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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 16, 2021 - 01/16/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 16, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Saturday, January 16, 2021, there are SEVEN (7) people with new positive test results and THREE (3) to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,669*.  Currently, there are EIGHT (8) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, six locally and two out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Reminder: Vaccine Distribution to Local Public Health

The latest round of vaccines that we received this week have all been deployed to our approved local health care providers (vaccinators) in Douglas County.  They are quickly working to vaccinate the current identified list of ELIGIBLE Douglas County residents in accordance with the priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Right now, they are still working through the identified priority populations in the first group; which include health care workers, long term care workers, home care workers, EMS and first responders. (Click here Oregon's most up-to-date list of eligible residents).  To date, we have not received enough vaccines to move to the next phase or wave, or to hold a large community event. But, that does not mean that we are not prepared for a local vaccination event.  Our team is ready, able and willing to do an event, all we need is the vaccine. We ask for your continued patience, as we work through the maze of changes, logistic issues and limited vaccine distribution.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Tuesday,

January 12, 2021

Wednesday,

January 13, 2021

Thursday,

January 14, 2021

Friday,

January 15, 2021

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,596

1,622

1,636

1,659

1669

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,510

1,536

1,549

1,572

1579

Presumptive

86

86

87

87

90

Total Currently Hospitalized

9

8

11

11

8

Total Currently in Isolation

158

173

164

163

169

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

42

43

43

43

43

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed

to Local Public Health and Total

deployed to local vaccinators

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400/400

900/400

900/400

900/900

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. 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. We added a new line to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  Our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government in order to begin direct vaccinations to the first priority group. 

 

Reminder: COVID-19 Vaccine: High Demand and Low Supply

We know that you may have heard reports that the CDC and OHA are making changes to the vaccine eligibility guidelines, it does not mean that the vaccine is available for everyone that is eligible in Douglas County at this time.  We have NOT received new guidelines or rules on the changes yet, so we are continuing with the current prioritization levels until we receive those new rules and guidelines.  It is a supply and demand issue, that we have no control over.  While there is demand, and far more people that are eligible and want to get the vaccine, unfortunately the supply chain of vaccines has not caught up to the current demand for them.  We continue to submit requests to OHA daily for more vaccines to be sent to Douglas County, so we can move forward with vaccinations for everyone that is eligible.  Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it, and are working 24/7 to make that happen.  Rest assured, that when the new rules are finalized, and we start to receive more vaccines, we will begin to systematically offer them to additional eligible populations in an orderly, fair and equitable manner.  DPHN, through our Local Public Health Authority and Administrators, our Douglas County Board of Commissioners, have set up a new email address for questions about COVID-19 vaccines in Douglas County.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information we have, sign up vaccinators and volunteers, and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available. For answers to questions about vaccine eligibility, availability and volunteer opportunities, please email vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information in Oregon

Again it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccines eligibility or distribution.  We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  We understand that our residents have many questions, so do we.  Like you, we are patiently awaiting more vaccines and more information.  If you have questions or need more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon, check out the resources listed below.  In the meantime, we ask that you be patient and continue to follow the well documented recommendations for COVID health and safety. 

 

Please Continue to Protect You and Your Family

We will continue to encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from COVID-19 spread.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities in order to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 169 cases in isolation, as well as another 353 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 522 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Information in Oregon

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHA directly for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

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ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us   

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: DCCRT
MLK Day Closure
MLK Day Closure
01-15-2021 NOTICE OF HOLIDAY CLOSURE - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - 01/15/21

Douglas County Board of Commissioners

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 15, 2021

 

 

***NOTICE OF HOLIDAY CLOSURE***

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners 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, 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 18, 2021, 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. 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 COVID-19 Response Team, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Public Health Officer, DPHN staff, the DCCRT’s Joint Information Center staff and the Douglas County Commissioners will continue to work on the COVID-19 response regardless of the holiday.

           

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners understand that all of our holiday and memorial days will be decidedly different during this 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.

Attached Media Files: MLK Day Closure
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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 15, 2021 - 01/15/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 15, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Friday, January 15, 2021, there are TWENTY-THREE (23) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,659*.  Currently, there are ELEVEN (11) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eight locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Vaccine Distribution to Local Public Health

The latest round of available vaccines (500) that were sent to Local Public Health less than 48 hours ago, have been deployed to our approved local health care providers (vaccinators) in Douglas County.  They are quickly working to vaccinate the current identified list of ELIGIBLE Douglas County residents in accordance with the priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Right now, they are still working through the identified priority populations in the first group; which include health care workers, long term care workers, home care workers, EMS and first responders. (Click here Oregon's most up-to-date list of eligible residents).  To date, we have not received enough vaccines to move to the next phase or wave, or to hold a large community event. But, that does not mean that we are not prepared for a local vaccination event.  Our team is ready, able and willing to do an event, all we need is the vaccine.  So, we ask for your continued patience, as we work through the maze of changes, logistic issues and limited vaccine distribution.  

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Monday,

January 11, 2021

Tuesday,

January 12, 2021

Wednesday,

January 13, 2021

Thursday,

January 14, 2021

Today, Friday, January 15, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,575

1,596

1,622

1,636

1659

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,489

1,510

1,536

1,549

1572

Presumptive

86

86

86

87

87

Total Currently Hospitalized

8

9

8

11

11

Total Currently in Isolation

172

158

173

164

163

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

42

42

43

43

43

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed to Local Public Health and Total administered to eligible residents

---

---

400/400

900/400

900/400

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. 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. We added a new line to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have administered to eligible residents.  Our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government in order to begin direct vaccinations to the first priority group. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine: Low Supply vs High Demand

We wanted to let you know that even though you have heard reports that the CDC and OHA are making changes to the vaccine eligibility guidelines, it does not mean that the vaccine is available for everyone that is eligible in Douglas County at this time.  It is a supply and demand issue, that we have no control over.  While there is demand, and far more people that are eligible and want to get the vaccine, unfortunately the supply chain of vaccines has not caught up to the current demand for them.  We continue to submit requests to OHA daily for more vaccines to be sent to Douglas County, so we can move forward with vaccinations for everyone that is eligible.  

 

Additionally, as Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Official stated yesterday, “We do NOT have guidelines or rules on the changes yet, so we are continuing with the current prioritization levels until we receive those new rules and guidelines.  Our focus remains on our most vulnerable populations, including first responders, those who live in nursing homes and health care workers that serve vulnerable populations.  We want to distribute vaccine quickly, fairly and in a manner that prioritizes those who are most at risk for serious illness and death from COVID, especially our senior population.  But, we also recognize that eligibility for a vaccine, and availability of the vaccine, are not yet aligned.   We are working diligently with our state health partners to find a remedy for that.  If you want the vaccine, we want you to have it, and are working 24/7 to make that happen.

 

Rest assured, that when the new rules are finalized, and we start to receive more vaccines, we will begin to systematically offer them to additional eligible populations in an orderly, fair and equitable manner.  DPHN, through our Local Public Health Authority and Administrators, our Douglas County Board of Commissioners, have set up a new email address for questions about COVID-19 vaccines in Douglas County.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information we have, sign up vaccinators and volunteers, and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available. For answers to questions about vaccine eligibility, availability and volunteer opportunities, please email vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information in Oregon

Again it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccines eligibility or distribution.  We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  We understand that our residents have many questions, so do we.  Like you, we are patiently awaiting more vaccines and more information.  If you have questions or need more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon, check out the resources listed below.  In the meantime, we ask that you be patient and continue to follow the well documented recommendations for COVID health and safety. 

 

Reminder: All Douglas County Businesses Have the Ability to Be Open

We announced earlier this week that Douglas County residents and businesses would remain in our current State mandated risk level.  The State of Oregon notified Douglas County that Douglas County will remain in the High Risk Level for the next two-week period, beginning today, Friday, January 15, 2012, and continuing through Thursday, January 28, 2021. This risk level allows ALL of our local business the opportunity to be OPEN, with some limitations on capacity. We want to continue to thank our residents and businesses for staying within the recommended guidelines, and for making good decisions in order for our communities to continue to stay open.  The new risk level does not affect the ability of faith based organizations and local school districts to offer in-person services and classes.  They are able to make decisions for their own congregations and educational programs. 

 

Reminder: Please Stay Safe

We will continue to encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick and wear face coverings where recommended.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities in order to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 163 cases in isolation, as well as another 330 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 493 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Information in Oregon

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHA directly for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Today, Friday, January 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

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ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us   

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

DCCRT
DCCRT
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 14, 2021 - 01/14/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 14, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Thursday, January 14, 2021, there are THIRTEEN (13) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,636*.  Currently, there are ELEVEN (11) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eight locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Vaccine Distribution to Local Public Health

Good news today, our Local Public Health has received 500 more COVID-19 vaccines, and they have been distributed to approved local health care providers in Douglas County for immediate vaccination of ELIGIBLE Douglas County residents in accordance with the priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Right now, we are still working through the identified priority populations in the first group (1a). (Click here for the most up-to-date list of eligible residents).  We ask for your continued patience, as we work through the maze of changes, logistic issues and limited vaccine distribution.  

 

COVID-19 Vaccine: An Issue of Supply and Demand

We wanted to let you know that even though you have heard reports that the CDC and OHA are making changes to the vaccine eligibility guidelines, it does not mean that the vaccine is available for everyone that is eligible in Douglas County at this time.  It is a supply and demand issue, that we have no control over.  While there is demand, and far more people that are eligible to get the vaccine, unfortunately the supply chain of vaccines has not caught up to the demand.  We continue to submit requests to OHA for more vaccines to be sent to Douglas County, so we can move forward with vaccinations for everyone that is eligible. At this time, we have not received enough vaccines to move to the next phase or wave, or to hold a large community event.  DPHN, through our Local Public Health Authority and Administrators, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, have set up a new email address for questions about COVID-19 vaccines in Douglas County.  The new email is for inquiries from residents, businesses, health care workers, medical offices and volunteers.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information we have, sign up vaccinators and volunteers, and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available. New Email for Douglas County COVID-19 Vaccine Questions:  For answers to questions about vaccine eligibility, availability and volunteer opportunities, please email vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

 

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Sunday,

January 10, 2021

Monday,

January 11, 2021

Tuesday,

January 12, 2021

Wednesday,

January 13, 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,566

1,575

1,596

1,622

1636

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,480

1,489

1,510

1,536

1549

Presumptive

86

86

86

86

87

Total Currently Hospitalized

8

8

9

8

11

Total Currently in Isolation

190

172

158

173

164

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

42

42

42

43

43

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed to Local Public Health and Total administered to eligible residents

---

---

---

400/400

900/400

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. 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. We added a new line to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have administered to eligible residents.  Our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government in order to begin direct vaccinations to the first priority group. 

 

A Message from Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Our Douglas County Public Health Officer

We are very grateful that two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, have been approved and have begun to arrive in Douglas County.  The two available vaccines have been purchased by the Federal Government, and have been distributed to Federal Agencies based on identified priority populations, and the remaining vaccines have been sent to State Health Authorities for distribution based on their identified priority populations. 

 

First Round Sent Directly from the Federal Government and their partners:

  • Through the Veterans’ Administration for the Roseburg VA Staff, and eventually patients.
  • To Lower Umpqua Hospital for their staff
  • To Mercy Medical Center for their staff
  • To Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
  • Through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for nursing homes, memory-care facilities and other congregate care sites.

 

Second Round Sent from OHA and their partners:

  • To EMS to vaccinate EMS providers and other first responders
  • To Local Public Health to Douglas Public Health Network

 

Just this week, DPHN has signed up several new vaccinators. Vaccinators are local health care providers that are interested in giving out the public health doses of vaccine in our community, and have been approved to do so. As of noon, January 12, a total of 400 doses had been delivered to Douglas Public Health Network, 100% of those vaccines have already been administered.  This vaccine has been shared among our fabulous community providers in Douglas County and has already been given, mostly to urgent care providers. This distribution has been following the current Phase 1a priority populations as set by the CDC and OHA.  These providers include:

  • Aviva
  • South River
  • Umpqua Health Alliance- Newton Creek
  • Nova Urgent Care
  • Several small practices

 

The recent announcement by the federal and state government indicates that there will be a shift in vaccine priorities beginning on January 23, 2021.  However, we do NOT have guidelines or rules on this change yet, so we are continuing with the current prioritization levels until we receive those new rules and guidelines.  We are hopeful that we receive them before January 23. Our focus remains on our most vulnerable populations, including first responders, those who live in nursing homes and health care workers that serve vulnerable populations. We also realize that age is the most potent predictor of bad outcomes, and we desperately want to protect our seniors. We want to distribute vaccine quickly, fairly and in a manner that prioritizes those who are most at risk for serious illness and death from COVID, especially our senior population.  But, we also recognize that eligibility for a vaccine, and availability of the vaccine, are not yet aligned.   We are working diligently with our state health partners to find a remedy for that.  If you want the vaccine, we want you to have it, and are working 24/7 to make that happen.

 

The Vaccine Plan for Douglas County is to continue to follow the priority guidelines, support our partners that are already providing vaccines, continue to expand the number of vaccinators locally and quickly funnel the local public health vaccines we receive to those providing vaccinations for the widest distribution of vaccine across the county.  We are working to have vaccinators all across the county, including in our coastal communities, like Reedsport. We intend to continue to distribute through our community partners, and are looking at the possibility of occasional large scale community events.  As of today, we have not received enough vaccine for any large community events. These large scale events will likely be by invitation only, to ensure that our most vulnerable and priority populations get vaccinated first, followed by other eligible people, hopefully in the very near future.   We expect to add a number of community vaccine providers to the list possibly including your doctor, your clinic and many local pharmacies.  In order to increase access to the vaccines, we are also planning to include new vaccine providers, like dentists!  Our goal would be to have the vaccine available at 30 or more sites scattered through the county, but of course, that depends on getting enough vaccine from the State and Federal government.

 

Right now, Local Public Health, DPHN and our partner vaccinators we are working through the priority populations in group 1A.  If you are in group 1A, please send an e-mail to vaccines@douglaspublichealhtnetwok.org, and we will try to match those who are not yet vaccinated with local vaccine providers, once we receive the vaccines.  When the new rules are finalized, and we start to receive more vaccines, we will begin to systematically offer them to additional eligible populations in an orderly, fair and equitable manner.

 

Reminder: All Douglas County Businesses Have the Ability to Be Open

We announced earlier this week that Douglas County residents and businesses would remain in our current State mandated risk level.  The State of Oregon notified Douglas County Monday, that we would not be moving out of the current level based on our COVID-19 case count over the last two weeks.  Douglas County will remain in the High Risk Level for the next two-week period, beginning Friday, January 15, 2012, and continuing through Thursday, January 28, 2021. This risk level allows ALL of our local business the opportunity to be OPEN, with some limitations on capacity. We want to continue to thank our residents and businesses for staying within the recommended guidelines, and for making good decisions in order for our communities to continue to stay open.  The new risk level does not affect the ability of faith based organizations and local school districts to offer in-person services and classes.  They are able to make decisions for their own congregations and educational programs. 

 

Reminder

We will continue to encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick and wear face coverings where recommended.  We know how important family and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities in order to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 164 cases in isolation, as well as another 304 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 468 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon

We understand that our residents have many questions, so do we.  Like you, we are patiently awaiting more vaccines and more information.  If you have questions or need more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon, check out the resources listed below.  In the meantime, we ask that you be patient and continue to follow the well documented recommendations for COVID health and safety. 

 

 

Oregon COVID-19 Information

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHA directly for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, January 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us   

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: DCCRT
01-13-21 Statement from the Douglas County District Attorney - 01/13/21

OFFICE OF THE DOUGLAS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2021

 

Statement from the Douglas County District Attorney

 

I feel compelled to respond, as other elected officials have, to the activities of a group calling themselves, Citizens Against Tyranny. 

