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Douglas County will move up to the “extreme risk” category of COVID-19 regulations Friday.

The county has been in the lower “high risk” category since Jan. 1, but with cases climbing, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that the county will move back into “extreme risk,” forcing some businesses to close or limit occupancy.

According to a data report from the state on weekly county metrics, Douglas County had 358 total cases, or 318.9 cases per 100,000 residents, between Feb. 7 and Feb. 20. It needed to remain at or below 200 per 100,000 cases over that period to remain in the high risk level.

While Douglas County’s risk level has increased, the governor noted many counties have improved. The county is just one of five counties that will be at the extreme risk level, down from 14 two weeks ago. Douglas will join Benton, Coos, Jefferson and Josephine Counties at the extreme risk level.

Eleven counties will be at high risk, 10 at moderate risk and 10 at lower risk.

“For the second time in a row, we are seeing great progress in stopping the spread of COVID-19 across Oregon and saving lives. Oregonians continue to step up and make smart choices,” the governor said.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners said in a statement they are concerned about the recent surge in cases and dismayed to learn that case counts prompted the shift.

They said the change will be felt most by the county’s small local businesses like restaurants, bars and gyms, even though the most recent rash of cases have been reported at other places like long-term care facilities, churches and schools.

Over the last two weeks, they said, restaurants, bars and gyms accounted for less than 1% of cases here.

“The State’s new mandated program undeservedly punishes and brutally affects our local businesses ability to operate and stay financially stable during this pandemic,” the commissioners said.

They said they stand with local citizens and businesses.

“While Douglas County currently has no ability to shield or protect our businesses from state sanctions, penalties and fines, we are here to help in any way we can,” they said.

They encouraged local businesses to protect themselves and their customers by taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

But they said the county will continue its policy of giving information rather than enforcing state mandated rules.

“We cannot in good conscience, condone citing or potentially arresting people for trying to make an honest living,” they said.

The risk level lasts for two weeks, after which the counties will be reassessed. This is the first time Douglas County has been in extreme risk since Jan. 1.

Here are the rules that will be in effect under the extreme risk level beginning Friday:

  • Bars and restaurants will no longer be able to offer indoor dining, but can offer outdoor dining and takeout. Outdoor dining capacity is reduced from 75 to 50.
  • The maximum number of people inside a church reduces from 150 to 100, and the maximum outdoors from 200 to 150. For small indoor spaces, the upper limit remains 25% occupancy.
  • Indoor gyms, pools, museums, theaters and fitness centers drop from 25% occupancy or a maximum 50 clients at a time to a maximum of six clients. Establishments smaller than 500 square feet can have no more than one client and one employee inside at a time.
  • Outdoor pools will drop from a maximum 75 people to 50.
  • Zoos drop from 75 to 50 maximum people.
  • Outdoor full contact sports will continue to be allowed, though the maximum will drop from 75 to 50.
  • Social and at-home gatherings outdoors drop from a maximum of eight people to a maximum of six. Indoors, the maximum six stays the same.
  • Offices will now be required to go to remote work if able and offices will be closed to the pubic.
  • Some things will remain the same. Grocery stores and pharmacies, for example, continue at a maximum of 50% capacity, with curbside pick-up encouraged.
  • Malls and retail stores continue at 50% occupancy.
  • Hair salons can continue to operate. Tattoos and piercing are still allowed.
  • Outdoor activities like hiking and camping also continue to be allowed.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 34 new cases Tuesday and no new deaths.

Nineteen county residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 15 locally and four out of the area.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 528 new cases and eight new deaths Tuesday.

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

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Mike

THURSDAY’S VACCINE UPDATE

Douglas County is still the fifth from last county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. 10,890 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have received their first shot. 9.7% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated compared to Oregon’s average of 13.5%.

Below is the updated percentage of residents vaccinated in each Oregon County today and each county’s risk level beginning February 25 according to the Oregon Health Authority. Douglas County is one of five Oregon counties that will be in the EXTREME risk level, meaning bars and indoor dining will AGAIN have to close.

