One week after Oregon reached its goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team has officially disbanded.

The decision comes 470 days after the team was first assembled on March 23, 2020, shortly after the World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a worldwide pandemic.

However, the county's response, in cooperation with the Douglas Public Health Network, will continue to care for those battling symptoms of the coronavirus.

The Douglas County Commissioners ended their Emergency Declaration, which was first put in place March 16, 2020. The commissioners expressed their gratitude to a number of entities which have helped the county manage its COVID-19 caseload and ensuing vaccination efforts.

In the absence of the COVID-19 Response Team, the county will still provide updates via the Board of Commissioners and Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer.

In the team's final official report released Wednesday, seven confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and two presumptive positives. Ten Douglas County residents are receiving hospital care for the coronavirus, five locally and five out of the area.

The Douglas Public Health Network is currently monitoring 98 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation, as well as 120 potential contacts in isolation.

The Douglas County Tiger Team continues to offer a number of pop-up vaccination clinics this week:

  • Wednesday, Oakland City Hall, 637 NE Locust St., 1-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Music in the Park, Millsite Park, Myrtle Creek, 5-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Orenco Systems, 814 Airway Ave., Sutherlin, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (by appointment only; call 541-670-3110 to schedule an appointment).
  • Saturday, Graffiti Weekend Show & Shine, River Forks Park, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Tiger Team clinics are available to all residents 18 and older.

Donovan Brink can be reached at and 541-957-4219.

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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) apologized on Monday after administration discovered federal doses had been double-counted. The new count means just over 67 percent of Utah adults have received at least one dose of vaccine, not the 70 percent reported last week.

Dangerously misleading the public is EXACTLY what our Douglas County Commissioners and Dr. Dannenhoffer did when repeatedly reporting over 54% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated while the CDC today (below link) says still ONLY 44.9% of Douglas County residents, including those at Tribal Sites and VA hospitals, have received their first dose. Dr. Dannenhoffer and our County Commissioners have unapologetically set Douglas County residents up for a delta variant surge by falsely claiming more Douglas County residents have been vaccinated than supported by the data.


Confirmed cases in the U.S. soared 47% in the week ending Sunday, the largest weekly rise since April 2020. The increase came as the delta variant spreads amid falling vaccination rates.


Lets keep everything locked up tight for a virus that's had a death rate of .075% in our county over the last 15 months. Makes sense to me. NOT!!! I would not be surprised if the death rate from the seasonal flu is higher than covid.


Douglas County has had a total of 4,038 coronavirus cases over the past 15 months and 85 deaths. I'm not sure where you got the .075% death rate, but if you divide 85 deaths by 4,038 cases, Douglas County's death rate equals 2.11%, NOT .075%.

Care to explain how you came up with .075%?


Mike, FedUp is slightly miscalculating a mortality rate, while you are slightly miscalculating a case fatality rate. There is no "death rate" in biostatistics, but "mortality rate" (a similar term) is the number of deaths in a (usually age-adjusted) population over a specific period of time (usually a year). Case fatality rate is the number of deaths among people who had the disease (not the whole population) in a specific time period (again, usually 12 months)

Apples and kumquats.


According to Wikipedia, death rate is a measure of the number of deaths in a particular population per unit of time. The "specific period of time" was clearly identified by FedUp as 15 months. The number of deaths is known. The particular population is the people who were infected. Not sure where the confusion is.


Mike, "the confusion" lies in the fact that you are using one denominator, "the people who were infected" (which yields a case fatality rate), and FedUp is using the population of Douglas County as the denominator (which denominator is used in calculating mortality rates). Each use of the different denominators is fair, but each is used to answer a different question: 1) what proportion of people in Douglas County died of COVID-19? ; 2) what proportion of people in Douglas County who got COVID-19 died? One is a kumquat, the other is an apple, and the word "fruit" (or "death rate") is too overbroad and imprecise to be useful in this discussion.


Its simple math!!!! Total Douglas County residents is around 112,000. Douglas County has had around 90 deaths. Due the math Mike!!!!!


"Due." If your spelling is any indication of your math, I rest my case.


As of yesterday, the Oregon Health Authority reported 99,183 coronavirus tests have been performed in Douglas County. That's getting pretty close to the county population of 112,251.


Your fudging numbers by confirmed cases only. Using confirmed cases is not a correct assessment of the exact death rate! If every citizen of Douglas County was tested, then it would be an accurate way to assess the death rate.


FedUp: we can't "keep everything locked up tight", because "everything" never was. And it's pretty danged loose at this point.

Please see my comment regarding "death rate" and other, real biostatistical terms.


Douglas County had 18 new coronavirus cases and another death over the past two days. Is it really time to disband the team?


The U.S. reported 115,200 new coronavirus cases and 1,703 deaths over the past week. Oregon has reported 1,127 new cases and 14 deaths over the past week. Douglas County has reported 55 new cases and another death over the past week. Yep, time to wrap up the team. Just deaths and illness, nothing to worry about.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

For more than a year, you've railed against the commissioners and their incident command team and criticized them ad nauseum. But now you're upset the ICT is disbanding? Makes no sense.