 

It is my understanding that Citizens Against Tyranny, through means of intimidation, want all elected officials in Douglas County to sign in support of their declaration.  The declaration invites public shaming and banning of individual citizens from merchants and services in the county.  The declaration calls for shamming and banning of officials and private citizens who do not support the declaration.  The declaration states that such individuals “will be publicly known”.  I have already seen in the news that two women were placed on such a “list” and endured such attempted shaming.

 

This kind of response to the COVID-19 crisis, its impact on the health of our community and individual financial difficulties, is not the answer.  Our Board of Commissioners have and continue to carefully walk a path to balance those competing crises and have exemplified a balanced response to the issue.

 

I will not participate in or sign on to the Citizens Against Tyranny’s ill-intended approach to this difficult issue.   Public shamming and banning of certain “listed” Douglas County citizens is offensive to our democracy and the due process of law. It’s simply not who we are in Douglas County.

 

 

Sincerely,

Rick Wesenberg

 

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01-13-2021 AOCC - Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat Exclusion Final Rule Response - 01/13/21

The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC)

For your consideration, we are sharing a press release from the Association of Oregon and California Counties, of which Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman is the current President. 

PRESS RELEASE
January 13, 2021

The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) today expressed strong support for the recently announced decision of the US Fish & Wildlife Service to exclude all O&C lands from the 9.5 million acres previously designated by that agency as "critical habitat" for the Northern Spotted Owl.

"This is a result AOCC has been seeking for a long time and we are pleased the agency finally agreed with us," said Tim Freeman, a Commissioner of Douglas County who is also President of AOCC.

The O&C lands are required by federal law to be managed by the BLM for sustained yield timber production. The 18 Counties with O&C lands in them are entitled to 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of timber from the lands, with the remaining 50 percent returned to the U.S. Treasury. Counties have relied on their share of harvest receipts to provide essential public services since 1937. AOCC has argued since 2012 that designation as critical habitat interferes with sustained yield management as required by law.

"NSO habitat will be maintained and even increased through sustained yield management on the O&C lands," said Rocky Mc Vay, AOCC's executive Director. "A new management plan will be prepared in the near future and serve as a fresh model for how to support the needs of the NSO. This is an opportunity to demonstrate how sustained yield management can provide both economic as well as environmental benefits," said Mc Vay.

AOCC has long espoused sustained yield management as a means of achieving a full array benefits from these valuable forestlands.  Removing the redundant and unnecessary "critical habitat" label will allow focus on how sustained yield strategies can maintain and increase NSO habitat. As three examples: (1) Sustained yield strategies that employ extended cycles between harvest can provide substantial amounts of high-quality habitat over time. (2) Most of the existing high-quality spotted owl habitat on the O&C lands is fragmented. Sustained yield strategies can help overcome this fragmentation by designating older forest emphasis areas that improve habitat quality and concentration over time. (3) Much of the O&C lands are in fire-prone condition with existing high-quality habitat at risk due to high fuel loads. Management to improve fire resiliency while producing timber is a cost-effective method for maintaining and improving high quality habitat over time.

"A new BLM plan offers an opportunity to go beyond inflexible land use designations to recognize how sustained yield management can simultaneously improve habitat levels at the landscape scale and reduce losses from wildfire, all while producing timber and revenue needed by communities and the nation," commented Mc Vay.

For the outline of one of many possible sustained yield management scenarios designed to provide a wide range of environmental benefits while still complying with the O&C Act, see the following: http://www.oandc.org/proposed-future-management/.

Eliminating ridged labels like "critical habitat" on the O&C lands is a necessary first step to achieving the promise of sustained yield.  O&C timber receipts have been an important component of County budgets since 193 7. Historically, payments exceeded $134 million annually, in current value dollars. (See p. 18, Governor's O&C Lands Report, Tuchmann and Davis, 2013.) In recent years, the Counties share of O&C receipts has been less than $25 million. The adverse impact on the Counties ability to provide public services has been dramatic. At the same time, the reduced availability of timber to supply mills has caused mill closures and the loss of tens of thousands of irreplaceable jobs.

The exclusion of O&C lands from NSO critical habitat follows a 2019 decision in favor of AOCC in Association of Oregon & California Counties v. Brian Steed et al. USDC, District of Columbia Civil Case No. 16-1602 (RJL). The Court in that case held that the all O&C timberlands must be managed by the BLM according to principles of sustained yield, and that ESA restrictions do not eliminate the BLM's obligations to manage for sustained yield.

"The exclusion of O&C lands from NSO critical habitat was the logical next step for the government to take, to restore the O&C lands to the kind of management federal law requires," said Commissioner Freeman.

"After 80 years of sustained yield management over half of the O&C timberlands remain late successional forest. Sustained yield management of these lands can continue to provide many forest values, including older forest conditions, while simultaneously supporting the social and economic needs of the rural communities in Oregon," said Commissioner Freeman. "We are happy to see rational and positive decision making by the federal government. It has been a very long process and there is still more to do before community’s start seeing the results of better management, but this is a major step in the right direction."

For additional information, contact Rocky Mc Vay at 541-412-1624 or Rocky@blupac.com

Attached Media Files: AOCC N Spotted Owl , AOCC
DCCRT
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Updated: Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 13, 2021 (Photo) - 01/13/21

UPDATE CORRECTION: Please note that there are currently, EIGHT (8) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, six locally and two out-of-the-area. 

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 13, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Wednesday, January 13, 2021, there are TWENTY-SIX (26) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) death to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,622*Currently, there are EIGHT (8) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, six locally and two out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID-19 Related Death of a Douglas County Resident

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of another Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus. Our forty-third death is an 84-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, November 21, 2020 and passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, no additional information will be released.   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 the DCCRT team extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all family members, friends, relatives, co-workers and community members of those who have passed after contracting this deadly virus.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Saturday,

January 9, 2021

Sunday,

January 10, 2021

Monday,

January 11, 2021

Tuesday,

January 12, 2021

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,545

1,566

1,575

1,596

1622

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,458

1,480

1,489

1,510

1536

Presumptive

87

86

86

86

86

Total Currently Hospitalized

6

8

8

9

8

Total Currently in Isolation

176

190

172

158

173

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

42

42

42

42

43

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed to Local Public Health and Total administered to eligible residents

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400/400

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. Please note 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.

 

Vaccine Distribution to Local Public Health

As you can see in the chart above, we have added a new line in our daily chart in order to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have administered to eligible residents.  Please note that our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government in order to begin direct vaccinations to the first priority group.  We wanted to let you know that our Local Public Health has received and administered our first round of COVID-19 vaccines to eligible Douglas County residents in accordance with the priority guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  As of noon yesterday, Tuesday, January 12, 2020, Douglas County has received 400 COVID-19 vaccines and all 400 of those have been administered to eligible residents at 6 approved local medical clinics.  At this time, we have not received enough vaccines to move to the next phase or wave, or to hold a large community event. We are hopeful that we will get a larger distribution of the vaccine soon, so we can move forward with vaccinations for everyone that is eligible.  Right now, we are still working through the priority populations in group – Phase 1A.  CDC and OHA are still working on the logistics and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, and as soon as the new guidelines are finalized, and we begin to get a steady supply of vaccines, we can start moving our way down the eligibility list.  DPHN, through our Local Public Health Authority and Administrators, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, have set up a new email address for questions about COVID-19 vaccines in Douglas County.  The new email is for inquiries from residents, businesses, health care workers, medical offices and volunteers.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information we have, and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

 

New Email for Douglas County COVID-19 Vaccine Questions: For all questions about vaccine eligibility, availability and volunteer opportunities, please email vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

 

Reminder: All Douglas County Businesses Have the Ability to Be Open

Yesterday we announced that Douglas County residents and businesses would remain in our current State mandated risk level.  The State of Oregon notified Douglas County Monday, that we would not be moving out of the current level based on our COVID-19 case count over the last two weeks.  So, Douglas County will remain in the High Risk Level for the next two-week period, beginning Friday, January 15, 2012, and continuing through Thursday, January 28, 2021. This risk level allows ALL of our local business the opportunity to be OPEN, with some limitations on capacity. We want to continue to thank our residents and businesses for staying within the recommended guidelines, and for making good decisions in order for our communities to continue to stay open.  The new risk level does not affect the ability of faith based organizations and local school districts to offer in-person services and classes.  They are able to make decisions for their own congregations and educational programs. 

 

Clarification: Douglas County Sees Increase in Local Case Numbers

Yesterday, we talked about the spreader events and circumstances for our recent surge is case numbers.  We wanted to clarify a term we used yesterday.  We said that during recent case investigations several epilink** outbreaks were linked to residents who attended holiday celebrations, traveled to COVID hot spot areas, invited people to visit from out of the area and attended in-person unprotected congregate social gatherings where COVID-19 safety measures were not being followed.  For clarification, an epilink or epidemiological link is what a place or person or a group, who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or are considered presumptive, have in common, such as a business, co-worker, friend, school, daycare, fellow parishioner, relative or family member.  We will continue to encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick and wear face coverings where recommended.  We know how important family and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities in order to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 173 cases in isolation, as well as another 242 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 415 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon

We understand that our residents have many questions, so do we.  Like you, we are patiently awaiting more information.  If you have questions or need more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon, check out these resources: 

As soon as more information is made available about the next phases and vaccine availability, we will pass the information along.  In the meantime, we ask that you be patient and continue to follow the well documented recommendations for COVID health and safety. 

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Information

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHA directly for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, January 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us   

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: DCCRT
DCBOC
DCBOC
01-12-21 Special Notice to the Citizens of Douglas County - 01/12/21

Douglas County Board of Commissioners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 12, 2021

 

Special Notice to the Citizens of Douglas County

From your Douglas County Board of Commissioners

           

                We, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners understand that we are in unprecedented and trying times, and that people are desperate, especially those who have been forced out of business or out of a job.  We understand that it may seem like help is too little or too far in between, or that nothing is being done at all.  We appreciate the passion in which people want to enact change, but we also believe that the actions taken need to be measured, well thought out, and include a wide range of concerns.  It is also imperative that we all work together to address these issues in a unified, civil and cooperative manner.

 

            The Douglas County Board of Commissioners have been very involved in the response to the pandemic since its inception.  We are working hard to try and minimize the economic impact of the pandemic, while trying to keep our citizens safe and healthy.  It has been an incredible and unparalleled balancing act. In doing this work, everyone needs to understand that the safety of our citizens goes beyond the spread of COVID-19, it also includes their financial stability, as well as their mental and emotional wellbeing, and the ability to feel safe and comfortable in our communities.  The disastrous financial impact of COVID-19 certainly goes beyond affecting an individual’s physical health.

 

            Douglas County has always been a caring and compassionate county, filled with caring and compassionate communities.  We have on more than one occasion, put our differences aside in order to help one another. The actions taken today will be remembered tomorrow.  The kind of community Douglas County will be when this pandemic is over, will be defined by how we treat one another today.

 

            We have been asked by numerous constituents about our position on the “Citizens Against Tyranny” declaration and plan that has surfaced in our community.  Again, we understand the passion, emotion, desperation and need some feel to do something to help those most affected   economically due to the state mandates. But we can-not, in good conscience support this effort.  Similar to how Sheriff Hanlin expressed his concerns over the same declaration, we do not feel singling people out, publicly shaming them, and potentially making them a target for retaliation for doing, or being merely accused of doing, what they believed to be the right thing in protecting themselves or their neighbors, is the right approach.  We do not feel like banning people from businesses, businesses who now more than ever are dependent upon any revenue they can get, is the right approach.  We do not feel like banning people from businesses or access to the very things they need to survive is the right approach.  We do not believe that forcing Elected Officials to do something, under the threat of consequences or retaliation, is the right approach. 

 

            The Douglas County Board of Commissioners have been and will continue to, do everything in our power to help our small businesses stay open.  As the Local Public Health Authority, your Commissioners have openly chosen not to enforce the Governor’s mandates relating to COVID-19.  We feel like providing the public with the correct information and encouraging to follow Local Public Health recommendations yields higher compliance, than attempting to force someone into compliance.  Senator Heard made this point fairly well in his recent speech on the Senate Floor.  That is one area where we agree with the Senator. 

 

            As your Commissioners, we have actively worked on programs to help our local businesses: 

 

  • We recently completed a business grant program, initiated by us to help local businesses that are required to have an environmental health license with the county in order to operate. The grant allocated up to $350,000 in county grant funding and offered an opportunity for those businesses to apply and receive a $500 grant, as a refund for the cost of their 2020 health license. Plus, they have also decided to waive the 2021 environmental health licensing fees, and have refunded or applied payment to 2022 licensing for those businesses that already paid for their 2021 licenses.
  • We were the First County in Oregon to apply for Phase 1 and Phase 2 reopening for businesses earlier in the pandemic, and were able to do so because of the good work the people of Douglas County had done in keeping the case count low. 
  • We recently distributed 1.47 million dollars in COVID Relief Funds to local businesses adversely affected by the pandemic, and when 22 qualifying businesses didn’t get funding because the money ran out, we allocated an additional 350,000.00 to the fund to make sure that every qualifying business got the relief they needed.  We also paid the administration fees for the grant administration from General Fund so 100% of the available funds could go to help small businesses. 
  • We have expressed our opinions on numerous conference calls with the Governor and State Officials about keeping our businesses open. 
  • We have sent letters and proposals to the Governor, expressing our concern for the unnecessary mandates and closures placed on our local businesses.
  • We have issued several statements and press releases voicing our support for our local businesses staying open.  To review and read copies of our press releases, statements and positions, please log onto: www.co.douglas.or.us and click on the press release link.
  • We recently encouraged city, county and state officials, as well as local chambers, councils and business leaders, to join us in supporting the business reopening plan recently submitted to Oregon’s Governor and State lawmakers issued by the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce (OSCC). The clear and concise plan details the basis for their timely and profound recommendation that aims to help our businesses hardest hit by COVID-19, to pull through this economic recession and overcome their financial hardships. 
  • We have provided daily updates with accurate information with links to available assistance programs and services.  Residents can sign up to receive our daily updates and e-Newsletters by clicking on the link on our county website at: www.co.douglas.or.us.
  • We have encouraged our citizens and businesses to stay healthy by managing their personal and business health during COVID.

            Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners has been very active and involved in supporting our Business Community since the pandemic began, and we will continue to do so until it is over. It’s because of everyone’s hard work that all businesses are open today.

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist.  Public Information Officer (PIO).  (541) 670-2804 cell - (541) 957-4896 office - tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

Attached Media Files: DCBOC
DCCRT
DCCRT
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 12, 2021 (Photo) - 01/12/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 12, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  Despite a recent surge in local cases, the good news today is that Douglas County will remain in our current State mandated risk level, which currently provides an opportunity for ALL of our local businesses to be OPEN.  As of 12:00 pm Today, Tuesday, January 12, 2021, there are TWENTY-ONE (21) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,596*.  Currently, there are NINE (9) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, six locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Friday,

January 8, 2021

Saturday,

January 9, 2021

Sunday,

January 10, 2021

Monday,

January 11, 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,528

1,545

1,566

1,575

1596

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,443

1,458

1,480

1,489

1510

Presumptive

85

87

86

86

86

Total Currently Hospitalized

5

6

8

8

9

Total Currently in Isolation

158

176

190

172

158

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

42

42

42

42

42

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. Please note 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.

