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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 11 new cases Monday and 13 new cases Sunday.

Two more county residents died of the illness, the team reported Monday.

An 80-year-old man was diagnosed Thursday and died Sunday.

A 75-year-old man was diagnosed May 12 and died Sunday.

Seventeen county residents are currently hospitalized from the illness, 11 locally and six out of the area.

The Douglas Public Health Network is supporting 187 people who have the illness and are in isolation and another 667 people who have had contact with an infected person and are in quarantine.

County health officials are encouraging those who want to travel or attend weddings, festivals and other events this summer to get vaccinated.

“The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be a very effective tool for virus protection for those that have chosen to get their shot,” the response team said in a press release.

“So, as you plan your future events and destinations, think about your safety, the safety of others and the opening up of businesses, along with the lessening of restrictions as we get closer to achieving those vaccination targets,” the team said.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 257 new cases and two new deaths Sunday, and 229 new cases and three new deaths Monday.

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

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Why do people like Mike keep scapegoating the County Commissioners for COVID-19 spread and deaths in this County? Insert the political answer of your choice. The Commissioners have done nothing but FULLY SUPPORT the local health communities efforts to combat the spread of COVID and ensure that anyone who wants a vaccine is able to get one. This blaming the Commissioners is nothing more than a political hit job not intended to actually point to a real issue -- but create a false narrative that if repeated enough will actually be believed (i.e. propaganda). The Board of Commissioners working with multiple partners in the medical community and Dr. Dannenhoffer (who is a County employee) has put out DAILY information about COVID-19 prevention and have funded, supported (including being onsite helping with vaccination clinics) and ensured that vaccinations are made available in EVERY area of Douglas County. Despite all of this, it's foolish to think that information from the Commissioners is somehow more impactful than what is provided to the public through their normal cable new networks, social media, doctors, friends and family. Anti-vaxxers existed long before COVID-19 -- and whether we like it or not, people are free to make their own choices about their personal health. Dr. Dannenhoffer has made it clear the nearly all people getting COVID are unvaccinated. So its pretty clear that those that have recently died of COVID are also unlikely to have been vaccinated. That's basic logic. If you can't see that, it's because you don't want to. What purpose does it serve to publically call out these deceased individuals as being so foolish to not have gotten vaccinated? All that does is fan the partisan arguments of anti-vaxxers who point to the far higher number of people who got COVID and lived -- and their ridiculous arguments about how getting a vaccine poses a greater risk. At this point, if you don't have all the information you need to make an informed decision about getting vaccinated -- it means you don't care -- because all of that information is readily available -- and whatever health risk you incur as result of your decision is on you. Maybe we should blame the commissioners for not doing more get people to eat healthy because of all the people that die of heart disease? Maybe all obituaries should include any preventable cause of death so we can pick and choose who is worthy of our sympathy? Died of lung cancer? Maybe they wouldn't have smoked if the Commissioners have only told them about he risk of cigarettes! I know it would be very convenient for your personal issues with the Commissioners to be able to blame them for all things COVID-19 -- but despite your best efforts they aren't Trump, nor are they Dallas Heard. The facts clearly point otherwise.


Its not out of the kindness of their hearts for the County Commissioners to fully support the health community during a pandemic, its part of their JOB. If they don't like doing it to the best of their abilities or don't want to, they should resign.


That's my point, they are doing their JOBS and they are doing it well. You can rewrite history and make up all the false narrative you want -- it doesn't change the facts.


New York City went without a single COViD-19 death, and so did the UK.

Yes, they will have more--they have many millions more people than does Douglas County. But their two disparate vaccination programs are working. Meanwhile, southern Oregon and northern California are serving as a culture medium for the virus.


....and its future more deadly variants.


The County Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team press releases reported the below TOTAL number of Douglas County residents 16+ years of age vaccinated on May 24 and on May 31.

