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Updated Notice: 9-17-21 Campfires Now Permitted at Designated Inland County Parks and Campgrounds - 09/19/21

Please see updated press release below.  I apologize for the confusion, but campfires are only permitted at designated county parks and campgrounds.  Corrections have been made to the press release accordingly.  

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

UPDATED - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 17, 2021

*** UPDATED NOTICE ***

Campfires Now Permitted at Designated Inland County Parks and Campgrounds


            (Douglas County, Ore) In light of the forecasted cooler temperatures and anticipated rainfall, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with our Douglas County Parks Department, have decided to allow campfires again at designated* inland Douglas County Parks and Campgrounds effective today, Friday, September 17, 2021.  The new order removes the temporary ban issued on August 5, 2021, that was put in place out of an abundance of caution due to the EXTREME fire risk, excessive heat and the severe drought conditions at that time.  The recent cooling trend has allowed us to reinstate patrons and visitors ability to have campfires in designated fire pits and fire rings at designated inland county parks and campgrounds.

 

*This means that there are currently no campfire fire restrictions at the following Douglas County Parks and Campgrounds as designated by Douglas Forest Protective Association (DPFA): Amacher Park and Campground; Chief Miwaleta Campground; Douglas County Fairgrounds Campground; Pass Creek Campground; Stanton Park and Whistler’s Bend Campground.  However, we ask that you continue to exercise caution and practice fire safety measures in everything you do in and around our parks, and also while visiting outdoor recreation sites. 

 

We encourage all citizens to know and follow the current restrictions issued by DFPA and the Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA).  For the most up-to-date information on local wildfires and IFPL or Public Use Restrictions in effect on DFPA protected land, call DFPA’s 24-hour closure information line at (541) 672-0379 or visit www.dfpa.net or https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation/.  For the most up-to-date information on local wildfires and IFPL or Public Use Restrictions in effect on CFPA protected land, call CFPA’s 24-hour closure information line at (541) 267-1789 or visit https://www.coosfpa.net/ or https://www.facebook.com/CoosForestPatrol/

 

ALL Douglas County Parks, Campgrounds and Day-Use areas are all open at this time. All reservations for Douglas County Parks are still in place. For questions or additional park information please contact the Douglas County Parks Department at (541) 957-7001 or log onto www.co.douglas.or.us.

 

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

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

DCBOC COVID19 UPDATE
DCBOC COVID19 UPDATE
Douglas County COVID-19 Update - Friday, September 17, 2021 (Photo) - 09/17/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #629

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) A QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are NOT Fully Vaccinated**

51*

81

73 of the 81

*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. **We follow the CDC definition for fully vaccinated, which states that a fully vaccinated person is someone who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

As of 12:00 pm today, Friday, September 17, 2021, there are FIFTY (50) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 10,620*. Currently, there are EIGHTY-ONE (81) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, fifty-six locally and twenty-five out-of-the-area, including one that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 23 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 8 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 15 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 12 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).  43% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases today, SEVENTY-THREE (73) patients out of the 81 patients are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RECAP FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

On Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had SEVENTY-ONE (71) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and ONE (1) new COVID-19 related death to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 10,569*. We had EIGHTY-ONE (81)Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, fifty-seven locally and twenty-four out-of-the-area, including one patient that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 19 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 9 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently, 14 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 15 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 45% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases on Thursday, SEVENTY-THREE (73) patients out of the 81 patients are not fully vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATH OF A DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENT

Douglas County Public Health has confirmed the death of one more Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus.   Our one hundred and eighty-fifth COVID-19 related death was a 78-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, September 13, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. He was partially vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, and as our ethical responsibility to follow all medical laws, no additional information will be released.  We thoroughly scrutinize and investigate all deaths, and review all medical records to make sure that everyone we report has met the requirements for a COVID related death, as per the Oregon Disease Investigative Guidelines for COVID-19.  Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and 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 Chart**

Date

Monday

September 13, 2021

Tuesday,

September 14, 2021

Wednesday

September 15, 2021

Thursday,

September 16, 2021

Friday,

September 17, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

10,278

10,373

10,497

10,569

10,620

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

9,968

10,063

10,185

10,256

10,306

Presumptive

310

310

312

313

314

Total Currently Hospitalized

92

87

79

81

81

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

173

177

184

185

185

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

LOCAL DEATH STATISTICS

We have sadly seen a stunning loss of life in Douglas County related to the COVID-19 virus in the last six weeks.  We have had 46 COVID-19 related deaths so far in September, and there have been a total of 95 COVID-19 related deaths since August 1, 2021.  Hence, the data is projecting that COVID-19 related deaths will almost certainly be our leading cause of death for the months of August and September in Douglas County.  Douglas County’s COVID-19 data shows that of the 46 COVID-19 related deaths in September, only five were fully vaccinated.  Currently, Douglas County has a 54% fully vaccinated rate among adults 18 years and older. Utilizing this data, it is estimated that right now the risk of dying from a COVID-19 related death is ten times higher for unvaccinated adults, and the vaccine efficiency for preventing hospitalizations and deaths is still over 90%.  It’s also important to note that among the 29 seniors who were reported as COVID-19 related deaths in September, only four were fully vaccinated, giving similar vaccine efficiency for the elderly for preventing hospitalizations and deaths.  Further, 17 of the 46 COVID-19 related deaths in September were among people less than 65 years of age.

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE

More Douglas County residents continue to get the COVID-19 vaccine each week.  In this past week, 1,628 total vaccines were administered in Douglas County.  And, 748 of those were the first vaccine for individuals ages 16 years and above.

  • Those 16 years old and above who have received one dose of vaccine.  This is the measure that the State of Oregon uses and is the best measure of vaccine uptake currently.  Taking into account the Federally reported Veterans Administration vaccine numbers (that are reported separately from the State’s numbers), Douglas County is now at 62.7% (59,196 residents) vaccinated who are age 16 years and above, with at least one dose. 
  • For those 18 years old and above who are fully vaccinated (as calculated by the CDC) Douglas County is currently at 53% fully vaccinated. 
  • For the percent of the ENTIRE population who are fully vaccinated (as calculated by the CDC), Douglas County is currently at 45% fully vaccinated. 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

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

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

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

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

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

🔍 DPHN Informational Videos: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for informational videos about COVID-19.

🐯 Douglas County Tiger Team: The Tiger Team organizes our county-wide COVID-19 vaccine program via free pop-up vaccine clinics, with Umpqua Valley Ambulance, who provide a certified vaccinator and medical assistant.  The clinics are open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not required. Click here for the calendar of upcoming clinics or call (541) 670-3110 or (541) 464-6550, if you are interested in having team come to your location.

👩‍⚕️ Aviva Health: Offering free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination and testing services to all symptomatic residents, as well as registered Aviva Health patients who are asymptomatic.  No appointment needed.  Patients must be Douglas County residents and be 12 years of age or older***.  The drive-through is located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A in Roseburg and is open M-F: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/.  Aviva also has an online COVID FAQ page with answers to frequently asked questions. 

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

👨‍⚕️ Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center: Effective Monday, September 13, ALL COVID Testing will be held via drive thru clinics in Roseburg at 2360 NE Stephens Street, and at the South Clinic in Canyonville at 480 Wartahoo Lane from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The last test will be administered at 12:45 pm. Testing is free, available for all community members and done on a first-come first-served basis.  Those accessing this service should be prepared for a minimum of a 30-minute wait time. This testing is for medical diagnostic purposes to assist exposed and symptomatic individuals only; all individuals being tested will be asked to self-attest they are being tested for medical purposes only.  Effective Monday, September 20, ALL COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered at the Public Health Site at Seven Feathers Casino Resort, South Parking Lot by appointment only, please call (541) 670-2949 to schedule an appointment. You must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.  If you are waiting to receive a COVID booster from Cow Creek Public Health, call and ask to be placed on a list, and they will call you to schedule your booster when available.  In addition, effective Monday, October 11, 2021, Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center will no longer offer community testing. They will be transitioning back to the clinic based COVID-19 testing model at both locations.  Testing will be available by appointment for Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center patients, Tribal Members, Employees of Cow Creek Government Offices and affiliated businesses at the new Roseburg Clinic at 2589 NW Edenbower Blvd and the South Clinic in Canyonville at 480 Wartahoo Lane.

🏥 Roseburg VA Health Care System: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

👵 Douglas County Senior Services can help seniors with questions, find testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

***Please note for residents ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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

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

Attached Media Files: DCBOC COVID19 UPDATE
DC BOC Proclamation Constitution Week
DC BOC Proclamation Constitution Week
09-17-21 Commissioners Issue Proclamation In Honor of Constitution Week (Photo) - 09/17/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 17, 2021

 

Commissioners Issue Proclamation In Honor of Constitution Week

Friday, September 17 – September 23, 2021

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners have issued a proclamation in honor of Constitution Week, which begins today, Friday, September 17, 2021, and runs through Thursday, September 23, 2021.  The proclamation is a reminder for the citizens of Douglas County to take a moment to reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship that were established in the founding documents of our nation over two centuries ago.  This year on Friday, September 17, 2021, we commemorate the 234th anniversary of the framing of the Constitution of the United States of America at the final session of the Constitutional Convention of 1784.   

 

Constitution week celebrates our heritage, our founding principles and asks that we the people never cease in the pursuit of a more prefect union.  The first and last verses of Katherine Lee Bates’s 1911 version of the poem “America the Beautiful”, * say it best: 

 

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain. For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain!

America! America! God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea! 

 

O beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years.Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears!

America! America!  God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!

 

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners encourage our citizens to learn more about the history of the United States Constitution, and how you can share the founding principles and ideologies with others in the pursuit of freedom, life and liberty.   

 

*Fun fact: The poem “American the Beautiful”, originally penned by Bates in 1893, was first called America. A poem for July 4. In an essay that appeared in local newspapers in 1925, Bates described that her inspiration for writing "America the Beautiful," came during a trip to Pike’s Peak in 1893. Bates was a professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and had traveled west to teach a summer course in Colorado Springs. Bates and the other professors decided to celebrate the close of the session with a trip to the top of Pike’s Peak in a prairie wagon. At the top, Bates later wrote, she was inspired by, "the sea-like expanse of fertile country under ample skies," and she said "the opening lines of the hymn floated into my mind." The poem would eventually become the lyrics of one of the best-known songs in American history.

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist

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

 

(Proclamation Attached)

Ribbon Cutting Carnes Road
Ribbon Cutting Carnes Road
09-15-2021 Commissioners Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Carnes Road (Photo) - 09/15/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2021

 

Commissioners Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Carnes Road

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)   The Douglas County Board of Commissioners held a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today to celebrate the completion of our second Safe Routes to School Improvement Project in Douglas County.  The ceremony was held on Carnes Road near Green Elementary School and included key partners involved in the grant application process and the design and construction of the improved safety corridor.  Green Elementary School students, Quinn Gibson (5th Grade), Miles David (2nd Grade) and Conner Ryan (4th Grade) were given the honor of cutting the ribbon with Commissioner Tom Kress to officially commemorate the newly improved road. 

 

The construction was worth the wait.  The dramatic difference these improvements have made in such a high traffic corridor is just remarkable. Making school zones and access to schools safer for everyone in neighboring communities is a high priority for myself and my fellow Commissioners.    In addition to our partners that collaborated on the grant and our project contractors, we would also like to thank our local residents for their cooperation, patience and understanding during construction,” stated Commissioner Tom Kress.I’m thrilled we qualified for the grant. These grants are extremely competitive. We are consistently selected for top level funding. In fact, I am pleased to announce that Douglas County has been awarded another Safe Routes to Schools grant.  Douglas County Public Works has started initial work for a 2022 safety corridor improvement project in Canyonville.

 

The section of Carnes Road between Highway 42 and Happy Valley Road was identified as high priority for safety improvements in Douglas County’s 2016-2021 Transportation Improvement Plan.  Carnes Road is the only access road to Green Elementary for school buses and vehicles.  High traffic volumes, speeds, undefined intersection crossings, and continuous driveway access, exacerbated by a lack of facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians have long been safety concerns for students walking and biking to and from school. The improvements included constructing continuous sidewalks and buffered bike lanes on both sides of the roadway, a complete upgrade of the storm sewer system, and new pavement.  The project increased visibility at school crossings at Del Mar Drive and Linnell Avenue intersections with enhancements to striping and school warning signs to better alert motorists driving through the school zone. A Rapid Flashing Pedestrian Beacon with safety island was also installed near Green Elementary.  Our first Safe Routes to School Improvement Project took place in 2019/2020 near Winchester Elementary in Hwy 99 South in Winchester.

 

The total cost of the project was $4.2 million. Douglas County was awarded a $2 million grant from the Safe Routes to School Initiative in March 2020.  Both Green Sanitary and Roberts Creek Water Districts contributed $200k for each of their portion of the project and the remainder was funded with Douglas County Road Funds. Key Partners for this project included Douglas County Public Works Department, David Evans & Associates, IE Engineering and Knife River Materials.

 

Douglas County Public Works Department worked hand-in-hand with Blue Zones Project, Green Elementary School, Roseburg Public Schools to put together the grant application. Safe Routes to School is a national program to increase physical activity, improve health and reduce traffic congestion around schools by making it safer and easier for students to walk and bicycle to school. Safe Routes to School has a 12-year history of projects and programs in Oregon. These range from education and encouragement, to fixing the built environment in school neighborhoods. 

 

“I would like to thank the Douglas County Commissioners and the Douglas County Public Works Department and all our partners for seeing this project to fruition. The initiative is already paying off, parents and students feel much safer in our school zone.  The improvements have increased the visibility of our school zone with flashing lights and larger sidewalks,” commented Lisa Dickover, Principal of Green Elementary. “Families can now walk or bike to school in a much safer way, and families that have not been able to walk or bike in the past, now have the option to do that. It has been so wonderful to see entire families biking together to school using the new bike lanes.”

 

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(Photos attached)

Map Dillard Hwy Paving
Map Dillard Hwy Paving
09-15-21 Road Construction Notice - Old Hwy 99 South - Dillard Hwy (Photo) - 09/15/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2021

 

*** ROAD CONSTRUCTION NOTICE ***

OLD HWY 99 SOUTH – DILLARD HWY

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.) – Douglas County Public Works Department (DCPW) via our contractor, Knife River will be performing road construction work on Old Hwy 99 South (aka Dillard Hwy and Country Road #387) between Brockway Road and NE Dole Road (MP 1.89 to MP 5.83) near Winston, Oregon.  The project will begin on Monday, September 20, 2021, and is expected to be completed in mid-October 2021.  As with any construction project, unforeseen delays due to weather, equipment and material availability could extend the anticipated construction dates.  

 

           The road repair work will require periodic lane closures along the construction route during day light hours only.  DCPW will provide reader boards with advance warning notices, as well as barricades with traffic delineation to notify the motoring public of the lane closures for the project.

 

            Safety is always a priority for the motoring public, as well as for our road construction crews, we are asking motorists to use caution as they travel in the area and to seek alternate routes whenever possible.   Please follow and obey all posted signs, warnings and flagging instructions.  For more information, please contact Douglas County Public Works Department at (541) 440-4481.   

