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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported three new COVID-19 deaths Thursday, bringing the county’s death toll to 65.

All three of the deaths occurred prior to April, but the county was not notified of the deaths until this week.

The first of the three deaths was a 76-year-old man who was diagnosed Jan. 19 and died Feb. 10. The county was notified by State of Oregon Vital Records about the man’s death on Wednesday.

The State of Oregon Vital Records also notified the county Wednesday about the second death. This was a 90-year-old woman who was diagnosed Feb. 22 and died March 25.

The State of Oregon Vital Records also notified the county Thursday that a 77-year-old woman who was diagnosed Dec. 26 had died Jan. 9.

The response team reported ten new cases Thursday.

Six county residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, three locally and three out of the area.

Douglas Public Health Network is currently supporting 98 people who have the illness and are in isolation, as well as another 261 people who have been in contact with an infected person and are in quarantine.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 678 new cases Thursday and five new deaths.

Statewide, Oregonians have received 1,083,978 doses of Pfizer, 971,012 doses of Moderna and 61,539 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the health authority said.

A total of 824,299 people have now been fully vaccinated, having received either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

County by county vaccination figures were still not available from the health authority, which has been working since late March on a fix for a technical issue that caused problems with correctly assigning some vaccine recipients to counties.

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

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

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Douglas County is probably the most LETHAL county in Oregon if you test positive for coronavirus. Over 2.2% of Douglas County's positive coronavirus cases result in death. Only four Oregon counties have a higher percentage, and all of those have populations less than 27,000 people. Douglas County's 2.2% is almost double Oregon's average of 1.4%.


According to today's press release;

"The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT team extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all family members, friends, relatives, co-workers and community members of those who have passed after contracting this deadly virus."

How sincere can they really be to have NOT noticed for over 3 months that one of our community members died from the virus.


Mike – you are the last one that should be questioning the sincerity and motives of others. You have repeatedly lied in these comments sections ad nauseam through your daily ramblings of thinly disguised personal grudges. You have no clue about the work that has been done, and is continuing to be done in this community to fight the spread of COVID. Yet you try to paint yourself as some type of expert based on your internet sleuthing and reposting of news articles. Your arrogance and hubris drips off of your letters to the editor – and it all looks like nothing more than a vanity project that has grown into uncontrollable thirst to feed your narcissism. What will you do when you no longer have this disease to satiate your QAnon like obsessiveness with the grand conspiracy you have built in your mind? Like QAnon, I wonder if you actually believe what you write, or if it’s just a partisan tool that also serves to satisfy a sickness of the mind.


"...You have no clue about the work that has been done..." If you feel that's the situation it may be that there isn't enough transparency being reported about all the work that's been done. I was surprised when information dropped about vans to carry the vaccine into remote communities. If travel inoculation was in the plan, it would have gone very well to have been reported much sooner than when the photo article of the van was reported. Or did I miss something. Is there a special place where there is more transparent information about the "plan" to defeat this deadly virus and its variants?

Marine Vet

Not a single employee working at the News Review wear masks at work. I was in that business this week & witnessed this myself. Who's Lying to Who.?

I'm Here to Fact-check Mike

to whom



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