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Douglas County reported a total 487 new positive and presumptive COVID-19 cases between Aug. 1-7, shattering a record that had been set in late July.

The cases from the past week were 160 more than the previous high in a single week, when the county reported 327 new cases from July 25-31.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team also reported its 95th death related to the coronavirus, a 69-year-old woman who was diagnosed with the illness Aug. 1 and died Friday.

Over the weekend, the team reported 109 new positive and presumptive cases of COVID-19 Saturday, 63 on Sunday and 71 on Monday, a total of 242 over the three-day stretch. As of Monday, 38 county residents were hospitalized with the coronavirus, 34 locally and four out of the area.

Additionally, the Douglas Public Health Network is monitoring 786 patients who have tested positive and are in isolation, as well as 435 potential contacts in quarantine.

The Oregon Health Authority posted its report of breakthrough COVID-19 cases, meaning positive test results of people who had completed their two-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Of the 12,514 cases reported statewide in July, 81% of those cases were among patients who had not yet been vaccinated.

While the median age of breakthrough cases was 51 years, the health authority estimates that 7% (roughly 300) of those were patients living in long-term care facilities or other congregate care settings. While the SARS-CoV-2 virus has spun off into a variety of variants, the two most concerning remain the original B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant and the newer, more disruptive B.1.617.2/AY.2 (delta) variant.

The delta variant is widely believed to be the cause of a nationwide spike in positive tests. First discovered in India, the delta variant has been shown to spread with a higher rate of transmission and can infect those who have already been vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms from the delta variant mirror that of the original COVID-19 virus (fever, cough, aches, loss of taste/smell). While the symptoms may be more intense, they also are reported to have a shorter life span among vaccinated individuals.

Of the 55 COVID-19-related deaths in Oregon during the month of July, 91% of those were unvaccinated.

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Scomo

This latest covid strain is so infectious it has its own motto “Delta is ready when you are”

Wretched722

Where are these new cases coming from? Anyone see a bus sneaking in from the South?

S

Bus sneaking in from the South as in FLORIDA AND TEXASS?!?! Because that's where the dumbass Governor's are.

NJ

This from Yahoo's newsfeed today- Out of Medford: https://www.yahoo.com/news/southern-oregon-hospitals-see-record-233400472.html

News isn't good about the variants the unvaccinated are causing. " "The Lambda variant is known to be more resistant to neutralizing antibodies compared to other strains, and there's some evidence to suggest that it could be more infectious and resistant to vaccines." sources: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/everyone-know-lambda-covid-19-204541984.html -- and, https://qz.com/2045478/how-many-covid-19-variants-are-there/?utm_source=YPL

Variants may very well cause the need for booster vaccines: https://www.barrons.com/articles/booster-doses-cdc-covid-19-fda-51628687318?siteid=yhoof2

On the "not really a positive note" is: https://www.yahoo.com/news/study-showing-levels-antibodies-protect-031251994.html nes.

Those stuck in their political conviction vs. death virus seem very willing to pass this virus around just enough to insure massive death - I wonder how they feel their precious "open for business" priority worked when there's no longer any businesses operating due to death. It won't take that long before the big thinkers are wondering, where are we going and why are we in this handbasket?

NJ

There's more. Let's all get dementia from Covid: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/will-covid-19-have-long-term-effects-on-the-brain-11628279609?siteid=yhoof2 ons.

Don Winslow has a special message for Republicans: https://twitter.com/donwinslow/status/1424814068158763030

Scomo

Once again, as more people are infected, the virus will continue to mutate and the vaccines will be useless. Booster shots will be pointless, because the vaccines were developed to fight the alpha strain. That’s the bad news, the good news is these new strains will be less lethal because the virus can’t kill all of its hosts and continue to live. Recent data from the UK and Israel show that the delta strain is more infectious but far less lethal than the alpha strain.