 

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

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

 

(Map)

Attached Media Files: Map Dillard Hwy Paving
Delivery
Delivery
09-15-21 Commissioners Receive PPE from SOWIB (Photo) - 09/15/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2021

 

COMMISSIONERS RECEIVE PPE FROM SOWIB

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)   The Douglas County Board of Commissioners recently received a large supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) for Douglas County residents and businesses thorough a partnership program with Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board (SOWIB).  The supply of PPE included 5,022 boxes of disposable face masks (250,000 total) and 3,800 packages of sanitizing handwipes.  Thanks to the delivery prowess of Commissioner Chris Boice, the supply of PPE has been distributed to 14 outlet centers all over Douglas County.  The face masks and sanitizing wipes are now available for free, on a first come, first served basis for residents who would like to utilize them for personal use or for workplaces who need to utilize them for employees or customers. The Commissioners are working in conjunction with various businesses, chamber of commerce locations, churches and city offices that are acting as PPE outlet centers for the supplies. 

 

We wanted to have PPE available as a free resource for those who want to use them and for those businesses and employees that need to use them,” said Commissioner Boice. “By collaborating with SOWIB, we have masks and wipes available for free to anyone that needs them. We want folks to pick them up for personal use or to donate to places or organizations they know could use them.  Whether it’s sending them to your child’s classroom, daycare provider or for use on school buses, or taking them to the senior retirement center where Grandma lives, or supplying your employees or customers with them, that’s the way we hope they’ll get utilized. Over the past year we’ve had to navigate shutdowns and mandates coming out of Salem, we thought this would be a helpful resource for those who want or need them.”  

 

Area residents can pick-up the face masks and sanitizing wipes during the specified days and times at outlet centers in Canyonville, Drain, Elkton, Glendale, Glide, Myrtle Creek, Oakland, Reedsport, Roseburg, Sutherlin, Tri-City, Winston and Yoncalla. See attached list for pick-up times, days, and locations. The face masks are available in boxes of 50 count, and the sanitizing wipes are available in packages of 80 count.

 

CityDesignated LocationAddressPhonePickup Times
CanyonvilleHometown Insurance333 S. Main St.541-839-42918-5 Mon-Fri
DrainDrain City Hall431 Payton Ave.541-836-24178-5 Mon-Fri
ElktonElkton City Hall366 First St.541-584-25479-12 Mon-Thu
GlendaleGlendale City Hall124 Third St.541-832-21068:30-5 Mon-Fri
GlideGlide Revitalization/Old Middle School Building301 Glide Loop Drive541-430-61008-4:30 Mon-Thu
Myrtle CreekMSK Building Supply225 NE 1st Ave.541-863-443110-6 Sun-Sat
OaklandOakland City Hall637 NE Locust St.541-459-45318-5 Mon-Fri
ReedsportChamber of Commerce2741 Frontage Road541-271-34958-5 Mon-Fri
RoseburgCurrent Orthodontics500 SE Douglas Ave.541-672-57218-4 Thursdays
RoseburgRoseburg Alliance Church2165 Garden Valley Blvd.541-673-54128-12 Mon-Thu
SutherlinChamber of Commerce1310 W. Central Ave.541-459-3280Call to Reserve
Tri-CityMSK Building Supply102 S. Old Pacific Hwy.541-863-312710-4 Sun-Sat
WinstonWinston Police Dept.131 Rose St.541-679-87068-5 Mon-Fri
YoncallaYoncalla City Hall2640 Eagle Valley Rd.541-849-21527-5 Mon-Thu

 

The Commissioners would like to thank SOWIB and all of our local partners for helping to distribute the PPE to residents in our county.  SOWIB is a local workforce board serving Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties bringing together private business with partners from local government, education, organized labor, economic development and community-based organizations. SOWIB’s primary goal is to build a system that is flexible, customer-focused and responsive to local needs. For more information on SOWIB visit their website.

 

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

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

 

Kellie Trenkle, Public Affairs Specialist

(541) 670-8371 cell – (541) 440-4493 office – kellie@co.douglas.or.us

 

 

Photos Attached: 

  1. Commissioner Chris Boice delivering boxes of PPE to locations all over Douglas County.
  2. Reedsport / Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce
  3. Photo of the 50 cases of face masks and 25 cases of sanitizing wipes delivered to Reedsport / Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce

DCSSAC
DCSSAC
09-15-21 Douglas County Senior Services Advisory Council Meeting (Photo) - 09/15/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2021

 

 

***VIRTUAL MEETING NOTICE***

Douglas County Senior Services Advisory Council

September 16, 2021

 

 

 

(Roseburg, OR) The next meeting of the Douglas County Senior Services Advisory Council will take place on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 1:30 pm, via a virtual phone conference format.

 

           Because the meeting will be conducted virtually, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to listen to the meeting. For information on how you can listen in on this meeting, please email Douglas County Senior Services at s@co.douglas.or.us">seniors@co.douglas.or.us or call (541) 440-3677.

 

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

 

Douglas County attempts to provide public accessibility to its services, programs and activities.  Please contact the Senior Services Department located in Room 221 of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave. Roseburg, OR 97470 or call Kathy Stauffer at (541) 440-3675, prior to the scheduled meeting time if you need an accommodation. TDD users please call Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

 

 

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

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

 

About Douglas County Senior Services Department

The purpose of the Douglas County Senior Services is to support and enhance a structure of social, protective and health services for seniors throughout the county. Douglas County Senior Services is one of seventeen Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in Oregon and one of 600 located throughout the United States. This structure serves to provide an opportunity for continued independence, dignity and a higher quality of life for seniors, age 60 and over.  The intent of Senior Services is to provide a comprehensive and coordinated plan of services, for older Oregonians, based on local community needs. Prioritizing the needs and strategies that best fit with our community and that also fit within the budgetary and resource realities of Douglas County.

 

About Douglas County

Douglas County Government employs approximately 800 full- and part-time employees in a wide variety of jobs. The Board of Commissioners, consisting of three full-time members, is the county’s governing body. They provide a direct link between the citizens of Douglas County and their county government. The Board of Commissioners is responsible for: approving ordinances (county laws); adopting the county budget; setting standards for the use of county property; appointing non-elected officials to boards, commissions, and committees; and oversees all operations of the county.

 

 

 

 

Attached Media Files: DCSSAC
DCBOC COVID Update
DCBOC COVID Update
Douglas County COVID-19 Update - September 15, 2021 (Photo) - 09/15/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #628

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) A QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are NOT Fully Vaccinated**

124*

79

72 of the 79

*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. **We follow the CDC definition for fully vaccinated, which states that a fully vaccinated person is someone who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

As of 12:00 pm today, Wednesday, September 15, 2021, there are ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-TWO (122) people with new positive test results, TWO (2) new presumptives and SEVEN (7) new COVID-19 related deaths to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 10,497*. Currently, there are SEVENTY-NINE (79) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, fifty-five locally and twenty-four out-of-the-area, including one that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 19 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 11 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 14 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 14 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).  45% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases today, SEVENTY-TWO (72) patients out of the 79 patients are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RECAP FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had NINETY-FIVE (95) people with new positive test results and FOUR (4) new COVID-19 related deaths to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 10,373*.  We had EIGHTY-SEVEN (87) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, fifty-six locally and thirty-one out-of-the-area, including one patient that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 17 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 12 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently, 14 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 11 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 49% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases on Tuesday, SEVENTY-NINE (79) patients out of the 87 patients are not fully vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of eleven more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus.  Our one hundred and seventy-fourth COVID-19 related death was an 81-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and seventy-fifth COVID-19 related death was a 75-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, September 3, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and seventy-sixth COVID-19 related death was a 50-year-old woman who made a presumptive case on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and seventy-seventh COVID-19 related death was an 86-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2021. She was fully vaccinated.  Our one hundred and seventy-eighth COVID-19 related death was a 70-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, August 16, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021. He was not vaccinated. Our one hundred and seventy-ninth COVID-19 related death was an 80-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, August 27, 2021 and passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and eightieth COVID-19 related death was an 89-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, September 6, 2021 and passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and eighty-first COVID-19 related death was a 43-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, August 19, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and eighty-second COVID-19 related death was a 39-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, August 20, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021. She was not vaccinated. Our one hundred and eighty-third COVID-19 related death was a 65-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, August 21, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and eighty-fourth COVID-19 related death was a 75-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, September 12, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents and as our ethical responsibility to follow all medical laws, no additional information will be released.  We thoroughly scrutinize and investigate all deaths, and review all medical records to make sure that everyone we report has met the requirements for a COVID related death, as per the Oregon Disease Investigative Guidelines for COVID-19.  Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and 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 Chart**

Date

Saturday

September 11, 2021

Sunday,

September 12, 2021

Monday

September 13, 2021

Tuesday,

September 14, 2021

Wednesday,

September 15, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

10,226

10,240

10,278

10,373

10,497

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

9,917

9,930

9,968

10,063

10,185

Presumptive

309

310

310

310

312

Total Currently Hospitalized

90

91

92

87

79

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

170

172

173

177

184

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

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

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

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

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

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

🔍 DPHN Informational Videos: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for informational videos about COVID-19.

🐯 Douglas County Tiger Team: The Tiger Team organizes our county-wide COVID-19 vaccine program via free pop-up vaccine clinics, with Umpqua Valley Ambulance, who provide a certified vaccinator and medical assistant.  The clinics are open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not required. Click here for the calendar of upcoming clinics or call (541) 670-3110 or (541) 464-6550, if you are interested in having team come to your location.

👩‍⚕️ Aviva Health: Offering free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination and testing services to all symptomatic residents, as well as registered Aviva Health patients who are asymptomatic.  No appointment needed.  Patients must be Douglas County residents and be 12 years of age or older***.  The drive-through is located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A in Roseburg and is open M-F: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/.  Aviva also has an online COVID FAQ page with answers to frequently asked questions. 

🏥 Lower Umpqua Hospital District: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. 👨‍⚕️ Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center: Effective Monday, September 13, ALL COVID Testing will be held via drive thru clinics in Roseburg at 2360 NE Stephens Street, and at the South Clinic in Canyonville at 480 Wartahoo Lane from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The last test will be administered at 12:45 pm. Testing is free, available for all community members and done on a first-come first-served basis.  Those accessing this service should be prepared for a minimum of a 30-minute wait time. This testing is for medical diagnostic purposes to assist exposed and symptomatic individuals only; all individuals being tested will be asked to self-attest they are being tested for medical purposes only.  Effective Monday, September 20, ALL COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered at the Public Health Site at Seven Feathers Casino Resort, South Parking Lot by appointment only, please call (541) 670-2949 to schedule an appointment. You must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.  If you are waiting to receive a COVID booster from Cow Creek Public Health, call and ask to be placed on a list, and they will call you to schedule your booster when available.  In addition, effective Monday, October 11, 2021, Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center will no longer offer community testing. They will be transitioning back to the clinic based COVID-19 testing model at both locations.  Testing will be available by appointment for Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center patients, Tribal Members, Employees of Cow Creek Government Offices and affiliated businesses at the new Roseburg Clinic at 2589 NW Edenbower Blvd and the South Clinic in Canyonville at 480 Wartahoo Lane.

🏥 Roseburg VA Health Care System: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

👵 Douglas County Senior Services can help seniors with questions, find testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

***Please note for residents ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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

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

Attached Media Files: DCBOC COVID Update
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Douglas County COVID-19 Update - September 13, 2021 (Photo) - 09/13/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #627

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) A QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF NOON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are NOT Fully Vaccinated**

38*

92

86 of the 92

*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. **We follow the CDC definition for fully vaccinated, which states that a fully vaccinated person is someone who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

As of 12:00 pm today, Monday, September 13, 2021, there are THIRTY-EIGHT (38) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new COVID-19 related death to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 10,278*. Currently, there are NINETY-TWO (92) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, sixty-one locally and thirty-one out-of-the-area, including one that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 14 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 12 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 14 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 9 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).  53% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases today, EIGHTY-SIX (86) patients out of the 92 patients are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 WEEKEND RECAP FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-EIGHT (168)people with new positive test results, ONE (1) presumptive that has been moved to positive with a positive test result and FOUR (4) new COVID-19 related deaths to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 10,226*.  We had NINETY (90) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, sixty locally and thirty out-of-the-area, including one patient that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 15 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) are currently in use, 13 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 14 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 49% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases on Saturday, EIGHTY-EIGHT (88) patients out of the 90 patients are not fully vaccinated.

 

On Sunday, September 12, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had THIRTEEN (13) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and TWO (2) new COVID-19 related deaths to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 10,240*. We had NINETY-ONE (91)Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, sixty-one locally and thirty out-of-the-area, including one patient that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 13 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) currently in use, 14 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 7 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 53% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases on Sunday, EIGHTY-NINE (89) patients out of the 91 patients are not fully vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of seven more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our one hundred and sixty-seventh COVID-19 related death was a 32-year-old man who passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021, he was confirmed positive with COVID-19 post-mortem on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. He was not vaccinated. Our one hundred and sixty-eighth COVID-19 related death was a 77-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 and passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and sixty-ninth COVID-19 related death was an 87-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and seventieth COVID-19 related death was a 75-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, September 3, 2021 and passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021. He was fully vaccinated. Our one hundred and seventy-first COVID-19 related death was a 78-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, September 5, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and seventy-second COVID-19 related death was a 58-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, September 9, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and seventy-third COVID-19 related death was a 41-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, September 5, 2021 and passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents and as our ethical responsibility to follow all medical laws, no additional information will be released.  We thoroughly scrutinize and investigate all deaths, and review all medical records to make sure that everyone we report has met the requirements for a COVID related death, as per the Oregon Disease Investigative Guidelines for COVID-19.  Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and 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 Chart**

Date

Thursday,

September 9, 2021

Friday,

September 10, 2021

Saturday

September 11, 2021

Sunday,

September 12, 2021

Monday,

September 13, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

9,954

10,058

10,226

10,240

10,278

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

9,643

9,748

9,917

9,930

9,968

Presumptive

311

310

309

310

310

Total Currently Hospitalized

101

93

90

91

92

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

162

166

170

172

173

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

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

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

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

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

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

🔍 DPHN Informational Videos: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for informational videos about COVID-19.

🐯 Douglas County Tiger Team: The Tiger Team organizes our county-wide COVID-19 vaccine program via free pop-up vaccine clinics, with Umpqua Valley Ambulance, who provide a certified vaccinator and medical assistant.  The clinics are open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not required. Click here for the calendar of upcoming clinics or call (541) 670-3110 or (541) 464-6550, if you are interested in having team come to your location.

👩‍⚕️ Aviva Health: Offering free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination and testing services to all symptomatic residents, as well as registered Aviva Health patients who are asymptomatic.  No appointment needed.  Patients must be Douglas County residents and be 12 years of age or older***.  The drive-through is located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A in Roseburg and is open M-F: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/.  Aviva also has an online COVID FAQ page with answers to frequently asked questions. 

🏥 Lower Umpqua Hospital District: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. 👨‍⚕️ Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center: Effective Monday, September 13, ALL COVID Testing will be held via drive thru clinics at the Roseburg Clinic at 2360 NE Stephens Street, and at the South Clinic in Canyonville at 480 Wartahoo Lane from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The last test will be administered at 12:45 pm. Testing is free, available for all community members and done on a first-come first-served basis.  Those accessing this service should be prepared for a minimum of a 30-minute wait time. This testing is for medical diagnostic purposes to assist exposed and symptomatic individuals only; all individuals being tested will be asked to self-attest they are being tested for medical purposes only.  Effective Monday, September 20, ALL COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered at the Public Health Site at Seven Feathers Casino Resort, South Parking Lot by appointment only, please call (541) 670-2949 to schedule an appointment. You must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.  If you are waiting to receive a COVID booster from Cow Creek Public Health, call and ask to be placed on a list, and they will call you to schedule your booster when available.  In addition, effective Monday, October 11, 2021, Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center will no longer offer community testing. They will be transitioning back to the clinic based COVID-19 testing model at both locations.  Testing will be available by appointment for Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center patients, Tribal Members, Employees of Cow Creek Government Offices and affiliated businesses at the new Roseburg Clinic at 2589 NW Edenbower Blvd and the South Clinic in Canyonville at 480 Wartahoo Lane.

