The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has acquired personal protective equipment, including 50,000 disposable masks, from the Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board.

It’s giving them out for free to individuals and businesses on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sanitizing wipes are also available.

The county received a similar donation from the investment board in September and Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice requested more because outlets were running low on supplies.

The new masks and wipes will be available at 13 locations around the county, including city halls, chambers of commerce and businesses.

Umpqua Dairy Products stepped in to help, Boice said in a press release.

“On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, I would like to extend a big thank you to Umpqua Dairy Products Company. They stepped up to support this project by generously offering to transport and deliver the pallets of masks from SOWIB’s warehouse in North Bend, so we could get the PPE supplies to Douglas County residents as swiftly as possible,” Boice said.

They are available at the following times and locations:

Drain: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, Drain City Hall, 431 Payton Ave.

Elkton: 9 a.m. to noon, Monday to Thursday, Elkton City Hall, 366 First St.

Glendale: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, Glendale City Hall, 124 Third St.

Glide: 8 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., Monday to Thursday, Glide Revitalization/Old Middle School Building, 301 Glide Loop Drive.

Myrtle Creek: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday to Saturday, MSK Building Supply, 225 NE 1st Ave.

Oakland: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, Oakland City Hall, 637 NE Locust St.

Reedsport: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, Reedsport Area Chamber of Commerce, 2741 Frontage Road.

Roseburg: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays at Current Orthotontics, 500 SE Douglas Ave., or 8 a.m. to noon, Monday to Thursday at Roseburg Alliance Church, 2165 Garden Valley Blvd.

Sutherlin: Call 541-459-3280 to reserve PPE at Sutherlin Area Chamber of Commerce, 1310 W. Central Ave.

Tri-City: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday to Saturday, MSK Building Supply, 102 S. Old Pacific Highway.

Winston: Call 541-679-9569 to reserve at Community Baptist Church, 91 Thompson Ave.

Yoncalla: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, Yoncalla City Hall, 2640 Eagle Valley Road.

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

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Mike

Josephine is one of only 3 Counties in Oregon that have more per capita deaths than Douglas County. Now I know why. This is what Josephine County Commissioner Darin Fowler said YESTERDAY during a virtual meeting of the three-person board of commissioners regarding vaccinations;

“You’re just going to have to ask God, and pray for wisdom on this one, because you can’t trust the politicians, you can’t trust the doctors, you certainly can’t trust the CDC or any World Health Organization.”

I fully expect the Josephine County Commissioners will soon be issuing multiple press releases proclaiming Commissioner Fowler’s “delivery prowess” for delivering face masks, or bibles, or some other innocuous item in an attempt to change the narrative.

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/10/oregon-politician-says-ask-god-about-covid-19-vaccination-you-cant-trust-doctors.html

Mike

And in case you are wondering, according to the CDC, 45.5% of Josephine County is fully vaccinated compared to 47.8% of Douglas County.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations-county-view

sectorstar

50,000 masks sounds like an impressive number, but how many of them are ever going to be worn by the people here? I had posted a bit back how I after dealing with angry and volatile people here at a daily basis at my job that I pretty much don't want to go to other stores/places around here to avoid people. I've done a lot of ordering online. I needed a new pair of work shoes, shoes are one of those things that you may not want to order online as you don't know if they fit till you get them and than it might be an extra hassle having to ship it back. Last week I went to Big 5, aside from the employees I was the ONLY person in there with a mask on. Where I work at Costco I admit I'm shocked that there seems to be a bit more people wearing masks than there was this time a year ago, but I still feel its not enough. I hear Sherms and Wal-Mart is like anti mask haven, sure its probably not much different for other stores around here beings most are in cahoots with Heard's militia/CAT or whatever they're calling themselves this month.

Mike

Home Depot is certainly another anti-mask haven. I was the only customer among the 11 people going through self check-out yesterday that had a mask on.

When I went to dinner at Roseburg's new sushi restaurant, I watched about half of their customers enter, some for just take-out, without masks on. Kudos to the restaurant for nicely telling each of them they had to wear a mask in the restaurant. Almost everyone of them claimed they didn't have a mask and then kindly were provided a mask by the restaurant. Some turned around and walked out. Masks littered the parking lot outside the front door.

