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01-21-22 NOTICE - DC LPSCC - Behavioral Health & Housing Subcommittee Meeting (Photo) - 01/21/22

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 21, 2022

** Notice of Virtual Meeting **

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)

Behavioral Health and Housing Subcommittees

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

(Douglas County, OR) The next meeting for the Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council’s (LPSCC) – Behavioral Health and Housing Subcommittees will take place on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 11:30 am via a virtual conference format.

 

Due to COVID-19, we are still taking extra precautions, therefore the meeting will be conducted virtually. We will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to join the meeting via video or by phone. For information on how you can listen in on this meeting, please see the agenda or contact the LPSCC Coordinator, Melissa McRobbie-Toll at melissa@co.douglas.or.us or call (541) 450-9768.

 

The meeting agenda is attached and can also be found at www.co.douglas.or.us.

  
 

*Douglas County attempts to provide public accessibility to its services, programs and activities.

If accommodation is needed to participate in this meeting, please contact (541) 450-9768 prior to the scheduled meeting time.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Contact Melissa McRobbie-Toll, Programs & Partnerships (LPSCC) Coordinator, Douglas County

(541) 450-9768 cell - melissa@co.douglas.or.us

 

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Douglas County COVID-19 Weekly Update #659 - January 19, 2022 (Photo) - 01/19/22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2022

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #665

WEEKLY RECAP – THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2022 - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2022

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases* Reported for the Week

Total Number of People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results Reported for the Week

Total Number of New Presumptives Reported for the Week

Total Number of COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported for the Week

824

781

43

3

*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County for the week, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives for the previous week. 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 – Seven Day Case Update Chart†

Date

Thursday,

January 13, 2022

Friday,

January 14, 2022

Saturday,

January 15, 2022

Sunday,

January 16, 2022

Monday,

January 17, 2022

Tuesday,

January 18, 2022

Wednesday,

January 19, 2022

Total COVID-19 Cases to Date

15,328

15,412

15,578

15,631

15,643

15,814

15,981

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

14,723

14,805

14,961

15,011

15,023

15,187

15,342

Presumptives

605

607

617

620

620

627

639

Total Currently Hospitalized

23

25

25

25

23

23

25

Total Hospitalized Patients NOT Fully Vaccinated

19 of the 23

21 of the 25

21 of the 25

21 of the 25

16 of the 23

16 of the 23

18 of the 25

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

320

320

320

320

321

321

322

†Our COVID case update chart includes the total number of cases reported in Douglas County since the beginning of the pandemic in our county on March 8, 2020. The chart illustrates the combination of residents with positive test results and confirmed presumptives, as well as the breakout of each of those. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted in our over-all total. We follow the CDC definition for fully vaccinated, which states that a fully vaccinated person is someone who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose. 

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND LOCAL MEDICAL COMMUNITY ARE PREPARING FOR AN OMICRON VARIANT SURGE

In preparation for the Omicron surge, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who continue to lead the Public Health charge in Douglas County as your Public Health Authority, along with local medical leaders have been anticipating a possible surge in COVID-related hospitalizations.  A surge could once again strain our hospital system, as it did back in August/September during the Delta variant surge.  To help alleviate the hospital surge, together we have established the following:

 

  • ENHANCED COVID HOTLINE: We have enhanced our local COVID Hotline (541) 464-6550, with referral services to local health care providers and case managers, in order to help alleviate unnecessary Emergency Room visits. 
  • DAILY TESTING AND VACCINE CLINIC: OHA has set up a daily COVID testing and vaccine clinic located in the parking lot at the corner of Fowler Street and Diamond Lake Blvd. (across from the Roseburg Public Library).  Clinic hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, seven days a week. PCR testing, COVID first and second vaccine doses, as well as boosters and pediatric vaccine doses are available. We encourage people to utilize this resource if a test is needed, as well as utilize other local testing and vaccine providers and also home tests, and not visit the hospital for testing.
  • CHANGED TESTING GUIDANCE: DPHN has also temporarily changed our local COVID testing guidance in order to preserve testing for those that need it most and to preserve local inventory.  So, if you think you might have COVID, but are experiencing mild symptoms, we encourage you to contact your primary care provider or call our COVID hotline for a referral and follow their recommendations.  It may not be necessary to be tested to confirm a COVID diagnosis.
  • COMMISSIONERS PURCHASED OXIMETERS: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners funded the purchase of 2,000 pulse oximeters for DPHN to distribute to patients with COVID symptoms, so they can measure their own oxygen levels and perhaps avoid an emergency room visit.
  • COMMISSIONERS SECURE OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS:  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners worked with Lincare to secure 200 oxygen concentrators and make them available to Douglas County residents who need them.  At the current time, Lincare is able to meet the oxygen needs through their regular process, but if the demand outstrips their supply, these additional oxygen concentrators will be available locally.  Lincare does request that providers use their PARACHUTE ordering system to streamline orders.

 

LOCAL VACCINE AND BOOSTER AVAILABILITY IS HIGH

The COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses are readily available around the county.  Check with your health care provider, AVIVA Health, Umpqua Health, Lower Umpqua Hospital, local pharmacies, Cow Creek Public Health, Roseburg VA or attend a local drive-thru clinic.   

 

  1. Local COVID Hotline Still Active and Available. Our local COVID-19 hotline at (541) 464-6550 has been in operation since March of 2020.  They are ready and available to help answer your COVID-19 related questions about vaccine availability, how to isolate or quarantine, provide referrals for care and when/where to get tested.  The hotline is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Just a reminder that the hotline does not provide medical advice.  If you need medical attention or advice, please contact your health care provider or a local urgent care facility. 
  2. DPHN’s EPI-Team is Still on the Job. As they have since the beginning, DPHN will continue to conduct local case investigations; provide case management and education; offer support services to isolated cases and maintain their tracking and reporting systems.
  3. Please Help to Protect our Emergency Systems. Please do not call 911 or a hospital to ask COVID-19 questions. We need our emergency systems to continue to function and be available for those that need it most.  If you are not seriously ill, but need medical advice or want testing, please contact your health care provider. If you don’t have a provider, please call our local COVID Hotline at (541) 464-6550 and they will try to help connect you with a local health care provider. 

 

WHAT CAN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DO TO TRY AND STAY HEALTHY?

Our team continues encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services, economy and neighbors, to make the best decision for yourself and your family in order protect those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus disease.  We have provided education on implementing the widely proven and age-old safety measures to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza.  Our team encourages you to access your risk and comfort level, and make the best choice for you.

 

  1. Please stay home from work, school, shopping or running errands if you are sick. 
  2. Please consider getting vaccinated, if you have not got the shot yet.  Get the booster dose too!
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  5. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  6. Consider wearing a face covering when you are around those not from your immediate household or when you are in indoor settings.
  7. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  8. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  9. Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough due to an illness.
  10. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  11. Delay or limit travel to COVID hot spots or highly populated areas.
  12. Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY HOSPITALIZED PATIENT UPDATE

As of today, Wednesday, January 19, 2022, there are TWENTY-FOUR (25) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, twenty-one locally and four out-of-the-area. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally, this last week they averaged 3 COVID-19 positive patients a day in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 3 COVID-19 positive patients a day in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).  This last week an average of 14% of their total hospitalized patients were COVID positive. Of our hospitalized patients today, EIGHTEEN (18) of the 25 patients are not fully vaccinated. 

 

NEWLY REPORTED COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Douglas County Public Health has confirmed the deaths of more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our team confirms and then reports all COVID-19 related deaths in the order that they are received.  Our three hundred and twentieth COVID-19 related death was a 69-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, November 26, 2021 and passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.  She was not vaccinated.  Our three hundred and twenty-first COVID-19 related death was a 70-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 and passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.  He was not vaccinated.  Our three hundred and twenty-second COVID-19 related death was a 75-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 and passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.  She was fully vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, and as our ethical responsibility to follow all medical laws, no additional information will be released. Douglas County Public Health officials thoroughly scrutinize and investigate all deaths, and review all medical records to make sure that everyone we report has met the requirements for a COVID related death, as per the Oregon Disease Investigative Guidelines for COVID-19.  Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and our COVID-19 Communications 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.

