A student at Myrtle Creek Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, it was announced Saturday night.

The South Umpqua School District is taking steps to ensure the safety of all students and staff, according to a press release.

As soon as the district was notified of the confirmed case, school officials began notifying staff and parents of the children in the cohort that a student tested positive, asking them to quarantine and monitor for symptoms, the press release said.

News of the confirmed case comes as Roseburg Public Schools announced Friday that two students tested positive for COVID-19 at Winchester Elementary School. Less than a week ago, and adult and a student tested positive for coronavirus at Green Elementary School.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team announced 12 new positive test results and one presumptive positive test, bringing the county’s total number of positive cases to 1,967 as of Saturday.

The response team is presently monitoring 154 positive coronavirus patients who are in isolation and another 324 who are in self-quarantine.

There are nine county residents receiving hospital treatment for the coronavirus. Six are being cared for locally and three are receiving care outside the county.

Statewide, there were 17 new deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to the Oregon Health Authority, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,019. Victims ranged in age from 64 to 97. Nine of the victims had confirmed underlying health conditions.

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Mike

After vaccinating only 11 people yesterday, Douglas County is still the second WORST county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. ONLY 6,649 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have been vaccinated. This is a mere 5.9% of Douglas County residents and is only half Oregon’s average of 10.1% residents vaccinated.

Below is the percentage of residents vaccinated in each Oregon County today according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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

Wheeler---------27.82

Deschutes------14.85

Harney----------13.04

Polk--------------12.93

Benton----------12.34

Hood River-----11.59

Sherman--------11.01

Lincoln-----------10.85

Jefferson--------10.76

Multnomah----10.73

Wasco-----------10.68

Lake--------------10.49

Marion----------10.11

OREGON--------10.07

Jackson-----------9.37

Klamath----------9.27

Wallowa---------9.22

Clackamas-------9.07

Baker-------------9.10

Crook-------------8.92

Linn----------------8.75

Washington-----8.83

Lane---------------8.76

Yamhill-----------8.13

Gilliam------------8.09

Union-------------7.66

Clatsop-----------7.52

Curry--------------7.46

Malhuer----------7.41

Tillamook--------7.34

Coos---------------7.28

Grant--------------7.05

Josephine--------6.93

Morrow-----------6.87

Umatilla----------6.85

Douglas-----------5.92*********

Columbia--------5.53

Our County Commissioners CONTINUE to claim low supply of vaccine is the reason 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 over five times higher percentage of their residents. Moreover, the CDC (below link) indicates 734,950 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Oregon. Oregon has enough to vaccinate 17.4% of all Oregon residents. But Only 572,398 doses have been administered to date. This means Oregon has 162,552 vaccine doses that have NOT been administered. That’s an average of 4,515 doses sitting on the shelf in EVERY Oregon County that have yet to be administered.

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

Mike

6 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,992 cases and 49 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 0 new coronavirus case since yesterday, keeping Roseburg VA totals at 200 cases and 7 deaths. Roseburg VA administered 390 vaccine doses since yesterday, bringing its total to 1,837 doses administered with 34 veterans have received both doses of vaccine according to the VA National website link below.

https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Healthcare/COVID19NationalSummary

The Commissioners Response Team reported 190 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 169.3 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.

Mike

At 7.7%, Alabama has vaccinated the lowest percentage of its residents of all states in the U.S., compared to Oregon which has vaccinated 9.8% of its residents. Douglas County has vaccinated ONLY 5.9% of its residents.

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

Mike

Bad News. South Africa halted use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine on Sunday after evidence emerged that the vaccine did not protect clinical trial volunteers from mild or moderate illness caused by the more contagious virus variant that was first seen there.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/07/world/africa/covid-vaccine-astrazeneca-south-africa.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20210207&instance_id=26877&nl=the-morning&regi_id=123329811&segment_id=51209&te=1&user_id=2d9279670974826e45b563123ff09555

st paddy

that's where we're headed

Mike

Douglas County Public Health Network received 1,900 doses of vaccine from the Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday February 3, four days ago. According to the OHA, all of Douglas County, including hospitals and clinics that received their own vaccine doses from OHA, administered 265 doses on February 4, 203 doses on February 5, and 106 doses on February 6. That totals 574 doses administered which means DPHN still has a minimum of 1,326 vaccine doses received from OHA that haven’t been administered yet.

After 4 days, the DPHN has only administered 30% of the 1,900 vaccine doses they received from OHA. What are they waiting for?

mworden

It's the weekend. When have weekend reports and stats provided an accurate picture of cases and deaths? Why would vaccinations be different? We'll have a clearer picture on Tuesday or thereabouts.

