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Douglas County officials confirmed the death of a Douglas County resident related to COVID-19 in its noon update Friday.

The 85-year-old man who died April 3 is the 71st COVID-19 related death of a county resident.

Additionally, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported seven new cases Friday and eight on Saturday, making the total number of cases 3,296.

As of Saturday, there were 16 Douglas County residents hospitalized because of the coronavirus, 11 locally and five out of the area.

There are 110 people in isolation and 291 people in quarantine throughout the county, according to Saturday’s update from the county. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, while quarantine is for those who have been in direct contact with people with COVID-19.

The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for people ages 12 and over. Children between 12-14 will need consent from a parent or guardian before receiving the vaccine.

All other vaccines are available to people 16 and over.

“Everyone over the age of 16 is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and we want people to know they are eligible and that we have vaccine available,” said Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer said in a press release. “Having the majority of our residents vaccinated is the surest road to getting back the sense of normalcy and freedom that we all miss and want. It’s your turn to help us get there!”

The Douglas County Tiger Team is continuing to bring COVID-19 vaccines directly to rural areas.

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.

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Mike

Camas Valley, Gardiner and Riddle are in the lowest vaccinated zip codes in Douglas County with less than 20% of their residents having received their first dose. Elkton, Scottsburg and Wilbur are the highest vaccinated zip codes in Douglas County with over 50% of their residents having received their first dose. This dispels the often repeated claim that hard to reach Douglas County areas are those needing the vaccine the most.

Below is the percentage of residents having received their first dose on May 17 for each Douglas County zip code according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Zip

Code----------%

97410-------33.9

97416-------17.0

97417-------22.6

97429-------26.0

97435-------33.3

97436-------58.6

97441-------19.3

97442-------21.8

97443-------35.1

94447-------31.5

97457-------23.9

97462-------34.9

97467-------47.9

97469-------18.5

97470-------34.3

97471--------34.2

97473--------56.3

97479--------35.7

97481--------24.6

97484--------43.8

97486--------42.8

97494--------68.7

97495--------45.5

97496--------29.2

97499--------32.8

Mike

93% of Oregon businesses that closed in early 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions have since reopened. Furthermore, the number of Oregon businesses that closed from July through September of last year, the latest period for which the bureau has published data, was only marginally higher than in the same period a year earlier.

Despite claims otherwise by our County Commissioners, there are signs Oregon businesses have held up during the pandemic. For instance, the number of new businesses in Oregon increased 3.9% in 2020 despite the pandemic, and the number of bankruptcies fell sharply. Economists credit billions of dollars in federal aid with helping sustain businesses through the heart of the pandemic.

https://www.oregonlive.com/business/2021/05/oregon-insight-businesses-shuttered-by-the-thousands-early-in-the-pandemic-but-most-came-right-back.html

Mike

Only 31% of Douglas County residents have received their first vaccine dose. It doesn't look like that will improve much considering Douglas County's 7-day running average of vaccinations has dropped to 285 which is the lowest since February 9 according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Meanwhile, Douglas County's 14-day case rate hovers over 118 meaning business restrictions will remain in place indefinitely. ALL because Douglas County residents CHOOSE to NOT be vaccinated.

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