 

NOTIFICATION OF DELAYED COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Douglas County Public Health has been receiving delayed reports of COVID-19 related deaths of Douglas County residents from Oregon Vital Records, hospice/long-term care facilities and out-of-state institutions.  Our team confirms and then reports all COVID-19 related deaths in the order that they are received.  We do not have any delayed COVID-19 related deaths to report his week.

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION WEEKLY UPDATE – WEEK ENDING SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022

Douglas County’s vaccine pace continues to be high, with 2,145 doses given last week.  Although many (1,610) were boosters, there were 290 new vaccines.  The remaining vaccines are second and third non-booster doses.  We continue to compare and track our numbers using CDC’s vaccine data, as they more accurately represent our vaccination numbers. The data includes the Federally administered doses given at the Roseburg VA, that Oregon’s ALERT System only recently started including in their reports.   Our current numbers are as follows:

 

  • For those 18 years old and above in Douglas County who are fully vaccinated (as calculated by the CDC) we are at 60.8%
  • The percent of the ENTIRE population in Douglas County who are fully vaccinated (as calculated by the CDC) is currently 51.3%.  This percentage, plus the number of natural infections gives an idea of the level of community immunity. 
  • Those Douglas County residents who have received a booster (as calculated by the CDC).  These people have the best vaccine protection.  For the entire population 38.2%  are vaccinated and boosted and for those over 65, 56.1% are fully vaccinated and boosted.

 

Omicron is now the predominant variant in Oregon and likely in Douglas County.  For previous variants, prior infection provided good (approximately 85%) protection from infection, and we previously included that number in the number unlikely to get re-infected.  Unfortunately, with Omicron, previous infection with Alpha or Delta seems to provide less than 20% protection.  The primary series of vaccination provides some protection (35%) and protection for a boosted individual climbs to 55 to 80% against acquiring the disease and further protection against hospitalization.  Thus, only about 43% of people in Douglas County have good levels of protection against Omicron, and thus we might expect to see a large number of Omicron cases. 

 

It is not too late to get a COVID vaccine.  We encourage everyone to get your initial series, and if eligible, get a booster.  If you had a previous infection, a dose of the mRNA vaccine will increase your immunity.  The OHA vaccine clinic located in the parking lot at the corner of Fowler Street and Diamond Lake Blvd. (across from the Roseburg Public Library) is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

 

HOME ANTIGEN TESTS MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE AND YOU CAN NOW ORDER YOUR FREE AT-⁠HOME COVID-⁠19 TESTS

Home antigen tests are now more widely available. Home antigen tests are being sold in local stores and on the web, and soon the state of Oregon and the federal government will be delivering home tests. 

 

HOME TESTS are ideal in the following situations:

  1. I am mildly ill with symptoms that could be COVID-related, but I do not need medical care.  In this case, the recommendation is to stay home and if symptoms are still there the next day, do a home test.  (Tests on the first day of symptoms may not show an infection).  If the test is negative, repeat the test in 2 days. If the test is positive, you almost certainly have COVID and should isolate for at least 5 days after the start of your symptoms. 
  2. I was directly exposed to someone who had COVID or might have had COVID.  In this case, the recommendation is to stay home for five days after the last exposure and test yourself on the 5th day.  If that test is negative, you can be pretty confident that you did not get COVID from your contact.
  3. I have no symptoms and am not a contact, but really want to know if I have COVID before visiting my sick grandmother. Home tests are not perfect in this situation, but a negative test is somewhat reassuring and a positive test means you should not definitely NOT visit.

 

We understand that many stores and some websites are currently out of tests. We are also getting reports of fraudulent tests being marketed nationwide, if you would like to check and see if your home test is FDA approved, please follow this link and look it up. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-emergency-use-authorizations-medical-devices/in-vitro-diagnostics-euas-antigen-diagnostic-tests-sars-cov-2

 

Tests from the state are scheduled to arrive soon. These tests will be distributed through our rural fire stations.   You may receive up to four tests per household. There is no charge for these tests. Additionally, the United States government recently set up a program for U.S. households to order free at-home testing kits  Residential households in the United States are eligible to order one set of 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 testing kits. Here’s what you need to know about your order:

  • The tests are completely free. 
  • Limit of one order per residential address.
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests.
  • The free tests are available online through the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January.

Simply fill out the online form with your contact and shipping information to order your tests. Log onto special.usps.com/testkits to order your at-home tests kits.  Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.  log onto www.covidtests.gov for more information. If you need a COVID-⁠19 test now, please check out other local testing resources for free testing locations in Douglas County below.

 

AVIVA HEALTH STANDS UP TEMPORARY OMICRON SURGE CALL CENTER IN NEW DOWNTOWN ROSEBURG LOCATION

Shared from Aviva Health.  Aviva Health is using donated downtown Roseburg commercial space as part of its omicron response effort, marking the organization’s return to the area where it first opened its doors in 1992.  While clinical care delivery is the long-term goal for the location, beginning today the building will house a temporary emergency call center to address community case-management needs during the COVID-19 omicron surge.  The building, located at 1128 S.E. Stephens Street, was donated to Aviva Health by Ron and Shirley Northcraft, longtime Roseburg residents who want the property to benefit underserved residents in the area.

 

The community has supported my wife and I for our entire careers,” Mr. Northcraft says. “To be able to give back and have it utilized is a good feeling for us.”

 

KC Bolton, CEO of Aviva Health, says the new clinic is perfectly located to serve individuals who currently lack access to reliable, high-quality health care. “We are deeply humbled by the generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Northcraft. It’s a physical and literal representation of returning to our downtown Roseburg origins,” Bolton says. “This new building allows us to once again provide essential services to our underserved community who reside downtown and may have transportation challenges, removing a significant barrier many people face.”  But before medical care is offered, omicron case-management services are the priority. “Like the delta surge, one of our priorities is to protect hospital emergency department and inpatient capacity, so establishing case-management services to effectively link COVID-19 patients to appropriate sources of outpatient care is a priority of ours.”

 

Aviva Health is also considering relaunching its Acute Care Clinic, last activated during the delta surge, for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 in dedicated space that limits interaction with well patients.  While Aviva Health providers will continue to see patients in-clinic, telehealth services are available for individuals whose care needs can be addressed remotely. As it has for several months, Aviva Health continues to offer COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters as well as testing services. Appointments are required. Online vaccination and booster self-scheduling is available here. Individuals can self-schedule a testing appointment online by clicking this link.  Helpful Omicron FAQs are available on the Aviva Health website.

 

REMINDER: DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE HAS MOVED TO A WEEKLY PUBLICATION

As a reminder, as of Wednesday, December 1, 2021, we shifted to a weekly release for our Douglas County COVID-19 Update.  But, our team will continue to post our COVID-19 Seven Day Case Update Chart, as well as our updated information list of Local COVID-19 Resources to the county website (www.co.douglas.or.uson weekdays (except for holidays and observed holidays). 

   

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

The Federal and State Governments, and their agencies are the ones that set policy, issue mandates and provide the guidelines for a state of emergency like the current COVID pandemic. For information log onto U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  If you have questions about the current guidelines, mandates or the recommendations, please contact them directly for more information. OHA posts their daily updates at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or the Governor’s mandates.

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 LOCAL ONLINE ACCESS TO UPDATES: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

 

📝 FREE LOCAL E-NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTION: You can also sign up for the free Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the update to our subscription base. Log onto: www.co.douglas.or.us

 

📞 DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 HOTLINE (541) 464-6550: Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN continue to offer a local resource hotline for Douglas County residents for COVID-19. The hotline provides answers to frequently asked questions, basic COVID information and referrals to local resources and services. Our local hotline number is (541) 464-6550 and is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week. 

 

🔍 DPHN VACCINE INFORMATION: Want more information on the vaccines? Log onto: http://DougCoVaccine.com.

 

💉OHA OFFERING FREE DRIVE THRU VACCINE CLINIC IN ROSEBURG:  OHA is currently hosting a free drive-thru vaccination and booster clinic at 1530 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., at the corner of NE Fowler Street and Diamond Lake Blvd., adjacent to the Roseburg Public Library in downtown Roseburg.  They will be offering all three vaccines, boosters and pediatric doses.  They are open every day 10:00 am – 5:00 pm until further notice.  No appointment is necessary.  If you have questions about the clinic, please contact OHA directly at (971) 673-1222 or (971) 599-0496 or log onto: www.oregon.gov/OHA.