Mike

Is that like when Douglas County Commissioners claimed (below link) that, “753 eligible Douglas County residents received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine” at the County Fairgrounds on January 23, while the Oregon Health Authority says 627 people were vaccinated throughout the entire county, not just at the Fairgrounds.

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

Mike

Douglas County is still the 2nd to last county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. ONLY 6,623 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have been vaccinated in Douglas County. A mere 5.9% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated which is ONLY half the Oregon average of 9.8%.

Only Columbia County (5.4%) 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---------27.82

Deschutes------14.55

Harney----------13.04

Polk--------------12.86

Benton----------12.25

Hood River-----11.58

Sherman--------10.95

Lincoln----------10.74

Jefferson--------10.70

Wasco-----------10.65

Lake--------------10.49

Multnomah----10.31

Marion----------10.02

OREGON---------9.78

Wallowa---------9.20

Baker-------------9.06

Crook-------------8.88

Jackson-----------8.85

Linn----------------8.57

Klamath----------9.27

Clackamas-------8.57

Washington-----8.43

Lane---------------8.42

Gilliam------------8.09

Yamhill-----------8.04

Union-------------7.66

Clatsop-----------7.43

Malhuer----------7.36

Coos---------------7.25

Tillamook--------7.16

Curry--------------7.16

Grant--------------6.97

Josephine--------6.87

Morrow----------6.87

Umatilla----------6.85

Douglas-----------5.90*********

Columbia--------5.43

Our County Commissioners CONTINUE to claim low supply of vaccine is the reason 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 over five times higher percentage of their residents. Moreover, the CDC (below link) indicates 734,950 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Oregon. Oregon has enough to vaccinate 17.4% of all Oregon residents. But Only 554,143 doses have been administered to date. This means Oregon has 180,807 vaccine doses that have NOT been administered. That’s an average of 5,022 doses sitting on the shelf in EVERY Oregon County that have yet to be administered.

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

Mike

19 new coronavirus cases and 1 DEATH was reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,986 cases and 49 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 1 new coronavirus case since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 200 cases and 7 deaths. Roseburg VA administered 0 vaccine doses since yesterday, its total remaining at 1,447 doses administered with 33 veterans have received both doses of vaccine according to the VA National website link below.

https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Healthcare/COVID19NationalSummary

The Commissioners Response Team reported 208 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 185.3 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 208 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,629 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 208 cases by 3,629 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 5.7% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 93 new coronavirus cases and 1 death today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,177 cases and 9 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 381 new coronavirus cases and 4 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 3.7% today.

Mike

Douglas County’s 49th coronavirus DEATH went unreported in today’s News-Review article nor today's press release from our County Commissioners. However, it was reported by the Oregon Health Authority and the Veteran’s Association which reported the 7th death for Roseburg VA. The exact description by the OHA (below link) is:

Oregon’s 2,015th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old woman in Douglas County who tested positive on Dec. 28 and died on Jan. 19 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDHS/bulletins/2bfea4c

st paddy

she could have gotten the vaccine

Mike

Today marks day 51 since Douglas County received its first 1,595 doses of coronavirus vaccine on December 16. Today also marks the first day Douglas County Commissioners have FINALLY provided the comprehensive vaccine information in their daily press releases (below link) that leadership in sooo many other Counties provided a month and a half ago.

Even though 1,595 doses of vaccine were delivered to Douglas County on DECEMBER 16, the County Commissioners daily press releases said every day until JANUARY 13, “We ask that you not call us” about vaccine questions, and instead referred residents to contact the Oregon Health Authority. If you were like me and contacted the OHA with questions, you were told to contact the Douglas County Public Health Network which is overseen by our County Commissioners.

It wasn’t until a month after receiving the first 1,595 vaccine doses that our County Commissioners FINALLY took a step to save lives in Douglas County by providing an email address for county residents to ask vaccine questions. This is nearly a month after most Counties in Oregon had already begun coordinating and scheduling their healthcare workers and emergency responders for their vaccine shot. It then took Douglas County Commissioners two more weeks to FINALLY begin coordinating appointments and mass vaccinations, events most other counties had been doing for a month already.

Douglas County is the 2nd worst county in Oregon because our County Commissioners were negligent in their responsibility to protect the health and safety of Douglas County residents by waiting so long to FINALLY provide vaccination assistance to its residents. Because of our Commissioners woeful leadership, vaccine intended for Douglas County was routed to other counties better prepared to administer the vaccine they received. Douglas County is significantly behind in vaccinating its residents because of our Commissioners negligence which is likely to result in additional loss of lives, a tragedy what was so preventable with better leadership.

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