In what could be a troubling trend, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team on Saturday reported 25 new people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one new presumptive case, bringing the total number of cases to 3,424.

Saturday’s high number of cases follows 22 new total cases reported on Friday and 89 new cases since Tuesday.

“Once again, we are reporting another high case day with 26 total new cases,” the Response Team said in a news release on Saturday. “We are seeing a definite and concerning spike in new school cases with both school staff and students. And while the new cases are sporadic in their locations, the common denominator is the fact that these cases are from residents that have chosen to not get vaccinated. We encourage you to do everything you can to stay vigilant and help to prevent the spread of this terrible disease.”

Currently, there are 13 Douglas County patients hospitalized with the disease, eight locally and five out of the area. There was also another death reported Saturday, bringing the county death toll from COVID-19 to 73. The deceased was a 58-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 2 and passed away on Friday.

Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 168 people who have the disease and are in isolation, as well as another 352 people who are in quarantine because they have come into close contact with someone who has it. That represents a total of 520 local contacts and cases being supported in isolation and quarantine.

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone in Douglas County ages 12 and older. The Douglas Public Health Network created the #itsyourturn COVID-19 vaccine campaign to encourage everyone to get their COVID-19. For more information on how to get a COVID-19 vaccine, contact your primary health care provider, call any local pharmacy, talk to your employer or visit DougCoVaccine.com.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority on Saturday reported the state has had 198,356 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

There were 509 new cases statewide reported Saturday, as well as five new deaths. The state death toll is now 2,618.

Also on Saturday, the Oregon Health Authority reported that 37,113 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 21,756 doses were administered on Friday and 15,357 were administered on previous days. but were entered into the vaccine registry on Friday.

The seven-day running average is now 30,551 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 3,735,652 vaccine doses, which includes: 2,071,311 first and second doses of Pfizer; 1,531,061 first and second doses of Moderna; 131,572 single doses of Johnson & Johnson; and 1,708 doses that were administered, but for which vaccine product information was not specified.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. The Oregon Health Authority has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System.

The latest vaccination numbers come after the announcement by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Friday that Oregon will offer lottery prizes, including up to $1 million, for Oregonians vaccinated against COVID-19.

The incentive strategy to increase vaccinations in the state is part of “Take Your Shot Oregon” campaign, offering a number of financial prizes for any Oregon resident age 12 or older who is at least partially vaccinated by June 27.

“If you’ve been waiting to get a vaccine, or if you just haven’t gotten around to it yet, we’re going to give you an extra incentive,” Brown said. “How about a chance to win a million dollars?

“Take your shot, Oregon. Roll up your sleeves and get a chance to change your life.”

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 258, which is 27 fewer than Friday. There are 74 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four fewer than Friday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 2,162, which is an 8.2% decrease from the previous seven days. The peak daily number of beds occupied by COVID-19 positive patients in the most recent seven days is 342.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Donovan Brink contributed to this story.

Scott Carroll can be reached at scarroll@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204.

Or follow him on Twitter @scottcarroll15.

React to this story:

0
0
0
4
7

Recommended for you

(21) comments

Mike

It appears Douglas County Commissioners were not being truthful when they said on May 18 that over 50% of eligible Douglas County residents had already been vaccinated, claiming 11,848 total residents vaccinated at Veterans Hospitals and Tribal sites were not included in numbers reported by the state. It turns out the Center for Disease Control (CDC) also tracks vaccinations in every county and their numbers DO include VA Hospital and Tribal site vaccinations.

32,161 people in Douglas County were fully vaccinated on May 23 according to the Oregon Health Authority. The same day, the CDC indicated (below link) 36,919 people in Douglas County were fully vaccinated, the difference being 4,758 residents, NOT even close to the 11,848 residents claimed by our County Commissioners on May 18.

It is a fact that a significant percentage of people vaccinated at the Roseburg VA hospital and Tribal sites do NOT reside in Douglas County. It appears our County Commissioners ignored that fact when claiming Douglas County was over 50% vaccinated.