🔍 DPHN COVID-19 INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for locally produced informational videos about COVID-19, featuring Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Dougals County Public Health Officer.

 

👩‍⚕️ AVIVA HEALTH:  UPDATED 1-19-22

TESTING: Due to COVID-19 case surges and decreased availability of testing supplies, Aviva Health is following the current OHA guidelines to prioritize testing for people who need it. We are temporary suspending testing for non-medically necessary reasons, such as travel and other leisure activities. Please consult your PCP or call (541) 492-2067 if you have any questions.

 

Aviva Health continues to offer vaccinations and boosters to eligible people at our Vaccination Clinic located at 4221 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg. Appointments are required and can be self-scheduled online by visiting: https://consumer.scheduling.athena.io/?locationId=17792-24&practitionerId=17792-121.

 

COVID VACCINE**:ALL vaccinations are by appointment only Aviva Health continues to offer free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination services to patients and non-patients, by appointment only. Patients must be Douglas County residents.  Residents may schedule a vaccine appointment by calling (541) 492-2067.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis, by appointment only at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. 

COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINES**: ALL vaccinations are by appointment only Aviva Health is now offering the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 boosters to certain groups of people, by appointment only, at its vaccination clinic located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  Please call (541) 492-2067 to schedule your booster appointment.  For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/

 

🏥 LOWER UMPQUA HOSPITAL DISTRICT: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

👨‍⚕️👨‍⚕️👨‍⚕️ COW CREEK HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER: UPDATED 1-03-22 

VACCINATIONS:**  For all general community members who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, including booster and primary dose series, Cow Creek Public Health offers drive thru vaccinations (no appointment required) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg, across from the Tribal Government office. Last vaccine is administered at 12:45 pm. Mondays and Wednesdays are reserved for Moderna primary dose series and boosters. CCPH has paused administering Johnson & Johnson vaccines due to CDC guidance recommending MRNA vaccines. Fridays are reserved for pediatric Pfizer patients ages 5-11. At this time, we advise community members 12 and older who would like a Pfizer vaccine to find a community provider or pharmacy with that vaccine. At the time of vaccination, all individuals will be required to sign a consent form. Due to staff limitations, CCPH is unable to vaccinate anyone with severe medical risks (such as history of heart attacks, epilepsy, previous allergic reactions to vaccines, etc.). It is recommended those individuals receive their vaccination in the presence of a primary care physician. For vaccine related questions or general inquiries please call (541) 677-5535.

 

TESTING: REMINDER: Cow Creek Health and Wellness Centers are no longer offering free community testing. Testing is available by appointment only for Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center patients, Tribal Members, employees of Cow Creek Government Offices and affiliated businesses at the new Roseburg Clinic at 2589 NW Edenbower Blvd. 

 

🏥 ROSEBURG VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

 

👵 DOUGLAS COUNTY SENIOR SERVICES can help seniors with questions, locating testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

**Please note for residents under the age of 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Douglas County Public Information Officer & Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Phone: (541) 670-2804 | Cell: (541) 957-4896 | Email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network | Cell: (541) 817-6552 | Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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1-14-22 Commissioner Freeman Talks About the Role of Government with Project Leadership (Photo) - 01/14/22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2022

 

Commissioner Freeman Talks About the Role of Government with Project Leadership 

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman was a featured panelist and host for this month’s Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Project Leadership workshop on the Role of Government.  The full-day educational workshop for members of the 2022 Project Leadership program was held at the Douglas County Courthouse on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Commissioner Freeman was joined by Roseburg City Councilor Shelley Briggs-Loosley and State Representative Christine Goodwin, who spoke about how various levels of government function in Douglas County. The Role of Government workshop is one of nine full-day workshops integrated into a curriculum sponsored by the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Commissioner Freeman provided an overview of the role County Commissioners play as elected administrators of the County.  The three County Commissioners govern as the head of the executive branch, as the legislative branch and in the very narrow scope of land use, as the judicial branch (quasi-judicial) for Douglas County.  Freeman noted that this kind of governance efficiently allows for “zero disconnect” when administering the business of the County. Participants learned that Douglas County government effectively serves 112,000 citizens as a large organization operating with over 500 employees working in over 25 departments under the administration of Commissioner Tim Freeman, Commissioner Tom Kress, and Commissioner Chris Boice, and along with the other 9 Douglas County elected officials.

            

Panelists Shelley Briggs-Loosley represented the City of Roseburg on the panel, while State Representative Christine Goodwin, a former Douglas County Commissioner, shared how her work at the state level is impacting Douglas County citizens. 

            

Roseburg Chamber’s Project Leadership is a valuable program that helps the participants understand how many aspects of our community work,” said Commissioner Freeman. “This specific workshop on the role of government is valuable to attendees because it is an opportunity for elected officials to engage with and show how all levels of government are working together to serve the citizens of Douglas County. It seems that disagreements are what typically get more media attention, but in all actuality, we are spending almost all of our time and resources working together to make Douglas County a great place to live, work and play.”

 

Project Leadership is a nine-month program sponsored by the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce designed to strengthen and educate community-minded business leaders to serve in volunteer leadership positions throughout Douglas County. Since 1989, the mission of the program is to educate, inspire, and strengthen participants through comprehensive awareness of the many facets of Douglas County. Many of today’s respected Douglas County business and civic leaders are graduates of this esteemed program that fosters dedication to our community, as they learn about opportunities for involvement, to help create a more vibrant future for Douglas County. Project Leadership Roseburg requires a two-year commitment that challenges its participants to become more involved in local politics, the Roseburg Chamber of Commerce, civic organizations, and our community. For more information or to download an application for the program, visit www.roseburgchamber.com

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Contact Tamara Howell, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Public Information Officer | Office: (541) 957-4896 office | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

 

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1-14-22 Douglas County Honors Louise Christensen (Photo) - 01/14/22

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2022

 

Douglas County Honors Louise Christensen

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) – They call her the “Queen of the Kitchen”, and at 93, it is a title that has been well-earned by Douglas County Senior Dining Site Volunteer, Louise Christensen.  For the last 19 years, she has faithfully volunteered at the senior dining site in Sutherlin; preparing, packaging and serving meals for seniors in her community. On Thursday, January 13, 2022, Douglas County Senior Services Food Coordinator, Darla Hilburn presented Louise with a 19-year service award, and extended a sincere appreciation on behalf of the County and our Board of Commissioners for her outstanding service to our senior meals program. 

 

Words cannot even begin to express my sincere gratitude for all the work our senior volunteers provide at our Senior Dining Sites, and to be able to say thank you to volunteers that dedicate nearly two decades of service is beyond measure. Thank you, Louise, for all you do for our most precious residents.  It is my honor to recognize your 19-years of service!” commented Commissioner Tom Kress

 

Louise has performed nearly every volunteer job available at the Sutherlin dining site, and says that her volunteer work gets her out of bed and keeps her busy.  Louise moved to Sutherlin in 2003, and immediately began giving back to her community by volunteering her time at the Sutherlin senior dining site, and over the years has also volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul and St. Francis Catholic Church in Sutherlin.  Prior to becoming a Douglas County resident, she spent a career working as a grader, building wooden produce slats at a production company in Gold Beach, Oregon. 

 

My favorite memories at our dining site over the years are all the wonderful parades we hosted.  Our staff would dress up in costumes then parade and dance through the hall celebrating birthdays, Easter, Christmas and all the holidays with our guests,” stated Louise Christensen. 

 

The Sutherlin Senior Dining Site has 12 volunteers and prepares about 100 meals per day on Tuesdays and Thursdays for both the curbside pick-up service and the Meals on Wheels delivery service.  They also prepare another 50 meals on Fridays for the curbside pick-up service.  The Sutherlin Senior Dining Site Volunteer Coordinator, Victoria Kietzman calls Louise, “an amazing person”.  Remarking that, “She is 93, and she is always smiling and incredibly agile in the kitchen. Louise has the uncanny ability to take one look at the containers of prepared food and tell us exactly how many servings we will be able to get out of each container.  We are so thankful to have her here with us.” 

 

Douglas County Senior Services operates seven senior dining sites in rural Douglas County in Glendale, Glide, Riddle, Reedsport, Sutherlin, Winston and Yoncalla. They provide about 73,000 meals a year to seniors in Douglas county.  For more information about our Douglas County Senior Dining sites, Meals on Wheels programs or to volunteer, contact Douglas County Senior Services at (541) 440-3677.  Volunteers truly are the heart and soul of many local organizations, and the invaluable services they selflessly provide to our residents are a vital resource for those they serve.  We encourage all of our residents to look for ways to give back to our communities by volunteering your time or talents to a local group or organization. 

