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Douglas County’s death toll related to COVID-19 has risen to 195 as the county reported seven such deaths in its Wednesday report.

Two coronavirus-related deaths were reported Tuesday and another five Wednesday. Of the seven deaths, six were reportedly not vaccinated and just one was partially vaccinated. Those who died ranged in age from 54-84, with six men and one woman.

There were 90 new positive and presumptive cases reported Tuesday as leftover test results from over the weekend were tabulated. Wednesday saw 42 new positive and presumptive cases.

As of Wednesday, 79 Douglas County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19, 57 locally and 22 out of the area, including one who is receiving specialized care in another state. At CHI Mercy Medical Center, 47% of all patients at the hospital are dealing with COVID-19-related symptoms.

Of the 79 hospitalized, 73 are reportedly either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. At Mercy, 17 patients are on ventilators and another eight are receiving non-invasive breathing assistance. There are 12 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit and 14 in the progressive care unit.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Recovery Team also announced Wednesday that the county’s vaccination rate — combining numbers provided by the Oregon Health Authority as well as federal agencies — had reached 63.3% for all residents age 16 and older who are at least partially vaccinated. The percentage of those 18 or older who are fully vaccinated was 55%. For the entire county population eligible for vaccination — which is everyone age 12 or older — 46% are fully vaccinated.

OHA WEEKLY OUTBREAK REPORTThree Douglas County businesses were added to the Oregon Health Authority’s Weekly Outbreak Report while another was transitioned back from the “resolved” list to the active list in Wednesday’s report.

Ingram Book Company in Green, which had been considered “resolved” in the health authority’s Sept. 1 report, added nine new cases. With 27 total cases, Ingram is now back on the “active” list.

When a workplace, senior or assisted living facility, or K-12 school goes 28 days without any new reported COVID-19 cases, it is moved to the health authority’s “resolved” list. After 28 additional days with no new cases, the outbreak is considered closed.

Lowe’s Home Improvement in Roseburg, Wildlife Safari in Winston and Safeway in Roseburg all were added to the active outbreak list this week. Lowe’s reportedly had 14 new COVID-19 cases, with the first reported Aug. 29, while Safeway (Sept. 15) and Wildlife Safari (Sept. 12) both had six reported cases.

Evergreen Family Medicine in Roseburg saw 11 new cases added to its active outbreak, raising its total to 25. Roseburg Forest Products’ Dillard plywood (two) and Riddle engineered wood (seven) also had additional cases reported this week. Costco Wholesale in Roseburg (one), Douglas County Jail (two), Walmart in Roseburg (four), UPS in Green (six), Sherm’s Thunderbird in Roseburg (one) also saw cases added to their active outbreaks.

Orenco Systems in Sutherlin, Applebee’s in Roseburg, Umpqua Dairy in Roseburg, C&D Lumber in Riddle and Caddock Electronics in Glide saw no new cases since last week’s report.

In the senior care and congregate living facilities, Timber Town Living in Sutherlin saw four new cases for a total of 43, while Chantele’s Loving Touch Memory Care, also in Sutherlin, added five new positive COVID-19 cases for a total of 23.

GETTING VACCINATEDThere are a number of available resources for those wishing to start or complete a COVID-19 vaccination, including the county’s COVID-19 hotline at 541-464-6500.

Aviva Health and the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians are both offering drive-thru vaccination and testing clinics. The Aviva clinic is located at 4221 NE Stephens St. and is available to anyone ages 12 and older, although those between the ages of 12-14 years old require parental or guardian consent to get the vaccine. The Cow Creek mobile unit is located across from the tribe’s main offices at 2360 NE Stephens St. and is open to anyone 18 and older.

No appointment is needed at either clinic. However, Cow Creek has listed some changes to its testing protocols:

  • Effective Monday, all COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered at the public health site at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in the south parking lot. These vaccines will be administered by appointment only and to those 18 and older. An appointment can be made by calling 541-670-2949.
  • Effective Oct. 11, testing at both its Roseburg and Canyonville locations will be limited to Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center patients, tribal members, employees of the Cow Creek government offices and affiliated businesses. The Roseburg clinic is located a 2589 NW Edenbower Blvd and the Canyonville clinic at 480 Wartahoo Lane.

Residents living in coastal Douglas County can call the Lower Umpqua Hospital District’s COVID-19 center for vaccine information at 541-271-2175.

Veterans can contact the Roseburg VA Health Care System at 541-440-1000 to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Douglas County Senior Services can help seniors find testing and vaccine resources by calling 541-440-3677.

Donovan Brink can be reached at and 541-957-4219.

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The Wilmore Funeral Home says don't get vaccinated. Don't need no stinkin' masks, either!


Douglas County’s 7 DEATHS yesterday was again the highest in Oregon by far, according to the Oregon Health Authority (below link). Only Jackson County with 5 deaths was even close.


Below is the number of new Douglas County residents who were fully vaccinated during each of the previous weeks.











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I think you are being unfair. It is not at all improbable that determination of the primary cause of death is not known until an autopsy is performed.


Our Douglas County Commissioners are now claiming in yesterday’s press release that, “65% to 67% of our population is now immune” to Covid. Their claim states they somehow know 22,829 residents (10,871 reported and 11,958 not reported) are now “immune” through “natural infection.”

These types of declarations give me heartburn for a number of reasons. First, claiming residents are “immune” suggests they are not affected by Covid. We all know from the reporting on break-through cases there is no such thing as “immunity” to Covid. By the Commissioners own numbers, 14 of the last 90 deaths in Douglas County were vaccinated residents. Maybe a better description might have been “less susceptible.”

Second, how did the Commissioners come up with 11,958 unreported Covid cases? Since they were unreported, how do they know how many. They claim it is based on statistics without saying where those statistics came from. It’s kind of like the Commissioners claim for months that more people were vaccinated in Douglas County than was being reported by the CDC, only to now quote the CDC’s numbers.

Third, how certain are our Commissioners NONE of the 22,829 naturally infected residents aren’t being double counted because they were also vaccinated? If they don't know who the unreported cases are, how do they know they weren't vaccinated?

Finally, why? Why continue to paint an over-rosy picture that may cause some people to believe they don’t need to get vaccinated because the percentage is already high. Like I’ve said before, our Douglas County Commissioners are killing off their own voters.


Next, our County Commissioners will be proclaiming Douglas County has reached HEARD IMMUNITY.


And the very next headline reads..."Aviva Health discontinues pre-ER triage as daily COVID-19 cases slow....


Oh Wretched one, if life were ever so simple as a newspaper article headline you wouldn't have to read the entire article. Oh, you didn't read it? Let me guess...less than 200 new cases per day equals "pandemic over."


Anti maskers in all of their silliness on display.


Oh, boy! I read somewhere else that "acting up" at local school board meetings and other local processes is the new strategy for the extreme right. Kooks make strange bedfellows.

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