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

GhostofTMcCall

I think the Commissioners were being way more truthful than when you lied about them defying (with no proof or evidence) the Governor's updated mask mandate requiring verification of vaccination to go unmasked. The numbers regarding vaccination numbers with the VA hospital and the tribe have been explained by Dr. Dannenhoffer -- who is the local expert on such matters. Despite your self-proclaimed medical expertise -- just pulling data off the internet doesn't make you an expert on all things COVID in Douglas County. I will believe the real expert, not a biased partisan individual with a personal agenda (that would be you, just in case that wasn't clear enough). Keep hammering Mike, but most of us are on to you.

Marine Vet

Saturday’s high number of cases follows 22 new total cases reported on Friday and 89 new cases since Tuesday.

Mike

After 16 more new coronavirus cases reported this morning in Douglas County and 206 cases over the past 14-days, Douglas County now has a case rate of 185 today. If we continue at this pace and reach a case rate of 200, Douglas County may be forced back into the extreme risk category which causes most businesses to close, all thanks to the anti-vaxxers.

Mike

Faced with anti-vaccination parents, teens are helping each other get Covid shots.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/faced-with-anti-vaccination-parents-teens-are-helping-each-other-get-covid-shots/ar-AAKi7D1

Mike

Oregonians who received vaccinations at VA Hospitals and Tribal sites are not currently entered into the state system because of data transfer problems, but state officials said they are hoping to change that in the next week. Soon we will know whether Douglas County Commissioner claim that Douglas County vaccinations are 12% higher than state numbers is actually true.

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/05/how-to-enter-oregons-1-million-vaccination-lottery.html

Mike

Without further information, I question our Douglas County Commissioners claim on May 18 that Douglas County has vaccinated 12% more Douglas County residents than indicated by the Oregon Health Authority because Douglas County veterans and Tribal members who received their first vaccination at VA Hospitals weren’t being counted in the state’s numbers. First, because they didn’t say whether the 12% Veterans and Tribal members were ALL residents of Douglas County. Second, because statistics indicate over TWICE as many Douglas County veterans than EVERYWHERE ELSE in Oregon would have had to be vaccinated in Roseburg VA’s hospital system.

Veterans comprise 2.4% of Oregon’s population. There are 263,885 veterans living in Oregon according to the U.S. Census Bureau (below link). All of those veterans are being served by hospital systems in Roseburg, Portland and White City.

https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=S2101%3A%20VETERAN%20STATUS&g=0100000US,.04000.001&hidePreview=true&tid=ACSST1Y2019.S2101&vintage=2018

53,621 (20.3%) of Oregon’s 263,885 veterans have received their first vaccination according to the Department of Veterans Affairs website (below link) on May 21. Our Commissioners claimed 8,814 (53.7%) of Douglas County’ 16,388 veterans had received their first vaccination which is OVER twice the state average. Moreover, the Commissioners appear to have claimed all of the people vaccinated at the Roseburg VA were Douglas County residents even though the Roseburg VA website indicates it serves over 26,000 veterans in Douglas, Lane, Coos and Curry counties in Oregon, and Del Norte County in Northern California. Not JUST Douglas County.

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

On April 23, 2021, Patrick Allen, Director, Oregon Health Authority addressed a question about the accuracy of Oregon’s ALERT IIS vaccine tally by writing (below link); “The CDC’s data is SLIGHTLY higher because it includes vaccinations administered by the Veterans Administration and other federal agencies.” The 12% the Commissioners claim is NOT a slight difference.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Documents/Talking-Points-April-23-2021.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

NJ

Readerville: When the links provided are too long to fit in the NR comment field, simply cut and past the entire comment into a document from any word processing program and you can read the entire comment. Should the NR, at some point be able to apply more technical skill into their website it will always be rudimentary coding done by codemonkeys. And I do apologize for that slang term, programmers can be arrogant with each other when it comes to their level of knowledge. My knowledge of coding might, maybe fill a thimble. C++ kids - learn it.

Mike

Comment without the links.