🏥 Roseburg VA Health Care System: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

👵 Douglas County Senior Services can help seniors with questions, find testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

***Please note for residents ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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

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

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09-10-21 Douglas County Commissioners Issue Proclamation for Patriot Day (Photo) - 09/10/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 10, 2021

 

Douglas County Commissioners Issue a Proclamation in Honor of 

Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance

For Saturday, September 11, 2021

 

            

(Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners have issued a proclamation in honor of Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance, asking the residents of Douglas County to honor and remember the 2,996 individuals who lost their lives, the 6,000 who were injured, and the heroes that selflessly rushed into the rubble to save lives on that fateful day twenty years ago, Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  

 

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of 9/11.  The day when cowardly terrorists senselessly attacked the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and crashed United Flight 93 in a Pennsylvania field.  It was one of the most horrific days in our nation’s history. 

 

Patriot Day is also the National Day of Service and Remembrance.  It is a day to think of others and give to back to your community.  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners encourage our residents to learn more about volunteer opportunities in our local communities and take the initiative to sign up, volunteer, give back and serve those in need.   

 

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

 

(Proclamation Attached)

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Revised: Douglas County COVID-19 Update - September 10, 2021 (Photo) - 09/10/21

Revised:  Please accept my apologies. I have revised the update.  Our one hundred and sixty-four death was 57 years old, not 574 years.   Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Sincerely,FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #626

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Tomorrow is 9/11 - Patriot’s Day.  And as hard as it is to believe, this year, Saturday, September 11, 2021 marks the 20th Anniversary since the cowardly acts of terrorism at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and onboard United Flight 93. It was one of the most horrific events in our nation’s history.  That day the lives of 2,996 innocent people, including 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers we needlessly cut short. And, another 6,000 people were injured in the events of that fateful day.  Tomorrow is 9/11 – the National Day of Service and Remembrance.  It is a day when we honor and remember the all lives lost. It is a day when we honor and thank all the brave first responders, military personnel and civilians who unselfishly ran into the rubble and destruction to save lives.  It is also a day of service in honor of those lives lost and to honor our heroes.  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners encourage our residents to learn more about and sign up for volunteer opportunities in our local communities in order to give back, help and serve others in need.     

 

A QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF NOON ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are NOT Fully Vaccinated**

104*

93

91 of the 93

*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. **We follow the CDC definition for fully vaccinated, which states that a fully vaccinated person is someone who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose.

 

Today, Friday, September 10, 2021, we have sadly eclipsed the 10,000 mark for the total number of COVID-19 cases reported in Douglas County. A month ago, on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, Douglas County had reported a total of 5,327 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic in the county on March 8, 2021.  We have seen an unprecedented surge of new 4,726 COVID-19 cases in the county over the last month.  It has been both heartbreaking and overwhelming for everyone.  There is a little bit of good news, as our new case numbers have been slightly trending down over the last three weeks.  However, we still have a lot of hospitalized residents in critical and serious condition in the ICU, on ventilators, BiPaps and ECMO machines.  We continue to encourage everyone to do everything you can to stay healthy, stay home if you are sick, minimize contact with those outside your household, wear masks were recommended, wash your hand frequently, take care of your mental health and be kind to others. 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021:

As of 12:00 pm today, Friday, September 10, 2021, there are ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR (104) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) presumptive that has been moved to a positive with a positive test result and FOUR (4) new COVID-19 related deaths to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 10,058*. Currently, there are NINETY-THREE (93) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, sixty-two locally and thirty-one out-of-the-area, including one that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 15 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 14 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 14 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 15 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).  54% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases today, NINETY-ONE (91) out of the 93 are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RECAP FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021:

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FIVE (155)people with new positive test results and FIFTEEN (15) new presumptives to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 9,954*.  We had ONE HUNDRED AND ONE (101) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, seventy-one locally and thirty out-of-the-area, including one patient that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 19 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 11 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 16 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 14 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 53% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases on Thursday, NINETY-EIGHT (98) out of the 101 are not fully vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of four more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our one hundred and sixty-third COVID-19 related death was a 54-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, August 16, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and sixty-fourth COVID-19 related death was a 57-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and sixty-fifth COVID-19 related death was a 68-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, August 28, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and sixty-sixth COVID-19 related death was a 24-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, August 26, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents and as our ethical responsibility to follow all medical laws, no additional information will be released.  We thoroughly scrutinize and investigate all deaths, and review all medical records to make sure that everyone we list has met the requirements for a COVID related death, as per the Oregon Investigative Guidelines.  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 Chart**

Date

Monday

September 6, 2021

Tuesday,

September 7, 2021

Wednesday

September 8, 2021

Thursday,

September 9, 2021

Friday,

September 10, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

9,577

9,633

9,784

9,954

10,058

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

9,283

9,339

9,488

9,643

9,748

Presumptive

294

294

296

311

310

Total Currently Hospitalized

110

113

105

101

93

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

149

157

162

162

166

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

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

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

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

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

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

🔍 DPHN Informational Videos: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for informational videos about COVID-19.

🐯 Douglas County Tiger Team: The Tiger Team organizes our county-wide COVID-19 vaccine program via free pop-up vaccine clinics, with Umpqua Valley Ambulance, who provide a certified vaccinator and medical assistant.  The clinics are open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not required. Click here for the calendar of upcoming clinics or call (541) 670-3110 or (541) 464-6550, if you are interested in having team come to your location.

👩‍⚕️ Aviva Health: Offering free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination and testing services to all symptomatic residents, as well as registered Aviva Health patients who are asymptomatic.  No appointment needed.  Patients must be Douglas County residents and be 12 years of age or older***.  The drive-through is located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A in Roseburg and is open M-F: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/.  Aviva also has an online COVID FAQ page with answers to frequently asked questions. 

🏥 Lower Umpqua Hospital District: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. 👨‍⚕️ Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center: Free, no appointment necessary, daily COVID-19 drive-through testing and vaccination clinics for all community members across from 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg.  Clinics offered M-F: 8:15 am to 4:00 pm and S-S: 10:00 am to 3:45 pm. You must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.  For more information, please call (541) 529-9608 or visit https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.

🏥 Roseburg VA Health Care System: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

👵 Douglas County Senior Services can help seniors with questions, find testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

***Please note for residents ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network – Phone: (541) 817-6552 – Cell - (541) 440-3571 – Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 9, 2021

 

The Archie Creek Fire – One Year Later

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) There are a number of days in our history that will be remembered for many lifetimes, like the infamous events on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor that impacted our greatest generation in WWII, or the blast in the early morning hours of August 7, 1959, that devastated downtown Roseburg and now the catastrophic wildfires that ignited on Labor Day Weekend 2020 (September 7, 8 and 9), that forever changed the community of Glide and left so many families up the North Umpqua Highway with no place to call home.  We have now eclipsed the one-year milestone since our largest and most destructive wildfire in Douglas County history, the Archie Creek Fire.  The first fire was near French Creek and ignited on Sunday, September 7, burning 495 acres before it was contained.  The next morning a fire was reported near Star Mountain, then later that evening a fire started near Archie Creek.  By the morning of Tuesday, September 9, those two fires merged and became what will be forever known as the Archie Creek Fire

 

The wildfire was unlike anything we had seen before.  Almost immediately, bright red, orange and pink smoke plumes filled the skies, and every city and residences within the vicinity of the fire were on high alert for evacuation notices.  Reports were saying that if the winds shifted, they might have to evacuate the City of Roseburg.  For many residents this invoked a palpable sense fear and foreboding that this would definitely be different than any other wildfire. Even news reporter, David Ochoa with KPIC TV recalled in a post, “I was called into work early that day to go to the scene of a different fire. As I was there, a call came over the radio that another fire had started nearby. The fire official I was with asked if we wanted to go see that one, and so we did. Along the way we stopped by spot fires that were right on the highway. A man came out and was obviously worried. He told me that he lived right down the road. I tried to ease his fears by telling him the firefighters were on it, but he knew this was different. Soon after Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin and Commissioner Tim Freeman pulled up in a car to speak with firefighters. And that's when I knew this was serious. This all happened before noon.” 

 

Now, we all know that the North Umpqua Highway (Hwy 138) is no stranger to wildfire destruction, you can still see the burn scars and remnants of the Apple Creek and Susan Creek Fires that follow the Umpqua River through the canyon, but, the Archie Creek Fire was so very different.  Not only did the fire ferociously burn up hundreds of acres of private, state and federally managed timber lands; it erased several favorite hiking spots, waterfall trails and picturesque views of the Umpqua River.  It closed and damaged Hwy 138, and numerous side roads.  It completely consumed 109 homes and 143 outbuildings. And ravaged over 170 properties and destroyed businesses in a matter of hours. When the fire was finally contained, 73 days later, it had burned an astonishing 131,542 acres of our county and an estimated 2 billion board feet of timber. 

 

While several other fires over the years have endangered residents and homes, this fire showed no mercy.  It was burning hot and traveling fast, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) quickly mobilized their resources and immediately issued Level 1, 2 and 3 evacuation orders, closed roads and began the process of evacuating residents and animals.  Due to the swift joint efforts of the DCSO, Douglas County Commissioners, Douglas County Search and Rescue (SAR), local firefighters and neighbors every door was knocked on and residents were escorted to safety.  Thankfully, no lives were lost during the evacuation and rescue efforts.  An estimated 3,000 people were displaced from the path of the wildfire as hundreds of firefighters, local contractors and county employees worked diligently to dig lines and try to save homes, animals and our forests. 

The Commissioners arranged for a temporary evacuation shelter to feed and house wildfire victims at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Douglas Hall, in coordination with the American Red Cross and our local Salvation Army. They offered free camping space at the Fairgrounds RV Park and adjacent parking lot, and offered additional spots at other Douglas County Campgrounds.  And, the Commissioners worked alongside DCSO Emergency Manager Wayne Stinson, and local businesses to help residents find hotels and other temporary housing.  They opened up the livestock arenas, barns and the Floral Building at the Fairgrounds to temporarily rehouse dogs, goats, cows and donkeys.  Meanwhile, Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center opened their doors to smaller animals like dogs, rabbits, cats and birds.  Many local ranchers and horse stable owners offered their horse trailers, fields and barns for livestock hauling and boarding.  The Fairgrounds staff, Douglas County Mounted Posse and other volunteers stepped up to feed, water and care for all the animals, as local businesses rushed to donate wood shavings, food, troughs, trailers, cages, pens and other supplies.  DCSO Animal Control, Saving Grace, Strawberry Mountain Mustangs, Douglas County Public Works, Commissioner Kress, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and numerous local residents worked relentlessly in hazardous conditions to rescue and relocate stranded livestock, pets (including 30 cats from one residence) and over 600 brood stock fish from the Rock Creek Fish Hatchery.  It truly was a no animal left behind effort. 

 

The Commissioners also established a local resource hotline for Archie Creek Fire victims and volunteers. The hotline provided answers to frequently asked questions, evacuation information, road closures, housing information, animal resources and referrals to local resources.  Numerous community members and businesses rallied support by organizing food and clothing drives, cooking and serving lunches and dinners, supplying free coffee, and by purchasing and delivering essential donations like toiletries, paper towels and soap to the victims.  The Glide Community opened up several drop-in help centers at churches, schools and businesses to offer resources, clothing and vital information for the wildfire victims.  For many, their power, water service and phone service were out for weeks and if not months. Hwy 138, side roads and driveways were destroyed or covered in debris or collapsed altogether.  And, many waste treatment, sewer systems and water tanks were unsalvageable.  With roads closed, evacuation orders in place, and the fire still raging, helpless residents anxiously awaited the news regarding the fate of their homes, treasures and properties.  The Commissioners, DCSO, Fire Officials, Assessors Office, Building and Planning Departments, Red Cross, and other local service agencies jointly held private meetings for the wildfire survivors to release information and offer immediate resources. One-year later, the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials suspect it was largely fueled by a combination of high winds, extremely hot temperatures, drought conditions, and dry timber and grasslands. 

 

It is amazing how resilient and resourceful the citizens of Douglas County are, we come together in times of need and take care of our neighbors.  It is one of the reasons I am so proud to call this my home,” commented Commissioner Tom Kress, who has worked tirelessly since September 2020, as a vital member of the Archie Creek Recovery effort.  “A concerted effort was made from the very beginning of the Archie Creek wildfire with the coordination and support from the Douglas County Commissioners, DCSO, Emergency Management, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Douglas Forest Protection Association, Glide Rural Fire Protection District, Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Oregon State Police. In the hours, days and months to follow, so many other agencies and county departments stepped up to help the wildfire victims including: Glide Strong, Glide Revitalization, Douglas County Public Works, Douglas County Parks Department, DCSO Animal Control, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Douglas County Assessor’s Office, Strawberry Mountain Mustangs, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Douglas County Planning Department, Douglas County Building Department, Douglas County Parks Department, Douglas County Senior Services, Douglas County Human Resources, Greater Douglas United Way, Douglas Timber Operators, FEMA, Pacific Power, Oregon Army National Guard, Oregon Department of Transportation, numerous local businesses, local rural fire department and, local logging companies and so many more citizens from all over our county, state and country that are no less important, but too numerous to name.” 

 

DCSO Emergency Manager Wayne Stinson, noted that the Archie Creek Fire Emergency is the largest ‘Individual Assistance’ event Douglas County has ever faced.  “Douglas County citizens have never experienced this level of personal loss before. The losses were tragic and horrific. We go through events like this, and try to assess procedures in real-time and the DCSO saw that an emergency of this magnitude necessitated a streamlining of how we conduct evacuation notifications, what works, what does not. We have since strengthened the evacuation process. Both the County and the State have learned from the Labor Day Emergencies and are coming out of this with better systems to help our citizens in the future.”  One of the newer systems put in place was a direct link to our Geographic Information System (GIS) map software that details the size, location and evacuation information for all local wildfires in real time.  The map is currently available on the Douglas County Website in the Emergency Alert tab at the top of the page: https://dcor.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c1c9e876f2ed4e1fbfb2eae280b7c57c, and provides a footprint of the numerous wildfires currently burning in Douglas County. 

 

Douglas County Archie Creek Wildfire Recovery At A Glance

It’s been a full year since the Archie Creek Fire, and while most of Douglas County was able to resume their lives, Glide residents and fire survivors are still living in the aftermath of the destruction. So, how is the recovery process going? Are families rebuilding? What follows is a look a look at the fire’s impact on Douglas County, and the concerted efforts to rescue, recover and rebuild the Glide community. 

 

Long before the Archie Creek fire was listed as 100% contained on November 16, 2020, it was imperative that the Douglas County Commissioners quickly get a framework and systems in place to help expedite the recovery and cleanup process for property owners who lost their homes, businesses or structures in the wildfire.  The first critical item in the process was to continue to ensure that displaced residents were safe, had a place to stay, and had the resources they needed to move forward. Commissioner Kress was appointed as the Liaison Commissioner for the Archie Creek Fire Recovery Effort and formed the Douglas County Recovery Team.  Joining the team were DCSO Emergency Manager, Wayne Stinson, the newly appointed Recovery Coordinator, County Department Directors from Public Works, Planning, and Building and Allison Doty from Glide Revitalization. 