-----------------------------------------Risk

COUNTY-------------%-------------Level

Wheeler-----------30.88----------Lower

Deschutes--------16.38----------High

Polk----------------17.06----------High

Wallowa----------16.08----------Lower

Benton------------15.59----------Extreme

Lincoln------------15.44----------Lower

Sherman----------15.52----------Lower

Jefferson---------15.27-----------Extreme

Harney------------14.42----------Moderate

Multnomah-----14.20----------High

Hood River------14.75----------Moderate

Wasco------------14.06----------Lower

Lake---------------13.49----------Moderate

Lane--------------13.57-----------High

OREGON---------13.51

Marion-----------13.51----------High

Tillamook-------13.19-----------Lower

Baker-------------12.69-----------Lower

Klamath---------12.63-----------High

Clackamas------12.17-----------Moderate

Jackson----------12.07-----------High

Union------------11.94-----------Moderate

Washington----11.91-----------Moderate

Gilliam-----------11.95-----------Lower

Crook------------11.60-----------High

Curry-------------11.64-----------Moderate

Yamhill----------11.41-----------High

Linn---------------11.16-----------Moderate

Coos--------------10.69-----------Extreme

Clatsop----------10.48-----------Lower

Grant-------------10.47-----------Lower

Josephine--------9.74-----------Extreme

Douglas-----------9.70-----------Extreme*******

Malhuer----------9.39-----------Moderate

Morrow-----------9.43----------Moderate

Columbia---------8.51----------High

Umatilla----------8.47-----------High

CDC (below link) indicates 78,210 vaccine doses were delivered to Oregon since yesterday, bringing it to a total of 1,170,595 vaccine doses delivered to Oregon. Of that, 881,204 doses have been administered. 289,391 doses have not been administered. The most one day doses administered in Oregon was 25,815 on February 5. This means Oregon has a MINIMUM of 11 days of vaccine supply left to be administered at maximum vaccination rates.

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

Mike

25 new coronavirus cases and 1 more DEATH were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. That’s 52 new cases and 3 deaths in just the last two days, bringing Douglas County totals to 2,442 cases and 54 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 2 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 232 cases and 8 deaths. Since yesterday, Roseburg VA reported administering 226 vaccine doses, increasing its total to 3,417 veterans having been vaccinated with one dose and 1,022 veterans having received both doses of vaccine according to the VA National website link below.

https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Healthcare/COVID19NationalSummary

The Commissioners Response Team reported 334 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 297.6 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 remain open.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 334 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 4,215 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 334 cases by 4,215 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 7.9% today.

Mike

Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice Douglas County claimed during an interview today (below link) on 16KMTR that Commissioners aren’t happy with the Governor’s "one size fits all" coronavirus restrictions for Douglas County, saying the restrictions don’t impact where the recent rash of cases are coming from, even though they admit they don’t know where the recent rash of cases are coming from. Moreover, this is how Commissioner Boice responded when asked directly what HE would do differently;

“Well, we wouldn’t really do anything different than what we have done all along…we don’t feel like punishing businesses is the right choice”

When asked whether he was saying there should be no coronavirus restrictions in Douglas County, Commissioner Boice avoided answering the question by responding’

“We don’t believe punishing one industry only will lead to better results…ya gotta understand, Douglas County has been a leader for most of the year…what we were doing was working better than almost anywhere in the country…we just need to get back to what we were doing already.”

When asked the question of what will County Commissioners do differently to reopen businesses again in Douglas County, Commissioner Boice again avoided answering the question by responding;

“It isn’t the county’s responsibility to do anything. We don’t have jurisdiction over long term health facilities…don’t have jurisdiction over schools…it’s up to individuals to make the right decisions.

When asked the question what is causing increased cases at Long Term Care Facilities, Commissioner Boice responded;

“My understanding is people are making decisions to go to work sick.

To sum it up, County Commissioners don’t know why coronavirus cases have spiked, but don’t think the governor’s restrictions are right for Douglas County. Yet they say they wouldn’t do anything differently. You can watch and listen to Commissioner Boice’s 5 minute interview (bottom of article) at the below link.

https://nbc16.com/news/local/douglas-county-wants-to-educate-citizens-on-where-and-how-covid-19-is-spreading-02-25-2021

NJ

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners said in a statement they are concerned about the recent surge in cases...". Are ya? Are ya really? Cause ya really seem to be stuck on this civil rights thingy about being free to not wear masks or take any other protocol for keeping safe.

