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State and local health officials urged seniors to remain patient as vaccine eligibility began for those 80 and over Monday.

There are about 7,200 seniors in Douglas County who are 80 or older, but the county expects to receive just 700 vaccines this week.

About 168,000 people in that age group in Oregon are eligible, but the vaccine supply remains scarce statewide as well.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team announced plans last week for seniors in this county to receive vaccinations from some local doctors, medical clinics and pharmacies.

No organizations will offer walk-in shots, and some organizations won’t yet have vaccines to give, so seniors need to call for appointments after their age groups become eligible.

Pharmacies will receive vaccinations directly from the federal government, rather than through the state, and the Oregon Health Authority said Monday it’s still awaiting information on when the federal government will send those vaccines to pharmacies.

“My promise to older Oregonians is this: if you want a vaccination, you will get one. But it may not be tomorrow, this week or even two weeks from now. But you will get one,” Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen said in a press release Monday.

Seniors 75 and older will become eligible Feb. 15. Those 70 and older become eligible Feb. 22. Those 65 and older will be eligible March 1.

Douglas County and Douglas Public Health Network operate a COVID-19 Hotline at 541-464-6550 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Members of the public are being asked to hold questions about getting a vaccine until they become eligible for one.

The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 19 new cases and one new death Sunday.

An 85-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 Feb. 3 died Sunday. He was the county’s 49th person to die of the disease.

The response team reported six new cases and no new deaths on Monday.

Roseburg Public Schools announced Sunday it had been notified a student at Fir Grove Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.

Individuals who may have been exposed have been contacted and are isolating and being monitored for symptoms, the school district said.

Students in quarantine will transition temporarily to remote learning.

Ten Douglas County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, seven locally and three out of the area.

The Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 162 people with the disease who are in isolation and another 330 people who have been in contact with an infected person and are in quarantine.

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

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mworden

Through February 25, almost all businesses in Douglas County can remain open, with some limits on capacity. The exceptions are hookah bars and senior centers, which cannot open. Do we even have hookah bars around here?

I want to directly address the Citizens Against Tyranny and their supporters. Whether or not local businesses can remain open after February 25 will depend entirely on the number of new cases. Too many cases and business shuts down.

We didn't start off too well today, with 35 new cases. If it continues at that rate, businesses will be forced to close. If that happens, how much of it will be your doing? That is a serious question that I'm asking you to consider.

The only way to keep the case rate down low enough to keep business open is for every citizen to comply with covid safety precautions -- wear masks in public, avoid travel and gatherings, wash hands frequently, and don't go to work or visit family with symptoms, even mild symptoms.

I don't know how wearing a mask became a symbol of tyranny to so many people. A true Patriot is willing to make sacrifices for their neighbors, to keep our businesses open and to save lives. More Americans have died of covid in the past year than died in combat during our entire engagement in WWII. Our entire nation sacrificed then. Why is that so difficult now.

I strongly encourage the leaders of the Citizens Against Tyranny to speak up, to tell their supporters in as many ways as possible that if they really want to keep businesses open, now is the time to make the small sacrifice of mask-wearing in public and curtailing social visits.

I hope we don't have to shut down in two weeks. We're so close to getting a handle on covid. Just a few anti-mask folks attending church or social groups and then going to work could shut us down again. I don't want to see that happen.

I'm pretty sure Citizens Against Tyranny want to keep businesses open, too. Now is the time for acceptance and the willingness to make small sacrifices for our friends, neighbors and local businesses. Please speak up and ask your supporters to make the sacrifice of mask-wearing so our economy can stay functioning.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

Well said. We need more of this in the comments section.

CitizenJoe

Here is a nice piece on the worst-hit county in the worst-hit state in the worst-hit nation...

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/02/15/inside-the-worst-hit-county-in-the-worst-hit-state-in-the-worst-hit-country

Mike

Our County Commissioners are not being truthful when they say “supply” is the reason Douglas County is the 2nd worse county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. Specifically, Douglas County Public Health Network received 1,900 doses of vaccine from the Oregon Health Authority six days ago on Wednesday February 3. It is likely the vaccine was Moderna, but DPHN doesn’t say for sure whether it was Pfizer or Moderna.

According to the OHA, all of Douglas County, including hospitals and clinics that received their own vaccine doses from OHA, have administered a total of 293 doses of Pfizer and 823 doses (itemized below) of Moderna since DPHN received their latest 1,900 doses of vaccine. Our County Commissioners can NOT KEEP blaming supply for Douglas County’s low vaccination rate when less than half of the vaccine DPHN received a week ago has been administered. What are they waiting for? Why are they NOT telling the truth while people are dying of this disease?

