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Douglas County reported 134 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 144 new cases on Friday.

Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer confirmed the deaths of two more Douglas County residents related to COVID-19.

The death of a 61-year-old woman who died Wednesday and 79-year-old man who died Thursday mark the 100th and 101st death in Douglas County since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020.

The county reports that 47 Douglas County residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 cases, 41 locally and six out of the area. Of the patients hospitalized locally, 43 have not been vaccinated. Eleven require ventilators and 11 are in the Intensive Care Unit. The average age of locally hospitalized patients is 58, according to the Douglas County COVID-19 team.

Currently the Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 1,133 cases in isolation, as well as 383 contacts in quarantine.

 

Mike Henneke can be reached at mhenneke@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4208. Follow him on Twitter @ihenpecked.

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Mike

"A tale of two counties...Since June 30, there’s been one COVID-related death in Washington County, where 77% of adults are vaccinated ­– the highest in the state. In Douglas County, there have been 16 such deaths, where only 48% are vaccinated. Washington County is more than five times the size of Douglas County by population."

https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/2021/08/editorial-a-tale-of-two-oregons.html

mworden

[thumbup] Thanks, Mike. This is important information.

Mike

"As of Saturday...575 patients are waiting for a general bed in hospitals in the Houston area. Eighty-seven patients are waiting for an intensive care unit beds."

Who was it that three days ago claimed Texas, and specifically Houston, was having no problem with hospitalizations, in an attempt to defend Texas Governor Abbott's ban on Covid restrictions, much like our own County Commissioners banning County employees from enforcing state Covid restrictions?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/covid-19-live-updates-nearly-600-wait-for-hospital-beds-in-city-with-surge-in-cases/ar-AAN6Dr0?li=BBnb7Kz

Mike

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) tracks the vaccination status of each COUNTY in the United States and reports on it daily (below link). Vaccinations at Prisons, VA Hospitals and Tribal sites are INCLUDED in the status reported by the CDC. Today, the CDC reports 47.1% of Douglas County’s TOTAL population has received their first dose of vaccine and 42.3% are fully vaccinated.

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

Ponder this. Monroe County (population 74,228) is currently the hottest Covid spot in Florida (below link), having experienced an increase in hospitalizations over 1,000% over the past 14 days. For the moment, 73.1% of Monroe County Florida has received one vaccine dose and 60.2% are fully vaccinated, nearly 20% more than here in Douglas County.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/florida-covid-cases.html

You possibly could interpret this data two different ways. First, that the vaccine doesn't work. Second, that Douglas County is in for a world of hurt.

digger

Were the numbers in Florida before or after the CDC sent bogus numbers regarding Florida.

Mike

ALL of the numbers are from TODAY's report.

Mike

Florida records a thousand covid deaths in a WEEK and a 151,000 new Covid cases (below link). Since deaths lag cases by two weeks, Florida is looking at many, many future deaths.

Like Florida's Governor Desantis, our own Douglas County Commissioners have barred County employees from enforcing state mask and vaccination mandates.

Mike

Forgot to attach the link.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/florida-covid-update-1-071-more-resident-deaths-over-the-last-week-23-933-new-daily-cases/ar-AANiGqH

Mike

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as of August 7, Florida is reporting 8.1 children hospitalized with COVID-19 per 100,000 residents. Florida also reported 20.6 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents among those aged 18 to 19 age group.

Mike

Asante has three hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties. Its vice president of nursing, Kotler, says Asante had to deny 200 patients because the hospitals are overwhelmed. Emergency room patients are waiting up to 6 hours to be treated.

Jackson County requested state officials construct a 300-bed field hospital and provide 219 medical staff. Yet, their Commissioners are still holding their County Super Spreader Fairs that opened on Wednesday. Sound familiar.

Curry County Health Network CEO Ginny Williams says their hospital is transferring incoming patients to other states including Idaho, California and Nevada. It has had to transfer patients as far as Reno.

