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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 28 new cases Thursday and no new deaths.

Ten county residents are hospitalized with the disease, six locally and four out of the area.

The Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 142 people with the illness in isolation and another 282 who have been in contact with an infected person and are in quarantine.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 730 new cases Thursday and seven new deaths.

Statewide, 486,861 vaccinations have been given, 6,025 of them in Douglas County, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team said Douglas County received 1,900 COVID-19 vaccines from the state this week, which have been used to vaccinate educators and child care providers as well as people eligible under the 1a category, which includes health care workers and first responders, among others.

Douglas Education Service District and Aviva Health reported they held a second invitation-only mass vaccination event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Wednesday for early learning and school staff who are eligible for the vaccine. It said more than 129 vaccinations were given at the event.

“The partnership we’ve formed with Aviva Health is an example of community-minded organizations who come together to offer people hope,” said Douglas ESD Superintendent Michael Lasher.

Next up for vaccine eligibility are the county’s seniors. The first group of seniors will be those 80 and over, who become eligible Monday. Seniors 75 and older will be eligible Feb. 15, with younger seniors becoming eligible later this month.

The response team said it is currently finalizing its Senior Population Vaccination Plan, which will be released Friday afternoon. Check The News-Review website Friday evening and the print edition Sunday for details on the plan.

Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer has said previously he does not favor a large vaccination clinic at the fairgrounds for vaccinating seniors, due to the extra risks that would pose for this vulnerable population.

The team in a press release said the county continues to receive a disproportionately low supply of vaccines from the state, but it is hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to the county soon.

The team asked for patience as it works to match up available vaccines with eligible county residents.

The number of vaccines actually available doesn’t always meet the demand from eligible members of the population. The state is dependent on the federal government for vaccines, and the county is dependent on the state, which determines how many vaccines each county gets. The state also determines when different groups become eligible to receive a vaccine.

“Rest assured, that as soon as we have vaccines in hand, we will systematically offer them to eligible populations in an orderly, fair and equitable manner,” the response team said.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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Douglas County is STILL the 2nd to last county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. ONLY 6,287 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have been vaccinated. That is a mere 5.4% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated compared to the Oregon average of 9.2%.

7,606 doses of vaccine have been administered in Douglas County since the first 1,595 doses were received 50 days ago on December 16. At this rate, it will take 2.5 years before all Douglas county residents are vaccinated.

Only Columbia County (4.6%) has vaccinated a lower percentage of their resident than Douglas County. Below is the percentage of residents vaccinated in each Oregon County today according to the Oregon Health Authority.






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Our County Commissioners CONTINUE to claim low supply of vaccine is the excuse for Douglas County’s slow vaccine roll-out to its residents. If so, ask yourself why vaccine supply is NOT an issue for the rest of Oregon, with some counties having vaccinated a much higher percentage of their residents. Moreover, the CDC (below link) indicates 706,575 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Oregon, which is enough to vaccinate 16.8% of Oregon’s residents. But Only 509,578 doses have been administered. This means Oregon has 196,997 vaccine doses that have NOT been administered. That’s an average of 5,472 doses sitting on the shelf in EVERY Oregon County that have yet to be administered.


23 more new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,954 cases and 48 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 3 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 199 cases and 6 deaths. Roseburg VA administered 1 vaccine dose since yesterday, bringing its total to 1,447 doses administered. 33 veterans have received both doses of vaccine according to the VA National website link below.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 197 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 175.5 today for Douglas County, which is less than the maximum case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to remain open.


The Commissioners Response Team reported 197 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,528 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 192 cases by 3,528 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 5.6% today.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 818 new coronavirus cases and 4 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 4.1% today.

The Oregon Health Authority tracks hospital statistics for seven different regions in Oregon. Region 3 consists of Douglas, Coos, Curry and Lane Counties. The OHA reported there are 17 ICU beds and 130 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. 33 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 10 are in ICU.


14 new coronavirus cases were reported at twelve Douglas County schools last week. 12 new coronavirus cases were reported at five Douglas County schools the week before that according to the Oregon Health Authority weekly Outbreak Report. Teachers compromised 17 of those total 26 new cases.

Douglas County teachers reading this should be worried. Teachers comprise less than 5% of a schools population. Yet those same teachers comprise over 65% of Douglas County’s school coronavirus cases over the past two weeks. The part that should worry teachers is how little this is being discussed publicly in Douglas County.

For the sake of children’s education, I laud our Governor’s decision to move teacher’s vaccinations ahead of elder residents. I write this because my wife and I are not at risk and we are able to protect ourselves from infection by following the health guidelines. For others it may not be so easy. There will certainly be those who disagree because they have been waiting for so long and miss their grandchildren and friends. But I’m hoping we can all hold on a few months more while we make teacher vaccinations a priority for the sake of our children’s education.


On this, we definitely agree. Thank you.

st paddy

children are young and have plenty of time to get an education



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