The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team announced 16 new positive test results and 17 hospitalizations of county residents in its Monday report.

The team said after reviewing nearly 200 cases of residents with coronavirus over the past two reporting weeks — with the end of that period being Thursday — none of the positive cases reported to the Douglas Public Health Network included people who had received a partial or full vaccination against COVID-19.

“The majority of those are residents that are eligible to get the vaccine, with only a few that are not eligible as they are under the age of 12,” the team said in Monday’s report. “This confirms that already overwhelming fact that the COVID-19 vaccine is proven to be a very effective took for virus protection for those that have chosen to get their shot.”

Roseburg Public Schools announced Monday that there had been positive COVID-19 cases at two different school sites. A case at Hucrest Elementary School was confirmed over the weekend and a case at Green Elementary School was confirmed Monday by the Douglas Public Health Network.

Of the 17 county residents receiving hospital care for COVID-19, nine are being cared for locally and eight are out of the area.

The health network is also monitoring 179 positive cases who are in isolation, an increase of 33 since Thursday. There are 422 potential contacts in quarantine, up from 255 reported contacts May 17.

As part of the county’s Monday report, Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center a the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, responded to the widespread myth that vaccination against COVID-19 could impact a woman’s ability to get pregnant.

“This is pure nonsense,” Offit said, also a member of the Federal Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. “There’s no evidence that people have lost any fertility because of the COVID-19 vaccines. The rumor about fertility issues apparently started with the myth that the coronavirus spike protein, which is mimicked when you get a vaccine, also mimics the protein on the surface of placental cells. This is absolutely false.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention echoed Offit’s statements, saying “There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems.”

The Oregon Health Authority reported 284 new positive and presumptive cases and two deaths Monday. It also announced that 1,740,904 Oregonians have received a full vaccination against COVID-19, with an additional 2,172,150 who have received at least their first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna two-shot sequence.

Meanwhile, the Douglas County Tiger Team has announced three mobile pop-up vaccination clinics for this week:

  • Tuesday, Coles Valley Vineyards, 10003 Melqua Road, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Camas Valley Fire Department, 142 Burma Road, 8 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, Tenmile Fire Department, 158 Reston Road, 1-4 p.m.

The pop-up clinics are available to everyone 18 and older. To request a Tiger Team clinic in your rural area, contact 541-670-3110 or the county’s COVID-19 hotline at 541-464-6550.

Donovan Brink can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4219.

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Mike

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) website (below link) indicates 37,179 Douglas County residents have been fully vaccinated. The CDC data includes Oregon’s ALERT IIS data and all vaccinations at Federal Sites, including VA hospitals and Tribal sites.

Oregon’s ALERT IIS system indicates 32,390 Douglas County residents have been fully vaccinated. The difference is 4,789 Douglas County residents that were vaccinated at either Roseburg’s VA hospital or one of the Tribal sites that aren't included in Oregon's ALERT IIS numbers.

Douglas County Commissioners daily press release today claimed over 51% of Douglas County has been vaccinated because 11,849 (not 4,789 as indicated by CDC) Douglas County residents have been vaccinated at the Roseburg VA or one of the Tribal sites that aren’t included in state numbers.

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

The Department of Veterans Affairs website today (below link) indicates Roseburg VA has vaccinated 9,881 total people (not just Douglas County residents) at Roseburg’s VA Hospital or at one of their Outpatient Clinics in Eugene, Brookings and North Bend where vaccines were also administered. In today’s press release, our County Commissioners claim 8,814 of those 9,881 vaccinated people are Douglas County residents. I find that unlikely.

https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Healthcare/COVID19NationalSummary

Meanwhile, state officials reported last week the Oregon ALERT IIS system was being updated to include VA Hospital and Tribal numbers similar to those reported by the CDC. Soon we will see.

FedUp

I really have doubts that lock downs even helped that much. If you look at the largest 4 states in the U.S. by population, Texas and Florida who had short minimal lock downs, actually have numbers comparable to New York and California. It' puzzling how they actually have fewer deaths. Was the virus something that just needed to work it's way through the worlds population? It seems that whatever was being done or not being done didn't really made a big difference in the outcome. I also find it strange that we went through a whole flu season without statistical information or mention of the flu season.

GhostofTMcCall

Thanks Dr. Bob and the rest of the experts getting good information out there about vaccines. This should be the most nonpartisan, nonpolitical, simple health decision people can make. People seem to forget -- both Biden AND Trump got vaccinated.

NJ

One would like to think it should be nonpartisan and nonpolitical right up to that point of truth in that one got vaccinated in a nation-wide response to the deadly pandemic, and the other got vaccinated in secret so as to perpetuate his big lie that the pandemic was the hoax of one political party against the other. Ouch. Are we glad to be rid of that guy or what? Too bad one political party won't let his bad influence die out. Yes, health decisions should be simple.

Mike

AND.....Trump got vaccinated even though he previously had been infected with coronavirus.

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