Teachers and other school, preschool and child care workers are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

An invitation-only mass vaccination clinic for education workers is set for Saturday, and 43 health care clinics and other organizations have now signed up to deliver vaccines.

Public schools in Douglas County employ about 2,900 people, according to the Douglas Education Service District. And that doesn’t include the private school, preschool and child care workers who also just became eligible for the vaccines.

Still waiting in the wings for their shots are the county’s seniors. The first group of seniors, those 80 and older, don’t become eligible until Feb. 7.

Underscoring the urgency, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 18 new cases Wednesday and one new death.

A 70-year-old man diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan. 9 died Tuesday. No additional information was released about him.

Douglas Education Service District Superintendent Michael Lasher said a survey of public school employees in the county received 1,700 responses and 850, or 50%, of them were interested in getting vaccinated.

So far, the county has only received 700 doses for Phase 1B, but Lasher said he’s hopeful the state will allocate more vaccines to the county for school workers.

“A multi-agency effort is under way to ensure Douglas County’s education and early learning staff receive vaccinations as quickly as possible,” he said. “Douglas ESD is grateful to be partnering with Aviva (Health) and other local agencies, including (Douglas Public Health Network) to support our local schools through this work.”

Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer said the group of providers lined up to administer vaccines to county residents as they become eligible includes all the major clinics — Aviva Health, Evergreen Family Medicine, Umpqua Health Alliance, SouthRiver Community Health Center in Winston and Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport. It also includes many smaller clinics, several emergency medical service agencies and even a dental practice. So far, it doesn’t include any pharmacies.

The Douglas Education Service District will also be able to give vaccines to education workers who can’t participate in a mass vaccination clinic.

The vaccines for education workers are distributed from the Oregon Health Authority to the Local Public Health Authority, which is the Douglas County government, and then given out to those who will administer the vaccines.

In the following weeks of February, younger seniors become available step by step according to age.

School, preschool and childcare workers are all in Group 1 of Phase 1B, according to the Oregon Health Authority’s most recent guidelines.

Seniors 80 and older are in Group 2 of Phase 1B.

Group 3, people 75 and older, become eligible Feb. 14.

Group 4, people 70 and older, become eligible Feb. 21.

Group 5, the last group of seniors aged 65 and older become eligible Feb. 28.

But that detailed schedule doesn’t guarantee vaccines will be available on those dates, Dannenhoffer said.

So far, the demand for vaccines has exceeded the supply and that means shortages on the ground and delays for some people who want the shots.

“We are working on a plan for the vaccine release for seniors, but it will not be published until we have more information on our vaccine allocation and a confirmation of the eligibility date,” Dannenhoffer said.

He said he hopes seniors will get their vaccines at their regular health care providers.

“We would really like to avoid mass vaccination events for seniors. Gathering together that many seniors, and waiting in line is not an ideal or safe situation for our senior population,” Dannenhoffer said.

Since the county still doesn’t know its vaccine allocation or its arrival date, it’s asking that residents wait until its Senior Population COVID Vaccine Plan is published.

He said he urges seniors not to call doctor’s offices now with questions, since neither the county nor the clinics knows how many vaccines it will receive for seniors or when it will receive them.

“We will do our best to connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available,” Dannenhoffer said.

People in Phase 1A, such as healthcare workers and first responders, are still eligible to receive their vaccines, and each group has its own separate allocation of vaccines. Those in Phase 1A can email vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org for more information about how to get a shot.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Dixie Anderson

There are probably more than a few teachers unwilling to have the shots. Are they still allowed to teach school and expose our children? Dixie Anderson

Mike

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Led To A 'Baby Bust,' Not A Baby Boom.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/parenting/the-covid-19-pandemic-has-led-to-a-baby-bust-not-a-baby-boom/ar-BB1dbWRc

CitizenJoe

Mike, yes. And, before the pandemic, STDs were increasing faster in the elderly than in any other group. My guess is that the pandemic slowed the transmission in all age groups, but less so in congregate living facilities. I'll take a dive into CDC data later.