 

In early October, Douglas County declared a local state of emergency due to the wildfires and notified residents of the planned two-phase process for safe property clean up.  The County quickly established an Archie Creek Wildfire Recovery webpage with information on the cleanup up process and a Wildfire Recovery Tool Kit, in coordination with Glide Revitalization to reach out to every affected homeowner. Additionally, the Douglas County Glide Transfer Site offered free disposal for all non-hazardous waste and wildfire related debris.  To date, Douglas County Solid Waste has collected 8,339 tons of mixed debris from 65 private residential properties.  The Phase 1 Cleanup (Household Hazardous Waste HHW, e.g. propane tanks, paint, chemicals) involved the coordination between our Public Works Department, the State of Oregon and the Environmental Protection Agency.  The process was free to all homeowners affected by the Archie Creek fire.  A right of entry (ROE) form was required in order for the Phase 1 process to begin.  Public Works set out with a goal of getting 75% of the forms returned and achieved an 85% return.  Once ROE forms were collected the process of clearing HHW began, and that process was completed in December 2020. Phase 2 Cleanup (Ash and Debris Removal), also free, started in January 2021, and was a coordinated effort with Douglas County Public Works, the State of Oregon and ODOT.  Today, contractors are still in the process of removing hazard trees, as well as ash and debris from roads, shoulders, and properties, with completion expected between now and February 2022. The project was funded by the State of Oregon and to date FEMA has issued $2,036,091 in funding for the Phase 1 and Phase 2 cleanup efforts in Douglas County. Additionally, the Commissioners have helped landowners, businesses and community service groups, like Glide Revitalization, secure numerous grants and funds for the rebuilding and recovery process. 

 

While we can read through all the data regarding homes lost, board feet of timber damaged and tons of debris still left to remove, it doesn’t even begin to illustrate the very personal nature of grief and loss suffered by Archie Creek Fire victims.  The Commissioners made it very clear that the highest priority was taking care of the community members impacted by the fire. Within days of the start of the fire, the Board hired a Douglas County Community Recovery Coordinator. Both Jenny Boyle and Dan Carr worked in that role and were critical in coordinating efficient short-term and long-term recovery efforts, ensuring that local residents were getting access to resources and that their immediate needs were being met.

 

We wanted to do the right thing. We help our people first, said Kress about the initial emergency response. “With the State of Oregon shut down due to COVID-19 and other counties dealing with wildfire destruction of their own, we wanted to make absolutely sure that we had everything ready for Oregon and FEMA to begin their Phase I efforts. Commissioners Boice, Freeman and I wanted survivors of this wildfire to get fast-tracked, and whenever possible, make sure that those landowners who wanted to rebuild were prioritized, and not impeded by today’s zoning processes and building permits. We were grateful that the state worked with us and helped to loosen the restrictions for temporary housing. We did not want anything standing in the way of someone getting their home rebuilt. If they had a home before, they’d be getting a home again.”

 

It was all hands-on deck at the County and in our community, in order to facilitate the Commissioners’ directives to prioritize the wildfire survivors first. Heather Coffel, the Douglas County Assessor and her staff, went to meetings and community events to offer information and resources to help reduce the burden for property taxes.  Several members of the Douglas County Parks Department volunteered to take shifts at the Glide Revitalization Center established at old Glide Middle School.  Scott Adams, Director of the Douglas County Public Works Department deployed road crews, initially removed hazard trees, and cut roads open, so that our Commissioners, State Agencies and other members from the community could get access to fire damaged areas. Joshua Shaklee, Director of the Douglas County Planning Department and Bill Clemens, Director of the Douglas County Building Department were instructed by Commissioner Kress to prioritize the Archie Creek Fire survivors, and to streamline their departmental processes so that there were no delays on the part of the County that would adversely impacting property owners from getting work done and starting the rebuilding process.  Many other County Departments have also stepped up to help displaced residents, including Douglas County Senior Services Department, Douglas County Solid Waste, Douglas County Operations and Maintenance, Douglas County Human Resources and the Douglas County IT Department.  All told, 17 Douglas County Departments and Divisions were involved the Archie Creek Recovery process.

 

Adams said the GIS mapping technology housed in the Public Works Department – Engineering and Construction Division, was also pivotal in determining where to focus recovery operations and in assessing the magnitude of the disaster. ESRI (Environment Rating Scales Institute, whom Douglas County contracts with for the GIS program), “flew” the Archie Creek Fire, and Mason, Bruce & Girard and Douglas Timber Operators developed a haunting before and after footprint of the fire devastation. Click here to see the time lapse video. Douglas County strives to get out in front of disasters to lessen the impact to the communities said Scott Adams, Douglas County Public Works Director. DCSO’s immediate emergency response at the brink of the fire, to the joint efforts of multiple County resources, including the Douglas County Commissioners, Public Works, DCSO, our Recovery Coordinator, plus the strategic collaboration with Glide Revitalization, paved the way to a very forward-thinking preparedness plan.  And, when the State of Oregon and FEMA stepped in, we were ready and had everything in place to help make the most resources available for the folks that were affected by the fire.” 

 

According to Douglas County Planning Director, Joshua Shaklee, of those 170 impacted properties, the Planning Department has issued 45 Planning Clearance Worksheets since the fire, and 11 On-site Waste Water Management permits for septic systems as of August 11, 2021. County fees for those permits were ALL waived under the direction of the Douglas County Commissioners. “As a county, we have been very proactive. The direction of the Commissioners was to remove as many barriers as possible for residents to return to their properties and start to rebuild.  The priority has always been to get people back into their homes.”  Shaklee also noted that the Planning Department is standing by to assist affected landowners.  They will be fast-tracked, and in many cases, worksheets can be approved within 30 minutes for replacement dwellings and other structures.  Worksheets can then be submitted to the Building Department to apply for a building permit. The Douglas County Building Department noted that of the 45 planning worksheets issued to landowners, approximately 18 were for replacement dwellings, 16 single family dwellings (stick built), 3 manufactured homes and 13 accessory structures (pole barns, shops, carports, garages).  In addition to the structures that are in the process of being rebuilt, there are several electrical permits submitted by property owners to get power to properties that haven’t yet begun the rebuilding process. This is one of the first permits applied for after the land use worksheet from planning is reestablished. Again, all fees for this process were waived by the Douglas County Commissioners for wildfire victims. 

 

There’s no doubt of the amount of devastation incurred by the fires, but it’s important to recognize that a lot was learned in the process of both managing the emergency response to the crisis and in managing our recovery efforts. “Moving forward, preparedness is one of the key strengths coming out of the process of our emergency response management, both at the County level and as a cooperative recovery effort for the Archie Creek Fire,” stated Recovery Coordinator Dan Carr.  “We know we’ll have another disaster of some sort in the future, and we want to be able to pivot as necessary to mobilize quicker, especially in providing emergent support and immediate care to victims. From here on out, we’ve got the organizational skills and teams in place to tackle the challenges these disasters bring.”   

 

We would be remiss if we did not mention the efforts of Glide Revitalization.  The County’s efforts have been facilitated expeditiously in concert with Glide Revitalization.  From day one, Glide Revitalization, led by Allison Doty, mobilized to serve as the all-encompassing hub for resources for the wildfire survivors. Originally founded to encourage economic development in the community, Glide Revitalization is now the trusted liaison for both community members, volunteers and government agencies. From helping survivors with their intake assessment to distribution of needed resources, to compiling crucial real-time data that would be utilized by all agencies (County, State and Federal) for widespread Recovery efforts, Alison has been at ground zero in the Glide community.  Both Commissioner Kress and Scott Adams commented that her work throughout the entire process has been crucial. Adams described Glide Revitalization as the muscle behind the administrative arm of FEMA, noting that because of Doty’s efforts, our community members were receiving access/assistance to state and federal resources without the delays some of the other communities had been experiencing. With Glide Revitalization on the front lines doing intakes, the information she collected evolved into the shared database that all of our agencies were using.  This database was utilized in conjunction with information supplied by the Assessor’s Office, which was then compared to information DSCO had gathered in rescue efforts, and then compared to properties and dwellings identified on the GIS to give a cumulative picture of the magnitude of this disaster. As part of the Recovery Team, Glide Revitalization was managing/coordinating the crisis response as the hub of it all, with 287 total cases opened and one year later, 166 cases still active.  With that Phase I and II cleanup nearing completion, the focus now, one year later, is on rebuilding. Doty says the scope of Glide Revitalization’s current efforts include ensuring families have a warm place for the winter, and building necessary modifications to temporary dwellings such as ADA ramps, decks, and building sheds so that homeowners can lock up their tools.

 

According to Doty, the greatest need for the Rebuilding Effort is VOLUNTEERS. We have the materials and supplies, but we need help building these separate projects: replanting; building sheds and decks; people to help with ADA ramps; help clearing properties; a wood chipper to feed branches through and stump removal needs done by hand or by a small tractor.”  Doty said that some survivors have 1-2 acres, some have 360 acres, so the focus is on the properties with smaller acreage and then expand from there. For a complete list of ways to help, visit their website or  Facebook page.  Other ways to help include: clerical work in the office, event planning/coordination, fundraising, handing out fliers. Glide Revitalization will be rebooting their “MEET THE CHALLENGE” challenge which rallies groups of people from a business, bank, or organization to work with Glide Revitalization on a build project for fire survivors, then turn around and offer a friendly challenge to another business. It’s a great way to help the community with teamwork and positive energy. It feels good to do good.”

 

Speaking of good, Doty praised the work of the Douglas County Commissioners in their tireless efforts to serve their community as needed. Tom Kress is just the kind of person who cares about our people and our community, and wants them to thrive. Wayne and Tom have gone over and above with resources to help with the municipality. They’ve spent a lot of time with the organizations and they’re spending a lot of time fighting for their county. Scott Adams, Wayne Stinson, Dan Carr, and Commissioner Kress came to Glide Revitalization asking, ‘What do you need to do the work you need to do to provide for these families?’ and they did what they could to make it all happen. We are very fortunate to have the support of the Commissioners and Douglas County; other counties weren’t as fortunate as us.”

 

Most of the fire-scorched land will gradually regenerate as the seasons pass, and someday be filled with lush green vegetation, towering trees and vivid wildflowers. We’ll witness the return of wildlife and woodland creatures, and the communities surrounding Glide will be bustling with new homes and shops again. However, the trauma endured by those who saw ashes and rubble where their homes and treasures once stood, will remain for a lifetime. Our community has had more than our fair share of days to remember over the last few years, and yet, it has not dampened our resolve, our fighting spirit, or our generous ways of taking care of each other. In fact, the hardships brought about by large-scale emergencies has only strengthened our incredible resilience. Our community has once again shown our strength in crisis with the Archie Creek Fire.  We are tenacious, unshakably resolute and steadfastly determined to help our neighbors in need.

 

 “As we reflect on the past year, and looking ahead to all that’s left to do, we are proud to say that the Archie Creek Wildfire Recovery has been a huge community wide effort, and not just from folks that are paid to do the work. We have had men and women with resources, and equipment show up to do anything and everything without being asked. People have moved animals, salvaged people’s livelihoods, saved fish from the Hatchery, all without asking anything in return.  There are contractors donating time & building materials and even entire homes. These aren’t folks who get recognized for doing what they’re doing, and often don’t want to be recognized. But we want to thank them anyway. To all who have donated time, food, money, clothing, equipment, transportation, temporary housing, and more, we thank you. Let’s keep rallying as a community!” stated Commissioner Kress, on behalf of the entire Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

 

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

Kellie Trenkle, Public Affairs Specialist
(541) 670-5381 cell – (541)440-4493 office – kellie@co.douglas.or.us

 

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Douglas County COVID-19 Update - September 8, 2021 (Photo) - 09/08/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #625

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) 

A QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF NOON ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are NOT Fully Vaccinated**

151*

105

101 of the 105

*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. **We follow the CDC definition for fully vaccinated, which states that a fully vaccinated person is someone who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021:

As of 12:00 pm today, Wednesday, September 8, 2021, there are ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY NINE (149) people with new positive test results, TWO (2) new presumptives and FIVE (5) new COVID related deaths to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 9,784*. Currently, there are ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE (105)Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seventy locally and thirty-five out-of-the-area, including one that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 24 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 9 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 16 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 13 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).  55% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases today, ONE HUNDRED AND ONE (101) out of the 105 are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RECAP FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021:

On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had FIFTY-SIX (56) people with new positive test results and EIGHT (8) new deaths to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 9,633*.  We had ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN (113) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, seventy-nine locally and thirty-four out-of-the-area, including one patient that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 24 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 7 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 16 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 14 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 61% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases on Tuesday, ONE HUNDRED AND SIX (106) out of the 113 are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of thirteen more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our one hundred and fiftieth COVID-19 related death was a 74-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, August 20, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fifty-first COVID-19 related death was a 77-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fifty-second COVID-19 related death was an 80-year-old man who was made a presumptive case on Thursday, September 2, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fifty-third COVID-19 related death was a 73-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, August 28, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021. She was fully vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fifty-fourth COVID-19 related death was an 83-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fifty-fifth COVID-19 related death was a 53-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, August 23, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021. He was not fully vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fifty-sixth COVID-19 related death was a 53-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, August 14, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fifty-seventh COVID-19 related death was a 96-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021. She was not fully vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fifty-eighth COVID-19 related death was a 79-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fifty-ninth COVID-19 related death was a 74-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 and passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021. He was not vaccinated. Our one hundred and sixtieth COVID-19 related death was a 70-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 and passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and sixty-first COVID-19 related death was a 75-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and sixty-second COVID-19 related death was an infant under the age of 1-year who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, August 20, 2021 and passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021. The infant was not eligible for the vaccine.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents, 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 significant number of deaths over the past month have been so incredibly tragic and heartbreaking.  While we have chosen to not provide detailed case information out of respect for the privacy of those that have passed and their families, as well as our ethical responsibility to follow all medical and HIPPA records laws, we can say that some of those who died were perfectly well before they contracted COVID and died. Some were like the rest of us, living with some to several underlying conditions such as obesity, mental health issues, smoking, diabetes, cancer or heart disease.  We thoroughly investigate all deaths, and review all medical records to make sure that everyone meets the requirements for a COVID related death as per the Oregon Investigative Guidelines.  But, more important than all of that is the fact that they were all someone’s family, someone’s friends and our neighbors, who all died too soon.  Please, keep you and your family healthy, and protect those you love the best way you can,” stated Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer.  

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update Chart**

Date

Saturday

September 4, 2021

Sunday,

September 5, 2021

Monday

September 6, 2021

Tuesday,

September 7, 2021

Wednesday,

September 8, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

9,372

9,499

9,577

9,633

9,784

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

9,079

9,206

9,283

9,339

9,488

Presumptive

293

293

294

294

296

Total Currently Hospitalized

109

110

110

113

105

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

148

149

149

157

162

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

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

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

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

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

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

🔍 DPHN Informational Videos: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for informational videos about COVID-19.

🐯 Douglas County Tiger Team: The Tiger Team organizes our county-wide COVID-19 vaccine program via free pop-up vaccine clinics, with Umpqua Valley Ambulance, who provide a certified vaccinator and medical assistant.  The clinics are open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not required. Click here for the calendar of upcoming clinics or call (541) 670-3110 or (541) 464-6550, if you are interested in having team come to your location.