 

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Contact: Tamara Howell, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Public Information Officer | Office: (541) 957-4896 office | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

 

(Photos Attached)

Attached Media Files: Victoria and Louise , Louise and Darla
Proclamation
Proclamation
1-13-2022 Douglas County Commissioners Issue Proclamation For Human Trafficking Prevention Month (Photo) - 01/13/22

Douglas County Board of Commissioners

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2022

 

Douglas County Commissioners Issue Proclamation

For Human Trafficking Prevention Month - January 2022

 

(Dougals County, Ore.) – Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman, Commissioner Chris Boice and Commissioner Tom Kress issued a proclamation in honor of Human Trafficking Prevention Month during the Weekly Business Meeting on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.   The proclamation was issued in order to bring about awareness that human trafficking is a modern form of slavery, and to support the efforts of local agencies who work tirelessly to provide prevention education; local trainings for first responders, law enforcement and medical students; victims assistance programs; legislative advocacy and help to address and facilitate the complex needs of local survivors.

 

Douglas County Commissioners encourage all citizens to know, recognize and understand the key indicators that could potentially save a life from human trafficking, and work together to protect those that are most vulnerable from being kidnapped and forced into this illegal trade.

 

Commissioner Chris Boice read the proclamation and then presented certificates of appreciation to members of the Douglas County Human Trafficking Task Force, including: 

  • Marion Pearson, Coordinator, Douglas County Human Trafficking Task Force, Up2UsNow Child Abuse Prevention Coalition, Mercy Foundation
  • Sarah Wickersham, Director of Douglas CARES
  • Nicole Rodriguez. Director of Sexual Assault Services at Peace at Home
  • Juliana Marez, McKinney Vento Liaison for Roseburg School District
  • Grace Farenbaugh, President, Zonta Club of Roseburg          

 

Of all the proclamations that we present here during our Commissioner’s Meetings, this one has to be one of the most important.  I cannot stress enough the importance of the message we are presenting here today.  Human trafficking is a very real issue facing and affecting our citizens, especially our youth.  I am extremely honored to thank and highlight the incredible work the representatives from our local task force are doing to combat this issue in our County.  Thank you for all that you do!”, stated Commissioner Chris Boice. 

 

The Douglas County Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of over 15 partners and is dedicated to educating our county on how trafficking occurs, the red flags and indicators, risk factors and resources for human trafficking.

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Contact Tamara Howell, Douglas County Public Affairs Office

Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Public Information Officer

Office: (541) 957-4896 office | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

 

(Proclamation and Photos Attached)

Application
Application
1-12-22 Applicants Needed for the Douglas County Dog Advisory Control Board (Photo) - 01/12/22

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

January 12, 2022

 

Applicants Needed for the Douglas County Dog Advisory Control Board

(Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners are accepting applications for a volunteer position on the Douglas County Dog Advisory Control Board.  The Dog Advisory Control Board is a volunteer board working with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office – Animal Control Division. 

 

Currently, they are recruiting for the following position: 

  • 1 Position: Applicant must be directly or indirectly involved with the livestock industry.

 

The Douglas County Dog Advisory Control Board was created to serve as a volunteer advisory body with the authority to assist and advise the Board of Commissioners, as well as the Sheriff’s Office. Meetings are held quarterly in March, June, September & December.  The Dog Advisory Control Board shall have the authority and duty to:

  • Serve as an advisory board to the Sheriff regarding the appointment or removal of the supervisor.
  • Review and recommend enactment of policies and rules for the operation of the agency.
  • Review and make recommendations on the annual budget of the department as prepared by the supervisor for submission to the Board of Commissioners and the Budget Committee.
  • Hear all claims by owners of livestock under ORS 609.170 through 609.190.

 

Citizens residing in Douglas County who possess the specified qualifications and are interested in serving on this board, are urged to submit an application to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Applications are available online at www.co.douglas.or.us, or in-person at the Board of Commissioners’ Office, located in Room 217 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, or by calling at (541) 440-4201.  Applications are being accepted until position is filled.  If you have any questions about the Dog Advisory Control Board contact Lt. Brad O’Dell with the Sheriff’s Office at (541) 440-4464 or log onto: https://www.dcso.com/173/Dog-Advisory-Control-Board.

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Douglas County Public Affairs Office

Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Public Information Officer

Office: (541) 957-4896 office | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

Attached Media Files: Application
DC BOC C19 Update
DC BOC C19 Update
Douglas County COVID-19 Weekly Update #664 - January 12, 2022 (Photo) - 01/12/22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2022

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #664

WEEKLY RECAP – THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2022 - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2022

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases* Reported for the Week

Total Number of People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results Reported for the Week

Total Number of New Presumptives Reported for the Week

Total Number of COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported for the Week

517

492

25

2

*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County for the week, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives for the previous week. 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 – Seven Day Case Update Chart†

Date

Thursday,

January 6, 2022

Friday,

January 7, 2022

Saturday,

January 8, 2022

Sunday,

January 9, 2022

Monday,

January 10, 2022

Tuesday,

January 11, 2022

Wednesday,

January 12, 2022

Total COVID-19 Cases to Date

14,640

14,737

14,826

14,857

14,873

14,952

15,157

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

14,069

14,164

14,245

14,270

14,284

14,357

14,561

Presumptives

571

573

581

587

589

595

596

Total Currently Hospitalized

20

19

21

21

23

23

24

Total Hospitalized Patients NOT Fully Vaccinated

17 of the 20

16 of the 19

17 of the 21

17 of the 21

18 of the 23

19 of the 23

19 of the 24

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

317

317

317

317

317

318

319

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

†Our COVID case update chart includes the total number of cases reported in Douglas County since the beginning of the pandemic in our county on March 8, 2020. The chart illustrates the combination of residents with positive test results and confirmed presumptives, as well as the breakout of each of those. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted in our over-all total. We follow the CDC definition for fully vaccinated, which states that a fully vaccinated person is someone who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose.  

 

REMINDER: THE OMICRON VARIANT AND PREVENTION MEASURES

The Omicron COVID variant continues to spread rapidly around the world, in the United States and now in Oregon. While we have seen new daily cases creeping upwards of 100 a day, but, sadly today for the first time since August 2021, we reported over 200 new COVID cases in a single day, and are reporting over 500 new COVID cases for the last seven days (week). We are definitely in our next surge of COVID.  As we mentioned before, if there is any good news, it is that the peak of the Omicron cases in other parts of the world were short lived.  There were fewer hospitalizations than with the Delta variant, most of those infected did not require medical care and deaths were less than with previous waves. Lastly, additional good news is that the primary series of vaccinations provided good protection against hospitalization or severe disease, and that a primary series followed by a booster provided excellent (75%) protection against hospitalization or severe disease. A good reminder that it is not too late to get your vaccine.  Our public health professionals at DPHN are prepared for surge protocol and while the next few weeks will likely be very difficult, the they are in a good position to weather the surge storm. 

 

Reminders:

Vaccine and Booster Availability is High. The COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses are readily available around the county.  Check with your health care provider, AVIVA Health, Umpqua Health, Lower Umpqua Hospital, local pharmacies, Cow Creek Public Health, Roseburg VA or attend a local drive-thru clinic.   

  1. Local COVID Hotline Still Active and Available. Our local COVID-19 hotline at (541) 464-6550 has been in operation since March of 2020.  They are ready and available to help answer your COVID-19 related questions about vaccine availability, how to isolate or quarantine, provide referrals for care and when/where to get tested.  The hotline is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Just a reminder that the hotline does not provide medical advice.  If you need medical attention or advice, please contact your health care provider or a local urgent care facility.
  2. DPHN’s EPI-Team is Still on the Job. As they have since the beginning, DPHN will continue to conduct local case investigations; provide case management and education; offer support services to isolated cases and maintain their tracking and reporting systems.
  3. Please Help to Protect our Emergency Systems. Please do not call 911 or a hospital to ask COVID-19 questions. We need our emergency systems to continue to function and be available for those that need it most.  If you are not seriously ill, but need medical advice or want testing, please contact your health care provider. If you don’t have a provider, please call our local COVID Hotline and they will try to help connect you with a provider.

