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Seniors 70 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and can call their health care provider or a local health care facility to schedule an appointment.

However, there remain many more seniors than there are doses, a problem exacerbated by the storms that impacted a large portion of the nation last week. Many seniors can expect to face delays receiving the vaccines.

On Monday, The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 21 new cases.

On Sunday, the response team reported 14 new cases.

No new deaths were reported either day.

The number of county residents hospitalized with the disease climbed Monday to 19. Fifteen of them are hospitalized locally and four out of the area.

Aviva Health and Douglas Education Service District held an invitation only mass vaccination event Saturday at which 710 people in group 1a such as health care workers and emergency responders received second vaccinations in the two-dose sequence.

On Thursday, Aviva Health offered 80 seniors their first doses of the vaccine.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reports 821,311 vaccinations have been given. That includes 10,098 vaccinations in Douglas County, meaning close to 9% of the county has now received at least one vaccine.

Countywide, 6,826 people have received a first dose only, while 3,272 are fully vaccinated, having received both doses. Those figures include not just vaccines the state distributed to Douglas County Local Public Health, but also vaccines the federal government sent to other entities including the Roseburg VA Medical Center, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and some pharmacies.

The health authority reported 324 new cases and no new deaths statewide Monday. On Sunday, it reported 111 new cases and one new death.

The state is expected to announce Tuesday whether Douglas County will be moved up to the extreme risk level.

According to a data report from the state on weekly county metrics, Douglas County had 358 total cases, or 318.9 cases per 100,000 residents, between Feb. 7 and Feb. 20. It needed to remain at or below 200 per 100,000 cases to remain in the high risk level.

At the extreme risk level, some businesses would face more restrictions beginning this Friday.

Restaurants and bars, for example, would return to takeout only with no indoor dining allowed. Large gyms would be restricted to six or more clients inside at a time.

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

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

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Mike

34 new coronavirus cases were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. This brings Douglas County totals to 2,390 cases and 51 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 4 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing Roseburg VA totals to 227 cases and 8 deaths. Since yesterday, Roseburg VA reported administering 220 vaccine doses, increasing its total to 3,177 veterans having been vaccinated with one dose and 926 veterans having 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 363 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 323.4 today for Douglas County, which is greater than the maximum case rate of 200 required for in-dining restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs to remain open.

Mike

TUESDAY’S VACCINE UPDATE

While again moving to the EXTEME risk level on Friday, requiring business closures, Douglas County remains the fourth from last county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. 10,268 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have received their first shot. That’s 9.2% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated compared to Oregon’s average of 13.0%.

Below is the updated percentage of residents vaccinated in each Oregon County today and each county’s risk level starting February 25 according to the Oregon Health Authority.

-----------------------------------------Risk

COUNTY-------------%-------------Level

Wheeler-----------30.88----------Lower

Deschutes--------16.25----------High

Polk----------------15.95----------High

Wallowa----------15.75----------Lower

Benton------------15.20----------Extreme

Jefferson---------14.87-----------Extreme

Sherman----------14.45----------Lower

Harney------------14.10----------Lower

Lincoln------------13.80----------Lower

Multnomah-----13.65----------High

Hood River------13.59----------Moderate

Lake---------------13.48----------Extreme

Lane--------------13.26-----------High

OREGON---------13.00

Wasco------------12.98----------Moderate

Marion-----------12.54----------High

Klamath---------12.48-----------High

Tillamook-------12.34-----------Lower

Baker-------------12.21-----------Lower

Jackson----------11.77-----------High

Clackamas------11.63-----------Moderate

Crook------------11.56-----------High

Washington----11.48-----------Moderate

Curry-------------11.47-----------Moderate

Gilliam-----------11.45-----------Lower

Union------------11.35-----------Moderate

Yamhill----------10.84-----------High

Linn---------------10.56-----------Moderate

Coos--------------10.42-----------Extreme

Clatsop----------10.23-----------Lower

Grant--------------9.99-----------Lower

Josephine--------9.41-----------Extreme

Malhuer----------9.36-----------Moderate

Douglas-----------9.15-----------Extreme*******

Morrow-----------8.87----------Moderate

Columbia---------8.41----------High

Umatilla----------8.07-----------Extreme

Douglas County is only one of seven Oregon counties that will be in the EXTREME risk level on Friday February 25, meaning bars and indoor dining will AGAIN have to close.

CDC (below link) indicates 167,810 vaccine doses were delivered to Oregon since yesterday. This brings the total doses delivered to Oregon to 1,092,385. Of that, 836,073 doses have been administered. 256,312 doses have not been administered. The most doses administered in Oregon in one day were 25,796 on February 5. This means Oregon has a MINIMUM of 10 days of vaccine supply left to be administered at maximum vaccination rates.

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

Mike

Despite frequent claims of a supply shortage, since January 1, Oregon has NEVER gone more than 2 days without a delivery of vaccine from the CDC. The average vaccine delivery size over that time period has been 20,000 doses.

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

Mike

At 318.9, Douglas County’s coronavirus case rate is the highest in Oregon for counties with a population over 30,000 people according to the Oregon Health Authority Risk Level Metrics Report published yesterday (below link). There are three counties with populations less than 30,000 people whose case rates are higher than Douglas County.

On one hand you have our County Commissioners proclaiming Douglas County has the lowest cases in the country for counties over 100,000 people. On the other hand, the Oregon Health Authority proclaims Douglas County has the highest case rate in the state. How are the two possible?

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/covid19/Documents/DataReports/Weekly-County-Metrics-2021-02-22.pdf

CitizenJoe

As of 0630 this morning, the VA was not taking appointment requests from the 70+ age group. I am on the list, which is supposed to get an email blast as soon as appointments are available; nothing's come in here, either.

Mike

Oregon received another 167,810 vaccine doses today according to the CDC (below link). Split 36 ways, every Oregon County could get another 4,660 doses today. Oregon has now received a total of 1,092,385 doses of vaccine.

OregonHusker

I wonder if the state is withholding the vaccine from Douglas County because we don't really have a plan. We have some private clinics, dental offices and doctors vaccinating folks, but neither the local government nor local hospital is doing squat.

Mike

According to the CDC's website, 2,384,285 vaccine doses have been delivered to Veteran Affairs hospitals.

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

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