 

The State of Oregon Notified Douglas County That We Will Stay Our Current Risk Level

The news for Douglas County residents and businesses is that will remain in our current State mandated risk level.  The State of Oregon notified Douglas County last night, that we will not be moving out of the current level based on our COVID-19 case count over the last two weeks.  So, Douglas County will remain in the High Risk Level for the next two-week period, beginning Friday, January 15, 2012, and continuing through Thursday, January 28, 2021. The high risk level allows ALL of our local business the opportunity to be OPEN, with some limitations on capacity. We want to continue to thank our residents and businesses for staying within the recommended guidelines, and for making good decisions in order for our communities to stay open.  The new risk level does not affect the ability of faith based organizations and local school districts to offer in-person services and classes.  They are able to make decisions for their own congregations and educational programs. 

 

Douglas County Sees Increase in Local Case Numbers

For the past two weeks, we have sadly seen a steady increase in our local COVID case numbers.  During recent case investigations, a large outbreak, which is now our single largest epilink** outbreak, has been linked to a local faith organization as the source, with nearly five dozen positive cases, dozens of residents asked to quarantine and several hospitalizations.  This outbreak has dramatically impacted our community, our businesses and our residents.  We want to recognize and applaud the majority of our local faith organizations for proving that you can provide a wide range of safe and COVID-free in-person and online options for their congregations.  Additionally, we are also seeing cases arise as an unfortunate consequence of residents who attended holiday celebrations, traveled to COVID hot spot areas, invited people to visit from out of the area and attended in-person unprotected congregate social gatherings where COVID-19 safety measures were not being followed.  Please, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, we encourage you to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick and wear face coverings where recommended.  We know how important family and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities in order to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

**An epidemiological link is commonly called an epilink.  An epilink is what a place or person or a group, who’ve tested positive for COVID-19, have in common, such as a business, co-worker, friend, school, daycare, fellow parishioner, relative or family member.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 158 cases in isolation, as well as another 215 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 373 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine In Oregon

We understand that our residents have many questions, so do we.  Like you, we are patiently awaiting more information.  If you have questions or need more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon, check out these resources: 

 

As soon as more information is made available about the next phases and vaccine availability, we will pass the information along.  In the meantime, we ask that you be patient and continue to follow the well documented recommendations for COVID health and safety. 

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Information

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHA directly for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tonight, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us   

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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1-11-2021 Douglas County to Update Transportation System Plan - 01/11/21

Douglas County Planning Department

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 11, 2021

 

Douglas County to Update Transportation System Plan

** Virtual Open House Begins January 14, 2021 **

 

Douglas County Transportation System Plan to be updated in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.)  In the Fall of 2020, Douglas County began a process to update the County’s Transportation System Plan (“TSP”). Oregon State law requires local jurisdictions to develop and periodically update TSPs, and much has changed since the current TSP was created in 1998. The TSP provides the policy framework, planning direction, and projects and programs to meet the transportation needs of all people in Douglas County. The plan will cover all areas outside incorporated city limits, and a focus on the County’s many unincorporated communities.

 

What Will the TSP Do?

The TSP is a County-wide plan and policy document that will recommend policies, programs, and physical improvements to streets and sidewalks to address current and future transportation needs in Douglas County. In close coordination with ODOT, the plan will also consider state-owned transportation facilities in the County. The TSP is focused on improving connections and safety conditions for all travelers including those who drive, walk, take transit, bicycle, use a wheelchair or cane, or deliver freight. The TSP will also address ports, rail, freight, and bridges.

 

The TSP will help achieve multiple goals. One goal is to help Douglas County become a safer and more comfortable place to walk and bike for people on their way to school, jobs, parks, and other destinations in the community. The TSP will also focus on addressing safety and traffic needs, emergency lifeline routes, intersection and crossing improvements, access to transit, as well as new connections for all means of travel.

 

Opportunity to Provide your Feedback!

Douglas County is seeking public input on the existing transportation system to better understand transportation needs and priorities in our communities. Starting on January 14, 2021, Douglas County will host a virtual TSP Open House to discuss the key transportation issues in our county today. The virtual TSP Open House will also allow for public comment and feedback via a short survey and an interactive comment map.

 

Douglas County Residents can visit the TSP project website to learn more the program and to participate in the virtual Open House from Thursday, January 14, 2021 to Friday, February 19, 2021 at http://douglascountytsp.org/

 

For additional information, contact Katharine Jackson, Douglas County Senior Planner and lead for the TSP project at TSP@co.douglas.or.us 

 

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 11, 2021 - 01/11/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 11, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Monday, January 11, 2021, there are NINE (9) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,575*.  Currently, there are EIGHT (8) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, five locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Thursday,

January 7, 2021

Friday,

January 8, 2021

Saturday,

January 9, 2021

Sunday,

January 10, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,509

1,528

1,545

1,566

1575

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,424

1,443

1,458

1,480

1489

Presumptive

85

85

87

86

86

Total Currently Hospitalized

5

5

6

8

8

Total Currently in Isolation

160

158

176

190

172

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

42

42

42

42

42

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. Please note 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.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 172 cases in isolation, as well as another 204 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 376 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming – Please Be Patient

We know you are all anxious and we know there are conflicting messages out there, but we ask for your continued patience as we await more information on the availability of the COVID vaccine for the next phases of distribution.  Much like when COVID testing started, they are still working out all the details.  The vaccine is currently being administered locally to the Phase 1a group of recipients, as designated by the CDC and OHA. Oregon and Douglas County are unfortunately still in this first phase of COVID vaccine distribution.  The vaccine is not available to the proposed Phase 1b group, or the Phase 1c group or for the general public yet.  The January vaccine distribution looks like it will continue to be only available for the Phase 1a group of front line health care workers, people who live or work in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities and first responders.  For more information about Oregon’s vaccine plan, priority groups and the implementation process please visit: https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/For answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccine, check out the worksheet created by OHA here: OHA's Frequently Asked Questions About the COVID Vaccine in Oregon.  As a reminder, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority are in charge of distributing, prioritizing and establishing the guidelines for the release of the COVID vaccines in Oregon.  According to OHA, Oregon, like most US states, has not received enough vaccines to immunize everyone in Phase 1A yet.  As soon as we receive a definite timeline for the next phases, we will pass along the information.  In the meantime, we ask that you be patient and continue to follow the well documented recommendations for COVID safety.  For the most up to date information on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon, log onto the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon website.  We ask that you not call or email the DCCRT, DPHN or local health care professionals, but instead directly contact CDC or OHA, for the latest updates and information on the status of vaccine availability.    

 

Remember You are the KEY to a COVID Safe 2021!

The DCCRT team encourages residents to make virus prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines.  The key to stopping the continued spread of coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please help by keeping gatherings small, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; keeping your six-foot distance from others; choosing minimal or no contact services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  Our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, while also supporting our local businesses.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings and unknowingly expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for you, but for others too.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household. 
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, January 12, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Information

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHA directly for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us   

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 10, 2021 - 01/10/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 10, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Sunday, January 10, 2021, there are TWENTY-ONE (21) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) presumptive that has been moved to positive with a positive test result, to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,566*.  Currently, there are EIGHT (8) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, five locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Wednesday,

January 6, 2021

Thursday,

January 7, 2021

Friday,

January 8, 2021

Saturday,

January 9, 2021

Sunday,

January 10, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,486

1,509

1,528

1,545

1566

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,404

1,424

1,443

1,458

1480

Presumptive

82

85

85

87

86

Total Currently Hospitalized

3

5

5

6

8

Total Currently in Isolation

138

160

158

176

190

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

42

42

42

42

42

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. Please note 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.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 190 cases in isolation, as well as another 219 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 409 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming – Please Be Patient

We know you are all anxious and we know there are conflicting messages out there, but we ask for your continued patience as we await more information on the availability of the COVID vaccine for the next phases of distribution.  Much like when COVID testing started, they are still working out all the details.  The vaccine is currently being administered locally to the Phase 1a group of recipients, as designated by the CDC and OHA. Oregon and Douglas County are unfortunately still in this first phase of COVID vaccine distribution.  The vaccine is not available to the proposed Phase 1b group, or the Phase 1c group or for the general public yet.  The January vaccine distribution looks like it will continue to be only available for the Phase 1a group of front line health care workers, people who live or work in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities and first responders.  For more information about Oregon’s vaccine plan, priority groups and the implementation process please visit: https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/For answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccine, check out the worksheet created by OHA here: OHA's Frequently Asked Questions About the COVID Vaccine in Oregon.  As a reminder, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority are in charge of distributing, prioritizing and establishing the guidelines for the release of the COVID vaccines in Oregon.  According to OHA, Oregon, like most US states, has not received enough vaccines to immunize everyone in Phase 1A yet.  As soon as we receive a definite timeline for the next phases, we will pass along the information.  In the meantime, we ask that you be patient and continue to follow the well documented recommendations for COVID safety.  For the most up to date information on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon, log onto the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon website.  We ask that you not call or email the DCCRT, DPHN or local health care professionals, but instead directly contact CDC or OHA, for the latest updates and information on the status of vaccine availability.    

 

Remember You are the KEY to a COVID Safe 2021!

The DCCRT team encourages residents to make virus prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines.  The key to stopping the continued spread of coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please help by keeping gatherings small, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; keeping your six-foot distance from others; choosing minimal or no contact services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  Our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, while also supporting our local businesses.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings and unknowingly expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for you, but for others too.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household. 
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, January 12, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Information

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHA directly for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

 Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team Update January 9, 2021 - 01/09/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 9, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Saturday, January 9, 2021, there are FIFTEEN (15) people with new positive test results and TWO (2) presumptives to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,545*.  Currently, there are SIX (6) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, three locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Tuesday,

January 5, 2021

Wednesday,

January 6, 2021

Thursday,

January 7, 2021

Friday,

January 8, 2021

Saturday,

January 9, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,474

1,486

1,509

1,528

1545

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,392

1,404

1,424

1,443

1458

Presumptive

82

82

85

85

87

Total Currently Hospitalized

3

3

5

5

6

Total Currently in Isolation

134

138

160

158

176

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

41

42

42

42

42

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. Please note 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. 

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 176 cases in isolation, as well as another 161 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 337 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming – Please Be Patient

We know you are all anxious and we know there are conflicting messages out there, but we ask for your continued patience as we await more information on the availability of the COVID vaccine for the next phases of distribution.  Much like when COVID testing started, they are still working out all the details.  The vaccine is currently being administered locally to the Phase 1a group of recipients, as designated by the CDC and OHA. Oregon and Douglas County are unfortunately still in this first phase of COVID vaccine distribution.  The vaccine is not available to the proposed Phase 1b group, or the Phase 1c group or for the general public yet.  The January vaccine distribution looks like it will continue to be only available for the Phase 1a group of front line health care workers, people who live or work in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities and first responders.  For more information about Oregon’s vaccine plan, priority groups and the implementation process please visit: https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/.  For answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccine, check out the worksheet created by OHA here: OHA's Frequently Asked Questions About the COVID Vaccine in Oregon.  As a reminder, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority are in charge of distributing, prioritizing and establishing the guidelines for the release of the COVID vaccines in Oregon.  According to OHA, Oregon, like most US states, has not received enough vaccines to immunize everyone in Phase 1a yet.  As soon as we receive a definite timeline for the next phases, we will pass along the information.  In the meantime, we ask that you be patient and continue to follow the well documented recommendations for COVID safety.  For the most up to date information on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon, log onto the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon website.  We ask that you not call or email the DCCRT, DPHN or local health care professionals, but instead directly contact CDC or OHAfor the latest updates and information on the status of vaccine availability.    

 

Remember You are the KEY to a COVID Safe 2021!

The DCCRT team encourages residents to make virus prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines.  The key to stopping the continued spread of coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please help by keeping gatherings small, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; keeping your six-foot distance from others; choosing minimal or no contact services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  Our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, while also supporting our local businesses.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings and unknowingly expose others to your illness. 

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for you, but for others too. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household. 
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home.  
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, January 12, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Information

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHAdirectly for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook page.  Residents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

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ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government websiteor Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health AuthorityU.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us  

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

OHA Vaccine Contact
OHA Vaccine Contact
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 8, 2021 (Photo) - 01/08/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 8, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Friday, January 8, 2021, there are NINETEEN (19) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,528*.  Currently, there are FIVE (5) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, two locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Celebrating 100 Testing Clinics and the Amazing Work Being Done in Douglas County

Today we wanted to express our sincere appreciation to all the dedicated individuals that have worked diligently on our COVID-19 response since the beginning.  We are happy to announce that we have hit a milestone with our local weekly COVID drive-through testing clinics, as today marks clinic number ONE HUNDRED (100)!  Douglas County was the first county in Oregon to offer a drive through COVID testing clinic.  The first Douglas County drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020, where we performed 17 tests. Since then, there have been 2,189 PCR nasal swab tests performed at our local drive-through clinics.  Clinics have been held in both the Roseburg area, as well as in Reedsport.  The drive-through clinics have been led by DPHN, in conjunction with numerous partner agencies over the past 10 months including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Douglas County Search and Rescue, local health care professionals, first responders, laboratory workers and volunteers.  The work performed by this dedicated group has been nothing short of amazing.  A special thank you to everyone that has helped us to provide this invaluable service to our residents. We also wanted to note that we have also seen an incredible effort by our local health care community (hospitals, urgent cares, clinics and pharmacies), to provide increased local testing availability.     

 

Additionally, Douglas County was also the first county in Oregon to set up and run a COVID-19 resource hotline.  The hotline went live on March 13, 2020 and as of January 7, 2021 they have received 5,835 calls. A total 136 volunteers and 45 staff that have manned the hotline 8-12 hours a day, seven days a week since March.  Thank you to everyone that has helped us to provide this invaluable resource to our residents.

 

Further, we were the first county in Oregon, and possibly the only county to have our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, conduct weekly Facebook Live, Q&A COVID-19 events.  Our first COVID Facebook Live with Dr. Bob was on March 13, 2020, and since then he has tirelessly done NINETY (90) live question and answer sessions.  On top of that Dr. Bob, and the DPHN staff have also created 14 special COVID related instructional YouTube videos.  Wow, that is an impressive 104 videos packed with timely and critical information that are available online for our residents.  Thank you Dr. Bob and everyone that has helped us to make these live events and videos possible. 

 

And last, but not least, our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team’s, Joint Information Center has published and released 318 COVID daily updates and press releases since our Douglas County Commissioners issued the first COVID–19 press release on March 3, 2020. Again, we were the first county in Oregon and maybe the only county on Oregon that provides a daily update for our residents.  Thank you our JIC team and everyone that has helped us to provide this invaluable resource to our residents.  We also wanted to give a shout out to the members of our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team that represent the coordinated efforts of 13 local agencies, for their continued dedication to our local COVID response.  

Douglas County continues to lead the way, not only in Oregon, but in the United States for our COVID response. This snap shot represents the incredible amount of work being done in our amazing county by amazingly talented local people.  We are incredibly blessed to get to work with this impressive group.  Our hats are off to all of you!  Keep up the great work!  

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Monday,

January 4, 2021

Tuesday,

January 5, 2021

Wednesday,

January 6, 2021

Thursday,

January 7, 2021

Friday,

January 8, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,456

1,474

1,486

1,509

1528

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,374

1,392

1,404

1,424

1443

Presumptive

82

82

82

85

85

Total Currently Hospitalized

5

3

3

5

5

Total Currently in Isolation

132

134

138

160

158

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

41

41

42

42

42

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. Please note 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.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 158 cases in isolation, as well as another 157 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 315 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Reminder: Please Be Patient – COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming, We Just Don’t Know When!

We know you are all anxious and we know there are conflicting messages out there, but we ask for your continued patience as we await more information on the availability of the COVID vaccine for the next phases of distribution.  Much like when COVID testing started, they are still working out all the details.  The vaccine is currently being administered locally to the Phase 1a group of recipients, as designated by the CDC and OHA. Oregon and Douglas County are unfortunately still in this first phase of COVID vaccine distribution.  The vaccine is not available to the proposed Phase 1b group, or the Phase 1c group or for the general public yet.

