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Douglas County reached two grim milestones Tuesday in the COVID-19 pandemic.

It passed 2,000 cases and reported its 50th death from COVID-19.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 35 new cases Tuesday. That comes close to the county’s daily record of 38 new cases, set Nov. 21. The second highest total, posted Nov. 24, was 36 new cases. Tuesday’s cases tied with Jan. 1’s count for the third highest number of new cases.

The spike in cases is due to an outbreak at a local care facility, the response team said. It did not name the facility.

In all, the county has now had 2,027 cases since the start of the pandemic.

The 50th person to die of the illness was a 73-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 and died Wednesday.

Ten county residents are currently hospitalized with the illness, seven locally and three out of the area.

The response team announced it was notified by the state Monday that it will remain in the high-risk category for another two weeks, from Feb. 12 to 25.

That risk level allows all businesses to remain open, with some restrictions and limitations on the number of customers who can be served at a time.

Most of the counties across the state remain in the more restrictive extreme level, but 10 counties that had been at the extreme level will join Douglas County in the high risk level Feb. 12.

As of that date, 14 counties will be labeled extreme risk, 11 high risk, three moderate risk and eight rural counties are labeled lower risk.

Among the counties remaining in extreme risk are most of the counties surrounding Douglas, including Lane, Coos, Jackson and Josephine counties. Klamath County will move from extreme to high risk.

“While we managed to stay in the high risk level, our positive case count, especially today is still very concerning. Over the past two weeks, we reported 200 new COVID cases,” the response team said in a press release.

Seniors 80 or older are currently eligible for a vaccine, but must schedule an appointment to get one. County health officials said seniors should plan to call the places where they get their regular health care to set up an appointment for a vaccination.

If your doctor or health care clinic isn’t offering vaccinations, pharmacies are another option for scheduling an appointment. But many places don’t have vaccines yet.

Readers told The News-Review on Monday that some health care organizations and pharmacies weren’t yet ready to schedule appointments Monday for vaccines they haven’t received. Other readers were able to schedule appointments a month out.

Aviva Health, one of the providers that has signed on to be a vaccinator under the county’s senior vaccination plan, said in a press release it is developing plans for COVID-19 vaccination appointments and events and will begin contacting eligible patients and scheduling them once the plans are completed.

The response team said there are many more seniors who need and want a vaccine than there are available doses at this point.

This week, the county expected to receive 700 doses, but there are 7,200 residents in the eligible pool of seniors 80 and over.

The federal supply of vaccines remains limited. The federal government sends vaccines to each state. The state determines how many vaccines are sent to each county, and determines what groups are eligible to receive them at any given time.

Seniors are being added to the eligibility list in stages based on age. Seniors 75 and over become eligible Feb. 15. Seniors 70 and over become eligible Feb. 22. Seniors 65 and over become eligible Mar. 1.

The Oregon Health Authority estimates that most seniors who want a vaccine will be able to get first shots in the two shot sequence sometime between now and early April.

Roseburg Public Schools announced two additional COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with a student at Winchester Elementary School and a student at Melrose Elementary School testing positive for the virus.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 529 new cases and seven new deaths statewide Tuesday.

Statewide, 588,749 vaccinations have been given, 6,981 of them in Douglas County.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at or 541-957-4213.

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The following table lists the number of new cases in Douglas County Schools over the past week according to the Oregon Health Authority school outbreak report (below link). Five Douglas County Schools had 8 new coronavirus cases since last week.


Winchester Elementary ---------2--------------0

Glendale Junior High-------------0--------------1

North Douglas Elementary-----0--------------1

Green Elementary ----------------1--------------2

Myrtle Creek Elementary-------1--------------0


Glide schools which had 3 new cases of coronavirus is noticeably missing from this list.


The number of coronavirus cases, the percent of residents diagnosed with coronavirus and the number of cases since last week are listed below for each Douglas County zip code reported by the Oregon Health Authority (News-Review spam filter prevents me from posting link) as of February 10.




















Douglas County is NOW the WORST county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. ONLY 7,231 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have been vaccinated. This is a mere 6.4% of Douglas County residents compared to Oregon’s average of 10.3% residents vaccinated.

Not including Mercy Medical Center and Roseburg VA Hospital which each receive their own vaccine doses from the state, the Douglas County Public Health Network alone has received 3,900 doses of vaccine in the past seven days. According to the Oregon Health Authority, a total of 1,386 vaccine doses have been administered throughout Douglas County over those same seven days.

Below is the updated percentage of residents vaccinated in each Oregon County today according to the Oregon Health Authority.








Hood River------11.93































Our County Commissioners untruthfully claim low supply of vaccine is the reason for Douglas County’s slow vaccine roll-out to its residents. If so, ask yourself why vaccine supply is NOT an issue for the rest of Oregon, with some counties having vaccinated over five times higher percentage of their residents. Moreover, the CDC (below link) indicates 831,350 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Oregon. Oregon has enough to vaccinate 19.7% of all Oregon residents. But Only 602,202 doses have been administered to date. This means Oregon has 229,148 vaccine doses that have NOT been administered. That’s an average of 6,365 doses sitting on the shelf in EVERY Oregon County that have yet to be administered.


37 new coronavirus cases and 1 more DEATH were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. 166 new cases have been reported in just the last week. This brings Douglas County totals to 2,064 cases and 51 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 2 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 204 cases and 7 deaths. Roseburg VA administered 46 vaccine doses since yesterday, bringing its total to 1,972 doses administered with 58 veterans have received both doses of vaccine according to the VA National website link below.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 235 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 109.4 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 235 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,578 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 235 cases by 3,578 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 6.6% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 135 new coronavirus cases and 4 deaths today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 953 cases and 11 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 543 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 3.5% today.