👩‍⚕️ Aviva Health: Offering free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination and testing services to all symptomatic residents, as well as registered Aviva Health patients who are asymptomatic.  No appointment needed.  Patients must be Douglas County residents and be 12 years of age or older***.  The drive-through is located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A in Roseburg and is open M-F: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/.  Aviva also has an online COVID FAQ page with answers to frequently asked questions. 

🏥 Lower Umpqua Hospital District: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. 👨‍⚕️ Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center: Free, no appointment necessary, daily COVID-19 drive-through testing and vaccination clinics for all community members across from 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg.  Clinics offered M-F: 8:15 am to 4:00 pm and S-S: 10:00 am to 3:45 pm. You must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.  For more information, please call (541) 529-9608 or visit https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.

🏥 Roseburg VA Health Care System: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

👵 Douglas County Senior Services can help seniors with questions, find testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

***Please note for residents ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network – Phone: (541) 817-6552 – Cell - (541) 440-3571 – Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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09-07-21 Vounteers Needed for Douglas County Senior Services (Photo) - 09/07/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 7, 2021

             

***VOLUNTEERS NEEDED***

Douglas County Senior Services

 

                (Douglas County, Ore.)  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners are issuing an urgent call for volunteers to help our Douglas County Senior Services Department in preparing, dispersing and delivering meals to our most vulnerable and cherished population here in Douglas County, our seniors.   Our Douglas County Senior Services Department is desperately in need of volunteers for their senior Meals on Wheels, and senior dining site drive-thru meal pick-up programs. 

 

There has never been a more critical time to get involved, as more than 9 million seniors in America face the threat of hunger, and millions more live alone in isolation.  Locally, we have seen a significant rise in our local need for senior meals since the pandemic began over 17 months ago.  Whether you have only a few hours one day a week or can volunteer every day, your assistance is so very much needed!  Volunteers are needed to fill positions as: Greeters, Servers, Drivers, Kitchen Helpers, Dishwashers, Back-up Drivers, Cleaning Crew and Steam Table Helpers. See the details below. 

 

            Volunteer to Deliver Meals

            Day(s):             Tuesdays & Thursdays - Volunteer One or Both Days

            Time:               2 hours per day

            Duties:             Deliver meals to home bound seniors

            Additional:       Mileage Reimbursement Offered

                                    Receive a free lunch every day you volunteer

                                    Drop off a warm meal and get more than you expect.

 

            Volunteer at our Dining Sites:

            Day(s):             Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays - Volunteer one or all days

            Time:               2-3 hours per day

            Duties:             Help set up, serve, clean up or do dishes for lunch

            Additional:       Receive a free lunch every day you volunteer

                                    

Everyone has something to give!  Volunteers are needed at all seven of our senior dining sites located in Glendale, Riddle, Winston, Glide, Sutherlin, Yoncalla and Reedsport.  For more information on what positions are needed at each location or to sign up and volunteer contact Douglas County Senior Services at (541) 440-3677.

 

                        

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Contact Tamara Howell, 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 Update - September 6, 2021 (Photo) - 09/06/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #624

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Happy Labor Day.  First observed 127 years ago, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.  The first Labor Day bill to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and DPHN wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy Labor Day holiday. 

A QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF NOON ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are NOT Fully Vaccinated**

78*

110

104 of the 110

*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. **We follow the CDC definition for fully vaccinated, which states that a fully vaccinated person is someone who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR LABOR DAY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2021:

As of 12:00 pm today, Monday, September 6, 2021, there are SEVENTY-SEVEN (77) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 9,577*. Currently, there are ONE HUNDRED AND TEN (110) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seventy-seven locally and thirty-three out-of-the-area, including one that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 20 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 14 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 18 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 16 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).  62% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases today, ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR (104) out of the 110 are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 WEEKEND RECAP FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2021:

On Sunday, September 5, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SEVEN (127) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new death to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 9,499*. We had ONE HUNDRED AND TEN (110) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, seventy-seven locally and thirty-three out-of-the-area, including one patient that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 20 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 14 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 16 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 18 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 58% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases on Thursday, ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR (104) out of the 110 are not fully vaccinated. 

 

On Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-SEVEN (147)people with new positive test results and TWO (2) new deaths to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 9,372*.  We had ONE HUNDRED AND NINE (109) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, seventy-five locally and thirty-four out-of-the-area, including one patient that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 15 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support), 16 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 64% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases on Thursday, ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR (104) out of the 109 are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of three more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our one hundred and forty-seventh COVID-19 related death was a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, August 22, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and forty-eighth COVID-19 related death was a 54-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, August 14, 2021 and passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021. He was not vaccinated. Our one hundred and forty-ninth COVID-19 related death was a 62-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, August 28, 2021 and passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021. She was fully vaccinated. In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents, 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 Chart**

Date

Thursday,

September 2, 2021

Friday,

September 3, 2021

Saturday

September 4, 2021

Sunday,

September 5, 2021

LABOR DAY Monday,

September 6, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

9,094

9,225

9,372

9,499

9,577

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

8,803

8,932

9,079

9,206

9,283

Presumptive

291

293

293

293

294

Total Currently Hospitalized

107

110

109

110

110

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

143

146

148

149

149

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

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

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

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

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

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

🔍 DPHN Informational Videos: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for informational videos about COVID-19.

🐯 Douglas County Tiger Team: The Tiger Team organizes our county-wide COVID-19 vaccine program via free pop-up vaccine clinics, with Umpqua Valley Ambulance, who provide a certified vaccinator and medical assistant.  The clinics are open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not required. Click here for the calendar of upcoming clinics or call (541) 670-3110 or (541) 464-6550, if you are interested in having team come to your location.

👩‍⚕️ Aviva Health: Offering free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination and testing services to all symptomatic residents, as well as registered Aviva Health patients who are asymptomatic.  No appointment needed.  Patients must be Douglas County residents and be 12 years of age or older***.  The drive-through is located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A in Roseburg and is open M-F: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/.  Aviva also has an online COVID FAQ page with answers to frequently asked questions. 

🏥 Lower Umpqua Hospital District: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. 👨‍⚕️ Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center: Free, no appointment necessary, daily COVID-19 drive-through testing and vaccination clinics for all community members across from 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg.  Clinics offered M-F: 8:15 am to 4:00 pm and S-S: 10:00 am to 3:45 pm. You must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.  For more information, please call (541) 529-9608 or visit https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.

🏥 Roseburg VA Health Care System: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

👵 Douglas County Senior Services can help seniors find testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

***Please note for residents ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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

 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network – Phone: (541) 817-6552 – Cell - (541) 440-3571 – Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org(541) 817-6552 – Cell - (541) 440-3571 – Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: DCBOC COVID Update
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Douglas County COVID-19 Update - September 3, 2021 (Photo) - 09/03/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #623

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) 

QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF NOON ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are NOT Fully Vaccinated

131*

110

104 out of 110

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

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2021:

As of 12:00 pm today, Friday, September 3, 2021, there are ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE (129) people with new positive test results, TWO (2) new presumptives and THREE (3) new deaths to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 9,225*. Currently, there are ONE HUNDRED AND TEN (110) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seventy-five locally and thirty-five out-of-the-area, including two that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 15 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 15 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 12 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 22 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).  61% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases today, ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR (104) out of the 110 are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RECAP FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021:

On Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FOUR (164)people with new positive test results, TWO (2) new presumptives and THREE (3) new deaths to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 9,094*.  We had ONE HUNDRED AND SEVEN (107) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, seventy-three locally and thirty-four out-of-the-area, including two patients that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 15 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 21 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 14 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 21 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 60% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases on Thursday, ONE HUNDRED AND ONE (101) out of the 107 are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of six more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our one hundred and forty-first COVID-19 related death was a 45-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and forty-second COVID-19 related death was a 67-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, August 26, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and forty-third COVID-19 related death was a 64-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, August 26, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and forty-fourth COVID-19 related death was a 74-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, August 20, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and forty-fifth COVID-19 related death was a 65-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, August 13, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. He was fully vaccinated.  Our one hundred and forty-sixth COVID-19 related death was a 26-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, August 12, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents, 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 Chart**

Date

Monday

August 30, 2021

Tuesday,

August 31, 2021

Wednesday

September 1, 2021

Thursday,

September 2, 2021

Today, Friday,

September 3, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

8,643

8,780

8,927

9,094

9,225

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

8,359

8,496

8,639

8,803

8,932

Presumptive

284

284

288

291

293

Total Currently Hospitalized

97

109

108

107

110

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

134

138

140

143

146

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

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

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

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

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

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

🔍 DPHN Informational Videos: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for informational videos about COVID-19.

🐯 Douglas County Tiger Team: The Tiger Team organizes our county-wide COVID-19 vaccine program via free pop-up vaccine clinics, with Umpqua Valley Ambulance, who provide a certified vaccinator and medical assistant.  The clinics are open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not required. Click here for the calendar of upcoming clinics or call (541) 670-3110 or (541) 464-6550, if you are interested in having team come to your location.

👩‍⚕️ Aviva Health: Offering free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination and testing services to all symptomatic residents, as well as registered Aviva Health patients who are asymptomatic.  No appointment needed.  Patients must be Douglas County residents and be 12 years of age or older***.  The drive-through is located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A in Roseburg and is open M-F: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/.  Aviva also has an online COVID FAQ page with answers to frequently asked questions. 

🏥 Lower Umpqua Hospital District: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. 👨‍⚕️ Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center: Free, no appointment necessary, daily COVID-19 drive-through testing and vaccination clinics for all community members across from 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg.  Clinics offered M-F: 8:15 am to 4:00 pm and S-S: 10:00 am to 3:45 pm. You must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.  For more information, please call (541) 529-9608 or visit https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.

🏥 Roseburg VA Health Care System: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

👵 Douglas County Senior Services can help seniors find testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

***Please note for residents ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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

 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network – Phone: (541) 817-6552 – Cell - (541) 440-3571 – Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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2021 GFOA PR
2021 GFOA PR
09-02-21 Douglas County Receives National Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting (Photo) - 09/02/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

September 2, 2021

 

Douglas County Receives National Award

for Excellence in Financial Reporting

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners are pleased to announce that Douglas County has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for their comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for year ending June 30, 2020. A copy of the report can be found at: https://douglascounty-oregon.us/620/CAFR.

 

            According to GFOA, “The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.”

 

            The Award of Financial Reporting Achievement was awarded to Deputy Finance Officer, Dan Wilson, and the Douglas County Management and Finance Department, the department, designated by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, is responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR. This year marks the 33rd year that Douglas County’s Management and Finance Department has achieved this honor.

 

            “Our accomplishments are built upon the collaborative efforts of a team that prioritizes a commitment to excellence and accuracy throughout,” commented Commissioner Tim Freeman. “Dan and his dedicated staff are pivotal to the success of Douglas County’s financial accounting and reporting. We appreciate their exceptional efforts in this important responsibility and congratulate them for this high honor.”

 

            The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.  Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources, and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve.

 

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

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

 

Kellie Trenkle, Public Affairs Specialist

(541)670-5381 cell – (541)440-4493 office – kellie@co.douglas.or.us

 

 

 

Attached Media Files: 2021 GFOA PR
Closed Labor Day 2021
Closed Labor Day 2021
09-02-21 Notice of Holiday Closure - Observance of the Labor Day Holiday (Photo) - 09/02/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

September 2, 2021

 

***NOTICE OF HOLIDAY CLOSURE***

Observance of the Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 6, 2021

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners would like to remind citizens that government offices located in the Douglas County Courthouse at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon, as well as the Douglas County Justice Building, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Douglas County Museum, Douglas County Courthouse Annex in Reedsport, Transfer Stations, Landfill and All External Douglas County Government Offices will be closed to the public on Monday, September 6, 2021, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

 

Please note these exceptions: 

  • The Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum, located in Winchester Bay, will be open for visitors on Monday, September 6, 2021, for normal business hours.   
  • All Douglas County operated parks, campgrounds and boat ramps will continue to be open and accessible to the public the entire Labor Day weekend.  For reservation information at Douglas County operated campgrounds, please call (541) 957-7001 or online www.co.douglas.or.us/parks/
  • Even though the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office lobby entrance will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2020, 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 Board of Commissioners will continue to work on our local pandemic and wildfire response regardless of the holiday.

 

            First observed 127 years ago, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.  The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first Labor Day bill to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York – created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.

 

            If you're planning a family gathering, camping trip or celebration over the Labor Day Holiday weekend, we encourage you to take the necessary precautions to celebrate safely.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and everyone with Douglas County Government wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy Labor Day holiday. 

 

 

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

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

Attached Media Files: Closed Labor Day 2021
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Douglas County COVID-19 Update - September 1, 2021 (Photo) - 09/01/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #622

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) 

QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF NOON ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are NOT Fully Vaccinated

147*

108

101 out of 108

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

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2021:

As of 12:00 pm today, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, there are ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-THREE (143) people with new positive test results, FOUR (4) new presumptives and TWO (2) new deaths to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 8,927*. Currently, there are ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT (108) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seventy-seven locally and thirty-one out-of-the-area, including two that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 10 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 21 BIPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 11 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 23 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).  61% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases today, ONE HUNDRED AND ONE (101) out of the 108 are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 WEEKEND RECAP FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021:

On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SEVEN (137) people with new positive test results and FOUR (4) new deaths to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 8,780*. We had ONE HUNDRED AND NINE (109) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, eighty locally and twenty-nine out-of-the-area, including two patients that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 11 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 19 CPAP’s (Continuous positive airway pressure) machines are currently in use, 11 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 26 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 64% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases on Tuesday, ONE HUNDRED AND THREE (103) out of the 109 are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of six more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our one hundred and thirty-fifth COVID-19 related death was a 54-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, August 20, 2021 and passed away on Monday, August 30, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and thirty-sixth COVID-19 related death was an 83-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, August 16, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2021. He was fully vaccinated.  Our one hundred and thirty-seventh COVID-19 related death was a 64-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, August 2, 2021 and passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and thirty-eighth COVID-19 related death was a 53-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, August 15, 2021 and passed away on Monday, August 30, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and thirty-ninth COVID-19 related death was a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, August 7, 2021 and passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fortieth COVID-19 related death was a 55-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, August 19, 2021 and passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents, 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 Chart**

Date

Saturday

August 28, 2021

Sunday,

August 29, 2021

Monday

August 30, 2021

Tuesday,

August 31, 2021

Today, Wednesday,

September 1, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

8,366

8,458

8,643

8,780

8,927

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

8,084

8,175

8,359

8,496

8,639

Presumptive

282

283

284

284

288

Total Currently Hospitalized

104

101

97

109

108

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

132

133

134

138

140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

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

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

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

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

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

🔍 DPHN Informational Videos: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for informational videos about COVID-19.

🐯 Douglas County Tiger Team: The Tiger Team organizes our county-wide COVID-19 vaccine program via free pop-up vaccine clinics, with Umpqua Valley Ambulance, who provide a certified vaccinator and medical assistant.  The clinics are open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not required. Click here for the calendar of upcoming clinics or call (541) 670-3110 or (541) 464-6550, if you are interested in having team come to your location.

