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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 27, 2021 - 02/27/21

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

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 27, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Saturday, February 27, 2021, there are TWELVE (12) people with new positive test result to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptives) in Douglas County is now at 2,469*.  Currently, there are FIFTEEN (15) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eleven locally and four out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 245 cases in isolation, as well as another 541 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 786 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID.

 

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

Date

Tuesday,

February 23, 2021

Wednesday,

February 24, 2021

Thursday,

February 25, 2021

Friday,

February 26, 2021

Today, Saturday,

February 27, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,390

2,417

2,442

2,457

2,469

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,266

2,293

2,317

2,332

2,344

Presumptive

124

124

125

125

125

Total Currently Hospitalized

19

16

16

16

15

Total Currently in Isolation

277

275

240

234

245

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

53

54

54

54

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays for the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility**

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Saturday, February 27, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes.
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 4: Residents 70-years-of-age or older

 

Now Eligible: Phase 1-B, Group 4: Seniors 70 And Older**

According to the State, as of Monday, February 22, 2021, the next group of seniors, residents who are aged 70-years-old and older (Phase 1-B, Group 4), are now eligible to call and schedule an appointment with their local health care provider or local pharmacies who are signed up to be vaccinators in Douglas County.  As a reminder, we ask that you please be patient and gracious with the staff at DPHN, our vaccinators and health care partners, as they are doing the best they can to schedule appointments based on the supply of COVID-19 vaccine that has been sent to Douglas County.

 

I am Eligible, How Do I Sign Up to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Our local public health continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  Douglas County, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) set up their COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible. 

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2, 3 & 4: SENIORS 70 AND OLDER

As of Monday, February 22, 2021, residents 70-years-of-age and older became eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider or local pharmacy listed on our vaccinators list.  We updated our Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents on Thursday, February 25, 2021.  We originally released our plan on February 5, 2021. Click here to read the updated Douglas County Senior Population Vaccination Plan and our current list of local vaccinators.  Our plan for Senior COVID-19 Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

We ask that eligible seniors contact their health care provider FIRST, to see if they are administering the COVID vaccine.  If not, we encourage you to ask them to get signed up to be a vaccinator.  Also, if they are not vaccinating, ask them for a referral to another health care provider, clinic or pharmacy, that is administering the vaccine.  If they do not provide referrals, then please contact your regular pharmacy or a pharmacy listed on our vaccinators list and ask them about scheduling an appointment.  Please also note that many of our health care providers listed below on our vaccinators list are currently working through their eligible patient lists first.  So, they may not be scheduling appointments for new, referral or outside patients at this time.  Please note that there are still many more residents and seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines.

 

LOCAL TRIBAL HEALTH VACCINE PROGRAMS

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.  Tribal Health Care Programs receive their vaccines directly from the Federal Government, and not through our local public health allocation from the State.

 

VA WORKERS AND ELIGIBLE U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for specific groups of veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Roseburg VAMC, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be a frontline essential worker, hemodialysis or organ transplant patient, or a chemotherapy patient receiving care at a clinic or hospital.  Also, note that according to the vaccine criteria established by the Federal Government and the CDC, at this time, spouses of veterans are not included on the list of eligible persons to get a COVID-19 vaccine from the Roseburg VAMC.  However, there is one exception that we have found, a Veteran’s Care Provider, who is being paid by the VA under the new Family Caregiver Assistance program might be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying for that program or to find out about veteran vaccine eligibility needs to contact Roseburg VAMC directly.  The Douglas County Veterans Service Office at the county does not have the authority or ability to get vaccines for veterans or their spouses.  VA Health Care Systems receive their vaccine directly from the Federal Government and not through our local public health allocation from the State.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

WHAT IF I AM NOT ON THE OHA ELIGIBLE LIST RIGHT NOW?

As we have mentioned before, if you are not specifically listed on one of OHA’s published eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

COVID Vaccine Update from Lower Umpqua Hospital District

Shared from Lower Umpqua Hospital District (LUHD).  Effective as of Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Lower Umpqua Hospital District now has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information.  The LUHD COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center number is (541) 271-2175, and is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  LUHD has been working diligently to provide our community with a call center where eligible residents can call to obtain COVID-19 vaccine information. The Call Center staff will contact eligible community members to invite them to upcoming vaccine clinics. COVID vaccine clinics are scheduled upon incremental distribution of vaccine to LUHD and at which time registration to our community is by invitation.  We ask that only vaccine eligible residents call the center. We are following CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines on phase distribution while receiving guidance from Douglas County Public Health. The Call Center staff will need your full name, date of birth, and phone number to pre-register you.  While state and national news communicate a specific age grouping is now eligible for vaccination, the prior age groups may still be receiving their initial dose due to incremental vaccine distribution. The graphic below provides a view of the current vaccination status in our community. The green represents those who have been vaccinated, yellow represents the current group we are working with and the orange represents the groups which are eligible when vaccine becomes available. It will be updated on a regular basis as we progress through the vaccination process. Please be patient as we work through our eligible groups. In addition, we are also distributing second doses to groups who have already received their first dose. Second doses can be given within 28 to 42 days from when the original dose was given. Therefore, de-pending on available vaccine, your second dose might not be at exactly 28 days. We will contact eligible individuals to schedule their second vaccine.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Allocation Information

Your Local Public Health Administrator and Douglas County Public Health Official, along with DPHN and our local health care partners have been working hard to acquire more vaccines and vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible.

