The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team is reporting 128 new positive and nine presumptive cases of the coronavirus, as well as a significant bump in the percentage of county residents who have completed or at least begun the vaccination process, according to Wednesday’s report.
In past weeks, only vaccination doses issued through from state had been tracked among Oregon counties’ vaccination status by population, while federally provided doses — most specifically on tribal lands and at veterans care facilities — had been excluded.
As of Tuesday, the Oregon ALERT IIS tracking system updated that federal dosage data with local data, which provided a near 12% jump in Douglas County residents who have at least started the vaccination process.
The new ALERT IIS chart added 14,642 uncounted federally provided doses to Douglas County’s vaccination chart, which increased the county’s partial vaccination rate for all county residents age 18 and older to an estimated 72.5%. The additional federal vaccines added for Douglas County were nearly equal to the rest of Oregon’s 36 counties combined.
“For many weeks, we have endured repeated questions from the public and media about, ‘Why we were so far behind?’ the county said in its Wednesday report. “This new report clears up the discrepancy and provides the validation of our actual vaccination data we have been waiting for since the beginning of the vaccine rollout.”
Umatilla (9,022) and Jefferson counties (4,768) also saw sizable increases in the addition of federal doses administered. However, for Douglas County to reach its goal of having 80% of residents 18 and older fully vaccinated, there are still an estimated 6,932 residents who would need to start the vaccination process, which on the county’s daily average would take another 254 days. according to data from ALERT IIS.
As for the county’s most recent cases, there were 128 new confirmed positive COVID-19 tests and nine presumptive positives. Two deaths were reported while one was rescinded as it was inadvertently reported twice by Oregon Vital Records.
The two new deaths included a 52-year-old man who was fully vaccinated and a 76-year-old man who was unvaccinated.
A total of 22 county residents were hospitalized due to complications from the coronavirus, 19 locally and three out of the area. At CHI Mercy Medical Center, the past week saw an average of five COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit and three in the progressive care unit.