One of two men who entered together maskless was coughing, sneezing and blowing his nose through-out his meal. I was afraid to be anywhere near them. They left with their masks provided by the restaurant laying unused on the table.

smedleyb

As concerns Sherms that is not what I saw. Very few people were without masks inside when we went there the other day.

melrosereader

I have read reports that the Pfizer vaccine's effectiveness decreases faster than the other vaccines.

The breakthrough infection report does not include detail about which vaccine the breakthrough infected person received. Why not?

mworden

I think handing out masks is a good move.

Chris, I'd really like to see you publicizing the importance of mask-wearing on the radio, TV and maybe at some meetings or rallies where your supporters attend.

If I recall correctly, you previously talked about masks on the radio and gave the definite impression that you were commending those who resisted masks.

I'm a strong believer in the idea that with new information we can change our thoughts, beliefs, feelings and actions.

We have some folks in Douglas County who could use some help in coming to terms that as the pandemic has shifted so has the guidance. Lives could be saved if more people changed their minds.

I support movement in the right direction. Handing out masks is the right direction.

Mike

It's an especially good move to have press releases in their pockets to point to during the next election when hopefully, surviving Douglas County voters will have forgotten how little those same Commissioners did to save lives when given the power to do so by our Governor, power they demanded and then did nothing with.

mworden

Nothing I'm saying right now is about coming elections or what the voters will and will not remember. As far as I'm concerned it's far past time to take all the politics out of the public health problem of covid.

For months, I've been shouting at Chris to do something personal. The covid reports are great, full of helpful information, urging people to mask up, get vaccinated, take care. They're not enough.

I've been shouting about taking a more personal touch. It's only fair to acknowledge it.

There's so much more to do. So, Chris, I congratulate you on handing out masks. Maybe Dr. D. can teach you how to administer vaccine (if it's legal.) It might convince a few people to roll up their sleeves.

Mike

"It's "far past time to take all the politics out of the public health problem of covid." Are you kidding? That's all we hear about in the news.

You gotta know all three Commissioners are worried about the upcoming 2022 election after losing 236 of their voters to Covid death and probably many of their voting family members and friends who question the Commissioner’s non-actions.

Commissioner Boice re-filed his Secretary of State information (below link) in August for his 2022 re-election bid that is still over a year away. Delivering masks is ALL about politics.

https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/sooDetail.do?sooRsn=91335&OWASP_CSRFTOKEN=X65O-YRET-RWWK-MGOM-E5LR-6EJP-HJ3M-8G2I

C Boice

Actually Mike, September 8th was the first date to file, and delivering masks was all about getting them to the people who wanted and needed them and not having other resources to make it happen. If you don't want to vote for me, don't. I'll be fine either way.

Mike

Commissioner Boice,

Your mental health should indeed be questioned if you truly thought there may be a chance I might vote for you or either of the other two Commissioners again. I'm not going to make that same mistake again.

C Boice

Every update that has come out of our office has encouraged vaccination and mask wearing where appropriate. I in fact, did encourage all of the people on the front lawn during "The anti-mask rally" that Dallas Heard and I attended to wear masks to protect other people if not themselves. Too bad Dan Bain (the "reporter" who wrote the story) failed to mention that. I have never been anti-mask or anti-vaccine, but I have always been pro-freedom and choice. However, I believe, as I also stated at the "anti-mask rally" (quotations becasue that isn't really what it even was) that I believe that our individual freedom to choose not to wear a mask should also include our neighbors freedom to be able to go to the store and not worry about catching Covid from someone who is irresponsible, just like you have the freedom to smoke, but I should have the freedom to not have to inhale your smoke at the grocery store...

Mike

If you have "never been anti-mask" as you claim, how does that explain the action of all three of you Commissioners voting in June to approve a resolution forbidding all Douglas County employees from enforcing state mask mandates?

How does that explain your radio interview (below link) where you "commended" people for not wearing masks?

https://kqennewsradio.com/wp-content/uploads/IDC-8-26-20.mp3

Mike

Is "never been anti-mask" the same as being pro-mask? If so, please point to anywhere you've been quoted saying that.

Mike

Still waiting.........

mworden

Chris wrote: "I believe that our individual freedom to choose not to wear a mask should also include our neighbors freedom to be able to go to the store and not worry about catching Covid from someone who is irresponsible, just like you have the freedom to smoke, but I should have the freedom to not have to inhale your smoke at the grocery store..."

