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An adult at Green Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, Roseburg Public Schools reported Monday.

The district was notified about the case Monday by Douglas Public Health Network. After an investigation of the person’s contacts, the district determined one classroom would need to quarantine for 10 days.

Students in quarantine will temporarily transition to remote learning.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported seven new cases Monday and 10 new cases Sunday.

No new deaths were reported either Sunday or Monday.

The new cases bring the county’s total cases since the pandemic’s start to 1,871.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 964 new cases and one new death Monday.

Seven county residents are currently hospitalized with the illness, four locally and three out of the area.

The Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 138 people with the illness in isolation and another 293 people who have had contact with an infected person and are in quarantine.

As of Monday, Douglas County residents had received 5,550 vaccinations, and 438,299 vaccines had been administered statewide, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Currently, education workers, health care workers, nursing home residents and staff and first responders are eligible for vaccines.

Seniors will become eligible later this month, beginning with people 80 and older the week beginning Feb. 7.

The Roseburg VA Medical Center is scheduling vaccination appointments for veteran patients who are 75 or older, homeless, front-line essential workers, hemodialysis patients, organ transplant patients or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call 541-440-1000 or check online at https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/

The response team continues to voice concerns that the county has not received enough vaccines to cover local people who are eligible and want to receive the vaccine.

“We know that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government. But, our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has continued to receive a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State. We continue to ask the State to fix this issue, so we are able to vaccinate more of our eligible groups in our county,” the team said in a press release Monday.

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mworden

Dr. Tim Powell and Dr. John Powell from Evergreen wrote another essay. They say masks don't work. They even quote the ex-Surgeon General and Dr. Fauci saying there was no reason for people to wear masks. They said that last Spring when hospital workers did not have enough PPE to protect themselves while treating desperately ill patients. They quote the New England Journal of Medicine from last April. April. As if things haven't changed since last Spring.

They cite a Pew poll where 85 percent of respondents said they wore masks all or most of the time and they still got sick. Guess what? Most of the time doesn't count at all. And this may come as a surprise, docs, but people lie about their behavior. How many of your patients say they don't smoke when you can smell it on their breath? How many obese patients say they barely eat? How many alcoholics insist they only drink two beers, but somehow blow a .25 on a breath test? Let's not even mention the lies people will tell about their sex lives. That's embarrassing stuff, especially if it's something they know they would be better off not doing.

Some anti-sex crusaders insist that condoms don't work either. Not using a condom in non-monogamous relations is just about the same as not wearing a mask around people not in your family bubble. And people wonder why they get HPV, HIV or Covid. Because it was just that one time, you know, and you thought it would be okay because you can tell by looking at someone if they're safe.

Back to the Drs. Powell. They glorify Sweden. I mean, really. Not even Sweden is still saying they made good choices, not when their Scandinavian neighbors have a 10 times lower death rate. Instead of comparing Sweden with their neighbor countries that instituted covid restrictions early, the doctors compare Sweden with European countries that had out of control cases like Italy. Do I have to tell anyone why that's a bad comparison? Italy was out of control before anyone even knew covid had reached Europe.

I'm surprised doctors, who by all accounts are really good docs as well as nice people, can still be trying to sell this. But, hey, this is Douglas County. Libertarian thinking runs deep, even in people who don't even know what a Libertarian is. Just for the record: The last time I visited Evergreen I wore a mask. The staff didn't. I haven't been back. I really like my doc. Hope I don't have to find a new medical home. You can read the essay here:

https://www.evergreenfamilymedicine.com/post/1-25-2021-masking-the-science

Mike

18 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,903 cases and 48 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 1 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 194 cases and 6 deaths. Roseburg VA administered 2 vaccine doses since yesterday, bringing its total to 1,363 doses administered. 24 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 180 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 160.4 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

47 days after receiving its first 1,595 doses of vaccine, Douglas County is still the 2nd to last county in Oregon for actually putting the vaccine in residents arms. ONLY 5,681 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have been vaccinated since receiving the vaccine on December 16. That is a mere 5.1% of Douglas County residents vaccinated compared to the Oregon average of 8.6%.

Only Columbia County (3.7%) 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---------27.26

Deschutes------14.21

Harney----------12.65

Polk--------------11.72

Lincoln------------9.94

Hood River------9.47

Jefferson---------9.60

Marion-----------9.37

Wasco------------9.26

Benton-----------9.25

Sherman---------9.20

Wallowa---------9.05

Multnomah-----8.87

Lake---------------8.75

OREGON---------8.56

Crook-------------8.31

Jackson-----------8.26

Baker--------------8.06

Klamath----------7.54

Gilliam------------7.53

Clackamas-------7.42

Lane---------------7.23

Washington-----7.20

Union-------------7.08

Yamhill-----------6.90

Clatsop-----------6.65

Linn----------------6.51

Curry--------------6.42

Josephine--------6.25

Coos---------------6.03

Umatilla----------5.95

Grant--------------5.77

Malhuer----------5.64

Morrow-----------5.48

Tillamook--------5.07

Douglas-----------5.06

Columbia---------3.72

Our County Commissioners 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 an issue in Douglas County but not for the rest of Oregon, with some counties having vaccinated six times more residents. Moreover, the CDC (below link) indicates 684,000 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Oregon, which is enough to vaccinate 16.2% of Oregon’s residents. But Only 454,244 doses have been administered. This means Oregon has 229,756 vaccine doses that have NOT been administered. That’s an average of 6,382 doses sitting on the shelf in EVERY Oregon County that have yet to be administered and is more than the 5,681 doses Douglas County has administered in 47 days.

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

Thomas Hall

"Douglas County receives a disproportionate supply of vaccine supply compared with the rest of the state."

If this is true, it is criminal! Our politicians and leaders should be up in arms!

We all know the vaccine rollout has been a mess, but why should additional

seniors die due to our state's ineptness?

Mike

14 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 1,885 cases and 48 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 2 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 193 cases and 6 deaths. Roseburg VA has vaccinated 1,361 veterans with an initial dose. 22 Roseburg 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 187 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 166.6 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.

NJ

Now would be a good time to demand that the Health Network and the Commissioners work extra, super duper hard to get vaccines into the arms of everyone. Never mind those doses that are not accounted for, nor those gathering dust on shelves, get us vaccinated before a virus mutates and replicates to one more deadly. It can't replicate if it can't spread.

Mike

The Commissioners Response Team reported 187 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,618 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 187 cases by 3,618 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 5.2% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 148 new coronavirus cases and 4 deaths. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,102 cases and 12 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 605 new coronavirus cases and 23 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 11 ICU beds and 111 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. 30 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 12 are in ICU. There were 56 new coronavirus cases reported in Region 3 today.

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