The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 28 new positive cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, along with the news that 1,191 residents ages 12 and older had received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The new vaccinations of those 16 and older were 988, pushing the county's total to 49,514 and 52.20%. Once the county reaches 65% of its residents 16-and-older at least partially vaccinated, several restrictions related to COVID-19 could be lifted.

The response team also reported Wednesday that 182 residents with positive test results were in isolation, down from 194 Tuesday. The Douglas Public Health Network is also monitoring 550 presumptive positive patients and potential contacts in quarantine, down from 633 Tuesday.

Roseburg Public Schools announced Wednesday there was a positive COVID-19 case at Roseburg High School. 

North Douglas School District announced Wednesday that a staff member at North Douglas Elementary School contracted the coronavirus, which meant several teachers had to quarantine. The school district will stop offering preschool for the remainder of the school year to make up staffing shortages at the elementary school.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 356 new positive and presumptive cases and two deaths in its Wednesday report.

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Why do people like Mike keep scapegoating the County Commissioners for COVID-19 spread and deaths in this County? Insert the political answer of your choice. The Commissioners have done nothing but FULLY SUPPORT the local health community’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID and ensure that anyone who wants a vaccine is able to get one. This blaming the Commissioners is nothing more than a political hit job not intended to actually point to a real issue -- but create a false narrative that if repeated enough will actually be believed (i.e. propaganda). The Board of Commissioners working with multiple partners in the medical community and Dr. Dannenhoffer (who is a County employee) has put out DAILY information about COVID-19 prevention and have funded, supported (including being onsite helping with vaccination clinics) and ensured that vaccinations are made available in EVERY area of Douglas County. Despite all of this, it's foolish to think that information from the Commissioners is somehow more impactful than what is provided to the public through their normal cable new networks, social media, doctors, friends and family. Anti-vaxxers existed long before COVID-19 -- and whether we like it or not, people are free to make their own choices about their personal health. Dr. Dannenhoffer has made it clear the nearly all people getting COVID are unvaccinated. So it’s pretty clear that those that have recently died of COVID are also unlikely to have been vaccinated. That's basic logic. If you can't see that, it's because you don't want to. What purpose does it serve to publically call out these deceased individuals as being so foolish to not have been vaccinated? All that does is fan the partisan arguments of anti-vaxxers who point to the far higher number of people who got COVID and lived -- and their ridiculous arguments about how getting a vaccine poses a greater risk. At this point, if you don't have all the information you need to make an informed decision about getting vaccinated -- it means you don't care -- because all of that information is readily available -- and whatever health risk you incur as result of your decision is on you. Maybe we should blame the commissioners for not doing more get people to eat healthy because of all the people that die of heart disease? Maybe all obituaries should include any preventable cause of death so we can pick and choose who is worthy of our sympathy? Died of lung cancer? Maybe they wouldn't have smoked if the Commissioners have only told them about the risk of cigarettes! I know it would be very convenient for your personal issues with the Commissioners to be able to blame them for all things COVID-19 -- but despite your best efforts they aren't Trump, nor are they Dallas Heard. The facts clearly point otherwise. The Commissioners have taken this pandemic serious and have done good job in their response.


Its not out of the kindness of their hearts for the County Commissioners to fully support the health community during a pandemic, its part of their JOB. If they don't like doing it to the best of their abilities or don't want to, they should resign.


I agree. It is part of their job, and they have been working hard at doing that job. So why should they resign?


Ghost: Back in March of this year an article was published stating: “Just days before the pandemic reached Douglas County, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, which is the Local Public Health Authority for the county, delegated authority to Commissioner Tim Freeman to head up the response.”, and “Douglas Public Health Network, the private nonprofit that contracts with the county to manage public health, ...”

The County Commission certainly has the responsibility of making sure accurate current numbers are reported and published. Given there's question of accurate numbers influenced by the VA facility here and the Cow Creek Band, the methodology of determining the correct number of only county residents for reporting could and should have been introduced into the calculation methodology to achieve accuracy.