I, for one, would like to see you take over leadership of our COVID-19 response. You seem to have all the answers.

Given the strong bonds you've built on, I have no reason to believe you wouldn't build strong collaborations, foster meaningful, goal-focused dialogue, and base your clinical and epidemiologic decisions on sound and proven scientific principles from your years of public health work.

Tongue planted firmly in cheek.



Despite ALL your comments to the contrary, including your multiple claims the Commissioners don't control the county health department and that Dr. Dannenhoffer doesn't work for or take his direction from the commissioners, below is a direct quote from today's press release from the commissioners:

"As they have for many years, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners hold and are the Public Health Authority for Douglas County. This means they are responsible for guiding, directing and funding all public health services, public health emergencies and public health programs for Douglas County. Further, Dr, Bob Dannenhoffer works for the Commissioners as a county employee, in his role as the Douglas County Public Health Officer."


[thumbup] I tip my hat to you, Mike.

I just read the daily report and came here to say, "The commissioners are intent on proving that every single thing Mike has ever said about them is true."

I think they may have even plagiarized your comments to come up with the description of their public health role because it's what you've been saying for months, almost word for word. If not outright plagiarism, they definitely used your posts as a template. It's not good form for them to quote you so directly without at least giving you a footnote and credit.

Or maybe they're self-aggrandizing pilgarlics who like taking the credit for work done by other people. Or maybe both. Hmmm ... definitely both. Do you suppose they'll take credit for the county's low vaccination rate and whatever consequences might come with that?


And to be clear, I have stated that Dr. D has repeatedly provided misleading and outright lies to the public at the behest of his bosses, the Commissioners for fear of losing his job. You have responded each time that Dr. D is under no pressure to lie because he doesn't work for the Commissioners. I guess now we know he has always been under their thumb.


I still disagree with you there. People walk away from jobs all the time rather than residing under thumbs. I've done it. Wouldn't be surprised if you're familiar with the concept.

Instead of reveling in, "I told you so,' it might be more profitable to ask what the heck is going on right now that caused the commissioners to come out with their extraordinary statement that wildly contradicts the history of the past 6 years or so.

Tim took great pride in dumping public health as a county department, using a sham document full of anonymous sources cooked up by his pal Mel. That's what happened.

Now the commissioners are lowering the boom for some reason. Tim loves to change history, he loves to alter the minutes of meetings, he loves to pretend things didn't happen. The question is why. Why are the commissioners choosing at this particular moment to gaslight the citizens of Douglas County by pretending they've always been running things the whole time instead of meeting the minimum requirements of state law with their so-called unique approach. Now they're claiming the whole thing. Why?


Dr. D has already been run out of his previous job in Douglas County and has significantly fewer options if he quits and then seeks another job here. More reason to bend a knee.

You're the one who CONTINUALLY refuted the majority of my comments, claiming inside knowledge of the people and system, only to be proven wrong. It's your conundrum. You figure it out.


Dr. Dannenhoffer is a genuine hometown hero.

If you researched him, you know that. For others who might have read your post about him being run out of his last job, this is what really happened: He discovered millions of dollars of improper billing for medicaid services and he knew he had to report it to the federal government. He did. His board of directors lost their cool and sent him packing. They also did their best to smear him in their own defense.

As a whistle blower, he filed a federal tort claim and he won in settlement. As a result of the settlement, the YMCA and DPHN received large donations.

You can't turn that into anything other than a story of heroism, personal sacrifice, honesty and generosity. Give it up, Mike. The good doctor has a well documented history of integrity.

Well, I suppose you can make it a sordid story if you want to stand on the side of $10 million -- Ten Million -- in improper billing and kickbacks. I prefer standing on the side of the guy who blew the whistle. And, you know what, Mike? I have no reason to believe you'd ever be on the side of impropriety. Seriously, dude. You're clearly better than that.

The following link leads to a story written by former N-R reporter Chris Gray who was working for the Lund Report covering statewide health issues when the settlement broke. He'd been following the story for months. Chris was well-versed in the local power structure here, including the Big Dogs at Mercy and our Poodle Commissioners.

Here's a longer article that includes the relevant legal issues:

$100,000 to the Y as part of the settlement:

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

And to be clear, I have stated that Mike has repeatedly provided misleading and outright lies to the public at his personal behest for fear of losing the minute amount of self-importance he has left. I guess now we know he has always tried to keep the truth under his thumb.

There, fixed it for you.


A home town hero is NOT someone who lies and mislead the public in order to protect his job. I still have my list of lies and misleading statements he made over the last 15 months and the date when each was published.


As before, you disagreed with me and were PROVEN wrong by your own account.


mworden: thank you for your comments/links, below, which seem not to have a reply button. What is the follow-up to the investigation into the alleged $10M fraud?


Joe, I don't know off the top of my head and my googling has led me down rabbit holes and to 700 page documents. Perhaps someone with better googling skills can find the answer.

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