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/08/covid-surge-has-hospitals-in-jackson-josephine-counties-treating-patients-in-hallways.html

S

Will the News Review please report on the following:

Has Mercy Medical Center ordered body bags and refrigerated containers in anticipation of the outcomes from the current and anticipated surge expected in Douglas County? If so, how many?

How many Mercy medical personnel remain unvaccinated?

How many Mercy medical personnel are off work because of positive COVID results?

What protocols will Mercy use to determine who is treated?

Will Mercy be prioritizing the vaccinated for treatment vs. the unvaccinated?

Roseburgonian

Should have remained locked down. Impatient ignorance..

Scomo

Yeah, should nevah open evah evah! Everyone should be huddled in their basements quivering with feah. After all, that’s what people did during the 1918 flu that killed young, old, everyone. NOT! They lived their lives, people died, but life went on and this flu is highly contagious but only as lethal as the common flu. Check out the Mayo Clinic data. Yes cases are spiking, but death rates nationwide are dropping. This thing will soon burn itself out.

mworden

Scomo, your info is false and you know it. Covid is not the flu. Regular flu may kill 35,000 in a bad year. Covid has killed 620,000 in the US since March 2020. It is not the flu. Death rates all over the nation are climbing. The ages of the sick and the dying are getting younger. Pediatric ICUs are full. Hospitals are full. 11 people in Roseburg are on respirators. That has never happened with the flu.

Scomo, I worry about your well-being if you really believe the disinformation you are spreading. I hope you and Wretched stay well.

Scomo

I’m vaccinated and I take Vit D and Zn. I hope you do too so you will stay well. For the record, the flu kills young and old as well, the reason why this virus has contributed to the death (mostly old and health compromised) is that it was engineered to be highly contagious. You can thank the quizzing Fauci for that. Incidentally according to the CDC, in the 2017-18 flu season 45,000,000 Americans were infected and 61,000 died. In 2014-15, 51,000 died. The common flu is quite deadly and if it were as contagious we would have the same situation as this bastardized flu.

mworden

Thank you for wishing that I stay well, Scomo. It's unlikely that we will view this situation in a similar way, but I do wish you good health and I'm glad to hear that you're vaccinated and using other measures to stay healthy. So am I.

Scomo

My information is false? I dare you to listen to this presentation by Dr. Bob Malone who INVENTED the mRNA gene therapy drug that Moderna and Pfizer are now using as a covid vaccine. He knows what he’s talking about and he clearly shows that we are not going to vaccinate our way out of this. Mass vaccinations are a mistake, because we are training out immune system to respond to one antigen. The virus has and will mutate around the vaccine.

https://rumble.com/vl0zpf-dr.-robert-malone-the-liberty-forum-8-10-2021.html

FedUp

35,000 Flu deaths in a year is average. It is not a bad year. 60,000 is a bad year! Do your research!

FedUp

The only spreading disinformation is you! Death rates are not climbing. Do the simple math. More younger people are not dying. Do the math! Less than 400 people under the age of 18 have died of covid in the whole US.

S

Can the News Review please ask Mercy Medical Center the following questions: How many body bags are ordered in anticipation of the upcoming deaths from the current surge - we heard over 100?

Have refrigerated containers been ordered?

How many Mercy staff have COVID and are not working?

What protocol will Mercy be using to determine who is treated and who is not treated for COVID when they reach capacity.

Will vaccinated breakthrough cases be prioritized over unvaccinated?

garyd

Why doesn't ask our commissioners that same question??

Mike

COVID-stricken Oregon deploys 1,500 National Guard to hospitals.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/covid-stricken-oregon-deploys-national-guard-to-hospitals/ar-AANiACs

mworden

As the case count and death rate climb it's certainly tempting to wish ill upon our neighbors who refuse vaccination, masks, social distancing and limiting gatherings and traveling.

