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After a brief lull in positive and presumptive cases of coronavirus cases, the Douglas County COVID-19 Recovery Team reported a total of 163 new cases and eight deaths of county residents.

The team reported 90 cases Tuesday and 73 Wednesday, with four deaths confirmed each day. The deaths ranged in age between 43 and 95, and all eight of those victims were reportedly unvaccinated. Three of those deaths were previously dated and confirmed by the State of Oregon Vital Records division.

As of Wednesday, 67 county residents were hospitalized due to complications from the coronavirus, 45 locally and 22 out of the area, including one receiving specialized care out of the state. Of those hospitalized, 58 are reportedly were not fully vaccinated.

At CHI Mercy Medical Center, 11 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators and another 18 were receiving non-invasive breathing assistance. There are 12 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit and six in the hospital’s progressive care unit. Thirty-four percent of all patients presently housed at Mercy are coronavirus cases.

In its Wednesday report, the team included a letter signed by 118 members of the Douglas County Independent Practitioners Association urging residents who have not yet begun or completed a vaccination to do so as the best protection available against COVID-19.

“There is nothing more disheartening than to see patients struggling with serious complications that could have been prevented,” the letter stated.

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 has a vaccination clinic located at 4221 NE Stephens St., Suite 101A 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.

Effective Tuesday, Aviva Health began offering the Pfizer COVID-19 booster to certain groups of people at its vaccination clinic Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.

Boosters for those who received the two-dose Moderna or one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines have not yet been recommended by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

At this time, Cow Creek continues to offer COVID-19 tests at its mobile unit located across from the tribe’s main offices at 2360 NE Stephens St. Tests are available to anyone 18 or older. The tribe has made some changes as it pertains to its vaccination protocol:

  • All COVID-19 vaccinations through Cow Creek are now being 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.

WEEKLY OUTBREAK REPORT

For the second consecutive week, three more Douglas County businesses were added to the Oregon Health Authority’s weekly workplace outbreak report, while another was returned to the “active” list.

Harbor Wholesale in Green joined the list with 13 new positive and presumptive cases, the most recent of which was reported Sept. 17. Umpqua Valley Ambulance of Roseburg had eight connected cases (last Sept. 16), and Kowloon’s Restaurant in Roseburg reportedly had five cases (Sept. 7). Fred Meyer in Roseburg returned to the active outbreak list with 11 cases, the most recent reported Sept. 21.

The following county businesses saw cases added to their already active outbreaks, according to the health authority:

  • Caddock Electronics, Glide (four new cases, most recent Sept. 18; 14 total cases)
  • Wildlife Safari, Winston (four, Sept. 12; 10 total)
  • Orenco Systems, Sutherlin (three, Sept. 21; 23 total)
  • C&D Lumber, Riddle (three, Sept. 8; eight total)
  • Umpqua Dairy, Roseburg (two, Sept. 17; 11 total)
  • Roseburg Forest Products Riddle engineered wood (two, Sept. 21; 42 total)
  • Roseburg Forest Products Dillard plywood (one, Sept. 10; 42 total)
  • Costco Wholesale, Roseburg (one, Sept. 11; 26 total)
  • Evergreen Family Medicine, Roseburg (one, Sept. 4; 26 total)
  • Walmart, Roseburg (one, Sept. 22; 18 total)
  • Sherm’s Thunderbird, Roseburg (one, Sept. 22; nine total)

Umpqua Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center saw eight new cases added to its current senior and aggregate living outbreak, doubling that facility’s total to 16 total cases. Chantele’s Loving Touch Memory Care in Sutherlin added one new case for a total of 24, and Ashley Manor in Roseburg — once considered resolved — returned to the active list with five new cases.

Adams House Assisted Living in Myrtle Creek, Bridgewood Rivers Assisted Living in Roseburg and The Pines at the Landing in Roseburg all were moved to the health authority’s resolved outbreak list.

Among Douglas County’s K-12 schools, there were a number of new cases reported throughout the county.

Milo Adventist Academy, which currently has the largest outbreak among schools in Douglas County, added two positive COVID-19 cases among students, raising that school’s total case count to 17 students and two staff or volunteers. Other Douglas County schools on the active list included:

  • Jo Lane Middle School, two students, one staff
  • Brockway Elementary, one staff
  • Oakland Elementary, one student
  • Fremont Middle School, four students
  • Roseburg Christian Academy, one student, one staff
  • Reedsport Community Charter School, two students
  • Winchester Elementary, two students
  • South Umpqua High School, two students
  • Roseburg High School, three students, one staff
  • Coffenberry Middle School, Myrtle Creek, one student

Any active outbreak requires 28 days from the last onset of a positive COVID-19 test for that entity to be moved to the “resolved” list. After 28 days on the resolved list with no new onsets, the outbreak is considered closed.

Donovan Brink can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4219.