Mike

Hurting long before COVID-19, failing companies took stimulus money then closed anyway.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/smallbusiness/hurting-long-before-covid-19-failing-companies-took-stimulus-money-then-closed-anyway/ar-BB1cIrKf

Mike

GOP congressman demands Ocasio-Cortez apologize following Twitter…

Rep. Chip Roy Demands AOC Apologize to Ted Cruz For 'Almost Had Me…

Reuters logoNZ, Taiwan top COVID performance ranking, US, UK languish

New Zealand, Vietnam and Taiwan rank the top three in a COVID Performance Index of almost 100 countries for their successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with Britain and America near the bottom of the pile. The United States, with over 25 million confirmed cases, ranked 94.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/nz-taiwan-top-covid-performance-ranking-us-uk-languish/ar-BB1d9pVR

TheObserver

There is clearly no concern for Douglas County residents by state officials. I've written to many people in a position to do something, but the only answers I've received are auto-generated responses. This is very clearly an equity issue for our county residents. Did anybody say "class action law suit?"

mworden

The New York Times has an excellent breakdown on Covid in Douglas County, Oregon. It's the best I've seen. You may have to be a subscriber to view this. (My first subscription cost 99 cents for three months.)

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

Mike

Douglas County is STILL the 2nd worst county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. In the 42 days since receiving the vaccine, ONLY 3,407 residents of Douglas County have been vaccinated. That is a mere 3.6% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated compared to the Oregon average of 8.5%.

Only Columbia County (3.2%) 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.

COUNTY----------%

Wheeler-------21.70

Deschutes-----10.73

Polk-------------10.35

Harney----------9.91

Wallowa--------8.88

Sherman--------8.80

OREGON--------8.52

Lincoln----------8.32

Hood River-----7.65

Lake--------------7.62

Benton----------7.52

Jackson----------7.47

Wasco-----------7.44

Multnomah----7.39

Marion----------7.32

Jefferson--------6.77

Klamath---------6.36

Lane--------------6.14

Clackamas------6.08

Clatsop----------5.99

Washington----5.70

Crook-------------5.70

Josephine-------5.67

Linn---------------5.58

Yamhill-----------5.37

Baker-------------5.36

Coos--------------5.30

Union------------5.19

Curry-------------5.08

Gilliam-----------4.87

Morrow----------4.80

Umatilla---------4.72

Grant-------------4.23

Tillamook-------3.88

Malhuer---------3.82

Douglas----------3.60********

Columbia--------3.22

Like our County Commissioners untruthful claim 753 people were vaccinated at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, our County Commissioners like to untruthfully claim low supply of vaccine is the reason for Douglas County’s slow vaccine roll-out to its residents. If so, you need to ask yourself why vaccine supply is an issue in Douglas County and hasn’t been an issue for the rest of Oregon, with some counties having vaccinated six times more residents. Furthermore, the CDC (below link) indicates 606,725 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Oregon and only 359,369 doses have been administered. Oregon has enough vaccine to administer the first dose to 14.4% of its residents. It also means 247,356 vaccine doses are sitting on Oregon shelves collecting dust.

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

Mike

15 counties in Oregon have vaccinated OVER twice as many per capita residents as Douglas County. Where is our County Leadership on this issue?

Mike

Oregon has 247,356 unused doses of coronavirus vaccine sitting on shelves collecting dust. That's enough to provide ALL 36 Oregon counties with 6,871 more doses today which is over twice the 3,407 people vaccinated in Douglas County since December 16. So, what's this supply problem our Commissioners keep talking about in their daily press release?

Mike

Douglas County Commissioners reported in their press release (below link) that, “753 eligible Douglas County residents received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine” at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on January 23. Yet, the Oregon Health Authority reports 589 doses were administered in Douglas County on January 23 and 32 doses were administered the next day on January 24.