And again, I guess all we can do is support you in your decision - to be the ones exposing yourselves to a deadly virus variant out of UK. Haven't gotten from point A to point B on that one have ya. But go ahead, lower your numbers. Eventually you'll allow saner heads to outnumber you and we might just get past this nonsense. And the pandemic too.

Mike

I wonder if they are equally as concerned about the expected surge in deaths that come with it. Or are they just concerned about cases because that is the metric for shutting down businesses.

Mike

The County Commissioners daily press releases have been quiet on this issue, that Douglas County is moving back to the Extreme risk level and that some businesses may have to close.

This is contrary to the past when multiple press releases were issued by the Commissioners announcing Douglas County would be in the high risk category and businesses could open.

Mike

WEDNESDAY’S VACCINE UPDATE

Douglas County is fifth from the LAST county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. 10,595 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have received their first shot. 9.4% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated compared to Oregon’s average of 13.2%.

Below is the updated percentage of residents vaccinated in each Oregon County today and each county’s risk level beginning February 25 according to the Oregon Health Authority. Douglas County is one of five Oregon counties that will be in the EXTREME risk level, meaning bars and indoor dining will AGAIN have to close.

-----------------------------------------Risk

COUNTY-------------%-------------Level

Wheeler-----------30.88----------Lower

Deschutes--------16.37----------High

Polk----------------16.37----------High

Wallowa----------15.93----------Lower

Benton------------15.37----------Extreme

Lincoln------------15.03----------Lower

Sherman----------15.01----------Lower

Jefferson---------14.94-----------Extreme

Harney------------14.42----------Moderate

Multnomah-----13.89----------High

Hood River------14.57----------Moderate

Wasco------------13.52----------Lower

Lake---------------13.49----------Moderate

Lane--------------13.38-----------High

OREGON---------13.23

Marion-----------12.92----------High

Tillamook-------12.72-----------Lower

Baker-------------12.61-----------Lower

Klamath---------12.55-----------High

Clackamas------11.95-----------Moderate

Jackson----------11.92-----------High

Union------------11.85-----------Moderate

Washington----11.67-----------Moderate

Gilliam-----------11.65-----------Lower

Crook------------11.58-----------High

Curry-------------11.47-----------Moderate

Yamhill----------11.10-----------High

Linn---------------10.68-----------Moderate

Coos--------------10.60-----------Extreme

Clatsop----------10.35-----------Lower

Grant-------------10.01-----------Lower

Josephine--------9.56-----------Extreme

Douglas-----------9.44-----------Extreme*******

Malhuer----------9.36-----------Moderate

Morrow-----------8.88----------Moderate

Columbia---------8.44----------High

Umatilla----------8.15-----------High

CDC (below link) indicates 1,092,385 vaccine doses have been delivered to Oregon. Of that, 858,478 doses have been administered. 233,907 doses have not been administered. The most doses administered in Oregon in one day were 25,796 on February 5. This means Oregon has a MINIMUM of 9 days of vaccine supply left to be administered at maximum vaccination rates.

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

Mike

27 new coronavirus cases and 2 Death were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 2,417 cases and 53 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 3 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 230 cases and 8 deaths. Since yesterday, Roseburg VA reported administering 110 vaccine doses, increasing its total to 3,201 veterans having been vaccinated with one dose and 1,012 veterans having received both doses of vaccine according to the VA National website link below.

https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Healthcare/COVID19NationalSummary

The Commissioners Response Team reported 353 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 314.5 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 remain open.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 417 new coronavirus cases and 32 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 3.0% today.

Mike

It has been 70 days since the first 1,595 doses of coronavirus vaccine arrived in Douglas County on December 16. That is how long it has taken for the Douglas County Commissioners Task Force and DPHN to finally publish in their daily press release (below link) a comprehensive list of locations where Douglas County residents can get vaccinated. See the below list.

