Health care providers in Southwest Oregon who serve poor or elderly patients will receive $27 million in pandemic relief payments, Rep. Peter DeFazio announced this week.

The payments go to a group of health care providers and medical suppliers who serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicare beneficiaries in the region. Eleven Roseburg health organizations are among those receiving grants, along with five in other parts of the county.

DeFazio said the payments are intended to ensure the providers can “weather the pandemic.”

“Rural providers historically operate on thin margins and need these funds to ensure that they can continue to provide high-quality care to their patients,” DeFazio said in a statement.

Forty-seven percent of rural providers were operating in the red before the pandemic and the pandemic has only made things worse, DeFazio said. The local payments are part of $7.5 billion payments nationwide.

The money can be used for salaries, recruitment retention, supplies such as N95 or surgical masks, ventilators, improved filtration systems, capital investments, information technology or other expenses related to COVID-19.

In total, Douglas County organizations received a little over $7 million. Roseburg recipients include Ziebart Inc., Centennial Medical Group East, Umpqua Community Health Center, Umpqua Health Newton Creek, Northwest Eye Center, North River Pediatrics, G. Jason Wilkes, Liann W. Drechsel, Diane Bolduc, Meredith Kreugel and James Yun. Other recipients included Dr. Anna and Joanne Holland in Drain, Glendale Ambulance District, Tri City Chiropractic and Lower Umpqua Hospital District in Reedsport.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at or 541-957-4213.

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Douglas County Covid deaths are piling up every day. Douglas County is now up to 297 Covid deaths which is 5 more than the last time the News-Review reported on the pandemic 5 days ago. The News-Review did NOT report on any of those 5 deaths because it was more important to report on Reindeer games at Coastal.

Apparently the News-Review has gotten their marching orders from the County Commissioners to no longer report on Covid in hopes it will simply go away if nobody reads about it anymore. Meanwhile Covid cases and hospitalizations are again breaking records in northern U.S. states which means its just a matter of time before Covid hits Douglas County whose residents are only 50% vaccinated.

Meanwhile, publishing misinformation letters appears to have become more important to the News-Review than their responsibility to the community it serves.


Douglas County reported 1 Covid death over the weekend bringing the total to 295 deaths. In reality, 3 deaths occurred and 2 deaths have not been reported yet. I say this because 79 new Covid cases were reported over the weekend and statistically 2.2% of all new cases in Douglas County result in death. Hence, two more deaths will occur that just haven’t been reported yet.

Also, 38 Douglas County residents are currently hospitalized which is the most since October 14.

97 Douglas County children between the ages of 5 – 11 have been fully vaccinated which is twice as many as was vaccinated last Thursday according to the CDC.


QUESTION: IF Omicron is less lethal than Delta AND IF Omicron is more contagious and will overcome Delta to become the dominant variant strain, WHY aren’t we importing Omicron as soon as possible?

Is Omicron a newer version of the vaccine, which makes us sick as a side effect but protects us from dying? Does it make sense to risk more people getting sick from Omicron as long as fewer of those people die?


Good. Medical services to the poor and to the vulnerable are essential. In addition to fulfilling our moral obligation to care for the least among us, these services actually wind up making us richer and healthier.

Here's just one recent article. Google scholar will yield a boatload more.

"Early childhood Medicaid eligibility reduces mortality and disability, increases employment, and reduces receipt of disability transfer programs up to 50 years later. Medicaid has saved the government more than its original cost and saved more than 10 million quality adjusted life years."


Goodman-Bacon, Andrew. 2021. "The Long-Run Effects of Childhood Insurance Coverage: Medicaid Implementation, Adult Health, and Labor Market Outcomes." American Economic Review, 111 (8): 2550-93.



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