Douglas County reported an average of 40 positive and presumptive cases of COVID-19 between Saturday and Monday after nearly a month of daily cases in the triple digits.
The Douglas County COVID-19 Recovery Team reported 42 positive and presumptive coronavirus cases Saturday, 38 Sunday and 39 Monday. Three deaths were recorded in the team’s Saturday report, raising the county’s death toll to 188.
The deaths included a 50-year-old man who died on Friday, who the Douglas Public Health Network reported was unvaccinated. A fully vaccinated 83-year-old man also died Friday, while an unvaccinated 46-year-old woman reportedly died Saturday.
The county reported that for the reporting week ending Saturday, there were 436 new positive and presumptive cases of the coronavirus. By comparison, there were 1,274 cases in the reporting week ending Aug. 21.
“Douglas County is not out of the woods yet,” the recovery team said in Monday’s report. “Case numbers are still very high comparatively.”
The team noted that while the peak of 113 hospitalized residents was extraordinarily high, there are still 88 hospitalized.
“This number remains very worrisome,” the team said.
Of the 88 county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 complications, 62 were being cared for locally and 26 out of the area, including one receiving specialized treatment out of state. At CHI Mercy Medical Center, 22 patients were on ventilators and another eight were receiving non-invasive breathing treatment. The hospital’s intensive care unit was caring for 15 patients with another 13 in the progressive care unit. COVID-19-related patients made up 49% of the hospital’s total residency as of Monday.
Friday, the Oregon Health Authority announced that the Food and Drug Administration recommended that residents age 65 and older — or those at high risk of severe COVID-19 complications — who have completed their two-shot sequence of the Pfizer vaccine contemplate a booster shot of the vaccine six months after their second shot.
Boosters have not yet been recommended for people who received the two-shot Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as neither have yet completed the process for full FDA approval outside of emergency use. The Moderna vaccine is currently in the FDA full-approval process. It is expected that federal officials will consider booster doses for people who have received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the coming weeks.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 3,359 new positive and presumptive COVID-19 cases statewide as well as 25 deaths, raising the state’s death toll to 3,594.