The delta strain was first found in India. There’s 1.4 billion people in India, there’s no way they’ll all be vaccinated. There’s 9 billion people on the planet, good luck vaccinating all them. This virus will be with us permanently, the quizzing Fauci and his Chicom buddies are to blame. Don’t let the hysteria distract you from Fauci and the Chicoms, they must be punished. They are working on new more deadly bio weapons.

And.....Yahoo news is a very unreliable source of information.

Mike

HORRIBLE PROGNOSIS FOR OREGON

Peter Graven, the OHSU researcher who puts together the weekly forecast (below link) for the Oregon Health Authority, said his new forecast today has “terrible and bad news.” The lack of policy interventions, which could have come from county governments, “has created a real catastrophe across the state in terms of hospital capacity.”

“Essentially what you’re looking at is a wave that takes us all the way to herd immunity, but it does it in the worst possible way,” Graven said during a news conference Tuesday.

Graven’s modeling assumes the higher transmissibility of the Delta variant requires a much higher immunity rate across the population – as much as 85% who have been vaccinated or infected and recovered – to stop the spread.

“If they all [of the unvaccinated] got infected at once, which is kind of what we’re looking at, we don’t have the capacity to deal with it,” Graven said, and he expects to see an additional 800 to 900 Oregonians hospitalized in the next few weeks.

OHSU officials cautioned that because of the lag time between new infections and hospitalizations, the impact of statewide Covid restrictions implemented now, assuming broad compliance, won’t be evident for two to three weeks. The same holds for vaccinations. Given the lag time in obtaining immunity, it’s too late to meaningfully impact the short-term trendline by increasing inoculations.

Renee Edwards, chief medical officer for OHSU, said Tuesday that OHSU is, “in crisis” and hospitals across the state are “at their fullest capacities,” and that some, particularly in Southern and Eastern Oregon, “are beyond the tipping point.”

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/08/covid-19-hospitalizations-could-soar-to-about-1100-double-previous-high-new-modeling-says.html

GhostofTMcCall

Mike -- you (intentionally) misquoted the oregonian article's quote of Peter Graven -- it stated: Peter Graven, the OHSU researcher who puts together the weekly forecast, said his new version has “terrible and bad news.” The lack of policy interventions, which could have come from Brown or county governments, “has created a real catastrophe across the state in terms of hospital capacity,” he added.

You conveniently omitted the Governor because that doesn't fit your narrative.

I don't have the time to fact check, but how many other times have you altered quotes, data, and other information to fit your anti-commissioner campaign?

The sad thing is, this quote is actually important -- and it is shared responsibility of the State and Local government which is failing. (not just one or the other).

Everyone get vaccinated please. If not for yourself, for children who can't get vaccinated, for those with other medical issues who can't get vaccinated, and for those vaccinated individuals with underlying conditions.

Mike

AGAIN, you accuse me of something I didn't do. I did not misquote Peter Graven. The word "Governor" is not inside the quotation marks. I thought you would know the difference.

GhostofTMcCall

You also conveniently left out this quote from the same article and person (I'm assuming that this also doesn't fit neatly with your narrative):

"Paradoxically, Oregon’s previously successful interventions in the pandemic – a stay-home order, mask mandates, business closures and capacity limits – may be exacerbating the problem now. hose measures kept case rates in Oregon among the lowest in the country. And while vaccination rates are somewhat higher than average in Oregon, a big swath of the population – some 1.7 million people – are still susceptible to contracting the disease because they are unvaccinated."

While this quote is true -- those measure contributed to the problem we are facing now - it didn't have to be true if people would have gotten vaccinated this last Spring.

Mike

Was measurement of a "hose" really part of this quote?

Mike

And YOU accuse me of misquoting someone. What a hypocrite.

Mike

Douglas County is breaking Covid records almost daily. According to DPHN’s Dr. Dannenhoffer, many of the new cases in the hospital are children. These innocents don’t know a thing about politics, but are paying the price because adults like our Douglas County Commissioners have put politics before children’s health.