Mike has consistently commented on the number discrepancies, something that has remained ignored by the County Commission authorized to report. It makes sense there would be questions as to why number discrepancy is ignored, and speculation that perhaps the commission, in an effort to open up, would have been concentrating more on opening up the county, than correcting the calculation of reported numbers of vaccinations and cases of infection - there are reasons for actions and inactions.

Why would there be speculation? Do you remember this:

Dallas Heard, the county's pet insurrectionist and nonsensical rebel without a cause, pushing everyone's right to become infected, pass on infection, and recall the Governor based on her authority to mandate rules for responding to Oregon's Covid Emergency. And who is in the photo standing next to Heard? That would be a member of the Douglas County Health Authority, Commissioner Chris Boice. Again, there are reasons for actions and inactions.

One might have cause to question your motive in your fervent trolling of Mike's comments. You've taken it upon yourself, either autonomously, or a more organized planned activity, to do your best to dispute and discredit Mike's comments. Mike's comments should continue and will because like you, he also has First Amendment rights to do so. But it's easy to see the purpose of both Mike and you, and the purpose of your activity is detrimental to the truth where Mike continues because he believes county citizens and voters should be told the truth.

For your and other readers' information: "A troll is Internet slang for a person who intentionally tries to instigate conflict, hostility, or arguments in an online social community. Platforms targeted by trolls can include the comment sections of YouTube, forums, or chat rooms." Trolling has become the number one activity on social media for pushing lies and conspiracy.


[thumbup] NJ, Very well stated.

One disagreement -- I don't see Ghost as a troll, even when he's got his ad hom on. There's only one poster that I ever saw as a deliberate troll here in the comment section and they've been gone for months.


Yeah, I remember. That kid was easy to expose. Yet I've noticed that every time Mike makes a post, this one is right there with accusations, in an attempt to impugn and disqualify. It's becoming relentless, more like a vendetta. And that is trolling.


Douglas County's 78th COVID-19 death again went unreported by the News-Review yesterday. A 54-year-old man died, Douglas County's youngest so far, who tested positive on May 17 and died on May 27 at his residence.


The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team press releases reported the below TOTAL number of Douglas County residents 16+ years of age vaccinated on May 24 and on May 31.

------------May 24------May 31------Delta






On May 24, the Commissioners Response Team claimed 12,119 (8,814+3,035) 16+ years old residents in Douglas County were vaccinated at VA and Tribal sites, which when combined with the 36,907 residents reported by the Oregon Health Authority website added up to 48,756 residents 16+ years old in Douglas County. All of these numbers were reported by the Commissioners Response Team on May 24 (below link).

Yesterday’s Commissioners Response Team press release (below link) vaccination numbers are suspect because they only reported part of the numbers and did not report how many 16+ year old Douglas County residents had been vaccinated at VA and Tribal sites. That’s probably because the only way the numbers would work out is if 761 less 16+ year old Douglas County residents were vaccinated at the VA and Tribal sites.

Furthermore, today’s Response Team press release claims 988 16+ year old residents were vaccinated between May 31 and May 24. Yet, using the numbers THEY reported, the real number was 758. Meanwhile the OHA reported 1,519 Douglas County residents 16+ years old were vaccinated over the same time.

I conclude the County Commissioners Response Team continues to knowingly overstate the number of people vaccinated in Douglas County. Beginning with its May 20 press release, the Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team has included NON-RESIDENTS vaccinated at the VA Hospital and Tribal sites in their total vaccinated numbers. This is further supported by the CDC whose website (below link) tracks every U.S. County and indicates only 34.7% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated on June 2, including vaccinations at VA and Tribal sites. Rather than be honest and admit their mistake, the Response Team has instead chosen to double down and attempt to cover up their lies about the true vaccination numbers in Douglas County.

The Commissioner’s Response Team claim that 52.2% have been vaccinated is dangerous. Overstating the actual number of vaccinated people gives unvaccinated people a false sense of security as evidence by the 255 new coronavirus cases and a 227 case rate in Douglas County since May 20.

48 of Douglas County’s 78 coronavirus deaths have occurred since the vaccine was first made available on December 15. Yet the response team won’t say how many of those who died were previously vaccinated, claiming BS privacy prevents them. Why wouldn’t the Commissioners use every tool at their disposal to encourage people to get vaccinate and save lives?

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