For months, residents have been asking where they could get vaccinated. For the first month, they were told on the Commissioners website and press releases, “please don’t call us.” It wasn’t until January 13 that DPHN and the Commissioner’s Task Force allowed people to ask questions about vaccinations but only limited information where to get vaccinated was made available. It wasn’t until just now, after medical and emergency responders were approved, teachers were approved, 85+ were approved and 75+ have been approved, that our Commissioners and local health agency are finally providing vaccinator information. Not so brilliant leadership.

Albertsons- Edenbower

Albertsons- Stephens

Angela Jones, MD

Umpqua Valley Internists

Aviva Health - Glide

Aviva Health - Myrtle Creek

Aviva Health - North County

Aviva Health - Roseburg

Aviva Health - Roseburg SBHC

Aviva Health - Sutherlin

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 609

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 652

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 676

Canyonville Health & Urgent Care

Christine Seals

Confederated Tribes Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw Indians

Costco Pharmacy

Current Orthodontics

Douglas County Fire District 2

Evergreen Family Medicine

Evergreen Family Medicine Harvard Campus

Evergreen Family Medicine South

Excellence in Women’s Healthcare

Family Tree Medical Clinic

Fred Meyer Pharmacy 281

Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy - Roseburg

Gerald A Jaworski, Md, PC

Glendale Ambulance District

Gordons Pharmacy

Kidsdocs, PC

Lower Umpqua Hospital

Mercy Medical Center - Roseburg

North River Pediatrics PC

Nova Health - Goetz

Nova Health - Roseburg

One Peak Medical Clinic - Roseburg

Southriver Community Health Center

Steelhead Oncology

Two Rivers Integrative Medicine LLC

Umpqua Health - Newton Creek

Umpqua Valley Ambulance

Valley Ridge Family Medicine

http://douglaspublichealthnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2-24-2021-DCCRT-DAILY-UPDATE-COVID-19.pdf

Mike

Below is a comparison of flue deaths in the United States versus Covid deaths. This is for those people who CONTINUE to say coronavirus is no worse than the flue. The U.S. experienced 40% more coronavirus deaths in year 2020 alone than total flue deaths over the past 10 years.

2011------37,000

2012------12,000

2013------43,000

2014------38,000

2015------51,000

2016------23,000

2017------38,000

2018------61,000

2019------34,000

2020------22,000

Total-----359,000

Covid-----501,000

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority reported Douglas County had another coronavirus death since yesterday, bringing the total deaths to 52.

Mike

The F.D.A. will allow the Pfizer vaccines to be stored in standard freezers, expanding the number of sites that can administer the shot. The company has said the shots can last for two weeks in standard freezers.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/02/23/world/covid-19-coronavirus?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20210223&instance_id=27427&nl=the-morning&regi_id=123329811&segment_id=52225&te=1&user_id=2d9279670974826e45b563123ff09555#us-federal-regulators-are-expected-to-allow-the-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-to-be-stored-at-standard-freezer-temperatures

Roseburgonian

What does this mean for schools?

FedUp

We are over a year into this mess!! I feel at this point that this virus is going to just have to run it's course and no matter what we do to prevent it is not going to make a huge difference in what happens. Lets let the citizens of this great country make their own decisions and live with their own consequences. All the haters will say that other peoples poor decisions will effect them. This is totally false!!!! If these concerned citizens continue to take their own precautions, like they are now, then somebody else's actions should not effect them any differently. If your relying on the actions of another private person for your health and safety, then that is a whole other discussion.

OregonHusker

A year into this mess and you still don't know the basics. That's terrifying.

Marine Vet

Agreed Sad Days here in Douglas County.

Mike

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners said in a statement they are concerned about the recent surge in cases and claimed to NOT know what caused the surge. Yet they also claim that restaurants, bars and gyms accounted for less than 1% of cases.

How can our County Commissioners be so certain the increased cases weren’t caused by bars and restaurants when they claim to NOT know the source of the new cases?

smedleyb

The county commissioners are incapable of critical thinking.

melrosereader

This regression is because of the anti-maskers like State Senator Dallas Heard and people of his ilk.

Like many of us have said, the way to getting things back to normal is to comply with the health and safety protocols.

But Heard and people like him want freedumb.

Am I angry? You betcha.

st paddy

douglas county minions are their own worst enemy

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