👩‍⚕️ Aviva Health: Offering free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination and testing services to all symptomatic residents, as well as registered Aviva Health patients who are asymptomatic.  No appointment needed.  Patients must be Douglas County residents and be 12 years of age or older***.  The drive-through is located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A in Roseburg and is open M-F: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/.  Aviva also has an online COVID FAQ page with answers to frequently asked questions. 

🏥 Lower Umpqua Hospital District: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. 👨‍⚕️ Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center: Free, no appointment necessary, daily COVID-19 drive-through testing and vaccination clinics for all community members across from 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg.  Clinics offered M-F: 8:15 am to 4:00 pm and S-S: 10:00 am to 3:45 pm. You must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.  For more information, please call (541) 529-9608 or visit https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.

🏥 Roseburg VA Health Care System: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

👵 Douglas County Senior Services can help seniors find testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

***Please note for residents ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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

 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network – Phone: (541) 817-6552 – Cell - (541) 440-3571 – Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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DCBOC COVID Update
DCBOC COVID Update
Douglas County COVID-19 Update - August 30, 2021 (Photo) - 08/30/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #621

(Douglas County, Ore.) 

QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF NOON ON MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are Not Vaccinated

185*

97

88 of 97

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

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021:

As of 12:00 pm today, Monday, August 30, 2021, there are ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE (185) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and ONE (1) new death to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 8,643*. Currently, there are NINETY-SEVEN (97) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seventy-four locally and twenty-three out-of-the-area, including two that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 15 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 19 CPAP’s (Continuous positive airway pressure) machines are currently in use, and 13 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  68.07% of total patients at Mercy are COVID positive. Of our hospitalized cases today, EIGHTY-EIGHT (88) out of the 97 are not vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 WEEKEND RECAP FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 AND SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2021:

On Saturday, August 28, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIVE (145) people with new positive test results, THREE (3) new presumptives and FIVE (5) new deaths to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 8,023*.  We had ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR (104) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, eighty-five locally and nineteen out-of-the-area, including two patients that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 12 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 23 CPAP’s (Continuous positive airway pressure) machines are currently in use, and 13 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 60.66% of total patients at Mercy are COVID positive.

 

On Sunday, August 29, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had NINETY-ONE (91) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and ONE (1) new death to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 8,458*.  We had ONE HUNDRED AND ONE (101) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, seventy-eight locally and twenty-three out-of-the-area, including two patients that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 12 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 23 CPAP’s (Continuous positive airway pressure) machines are currently in use, and 13 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  63.48% of total patients at Mercy are COVID positive. Of our hospitalized cases Sunday, NINETY-THREE (93) out of the 101 COVID patients were not vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of seven more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our one hundred and twenty-eighth COVID-19 related death was a 56-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and twenty-ninth COVID-19 related death was a 85-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and thirtieth COVID-19 related death was a 97-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and thirty-first COVID-19 related death was a 57-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, August 9, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021. She was not vaccinated. Our one hundred and thirty-second COVID-19 related death was a 65-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, August 20, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and thirty-third COVID-19 related death was a 52-year-old woman who passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 and tested positive for COVID-19 post mortem on Sunday, August 29, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and thirty-forth COVID-19 related death was a 74-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, August 16, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2021.  She was not fully vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents, 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 Chart**

Date

Thursday,

August 26, 2021

Friday,

August 27, 2021

Saturday

August 28, 2021

Sunday,

August 29, 2021

Today, Monday,

August 30, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

8,023

8,218

8,366

8,458

8,643

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

7,744

7,939

8,084

8,175

8,359

Presumptive

279

279

282

283

284

Total Currently Hospitalized

85

89

104

101

97

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

123

127

132

133

134

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

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

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

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

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

🐯 Douglas County Tiger Team: Organizes our county-wide COVID-19 vaccine program via free pop-up vaccine clinics, with Umpqua Valley Ambulance, who provide a certified vaccinator and medical assistant.  The clinics are currently open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not necessary.  Click here for a complete list of upcoming Tiger Team clinics or call (541) 670-3110 or (541) 464-6550, if you are interested in having the Douglas County Tiger Team come to your location.

👩‍⚕️ Aviva Health: Offers free COVID-19 vaccines by appointment at their vaccination clinic located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101 in Roseburg. The COVID-19 vaccination clinic is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and is available for residents ages 12 and older**.  To schedule an appointment please call (541) 672-9596. 

They also offer an online FAQ page to answer questions related to COVID-19. 

🏥 Lower Umpqua Hospital District: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. 👨‍⚕️ Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center: Free, no appointment necessary, daily COVID-19 drive-through testing and vaccination clinics for all community members at 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg.  Clinics offered M-F: 8:15 am to 4:00 pm and S-S: 10:00 am to 3:45 pm.  You must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.  For more information, or to set up a visit, please call (541) 529-9608 or visit https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

🏥 Roseburg VA Health Care System: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

👵 Douglas County Senior Services can help seniors find testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

**Please note for residents ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

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

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network – Phone: (541) 817-6552 – Cell - (541) 440-3571 – Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

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Douglas County COVID-19 Update - August 27, 2021 (Photo) - 08/27/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #620

(Douglas County, Ore.) QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF NOON ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are Not Vaccinated

195*

89

81 of the 89

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

 

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE ICU by Tamara Howell

Yesterday, I was given the incredible privilege of a behind the scenes tour of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at CHI Mercy Health.  To say the experience was sobering, would be the understatement of the year.  As I entered the hospital, I was greeted and screened by National Guard soldiers.  I thanked them for their service, securely placed a new mask on my face, sanitized my hands and headed down the long hallway with my guide.  Along the way, I met Allison Williams, a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), who is the Critical Care Director for Mercy’s ICU and Progressive Care Unit (PCU). She has worked at Mercy for 18 years and has been in her current position for the last 3 years.  I cannot even begin to understand what she has seen and experienced in the nearly two decades she has been a nurse.  But, from the moment I met her, she radiated this unexplainable warmth, coupled with a calm confidence, that made her instantly likable.  She was exactly the kind of nurse that you would expect to be in charge of a critical care unit at a hospital, and exactly the kind of nurse that I would want caring for me.

 

The moment we walked into the ICU wing, I immediately noticed the chaotic sounds of machines beeping, monitors pinging, call buttons ringing and breathing machines respiring. Nurses, CNA’s and support staff were busy bustling about, with a sense of purpose and haste.  You could not help but feel the intense, critical nature of their work, as well as see the agony and pain on the faces of the patients behind the closed glass doors to each room.  Every day, all day the nursing staff triages patients, evaluating who needs the most critical care in their 16 ICU beds, and who can move to lower acuity care in their PCU. Their PCU has been temporarily turned into a secondary ICU for those that are still very ill and need a higher level of care than on a regular medical floor.  As of yesterday, the medical teams were caring for 36 patients in the ICU/PCU combo wing of the hospital.  Normally, the ICU holds up to 16 patients at a time.  Most of time they have 6-9 patients in the ICU, who average 1-2 day stays. But with the recent surge of COVID cases in the last six weeks, they are averaging 30-35 patients who need care for two plus weeks.  They normally don’t place ICU patients in the PCU wing, but the Mercy maintenance team have worked continuously to retrofit rooms with negative isolation units, breathing machines and glass windows in order to expand the wing to provide lifesaving care to more and more patients.  They have definitely learned to be adaptable in an unimaginable situation. As of yesterday, 63% of the patients at Mercy are COVID positive and they are at 87% total capacity.

 

Typically, staff in the ICU and PCU work three, 12 hours shifts per week, but many are working five to six, 12 hour shifts per week in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for staff needed to care for these critically ill patients. While you could clearly see the tired look in all their eyes, they continue to greet patients with a cheerful attitude.  It made you want to reach out, and give them a big hug and say thank you.  Under the strain of this surge in COVID cases, this is the first time they have seen the entire hospital system in Oregon working together to gladly share much needed medical equipment.  This is also the first time in its history that Mercy has had National Guard soldiers deployed to their hospital.  And, this is the first time they have had such a remarkable outpouring of support with workers and volunteers from local health care organizations, local business and county employees, deployed at the request of our Commissioners, stepping up to help.  They have received respiratory and other medical equipment and staff from the Roseburg VA, Coos Bay Hospital, Cow Creek Public Health, OHA, Aviva, Umpqua Health and Douglas County Government, to name a few.

Speaking of random acts of kindness, I once again was proud of our community for the amazing outpouring of support for the nurses, doctors and staff at Mercy. There were cards, flowers and hand drawn posters adorning the walls and work stations.  I saw pizza and food boxes in the break room.  Mercy Foundation manages all the donations, and they have received an enormous amount of care packages, food deliveries and donations since the surge began.  Including a donation of $500 in restaurant gift cards for the ICU team.  They plan to use those gift cards to buy lunches and maybe conduct a few raffles for the staff. Today, the Ford Family Foundation has donated two food trucks to feed the employees at the hospital.  Mercy Foundation and helpers will also be delivering meals from the food trucks to employees that are not able to leave their stations.  If you would like to contribute somehow in support of the hardworking teams at the hospital, contact Mercy Foundation at (541) 677-4818.

 

Mercy staff work under a motto coined from Dr. Jason Gray, the Chief Medical Officer at CHI Mercy Health, “We are running a marathon, but at sprinter’s pace!”  Then, the staff added, “Some days it feels like we are trying to run in flip flops”.   

 

At the end of the tour, I asked Allison why she does what she does, and she said, “I am here for patients that need my care, I’m here for my community and I’m here for my staff, whom I love, respect and consider family.”   I asked her if I could grant her one wish right now, what would she ask for?  She smiled and said “Fifty critical care nurses to walk through the door.” She then said, “But, more than anything I want people to know that COVID is real.  People are dying, our hospitals ARE really full, critical care beds are extremely hard to open up, and the current COVID survival rates in ICU’s are not good.  I want people to support our nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and nurse’s aides, as we are all just doing our best to survive this crisis.”  She then added, “I ask that people take this seriously, get vaccinated and be cautious in everything they do.”

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021:

As of 12:00 pm today, Friday, August 27, 2021, there are ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY-FIVE (195) people with new positive test results and FOUR (4) new deaths to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 8,218*. Currently, there are EIGHTY-NINE (89) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seventy-two locally and seventeen out-of-the-area, including two that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 10 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 19 BiPap (bilevel positive airway pressure) machines are currently in use, and 11 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  Of our hospitalized cases today, EIGHTY-ONE (81) out of the 89 are not vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RECAP FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2021:

On Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY (140) people with new positive test results and FOUR (4) new presumptives to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 8,023*.  We had EIGHTY-FIVE (85) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, seventy locally and fifteen out-of-the-area, including two patients that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 14 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 17 BiPap (bilevel positive airway pressure) machines are currently in use, and 13 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Of our hospitalized cases Thursday, SEVENTY-FOUR (74) out of the 85 COVID patients were not vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of four more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our one hundred and twenty-fourth COVID-19 related death was a 50-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, August 16, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021. He was not vaccinated. Our one hundred and twenty-fifth COVID-19 related death was a 66-year-old man who was made a presumptive case on Monday, August 16, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. He was not vaccinated. Our one hundred and twenty-sixth COVID-19 related death was an 81-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021. He was not vaccinated. Our one hundred and twenty-seventh COVID-19 related death was a 43-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, August 8, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021. He was fully vaccinated. In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents, 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 Chart**

Date

Monday

August 23, 2021

Tuesday,

August 24, 2021

Wednesday

August 25, 2021

Thursday,

August 26, 2021

Today, Friday,

August 27, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

7,436

7,687

7,879

8,023

8,218

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

7,164

7,412

7,604

7,744

7,939

Presumptive

272

275

275

279

279

Total Currently Hospitalized

78

81

81

85

89

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

116

119

123

123

127

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

PREVENTION TOOLKIT TOPIC #5: I HAVE COVID, WHAT DO I DO KNOW?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, it is crucial that you take care of yourself and protect others in your home and community, by staying home and isolating yourself.  As cases surge in Douglas County, you can help prevent the spread of this virus AND help streamline all local triaging efforts at our local medical care facilities by managing your symptoms at home if you are not experiencing any emergency warning signs. Please only go to the hospital if your symptoms are urgent, as our local hospitals are already overwhelmed and need the space to care for the most critically ill.  But, if you are severely sick, please do not wait to seek medical care.  Physicians, nurses, CNAs and “Helping Hands” at CHI Mercy Health are working tirelessly to treat critically ill COVID and other patients that require hospitalization.  If you feel you need medical attention, please contact your primary care physician or go to a local Urgent Care clinic first, so they can determine the specific level of medical attention you need.  If you have questions about COVID or need resources, call the Douglas County’s COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550.

 

Here are a few tips to help you recover from COVID:

  1. Unless a medical emergency, please stay home & let your body recuperate. Please only go to the hospital if your symptoms are urgent.
  2. Get rest, stay hydrated. 
  3. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to best manage your symptoms. 
  4. Maintain a healthy diet, and ask your doctor about foods that could be beneficial for boosting your immune system. 
  5. It is especially important to avoid sharing personal items with others. 
  6. Isolate yourself to a specific room away from other people in your home, and if possible use a separate bathroom.
  7. If you need to be around other people while you are symptomatic, it is recommended that you wear a mask. 
  8. As always, cover coughs & sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. 
  9. Wash your hands often with soap & water for 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  10. Clean all high-touch surfaces often.
  11. If you or someone you are caring for is showing any of the following signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: trouble breathing, high fever (103 F or higher); persistent sharp pain or pressure in the chest; onset of or increased confusion; severe and unrelenting headache that lasts longer than 24 hours; inability to wake or stay awake; low pulse oximeter levels; pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds and inability to sit up or stand up on your own. 

 

Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for two new informational videos, featuring Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, in a new series called, “What to do if you have COVID.”  Here are the links to the two new videos.  When To Seek Help If You Have COVID-19 and What To Do If You Are A Contact Of COVID-19 

 

BREAKTHROUGH CASES PRIMARILY OCCURRING IN OLDER VACCINATED PATIENTS

In Douglas County, the data researched and compiled by DPHN regarding local COVID cases continues to indicate the successful use of COVID vaccines in preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and death, even with breakthrough cases.  Remember, a breakthrough case is when someone who has been fully vaccinated gets infected with COVID, despite being fully vaccinated. Of the hospitalized cases in Douglas County so far in August, only 13% of our local hospitalized patients are categorized as breakthrough cases. From August 1 – 25, 2021, the average age of a hospitalized breakthrough COVID case in Douglas County was 67.5 years old.  The data also indicated that over half of our breakthrough cases were over the age of 73.  What we are seeing, is that our breakthrough cases are occurring primarily in the elderly, who typically have more age-related medical issues than younger patients. “Today, we reported that 70 of the 81 hospitalized COVID patients are not vaccinated. 11 are vaccinated, giving a vaccine efficiency to prevent hospitalization of 87%,” stated Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer. “The breakthrough cases leading to hospitalization have mostly been in older people.  While not perfect, if every adult was vaccinated, our cases would be manageable and our hospital would not be overrun. Almost all of our hospitalizations and almost all of our deaths have been among the unvaccinated.” Our local statistics continue to reinforce confidence in getting vaccinated.

