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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 21 new cases Tuesday and no new deaths.

And a large outbreak linked to a local faith organization has become the county's single largest to date, with nearly five dozen positive cases, dozens of residents asked to quarantine and several hospitalizations.

The name of the organization was not made public.

While there has been a surge in recent cases, county officials said they've been notified the county will remain in the "high" risk level through at least Jan. 28, rather than moving back into the "extreme" risk level. That means all local businesses, including restaurants and bars, can remain open. Some limitations on the number of customers who can be served indoors remain in place.

Nine county residents with the illness are currently hospitalized, six locally and three out of the area.

Oregon reported 1,203 new cases and 54 new deaths Tuesday.

The Oregon Health Authority said one factor in the surge in deaths was the increase in cases during November and December.

Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday evening that vaccinations will be available to Oregonians 65 and older by Jan. 23. Her decision followed new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control recommending that change.

So far, 115,060 Oregonians have received vaccinations, according to the health authority.

Currently, shots are being given to people in the 1a category, which includes health care workers and residents and staff of nursing homes and other types of group homes.

First responders such as emergency medical services, law enforcement officers and firefighters are also included in that group.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office posted a picture Tuesday of Sheriff John Hanlin receiving his vaccination from Douglas County Fire District No. 2 Fire Chief Rob Bullock.

Brown had earlier said the next group after 1a would be teachers and other school, child care and preschool employees. People who fit those de will also be able to obtain vaccinations Jan. 23, she said.

People with health conditions that can put them at higher risk from COVID-19 will not be included in the new priority group in Oregon.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at or 541-957-4213.

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Is anyone really surprised that Operation Warp Speed's federal reserve of vaccine was just one more lie? I bet those who were expecting their second dose after receiving their first must feel the sting of having it now be moot. source:


Masks are unmanly. The Lord will keep us safe. Oops.


Carisa, I hope you and the N-R will be able to report on the faith organization that has had an outbreak related to dozens of cases. Or let us know if there's some sort of exemption to naming faith groups that have outbreaks. Thanks.


26 new coronavirus cases and 1 death were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,622 cases and 43 deaths.

Despite a surge of 136 new coronavirus cases in the past 7-days, Douglas County Commission Chairman Chris Boice untruthfully declared Douglas County to have the lowest cases in the nation during yesterday’s State of the County address to citizens. If true, why is Douglas County still listed by the Governor in the “high” risk category? There are actually 14 counties in Oregon listed at a lower risk level than Douglas County because they ACTUALLY have fewer cases than Douglas County.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 255 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 227.2 today for Douglas County, which is GREATER than the maximum case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to reopen.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 283 new coronavirus cases today and 5 deaths. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,857 cases and 32 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,329 new coronavirus cases and 41 deaths today in Oregon. 150 Oregonians have died from coronavirus over the past week. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 7.2% 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 a RECORD LOW 5 ICU beds and 135 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. 36 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 12 are in ICU. There were 132 new coronavirus cases reported in Region 3 today.


The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team reported 255 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 2,862 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 255 cases by 2,862 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 8.9% today.


Douglas County had its 43rd death today according to the Oregon Health Authority. Douglas County is probably THE most lethal place in Oregon to catch coronavirus. 2.7% of Douglas County cases result in death. Only Wheeler County with 1 death and Wallowa County with 3 deaths have a higher percentage of their cases result in death due to their low populations.


A total of 1,530 people in Douglas County have been vaccinated as of yesterday. 62 of those have already received their second dose. It has been nearly one month since the first 1,595 doses of vaccine were delivered to Douglas County on December 16. Douglas County has averaged 55 vaccinations per day for the last month. At this rate, it will take over 11 years for all Douglas County residents to receive their two doses. I’m willing to bet the County Commissioners and their families won’t have to wait that long.

Douglas County has vaccinated 1.4% of its residents. That is fewer residents than just about every county in Oregon. Only 3 Oregon counties have vaccinated fewer residents than Douglas County. Several of Oregon’s counties have vaccinated over 7% of their residents. Below is the percentage of residents vaccinated in each of the 6 counties surrounding Douglas County.

Klamath County – 3.1%

Coos County – 2.6%

Curry County – 2.5%

Lane County – 2.3%

Jackson County – 1.9%

Douglas County – 1.4%

Josephine County – 1.3%

All of this information is provided by the Oregon Health Authority on their vaccine dashboard. Unfortunately, the News-Review spam filter will not let me publish the link. However, you can get to it by going to the below link and scrolling down one half page and click on “Vaccination Trends.” Compare how poorly Douglas County is doing compared to the other counties around it.


No one seems to want to name the church, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was the Wellspring church on garden valley across the Wells Fargo bank. I've consistently seen a maxed out parking lot when I drive past it from leaving hucrest on my way to work on sundays. Even if all the cars just had one person, there is NO way all those people can be spread out six feet apart in there.


I was thinking the church that is on Garden Valley just beyond the Garden Valley/Melrose Rd. split. The preacher there is a hard core Trumper and no doubt skirts mask requirements.


While five U.S. states have vaccinated over 5% of their residents, Oregon has only vaccinated 2.7% of its residents, according to CDC data. There are only 13 states that have vaccinated a lower percentage of their residents than Oregon.

Even worse is Douglas County, which has vaccinated ONLY 1.3% of its residents. Infinitely worse is our Douglas County Public Health Network agency overseen by our County Commissioners which still has no vaccination plan, let alone vaccination information for residents who have questions.


The Commissioners admit 5 dozen cases come from one church but refuse to name that church, thus preventing others who may have been there from getting tested and the rest of us from knowing which church to avoid. Nothing like putting the interests of a business above the health of the residents.

What are the chances it was the church that allowed Senator Dallas Heard to preach about his new Citizens for Tyranny organization that retaliates against senior citizens who want businesses where they shop to comply with coronavirus restrictions. Could that be the reason the Commissioners refuse to identify the church?


So then on Jan. 23rd and after those in the 1b status includes education and early childhood education workers along with anyone over the age of 65. Okay DCHN, what's the plan for getting the vaccine into the arms of the elderly? You know, the plan that indicates how you intend to actually give shots to as many 1b folks as possible. Dr's offices? Fairgrounds drive-thru? County Courthouse? Get ahead of it please. Transparency, it's a good thing.


Agree. I think they're planning on drive-thru at the fairgrounds. Doctor's officers aren't going to work because nobody has the type of freezer needed for the Pfizer product.

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