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(31) comments

CitizenJoe

Some really good news this morning: molnupiravir, from Merck, reduces (or, at least, appears to reduce) severe disease and death, by nearly half. The trial was stopped because the results were so good that it became unethical to continue a placebo arm. It would be the first antiviral oral medication for covid-19 that, uh, you know, actually *works*.

This is a huge advance. It's not as good--in terms of numbers of lives saved and reduction in harm--as the vaccines, but the use of one does not preclude the use of the other. Belt, suspenders! (and, if all else fails, clean underwear)

We await FDA EUA, of course.

Merck has already licensed to at least five Indian manufacturers in order to roll out lower cost pills worldwide.

CitizenJoe

The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/01/covid-antiviral-pill-halves-hospitalisations-and-deaths-maker-says

CitizenJoe

Molnupiravir's mechanism of action seems designed to trigger irrational objections: It is "proposed to inhibit viral replication by a mechanism known as ‘lethal mutagenesis’. Two recently published studies reveal the biochemical and structural bases of how molnupiravir disrupts the fidelity of SARS-CoV-2 genome replication and prevents viral propagation by fostering error accumulation in a process referred to as ‘error catastrophe’."

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41594-021-00657-8

Mike

Most Oregon schools aren’t COVID-19 testing their students, even though the program is free. Most Oregon school districts have chosen not to participate in the testing program – even though President Biden earlier this month urged schools to embrace testing as a key COVID-19 safety precaution. Just 52 of more than 200 districts -- have signed up.

Many schools aren’t testing students who have COVID-19 symptoms, known as diagnostic testing. Instead, they are sending them home. Schools believe testing consumes staff time and “would take precious time away from student learning." In addition, more than 40% of Oregon’s nearly 1,500 K-12 public schools haven’t signed up with the state to offer free rapid tests to students and staff who come down with COVID-19 symptoms, according to the Oregon Health Authority’s database.

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/09/why-most-oregon-schools-arent-covid-19-testing-their-students-even-though-the-program-is-free.html

Mike

School-age COVID-19 cases across the state have been going up since the new school year started the second week of September. Public health leaders noted Wednesday they have been seeing more cases in K-12 schools, attributed to spread happening directly in the classrooms or other school-related spaces and activities. This week's report Oregon Health Authority Outbreak Report, released Wednesday, shows that 79 schools across the state have active outbreaks, compared to 48 schools in the previous week's report, which came out Sept. 22.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/covid-cases-in-k-12-students-have-been-increasing-in-lane-county-across-oregon/ar-AAP0UnZ

Mike

Oregon group targets local Douglas County politician Senator Dallas Heard for COVID-19 misinformation, calls him “villain.” A new Oregon advocacy group aims to counteract COVID-19 misinformation and is targeting a list of elected officials it has dubbed “villains” of the pandemic. The group is “dedicated to holding people, especially elected officials, accountable for spreading anti-vaccine, anti-science lies,”

https://www.ourshotoregon.com/villains

mworden

I visited the ourshotoregon pages and liked what I saw. However, I'd feel a lot better about it if they identified who they actually were. They say they work in politics, usually representing clients. Does that mean they lobby for pharmaceutical companies? Or for restaurant owners? Or big venues? Or what? Are they lawyers, add agencies, IT guys, dog walkers? I need more info. If anyone has some, please share.

As a matter of principle, I don't support any anonymous person or group, no matter how good they sound.

Mike

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/09/oregon-group-targets-local-politicians-for-covid-19-misinformation-calls-them-villains.html

mworden

Thanks, Mike. I've known who Jake is for several years.

Mike

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mworden

I feel very inclined to see this current effort as altruistic and reasonable. I can support it.

Mike

118 Douglas County Independent Physicians Association (DCIPA) doctors submitted a letter to the public today (below link) encouraging vaccinations and opposing experimental treatments. Notably absent from the letter listing the doctors names are those of Dr. Tim Powell, his brother Dr. John Powell and Dr. Nancy Powell.

https://kpic.com/news/local/doctors-in-douglas-county-urge-public-to-mask-get-vaccinated-and-avoid-unproven-drugs

Evergreen Family Medicine’s website lists a staff of 40 doctors (below link). The names of two of those doctors, Dr. Shelli Flynn and Dr. Britain Parrish, were included on the public letter. The names of the other 38 Evergreen doctors are missing from the letter’s list of names.

https://www.evergreenfamilymedicine.com/meet-our-staff

Oldguy71

What gives with those quacks at Evergreen? Is it the water?

Mike

In July, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the national umbrella organization for state-based boards, issued a statement making clear that doctors who generate and spread COVID-19 misinformation could be subject to disciplinary action, including the suspension or revocation of their licenses. The American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Pediatrics issued a joint statement Sept. 9 in support of the state boards’ position, warning that “such unethical or unprofessional conduct may prompt their respective Board to take action that could put their certification at risk.” While COVID-19 is a novel and complicated infectious disease, physicians spreading misinformation generally have no particular expertise in infectious diseases.