Here's a TED Talk from a former member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. She describes what changed her and gave her the courage to leave. To me, it applies to our current situation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVV2Zk88beY

FedUp

The death rate isn't climbing. You need to get your statistical facts straight

mworden

I'd like to learn. If you can tell me where I got confused I'd appreciate it.

More people are dying at a faster pace in Douglas County than at any other time during the pandemic. The total number of deaths and the number of deaths per month per 100,000 population has increased.

On July 1, there had been 84 deaths.

On July 15, there had been 85 deaths.

On July 30, there had been 88 deaths.

Today, August 13, there are 101.

Where did I mess up? It looks to me as if the number of deaths per 100,000 population is much higher so far in August than it was in July.

garyd

The commissioners are loosing their voter base.

FedUp

The death rated rose from .084% to .1%. Are you really going to argue about this viruses lethality? If you want to hide out. ?Go ahead, but leave everyone else alone!

CitizenJoe

FedUp:

I am not sure what you mean by "death rate" and I doubt you know what you mean, either.

Do you mean mortality rate, or do you mean case fatality rate, or what? "Death rate" is often casually flung about, but is most often used as a careless synonym for mortality rate.

In any event, the population and time period must be defined--or any assertion is meaningless.

Make no mistake: the mortality rate from Covid-19 in the U.S has increased sharply in the last 4 weeks, and there is every indication that it will do so for another month or two.

And we will not know the case fatality rate for people getting infected today, for many weeks to come.

"Many estimates have been documented for mortality rate (MR) and case-fatality rate (CFR) of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). MR is the measure of frequency of death in a defined population during a specified period. MR is commonly based on vital statistics. The size of the population at the middle of the time period under study is the denominator. CFR is the number of people who die from the disease under study among all individuals diagnosed with the disease during a specified time interval. CFR typically is used as a measure of disease severity [1]."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7543775/

FedUp

Go hide in your basement!!!

Scomo

Death rates are dropping, look at the data.

mworden

Look at the data after the 4th of July.

sectorstar

Absolutely baffled when I came to work at costco today. I expected there to be lots of flared tempers with how we strictly enforced masks before. No enforcement at the door when people walked in with no mask and witnessed several managers walk past people shopping on with no mask either. So I guess its above my pay grade to care now. I will say roughly 80 percent of the people shopping did have a mask on, but I'm sure they'll change later in the week once word gets out that nothing will happen.

Scomo

Cloth masks won’t prevent you from being infected. Vaccines help, it’s nice to see that people aren’t panicking like you

Mike

The first duty of any county Commissioner is to protect the health and safety of the citizenry. In that sense, the incredibly cynical and dangerous politics against pandemic safety being undertaken by Douglas County Commissioners is nothing less than the abdication of their duty.

The poster children for irresponsibility, Douglas County Commissioners Boice, Freeman and Kress, have used the power given to them by the Governor to NOT save lives, but instead to BAR county employees from enforcing Covid restrictions without once addressing the raging caseloads here with an eye on building their standing among their Trumpian base they look to for re-election. Our Commissioner’s ambition, like that of too many GOP governors, may be literally killing people. Ironically, the very people they are trying to win over are the same ones who are dying.

Mike

A RECORD 821 new Covid cases were reported in Douglas County over the past week. We are averaging over 117 cases per day. But more importantly, 14 Douglas County residents have died over the past 15 days. Douglas County is averaging almost a death per day and you can expect the deaths to increase dramatically over the next couple weeks as people infected at the Douglas County Super Spreader Fair start showing up at Mercy Hospital which is already in crisis.

After our County Commissioners failed miserably to take action to save lives, Governor Brown was forced to implement new mask mandates for inside areas and schools, while also mandating healthcare workers be vaccinated. Meanwhile, our Douglas County Commissioners are now BARRING all county employees from enforcing those mask mandates. While claiming to express “heartfelt condolences” and “sympathy” EVERYTIME someone dies, our County Commissioners’ actions are actually adding to the pandemic death toll.