 

What can you and your family do to try and stay healthy?

Our team continues encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services, economy and neighbors, to make the best decision for yourself and your family in order protect those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus disease.  We have provided education on implementing the widely proven and age-old safety measures to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza.  Our team encourages you to access your risk and comfort level, and make the best choice for you.

 

  1. Please stay home from work, school, shopping or running errands if you are sick.
  2. Please consider getting vaccinated, if you have not got the shot yet.  Get the booster dose too!
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  5. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  6. Consider wearing a face covering when you are around those not from your immediate household or when you are in indoor settings.
  7. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  8. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  9. Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough due to an illness.
  10. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  11. Delay or limit travel to COVID hot spots or highly populated areas.
  12. Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY HOSPITALIZED PATIENT UPDATE

As of Today, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, there are TWENTY-FOUR (24) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eighteen locally and six out-of-the-area. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally, this last week they averaged 3 COVID-19 positive patients a day in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 5 COVID-19 positive patients a day in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). This last week an average of 11% of their total hospitalized patients were COVID positive. Of our hospitalized patients today, NINETEEN (19) of the 24 patients are not fully vaccinated. 

 

NEWLY REPORTED COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Douglas County Public Health has confirmed the deaths of more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our team confirms and then reports all COVID-19 related deaths in the order that they are received.  Our three hundred and eighteenth COVID-19 related death was a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 and passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022.  He was fully vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, and as our ethical responsibility to follow all medical laws, no additional information will be released. Douglas County Public Health officials thoroughly scrutinize and investigate all deaths, and review all medical records to make sure that everyone we report has met the requirements for a COVID related death, as per the Oregon Disease Investigative Guidelines for COVID-19.  Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and our COVID-19 Communications 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. 

 

NOTIFICATION OF DELAYED COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Douglas County Public Health has been receiving delayed reports of COVID-19 related deaths of Douglas County residents from Oregon Vital Records, hospice/long-term care facilities and out-of-state institutions.  Our team confirms and then reports all COVID-19 related deaths in the order that they are received.  Our three hundred and nineteenth COVID-19 related death was a 76-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 and passed away on Friday, December 10, 2021. She was fully vaccinated. DPHN was notified by the long-term care facility/hospice on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, and as our ethical responsibility to follow all medical laws, no additional information will be released.  Douglas County Public Health officials thoroughly scrutinize and investigate all deaths, and review all medical records to make sure that everyone we report has met the requirements for a COVID related death, as per the Oregon Disease Investigative Guidelines for COVID-19.  Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and our COVID-19 Communications 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. 

 

SPECIAL NOTICE: AMERICAN RED CROSS NEEDS YOUR HELP – DONATE BLOOD TODAY!

Shared from the American Red Cross.  The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. Click here to watch the video: Blood Supply Shortage: Donate Blood Now that was recently created.  Blood product distributions are outpacing donations. At times, as much as one-quarter of hospital blood needs are not being met.  

 

Why is this happening? The pandemic has hit the Red Cross, which supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood, very hard. 

  • Since COVID began, we have seen about a 10% decline in the number of people giving blood. 
  • At schools and colleges, we’ve seen a 62% drop in blood drives since the start of the pandemic. 
  • It’s also caused ongoing blood drive cancellations and staffing limitations. 
  • The current surge in COVID-19 cases may compound the already dire situation.   
  • This is truly a crisis. Doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. 
  • Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.  
  • Use the Blood Donor App, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your blood or platelet donation appointment.   
  • In recent weeks, the Red Cross has had less than a 1-day supply of critical blood types. 
  • Check out this article on their website for more information:  https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/red-cross-national-blood-shortage-crisis.html

 

REMINDER: DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE HAS MOVED TO A WEEKLY PUBLICATION

As a reminder, as of Wednesday, December 1, 2021, our team shifted to a weekly release for our Douglas County COVID-19 Update.  However, our team will continue to post our COVID-19 Seven Day Case Update Chart, as well as our updated information list of Local COVID-19 Resources to the county website (www.co.douglas.or.us) on weekdays (except for holidays and observed holidays).   Please note that we will not be posting the COVID-19 Seven Day Case Update Chart or the Local COVID-19 Resources pages to our website on Monday, January 17, 2022, as staff will be observing the Martin Luther King., Jr. Day holiday. 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

The Federal and State Governments, and their agencies are the ones that set policy, issue mandates and provide the guidelines for a state of emergency like the current COVID pandemic. For information log onto U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  If you have questions about the current guidelines, mandates or the recommendations, please contact them directly for more information. OHA posts their daily updates at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or the Governor’s mandates.  

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 LOCAL ONLINE ACCESS TO UPDATES: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

 

📝 FREE LOCAL E-NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTION: You can also sign up for the free Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the update to our subscription base. Log onto: www.co.douglas.or.us

 

📞 DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 HOTLINE (541) 464-6550: Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN continue to offer a local resource hotline for Douglas County residents for COVID-19. The hotline provides answers to frequently asked questions, basic COVID information and referrals to local resources and services. Our local hotline number is (541) 464-6550 and is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week. 

🔍 DPHN VACCINE INFORMATION: Want more information on the vaccines? Log onto: http://DougCoVaccine.com.

 

💉OHA OFFERING FREE DRIVE THRU VACCINE CLINIC IN ROSEBURG:  OHA is currently hosting a free drive-thru vaccination and booster clinic at 1530 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., at the corner of NE Fowler Street and Diamond Lake Blvd., adjacent to the Roseburg Public Library in downtown Roseburg.  They will be offering all three vaccines, boosters and pediatric doses.  They are open every day 10:00 am – 5:00 pm until further notice.  No appointment is necessary.  If you have questions about the clinic, please contact OHA directly at (971) 673-1222 or (971) 599-0496 or log onto: www.oregon.gov/OHA.

 

 

🔍 DPHN COVID-19 INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for locally produced informational videos about COVID-19, featuring Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Dougals County Public Health Officer.

 

👩‍⚕️ AVIVA HEALTH:  UPDATED 11-03-21

COVID-19 LEISURE TESTING**: ALL testing is by appointment only Aviva Health offers fee-based leisure COVID-19 testing, by appointment only, at its drive-through testing clinic located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A, in Roseburg, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm to individuals who require a negative test for travel, public events such as college football games, return to work, and other non-medically necessary purposes.  Rapid BINAX tests are $60, and PCR tests are $35. COVID-19 Symptomatic Testing: They continue to offer no- and low-cost COVID-19 testing for residents, by appointment only, who are symptomatic by billing their insurance or for uninsured individuals charging on an income-based, sliding-fee scale. Residents may schedule a testing appointment by calling (541) 492-2067

COVID VACCINE**:ALL vaccinations are by appointment only Aviva Health continues to offer free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination services to patients and non-patients, by appointment only. Patients must be Douglas County residents.  Residents may schedule a vaccine appointment by calling (541) 492-2067.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis, by appointment only at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. 

COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINES**: ALL vaccinations are by appointment only Aviva Health is now offering the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 boosters to certain groups of people, by appointment only, at its vaccination clinic located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  Please call (541) 492-2067 to schedule your booster appointment.  For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/

 

🏥 LOWER UMPQUA HOSPITAL DISTRICT: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

👨‍⚕️👨‍⚕️👨‍⚕️ COW CREEK HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER: UPDATED 1-03-22 

VACCINATIONS:**  For all general community members who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, including booster and primary dose series, Cow Creek Public Health offers drive thru vaccinations (no appointment required) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg, across from the Tribal Government office. Last vaccine is administered at 12:45 pm. Mondays and Wednesdays are reserved for Moderna primary dose series and boosters. CCPH has paused administering Johnson & Johnson vaccines due to CDC guidance recommending MRNA vaccines. Fridays are reserved for pediatric Pfizer patients ages 5-11. At this time, we advise community members 12 and older who would like a Pfizer vaccine to find a community provider or pharmacy with that vaccine. At the time of vaccination, all individuals will be required to sign a consent form. Due to staff limitations, CCPH is unable to vaccinate anyone with severe medical risks (such as history of heart attacks, epilepsy, previous allergic reactions to vaccines, etc.). It is recommended those individuals receive their vaccination in the presence of a primary care physician. For vaccine related questions or general inquiries please call (541) 677-5535.