Date-----Pfizer----Moderna-----Total

4-Feb-----160---------264----------424

5-Feb------64----------253----------317

6-Feb------11----------143----------154

7-Feb------54-------------8------------62

8-Feb-------4-----------155----------159

Total-----293----------823---------1116

Mike

After vaccinating only 159 residents yesterday, the first day residents 80 years old or older could be vaccinated, Douglas County is still the second WORST county in Oregon for vaccinating its residents. ONLY 6,981 of Douglas County’s 112,251 residents have been vaccinated. This is a mere 6.2% of Douglas County residents compared to Oregon’s average of 10.3% residents vaccinated.

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

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

Wheeler---------28.03

Deschutes-------15.01

Polk---------------13.27

Harney-----------13.03

Benton-----------12.41

Sherman---------12.08

Hood River------11.61

Multnomah-----11.00

Lincoln-----------10.91

Jefferson--------10.85

Wasco-----------10.69

Lake--------------10.56

OREGON--------10.30

Marion----------10.25

Jackson-----------9.49

Klamath----------9.34

Clackamas-------9.28

Wallowa---------9.23

Lane---------------9.22

Baker-------------9.12

Washington-----9.07

Crook-------------8.97

Linn----------------8.80

Yamhill-----------8.24

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

Union-------------8.00

Curry--------------7.80

Grant--------------7.72

Clatsop-----------7.71

Malhuer----------7.59

Tillamook--------7.59

Coos---------------7.41

Josephine--------7.14

Morrow-----------6.88

Umatilla----------6.86

Douglas-----------6.22*********

Columbia--------5.90

Our County Commissioners untruthfully 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 801,125 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Oregon. Oregon has enough to vaccinate 19.0% of all Oregon residents. But Only 588,738 doses have been administered to date. This means Oregon has 242,387 vaccine doses that have NOT been administered. That’s an average of 6,732 doses sitting on the shelf in EVERY Oregon County that have yet to be administered.

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

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

Please share your proof the Douglas County Commissioners are lying about the local supply of vaccine.

Mike

Read my comment above this one. 1,900 doses received by DPHN and less than 824 doses administered over the past week. I say less than because hospitals and clinics receive their own separate receipt of vaccine from OHA and their numbers are included in the 824 doses administered.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

The uptake by the state registry doesn't occur in real time, Mike.

Mike

Are you saying the 1,900 doses have already been administered but OHA doesn't know it?

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

Don't you think it'd be a smart thing to save some of that allocation for second doses? Think it through, Mike.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

And if you think local health care organizations would lie about vaccinating more than 1,500 people at two mass vaccination events held at a public site with media present, you may be a candidate for QAnon president.

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

Lastly, you never answered my first question -- where's your proof the commissioners are lying? Pointing to one of your unsubstantiated previous statements isn't proof, Mike.

Mike

You are free, just like everyone else, to view the Oregon Health Authority websites that provide the information I've copied. The OHA is the agency that is distributing and tracking vaccinations. I'm just relaying the information OHA provides. Take it up with them if you don't like it.

Mike

35 new coronavirus cases and 1 DEATH were reported in today’s press release from the County Commissioners Coronavirus Task Force. 35 cases is the second highest number of cases reported in one day for Douglas County. This brings Douglas County totals to 2,027 cases and 50 deaths.

Roseburg Veteran Affairs reported 2 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, keeping Roseburg VA totals at 202 cases and 7 deaths. Roseburg VA administered 89 vaccine doses since yesterday, bringing its total to 1,926 doses administered with 36 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 216 coronavirus cases over the past two weeks which calculates to a 14-day case rate of 192.4 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

The Commissioners Response Team reported 216 coronavirus cases and the OHA reported Douglas County received 3,550 test results over the past two weeks. Dividing 216 cases by 3,550 test results gives Douglas County a 14-day positive test rate of 6.1% today.

The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 138 new coronavirus cases and 1 death today. The six counties surrounding Douglas County reported 1,009 cases and 8 deaths over the past week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 513 new coronavirus cases and 7 deaths today in Oregon. Oregon’s 7-day positive test rate is 3.6% 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 10 ICU beds and 99 non-ICU beds available in Region 3 today. 30 coronavirus cases are hospitalized in Region 3 today. 8 are in ICU. There were 93 new coronavirus cases reported in Region 3 today.

TheDC1967

I've heard that Douglas County has the 2nd lowest vaccination rate in the state, but I can't remember who told me or how many times I've heard it.

Mike

You are correct, according to the Oregon Health Authority's website.

CitizenJoe

The DC1967: Mike; ∞. And I am grateful.

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