Douglas County lost its 80th resident to the coronavirus pandemic on Monday.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported the death of a 65-year-old man who was diagnosed May 17. No further information was provided out of respect for the family’s privacy.

The response team announced 14 new positive test results and four presumptive positive cases in its Tuesday report. Nine area residents were receiving hospital care for COVID-19, two locally and seven out of the area.

The Douglas Public Health Network is monitoring 189 positive cases in isolation as well as 466 presumptive positive cases and potential contacts in quarantine.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 307 confirmed and presumptive positive COVID-19 cases and six deaths, bringing the total deaths in Oregon due to the coronavirus to 2,670.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that Douglas County would be remaining in the “high risk” designation for the time being. Eleven Oregon counties remain at high risk. Neighboring Lane and Coos counties are being moved from moderate to low risk, while Josephine County is being dropped from high to moderate risk.

As of Monday, the Oregon Health Authority reported that 41.8% of Douglas County residents ages 16 and older had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Combined with vaccination numbers from the Roseburg VA Health Care System and the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, the county response team reports 52.4% of its eligible residents 16 and older have at least been partially vaccinated.

“In May, OHA finally agreed to allow Douglas County to count our federal vaccination doses in our ‘65% or more’ count for their State Mandated Risk Level Metric Movement,” the team said in Tuesday’s report. “However, we are still awaiting a corrected representation of vaccination data on the OHA daily online vaccination report. We will continue to use our format of adding the federal vaccination data to the state vaccination data moving forward to accurately represent the number of residents in Douglas County that have been vaccinated.”

The Douglas County Tiger Team is bringing free COVID-19 vaccines directly to rural areas via mobile medical vans.

Free pop-up vaccine clinics will be held from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Oakland City Hall, 637 NE Locust St., and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday at the Glide Rural Fire Station, 18910 N. Umpqua Highway.

The Tiger Team will travel to businesses, fire departments, farms or towns to provide pop-up clinics. More information is available at 541-670-3110 or at the COVID-19 Hotline at 541-464-6550.

Aviva Health operates a dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinic at 4221 NE Stephens St., Suite 101 in Roseburg, across from its main Roseburg clinic near Costco. It offers free vaccines by appointment to residents 12 and older. To schedule an appointment, contact 541-672-9596.

Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer will be holding a Facebook Live question and answer session Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on the Douglas Public Health Network’s Facebook page.

Donovan Brink can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4219.

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Citizen495

A big thank you to the Tiger Team who came to my area so I could get my convenient and hassle free Covid shots. I am not always complementary about how our county has handled this mess but the TT earns a big thank you from me! Excellent job TT!!!!!

Mike

Interesting how the News-Review didn't mention the County Commissioners Corona Task Force adjusted down by 918 the number of Douglas County residents over 16 years old that were vaccinated at Tribal sites after the Tribal site vaccinations were added to the state ALERT IIS system. That's nearly a 50% drop in Tribal site vaccinations claimed by the Commissioners Task Force. How do we know the same thing won't happen when the Veteran Affairs vaccinations are eventually added to the ALERT IIS system?

mworden

Last evening, Dr. D discussed the numbers. The Tribe is cooperating on inputting data to be compatible with the state reporting system. They're still in the process of inputting data.

He said there is little to no chance that the VA data will become available in a way that is compatible with state reporting. The VA reports data per vaccination site without reporting the county of residence of the patient vaccinated.

In my opinion, it is highly unlikely that the VA will report data compatible with the reporting systems of the various states without federal legislation requiring it, followed by months or years of meetings and debate on the subject.

Mike

Does that mean DPHN is claiming ALL VA vaccinations as residents whether they live in Douglas County or not?

mworden

That seems highly unlikely after listening to Dr. Dannenhoffer and also from my many years --decades -- working in conjunction with the VA. Never worked for the VA. Worked on getting services for vets.

The VA provides services in Douglas, Lane, Coos and Curry Counties in Oregon and Del Norte in northern California. They record shots given at vaccination sites, without reporting the county of residence of the patient. That's why the data between the state and VA differ. It will differ as long as there is no federal legislation telling the VA to change their methods. That's how the VA works. They are not known for their willingness to adjust their methods to wants and needs of local governments. That is the nature of the beast.

The VA hospital in Roseburg has been holding vaccination clinics at their Roseburg campus. IMO, most of the vaccinations given there are likely to be for local people living within a easy drive of the Roseburg hospital. That opinion is based on my experience working with vets who purposely moved here to be close to the hospital and veterans services. It would make no sense for someone to drive to the Roseburg VA from Northern Cal or the coast in order to get a shot when they can get one close by for free.