Any member of the public can submit a complaint to the Oregon Medical Board about a physician at the below link.

https://www.oregon.gov/omb/investigations/pages/how-to-file-a-complaint.aspx

The physician voices are of particular concern because their medical credentials lend credence to their unproven, often dangerous pronouncements. Some physicians have gained notoriety by embracing COVID-related fringe ideas, quack treatments and falsehoods via social media, conservative talk shows and even in person with patients. Whether promoting the use of ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug for animals, or a mix of vitamins to treat COVID-19, doctors’ words can be especially powerful. Public opinion polls consistently show that Americans have high trust in doctors.

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/09/will-doctors-spreading-covid-disinformation-be-sanctioned-maybe-but-its-a-long-slow-process.html

Mike

Facing termination, United says 273 employees chose to be vaccinated rather than lose their job. Over 99% of the company's non-exempt US workforce has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/united-says-273-employees-reported-they-were-vaccinated-after-the-company-said-they-would-be-fired-due-to-the-companys-strict-vaccine-mandate/ar-AAP0Bpu?li=BBnbfcL

Mike

Turns out a lot of those never-vaxxers were really "I’ll get it if required." There have been two groups largely resistant to the vaccines: those who say they’d get vaccinated only if required for work, school or travel and those who say they wouldn’t get it, no matter what. Over the course of the year, those two groups have been about a fifth of the total, leading to an enormous amount of attention being paid to those who expressed the most resistance.

It’s starting to look as though the boundary between “never” and “if required” was more porous than poll respondents might have indicated. Relatively few employees, 1% to 2%, flat out resist vaccination. It appears resistance to vaccination expressed to the pollsters eroded when a requirement was actually put in place. The hypothetical scenario offered by pollsters — would you quit if asked to get a vaccine dose? — yields a level of bravado that collapses when the question is actually asked. Those who may have been obstinate about the vaccines when called by a pollster seem to have been a bit more flexible when called by their bosses.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/turns-out-a-lot-of-those-never-vaxxers-were-really-ill-get-it-if-required/ar-AAP0qCN?li=BBnbfcL

Wretched722

Millions - and I mean MILLIONS - of college students are in the stands at the football games week after week, and I don't hear about them all dying, do you?

CitizenJoe

Wretched, nobody expected to "hear about them all dying." The students have a high vaccination rate, are outdoors, and young, so their infection rates would be expected to be low, and their mortality rates far lower still. So, Wretched, enough with the straw man arguments. Some of those students have contracted Covid-19, some have died, and more are suffering long-term sequelae. Players and coaches have died of Covid, too; and, again, many more have had long-Covid.

Oldguy71

If you would do a little research (and that doesn’t mean watching Fx or other alt news) you would understand that a lifetime of physical ailments may accompany having survived (aka ‘not dying’) severe COVID 19. Dying is not the only metric involved. Naturally, the Rs will not welcome those public health costs.

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SkeensWA

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Mike

The News-Review has on two separate occasions reported (see two below links) new Covid cases at Glide schools. However, neither was mentioned by the Oregon Health Authority in their weekly Outbreak report. Doesn't give me much confidence school cases are being reported to the state.

https://www.nrtoday.com/news/glide-high-middle-schools-shift-to-distance-learning-for-sweep-of-illness/article_3b2dea88-b088-587b-988b-07271aa5dc58.html

https://www.nrtoday.com/news/health/coronavirus/glide-schools-transition-to-distance-learning-until-feb-16/article_5cd24cc6-bfa6-5aad-a913-8673a8f1ae5e.html

Mike

Another reason I wonder whether school Covid cases are being reported is because the weekly OHA Pediatric report typically reports ten times the number of Covid cases in Douglas County for children under 18-years old than is typically reported by schools in the OHA Outbreak report for Douglas County schools.

SkeensWA

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Momos

The anti-vaxers seem to have become desensitized to people getting sick and dying. Anymore, they just shrug it off. Until they themselves get sick and beg the real doctors to save them. And only then.

SkeensWA

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Mike

Why doesn't DCIPA take out a whole page advertisement in the News-Review to publish their letter? If they can't afford it, raise my doctor bill to help pay for it.

dejadoodoo

Nearby neighbors -- mom, dad and four kids -- are all infected and quarantined. Mom and dad are both in health care, but I don't know where; nor do I know if they are vaccinated, but I assume not.

Mike

A direct quote from the letter signed by 118 Douglas County Doctors;

"We strongly oppose the use of unproven treatments for COVID-19 that are not effective and put our patients at risk for unnecessary complications. We also oppose the promotion of these experimental treatments in a way that obscures the risks and exaggerates the potential benefits. It is inappropriate and unethical to subject patients to experimental treatments without informed consent and outside of randomized controlled trials."

melrosereader

The doctors who are using unauthorized drugs should have their licenses suspended. But apparently what it takes is for a victim of this unethical practice to file a complaint with the Oregon Medical Board.

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SkeensWA

[thumbup] As a community, you have a social responsibility to protect children in our community. Miss information is killing their parents and leaving orphans in your community.

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