1,270 new coronavirus cases have been reported in Douglas County over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 1,131.4 today, which is much higher than the maximum case rate of 200 previously required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to remain open. These are AGAIN all new records.

1,270 new coronavirus cases and 5,338 test results have been reported over the past two weeks. Dividing 1,270 cases by 5,338 test results gives Douglas County a RECORD 14-day positive test rate of 23.8% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 705 new coronavirus cases and 5 deaths today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported a RECORD 4,514 new cases and 21 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,765 new coronavirus cases and 7 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate remains at 8.4% today.

There are a RECORD LOW 103 ICU beds and 415 non-ICU beds available throughout Oregon today according to the Oregon Health Authority. There currently are a RECORD 89 Oregonians on ventilators.

The Oregon Health Authority also 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 92 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. A RECORD 125 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 25 are in ICU. A RECORD 16 are on ventilators. A RECORD 526 new coronavirus cases were reported in Region 3 today.

https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19/viz/OregonCOVID-19Update/DailyDataUpdate

mworden

The Oregonian published the 16 zip codes in Oregon with exceptionally high case rates and low vaccination rates. Douglas County has 5 of the 16 zip codes that are driving the statewide covid surge.

https://www.oregonlive.com/data/2021/08/these-zip-codes-are-driving-oregons-rampant-surge-in-coronavirus-cases.html

Mike

All thanks to our Douglas County Commissioners and their choice to NOT impose Covid restrictions and instead BARRING county employees from enforcing Covid restrictions.

melrosereader

The Oregonian has a cool map https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/cases-by-zip

CitizenJoe

"The county reports that 47 Douglas County residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 cases, 41 locally and six out of the area. Of the patients hospitalized locally, 43 have not been vaccinated." Wow. 43/41 is certainly a very high proportion.

Whatever the actual number is, I'm certain that vaccines are effective; I mean, not 105% effective, but effective nonetheless.

Would that there were a similarly effective vaccine against anti-vaxx idiocy.

Mike

Anti-vaxx idiocy is solving its own problem. Soon there may be far fewer idiots.

CitizenJoe

Well, sure. But they are going to kill some of the rest of us:

"Right now, Mercy has 43 total COVID patients spread across multiple units in the hospital. 11 of those are being managed in our Intensive Care Unit, and 8 of them are being actively sustained by invasive mechanical airway support. As the need for ventilator equipment increases, and the staffing pool is further stretched and depleted, Mercy’s Life Care Team will be trepedatiously considering the implementation of Crisis Standards of Care. This is when, in public health emergencies and viral pandemics, hospitals are pushed beyond their normal operating standards and are forced to make difficult triaging and allocation decisions. In practical terms, if the trend does not improve, the Life Care Team might be confronted with the painful task of prioritizing treatment, according to who would medically benefit the most from the care being provided."

mworden

As of today, the number of patients at Mercy on ventilators has increased from 8 to 11.

Because the commissioners have failed to issue any mandates to help reduce the spread of covid, medical care in Douglas County will now be rationed.

Mike

Fortunately for mankind, at a much lower percentage. Darwinism at its best and worst. Happy Friday the 13th.

FedUp

If your vaccinated what are you worried about? If you have protected yourself and your loved ones, stop worrying about what other people are doing. It's proven that vaccinated and unvaccinated can infect those vaccinated and unvaccinated. The only difference is the vaccinated stand almost no chance of dying from the virus. People need to protect themselves and family and stop sticking their noses in other peoples business. If someone chooses to not get vaccinated then they have accepted the risk of death.

Mike

Probably the only time in history we will be in agreement.

mworden

Fed Up said: "If someone chooses to not get vaccinated then they have accepted the risk of death."

If that were true, I'd be fine with it. But denial is a real thing. Parents may believe that kids don't get really sick from covid, but they do. The pediatric ICUs are full. Does a parent have the right to risk their child's life? There's big disagreement on that. Do children have the right to be protected from parental willingness to die?