Chris, that is a message your supporters could understand. People used to smoke at the grocery store, at the movie theater, at their desks, in the stairwells, at the hospital and even in elevators. People fought the no-smoking rules tooth and nail. But nobody was telling them they couldn't ever smoke, just that they couldn't smoke in certain places.

People need to understand that they can still go barefaced in their own private spaces, but their neighbors have the right to not have to breathe their exhalations at Costco or Home Depot or the movies.

That's a clear, simple message that most people can understand.

I strongly urge you to spend more time getting that message out to the people who want to go around mask-free. They are endangering themselves, other people, the hospital system and the economy.

It may be more fun to fight with Mike, but it's far more important to get the message to the folks who are keeping the pandemic going. Unfortunately, in Red counties those folks are in high numbers. Douglas County is definitely Red.

Person to person. It's the best way to convince people to re-think what they're doing. With a little social distancing, of course.

Mike

7 more Covid deaths were reported today by our County Commissioners, bringing their total to 236 unnecessary deaths. Only 1 of the 7 was fully vaccinated.

Thank you Commissioners for providing this information. After all, we ALL know how busy you must be making sure all of those masks are being delivered properly.

Mike

Oregon's 93 Covid deaths per 100,000 residents passed Utah yesterday as Oregon moves up the list of most deadly states, much of which is directly related to Douglas County's 206 Covid deaths per 100,000 residents.

But don't worry. Our County Commissioners are taking control. Rather than continuing to lead anti mask rallies like Commissioner Boice did last summer (below link) and commending people for not wearing face masks as Commissioner Boice did in his radio interview (below link), the Commissioners are attempting to change their personal narratives by becoming face mask deliverymen.

After all, its only just over a year from their next election.

https://www.nrtoday.com/news/health/coronavirus/nearly-100-attend-freedom-rally-in-roseburg/article_260277b8-733a-5bd1-9102-d2c1ea70c263.html

https://kqennewsradio.com/wp-content/uploads/IDC-8-26-20.mp3

C Boice

The exact quote on the radio show; "granted, there are a lot of people who don't want to wear masks, and for a lot of people, it's an issue of their personal liberty, and I commend a lot of those folks becasue they realize that thier liberty includes my liberty and your liberty. So, I may not want to wear a mask or feel like I need to, I may be fine taking the risk on my own, but I'm also aware that there is a potential for me to transmit this virus, not even knowing that I have it. There are asymptomatic people out there who have had the virus and transmitted it on, and so folks don't want to take the risk of getting someone else sick".

Please tell me how that is "commending people for not wearing masks". I am specifically talking about people who choose to wear masks for the safety of others who would choose not to for their own protection. These lies and this politically driven narrative is ridiculous.

This section of the program is from 15:45 to 16:25 for anyone who cares to listen for themselves.

Mike

Short version. "I commend people for not wearing masks."

Mike

Douglas County is becoming the Covid death capital of Oregon and our County Commissioners have become face mask deliverymen. After reporting 7 deaths Monday, Douglas County now has the 4th highest per capita Covid deaths of all counties in Oregon. Compare that to 3 months ago when Douglas County was the 31st highest.

It was 3 months ago when our County Commissioners demanded and were granted Covid restriction control from the Governor on June 30. Our Commissioners were granted control because they claimed to know better than the Governor how to control Covid in Douglas County. That was 147 deaths ago on June 30.

Feeling the heat from the County’s Covid Deaths, our Commissioners are grasping for some “way” they can change their “do nothing” narrative. So far the best they’ve come up with is becoming face mask deliverymen.

11 Covid deaths were reported on September 15. That same day, our County Commissioners issued a press release proclaiming Commissioner Boice’s “delivery prowess” for personally coordinating delivery of 250,000 donated face masks to outlet centers.

When 7 more Covid deaths were reported on October 6, our Commissioners response was to issue yet another press release, again patting Commissioner Boice on the back for arranging delivery of another 50,000 donated mask.

To be clear, it’s not like the Commissioners spent their own time and energy fundraising for the masks. The masks were donated by businesses. And the Commissioners didn’t personally deliver the masks. They made a few phone calls to have the masks delivered. But that didn’t stop them from issuing two press releases in an attempt to change the narrative.

There have been 147 deaths since June 30 and the only new action our Commissioners can point to is assisting delivery of masks that were donated by others. And they now have the press releases to prove it.

Kungfuricky

Why are you sharing this on the mask article? FFS go run for commissioner since you know everything and are up to par on the flu! Use your time better and volunteer!

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