 

While we are seeing breakthrough cases primarily in older patients, the more alarming statistic is the large number of hospitalizations and deaths occurring with younger, unvaccinated patients. August cases indicate that the age range of patients hospitalized locally with severe COVID-related illness is 17 to 91. What we are seeing is that with the prevalence of the Delta variant, this summer’s COVID surge IS affecting younger relatively healthy patients.  From August 1-25, 2021, the colossal COVID surge in Douglas County included 34 deaths and 3,253 cases.  Comparatively, in all of 2020 there were 39 COVID related deaths out of 1,394 cases in Douglas County. Now that at least one of the COVID vaccines has received “full approval” from the FDA, it’s strongest endorsement of safety and effectiveness, we encourage those that have been hesitant about getting the vaccine, to consider getting vaccinated. Coping with little to no or mild symptoms is better than the alternative of being placed on an artificial breathing machine. 

 

REMINDER REGARDING NUMBERS FOR ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE: 

Due to the current extraordinary surge in local cases, state reporting system delays, necessary changes to our investigative protocols, and our local health teams doing their best to keep up with case workloads, we temporarily suspended our local reporting of those residents that are in isolation and quarantine on Monday, August 16, 2021.  We do not feel the numbers accurately represent the extent of those residents who are being asked to isolate and quarantine. We are hopeful that when this current crisis improves, we will be able to resume reporting.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  The staff at DPHN along with community partners continue to support an extraordinary number of contacts and cases in isolation and quarantine. Their unwavering dedication represents a significant amount of effort being done locally to help control the spread of COVID. 

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY TIGER TEAM 

The Douglas County Tiger Team continues to bring free COVID-19 vaccines directly to all areas of Douglas County in our mobile medical vans (MMV) via their pop-up vaccine clinics.  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who have led the charge for our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team efforts since the beginning, have coordinated with DPHN to organize our local Tiger Team to manage our vaccine outreach efforts through ‘pop-up’ vaccine clinics. 

The clinics are currently open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not necessary.  For a complete list of upcoming Tiger Team clinics, log onto DPHN at https://douglaspublichealthnetwork.org/ and select the link for the Tiger Team schedules.  Our Tiger Team coordinates with Umpqua Valley Ambulance to bring a certified vaccinator and a medical assistant to each clinic.  If you are interested in having the Douglas County Tiger Team come to your area or event to provide a free pop-up vaccine clinic or if you have any questions about our Douglas County Tiger Teams, please call (541) 670-3110 or our local COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550. 

 

UPDATE: COW CREEK PUBLIC HEALTH OFFERS FREE COVID-19 RAPID TESTING AND VACCINES FOR ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS – SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

Shared from Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.  Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center has updated their COVID testing and vaccination information. All services are free of charge to all general community members as listed below.  Daily drive-thru testing and vaccination clinics are offered seven days a week across the street from the Cow Creek Tribal Government Office at 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg.  Cow Creek Public Health offering free COVID-19 Rapid Testing and Vaccines For All Community Members:

  • Monday through Friday from 8:15 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:45 pm
  • Last vaccine administered at 3:45 pm each day.
  • No appointment necessary!
  • You must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.
  • COVID vaccines offered are Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
  • These events are open to the general public.
  • You must bring your identification with you.
  • Please be prepared to wait for up to 30 minutes after receiving your vaccine.

For more information, or to set up a visit, please call (541) 529-9608 or visit https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

AVIVA HAS A DEDICATED FREE COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC SITE IN ROSEBURG 

Shared from Aviva Health.  Aviva Health has a dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinic site at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101 in Roseburg, just across the street from its main Roseburg Clinic location near Costco and offers free COVID-19 vaccines by appointment.   The COVID-19 vaccination clinic is e open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and is open for residents ages 12 and older**.  To schedule an appointment please call (541) 672-9596. 

 

COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY OPEN FOR EVERYONE 12 YEARS OLD AND OLDER***

According to the CDC, State of Oregon and OHA, ALL residents ages 12 years old and older** are eligible to get the COVID-19 Vaccine. According to Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, “We have plenty of vaccines available, they are safe, they are effective and they are available to anyone 12 and above who wants one.” 

  1. 🔍 Log onto: http://DougCoVaccine.com.
  2. 📞 Call our Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550.
  3. 📞 Call and set up an appointment with your primary health care provider, ask for a referral to another health care provider or call and set up an appointment with a local pharmacy.
  4. Coastal Residents can call the Lower Umpqua Hospital District’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at (541) 271-2175.
  5. Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, can set up an appointment by calling (541) 672-9405 or log onto https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/This service is not open to everyone.
  6. The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veterans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.
  7. Seniors can call Douglas County Senior Services at (541) 440-3677 to get help finding a vaccine provider.
  8. Attend one of our vaccination clinics offered in Douglas County with our Tiger Team or through Aviva Health.

 

COVID-19 FACEBOOK LIVE WITH DR. BOB 

As a part of our COVID-19 Recovery Phase, DPHN will continue to host our COVID-19 Facebook Live events once a week, on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm. The next Facebook Live event featuring Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer will be Tuesday, August 31, at 6:00 pm You can submit your questions during our live show or in advance at: 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 Facebook event.  The Facebook Events are hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook page.

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

It is important to understand that Federal and State Government and their agencies are the ones that set policy, issue mandates and provide the guidelines for a state of emergency like the current COVID pandemic. Locally, we are following the recommended guidance issued by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  If you have questions about the current guidelines or the recommendations, please contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information. OHA posts their daily updates at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirusPlease do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or the Governor’s orders.  

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County by visiting the Douglas County  Government website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  

 

Free Local e-Newsletter Subscription

You can also sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the update to our subscription base free. You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us

 

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

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

 

Aviva Health Offers Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

Aviva Health has created an online FAQ page to answer questions related to COVID-19 regarding availability and scheduling. Log onto https://aviva.health/covid-19-vaccine-faqs/

 

COVID Vaccine Call Center at Lower Umpqua Hospital District in Reedsport

Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport, Douglas County Coastal area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

***Please note that for residents that are ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine. Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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

 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network – Phone: (541) 817-6552 – Cell - (541) 440-3571 – Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: DCBOC Update , C19 Prevention #5 , ICU
Sick, Stay Home
Sick, Stay Home
Douglas County COVID-19 Update - August 25, 2021 (Photo) - 08/25/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #619

(Douglas County, Ore.) 

QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF NOON ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are Not Vaccinated

192*

81

70 of 81

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

 

COVID-19 RECAP FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2021:

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY-EIGHT (248) people with new positive test results, THREE (3) new presumptives and THREE (3) new deaths to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 7,687*.  We had EIGHTY-ONE (81) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, sixty-eight locally and thirteen out-of-the-area, including two patients that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 15 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) are currently in use, and 14 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 

 

COVID-19 RECAP FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2021:

As of 12:00 pm today, Wednesday, August 25, 2021, there are ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY-ONE (191) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) presumptive that has been moved to a positive with a positive test result, ONE (1) new presumptive and FOUR (4) new deaths to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 7,879*. Currently, there are EIGHTY-ONE (81) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, sixty-seven locally and fourteen out-of-the-area, including two that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 15 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) are currently in use, and 14 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  Of our hospitalized cases today, SEVENTY (70) out of the 81 were not vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of seven more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our one hundred and seventeenth COVID-19 related death was a 91-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, July 30, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2021.  She was fully vaccinated.  Our one hundred and eighteenth COVID-19 related death was a 59-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, August 23, 2021 and passed away on Monday, August 23, 2021. She was not vaccinated. Our one hundred and nineteenth COVID-19 related death was a 58-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, August 16, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and twentieth COVID-19 related death was a 72-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, August 19, 2021 and passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and twenty-first COVID-19 related death was a 74-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, August 13, 2021 and passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. She was not vaccinated. Our one hundred and twenty-second COVID-19 related death was a 66-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, August 16, 2021 and passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. She was fully vaccinated.  Our one hundred and twenty-third COVID-19 related death was a 95-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, August 23, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. She was fully vaccinated. In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents, 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 Chart**

Date

Saturday

August 21, 2021

Sunday,

August 22, 2021

Monday

August 23, 2021

Tuesday,

August 24, 2021

Today, Wednesday,

August 25, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

7,216

7,299

7,436

7,687

7,879

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

6,944

7,028

7,164

7,412

7,604

Presumptive

272

271

272

275

275

Total Currently Hospitalized

65

66

78

81

81

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

113

113

116

119

123

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

PREVENTION TOOLKIT TOPIC #4: 

SICK? STAY HOME

Pre-pandemic, rarely would a bout of the sniffles be something to worry about.  But, right now with the enormous onslaught of new COVID cases, and the increasingly contagiousness nature of the Delta variant, we need to be EXTRA careful about spreading germs of any kind.  As we prepare to enter the peak season for flu bugs, viruses and colds, we need to remember, it’s not just you that could become ill, you could unknowingly infect someone at work, someone at the gym, someone at school or someone in your family with COVID.  The COVID virus is no longer just lurking in the bushes, it’s firmly taking root and spreading like blackberry vines in Douglas County.  Which brings us to Toolkit Topic #4: If You Are Sick, Stay Home!

 

If you’re sick, even if it’s “JUST A SNIFFLE,” please help us stop the spread and stay home instead.  Staying home is the most prudent choice given the contagiousness of the variant impacting our community.   Medical professionals estimate that the Delta variant is 1,000 times more potent than the original virus, meaning that there are a thousand more germs spread per sneeze, handshake and cough than ever before, which is bolstering the surge in new cases.  You might think that the standalone symptoms of COVID-19 such as a cough, a headache, a sore throat or a runny nose might seem minor enough to go to work or send your kids to school, but with the Delta variant causing high transmission numbers and increasing hospitalizations, these symptoms should give you pause. So, if you have any of these symptoms, and you are debating whether to punch that time clock, attend your exercise class, go to a birthday dinner, be a guest at a slumber party or head to the classroom, please err on the side of caution, an abundance of caution, and choose to stay home.   

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you stay home from work, school, shopping and events if you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher or signs of a fever. The return to work recommendation for individuals with illnesses that are not related to the COVID virus is that you should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medications or symptom-free for 4 to 5 days before returning to work, school or resuming other activities.  However, depending on where you work, you need check with your Human Resources Department on current sick leave policies, and how long you need to stay home after being ill.  Also, check into COVID or Family Medical Leave Act coverage and/or remote working options.  Utilizing your sick time could be the healthiest thing for you and your family, and our community right now.   Also, if you become sick upon arrival or while you are at work, at school or when you are out and about, you should promptly separate yourself from other people, and go home as soon as possible.  Again, if unrelated to COVID, please stay home until you are fever-free for 24 hours or completely symptom free for 4 to 5 days.  At this time, it’s so very important to reduce the spread of germs, and keep sick individuals away from those who are not sick. 

 

You should know and look for the primary symptoms of COVID-19: cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches and pains, headache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose, and new loss in your sense of smell or taste. cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches and pains, headache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose, and new loss in your sense of smell or taste.  This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update their list as they learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the COVID-19 virus. Typically, symptoms appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.  The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways.  People infected with coronavirus can experience a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness requiring hospitalization.   

 

If you are sick, it is important to monitor your symptoms carefully, seek medical care when needed, and look for the emergency warning signs for severe COVID-19 or other illnesses. You can utilize the CDC’s “Self-Checker” to evaluate your symptoms.  If you have questions or concerns, call our local COVID hotline at (541) 464-6550 or your primary health care provider.  If your symptoms are getting worse, but not critical, then head to urgent care or schedule an appointment with your primary health care provider.  Please only go to the hospital if your symptoms are urgent, as our local hospitals are already overwhelmed and need the space to care for the most critically ill. But, if you are severely sick, do not wait to seek medical care.   If you or someone you are caring for is showing any of the following signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: trouble breathing, high fever (103 F or higher); persistent sharp pain or pressure in the chest; onset of or increased confusion; severe and unrelenting headache that lasts longer than 24 hours; inability to wake or stay awake; low pulse oximeter levels; pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds and inability to sit up or stand up on your own. Stay tuned for our upcoming articles on what to do if you contract COVID or you have been asked to stay home with COVID-like symptoms. 

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ANSWER CALL TO TEMPORARILY ADD MORGUE SPACE 

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners received a request from the Douglas County Medical Examiner and our local medical community for a need to temporarily increase our morgue space in Douglas County. The request was made due to the recent surge in COVID cases and subsequent hospitalizations that have sadly brought about a huge increase in local COVID-related deaths in the last month. The increase in COVID deaths has doubled our need for morgue space, as we still need to accommodate all of the non-COVID related deaths that occur in our county. The Commissioners collaborated with our Douglas County Public Works Department to quickly acquire additional temporary units to increase our local capacity.  Our local mortuary system includes morgue space at all three hospitals (Lower Umpqua, CHI Mercy Health and Roseburg VA Medical Center), funeral homes and the Douglas County Sheriff’s, Medical Examiner’s Office.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of residents, no additional information will be released. 

 

REMINDER REGARDING NUMBERS FOR ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE: 

Due to the current extraordinary surge in local cases, state reporting system delays, necessary changes to our investigative protocols, and our local health teams doing their best to keep up with case workloads, we temporarily suspended our local reporting of those residents that are in isolation and quarantine on Monday, August 16, 2021.  We do not feel the numbers accurately represent the extent of those residents who are being asked to isolate and quarantine. We are hopeful that when this current crisis improves, we will be able to resume reporting.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  The staff at DPHN along with community partners continue to support an extraordinary number of contacts and cases in isolation and quarantine.  Their unwavering dedication represents a significant amount of effort being done locally to help control the spread of COVID. 

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY TIGER TEAM 

The Douglas County Tiger Team continues to bring free COVID-19 vaccines directly to all areas of Douglas County in our mobile medical vans (MMV) via their pop-up vaccine clinics.  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who have led the charge for our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team efforts since the beginning, have coordinated with DPHN to organize our local Tiger Team to manage our vaccine outreach efforts through ‘pop-up’ vaccine clinics. 

The clinics are currently open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not necessary. 

 

The Douglas County Tiger Team will be hosting FREE POP UP COVID VACCINE CLINICS at the locations listed below.  The clinics are currently open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not necessary:

 

  • Thursday, August 26, 2021: Yoncalla and surrounding area.  Clinic will be at Yoncalla High School located at 292 5th Street in Yoncalla from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

 

For a complete list of upcoming Tiger Team clinics, log onto DPHN at https://douglaspublichealthnetwork.org/ and select the link for the Tiger Team schedules.  Our Tiger Team coordinates with Umpqua Valley Ambulance to bring a certified vaccinator and a medical assistant to each clinic.  If you are interested in having the Douglas County Tiger Team come to your area or event to provide a free pop-up vaccine clinic or if you have any questions about our Douglas County Tiger Teams, please call (541) 670-3110 or our local COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550. 

 

COW CREEK BAND OF UMPQUA TRIBE OF INDIANS OPENED HEALTH AND WELLNESS CLINICS TO ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR COVID VACCINATIONS AND TESTING

Shared from Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.  The Cow Creek Health and Wellness Clinics opened up their COVID vaccination and testing clinics to all community members, not just Cow Creek or Tribal individuals. Any community member can get vaccinated for FREE at their drive-through vaccine site located at 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg, on the following schedule throughout the month of August: 

 

  • Moderna Vaccine Offered: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm 
  • Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Offered: Thursdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

Also, any community member, tribal or non-tribal, can get tested at either of the Cow Creek Health and Wellness Clinic (north and south) locations (see below for locations). The cost is $35, and they will bill insurance if you are insured. Community members do not have to be a clinic patient to get tested. Call (541) 672-8533 for more information and to schedule testing. Testing is available at both Cow Creek Health & Wellness locations: 2371 NE Stephens, Suite 200 in Roseburg and 480 Wartahoo Lane in Canyonville. 