The difference of 164 doses is significant. Is it possible people who were not eligible were vaccinated at the fairgrounds and not reported to the Oregon Health Authority?

http://douglaspublichealthnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/1-24-2021-DCCRT-DAILY-UPDATE-COVID-19.pdf

smb

This is simply not true; your inferences of something nefarious happening are moving into QAnon crackpot territory.

OHA measures the day the dose administration was *entered* into the system, not when it actually was put in arms, as the date. There is a 72 hour grace period from shot to entry because, well, it's manual entry for most organizations. Some of the doses were entered into the system on the 23rd on site of the event mid-event (all Pfizer, some Moderna) and the remainder within the 72 hour window on Monday. Turns out doing vaccination on a weekend without reducing health services means not everything ties up in a bow instantly. You can query DPHN or Aviva for confirmation of the above.

Mike

12 new coronavirus cases and 0 deaths were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,841 cases and 48 deaths. Douglas County has had 102 coronavirus cases and 5 deaths over the last week.

The Commissioners Response Team reported 205 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 182.6 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.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 1 new coronavirus death since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 187 cases and 6 deaths.

Mike

The Commissioners Response Team reported 205 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,653 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 205 cases by 3,653 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 5.6% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 186 new coronavirus cases and 1 death. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,064 cases and 22 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 720 new coronavirus cases and 6 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 4.4 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 19 ICU beds and 120 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. 34 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 13 are in ICU. There were 124 new coronavirus cases reported in Region 3 today.

Mike

Five Douglas County Schools had 12 new coronavirus cases since last week and were added to the Oregon Health Authority school outbreak list. Teachers constituted the majority of cases.

School-------------------------Students------Staff

Oakland High----------------------1-------------1

Joseph Lane Middle-------------0-------------2

North Douglas Elementary----0-------------1

East Sutherlin Primary----------3-------------2

Myrtle Creek Elementary------0-------------2

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/covid19/Documents/DataReports/Weekly-Outbreak-COVID-19-Report.pdf

Mike

Aviva Health in Roseburg was listed yesterday by the Oregon Health Authority as a new workplace outbreak with 8 coronavirus cases.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/covid19/Documents/DataReports/Weekly-Outbreak-COVID-19-Report.pdf

smb

Right. This was self reported by them (Aviva) on the 6th of January on FB. You'll have to ask OHA why it took them 3+ weeks to post it to their site.

Mike

The number of coronavirus cases and the percent of residents diagnosed with coronavirus in each Douglas County zip code was reported by the Oregon Health Authority as of January 27. The News-Review spam filter will not allow me to publish the link.

Zip--------Cases---------%

97417-----69-----------2.8

97435-----28-----------1.2

97442-----15-----------0.7

97443-----23-----------1.0

97457----167----------1.6

97462-----77-----------2.0

97467-----77-----------1.4

97469-----38-----------1.5

97470----345----------1.7

97471----497----------1.7

97479----222----------2.3

97495-----27-----------1.9

97496-----92-----------1.2

97499-----32-----------1.6

CitizenJoe

''Still waiting in the wings for their shots are the county's seniors. The first group of seniors, those 80 and older, don't become eligible until Feb. 7."

Seniors in congregate living facilities were already eligible--and mostly jabbed already, right?

And to the people who have accused teachers of jumping the line: no, they did not. They are following CDC guidelines. The N-R recently published two letters asserting the false allegation. Teachers are doing the right thing; so should we all.

NJ

Thank you for this transparency. Saved the second photo, the schematic schedule from Oregon Health Authority, it's easier to reference. I'm looking forward to getting to the next phase knowing that all our educators and our most elderly will have protection. I'm sure they'll be just as happy to work in their classrooms, and seniors can begin to socialize.

It's important to remember that even after your first or both doses of the vaccine you should still wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands often. Until the majority of people are vaccinated we have to keep guarding those from cross infection. If you're vaccinated but with people who aren't, you can still pass infection to others with a simple handshake. Someday life will be more simple, but this virus will always be with us.

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