It does not seem like a stretch to me to claim that shots given by the VA in Douglas County are for Douglas County residents rather than for residents of the counties where the Roseburg VA runs clinics. Will the stats be absolutely accurate. Unlikely. Will they be far enough off to change the total percentage of vaccinated people in Douglas County in a way that impacts ideas of herd immunity. Also unlikely.

I am not closely interested in perfectly exact numbers because it appears unlikely to me that even if the VA is over-credited with giving vaccinations in Douglas County we are unlikely to reach 65 percent or more.

To me, the problem is not exact counting of the county of residence for every person who is vaccinated at the VA campus or by the Tribe. We have too few people willing to be vaccinated. Blame politics, blame religion, blame fear, blame ignorance, blame all of that. Too many people in Douglas County don't believe covid is a real threat and they believe lies about the vaccine. That's our problem.

I do not fault DPHN for trying to get vaccinations given by the Tribe and VA counted in our county statistics. But, IMO, even if ALL the vaccinations given by the Federal vaccinators were counted in our county total, I still think we're going to come up short. Not because of failures by DPNH, the VA or the Tribe. But because state and county vaccination rates around the country fall along the Red and Blue divide. Douglas County is solidly Red. Red-leaning people are less likely to accept vaccination. According to the New York Times: "Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters." That's something that DPHN has no control over. It's real and it's our problem here in Douglas County. I have no clue how to address it. I'm open to all suggestions on how to increase vaccine acceptance in our strongly Red county.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/17/us/vaccine-hesitancy-politics.html

Another link for which you don't need a subscription:

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/554005-state-vaccine-rates-fall-along-red-blue-divide

Mike

You don't touch on the problem that concerns me which Commissioner Boice did touch on when he defended people's choice to not get vaccinated by saying all of the other people getting vaccinated protected the unvaccinated from getting sick and thus justified their choice.

The Commissioners, by over stating the true vaccination numbers in Douglas County, may actually provide a false sense of security and encourage unvaccinated people NOT to get the shot, believing they are already protected. If they can't be accurate, I don't understand why the Commissioners can't error on the low side to encourage more people to get the shot.

mworden

Mike, I agree. I'd like to see the commissioners take a different approach. I have little hope of that.

I agree with you more often than I disagree. Our viewpoints are different because I draw a clear line between DPHN and the commissioners. They've taken ownership of what DPHN does and they claim to be leading the charge. I still draw a line between what the commissioners do and say and what DPHN does and says, regardless of whose names are on the daily reports. The county holds the purse strings. That doesn't mean their words and actions are in sync with public health policy.

Bottom line: I'd like to see our elected officials promoting vaccination and covid precautions so the county can open. Reality: Douglas County has high risk restrictions while the majority of counties have low to moderate risk.

It's not hard to figure out why.

Mike

I'm not buying your explanation that the VA does not track the county of residence for the people they vaccinate. First, unless the VA is vaccinating anyone who walks in the door without asking any information about them, they obviously know where their vets live and have their personal information like where they live and their zip codes, which are county specific.

Second, the CDC tracks vaccination numbers based on COUNTY per the below link. Moreover, the CDC's vaccination numbers INCLUDE vaccinations at all Federal (VA, Prisons, etc.) sites which is consistent with why daily CDC vaccination numbers are always being higher than the OHA vaccination numbers.

It appears the CDC figured out which county people live in that are vaccinated at the VA. Hence, I don't buy your explanation.

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

mworden

Mike, the VA may very well track the addresses of their patients, but my understanding is they report vaccinations per site. That is the information I've had since vaccination began. It makes sense to me that they can report numbers of shots given in Douglas County, Del Norte, Lane, Coos and Curry Counties without reporting the county residence of the patient. I accept it, but I could be wrong. You don't have to accept it. I encourage you to keep digging until you find the answer.

My original post stated that on Tuesday evening, Dr. D said there was little to no chance that the VA reporting style and the state reporting style would become compatible any time soon. The Tribe was making an effort and continuing to input data. He said that in response to a question. The video may still be up on the DPHN site. The clicking audio in the first few minutes improves as time passes.

melrosereader

We all owe a big thank you to Dallas Heard and his herd of ant-maskers and anti-vaxxers for this dubious honor.

Mike

Today is the 14th day in a row that Douglas County's case rate has been above 200. Meanwhile, Douglas County remains the leader of fatal coronavirus cases at 2.2%.

melrosereader

So sad. And so unnecessary.

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