Some hospitalized people have been fully vaccinated. They may live, but they may also end up with lung damage, kidney or heart damage. And they'll surely end up with thousands of dollars in medical bills. If you've accepted the risk of death have you also accepted the risk of infecting someone who hasn't? Have you accepted that you might not even get seriously ill but your choices could ruin the lives of other people if you infect them?

What about medical workers? Does your acceptance of death extend to them too? Maybe they'll live through all this, but the hospitals are so overcrowded and medical people are seeing so much death and suffering that they're ending up with PTSD and other mental disorders. They're basically working in a combat zone within our comfortable local hospital.

Does your acceptance of death if you refuse the vaccine give you the right to put other people -- complete strangers to you -- into a battle zone that may leave them with lasting mental scars.

If you accept death, then great! More power to you. Now please remove yourself from society and go live in a cave somewhere so that you don't harm other people in this big interconnected society we live in. If you get sick, go ahead and die, but don't take anyone else with you. Seriously ...

.... I don't want you do die or suffer in any way. But I would like you do think more deeply about what acceptance of death in this situation really means if you choose to live in an interconnected society instead of in an isolated cave.

Scomo

Ah Joey, the eternal optimist. You must be a joy to live with.

S

Yes. Unfortunately, they are not taking some of the responsible people with them.

Scomo

Actually, the vast majority of those infected will survive and will have a life long natural immunity to this scourge. And as you may know, the antibodies in their serum can be used to treat the afflicted.

Mike

Heck with case numbers. Why isn't the News-Review reporting 14 Douglas County residents have died from Covid in the last 15 days.

Scomo

In 2020, an average of 140 people died each month in Douglas County. People die Mike

Mike

In the five years before 2020, before Covid struck, Douglas County averaged 116 deaths per month. Yes, people die. Everybody dies someday. But why now and why are you OK with that?

Scomo

The vast majority of the deaths from this disease are in people with serious medical conditions. I’m not ok with the fact that they are dying, but undoubtedly they were living on borrowed time. That’s what influenza does it kills the weak. They are the ones who should be the focus of the vaccination program, not the entire population. We are setting ourselves up for a catastrophe on the scale of the Middle Ages plague. Enhanced Antibody Response appears to be appearing in Israel. Mass vaccination is like growing one crop year after year. Microbes become immune to the pesticides and the crop then develops a disease that spreads through all your plants.

Mike

I've considered myself living on borrowed time for quite some time. That being said, I still enjoy living and take precautions to continue doing so.

Scomo

I’d say that most people have been taking the precautions for more than 16 months. Hasn’t seem to make much difference. Seems like we’re going backwards. I think that’s why many people are fed up, it’s pretty clear that the CDC and “queen of Salem” and her health dept. are making it up as they go along. The majority of the country wore masks for 14 months and here we are once again, their major solution is to put in a mask. Ridiculous! Vaccinate the most vulnerable and use preventive drugs like ivermectin. Stop the problem before it happens. They’re all reactive instead of proactive. That’s clearly not leadership.

Mike

You lose me as soon as you start with the name calling.

Scomo

Ah, so you like Kate. Got it, I knew all along that’s where you were coming from. You appear to favor incompetence in govt. well, that’s where you lose me. Kate Brown is the poster child for the old saying “90% of a politician’s success is just showing up.”

Mike

I did NOT vote for Governor Brown. However, I do respect she was the Governor elected by the majority of Oregonians and as such has earned the respect to not be called insulting names when arguing and discussing serious subjects.

Intentionally resorting to name calling and personal attacks indicates to me a person has become emotional about a subject and there is little or no supporting argument. Hence, no reason to continue.

Scomo

I agree there’s no reason to continue, because me thinks thou doth protest too much. If you defend ‘er, then you too ah a losah!

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