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Another Douglas County resident has died of COVID-19, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported Tuesday.

A 96-year-old woman who was diagnosed with the disease Jan. 15 died Monday.

No additional information was released about the woman.

She was the 47th county resident to die from the pandemic.

County officials announced Tuesday that Douglas County will remain in the high risk category for COVID-19. That’s a lower ranking than 25 of the state’s counties, which are in the extreme risk category.

The ranking is based on the county’s COVID-19 cases per population and test positivity rate.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, Douglas County had 220 cases over the two weeks ending Jan. 23, or 196 cases per 100,000 people, and a test positivity rate of 4.4%.

Because of its comparatively low ranking, all Douglas County businesses are allowed by the state to remain open with some restrictions.

Despite that, the response team sounded a note of caution.

“While we have managed to stay in the high risk level, our positive case count is still concerning. For the past two weeks, we reported 220 new COVID cases,” the team said in a press release.

The team said recent case investigations revealed that almost one-third of the county’s cases over the last two weeks were linked to outbreaks at two large faith-based organizations.

“These outbreaks have had a dramatic impact on our communities, our businesses and our residents,” the team said.

Where they haven’t seen large outbreaks, the team said, is at gyms, restaurants and bars.

The high risk level will continue through Feb. 11, and is reassessed every two weeks.

The response team reported 10 new COVID-19 cases in Douglas County Tuesday.

Eleven county residents are currently hospitalized with the disease, nine locally and two out of the area.

Douglas Public Health Network is currently supporting 147 people who have the illness and are in isolation, along with another 331 people who have had contact with an infected person and are in quarantine.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 796 new cases statewide and 22 new deaths Tuesday.

To date, 324,473 vaccines have been given to state residents.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Mike

This is the next day and Douglas County is STILL the 2nd worse County in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. Only 3,325 residents of Douglas County have been vaccinated. That is a mere 3.5% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated compared to the Oregon average of 8.1%.

Only Columbia County (3.1%) has vaccinated a lower percentage of their resident than Douglas County. Below is the percentage of residents vaccinated in each Oregon County today according to the Oregon Health Authority.

COUNTY----------%

Wheeler-------19.82

Harney----------9.91

Deschutes------9.80

Polk--------------9.55

Wallowa--------8.87

Sherman--------8.69

Lincoln----------8.23

Marion----------7.97

Lake--------------7.57

Hood River-----7.56

Jackson----------7.32

Multnomah----7.10

Wasco-----------6.88

Benton----------6.72

Jefferson--------6.42

Klamath---------6.28

Clackamas------5.81

Lane--------------5.77

Josephine-------5.63

Washington----5.40

Clatsop----------5.38

Coos--------------5.26

Crook-------------5.21

Yamhill-----------5.20

Baker-------------5.19

Linn---------------5.18

Union------------5.12

Curry-------------5.00

Gilliam-----------4.87

Umatilla---------4.70

Morrow----------4.27

Grant-------------4.17

Tillamook-------3.69

Malhuer---------3.50

Douglas----------3.45<---------

Columbia--------3.12

Our County Commissioners like to untruthfully claim low supply of vaccine is the reason for Douglas County’s low vaccination of its residents. If so, why hasn’t supply been an issue for the rest of Oregon? Furthermore, the CDC (below link) indicates 599,900 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Oregon and only 340,359 doses have been administered. That means 259,541 vaccine doses are sitting on shelves collecting dust. Meanwhile, 14 residents have died since the vaccine was delivered to Douglas County on December 16.

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

Mike

18 new coronavirus cases and 1 more DEATH were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,829 cases and 48 deaths. Douglas County has had 106 coronavirus cases and 5 deaths in the last week. Hence my deadly comment below.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 207 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 184.4 today for Douglas County, which is less than the maximum case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to remain open.

Mike

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 2 new coronavirus case since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 187 cases and 5 deaths.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 207 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,721 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 207 cases by 3,721 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 5.6% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 123 new coronavirus cases and 3 deaths. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,079 cases and 29 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 708 new coronavirus cases and 20 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 4.1% today.

The Oregon Health Authority tracks hospital statistics for seven different regions in Oregon. Region 3 consists of Douglas, Coos, Curry and Lane Counties. The OHA reported there are 14 ICU beds and 108 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. 38 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 13 are in ICU. There were 61 new coronavirus cases reported in Region 3 today.

Mike

The Douglas County Commissioners press release (below link) claims 753 residents were vaccinated at the County Fairgrounds on Saturday. This is contrary to the Oregon Health Authority which reports 589 people were vaccinated throughout the entire Douglas County on Saturday.

http://douglaspublichealthnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/1-24-2021-DCCRT-DAILY-UPDATE-COVID-19.pdf

NJ

I wonder if notification to the appropriate group was so insufficient that the remaining doses were given to those accompanying the eligible, or who had come to see if there was perhaps an opportunity to get one from any doses left over. Do we think the commissioners might not want to tell us if the vaccine was given to those not in their eligible group? Or maybe someone just needs a new battery in their calculator... [sneaky]

mworden

Thank you for an informative article, Carisa.

You wrote: "The team said recent case investigations revealed that almost one-third of the county’s cases over the last two weeks were linked to outbreaks at two large faith-based organizations."

In general, I think it's a good idea to withhold the names of individual churches due to the possibility of harassment, especially if some businesses are forced to close if our case count gets too high.

But we have a special situation here because Senator Dallas Heard announced during a sermon at a church that his group Citizens Against Tyranny was going to show the names and faces of people who had reported businesses to OSHA. He also urged members of the congregation to take part in the December 21 demonstration at the Oregon capitol that resulted in injury to police officers.

On January 8, he held a public meeting at the church which was reportedly attended by several hundred people. People who were there said masks were few and far between.

My question is whether or not Dallas Heard's use of a faith-based organization for his politicking against covid restrictions has resulted in an outbreak that's putting Douglas County close to going back into the extreme risk group?

Douglas County is on the razor's edge for staying open. If even a couple of cases came out of Dallas Heard's use of a faith-based organization to push his anti-mask agenda, then his face and name should be known for what he did. I'm paraphrasing him there. Sounds rather barbaric in my ears.

In my own words, I'd say, "Dallas, if you can dish it out, then you had better be man enough to take it."

Citizen495

Agree

Mike

Douglas County remains one of the deadliest places to have coronavirus with 2.6% of Douglas County coronavirus cases resulting in death. That is higher than all but three counties. Oregon's average is 1.4% of cases result in death.

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