 

The January vaccine distribution looks like it will continue to be only available for the Phase 1a group of front line health care workers, people who live or work in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities and first responders.  For more information about Oregon’s vaccine plan, priority groups and the implementation process please visit: https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/.  For answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccine, check out the worksheet created by OHA here: OHA's Frequently Asked Questions About the COVID Vaccine in Oregon

 

As a reminder, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority are in charge of distributing, prioritizing and establishing the guidelines for the release of the COVID vaccines in Oregon.  According to OHA, Oregon, like most US states, has not received enough vaccines to immunize everyone in Phase 1a yet.  As soon as we receive a definite timeline for the next phases, we will pass along the information.  In the meantime, we ask that you be patient and continue to follow the well documented recommendations for COVID safety.  For the most up to date information on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon, log onto the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon website.  We ask that you not call or email the DCCRT, DPHN or local health care professionals, but instead directly contact CDC or OHA, for the latest updates and information on the status of vaccine availability.    

 

Remember You are the KEY to a COVID Safe 2021!

The DCCRT team encourages residents to make virus prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines.  The key to stopping the continued spread of coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please help by keeping gatherings small, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; keeping your six-foot distance from others; choosing minimal or no contact services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  Our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, while also supporting our local businesses.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings and unknowingly expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for you, but for others too.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household. 
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Today, Friday, January 8, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Information

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHA directly for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tonight, Friday, January 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

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ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: OHA Vaccine Contact , Thank You , DCCRT
DCCRT
DCCRT
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 7, 2021 - 01/07/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 7, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Thursday, January 7, 2021, there are TWENTY (20) people with new positive test results and THREE (3) presumptives to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,509*.  Currently, there are FIVE (5) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, two locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Sunday,

January 3, 2021

Monday,

January 4, 2021

Tuesday,

January 5, 2021

Wednesday,

January 6, 2021

Thursday,

January 7, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,447

1,456

1,474

1,486

1509

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,365

1,374

1,392

1,404

1424

Presumptive

82

82

82

82

85

Total Currently Hospitalized

5

5

3

3

5

Total Currently in Isolation

153

132

134

138

160

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

41

41

41

42

42

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. Please note 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.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 160 cases in isolation, as well as another 170 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 330 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Please Be Patient – COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming!

We know you are all anxious, but we ask for your continued patience as we await more information on the availability of the COVID vaccine for the next phases of distribution.  Oregon is still in the first phase of COVID vaccine distribution.  The January vaccine distribution looks like it will continue to be for front line health care workers and people who live or work in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities.  For more information about Oregon’s vaccine plan, priority groups, and the implementation process please visit: https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/  For information about county vaccine distribution numbers, please visit OHA at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.  As a reminder, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority are in charge of distributing, prioritizing and establishing the guidelines for the release of the COVID vaccines in Oregon.  Much like when testing started, they are still working out all the details.  According to OHA, Oregon, like other US states, has not received enough vaccines to immunize everyone in Phase 1a yet.  As soon as we receive a definite timeline for the next phases, we will pass along the information.  In the meantime, for the most up to date information on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon, log onto the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon website.  We ask that you not call us, but instead contact CDC or OHA, for the latest updates and information on the status of vaccine availability.    

 

Remember You are the KEY to a COVID Safe 2021!

The DCCRT team encourages residents to make virus prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines.  The key to stopping the continued spread of coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please help by keeping gatherings small, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; keeping your six-foot distance from others; choosing minimal or no contact services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  Our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, while also supporting our local businesses.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings and unknowingly expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for you, but for others too.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household. 
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, January 8, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Information

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHA directly for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, January 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

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ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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DCCRT
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 6, 2021 - 01/06/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 6, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  The headline today should read, “Douglas County, Oregon had the lowest 7-day COVID new case count in the United States for a county over 100,000 in population!”  Keep up the great work Douglas County!

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, there are TWELVE (12) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) death to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,486*.  Currently, there are THREE (3) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, two locally and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID-19 Related Death of a Douglas County Resident

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of another Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus. Our forty-second death is a 60-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 and passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, no additional information will be released.   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 the DCCRT team extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all family members, friends, relatives, co-workers and community members of those who have passed after contracting this deadly virus.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Saturday,

January 2, 2021

Sunday,

January 3, 2021

Monday,

January 4, 2021

Tuesday,

January 5, 2021

Wednesday,

January 6, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,436

1,447

1,456

1,474

1486

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,355

1,365

1,374

1,392

1404

Presumptive

81

82

82

82

82

Total Currently Hospitalized

6

5

5

3

3

Total Currently in Isolation

142

153

132

134

138

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

40

41

41

41

42

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. Please note 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.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 138 cases in isolation, as well as another 160 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 298 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Notice: Please Be Patient – COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming Soon!

We know you are all anxious, but we ask for your continued patience as we await more information on the availability of the COVID vaccine for the next phases of distribution.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer did a special Facebook Live event last night, where he talked about the current state of the COVID-19 vaccine.  You can check out the FB Live event here on the DPHN Facebook page.  As a reminder, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), along with Federal and State Health partners are in charge of distributing, prioritizing and establishing the guidelines for the release of the COVID vaccines.  The CDC has distributed vaccines for Phase 1A citizens, which include health care workers and people who live or work in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities.  According to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon, like other US states, has not received enough vaccines to immunize everyone against COVID-19 at this time.   OHA's Vaccine Data Dashboard shows the total number of vaccines given to date in Oregon, based on the Phase 1A populations and is working with other state and local health agencies to begin the next phases.  Please be aware that DPHN, Mercy Medical Center, Lower Umpqua Hospital, Aviva, our local COVID Hotline, Douglas County Government or the Douglas County COVID Response Team do not have a timeline or additional information about when we will be able to begin the next phases of vaccine distribution.  Like you, we are awaiting more information from the CDC and OHA concerning the release and availability of the next phase of COVID vaccinations. As soon as we receive a definite timeline, we will let everyone know.  In the meantime, for the most up to date information on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon, log onto the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon website.  The State of Oregon and OHA will be determining which residents will be included the next phases of vaccine distribution, as well as how and when they will start the next vaccination phases.  We ask that you not call us, but instead contact CDC or OHA, for the latest updates and information on the status of vaccine availability. 

 

Remember You are the KEY to a COVID Safe 2021!

The DCCRT team encourages residents to make virus prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines.  The key to stopping the continued spread of coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please help by keeping gatherings small, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; keeping your six-foot distance from others; choosing minimal or no contact services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  Our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, while also supporting our local businesses.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings and unknowingly expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for you, but for others too.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household. 
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, January 8, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Information

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHA directly for more information.

 

Local Workplace Outbreak Listed

OHA started reporting workplace, school and care facility outbreaks in early June 2020.  Since then, OHA has reported hundreds of workplace outbreaks, and locally we have had several dozen workplaces affected by the COVID-19 virus.  We wanted to let you know that OHA will be listing a COVID-19 workplace outbreak in Douglas County in their Wednesday, January 6, 2021, weekly COVID report.  OHA, due to privacy concerns, only publishes data on cases in workplace outbreaks when there are five or more cases (which include positive test results and presumptives) and only for workplaces with at least 30 workers. If more than 50% of the workers are COVID-19 cases, specific case numbers will not be reported.  Any suspected workplace outbreak is required to be reported to the local public health authority (see OAR 333-018-015). Please note that, with a workplace outbreak case counts include all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts with positive test results or presumptives. OHA attributes cases to what they define as an epidemiological link or an epilink.  An epilink is what a place or person or a group, who’ve tested positive for COVID-19, have in common, such as a workplace or family member.  When OHA declares a workplace outbreak, which it does on a weekly basis, it does not mean that the workplace was the source of the outbreak, only that the worksite is the shared “epilink.”  Click here to read the OHA Workplace Outbreak FAQ.   This week, OHA will list a workplace outbreak linked to Aviva Health in Roseburg.

 

Locally, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and the staff at DPHN have been working directly with Aviva Health and their staff.  Ongoing epidemiology work including communication with contacts of positive cases and additional testing is continuing to happen.  Both DPHN staff and Aviva Health officials are supporting staff that are in isolation or quarantine.

 

"After the last several days of epidemiology investigation, we believe the risk to the general public from this outbreak is low. Aviva Health has done all the right things in preparation, testing and supporting their staff in quarantine. Our experience with this outbreak is a fine example of an organization working together with public health to reduce transmission and support those who test positive,” commented Dr. Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Officer.

We’ve made every effort to keep the virus at bay and our staff safe, measures that have staved off coronavirus for several months. But like so many other Douglas County organizations and community members who have been equally vigilant, COVID-19 has now directly impacted our Aviva Health family. We are committed to working closely and cooperating with DPHN to minimize this outbreak and continue our work to protect our community and bring this pandemic to an end,” stated KC Bolton, CEO, Aviva Health.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, January 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

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ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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DCCRT
DCCRT
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 5, 2021 - 01/05/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 5, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Tuesday, January 5, 2021, there are EIGHTEEN (18) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,474*.  Currently, there are THREE (3) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, two locally and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

New Year’s Day Friday,

January 1, 2021

Saturday,

January 2, 2021

Sunday,

January 3, 2021

Monday,

January 4, 2021

Tuesday,

January 5, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,429

1,436

1,447

1,456

1474

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,348

1,355

1,365

1,374

1392

Presumptive

81

81

82

82

82

Total Currently Hospitalized

6

6

5

5

3

Total Currently in Isolation

99

142

153

132

134

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

40

40

41

41

41

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. Please note 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.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 134 cases in isolation, as well as another 161 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 295 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Reminder: About COVID Vaccines

Again, we wanted to remind our residents about who they need to contact regarding the availability of the COVID-19 vaccinations.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), along with Federal and State Health partners are in charge of distributing, prioritizing and establishing the guidelines for the release of the COVID vaccines.  The CDC has distributed vaccines for Phase 1A citizens, which include health care workers and people who live or work in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities.  According to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon, like other US states, has not received enough vaccines to immunize everyone against COVID-19 at this time. OHA's Vaccine Data Dashboard shows the total number of vaccines given to date in Oregon, based on the Phase 1A populations and is working with other state and local health agencies to begin the next phases.  Please note that Douglas Public Health Network, Mercy Medical Center, Aviva, our local COVID Hotline, Douglas County Government or the Douglas County COVID Response Team are not currently involved in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.  We too are awaiting more information from the CDC and OHA about the release of the next phase of COVID vaccinations. For the most up to date information on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon, log onto the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon website.  It will be up to the State of Oregon and OHA on which residents will be included the next phases of vaccine distribution, as well as how and when they will start the next vaccination phases.  We ask that you not call us, but instead contact CDC or OHA, for the latest updates and information on the status of vaccine availability. 

 

Remember You are the KEY to a COVID Safe 2021!

The DCCRT team encourages residents to make virus prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines.  The key to stopping the continued spread of coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please help by keeping gatherings small, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; keeping your six-foot distance from others; choosing minimal or no contact services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  Our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, while also supporting our local businesses.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings and unknowingly expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for you, but for others too.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household. 
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Today, Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Information

OHA reports new cases daily on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  OHA reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case numbers.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the OHA directly for more information.

 

Tune into A Special Facebook Live with Dr. Bob: COVID-19 Vaccine

Join us Tonight, Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm for a Special Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, where he will discuss what we know about the current state of the COVID vaccine. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, or you can email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

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 answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services.  The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Sheriff John Hanlin
Sheriff John Hanlin
1-04-21 2021 2021 Douglas County Officials Sworn In - 01/04/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 4, 2021

 

2021 Douglas County Officials Sworn In

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Kicking off the New Year with one of the first official actions of 2021, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners hosted the swearing in ceremony for the recently elected Douglas County Officials. Sworn in today were the county officers for District Attorney, Clerk, Treasurer and Sheriff.

 

This morning, Monday, January 4, 2021, starting at 9:00 am, Douglas County’s newly elected officials took the oath of office at staggered intervals (in order to accommodate social distancing) at the Douglas County Courthouse.  The individual ceremonies were witnessed by a small crowd of family, friends and County employees.  The newly sworn-in official’s terms will run from January 4, 2021 to December 31, 2024.

 

Sworn in today for Douglas County were:

 

Douglas County District Attorney, Richard Wesenberg was sworn in by the Honorable William Marshall, Presiding Judge for the Douglas County Circuit Court.  He was elected to his fifth term as the Douglas County District Attorney in November 2020.  Wesenberg was appointed by the state for his first term as the Douglas County District Attorney in July 2008, upon the retirement of Douglas County District Attorney Jack Banta. He then filed to run for the office in 2008 and was elected in November 2008.  Wesenberg has since run and been elected in 2012, 2016 and now 2020.  Wesenberg started his career as a Deputy District Attorney in the Douglas County DA’s office in 1992.

 

Douglas County Clerk, Daniel J. Loomis was sworn in by Douglas County Commissioner Tom Kress.  Loomis was elected to a second term as the Douglas County Clerk in November 2020, after serving a 15-month appointment to the same office.  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners appointed Daniel J. Loomis as County Clerk on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, for a term starting October 2, 2019 and ending January 3, 2021.  He replaced retiring County Clerk Patricia Hitt, who retired at the end of September 2019.  

 

Douglas County Treasurer, Samuel W. Lee III was sworn in by Douglas County Clerk, Daniel J. Loomis.  Lee was elected to his first term as the Douglas County Treasurer in November 2020.  Lee is the co-owner & founder of Western Financial, Inc., in Roseburg, Oregon.  He brings with him extensive knowledge in wealth management, as well as a background in agriculture with a Farrier business and cattle/sheep operation, and he also served our country in the United States Marine Corps. 

 

Douglas County Sheriff, John Hanlin was sworn in by Douglas County Clerk, Daniel J. Loomis.  He was elected to his fourth term as the Douglas County Sheriff in November 2020.  Hanlin first filed to run for the office in 2008 and was elected in November 2008.  He has since run and been elected in 2012, 2016 and now 2020.  Hanlin was hired by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in 1989.  During his tenure, he has served as a patrol deputy in the South County and Roseburg Patrol Offices, as a Street Crimes Unit investigator, and as a narcotics detective. Hanlin was also an active member of the Sheriff's Office Tactical Response Team (TRT) for more than 12 years. In April of 2001, he was assigned to the position of Commander of the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT). In August of 2005, Hanlin was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to command the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Detectives Division.

 

We are tremendously thankful for the work that our re-elected Douglas County Officials have accomplished over the years, and we are grateful for our newest Douglas County Official to begin his journey.  The swearing-in ceremony recognizes the journey that brought these newly and re-elected officials here today, while also representing the beginning and ongoing honorable and rewarding opportunity to serve the citizens of Douglas County,” commented Commissioner Tim Freeman.

 

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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

 

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 4, 2021 - 01/04/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 4, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Monday, January 4, 2021, there are NINE (9) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,456*.  Currently, there are FIVE (5) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, four locally and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Thursday, December 31, 2020

New Year’s Day Friday, January 1, 2021

Saturday,

January 2, 2021

Sunday,

January 3, 2021

Monday,

January 4, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,394

1,429

1,436

1,447

1456

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,314

1,348

1,355

1,365

1374

Presumptive

80

81

81

82

82

Total Currently Hospitalized

9

6

6

5

5

Total Currently

in Isolation

101

99

142

153

132

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

39

40

40

41

41

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. Please note 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.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 132 cases in isolation, as well as another 177 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 310 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe 2021!