 

TESTING: REMINDER: Cow Creek Health and Wellness Centers are no longer offering free community testing. Testing is available by appointment only for Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center patients, Tribal Members, employees of Cow Creek Government Offices and affiliated businesses at the new Roseburg Clinic at 2589 NW Edenbower Blvd. 

 

🏥 ROSEBURG VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

 

👵 DOUGLAS COUNTY SENIOR SERVICES can help seniors with questions, locating testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

**Please note for residents under the age of 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Douglas County Public Information Officer & Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Phone: (541) 670-2804 | Cell: (541) 957-4896 | Email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network | Cell: (541) 817-6552 | Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: DC BOC C19 Update
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1-11-2022 Notice of Holiday Closure - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Photo) - 01/11/22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

January 11, 2022

 

*** NOTICE OF HOLIDAY CLOSURE ***

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 17, 2022

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman, Commissioner Chris Boice and Commissioner Tom Kress would like to remind citizens that government offices in the Douglas County Courthouse, located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, as well as the Douglas County Justice Building, Douglas County Courthouse Annex (Reedsport), Douglas County Museum, Douglas County Landfill and Transfer Stations, Douglas County Fairgrounds and All External Douglas County Government Offices will be closed to the public on Monday, January 17, 2022, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

            As always, even when Douglas County government offices are closed, many officials and public employees are still working. 

 

Please note these exceptions: 

  • The Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum will be open on Monday, January 17, 2022, for normal business hours.   
  • All Douglas County operated parks, campgrounds and boat ramps will continue to be open and accessible to the public.  For reservation information at Douglas County operated campgrounds, please call (541) 957-7001 or online www.co.douglas.or.us/parks/.  As a reminder, the Douglas County Parks Office will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022. 
  • Even though the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office lobby entrance will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2021, our Sheriff’s Deputies, 911 communications and DCSO staff will continue to provide law enforcement protection and emergency assistance for our residents.  If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.  If you need to reach dispatch for a non-emergency, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at (541) 440-4471. 
  • The Douglas County Commissioners, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network will continue to work on the COVID-19 response regardless of the holiday. 

            

The Douglas County Commissioners understand that some of our holiday and memorial events will be decidedly different during the ongoing worldwide pandemic, but we hope you will join us in honoring this day, while continuing to make safe and healthy choices, and taking measures to protect those you love in order to keep Douglas County a wonderful place to live, work and play.

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Contact Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist (PIO)

(541) 670-2804 cell - (541) 957-4896 office - tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

Commissioner Freeman
Commissioner Freeman
1-07-2022 Commissioner Freeman Appointed to WIR and AOC Board of Directors (Photo) - 01/07/22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

January 7, 2022

 

Commissioner Freeman Appointed to WIR and AOC Board of Directors

 

(Douglas County, Ore) – Douglas County is excited to announce that Commissioner Tim Freeman has been appointed to one of only two seats from Oregon on the Western Interstate Region (WIR) Board of Directors, which is a subset of the National Association of Counties (NACo).  Additionally, Commissioner Freeman was appointed to the 2022 Association of Oregon Counties Board of Directors.  The appointments were announced this week by Gina Firman Nikkel, the Executive Director of AOC.

 

Leadership at the state, regional and national level comes with serious responsibility. This work includes testifying or speaking before state, regional and national legislative committees, conferences and meetings in order to advance AOC counties’ policy and issue priorities, especially during the next few months as the Legislature convenes for the 2022 Legislative Session.  This work will be in addition to and in concert with the work Commissioner Freeman does as a Douglas County Commissioners.

 

I am incredibly honored to be selected for the WIR Board of Directors.  I am thankful to have the support of the members of the AOC, who trust me in leading this crucially important work.” Freeman said. “Together with the leadership and staff at WIR/NACo and AOC, I will work hard to protect and advance the interests of rural Oregon counties at all levels of government.

 

The WIR is affiliated with the NACo and is dedicated to the promotion of Western States interests within NACo. These interests include public land issues (use and conservation), community stability and economic development, and the promotion of the traditional Western way of life. Its membership consists of fifteen Western states: Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California., Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming., Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota.  WIR exists to be the counties' advocate for public policy issues affecting the Western United States. For more information on the WIR and NACo, log onto: https://www.naco.org/.

 

            The AOC has been in existence for more than a century. AOC was formed in 1906 to share information and build consensus among Oregon counties. Since then, that original mission has expanded as counties’ responsibilities have grown more complex and complicated.  Their mission is to connect and strengthen Oregon’s 36 counties by developing and sharing solutions to county issues through advocacy, research, and leadership development. Additionally, the AOC Legislative Committee formulates public policies and legislative positions, including policies and positions on state or federal legislation, and directs the legislative activities of the executive director and AOC legislative affairs team. For more information on the AOC, log onto: https://oregoncounties.org/.

            

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Contact Tamara Howell, Douglas County Public Information Officer & Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Phone: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

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Douglas County COVID-19 Weekly Update #663 - January 5, 2022 (Photo) - 01/05/22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2022

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #663

WEEKLY RECAP – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2021 - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2022

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases* Reported for the Week

Total Number of People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results Reported for the Week

Total Number of New Presumptives Reported for the Week

Total Number of COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported for the Week

343

309

27

2

*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County for the week, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives for the previous week. 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 – Seven Day Case Update Chart†

Date

Thursday,

December 30, 2021

Friday,

December 31, 2021

Saturday,

January 1, 2022

Sunday,

January 2, 2022

Monday,

January 3, 2022

Tuesday,

January 4, 2022

Wednesday,

January 5, 2022

Total COVID-19 Cases to Date

14,277

14,330

14,358

14,378

14,390

14,443

14,558

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

13,741

13,791

13,819

13,839

13,851

13,893

14,000

Presumptives

536

539

539

539

539

550

558

Total Currently Hospitalized

13

14

14

14

14

12

17

Total Hospitalized Patients NOT Fully Vaccinated

11 of the 13

12 of the 14

12 of the 14

12 of the 14

12 of the 14

2 of the 12

15 of the 17

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

315

315

315

315

315

317

317

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

†Our COVID case update chart includes the total number of cases reported in Douglas County since the beginning of the pandemic in our county on March 8, 2020. The chart illustrates the combination of residents with positive test results and confirmed presumptives, as well as the breakout of each of those. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted in our over-all total. We follow the CDC definition for fully vaccinated, which states that a fully vaccinated person is someone who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose.  †† Please note that we subtracted one death from our report, as we were notified of a duplicate death.  See below for more information.

 

THE OMICRON VARIANT AND PREVENTION MEASURES

The Omicron COVID variant has spread rapidly around the world, starting in South Africa and has now spread quickly and widely to Europe and the East Coast.  New York is seeing its highest daily case count ever, with 3 times as many cases as any time before.  Oregon saw its first case of Omicron in mid-December and is now facing its biggest surge ever, with OHA reporting over 4500 cases on January 4, 2022. 

 

DPHN confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in Douglas County last week.  Douglas County may be a few days behind in this surge, but we expect to see a huge increase in cases over the next days or weeks, perhaps as many as 200 to 500 cases per day.  For January 4, 2022, DPHN confirmed over 100 new cases, our highest case count since September 2021.  If there is any good news, it is that the peak of the Omicron cases in South Africa was short lived.  They had fewer hospitalizations than with the Delta variant, most of those infected did not require medical care and deaths were less than with previous waves. Lastly, additional good news is that the primary series of vaccinations provided good protection against hospitalization or severe disease, and that a primary series followed by a booster provided excellent (75%) protection against hospitalization or severe disease. A good reminder that it is not too late to get your vaccine.  The public health professionals at DPHN have been preparing for a new surge for many weeks.  While the next 6 weeks will likely be very difficult, the staff at DPHN is in a good position to weather the storm. 