------------May 24------May 31------Delta






On May 24, the Commissioners Response Team claimed 12,119 (8,814+3,305) 16+ years old residents in Douglas County were vaccinated at VA and Tribal sites, which when combined with the 36,907 residents reported by the Oregon Health Authority website added up to 48,756 16+ years old residents in Douglas County. All of these numbers were reported by the Commissioners Response Team on May 24 (below link).

Today’s Commissioners Response Team press release (below link) vaccination numbers are suspect because the response team did not report how many 16+ year old Douglas County residents had been vaccinated at VA and Tribal sites. That’s probably because the only way the numbers would work out is if 1,031 less 16+ year old Douglas County residents were vaccinated at the VA and Tribal sites.

Furthermore, today’s Response Team press release claims 988 16+ year old residents were vaccinated between May 31 and May 24. Yet, using the numbers THEY reported, the real number was 758. Meanwhile the OHA reported almost double that number over the same period.

I conclude the County Commissioners Response Team continues to knowingly overstate the number of people vaccinated in Douglas County. Beginning with its May 20 press release, the Commissioners Coronavirus Response Team has included NON-RESIDENTS vaccinated at the VA Hospital and Tribal sites in their total vaccinated numbers. This is further supported by the CDC whose website (below link) tracks every U.S. County and indicates only 34.7% of Douglas County residents have been vaccinated on June 2, including vaccinations at VA and Tribal sites. Rather than be honest and admit their mistake, they have instead chosen to double down and attempt to cover up their lies about the vaccination numbers in Douglas County.

The Commissioner’s Response Team claim that 52.2% have been vaccinated is dangerous. Overstating the actual number of vaccinated people gives unvaccinated people a false sense of security as evidence by the 255 new coronavirus cases in Douglas County since May 20.


Regarding the questions about vaccination status of people who have had COVID-19 in our county, I think that that information ought to be made public. Cases of breakthrough infection are uncommon, but, of course, they occur; and the more prevalent the virus is, the more likely someone who is vaccinated is to get infected. The vaccine generally keeps people out of the hospital, too, but still, some die.

"Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers report that more than 10,000 fully vaccinated Americans have experienced "breakthrough" COVID-19 through April 30, 2021. They note that the figures are likely an underestimate.

The 10,262 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine breakthrough infections were reported from January 1 through April 30 in 46 US states and territories. About one quarter of affected people, 27%, were asymptomatic. Two percent, or 160 people, with breakthrough infections died..."


And thanks to the unvaccinated people who are not wearing masks we will remain at high risk level.

And thanks to our commissioners who, instead of telling people to get vaccinated and wear your (profanity) masks, they are whining at Governor Brown to loosen up the restrictions.

And thanks to Dallas Heard who proclaims that freedumb is more important than protecting your friends and neighbors, we continue to see people die.

I am beyond disgusted with the whole lot of you. This was SOOOOO preventable.


And yet another death, the 78th, was reported today by the County Commissioner's Coronavirus Response Team. That's 5 deaths in the past 6 days. This time a 54-year old man.

Why aren't the Commissioners saying whether the people who died had been vaccinated?


"Why aren't the Commissioners saying whether the people who died had been vaccinated?"

I think I know; and that you do, too.

The commissioners' responses to the pandemic ranged from pro-virus to minimally helpful for people, along with useless mumbling of thoughts-and-prayers sorts of concern for the diseased and deceased. A focus on the immunization status of the deceased would draw attention to their failures.


According to Dr. Dannenhoffer in this evening's FB session -- of the last 335 covid cases in the past 3 weeks, only six people had been vaccinated. None of the vaccinated people became seriously ill. It would be safe to extrapolate from that info that none of the hospitalized people or the deceased had been vaccinated.

Dr. D made similar statements regarding the vaccination status of people diagnosed with covid last week and the week before.

I prefer declarations over interrogatories, Mike. The commissioners should share the vaccination status of diagnosed covid patients in their daily reports. It could help convince people that vaccination is important and life saving.


So why don't they?


Insert political answer of your choice. My answer has too many swear words.


Thank you for attending! Last time I tried, months ago, the session did not happen.

In re: too many swear words: Nah. There are not enough.

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