The DCCRT team encourages residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines.  The key to stopping the continued spread of coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Prevention is key, not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well. Please help by keeping gatherings small, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; keeping your six-foot distance from others; choosing minimal or no contact services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  Our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings and unknowingly expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for you, but for others too.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household. 
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak in our state.  Log onto to Oregon Health Authority for more information.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptives, Negative Test Results and Recovered Cases

OHA case management reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm for our next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are still encouraged to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their Facebook Live updates.

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN continue to offer a local resource for Douglas County residents regarding COVID-19, with answers, information and referrals to resources and services.  The hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or Douglas County Facebook page and the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information for the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 3, 2021 - 01/03/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 3, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Sunday, January 3, 2021, there are TEN (10) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and ONE (1) death to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,447*.  Currently, there are FIVE (5) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, four locally and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID-19 Related Death of a Douglas County Resident

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of another Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus. Our forty-first death is an 86-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 and passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, no additional information will be released.   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 the DCCRT team extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all family members, friends, relatives, co-workers and community members of those who have passed after contracting this deadly virus.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Wednesday,

December 30, 2020

Thursday,

December 31, 2020

New Year’s Day Friday, January 1, 2021

Saturday,

January 2, 2021

Sunday,

January 3, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,367

1,394

1,429

1,436

1447

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,287

1,314

1,348

1,355

1365

Presumptive

80

80

81

81

82

Total Currently Hospitalized

10

9

6

6

5

Total Currently

in Isolation

94

101

99

142

153

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

39

39

40

40

41

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. Please note 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.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 153 cases in isolation, as well as another 195 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 348 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe 2021!

The DCCRT team encourages residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines.  The key to stopping the continued spread of coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Prevention is key, not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well. Please help by keeping gatherings small, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; keeping your six-foot distance from others; choosing minimal or no contact services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  Our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings and unknowingly expose others to your illness.

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for you, but for others too.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household. 
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak in our state.  Log onto to Oregon Health Authority for more information.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptives, Negative Test Results and Recovered Cases

OHA case management reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives, and uses OHA’s definition of presumptive as those having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN performs their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who test positive, as well as those that may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive while advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.  OHA has chosen to no longer report negative test results or recovered cases, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm for our next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are still encouraged to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their Facebook Live updates.

 

ACCESS ACCURATE, LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN continue to offer a local resource for Douglas County residents regarding COVID-19, with answers, information and referrals to resources and services.  The hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information for the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  To report compliance issues contact them directly OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 2, 2021 - 01/02/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 2, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Saturday, January 2, 2021, there are SEVEN (7) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,436*.  Currently, there are SIX (6) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, five locally and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Tuesday,

December 29, 2020

Wednesday,

December 30, 2020

Thursday,

December 31, 2020

New Year’s Day Friday, January 1, 2021

Saturday,

January 2, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,354

1,367

1,394

1,429

1436

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,275

1,287

1,314

1,348

1355

Presumptive

79

80

80

81

81

Total Currently Hospitalized

10

10

9

6

6

Total Currently

in Isolation

104

94

101

99

142

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

38

39

39

40

40

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives. Please note 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. OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 142 cases in isolation, as well as another 203 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 345 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe 2021!

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and DPHN encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines.  The key to stopping the continued spread of coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Prevention is key, not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well. Please help by keeping gatherings small, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; keeping your six-foot distance from others; choosing minimal or no contact services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  Our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings and unknowingly expose others to your illness. The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA case management reports include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  The DCCRT separates the number of people with new positive test results and new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA. As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm for our next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are still encouraged to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their Facebook Live updates.

 

ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN continue to offer a local resource for COVID questions, information and referrals via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  Call (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information for the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly: OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - January 1, 2021 - 01/01/21

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 1, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Welcome 2021, we wish we had better news to ring in the new year. Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Friday, January 1, 2021, there are THIRTY-FOUR (34) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and ONE (1) death to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,429*.  Currently, there are SIX (6) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, five locally and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID-19 Related Death of a Douglas County Resident

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of another Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus. Our fortieth death is a 95-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID and passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, no additional information will be released.   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 the DCCRT team extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all family members, friends, relatives, co-workers and community members of those who have passed after contracting this deadly virus.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Monday,

December 28, 2020

Tuesday,

December 29, 2020

Wednesday,

December 30, 2020

Thursday,

December 31, 2020

New Year’s Day, Friday,

January 1, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,344**

1,354

1,367

1,394

1429

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,266

1,275

1,287

1,314

1348

Presumptive

78

79

80

80

81

Total Currently Hospitalized

11

10

10

9

6

Total Currently

in Isolation

103

104

94

101

101

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

37

38

39

39

39

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. **The total on 12/28/20 reflects 20 positive test results that were rescinded due to an independent lab processing error, and 2 additional positive test results that were rescinded and moved to their respective counties of residence. 

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 99 cases in isolation, as well as another 175 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 274 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Reminder: State of Oregon Lowered the Risk Level for Douglas County Starting Tomorrow, January 1, 2021

As we reported yesterday, the good news for Douglas County residents and businesses is that we have succeeded in getting our COVID case numbers down, and the State of Oregon notified Douglas County that we are among a small group of counties that will be moving to a lower risk level based on COVID-19 spread beginning Friday, January 1, 2021.  Douglas County is being lowered to the High Risk Level from the Extreme Risk Level.  The new risk levels will be in effect from Friday, January 1, 2021 to Thursday, January 14, 2021.  We encourage you to support our local businesses, while still continuing to follow the widely proven safety guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.  We want to again extend our thanks and praise to our residents and businesses for following the recommended guidelines and for making good decisions in order for our communities to start opening back up.  The new risk level will allow restaurants and bars to open for limited indoor dining; gyms, dance studios, bowling alleys and indoor recreation to reopen; indoor sports to resume; theaters and museums to reopen; and indoor and outdoor businesses, services and activities will see some capacity levels increased.  The new risk level does not affect the latitude recently given by the State of Oregon for faith based organizations and local school districts to make decisions for their own congregations and educational programs.  Click here to view the State of OHA’s recommended sector risk level guidance chart.  Click here for the State of Oregon and OHA’s sector specific recommended risk level guidelines.  As a reminder, the risk level and subsequent state recommended sector guidelines are a part of the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon COVID campaign which is monitored, accessed, implemented and enforced by the State of Oregon and OHA.  For more information on the State of Oregon and OHA’s COVID Sector Risk Levels and Recommended Guidelines, please contact the State of Oregon directly or log onto the OHA COVID Website

 

2021 Is Here  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe New Year!

Keep up the good work.  It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness. The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   Please note that with New Year’s Day falling on a Friday, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinic on Tuesday for the week December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm for our next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease note that with New Year’s Day falling on a Friday, we will not be hosting a Facebook Live this Friday, January 1, 2021.  Happy New Year!  Residents are still encouraged to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their Facebook Live updates.

 

ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information for the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.

 

Questions about Governor’s Statewide Metrics and Risk Level Guidelines?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Guidelines?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly: OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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12-31-20 Commissioners Continue to Make Local Businesses a Top Priority - 12/31/20

Douglas County Board of Commissioners

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 31, 2020

 

Commissioners Continue to Make Local Businesses a Top Priority

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.)  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners are thrilled to announce that they have awarded and distributed the $1,470,000 in grant funds from the Douglas County COVID-19 Business Grant Program to one hundred and three (103) small local businesses.  The 1.47 million in grant funds were part of the Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Business Relief Fund that the State finally passed through to the individual counties for disbursement in mid-November this year in order to support small Douglas County businesses who were detrimentally impacted by COVID-19. 

 

            Because the funding we received from the State from the Federal CARES Act fell short of covering the relief applications we received from our local businesses, Commissioners decided to allocate an additional $350,000 to provide COVID relief grant dollars to twenty-two (22) more deserving businesses.  Additionally, the Commissioners chose to pay the cost of the fees charged by CCD for administration separately rather than withdraw funds from the grant, so 100% of this funding went directly to our local businesses.  The portal for the grant application process opened on Friday, December 4, 2020, closed on Friday, December 11, 2020 and the last of the checks were mailed on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.

 

            Additionally, the Commissioners are pleased to announce that they have completed another business grant program, initiated by them to help local businesses that are required to have an environmental health license with the county in order to operate. The Commissioners allocated up to $350,000 in county grant funding and offered an opportunity for those businesses to apply and receive a $500 grant, as a refund for the cost of their 2020 health license.  Plus, the Commissioners have decided to waive the 2021 environmental health licensing fees, and have refunded or applied payment to 2022 licensing for those businesses that already paid for their 2021 licenses.

 

            “Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners have made protecting our local businesses a top priority.  We have worked hard to help keep our business communities as healthy as we can, despite the State’s mandates.  We have provided daily updates with accurate information and links to available assistance programs, all while encouraging our citizens and businesses to stay healthy by managing their personal and business health during COVID.  Having the ability to distribute and then add to the available relief funds for our local businesses, who are in dire need, is one of the many ways your Board of Commissioners are helping.  I want to personally thank my fellow Commissioners for going above and beyond the call of duty this year to support our local businesses.  We are very aware that many of our local businesses have been tremendously impacted by COVID, and we are thankful that we have the ability to bring desperately needed financial relief to them,” stated Commissioner Chris Boice.  

 

            After hearing the news in November of the funding coming our way, the Commissioners swiftly contracted with Coos Curry Douglas (CCD) Business Development Corporation to facilitate and administer the grant funds for the much needed relief program.  Douglas County was one of the first counties, if not the first in Oregon to get our business relief program launched, executed and checks mailed.  The Federal CARES Act grant dollars were divided up amongst the 36 Oregon counties, and each county is responsible for establishing a local application process and allocation program.  CCD Business Development Corporation is a private nonprofit Oregon corporation which was formed in 1971. CCD enjoys a national reputation as one of the leading economic development organizations in the United States and is the federally recognized Economic Development District for Coos, Curry and Douglas counties.

 

            CCD Assistant Director, Bryan Sykes added, “We were very impressed with how quickly the Douglas County Commissioners got the ball rolling for these grants (the first to do so), for their diligence in making sure the program helped as many local businesses as possible, and for graciously adding additional grant dollars to the program to make sure that as many qualifying applicants as possible received some funding.

 

            If and when any new business funding, loan or grant opportunities become available, we will make sure to get the information out to our local business community as soon as possible.  In the meantime, businesses can sign up for our Douglas County e-Newsletter (click here to subscribe) or email us at dcinfo@co.douglas.or.us to be added to our business email list. 

 

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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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 31, 2020 - 12/31/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 31, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  From all of us at the DCCRT, we wish you a safe and merry New Year’s eve!  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Thursday, December 31, 2020, there are TWENTY-SEVEN (27) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,394*.  Currently, there are EIGHT (8) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seven locally and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Goodbye 2020, Happy New Year’s Eve and Welcome 2021!

As 2020 comes to a close and we gladly get ready to ring in a New Year, we want to take a moment and reflect the moments that have shaped our lives in the last year.  We are reminded about the tremendous courage, strength and adaptability of our residents, communities and businesses during this worldwide health crisis.  We are reminded of the personal and business struggles, the sacrifices made and the painful loss of residents to this unrelenting virus.  We are reminded of the importance of family, friends and communities supporting each other.  We are reminded of the perseverance and dedication of our local healthcare heroes, our first responders and our workforce.  We are thankful for the creative ingenuity of our local businesses, and our local leaders and citizens who continued to support them. We are thankful for our Douglas County Board of Commissioners for leading the charge for our local COVID response.  We are thankful for the amazing diverse group of community members that make up our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team.  We are reminded of the many firsts and benchmarks Douglas County has achieved, such as the first county to offer drive-through testing clinic in Oregon; the first local COVID hotline in Oregon; the nearly 400 COVID updates and press releases sent out; having the lowest positivity and death rate for a county with 100,000+ in population in the United States; the first and maybe only county to host weekly Facebook Live talks with our Douglas County Public Health Officer and one of the first in Oregon to begin Phase 1 vaccinations.  We are also very thankful for the many blessings we have here in Douglas County.  We know that 2020 will be remembered as being an especially difficult year for most of us.  It has tried our patience and dampened our spirit on more than one occasion.  But, in light of the trials and tribulations, the pandemic has really brought out and reaffirmed the incredible adaptability that we possess as human beings.  We hope that as the New Year rings in you will see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel, and make 2021 a year to rejuvenate and fill your life with faith, hope, family, friends, patience and above all kindness towards others.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Sunday,

December 27, 2020

Monday,

December 28, 2020

Tuesday,

December 29, 2020

Wednesday,

December 30, 2020

New Year’s Eve, Thursday,

December 31, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,363

1,344**

1,354

1,367

1394

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,285

1,266

1,275

1,287

1314

Presumptive

78

78

79

80

80

Total Currently Hospitalized

11

11

10

10

9

Total Currently

in Isolation

154

103

104

94

94

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

37

37

38

39

39

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. **The total on 12/28/20 reflects 20 positive test results that were rescinded due to an independent lab processing error, and 2 additional positive test results that were rescinded and moved to their respective counties of residence. 

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 94 cases in isolation, as well as another 186 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 280 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Reminder: State of Oregon Lowered the Risk Level for Douglas County Starting Tomorrow, January 1, 2021

As we reported yesterday, the good news for Douglas County residents and businesses is that we have succeeded in getting our COVID case numbers down, and the State of Oregon notified Douglas County that we are among a small group of counties that will be moving to a lower risk level based on COVID-19 spread beginning Friday, January 1, 2021.  Douglas County is being lowered to the High Risk Level from the Extreme Risk Level.  The new risk levels will be in effect from Friday, January 1, 2021 to Thursday, January 14, 2021.  We encourage you to support our local businesses, while still continuing to follow the widely proven safety guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.  We want to again extend our thanks and praise to our residents and businesses for following the recommended guidelines and for making good decisions in order for our communities to start opening back up.  The new risk level will allow restaurants and bars to open for limited indoor dining; gyms, dance studios, bowling alleys and indoor recreation to reopen; indoor sports to resume; theaters and museums to reopen; and indoor and outdoor businesses, services and activities will see some capacity levels increased.  The new risk level does not affect the latitude recently given by the State of Oregon for faith based organizations and local school districts to make decisions for their own congregations and educational programs.  Click here to view the State of OHA’s recommended sector risk level guidance chart.  Click here for the State of Oregon and OHA’s sector specific recommended risk level guidelines.  As a reminder, the risk level and subsequent state recommended sector guidelines are a part of the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon COVID campaign which is monitored, accessed, implemented and enforced by the State of Oregon and OHA.  For more information on the State of Oregon and OHA’s COVID Sector Risk Levels and Recommended Guidelines, please contact the State of Oregon directly or log onto the OHA COVID Website

 

2021 Is Just Around the Corner!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe New Year!

Keep up the good work.  It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this New Year.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this new year’s, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm for our next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease note that with New Year’s Day falling on a Friday, we will not be hosting a Facebook Live this Friday, January 1, 2021.  Happy New Year!  Residents are still encouraged to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their Facebook Live updates.

 

ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information for the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.

 

Questions about Governor’s Statewide Metrics and Risk Level Guidelines?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Guidelines?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly: OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 30, 2020 - 12/30/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 30, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  COVID Status Update from Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer

While the pandemic remains very active throughout the world, and the United States, it has been relatively quiet in Oregon and even more so in Douglas County!  “I believe that as of yesterday, Douglas County had the lowest rate of infection for a county over 100,000 in population in the entire country!” stated Dr. Dannenhoffer.  And, the state has updated our risk level from EXTREME to HIGH, allowing for some expanded services and some in person dining.  You all have played a part in helping to reduce the spread of this virus.  Keep up the great work!  