 

Here are a few things to keep in mind

  1. Vaccine and Booster Availability is High. The COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses are readily available around the county.  Check with your health care provider, AVIVA Health, Umpqua Health, Lower Umpqua Hospital, local pharmacies, Cow Creek Public Health, Roseburg VA or attend a local drive-thru clinic.   
  2. Local COVID Hotline Still Active and Available. Our local COVID-19 hotline at (541) 464-6550 has been in operation since March of 2020.  They are ready and available to help answer your COVID-19 related questions about vaccine availability, how to isolate or quarantine, provide referrals for care and when/where to get tested.  The hotline is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Just a reminder that the hotline does not provide medical advice.  If you need medical attention or advice, please contact your health care provider or a local urgent care facility. 
  3. DPHN’s EPI-Team is Still on the Job. As they have since the beginning, DPHN will continue to conduct local case investigations; provide case management and education; offer support services to isolated cases and maintain their tracking and reporting systems.
  4. Please Help to Protect our Emergency Systems. Please do not call 911 or a hospital to ask COVID-19 questions. We need our emergency systems to continue to function and be available for those that need it most.  If you are not seriously ill, but need medical advice or want testing, please contact your health care provider. If you don’t have a provider, please call our local COVID Hotline and they will try to help connect you with a provider. 

 

What can you and your family do to try and stay healthy?

Our team continues encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services, economy and neighbors, to make the best decision for yourself and your family in order protect those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus disease.  We have provided education on implementing the widely proven and age-old safety measures to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza.  Our team encourages you to access your risk and comfort level, and make the best choice for you.

 

  1. Please stay home from work, school, shopping or running errands if you are sick. 
  2. Please consider getting vaccinated, if you have not got the shot yet.  Get the booster dose too!
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  5. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  6. Consider wearing a face covering when you are around those not from your immediate household or when you are in indoor settings.
  7. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  8. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  9. Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough due to an illness.
  10. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  11. Delay or limit travel to COVID hot spots or highly populated areas.
  12. Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY HOSPITALIZED PATIENT UPDATE

As of Today, Wednesday, January 5, 2022, there are SEVENTEEN (17) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, thirteen locally and four out-of-the-area. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally, this last week they averaged 3 COVID-19 positive patients a day in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 3 COVID-19 positive patients a day in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). This last week an average of 8% of their total hospitalized patients were COVID positive. Of our hospitalized patients today, FIFTEEN (15) of the 17 patients are not fully vaccinated. 

 

NEWLY REPORTED COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Douglas County Public Health has confirmed the deaths of more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our team confirms and then reports all COVID-19 related deaths in the order that they are received.  Our three hundred and sixteenth COVID-19 related death was a 67-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, December 11, 2021 and passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022.  She was not vaccinated.  Our three hundred and seventeenth COVID-19 related death was an 83-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, November 15, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2022.  He was partially vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, and as our ethical responsibility to follow all medical laws, no additional information will be released.  Douglas County Public Health officials thoroughly scrutinize and investigate all deaths, and review all medical records to make sure that everyone we report has met the requirements for a COVID related death, as per the Oregon Disease Investigative Guidelines for COVID-19.  Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and our Douglas County COVID-19 Response 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. 

 

NOTIFICATION OF DELAYED COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Douglas County Public Health has been receiving delayed reports of COVID-19 related deaths of Douglas County residents from Oregon Vital Records, hospice/long-term care facilities and out-of-state institutions.  Our team confirms and then reports all COVID-19 related deaths in the order that they are received.  We do not have any delayed COVID-19 related deaths to report this week. 

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION WEEKLY UPDATE – WEEK ENDING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2021

Douglas County’s vaccine pace was a bit slow during the holiday week, with a total of 1,319 vaccines given.  Most of the doses given last week were booster doses (963), but we did have 202 new vaccines. We continue to compare and track our numbers using CDC’s vaccine data, as they more accurately represent our vaccination numbers.  The data includes the Federally administered doses given at the Roseburg VA, that Oregon’s ALERT System only recently started including in their reports.  Our current numbers are:

  • For those 18 years old and above in Douglas County who are fully vaccinated (as calculated by the CDC) we are at 60.4%. 
  • The percent of the ENTIRE population in Douglas County who are fully vaccinated (as calculated by the CDC) is 50.8%.

In addition, as with any outbreak, considering our local data of 14,390 total COVID-19 cases to date, national and historical statistics project that there are generally 2.1 times as many infections as reported cases.  So, locally it is predicted that Douglas County has had likely upwards of 30,219 residents infected with COVID-19, which equates to about 26.9% of our population with some natural immunity (note that some may have had both infection and vaccine).  This would suggest that about 72 to 78% of our population is now immune, either by vaccination, natural infection or both.  Unfortunately, that still leaves about 22 to 28% of our population susceptible, and widespread disease is still possible, although it is less likely that we will have the huge surges that we experienced recently. Widespread DELTA disease is still possible, although we are less likely to have the huge DELTA surges that we have seen recently. However, the emergence of the OMICRON variant and its arrival in Oregon and in Douglas County, the protections calculated above may differ.  The most recent data shows:

  • Protection afforded by previous infection is thought to be much less than with previous variants.  The first death due to Omicron was in an unvaccinated individual who previously survived COVID.
  • Protection by two doses of Moderna or Pfizer is about 35%, considerably less than with Delta variant.
  • Protection for those who have received an initial series and a booster is still robust (75%) in preventing hospitalizations or deaths. 

 

Thus, we strongly recommend that those who are not vaccinated get started and those who are eligible get a booster ASAP

 

REMINDER: DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE HAS MOVED TO A WEEKLY PUBLICATION

As a reminder, as of Wednesday, December 1, 2021, our team shifted to a weekly release for our Douglas County COVID-19 Update.  However, our team will continue to post our COVID-19 Seven Day Case Update Chart, as well as our updated information list of Local COVID-19 Resources to the county website (www.co.douglas.or.us) on weekdays (except for holidays and observed holidays). 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

The Federal and State Governments, and their agencies are the ones that set policy, issue mandates and provide the guidelines for a state of emergency like the current COVID pandemic. For information log onto U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  If you have questions about the current guidelines, mandates or the recommendations, please contact them directly for more information. OHA posts their daily updates at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or the Governor’s mandates. 

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 LOCAL ONLINE ACCESS TO UPDATES: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

 

📝 FREE LOCAL E-NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTION: You can also sign up for the free Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the update to our subscription base. Log onto: www.co.douglas.or.us

 

📞 DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 HOTLINE (541) 464-6550: Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN continue to offer a local resource hotline for Douglas County residents for COVID-19. The hotline provides answers to frequently asked questions, basic COVID information and referrals to local resources and services. Our local hotline number is (541) 464-6550 and is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week. 

 

🔍 DPHN VACCINE INFORMATION: Want more information on the vaccines? Log onto: http://DougCoVaccine.com.

 

🔍 DPHN COVID-19 INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for locally produced informational videos about COVID-19, featuring Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Dougals County Public Health Officer.

 

👩‍⚕️ AVIVA HEALTH:  UPDATED 11-03-21

COVID-19 LEISURE TESTING**: ALL testing is by appointment only Aviva Health offers fee-based leisure COVID-19 testing, by appointment only, at its drive-through testing clinic located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A, in Roseburg, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm to individuals who require a negative test for travel, public events such as college football games, return to work, and other non-medically necessary purposes.  Rapid BINAX tests are $60, and PCR tests are $35. COVID-19 Symptomatic Testing: They continue to offer no- and low-cost COVID-19 testing for residents, by appointment only, who are symptomatic by billing their insurance or for uninsured individuals charging on an income-based, sliding-fee scale. Residents may schedule a testing appointment by calling (541) 492-2067

COVID VACCINE**:ALL vaccinations are by appointment only Aviva Health continues to offer free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination services to patients and non-patients, by appointment only. Patients must be Douglas County residents.  Residents may schedule a vaccine appointment by calling (541) 492-2067.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis, by appointment only at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. 

COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINES**: ALL vaccinations are by appointment only Aviva Health is now offering the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 boosters to certain groups of people, by appointment only, at its vaccination clinic located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  Please call (541) 492-2067 to schedule your booster appointment.  For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/

 

🏥 LOWER UMPQUA HOSPITAL DISTRICT: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

👨‍⚕️👨‍⚕️👨‍⚕️ COW CREEK HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER: UPDATED 1-03-22 

VACCINATIONS:**  For all general community members who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, including booster and primary dose series, Cow Creek Public Health offers drive thru vaccinations (no appointment required) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg, across from the Tribal Government office. Last vaccine is administered at 12:45 pm. Mondays and Wednesdays are reserved for Moderna primary dose series and boosters. CCPH has paused administering Johnson & Johnson vaccines due to CDC guidance recommending MRNA vaccines. Fridays are reserved for pediatric Pfizer patients ages 5-11. At this time, we advise community members 12 and older who would like a Pfizer vaccine to find a community provider or pharmacy with that vaccine. At the time of vaccination, all individuals will be required to sign a consent form. Due to staff limitations, CCPH is unable to vaccinate anyone with severe medical risks (such as history of heart attacks, epilepsy, previous allergic reactions to vaccines, etc.). It is recommended those individuals receive their vaccination in the presence of a primary care physician. For vaccine related questions or general inquiries please call (541) 677-5535.