The highly transmissible and life-threatening delta variant driving the new surge is a game-changer. But our Commissioners simply don’t care.

School openings are just around the corner, with our pediatric hospitals filling up with children infected with COVID. Instead of using the Covid restriction power given to them by our Governor, our Douglas County Commissioners instead barred all county employees from enforcing ANY Covid restrictions, have disbanded their Coronavirus Task Force and act like Covid is a thing of the past by only reporting County case, death and hospitalization numbers three times a week rather than daily as in the past.

Because of our County Commissioner’s carelessness and utter failure to enact restrictions of ANY sort to protect residents and children in the face of record hospitalizations, Governor Brown announced today she will stand by no longer and will soon be implementing Covid restrictions to be announced during a press conference tomorrow.

For the past month, the Governor repeatedly resisted reinstating the statewide Covid restrictions, saying she was confident local leaders from Oregon’s 36 counties would take the necessary COVID-19 precautions for their individual communities. Brown in a statement Tuesday acknowledged she could wait no longer to reverse her position -- despite the enormous unpopularity of restrictions among many Covid weary residents.

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/08/oregon-to-resume-statewide-indoor-mask-mandate-gov-kate-brown-says.html

melrosereader

Without doubt and without delay our "esteemed" county commissioners will act swiftly to send Governor Brown a nasty letter in which they demand she abort her freedumb-stealing mandates. Personal freedumb, doncha know>

melrosereader

Note that it's the un-vaccinated people who are filling up all of the hospital and ICU beds, causing burnout among health care workers.

So tell me, Boice and Heard, what do you do when all of the nurses, technicians, etc. just up and quit?

Mike

A RECORD BREAKING 130 new coronavirus cases and 1 MORE death were reported in Douglas County on Today by the Oregon Health Authority (below link). Now that we are breaking records daily, Douglas County Commissioners no longer report on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The record of 130 cases breaks the record of 109 cases set just last Saturday. This record has been broken 7 of the last 15 days as cases and deaths continue to surge with our County Commissioners doing NOTHING different.

Douglas County has reported a mind boggling 598 new Covid Cases over the past 7-days. Yet, out County Commissioners appear willing to let people die rather than impose actions that could save lives.

The Commissioners Recovery Team reported 976 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 869.5 today for Douglas County, which is MUCH greater 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.

The Commissioners Recovery Team reported 976 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 4,338 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 976 cases by 4,338 test results gives Douglas County a RECORD 14-day positive test rate of 22.5% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported a RECORD 886 new coronavirus cases and 2 deaths today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported a RECORD 3,279 new cases and 20 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported a RECORD 2,333 new coronavirus cases and 9 deaths today in Oregon. The previous record was 2,144 cases on December 4. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 8.5% today.

There are a RECORD LOW 104 ICU beds available throughout Oregon today according to the Oregon Health Authority. There currently are a RECORD 74 Oregonians on ventilators. The previous record was 68 on December 14.

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 6 ICU beds and 94 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. A RECORD 109 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. A RECORD 27 are in ICU. A RECORD 10 are on ventilators. A RECORD 456 new coronavirus cases were reported in Region 3 today.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/covid19/Documents/DataReports/Oregon-COVID-19-Update-08-10-2021-FINAL.pdf

Mike

Douglas County's 96th COVID-19 associated death is an 88-year-old man who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died on Aug. 8 at Mercy Medical Center.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDHS/bulletins/2ec2c2f

Mike

The Oregon Health Authority reported Douglas County had 5,353 cases at midnight last night. This is 130 cases more than 5,223 cases the Commissioners Recovery Team reported at noon yesterday. My point being Douglas County generated its record 130 new cases in JUST 12 HOURS. By noon tomorrow when the Commissioners report again, its possible Tuesday's noon to noon record may increase to over 200. And we haven't even gotten to all of the County Super Spreader Fair cases that have yet to be reported.

Better stock up on toilet paper.

sectorstar

Governor announced that an indoor mask mandate will be reinstated "soon". Boice and Heard have gotta be throwing temper tantrums right about now

Mike

At least somebody in leadership is doing something to save lives, no matter how big of a political hit they take.

GhostofTMcCall

Mike -- you left out of your timeline the introduction of the COVID-19 variant which is significantly more contagious. The COVID-19 variant timing with a significantly unvaccinated population is the cause and effect. Your embarrassingly simple line of governor control to local control as being the cause and effect lacks a lot -- but sure makes for a good soundbite.

Secondly, I've said this before and I will say it again, the only way to stop this pandemic is better vaccination rates. Additionally, if people were waiting for the commissioners to tell them to get vaccinated -- guess what? They would already be vaccinated because every Commissioner newsletter since vaccines have been available has said just that.

I have a wide variety of friends on social media from different political background. A few of them are anti-mask and anti-vaccine. None of them point to the Commissioners as the supporting evidence or a reason why they believe this. All of them point to articles written by Dr. Powell (and other "medical professionals) where he states that masks are pointless, and that vaccines are not only ineffective, but also harmful.

People don't take the personal medical advice from the Commissioners. If they did, despite lies to the contrary, those people would be vaccinated.

It's easy to play identity politics and say the words "Republican" and "Dallas Heard" and then try to paint everyone with the same brush. But that is simply lazy at best and intentionally deceitful at worst.

Mike

I agree with the majority of your comment, especially about the vaccine being the solution. Where I disagree is that I believe our local leaders could do infinitely more to save lives. Residents don’t have to take their medical advice from our Commissioners, but our County Commissioners could take numerous additional actions to save lives. Saying our leaders can't do more is simply lazy at best and intentionally deceitful at worst.

Commissioners could declare a state of emergency; mandate county employees and contractors be vaccinated or get frequent testing; reveal their own vaccination status and get vaccinated in public if they are currently not vaccinated; publicly condemn anti-vax misinformation promoted by Dallas Heard, Citizens against Tyranny and others; mandate vaccine passports in county buildings, county parks and boat ramps; close bars and restaurants to indoor dining; limit church and public gatherings to 5 people. How many deaths will it take before Commissioners take additional actions.

Our County Commissioners demanded Covid restriction control from the Governor and got EXACTLY what they wanted. And because the Commissioners have done NOTHING more to save lives, it is likely the Governor will have to step back in and seize control and re-impose some restrictions our Commissioners are too afraid to implement for their own political reasons. This appears to already be happening.

CitizenJoe

Mike, you've made the assertion before regarding what the Commissioners could do, if they were serious; I've supported similar measures, short of that 5-person limitation. Has anyone at all asserted that the Commissioners do not have all of those legal authorities, with possible church exception?

Mike

The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reserves “to the States respectively, or to the people” all powers not specifically delegated by the Constitution to the federal government. In turn, states have the option to delegate powers to their localities–and many have– often reserving their rights to supersede or “preempt” local laws. Notably, there is no mention of local governments in the federal constitution.

The power of local governments—including cities, counties, and towns— is therefore dependent on the authority given to them by their respective states.

In the absence of state action, local governments can exercise that authority to put in place orders that protect the health, safety and welfare of their residents. In other words, counties and cities can step into the breach before state authorities exercise their authority in an emergency.

GhostofTMcCall

What does declaring a state of emergency do -- does this increase vaccinations? Not sure the unions would allow mandatory vaccinations, but maybe I'm wrong. I'm all for that if it is possible.

How does closing restaurants, bars, and churches get more people vaccinated? Where is the evidence that this would have any impact on this crisis? How does this solve where we've seen the bulk of recent cases that began in the workplace or in large social gatherings -- not in businesses.

Putting out almost daily information about the importance of vaccinations IS condemning the antivaxx messengers. Refusing to sign under threat of recall the Tyranny declaration was akin to tell Dallas to go pound sand.

You want symbolic gestures that may satisfy emotional urges -- but they do little to solve the problem.