Without further information, I question our Douglas County Commissioners claim on May 18 that Douglas County has vaccinated over 50% of Douglas County which is 12% more than indicated by the Oregon Health Authority because Douglas County veterans and Tribal members who received their first vaccination at VA Hospitals weren’t being counted in the state’s numbers. First, our Commissioners didn’t say whether those 12% vaccinated Veterans and Tribal members were ALL residents of Douglas County. Second, because statistics indicate over TWICE as many Douglas County veterans than EVERYWHERE ELSE in Oregon would have had to be vaccinated in Roseburg VA’s hospital system.

Veterans comprise 2.4% of Oregon’s total population. There are 263,885 veterans living in Oregon according to the U.S. Census Bureau (below link). All of those veterans are being served by three hospital systems in Roseburg, Portland and White City. 53,621 (20.3%) of Oregon’s 263,885 veterans have received their first vaccination according to the Department of Veterans Affairs website on May 21. Yet, on May 18, our Commissioners claimed 8,814 (53.7%) of Douglas County’ 16,388 veterans had received their first vaccination which is OVER twice the Oregon average. Moreover, the Commissioners appear to have claimed all of the people vaccinated at the Roseburg VA were Douglas County residents even though the Roseburg VA website indicates it serves over 26,000 veterans in Douglas, Lane, Coos and Curry counties in Oregon, and Del Norte County in Northern California. Not JUST Douglas County.

On April 23, 2021, Patrick Allen, Director, Oregon Health Authority addressed a question about the accuracy of Oregon’s ALERT IIS vaccine tally by writing; “The CDC’s data is SLIGHTLY higher because it includes vaccinations administered by the Veterans Administration and other federal agencies.” The 12% the Commissioners claim is NOT a slight difference.

Thomas Hall

The N-R article mentions a spike in school staff and students. It was my understanding that all staff had been vaccinated when the OEA and Gov. Brown

defied science and pushed the school employees ahead of seniors. That, even though many of the educators were teaching on line! My question: are districts allowing unvaccinated employees around children? If so, why???

Mike

Vaccinations have NOT been required for school employees. So yes, children are likely to be around unvaccinated people. There are many reasons cited for the "why."

GhostofTMcCall

Why? Vaccinations ahead of seniors? Not requiring vaccinations? Answer: Union's influence on the Governor.

Marine Vet

Conspiracy Theory's make Ignorant People FELL Relevant. You seem to ALWAYS be Chasing Ghosts.?.

GhostofTMcCall

Saying that public employee unions have a lot of influence on the Governor is a conspiracy theory? Is a factual statement you disagree with a "conspiracy theory"?

Mike

Maybe because a HIGH percentage of teachers, first responders and medical personnel have CHOSEN to believe conspiracy theories about the vaccine and not gotten vaccinated.

GhostofTMcCall

For once Mike, I agree with you. Too many people are buying into misinformation regarding the efficacy and effects of vaccinations. The teachers unions pushed their way to the front of the line for vaccines -- that privilege should have come with some requirements to get vaccinated. The Governor claimed moving teachers to the front of the line was so schools could be reopened -- and I agreed with that. But a vaccination benchmark / requirement should have accompanied that decision. While I agree in principle with a lot of what the Governor has tried to do with her COVID policies -- there is also a lot of fire, ready, aim happening as well...

Mike

Which governors do you think have done better?

Mike

I didn't vote for Governor Brown but am willing to commend the way she addressed the pandemic as probably doing one of the best jobs. Which governor do you think did better?

Mike

Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday lottery prizes ranging from $10,000 to $1 million for Oregonians vaccinated against COVID-19. All residents 18 and older who’ve received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine by June 27 will be entered into the “Take Your Shot Oregon” lottery for a $1.0 million prize.

Also, all resident children between the ages 12 to 17 who have had at least one shot will be eligible to win one of five $100,000 contributions to Oregon College Savings Plan accounts in their names -- money that can be used for college or trade schools.

Also, one resident from each of Oregon's 36 counties will receive a $10,000 prize.

All residents must have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine by June 27 to be entered in “Take Your Shot Oregon” lottery which will be held on June 28.

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/05/how-to-enter-oregons-1-million-vaccination-lottery.html

Mike

Judge denies group of businesses seeking block on Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID restrictions.

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/05/judge-denies-group-of-businesses-seeking-block-on-gov-kate-browns-covid-restrictions.html

NJ

[thumbup]

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.