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Wednesday, December 30, 2020, there are TWELVE (12) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and ONE (1) death to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,367*.  Currently, there are TEN (10) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, nine locally and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID-19 Related Death of a Douglas County Resident

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of another Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus. Our thirty-ninth death is a 72-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID on Friday, November 20, 2020 and passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, no additional information will be released.   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 the DCCRT team extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all family members, friends, relatives, co-workers and community members of those who have passed after contracting this deadly virus.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Saturday,

December 26, 2020

Sunday,

December 27, 2020

Monday,

December 28, 2020

Tuesday,

December 29, 2020

Today, Wednesday,

December 30, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,353

1,363

1,344**

1,354

1367

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,275

1,285

1,266

1,275

1287

Presumptive

78

78

78

79

80

Total Currently Hospitalized

10

11

11

10

10

Total Currently

in Isolation

145

154

103

104

94

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

37

37

37

38

39

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. **The total on 12/28/20 reflects 20 positive test results that were rescinded due to an independent lab processing error, and 2 additional positive test results that were rescinded and moved to their respective counties of residence. 

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 94 cases in isolation, as well as another 186 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 280 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Reminder: COVID Vaccine Information

We continue to receive calls and requests for more information on the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine.  We wanted to remind citizens US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and then our state health authority, OHA are in charge of distributing, prioritizing and establishing the guidelines for the release of the COVID vaccines.  The CDC started the process of distributing vaccines earlier this month to phase one – healthcare workers and care facility workers, and is working with state health authorities to initiate the next phases.  Douglas Public Health Network, Mercy Medical Center, Aviva, the COVID Hotline or the Douglas County COVID Response Team are not in charge of the COVID vaccine distribution process.  We too are awaiting more information from the CDC, and the Oregon Health Authority, about the release of the next phase of COVID vaccinations.  It’s important to note that the recommendations for vaccine distribution that are being proposed by the CDC are also up for interpretation by state health authorities, who have the authority to modify the distribution lists.  Information on how and when the next phases of COVID vaccines will be approved and distributed is still forthcoming.  In the meantime, we encourage you not to call us, instead log onto the CDC website or the OHA website, for the latest updates and information on the status of vaccination distributions. 

 

Reminder: The State of Oregon Lowered the Guidance Level for Douglas County Starting January 1, 2021

As we reported yesterday, the good news for Douglas County residents and businesses is that we have succeeded in getting our COVID case numbers down, and the State of Oregon notified Douglas County that we are among a small group of counties that will be moving to a lower risk level based on COVID-19 spread beginning Friday, January 1, 2021.  Douglas County is being lowered to the High Risk Level from the Extreme Risk Level.  The new risk levels will be in effect from Friday, January 1, 2021 to Thursday, January 14, 2021.  We encourage you to support our local businesses, while still continuing to follow the widely proven safety guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.  We want to again extend our thanks and praise to our residents and businesses for following the recommended guidelines and for making good decisions in order for our communities to start opening back up.  The new risk level will allow restaurants and bars to open for limited indoor dining; gyms, dance studios, bowling alleys and indoor recreation to reopen; indoor sports to resume; theaters and museums to reopen; and indoor and outdoor businesses, services and activities will see some capacity levels increased.  The new risk level does not affect the latitude recently given by the State of Oregon for faith based organizations and local school districts to make decisions for their own congregations and educational programs.  Click here to view the State of OHA’s recommended sector risk level guidance chart.  Click here for the State of Oregon and OHA’s sector specific recommended risk level guidelines.  As a reminder, the risk level and subsequent state recommended sector guidelines are a part of the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon COVID campaign which is monitored, accessed, implemented and enforced by the State of Oregon and OHA.  For more information on the State of Oregon and OHA’s COVID Sector Risk Levels and Recommended Guidelines, please contact the State of Oregon directly or log onto the OHA COVID Website

 

2021 Is Just Around the Corner!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe New Year!

Keep up the good work.  It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this New Year.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this new year’s, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporating exercise and good hygiene routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,164 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm for our next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease note that with New Year’s Day falling on a Friday, we will not be hosting a Facebook Live this Friday, January 1, 2021.  Happy New Year!  Residents are still encouraged to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their Facebook Live updates.

 

ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information for the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.

 

Questions about Governor’s Statewide Metrics and Risk Level Guidelines?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Guidelines?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly: OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 29, 2020 - 12/29/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 29, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Tuesday, December 29, 2020, there are NINE (9) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and ONE (1) death to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,354*.  Currently, there are TEN (10) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, nine locally and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID-19 Related Death of a Douglas County Resident

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of another Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus. Our thirty-eighth death is a 61-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID on Monday, November 30, 2020 and passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, no additional information will be released.   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 the DCCRT team extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all family members, friends, relatives, co-workers and community members of those who have passed after contracting this deadly virus.

 

The State of Oregon Notified Douglas County That We Will Be Lowered to the High Risk Guidance Level

Good news for Douglas County residents and businesses is that we have succeeded in getting our COVID case numbers down, and the State of Oregon notified Douglas County that we are among a small group of counties that will be moving to a lower risk level based on COVID-19 spread, starting on Friday, January 1, 2020.  Douglas County is being lowered to the High Risk Level from the Extreme Risk Level.  The new risk levels will be in effect from Friday, January 1, 2021 to Thursday, January 14, 2021.  We want to thank our residents and businesses for following the recommended guidelines and for making good decisions in order for our communities to start opening back up.  The new risk level will allow restaurants and bars to open for limited indoor dining, gyms and indoor recreation to reopen, indoor sports to resume, theaters and museums to reopen, indoor and outdoor businesses, services and activities will see some capacity levels increased.  The new risk level does not affect the latitude recently given by the State of Oregon for faith based organizations and local school districts to make decisions for their own congregations and educational programs.  Click here to view the State of OHA’s recommended sector risk level guidance chart.  Click here for the State of Oregon and OHA’s sector specific recommended risk level guidelines. 

 

As a reminder, the risk level and subsequent state recommended sector guidelines are a part of the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon COVID campaign which is monitored, accessed, implemented and enforced by the State of Oregon and OHA.  According to the State and OHA, next week will be another warning week, and the new risk data will be sent out on Monday, January 4, 2021.  The following week will be another movement week and new risk data and possible level movement will be sent out by the State and OHA on Monday, January 11, 2021.  For more information on the State of Oregon and OHA’s COVID Sector Risk Levels and Recommended Guidelines, please contact the State of Oregon directly or log onto the OHA COVID Website.  

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Friday,

December 25, 2020

Saturday,

December 26, 2020

Sunday,

December 27, 2020

Monday,

December 28, 2020

Today, Tuesday,

December 29, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,346

1,353

1,363

1,344**

1354

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,268

1,275

1,285

1,266

1275

Presumptive

78

78

78

78

79

Total Currently Hospitalized

8

10

11

11

10

Total Currently

in Isolation

138

145

154

103

104

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

37

37

37

37

38

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. **The total on 12/28/20 reflects 20 positive test results that were rescinded due to a lab processing error, and 2 additional positive test results that were rescinded and moved to their respective County of residence. 

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 104 cases in isolation, as well as another 225 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 329 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

2021 Is Just Around the Corner!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holidays!

It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events.

Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Today, Tuesday, December 29, 2020, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us Tonight, Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm for our next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

 

ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

To access information for the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 211Info.

 

Questions about Governor’s Statewide Metrics and Risk Level Guidelines?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide guidelines or risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Guidelines?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related guidelines.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly: OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 28, 2020 - 12/28/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 28, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Monday, December 28, 2020, there are THREE (3) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,344**.  Currently, there are ELEVEN (11) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, nine locally and two out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Important Note Regarding Our Drop in Total Overall and Positive Case Numbers

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners knew that when they initiated the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) task force that one of the most critical missions was to make sure that the information that we provided in our daily updates was complete and accurate.  The DCCRT’s Joint Information Center has emphasized the need for all of the information we provide to be the most accurate information available at the time of release.  We are one of the only counties in Oregon, if not the only county that continues to provide our residents with a daily written COVID update.  We also make the effort to include a breakout of the positive test results and the presumptives in our reports in order to be completely forthright.  Additionally, Douglas Public Health Network, with whom the Douglas County Board of Commissioners contracts with to perform this work, also strive for the upmost accuracy in reporting.  Our DPHN case investigators make sure to review and verify that every single positive lab result is accurate.  It’s truly been a team effort. 

 

So, when DPHN staff noticed a suspected anomaly with a large number of reported positive test results from a new out-of-state testing lab with all the people being asymptomatic, they knew it warranted further investigation.  Most counties do not have the bandwidth and expertise with their case investigate staff in order to track down a possible lab error, let alone 20+ tests.  But, the diligent staff at DPHN and our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, knew that something was awry, and so they notified Oregon Health Authority (OHA) of the suspected anomaly, and then went the extra mile to perform an investigation on their own by contacting the lab directly to discuss their lab procedures, the abnormal test results, and requested that those samples be retested immediately.  The retesting proved what they suspected, that there was an unfortunate lab processing error.  Therefore, the DCCRT Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN, are pleased to announce that we have, with OHA’s blessing, rescinded 20 positive test results from our total case numbers and have released anyone from isolation or quarantine that was associated with these results.   Everyone with the DCCRT greatly appreciate your patience and trust in our work, and apologize for any inconvenience that this instance may have placed on our local community. 

 

Additionally, we are also rescinding TWO more positive cases from our totals today.  After investigation, we determined that two people previously reported with positive test results were not Douglas County residents, therefore, the cases were moved to their respective Counties.  We have adjusted our chart and numbers to reflect the retraction and movement.  Today, we are gladly rescinding these positive cases, and reporting this to emphasize the depth and diligence of our work, and we hope this isolated incident does not cast doubt on COVID testing or reporting.

                          

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Thursday,

December 24, 2020

Friday,

December 25, 2020

Saturday,

December 26, 2020

Sunday,

December 27, 2020

Today, Monday,

December 28, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,335

1,346

1,353

1,363

1344**

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,258

1,268

1,275

1,285

1266

Presumptive

77

78

78

78

78

Total Currently Hospitalized

8

8

10

11

11

Total Currently

in Isolation

127

138

145

154

103

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

37

37

37

37

37

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information.

 

**Our total today reflects that 20 positive test results have been rescinded due to a lab processing error, and 2 additional positive test results were rescinded and moved to their respective County of residency. 

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 103 cases in isolation, as well as another 221 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 324 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

2021 Is Just Around the Corner!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holidays!

It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events.

Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, December 29, 2020, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm for our next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

 

ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION/RESOURCES

To find additional information on State or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   Questions about Governor’s New Statewide Metrics and Rules?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide mandates, guidelines or rules, go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules.  

 

For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: DCCRT
DCCRT Positive Test Chart
DCCRT Positive Test Chart
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 27, 2020 - 12/27/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 27, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: The good news today is that for the fourth week in a row our case numbers are going down.  While still too high, we had 74 new cases this last week, and our two-week total is 174, which is under the 200 per 100,000 bench, and should allow Douglas County to be able to move down to a lower level of state restrictions. Thank you for your continued support and great job in helping us to get our COVID number down.  As of 12:00 pm Today, Sunday, December 27, 2020, there are TEN (10) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,363*.  Currently, there are ELEVEN (11) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, nine locally and two out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Wednesday,

December 23, 2020

Thursday,

December 24, 2020

Friday,

December 25, 2020

Saturday,

December 26, 2020

Today, Sunday,

December 27, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,323

1,335

1,346

1,353

1,363

People with Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,246

1,258

1,268

1,275

1,285

Presumptive

77

77

78

78

78

Total Currently Hospitalized

7

8

8

10

11

Total Currently

in Isolation

134

127

138

145

154

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

37

37

37

37

37

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. Also, note that OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. 

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 154 cases in isolation, as well as another 259 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 413 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

2021 Is Just Around the Corner!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holiday!

It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events.

Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, December 29, 2020, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm for our next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

 

ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION/RESOURCES

To find additional information on State or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   Questions about Governor’s New Statewide Metrics and Rules?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide mandates, guidelines or rules, go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules.  

 

For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

###

 

Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: DCCRT Positive Test Chart , DCCRT
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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 26, 2020 - 12/26/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 26, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Saturday, December 26, 2020, there are SEVEN (7) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,353*.  Currently, there are TEN (10) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eight locally and two out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Tuesday,

December 22, 2020

Wednesday,

December 23, 2020

Thursday,

December 24, 2020

Friday,

December 25, 2020

Today, Saturday,

December 26, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,315

1,323

1,335

1,346

1,353

People with Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,238

1,246

1,258

1,268

1,275

Presumptive

77

77

77

78

78

Total Currently Hospitalized

9

7

8

8

10

Total Currently

in Isolation

122

134

127

138

145

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

37

37

37

37

37

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. Also, note that OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. 

 

Weekly COVID Series: Week 4, Day 6 - Taking Care of You this Holiday Season

Christmas has come and gone, but the holiday season is still in session. Today is our final day of offering up ideas to help you deal with the strain, anxiety and stress of this holiday season and the pandemic.  As we clean up from Christmas and prepare for the arrival of 2021, during this very different-looking holiday season, it so very important to make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones, both psychically and mentally.  This week we have explored ways to help improve your mental health, so you can beat the blues and start off 2021 in a better light.  Tip #6: It’ Ok to Ask for Help!  Make a pack with yourself to take better care of you in 2021, with the biggest being knowing when you need to ask for help to manage your stress and anxiety.  You know, it’s ok to ask for help.  We all need support and guidance sometimes.  Whether you ask a friend, call a hotline or seek professional care, knowing you need to distress is important.  This time of year is typically difficult on many individuals who already suffer from mental illness, anxiety and depression.  It is also difficult for many that are alone, having to quarantine or isolate themselves or those in care facilities that have stopped or limited visitation from loved ones.  And, there is extra stress on caregivers that are also being asked to take on more duties or work extra shifts, due to the rise in case counts and the increasing number of people who need mental health or addiction services.  We encourage everyone to find time to take care of yourselves.  Yes, holiday celebrations will need to look different this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Do not chance it, please avoid activities that are higher risk for virus spread this holiday season.

 

Stress during the holidays, coupled with an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause the following:

  • Fear and worry about your own health, and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Worsening of mental health conditions.
  • Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances.

You may be experiencing increased stress during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions.  It’s important to seek, ask and get immediate help in a crisis.  (Graphic adapted from Methodist Health)

 

Locally, ADAPT, an essential provider for integrated addiction treatment, mental health care, and primary care, remains open at all locations with all services available during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Those having a mental health crisis in Douglas County, who need to speak to a qualified behavioral health professional should contact Compass Behavioral Health at (541) 440-3532.  We will feel the impacts of the pandemic for some time. Resources are available for caregivers as well as for the general public. Please reach out if you need help.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 145 cases in isolation, as well as another 280 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 425 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

2021 Is Just Around the Corner!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holiday!

It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events.

Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, December 29, 2020, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm for our next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

 

ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

ACCESS STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION/RESOURCES

To find additional information on State or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   Questions about Governor’s New Statewide Metrics and Rules?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide mandates, guidelines or rules, go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us  Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 25, 2020 - 12/25/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 25, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  Merry Christmas from the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team.  As of 12:00 pm Today, Friday, December 25, 2020, there are TEN (10) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,346*.  Currently, there are EIGHT (8) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, six locally and two out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Monday,

December 21, 2020

Tuesday,

December 22, 2020

Wednesday,

December 23, 2020

Thursday,

December 24, 2020

Today, Friday,

December 25, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,311

1,315

1,323

1,335

1,346

People with Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,234

1,238

1,246

1,258

1,268

Presumptive

77

77

77

77

78

Total Currently Hospitalized

9

9

7

8

8

Total Currently

in Isolation

154

122

134

127

138

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

37

37

37

37

37

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. Also, note that OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. 