The Oregon Health Authority tracks hospital statistics for seven different regions in Oregon. Region 3 consists of Douglas, Coos, Curry and Lane Counties. The OHA reported there are 7 ICU beds and 118 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. 25 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 11 are in ICU. There were 88 new coronavirus cases were reported in Region 3 today.


I have written Gov. Brown to share my concern that the Douglas County Commissioners say we have received a disproportionately low share of vaccine compared to other counties. I asked that she take measures to ensure that Douglas County receive a fair share.

You can write her here:

She may not read the messages herself, but aides do and they give her reports. I urge other people to write to express their concerns. I also said I thought she was doing a good job and that her leadership has helped keep Oregon in the lowest 5 states for infections per 100,000 population.


Below is the letter I sent to the website you provided:

Governor Brown, first, I would like to convey my appreciation for your pandemic leadership. The often difficult restrictions you have enacted are the reason Oregon is close to the lowest in per capita cases and deaths.

Second, I implore you to increase vaccine distribution to Douglas County where I live. Douglas County is almost last in the state for vaccinating its residents. Our County Commissioners daily press releases claim this is because the state has disproportionately provided Douglas County with less vaccine than other counties.

Similar to other Counties, Douglas County has teachers who need to be vaccinated and older people who are dying from this virus while waiting patiently for this vaccine.

Again, I implore you to provide Douglas County with additional vaccine to allow our communities to catch up with the rest of Oregon on vaccinations.





Our County Commissioners are not being truthful when they say “supply” is the reason Douglas County is the 2nd worse county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. As evidence, Douglas County Public Health Network received 1,900 doses of vaccine from the Oregon Health Authority six days ago on Wednesday February 3. It is likely the vaccine was Moderna, but DPHN doesn’t say for sure whether it was Pfizer or Moderna.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, all of Douglas County, including hospitals and clinics that received their own vaccine doses from OHA, have administered a total of 293 doses of Pfizer and 823 doses (itemized below) of Moderna since DPHN received their latest 1,900 doses of vaccine a week ago. Our County Commissioners can NOT KEEP blaming supply for Douglas County’s low vaccination rate when less than half of the vaccine DPHN received a week ago has yet to be administered. What are they waiting for? Why are they NOT telling the truth while people are dying of this disease?

Doses Received = 1,900

Doses Administered below








I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

Mike, any time you put fingers to the keyboard you're not being truthful. You operate in the land of assumption and hyperbole. Why are you, Mike, railing against local health care organizations that are actually responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a meaningful way with the goal of bringing it to an end? How many people have you vaccinated, Mike? How many COVID-19 tests have you administered? How many hours have you worked at the DPHN call center? How many families of people whose lives have been lost to this terrible virus have you comforted? How many masks have you sewn? How many neighbors who are shut ins have you fed? How much PPE have you donated to local health care organizations or assisted-living centers? What have you done aside from bashing and criticizing people who are committed to ending this pandemic? Why do you cite inaccurate information or purposely skewed data? For what purpose? Do you think you're doing good for the community? But here you are, regurgitating news and data and manipulating them to raise doubt. As I've said before, do better.


Clearly you're taking Mike's information personal. You shouldn't. Mike is providing information because it appears as though Douglas County struggled to get the first shipment of vaccine into people's arms. The reason is not transparent and Mike keeps poking for that transparency. It's good to be informed. And yeah, we'll all eventually get a shot. You could share why so many health care workers don't seem to want to get theirs. Have to wonder if that's because the county health network turned decisions over to county commissioners who bought into herd immunity last March with many doctors following along, it all seemed more about politics than health care. After the first shipment It appeared as though the vaccine was being hoarded for unknown reasons. All of which has nothing to do with you. At least you could share how you make masks so we can compare what materials we both use.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

Mike isn't poking for transparency. At best he's dancing a line of innuendo. At worst he's lying. How is it a call for transparency to say commissioners are being untruthful about vaccine supply and the number of vaccinations that have been administered? How is it a call for transparency to accuse the family of a young Sutherlin student of knowingly spreading the virus around the community. What's transparent about manipulating data? These are all things Mike's done. In terms of the vaccine, I can't speak for every health care worker, but I can tell you this: When I'm eligible I'll get mine. And good for you for making masks -- it's great you're actually making a positive contribution to the fight against COVID-19 ... you've joined the club!


I for one have appreciated Mike’s attempts to find and more easily provide data that the officials in this county have either not been able to give us or who have chosen to not provide us. I don’t know the reason for some of the deficiencies in detail but I do find it mystifying why some very basic info is not consistent or even available. Thank you Mike.


Definition of an Internet troll: a person who starts flame wars or intentionally upsets people on the Internet. Typically they do this by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog), with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses and normalizing tangential discussion. This is typically for the troll's amusement, or to achieve a specific result such as disrupting a rival's online activities or manipulating a political process.

Media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment. In this case, if you click on this person’s on-line name, “I'm Here to Fact-check Mike,” you will find that ALL of their past inflammatory comments are directed at me, let alone their on-line name includes my name.

Rather than provide evidence to the contrary, this person prefers to sling accusations and name-calling. Hence, the troll designation.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

LOL, Mike. You fit that definition perfectly!


I'm pretty sure this person is just Chris Boice under a different username. The way both of them type is very similar at times, especially when it comes to attacking and bashing Mike on a personal level.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

LOL. I assure you I'm not Chris Boice. I don't know Mike on a personal level; I do know a good portion of what he shares here is just untrue, and that's what bothers me. He can hate on the commissioners as much as he wants, but operating in the land of presumption and innuendo is careless -- he does it daily.

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mike is pointing out how incompetent the county commissioners and other douglas county leaders are

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

And his own.

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