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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Monday voted to ratify a state of emergency for the county.

Monday’s decision followed a Saturday emergency declaration. The commissioners found that “conditions of extreme peril to the health and safety of the citizens and visitors of Douglas County, have arisen within the county, caused by the COVID-19,” according to a press release issued Monday afternoon.

The emergency declaration gives the county increased flexibility in how services are managed to promote safety and ensure resources reach county residents. The county can now waive normal bid contracts, which will allow the county to act more quickly and expedite funds to assist in the disease’s containment.

“We have been working diligently with local and state health officials to meet the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. We will continue to provide assistance and support to our local health partners who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the health and safety of our citizens,” Commissioner Chris Boice said.

County officials are urging people to avoid clinics and hospitals if they are feeling reasonably well so providers can focus on patients needing the most care. People who are very ill or having trouble breathing should call their healthcare providers, and call 911 only in case of an actual emergency.

The county is also recommending residents maintain a social distance of 6 feet from each other, wash hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.

The elderly are most at risk and should take extra precautions.

Douglas County Emergency Management is collecting information from small businesses in Douglas County that are being impacted financially by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The information will be provided to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, because Oregon Gov. Kate Brown might request assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

That program can provide low-interest working capital loans to small businesses, agricultural cooperatives and private nonprofits. Governments and tribes are not eligible for the loans.

Interested businesses can fill out a form at www.dcso.com/covid19_sba.pdf and return it by email to dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us or mail it to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Wayne Stinson, 1036 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg, OR 97470.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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Has there been a single verified case in Douglas County? Not that I have heard! We know way more about this virus and all this craziness should end. Let those at risk self quarantine and let the rest of us save our businesses and pay for all the this. Turns out death rate in Italy no higher than the normal flu death rate. The fear mongering media needs to be held to account for their outrageous behavior and irresponsibly scaring everyone to death!


Good. It is the right thing to do. It was also the right thing to do a week ago. It's also the case that there are some deficiencies and worrisome details, as noted by Mike.


They have done exactly what they always do. Act incompetent and enrich themselves. How many kickbacks are in these no bid contracts.


Legacy Health, a major Oregon hospital network, closed its hospitals to the general public and limited visits to one healthy person over age 16 who was accompanying a patient. The hospital said it expected a surge in patients “as early as this week, but most certainly next week," and said those individuals would require hospitalization and intensive care.


How about communicating the status of Douglas County hospitals? Surely the Commissioners know if they are working "diligently."


Our ghostlike County Supervisors finally. What exactly have they been working "diligently" on other than waive their hands to declare a state of emergency? Tell us more.

1. Have they communicated their position on whether bars, restaurants, brew pubs, night clubs and all stores other than grocery stores and pharmacies should be closed in Douglas County and communicated this to the governor's office?

2. Have they communicated the number of coronavirus test kits in Douglas County's possession?

3. Have they clearly communicated exactly where and how to get tested when necessary other than to say contact your health care provider who in turn tells me to contact the county?

4. Have they communicated how well Douglas County hospitals are stocked with safety supplies for their medical care workers?

5. Have they communicated steps local stores are taking to restock their shelves and still utilize social distancing guidelines?

6. Have they provided workplace and last locations frequented by known coronavirus cases to minimize exposure to other people.

7. Have they communicated the number of hospital beds and respirators available in Douglas County when needed and plans to get more?

8. What have the Commissioners done?

The Commissioners should have all of this information at their disposal and should be working "diligently" to communicate it to the public to calm our fears. If not, they should resign and let someone else take over immediately who is more concerned with the safety of Douglas County residents than timber sales and attending boondoggles.

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