 

Weekly COVID Series: Week 4, Day 5

Taking Care of You this Holiday Season

Christmas has arrived and for most of us it’s definitely a different kind of celebration this year.  Today is our fifth day of offering up ideas to help you deal with the strain, anxiety and stress of this holiday season and the pandemic.  As we clean up from Christmas and prepare for the arrival of 2021, during this very different-looking holiday season, it so very important to make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones, both psychically and mentally.  This week have explored ways to help improve your mental health, so you can beat the blues and start off 2021 in a better light.  Tip #5: The Power of Positive Thinking!  Think positive, be positive and speak positive! It has been shown that your attitude can change everything, so keep it happy, hopeful and joyful.  More than anything, taking the time to reach out to your loved ones, to be yourself or simply to do the things you love, will help to boost your positivity and happiness. It’s so important to have a good balance in life, and taking time out to just escape the day to day is so important in helping you keep that positive outlook in life. Spend time escaping the day to day grind by do what makes you happiest like writing, singing, exercising, video chats with family, volunteering or even just little trips to the seaside for a beach walk – are the ultimate cure for any stresses.  This time of year is typically difficult on many individuals who already suffer from mental illness, anxiety and depression.  It is also difficult for many that are alone, having to quarantine or isolate themselves or those in care facilities that have stopped or limited visitation from loved ones.  And, there is extra stress on caregivers that are also being asked to take on more duties or work extra shifts, due to the rise in case counts and the increasing number of people who need mental health or addiction services.  We encourage everyone to find time to take care of yourselves.  If you need assistance, please reach out to Adapt/Compass Behavioral Health.  Yes, holiday celebrations will need to look different this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Do not chance it, please avoid activities that are higher risk for virus spread this holiday season.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 138 cases in isolation, as well as another 267 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 405 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Christmas is Here!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holiday!

It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events.

Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, December 29, 2020, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Special Fireside Chat - Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us Today, Christmas Day for a Special COVID Fireside Chat with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer.  Our Facebook Live this week will be on Friday, December 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

 

KEEP UP AND ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550


Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

ACCESS TO STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION/RESOURCES

To find additional information on State or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   Questions about Governor’s New Statewide Metrics and Rules?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide mandates, guidelines or rules, go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/ or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us.

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 24, 2020 - 12/24/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 24, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  Happy Christmas Eve Douglas County.  As of 12:00 pm Today, Thursday, December 24, 2020, there are TWELVE (12) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,335*.  Currently, there are EIGHT (8) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seven locally, and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Sunday,

December 20, 2020

Monday,

December 21, 2020

Tuesday,

December 22, 2020

Wednesday,

December 23, 2020

Today, Thursday,

December 24, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,284

1,311

1,315

1,323

1,335

People with Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,207

1,234

1,238

1,246

1,258

Presumptive

77

77

77

77

77

Total Currently Hospitalized

9

9

9

7

8

Total Currently

in Isolation

168

154

122

134

127

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

36

37

37

37

37

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. Also, note that OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. 

 

Weekly COVID Series: Week 4, Day 4

Taking Care of You this Holiday Season

On the day before Christmas, we wanted to provide ideas to help you deal with the strain, anxiety and stress of this holiday season and the pandemic.  As we make the final preparations for Christmas and New Year’s, all during a very different-looking holiday season, it so very important to make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones, both psychically and mentally.  This week we will explore ways to help improve your mental health, so you can joyfully celebrate during this COVID holiday season.  Tip #4: Get Creative: Do What You Love!  When you’re relaxed, you’re more creative. A relaxed state allows you to access a different part of your brain and boost your creativity, so when you take time out to chill, to relax and to unwind, you’ll find yourself more inspired and thinking more creatively. It’s why the best ideas always come when you’re on holiday or at rest. So if you’re needing some inspiration, take some time out, it’ll come naturally before you know it.  Take time to revisit hobbies that you used to enjoy, or search out new hobbies to explore your creative side.  Discover what inspires you and stimulates your imagination: Take an online cooking class; get out those knitting needles or that sewing machine and make something fun for yourself or someone you love; write music and play a new song; conquer that 5,000-piece puzzle; get that book you have always wanted to read and dive in; write a novel or start a blog; learn how to chisel wood toys; try indoor gardening or sculpt with clay.  There are so many fun and creative ideas out there, we are sure you can find something that you will love to do. This time of year is typically difficult on many individuals who already suffer from mental illness, anxiety and depression.  It is also difficult for many that are alone, having to quarantine or isolate themselves or those in care facilities that have stopped or limited visitation from loved ones.  And, there is extra stress on caregivers that are also being asked to take on more duties or work extra shifts, due to the rise in case counts and the increasing number of people who need mental health or addiction services.  We encourage everyone to find time to take care of yourselves.  If you need assistance, please reach out to Adapt/Compass Behavioral Health.  Yes, holiday celebrations will need to look different this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Do not chance it, please avoid activities that are higher risk for virus spread this holiday season.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 127 cases in isolation, as well as another 256 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 383 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Countdown to Christmas, It’s Christmas Eve!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holiday!

It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events.

Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, December 29, 2020, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Special Fireside Chat - Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us on Christmas Day for a Special COVID Fireside Chat with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer.  Our Facebook Live this week will be on Friday, December 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

 

Red Cross: Be The LIFELINE Patients Need

The American Red Cross still has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage. Donors are needed to make and keep scheduled appointments to help meet the current need. If you are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, you are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible. COVID-19 safe donation measure are in place.  Donate your blood and save a life.  Remember, appointments are required, visit www.redcrossblood.org  or call (800) 733-2767 to schedule today.

 

Local Upcoming Blood Drives:

Tuesday, December 29             12:00 pm - 5:00 pm      Glide High School – Red Cross Donation Center – Roseburg

Wednesday, December 30         11:00 pm – 4:00 pm      Roseburg Donation Center – 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Wednesday, December 30         10:00 am – 3:00 pm      Redeemer's Fellowship - 3031 W. Harvard Ave, Roseburg

Thursday, December 31             10:00 am – 3:30 pm      Roseburg Donation Center – 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Monday, January 4                   1:00 pm – 6:30 pm       Roseburg Donation Center – 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

 

KEEP UP AND ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

ACCESS TO STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION/RESOURCES

To find additional information on State or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   Questions about Governor’s New Statewide Metrics and Rules?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide mandates, guidelines or rules, go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/ or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us.

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 23, 2020 - 12/23/20

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JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 23, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Wednesday, December 23, 2020, there are EIGHT (8) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,323*.  Currently, there are SEVEN (7) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, five locally, and two out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID Vaccines Roll Out Around the Country

We have received a number of calls and requests for more information about the availability of the COVID-19 vaccinations.  We wanted to let you know that the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) is in charge of distributing, prioritizing and setting the guidelines the release of the COVID vaccines.  Dubbed, “Operation Warp Speed”, the CDC has begun the process of distributing vaccines and is working with state health agencies to begin the next phases.  Douglas Public Health Network, Mercy Medical Center, Aviva, the COVID Hotline or the Douglas County COVID Response Team are not in charge of the COVID vaccine distribution process.  We too are awaiting more information from the CDC, and then the Oregon Health Authority, about the release of the next phase of COVID vaccinations. In the meantime, we encourage you not to call us, instead log onto the CDC website or the OHA website, for the latest updates and information on the status of vaccination distributions. 

 

So, Here is What We Know Thus Far

As the number of COVID-19 cases reported in the United States has exceeded 18 million, the CDC reports that more than 1,008,025 people in the United States have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine as a part of their Phase 1A of vaccine distribution. Currently, there are two vaccines authorized by the CDC, the Vaccine Advisory Council (VAC) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use, one from Pfizer and the other from Moderna. 

 

As of today, the CDC reports that doses distributed are for both Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine; however, the administered dose reports are for Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine only at this time. According to the CDC, they issued the first wave (Phase 1A) of vaccinations to frontline health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff.  The two vaccines are both two doses, and are to be taken three to four weeks apart. So, it will be four to six weeks before those workers will complete their vaccination regimen.  Enough vaccinations for 20 million people are expected to be produced by the end of the year according to the US Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett Giroir.  

 

So, Who Gets COVID-19 Vaccine Next?

Again, the CDC i s in charge of distributing, prioritizing and setting the guidelines the release of the COVID vaccines.  On December 20, the vaccine advisory council to the CDC voted to propose Phase 1B of COVID vaccine distribution.  Phase 1B includes both older adults, ages 75 and older, and approximately 30 million "frontline essential workers” be the next in line to receive the COVID vaccine. Frontline essential workers in Phase 1B include first responders, people in the education sector, those who work in food and agriculture, those in manufacturing, corrections workers, US Postal Service workers, public transit workers and grocery store workers. Following that group will be Phase 1C, which at this time the vaccine advisory council to the CDC proposes that the next group include adults ages 65 to 75, people ages 16 to 64 with high-risk medical conditions and "other essential workers."  According to the CDC, there are about 57 million other essential workers that are part of Phase 1C. They include people in transportation and logistics, food service, construction and shelter and housing, finance, IT and communication, the energy sector, the media, the legal sector, public safety and water and wastewater industries.  It is also important to note that, these recommendations for vaccine distribution are also up for interpretation by state health agencies, who have the authority to modify the lists.  Information on how and when this phase of COVID vaccines will be approved and distributed is still forthcoming.  In the meantime, we encourage you not to call us, instead log onto the CDC website or the OHA website, for the latest updates and information on the status of vaccination distributions. 

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 134 cases in isolation, as well as another 264 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County.  Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 398 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Saturday,

December 19, 2020

Sunday,

December 20, 2020

Monday,

December 21, 2020

Tuesday,

December 22, 2020

Today, Tuesday,

December 23, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,280

1,284

1,311

1,315

1,323

People with Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,203

1,207

1,234

1,238

1,246

Presumptive

77

77

77

77

77

Total Currently Hospitalized

10

9

9

9

7

Total Currently

in Isolation

164

168

154

122

134

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

36

36

37

37

37

 

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. Also, note that OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. 

 

Weekly COVID Series: Week 4, Day 3

 

Taking Care of You this Holiday Season

Day three of ideas to help you deal with the strain, anxiety and stress of this pandemic.  As we make the final preparations for Christmas and New Year’s, all during a very different-looking holiday season, it so very important to make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones, both psychically and mentally.  This week we will explore ways to help improve your mental health, so you can joyfully celebrate during this COVID holiday season.  Tip #3: Health Food and Good Sleep!  Having time to rest and recuperate is the simplest way to ensure you are always productive. The more you wear yourself out, the less efficient and productive you become. This is especially pertinent when you’re working and swamped in deadlines and heavy workloads, the stress and pressure often means that you stop taking breaks and giving yourself a moment out … but actually taking time out in these moments has never been more important.  So, try to get 6-8 hours of good sleep a night.  It is also very important to watch what you eat during stressful times.  Make sure you are eating a healthy and balanced diet, with lots of nutrient rich vitamins and minerals. Try to avoid foods that are high in fat, sugar and calories.  This time of year is typically difficult on many individuals who already suffer from mental illness, anxiety and depression.  It is also difficult for many that are alone, having to quarantine or isolate themselves or those in care facilities that have stopped or limited visitation from loved ones.  And, there is extra stress on caregivers that are also being asked to take on more duties or work extra shifts, due to the rise in case counts and the increasing number of people who need mental health or addiction services.  We encourage everyone to find time to take care of yourselves.  If you need help or assistance, please reach out to Adapt/Compass Behavioral Health.  Yes, holiday celebrations will need to look different this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Do not chance it, please avoid activities that are higher risk for virus spread this holiday season.

 

Countdown to Christmas, Two Days to Go!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holiday!

It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events.

Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, December 29, 2020, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Special Fireside Chat - Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us on Christmas Day for a Special COVID Fireside Chat with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer.  So, we wil have another Facebook Live this week on Friday, December 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

 

 

KEEP UP AND ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

 

 

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

ACCESS TO STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION/RESOURCES

To find additional information on State or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   Questions about Governor’s New Statewide Metrics and Rules?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide mandates, guidelines or rules, go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/ or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us.

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 22, 2020 - 12/22/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 22, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Tuesday, December 22, 2020, there are FOUR (4) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,315*.  Currently, there are NINE (9) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seven locally, and two out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Friday,

December 18, 2020

Saturday,

December 19, 2020

Sunday,

December 20, 2020

Monday,

December 21, 2020

Today, Tuesday,

December 22, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,258

1,280

1,284

1,311

1,315

People with Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,181

1,203

1,207

1,234

1,238

Presumptive

77

77

77

77

77

Total Currently Hospitalized

13

10

9

9

9

Total Currently

in Isolation

147

164

168

154

122

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

36

36

36

37

37

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. Also, note that OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. 

 

Weekly COVID Series: Week 4, Day 2

Taking Care of You this Holiday Season

Day two of ideas to help you deal with the strain, anxiety and stress of this pandemic.  As we make the final preparations for Christmas and New Year’s, all during a very different-looking holiday season, it so very important to make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones, both psychically and mentally.  This week we will explore ways to help improve your mental health, so you can joyfully celebrate during this COVID holiday season.  Tip #2: Take A Deep Breath – Re-energize!  When you feel stressed or anxious take a step back from the world and try to relax by taking a few deep breaths, going for a walk, exercising or meditating.  Sometimes all you need is a time out.  Taking time out helps your body and mind rest and refresh itself, more often than not when you take a little time out, you end up feeling more energized and motivated than if you just keep ploughing on. When we’re busy and stressed, taking a break gets de-prioritized completely, but actually this in itself is counter intuitive, as actually taking a break and some time out is a guaranteed way to help feel re-energized (and boosts your productivity, more on that to come). This time of year is typically difficult on many individuals who already suffer from mental illness, anxiety and depression.  It is also difficult for many that are alone, having to quarantine or isolate themselves or those in care facilities that have stopped or limited visitation from loved ones.  And, there is extra stress on caregivers that are also being asked to take on more duties or work extra shifts, due to the rise in case counts and the increasing number of people who need mental health or addiction services.  We encourage everyone to find time to take care of yourselves.  If you need assistance, please reach out to Adapt/Compass Behavioral Health.  Yes, holiday celebrations will need to look different this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Do not chance it, please avoid activities that are higher risk for virus spread this holiday season.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 122 cases in isolation, as well as another 267 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 389 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Countdown to Christmas, Four Days to Go!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holiday!

It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Today, Tuesday, December 22, 2020, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us Tonight, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live event with Dr. Bob. hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease note that due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our Facebook Live Events on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm for the weeks of December 21 and 28.   Residents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

KEEP UP AND ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

ACCESS TO STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION/RESOURCES

To find additional information on State or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   Questions about Governor’s New Statewide Metrics and Rules?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide mandates, guidelines or rules, go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/ or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us.

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: Take a Deep Breath , DCCRT
Closed for Christmas and NYE
Closed for Christmas and NYE
12-21-20 Notice of Holiday Closure - Christmas Day and New Year's Day - 12/21/20

Douglas County Board of Commissioners

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 21, 2020

 

 

***NOTICE OF HOLIDAY CLOSURE*** Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

 

            (Roseburg, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners 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, Douglas County Museums, Douglas County Landfill and Transfer Stations, Douglas County Fairgrounds and All External Douglas County Government Offices will be closed to the public on Friday, December 25, 2020, as well as Friday, January 1, 2021, in observance of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Holidays. 

 

Additionally, some County Departments have limited hours or will be lightly staffed on Thursday, December 24, 2020.  Please call ahead of your visit to see if the Department has staff available to assist you with your needs.  You can call (541) 672-3311 for general inquires and Department extensions.  You can also log onto our website at www.co.douglas.or.us to access the direct phone numbers for each County Department.  Please note that the Douglas County Lighthouse Gift Shop will be open every day except Friday, December 25, 2020.