 

TESTING: REMINDER: Cow Creek Health and Wellness Centers are no longer offering free community testing. Testing is available by appointment only for Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center patients, Tribal Members, employees of Cow Creek Government Offices and affiliated businesses at the new Roseburg Clinic at 2589 NW Edenbower Blvd. 

 

🏥 ROSEBURG VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

 

👵 DOUGLAS COUNTY SENIOR SERVICES can help seniors with questions, locating testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

**Please note for residents under the age of 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Douglas County Public Information Officer & Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Phone: (541) 670-2804 | Cell: (541) 957-4896 | Email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network | Cell: (541) 817-6552 | Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Weekly Update #662 - December 29, 2021 (Photo) - 12/29/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #662

WEEKLY RECAP – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23 - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases* Reported for the Week

Total Number of People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results Reported for the Week

Total Number of New Presumptives Reported for the Week

Total Number of COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported for the Week

151

132

19

3

*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County for the week, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives for the previous week. 

 

REMINDER: DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE HAS MOVED TO A WEEKLY PUBLICATION

As a reminder, as of Wednesday, December 1, 2021, our team shifted to a weekly release for our Douglas County COVID-19 Update.  However, our team will continue to post our COVID-19 Seven Day Case Update Chart, as well as our updated information list of Local COVID-19 Resources to the county website (www.co.douglas.or.us) on weekdays (except for holidays and observed holidays).  Please note that our team will not be posting the COVID-19 Seven Day Case Update Chart or list of Local COVID-19 Resources on Friday, December 31, 2021, as that is an observed holiday for Douglas County.

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 – Seven Day Case Update Chart†

Date

Thursday,

December 23, 2021

Friday,

December 24, 2021

Saturday,

December 25, 2021

Sunday,

December 26, 2021

Monday,

December 27, 2021

Tuesday,

December 28, 2021

Wednesday,

December 29, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases to Date

14,095

14,125

14,134

14,136

14,143

14,175

14,215

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

13,581

13,610

13,619

13,621

13,628

13,658

13,684

Presumptives

514

515

515

515

515

517

531

Total Currently Hospitalized

23

20

20

20

20

14

14

Total Hospitalized Patients NOT Fully Vaccinated

18 of the 23

16 of the 20

16 of the 20

16 of the 20

16 of the 20

11 of the 14

12 of the 14

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

312

315

315

315

315

315

315

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

†Our COVID case update chart includes the total number of cases reported in Douglas County since the beginning of the pandemic in our county on March 8, 2020. The chart illustrates the combination of residents with positive test results and confirmed presumptives, as well as the breakout of each of those. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted in our over-all total. We follow the CDC definition for fully vaccinated, which states that a fully vaccinated person is someone who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose.  †† Please note that we subtracted one death from our report, as we were notified of a duplicate death.  See below for more information.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF OMICRON VARIANT

Yesterday, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN) confirmed that a recent case of COVID-19 among an individual from Douglas County was confirmed to be the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529).  The individual traveled internationally prior to symptom onset.  Genomic sequencing was conducted at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory in Hillsboro. This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron variant that has been detected in Douglas County.  The individual was fully vaccinated, had mild symptoms that have resolved, and isolated after testing positive. While the Omicron variant has been surging nationwide in the past few weeks, Oregon undoubtedly is following suit, although at a much slower pace. On December 13, 2021, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced the first three confirmed cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Oregon.  The first three cases were detected in Washington and Multnomah Counties.  DPHN would like to thank our partners at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory for providing valuable testing support.  Our team recommends that travelers quarantine themselves before and after any trip out of the area, especially if traveling out of state or internationally.  We continue to encourage individuals to follow the fundamental prevention measures; limiting gatherings, staying home when you are sick and wearing face coverings when indoors or in close contact with people not from your immediate household. Also, it is a good idea to bring rapid COVID tests with you while traveling. 

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY HOSPITALIZED PATIENT UPDATE

As of Today, Wednesday, December 29, 2021, there are FOURTEEN (14) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eleven locally and three out-of-the-area. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally, this last week they averaged 7 COVID-19 positive patients a day in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 3 COVID-19 positive patients a day in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).  This last week an average of 9% of their total hospitalized patients were COVID positive. Of our hospitalized patients today, TWELVE (12) of the 14 patients are not fully vaccinated. 

 

NEWLY REPORTED COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Douglas County Public Health has confirmed the deaths of more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our team confirms and then reports all COVID-19 related deaths in the order that they are received.  Our three hundred and thirteenth COVID-19 related death was a 69-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, November 11, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.  He was not vaccinated.  Our three hundred and fourteenth COVID-19 related death was a 38-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, December 18, 2021.  She was not vaccinated.  Our three hundred and fifteenth COVID-19 related death was a 62-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, December 16, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2021.  She was fully vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, and as our ethical responsibility to follow all medical laws, no additional information will be released. Douglas County Public Health officials thoroughly scrutinize and investigate all deaths, and review all medical records to make sure that everyone we report has met the requirements for a COVID related death, as per the Oregon Disease Investigative Guidelines for COVID-19.  Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and our Douglas County COVID-19 Response 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. 

 

NOTIFICATION OF DELAYED COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Douglas County Public Health has been receiving delayed reports of COVID-19 related deaths of Douglas County residents from Oregon Vital Records, hospice/long-term care facilities and out-of-state institutions.  Our team confirms and then reports all COVID-19 related deaths in the order that they are received.  We do not have any delayed COVID-19 related deaths to report this week. 

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION WEEKLY UPDATE – WEEK ENDING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2021

Douglas County’s vaccine pace slowed a bit last week with the holiday, with a total of 1632 vaccines given.  Most of the doses given last week were booster doses (1192), but we did have 278 new vaccines. We continue to compare and track our numbers using CDC’s vaccine data, as they more accurately represent our vaccination numbers.  The data includes the Federally administered doses given at the Roseburg VA, that Oregon’s ALERT System only recently started including in their reports.  Our current numbers are:

  • For those 18 years old and above in Douglas County who are fully vaccinated (as calculated by the CDC) we are at 60.4%. 
  • The percent of the ENTIRE population in Douglas County who are fully vaccinated (as calculated by the CDC) is 50.8%.

In addition, as with any outbreak, considering our local data of 14,175 total COVID-19 cases to date, national and historical statistics project that there are generally 2.1 times as many infections as reported cases.  So, locally it is predicted that Douglas County has had likely upwards of 29,768 residents infected with COVID-19, which equates to about 26.5% of our population with some natural immunity (note that some may have had both infection and vaccine).  This would suggest that about 71 to 77% of our population is now immune, either by vaccination, natural infection or both.  Unfortunately, that still leaves about 23 to 29% of our population susceptible, and widespread disease is still possible, although it is less likely that we will have the huge surges that we experienced recently. Widespread DELTA disease is still possible, although we are less likely to have the huge DELTA surges that we have seen recently. However, the emergence of the OMICRON variant and its arrival in Oregon and in Douglas County, the protections calculated above may differ.  The most recent data shows:

  • Protection afforded by previous infection is thought to be much less than with previous variants.  The first death due to Omicron was in an unvaccinated individual who previously survived COVID.
  • Protection by the J&J vaccine is very low.  This vaccine is no longer recommended.
  • Protection by two doses of Moderna or Pfizer is about 35%, considerably less than with Delta variant.
  • Protection for those who have received an initial series and a booster is still robust (75%) in preventing hospitalizations or deaths. 

 

Thus, we strongly recommend that those who are not vaccinated get started and those who are eligible get a booster ASAP

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

The Federal and State Governments, and their agencies are the ones that set policy, issue mandates and provide the guidelines for a state of emergency like the current COVID pandemic. For information log onto U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  If you have questions about the current guidelines, mandates or the recommendations, please contact them directly for more information. OHA posts their daily updates at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or the Governor’s mandates. 

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES