 case

kaydee44

Was the woman who tragically died vaccinated?

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CitizenJoe

This reporting is going to get more complicated. If a person is eligible for a booster, and has not had the booster, is that person "fully vaccinated"? I should think not. If you step on a nail in the cow's barnyard, and your last tetanus shot was 11 years ago, you are by no means fully vaccinated. Same most other vaccines, depending on how fast immunity typically wanes.

Mike

Yes. The County Commissioners reported she was fully vaccinated.

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