 

As a reminder Douglas County Senior Dining Sites – Curbside Meal Service and our Meals on Wheels Programs in Glendale, Glide, Yoncalla, Reedsport, Sutherlin, Riddle and Winston will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021, so patrons needing meals for those days are asked to request an extra meal from staff during their drive-through visit or delivery the week of December 21, 2020 and December 28, 2020. 

 

            As always, even when Douglas County government offices are closed, many officials and public employees are still working. 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 COVID-19 Response Team, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Public Health Officer, DPHN staff, the DCCRT’s Joint Information Center staff and the Douglas County Commissioners will continue to work on the COVID-19 response regardless of the holiday.

           

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners understand that this Christmas and New Year will again be decidedly different holidays during this worldwide pandemic, but we hope you will join us in celebrating safely, making healthy choices and taking measures to protect those you love.  We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

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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

Attached Media Files: Closed for Christmas and NYE
Take A Break
Take A Break
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 21, 2020 - 12/21/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 21, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Monday, December 21, 2020, there are TWENTY-SEVEN (27) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) death to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,311*.  Currently, there are NINE (9) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seven locally, and two out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID-19 Related Death of Douglas County Residents

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of another Douglas County resident from the COVID-19 virus. Our thirty-seventh death is a 90-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID on Saturday, November 21, 2020 and passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, no additional information will be released.   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 staff and the DCCRT Team extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all family members, friends, relatives, co-workers and community members of those who have passed after contracting this deadly virus.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Thursday,

December 17, 2020

Friday,

December 18, 2020

Saturday,

December 19, 2020

Sunday,

December 20, 2020

Today, Monday,

December 21, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,244

1,258

1,280

1,284

1,311

People with Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,167

1,181

1,203

1,207

1,234

Presumptive

77

77

77

77

77

Total Currently Hospitalized

13

13

10

9

9

Total Currently

in Isolation

157

147

164

168

154

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

36

36

36

36

37

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. Also, note that OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. 

 

Weekly COVID Series: Week 4, Day 1

Taking Care of You this Holiday Season

Many of us have felt the strain, anxiety and stress of dealing with this pandemic.  As we make the final preparations for Christmas and New Year’s, all during a very different-looking holiday season, it so very important to make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones, both psychically and mentally.  This week we will explore ways to help improve your mental health, so you can joyfully celebrate during this COVID holiday season.  Tip #1: Take A Media Time Out! Try to avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19, unplug from your cell phone or computer and take a break from the news, your Facebook page, Twitter and online distractions this week.  Take time to relax, refresh and recharge your mind.  This time of year is typically difficult on many individuals who already suffer from mental illness, anxiety and depression.  It is also difficult for many that are alone, having to quarantine or isolate themselves or those in care facilities that have stopped or limited visitation from loved ones.  And, there is extra stress on caregivers that are also being asked to take on more duties or work extra shifts, due to the rise in case counts and the increasing number of people who need mental health or addiction services.  We encourage everyone to find time to take care of yourselves.  If you need assiatance, please reach out to Adapt/Compass Behavioral Health.  Yes, holiday celebrations will need to look different this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Do not chance it, please avoid activities that are higher risk for virus spread this holiday season.

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 154 cases in isolation, as well as another 579 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 733 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Countdown to Christmas, Four Days to Go!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holiday!

It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events. Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, December 22, 2020, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

 

KEEP UP AND ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION


Please join us Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live event with Dr. Bob. hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease note that due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our Facebook Live Events on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm for the weeks of December 21 and 28.   Residents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

 

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

 

ACCESS TO STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION/RESOURCES


Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

To find additional information on State or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   Questions about Governor’s New Statewide Metrics and Rules?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide mandates, guidelines or rules, go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/ or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us.

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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DCCRT
DCCRT
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 20, 2020 - 12/20/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 20, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Sunday, December 20, 2020, there are FOUR (4) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,284*.  Currently, there are NINE (9) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eight locally, and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Wednesday,

December 16, 2020

Thursday,

December 17, 2020

Friday,

December 18, 2020

Saturday,

December 19, 2020

Today, Sunday,

December 20, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,227

1,244

1,258

1,280

1,284

People with Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,150

1,167

1,181

1,203

1,207

Presumptive

77

77

77

77

77

Total Currently Hospitalized

13

13

13

10

9

Total Currently

in Isolation

159

157

147

164

168

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

36

36

36

36

36

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. Also, note that OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. 

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 168 cases in isolation, as well as another 594 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 762 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Countdown to Christmas, Five Days to Go!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holiday!

It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events.

Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, December 22, 2020, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live event with Dr. Bob. hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease note that due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our Facebook Live Events on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm for the weeks of December 21 and 28.   Residents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

 

KEEP UP AND ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION


Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

 

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

 

ACCESS TO STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION/RESOURCES


Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

To find additional information on State or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   Questions about Governor’s New Statewide Metrics and Rules?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide mandates, guidelines or rules, go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/ or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: DCCRT
DCCRT
DCCRT
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 19, 2020 - 12/19/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 19, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  The good news today is that this week we recorded our lowest number of new cases (101) since the week ending November 7, 2020, when we reported 78 new cases.  Kudos and Thank You to all our residents for helping us to achieve this goal.  Keep up the good work and stay vigilant!  We are well on our way to achieving the next bench mark (less than 200 cases per 100,000 residents), in order to move down a category in restrictions.  As of 12:00 pm Today, Saturday, December 19, 2020, there are TWENTY-TWO (22) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,280*.  Currently, there are TEN (10) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, nine locally, and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Tuesday,

December 15, 2020

Wednesday,

December 16, 2020

Thursday,

December 17, 2020

Friday,

December 18, 2020

Today, Saturday,

December 19, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,222

1,227

1,244

1,258

1,280

People with Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,145

1,150

1,167

1,181

1,203

Presumptive

77

77

77

77

77

Total Currently Hospitalized

15

13

13

13

10

Total Currently

in Isolation

171

159

157

147

164

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

34

36

36

36

36

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. Also, note that OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. 

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 164 cases in isolation, as well as another 593 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 757 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Countdown to Christmas, Six Days to Go!  Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holiday!

It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events.

 

Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend any social gatherings, church services or meetings, birthday or holiday parties, indoor or outdoor celebrations, family dinners, weddings, game or poker nights, prayer groups or indoor workout sessions, and expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Tuesday, December 22, 2020, in Roseburg.   Please note that with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our drive-through COVID testing clinics on Tuesdays for the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

 

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live event with Dr. Bob. hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease note that due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Friday’s, we will only be hosting our Facebook Live Events on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm for the weeks of December 21 and 28.   Residents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

 

KEEP UP AND ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION


Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

 

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

 

ACCESS TO STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION/RESOURCES


Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

To find additional information on State or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   Questions about Governor’s New Statewide Metrics and Rules?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide mandates, guidelines or rules, go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/ or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: DCCRT , COVID Test Chart
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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - December 18, 2020 - 12/18/20

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 18, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Friday, December 18, 2020, there are FOURTEEN (14) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,258*.  Currently, there are THIRTEEN (13) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, twelve locally, and one out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Monday,

December 14, 2020

Tuesday,

December 15, 2020

Wednesday,

December 16, 2020

Thursday,

December 17, 2020

Today, Friday,

December 18, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,208

1,222

1,227

1,244

1,258

People with Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,131

1,145

1,150

1,167

1,181

Presumptive

77

77

77

77

77

Total Currently Hospitalized

14

15

13

13

13

Total Currently

in Isolation

200

171

159

157

147

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

30

34

36

36

36

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives. Also, note that OHA has chosen to no longer provide or report negative test results, so we will no longer be reporting this data in our daily update.  Please contact the Oregon Health Authority for more information. 

 

Yesterday, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners released this call to action to help our local businesses.

 Commissioners Encourage Local Leaders to Join Them in Supporting the OSCC Business Reopening Plan

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners would like to encourage city, county and state officials, as well as local chambers, councils and business leaders, to join us in supporting the business reopening plan recently submitted to Oregon’s Governor and state lawmakers by the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce (OSCC).  The clear and concise plan details the basis for this timely and profound recommendation that aims to help our businesses hardest hit by COVID-19, to pull through this economic recession and overcome their financial hardships. 

 

As fellow citizens and business owners, we share in the frustration that our local businesses, families and residents are dealing with.  The last nine months have been challenging to say the least, and now more than ever before our local businesses need your support, and a united front backing them with a solid, productive plan that will provide relief and a future for their livelihoods.  Please consider joining us in supporting the plan presented by the OSCC,” commented Commissioner Tom Kress.  

 

Many of our small business communities have been the unfortunate victims of this pandemic, and they need your attention and support right now! While there have been some City, County, State and Federal COVID-Relief loans, grants and programs offered, there has simply not been enough funding to go around, or really help these businesses survive this storm.  Click here for the link to read the entire statement and plan.  Below is an excerpt of the conclusion and proposed plan from the OSCC statement.

 

“The Oregon State Chamber of Commerce (OSCC) is stating as clearly and plainly as possible: Local businesses need to be made whole, and they need to be able to re-open for business now.” 

 

The Oregon State Chamber of Commerce comes to this conclusion by way of the following:

1. Our businesses have been extremely responsible to our community and to the Covid-19 guidance coming from the state. The recent adoption of the Oregon OSHA Covid-19 Standard further means that Oregon workplaces are some of the safest and most sanitary places for customers and employees to be. Public health officials have been clear that Covid-19 is spreading in Oregon for reasons unrelated to our businesses being open.

2. Our local businesses deserve the same consideration as the Large Corporations that have prospered due to elimination of small business competition and our government employees that have been kept whole. The shutdown of our local businesses has paved the way for corporate giants to profit in the absence of thriving local business communities. Similarly, the Governor has made every effort to keep public employees drawing full paychecks. The “forgotten” people in this state have been our local businesses and their employees who have been crushed by their state government and left to fend for themselves.

3. The remedies to small business currently being offered by the State are completely inadequate. Last week’s distribution of $20 million of small business grants by Business Oregon closed after 15 minutes due to over-subscription. Similarly, the $55 million offered this past week by Governor Brown is wholly inadequate to match the current devastation in our local business communities. The economic damage to our local businesses and families is in the billions of dollars, not millions.

4. Shutdowns are sending our employees into a failed state unemployment system that has a history of failing to deliver timely benefits. This is disastrous for our valued employees and completely avoidable if they were simply allowed to work and earn their paychecks.

 

To help give our local businesses equal consideration, the OSCC and our members across Oregon are calling for:

1. Immediate re-opening of all Oregon businesses.

2. Substantial remedies to our local businesses that have been forced to shut down through no fault of their own as the state has deprived these businesses and employees of their livelihoods.

3. A $75 million Hospitality Relief fund dedicated to helping our state’s restaurants and hospitality businesses recover.

4. A Moratorium on new or increased taxes and fees at the state and local level. Whether direct or indirect, these increase the cost of business and further deprive our businesses of cash flow.

5. Stabilization of the commercial rental market through a short term tax credit for property owners that are willing to waive debt for commercial tenants that are behind on rent.

 

OSCC is calling on Governor Brown and lawmakers to give local businesses and their employees the same consideration given to others during the Covid-19 pandemic. Local businesses and their employees have shouldered the largest costs imposed by state government and now is the time to help them recover.”

 

Local Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 147 cases in isolation, as well as another 550 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 697 total contacts in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and Douglas Public Health Network to help control the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Weekly COVID Series: Week 3, Day 6 – Special Edition

Celebrate the Holidays Safely During COVID-19

It is Friday!  And we are one week away from Christmas!  We had one more thing we wanted to share with you for tips and ideas to safely celebrate your holidays and keep you and your family and friends safe from COVID this holiday season.  But, this one is more of a request than a tip.  Tip # 6: Shop, Buy and Eat Locally!  It is no secret that many local businesses are struggling with the current state mandated regulations right now.  Make a point this holiday season to show them some love, by shopping local, ordering take out, pick up or delivery from them or buying gift cards for future services from them.  Check out your favorite local business online on their websites or Facebook pages for pick up dinner specials, special shopping times/days, holiday specials, online ordering, curbside pickup service, delivery options and more.  Make sure to follow the widely proven, simple and effective recommendations for virus spread prevention (6-feet apart, wearing face coverings and staying home when you are sick).  Let’s all help our local businesses stay open!  So, spend locally so your dollars stay in our communities.  As DPHN illustrates in their latest graphic (below)…. It’s COVID Outside!  Yes, COVID is still here.  Yes, your holiday celebrations will need to look different this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Do not chance it, please avoid activities that are higher risk for virus spread this holiday season.

 

Christmas is ONE WEEK Away! Remember You are the KEY to COVID Safe Holiday! It is no secret that the key to stopping the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU, our residents, our families, our communities and our businesses.  Please celebrate safely this holiday season.  Prevention is the best medicine, and not just to help stop the spread of COVID, but for your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to implement prevention measures into their daily routine, we could see a huge decrease in our COVID case numbers.  We need each and everyone one of our residents to take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of germs and contagions.  You can help by staying home this holiday season, keeping gatherings to just your household, maintaining healthier eating habits; incorporate exercise and cleaning routines; being cautious and keeping distance from others; making modifications to how you socialize with others; choosing no contact deliveries and services; and staying home if you are sick.  The suggestions we make and the guidelines presented by public health are not just for your health and safety, but for the health and safety of everyone, including our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Official, urges residents to stay home when they are sick to help protect others from getting sick and spreading disease.  This means not only staying home from work and school, but also staying home from all other activities and social events.  Please, if you are sick, even if you just have a runny nose or stuffy head, do not got to work or attend gatherings, church, parties, events, weddings, game nights, prayer groups, or go work out at the gym and expose others to your illness.

 

Help STOP the Spread of COVID

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Also try and avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Please wear a mask when you are around others not from your household.  Not just for your protection, but for the protection of others. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful, kind and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries or services.
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home. 
  • Minimize attending social gatherings or going places where there are large groups of people.

 

The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network encourage residents to make prevention measures a priority in their everyday routines. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Today, Friday, December 18, 2020, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020. Since then, there have been 2,123 tests performed in local drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports new cases once a day on their website at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. OHA also releases a daily situation status report and a weekly report that details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak within our state.  The daily report details positive and presumptive cases, as well as deaths by county and statewide, while the weekly report is more in depth and includes statistical data related the severity of cases by age, gender, zip codes, ethnicity, as well as information on workplace and senior care facility outbreaks in Oregon. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine and isolation.

OHA Reporting and Definition for Recovered

As per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered cases is no longer being assessed or reported by OHA.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antipyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period.  Many cases were no longer contagious, as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Please join us Tonight! Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live event with Dr. Bob. hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageDr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer will continue their normal schedule of Facebook “Live Q&A Updates” next week with both his Tuesday night at 6:00 pm and Friday night at 4:00 pm on the DPHN Facebook page.  Residents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob during the live shows, but you can also email your questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during their weekly updates.

 

 

KEEP UP AND ACCESS LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION


Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

 

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550

 

ACCESS TO STATE COVID-19 INFORMATION/RESOURCES


Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network continue to offer a local resource and referral service via our COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The Hotline helps residents get answers to questions, provides up-to-date COVID information and helps residents get connected to resources and services related to COVID-19.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

To find additional information on State or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.   Questions about Governor’s New Statewide Metrics and Rules?  If you have questions or need more information on statewide mandates, guidelines or rules, go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/ or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in other counties and around Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info. 

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the Governor’s orders.  The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with COVID-related rules.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Public Information Officer, Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, (541) 670-2804 cell (541) 957-4896 tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network, (541) 817-6552 cell (541) 440-3571 vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org