Again, it is about vaccinations. What is the responsibility of the larger local medical community to get local messaging out about vaccinations? Where is the CEO of Mercy? Where are private physicians in this area? Other than Dr. Dannenhoffer where is that voice? Where are other local leaders? Isn't this a collective problem that requires a collective solution?

Mike

Declaring a State of Emergency is the first step a City/County must take to justify/implement Covid restrictions.

mworden

Ghost, I agree with much of what you've said in your posts except for this sentence: "You want symbolic gestures that may satisfy emotional urges -- but they do little to solve the problem."

That statement is incorrect. Going all the way back to Aristotle right up to modern day advertising, we've been taught that persuasion relies on three rhetorical appeals -- logos, ethos and pathos.

That's logical appeal, ethical and character appeal and emotional appeal. The commissioners' reports are full of logos and ethos, but they fall short of pathos. Early on pathos was attempted with syrupy words about precious lives. It didn't sound sincere so it didn't work.

The reports may still have an emotional appeal in there but it's hidden in dense type. It gets lost.

Emotional appeal is the one that works the best for the most people. It's why politicians campaign, shake hands and go to ice cream socials. It's the human touch. It works.

Our commissioners could add the human touch if they campaigned for vaccination in the same way they campaign for office or for other issues they really believe in. It could start with phone calls to influential supporters, asking them to spread the word to help increase our vaccination rate so we can avoid state mandates. Zoom meetings with the local GOP. Wherever vaccine hesitant people meet. The human touch works.

Emotional appeals can be misused, as in much of advertising. But there's nothing fundamentally wrong with emotional appeals as long as they reinforce logical arguments, are presented in a fair manner, appeal to beliefs in a balanced way and add the dimension of sincere human feeling to help solve complex problems.

It would be a mistake to dismiss the value of human to human emotional contact as merely a way to satisfy emotional impulse. There's nothing wrong and much right with recognizing the emotional. The commissioners, as far as I can tell, want to keep the county open without interference from state or federal mandates. The best way to do that is through getting hesitant people -- who are largely GOP -- to roll up there sleeves for the vaccine as a way to keep our county open.

They could sell that as the road to freedom instead of an obstacle or affront. They could sell it because I think they actually know it's true. That's why they've invested so heavily into ownership of public health. They believe in it. Their appeal to emotion would be sincere.

Mike

Below is the Douglas County weekly case counts from the County COVID-19 Community Transmission Report (below link) published by the Oregon Health Authority yesterday.

Week----------------Case

Beginning----------Count

July 11----------------80

July 18---------------136

July 25---------------331

August 1------------508

After months of steadily declining case numbers, it now appears case counts are increasing approximately 100% per week. Maybe you can see the pattern in the below actions taken by our Douglas County Commissioners:

June 30 – Governor delegated Covid restriction control to County Commissioners.

July 9 – Douglas County Covid-19 Response Team disbanded by Commissioners.

July 23 – Douglas County Commissioners “barred all county employees and agencies from helping to enforce COVID-19 pandemic closures or other state directives.”

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/covid19/Documents/DataReports/Weekly-County-Metrics.pdf

melrosereader

Please tell me again why local voters elect people who have no leadership skills whatsoever. Is the local populace really that (insert word her)??

CitizenJoe

melrosereader: here an exhaustive, complete list of the reasons voters here continue to elect irresponsible, unqualified candidates:

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NJ

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CitizenJoe

Terrible news, but unsurprising. We've had so many pro-virus actions by local politicians and even medical people, along with the vocal anti-science members of our community, that we have provided a superb culture medium for this virus.

If the virus were sentient, instead of an unthinking, machine-like, life-form, it would shout, in a trillion voices: Thank You!

Thank you for promoting "Great Barrington"; thank you for denigrating masking and social distancing; thank you for resisting our Governor's efforts, thank you for asserting that this is all a hoax, a plandemic, and a plot to implant Soros/Gates chips and change our DNA, impose tyranny, inter alia.

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