 

AVIVA HAS A DEDICATED FREE COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC SITE IN ROSEBURG 

Shared from Aviva Health.  Aviva Health has a dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinic site at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101 in Roseburg, just across the street from its main Roseburg Clinic location near Costco and offers free COVID-19 vaccines by appointment.   The COVID-19 vaccination clinic is e open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and is open for residents ages 12 and older**.  To schedule an appointment please call (541) 672-9596. 

 

COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY OPEN FOR EVERYONE 12 YEARS OLD AND OLDER***

According to the CDC, State of Oregon and OHA, ALL residents ages 12 years old and older** are eligible to get the COVID-19 Vaccine. According to Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, “We have plenty of vaccines available, they are safe, they are effective and they are available to anyone 12 and above who wants one.” 

 

  1. 🔍 Log onto: http://DougCoVaccine.com.
  2. 📞 Call our Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550.
  3. 📞 Call and set up an appointment with your primary health care provider, ask for a referral to another health care provider or call and set up an appointment with a local pharmacy.
  4. Coastal Residents can call the Lower Umpqua Hospital District’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at (541) 271-2175.
  5. Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, can set up an appointment by calling (541) 672-9405 or log onto https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/This service is not open to everyone.
  6. The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veterans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.
  7. Seniors can call Douglas County Senior Services at (541) 440-3677 to get help finding a vaccine provider.
  8. Attend one of our vaccination clinics offered in Douglas County with our Tiger Team or through Aviva Health.

 

COVID-19 FACEBOOK LIVE WITH DR. BOB 

As a part of our COVID-19 Recovery Phase, DPHN will continue to host our COVID-19 Facebook Live events once a week, on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm. The next Facebook Live event featuring Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer will be Tuesday, August 31, at 6:00 pm You can submit your questions during our live show or in advance at: 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 Facebook event.  The Facebook Events are hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook page.

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

It is important to understand that Federal and State Government and their agencies are the ones that set policy, issue mandates and provide the guidelines for a state of emergency like the current COVID pandemic. Locally, we are following the recommended guidance issued by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  If you have questions about the current guidelines or the recommendations, please contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information. OHA posts their daily updates at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirusPlease do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or the Governor’s orders.  

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County by visiting the Douglas County Government website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  

 

Free Local e-Newsletter Subscription

You can also sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the update to our subscription base free. You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us

 

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

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

 

Aviva Health Offers Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

Aviva Health has created an online FAQ page to answer questions related to COVID-19 regarding availability and scheduling. Log onto https://aviva.health/covid-19-vaccine-faqs/

 

COVID Vaccine Call Center at Lower Umpqua Hospital District in Reedsport

Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport, Douglas County Coastal area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

***Please note that for residents that are ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine. Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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

 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network – Phone: (541) 817-6552 – Cell - (541) 440-3571 – Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: Sick, Stay Home , DCBOC COVID Update
DC LPSCC Housing
DC LPSCC Housing
08-25-21 Meeting Notice: Douglas County LPSCC - Housing Subcommittee (Photo) - 08/25/21

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)

Housing Subcommittee

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 25, 2021

 

 

** Notice of Virtual Meeting **

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)

Housing Subcommittee

Thursday, August 26, 2021

 

(Douglas County, OR) The next meeting for the Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council’s (LPSCC) – Housing Subcommittee will take place on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm via a virtual conference format.

 

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

 

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

 

  
 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

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

 

 

 

 

Attached Media Files: DC LPSCC Housing , 08-26-21 Agenda
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Douglas County COVID-19 Update - August 23, 2021 (Photo) - 08/23/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #618

(Douglas County, Ore.) 

QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF NOON ON MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are Not Vaccinated

137*

78

69 of 78

Text Box: COVID-19 WEEKEND RECAP FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2021:*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives.

COVID-19 WEEKEND RECAP FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2021:

On Saturday, August 21, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY-SEVEN (197) people with new positive test results and THREE (3) new deaths to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 7,216*. We had SIXTY-FIVE (65)Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, fifty-six locally and nine out-of-the-area, including two patients that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 16 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) are currently in use, and 14 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 

COVID-19 WEEKEND RECAP FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2021:

On Sunday, August 22, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had EIGHTY-THREE (83) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) presumptive that has been moved to positive with a positive test result to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 7,299*.  We had SIXTY-SIX (66) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, fifty-seven locally and nine out-of-the-area, including two patients that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 14 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) are currently in use, and 11 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 

COVID-19 RECAP FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021:

As of 12:00 pm today, Monday, August 23, 2021, there are ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SIX (136) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and THREE (3) new death to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 7,436*. Currently, there are SEVENTY-EIGHT (78) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, sixty-five locally and thirteen out-of-the-area, including two that have been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 12 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) are currently in use, and 12 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  Of our hospitalized cases today, SIXTY-NINE (69) out of the 78 were not vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of five more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our one hundred and eleventh COVID-19 related death was a 69-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, August 7, 2021 and passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021.  She was vaccinated.  Our one hundred and twelfth COVID-19 related death was a 94-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, August 6, 2021 and passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021. He was vaccinated.  Our one hundred and thirteenth COVID-19 related death was an 60-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, August 12, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2021. She was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fourteenth COVID-19 related death was an 61-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 and passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2021. He was fully vaccinated.  Our one hundred and fifteenth COVID-19 related death was an 72-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, August 8, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  Our one hundred and sixteenth COVID-19 related death was an 66-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, August 13, 2021 and passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021. He was not vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents, 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 Chart**

Date

Thursday

August 19, 2021

Friday,

August 20, 2021

Saturday

August 21, 2021

Sunday,

August 22, 2021

Today, Monday,

August 23, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

6,879

7,019

7,216

7,299

7,436

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

6,607

6,747

6,944

7,028

7,164

Presumptive

272

272

272

271

272

Total Currently Hospitalized

66

61

65

66

78

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

109

110

113

113

116

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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. 

 

TOOLKIT TOPIC #3: 

SPREAD KINDNESS NOT GERMS, WASH YOUR HANDS!

The next tool in our COVID Toolkit is to practice good old-fashioned HANDWASHING. Washing your hands is easy, and it is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of most germs, including coronavirus. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another, and throughout an entire community — from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.  And, it works best, if we all participate! 

 

Although the history of hand-washing extends back to ancient times, when it was mainly something practiced by faith-based organizations, it was not widely used as a germ prevention tool.  The Old Testament, the Talmud and the Quran all mention hand-washing in the context of ritual cleanliness. The idea that handwashing could help prevent the spread of germs was not championed until 1847, when Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian doctor working in the maternity ward at Vienna General Hospital, began to investigate and theorize why so many women were dying after giving birth.  However, it would take two more decades at least before germ theory – the idea that microbes cause disease – gained traction.  20 years after his death (1867), Semmelweis' contribution was finally recognized, as the medical world became more receptive and wiser after germ theory of disease by Louis Pasteur and concept of antisepsis by Joseph Lister. Dr. Semmelweis was then hailed as the “Father of hand hygiene,” the “Father of infection control,” and “Savior of mothers.”

 

survey by conducted by the Bradley Corporation reveals that while 92% of Americans believe it’s important to wash their hands after using the restroom, only 66% of people say they always wash, and 7 out of 10 people said they skip the suds and just rinse with water.  Make sure you help teach kids the proper techniques for hand-washing to help them create good habits for life. 

 

WHEN SHOULD I WASH MY HANDS?

Handwashing is especially essential:

  1. Before, during and after preparing food
  2. Before and after eating or drinking
  3. Before and after caring for someone who is ill, elderly or in a care facility
  4. Before and after treating a wound, changing dressing or applying a band aid
  5. After using the restroom
  6. After changing a diaper or helping a child use the restroom
  7. After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  8. After touching high contact surfaces
  9. After touching or feeding an animal or cleaning up animal waste
  10. After handling garbage
  11. After working outdoors
  12. Anytime you feel like you need to!

 

HOW DO I PROPERLY WASH MY HANDS? SEVEN SIMPLE STEPS?

  1. Get hands wet with water, preferably running water
  2. Add a dab of soap
  3. Lather up, making sure to rub hands together
  4. Scrub between fingers and on the backs of hands.  Don’t forget to scrub the fingernails
  5. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds.  Count to twenty or sing the birthday song twice†
  6. Rinse completely
  7. Dry with a clean cloth, disposable paper towel or air dry

 

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO SOAP AND WATER?

Think ahead so that you’re prepared when running water is not accessible. 

  1. Bottled water, soap and paper towels are handy items to keep in your car at all times.
  2. Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer or disposable moist towelettes available at home, at your desk at work, in your purse and in your vehicle.  You can buy in bulk, but they are also available in convenient small packaging for on the go lifestyles.
  3. Tip: To use hand sanitizer properly, apply the gel product to the palm of one hand, rub your hands together to ensure the gel covers all surfaces of your hands and fingers.      Rub until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds. Do not wipe or rinse off the hand sanitizer before it is dry.

 

†Or you can use your favorite song as a timer to ensure your hands are thoroughly clean, and might not be a bad idea to wash your hands like your mom is watching, so that the only thing you spread is kindness, not germs.  Here are a few hand-washing song ideas to inspire you.  Best handwashing songs and The Beatles: I Gotta Wash My Hands.

 

REMINDER REGARDING NUMBERS FOR ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE: 

On Monday, August 16, 2021, we temporarily suspended our local reporting of those residents that are in isolation and quarantine. Due to the current extraordinary surge in local cases, state reporting system delays, necessary changes to our investigative protocols, and our local health teams doing their best to keep up with case workloads, we needed to temporarily suspend reporting our number of residents in isolation and quarantine.  We do not feel the numbers accurately represent the extent of those residents who are being asked to isolate and quarantine. We are hopeful that when this current crisis improves, we will be able to resume reporting.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  The staff at DPHN along with community partners continue to support an extraordinary number of contacts and cases in isolation and quarantine.  Their unwavering dedication represents a significant amount of effort being done locally to help control the spread of COVID. 

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY TIGER TEAM 

The Douglas County Tiger Team continues to bring free COVID-19 vaccines directly to all areas of Douglas County in our mobile medical vans (MMV) via their pop-up vaccine clinics.  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who have led the charge for our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team efforts since the beginning, have coordinated with DPHN to organize our local Tiger Team to manage our vaccine outreach efforts through ‘pop-up’ vaccine clinics. 

The clinics are currently open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not necessary. 

 

The Douglas County Tiger Team will be hosting FREE POP UP COVID VACCINE CLINICS at the locations listed below.  The clinics are currently open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not necessary:

  • Monday, August 23, 2021: Roseburg and surrounding area.  Clinic will be at the HIV Alliance located at 647 West Luellen Drive, Suite #3 in Roseburg from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021: Roseburg and surrounding area.  Clinic will be at Sherm’s Thunderbird Market located at 2553 NW Stewart Parkway in Roseburg from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • The Tiger Team will also be conducting Homebound vaccine visits to residents that are unable to leave their home.
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021: Yoncalla and surrounding area.  Clinic will be at Yoncalla High School located at 292 5th Street in Yoncalla from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

 

For a complete list of upcoming Tiger Team clinics, log onto DPHN at https://douglaspublichealthnetwork.org/ and select the link for the Tiger Team schedules.  Our Tiger Team coordinates with Umpqua Valley Ambulance to bring a certified vaccinator and a medical assistant to each clinic.  If you are interested in having the Douglas County Tiger Team come to your area or event to provide a free pop-up vaccine clinic or if you have any questions about our Douglas County Tiger Teams, please call (541) 670-3110 or our local COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550. 

 

COW CREEK BAND OF UMPQUA TRIBE OF INDIANS OPENED HEALTH AND WELLNESS CLINICS TO ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR COVID VACCINATIONS AND TESTING

Shared from Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.  The Cow Creek Health and Wellness Clinics opened up their COVID vaccination and testing clinics to all community members, not just Cow Creek or Tribal individuals. Any community member can get vaccinated for FREE at their drive-through vaccine site located at 2360 NE Stephens Street in Roseburg, on the following schedule throughout the month of August: 

 

  • Moderna Vaccine Offered: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm 
  • Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Offered: Thursdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

Also, any community member, tribal or non-tribal, can get tested at either of the Cow Creek Health and Wellness Clinic (north and south) locations (see below for locations). The cost is $35, and they will bill insurance if you are insured. Community members do not have to be a clinic patient to get tested. Call (541) 672-8533 for more information and to schedule testing. Testing is available at both Cow Creek Health & Wellness locations: 2371 NE Stephens, Suite 200 in Roseburg and 480 Wartahoo Lane in Canyonville. 

 

AVIVA HAS A DEDICATED FREE COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC SITE IN ROSEBURG 

Shared from Aviva Health.  Aviva Health has a dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinic site at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101 in Roseburg, just across the street from its main Roseburg Clinic location near Costco and offers free COVID-19 vaccines by appointment.   The COVID-19 vaccination clinic is e open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and is open for residents ages 12 and older**.  To schedule an appointment please call (541) 672-9596. 

 

COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY OPEN FOR EVERYONE 12 YEARS OLD AND OLDER***

According to the CDC, State of Oregon and OHA, ALL residents ages 12 years old and older** are eligible to get the COVID-19 Vaccine. According to Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, “We have plenty of vaccines available, they are safe, they are effective and they are available to anyone 12 and above who wants one.” 

 

  1. 🔍 Log onto: http://DougCoVaccine.com.
  2. 📞 Call our Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550.
  3. 📞 Call and set up an appointment with your primary health care provider, ask for a referral to another health care provider or call and set up an appointment with a local pharmacy.
  4. Coastal Residents can call the Lower Umpqua Hospital District’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at (541) 271-2175.
  5. Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, can set up an appointment by calling (541) 672-9405 or log onto https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/This service is not open to everyone.
  6. The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veterans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.
  7. Seniors can call Douglas County Senior Services at (541) 440-3677 to get help finding a vaccine provider.
  8. Attend one of our vaccination clinics offered in Douglas County with our Tiger Team or through Aviva Health.

 

COVID-19 FACEBOOK LIVE WITH DR. BOB 

As a part of our COVID-19 Recovery Phase, DPHN will continue to host our COVID-19 Facebook Live events once a week, on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm. The next Facebook Live event featuring Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer will be Tuesday, August 24, at 6:00 pm You can submit your questions during our live show or in advance at: 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 Facebook event.  The Facebook Events are hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook page.

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

It is important to understand that Federal and State Government and their agencies are the ones that set policy, issue mandates and provide the guidelines for a state of emergency like the current COVID pandemic. Locally, we are following the recommended guidance issued by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  If you have questions about the current guidelines or the recommendations, please contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information. OHA posts their daily updates at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirusPlease do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or the Governor’s orders.  

 

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County by visiting the Douglas County Government website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook page.  

 

Free Local e-Newsletter Subscription

You can also sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the update to our subscription base free. You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us

 

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

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

 

Aviva Health Offers Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

Aviva Health has created an online FAQ page to answer questions related to COVID-19 regarding availability and scheduling. Log onto https://aviva.health/covid-19-vaccine-faqs/

 

COVID Vaccine Call Center at Lower Umpqua Hospital District in Reedsport

Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport, Douglas County Coastal area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

***Please note that for residents that are ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine. Written consent can also be obtained in advance. Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

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

 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network – Phone: (541) 817-6552 – Cell - (541) 440-3571 – Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: TOOL KIT 3 , DCBOC C19 UPDATE