 

The good news is that we finally received our allotment of 1,400 first dose vaccines from the State of Oregon for last week, that were delayed due to severe winter storms across the nation.  We also received our allotment of 2,500 first dose vaccines for this week, as well.  All of the recent shipment of first doses have been deployed to local approved vaccinators throughout the county. As we mentioned before, we are finally seeing a fair and equitable allotment of COVID vaccines from the State of Oregon and we are hopeful that the distribution levels will continue.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, said earlier this week that he believes that, “vaccine distribution has been normalized in Oregon, and Douglas County should be getting a reasonable and fair share of doses, which properly reflects the number of residents and seniors in our population.”  We would like to note that the recent changes to the vaccine allocation for Douglas County from the State were a direct result of the tenacious efforts by our Douglas County Commissioners and Dr. Dannenhoffer in advocating for our fair share of COVID-19 vaccines.  Progress is a wonderful thing. 

 

It is also important to understand that in addition to the first dose vaccines that we receive from the State of Oregon on a weekly basis, we also receive our allocation of second dose vaccines, which are paired with the first doses, and are not counted in the overall total vaccines that we have received.   Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government or their partners. 

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • At the present moment, we are told that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.   This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

Vaccine Voices: “I Decided to Kick My Fear Aside!”

Shared from OHA.  Robin de La Mora is the owner of Collaborative Employment Innovations (CEI) in Corvallis, Oregon. CEI provides employment services such as job coaching, placement and supports to adults with disabilities. Her work providing direct service to people with disabilities qualified her for Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Robin is a mother and a grandmother. She is also a caregiver to an elderly parent with underlying conditions. Robin shares her story: 

I had mixed feelings about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. I needed to process my personal responsibility to family, community, and myself. I had to think about my grandchildren's academic and mental health and their need to return to school. I had to think about how to best protect my father, provide employment services to individuals with disabilities, and return to in-person volunteeringAs a proud, successful Mexican-American woman, I decided to kick my fear aside and put my health and the health of others first. On February 7,2021, I received my second dose of the vaccine for protection against a virus that disproportionately affects people with developmental disabilities and Black and Brown communities.” For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine log onto: covidvaccine.oregon.gov or vacunacovid.oregon.gov.

 

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, March 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website.

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  

 

Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 26, 2021 - 02/26/21

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

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 26, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Friday, February 26, 2021, there are FIFTEEN (15) people with new positive test result to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptives) in Douglas County is now at 2,457*.  Currently, there are SIXTEEN (16) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, twelve locally and four out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Update

The good news is that we finally received our allotment of 1,400 first dose vaccines from the State of Oregon for last week, that were delayed due to severe winter storms across the nation.  We also received our allotment of 2,500 first dose vaccines for this week, as well.  All of the recent shipment of first doses have been deployed to local approved vaccinators throughout the county. As we mentioned before, we are finally seeing a fair and equitable allotment of COVID vaccines from the State of Oregon and we are hopeful that the distribution levels will continue.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, said earlier this week that he believes that, “vaccine distribution has been normalized in Oregon, and Douglas County should be getting a reasonable and fair share of doses, which properly reflects the number of residents and seniors in our population.”  We would like to note that the recent changes to the vaccine allocation for Douglas County from the State were a direct result of the tenacious efforts by our Douglas County Commissioners and Dr. Dannenhoffer in advocating for our fair share of COVID-19 vaccines.  Progress is a wonderful thing. 

 

It is also important to understand that in addition to the first dose vaccines that we receive from the State of Oregon on a weekly basis, we also receive our allocation of second dose vaccines, which are paired with the first doses, and are not counted in the overall total vaccines that we have received.   Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government or their partners. 

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

As of today, Friday, February 26, 2021, there are 34 different Douglas County K-12 schools that have COVID-19 school outbreaks, which represent 85 of our recent COVID cases.  DPHN, Douglas ESD and local school officials are working together to support those cases, as well as those in quarantine.  For more information, click here for the link to the DPHN school quarantine flyer.  Currently, DPHN is supporting 234 cases in isolation, as well as another 481 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 715 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID.

 

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

Date

Monday,

February 22, 2021

Tuesday,

February 23, 2021

Wednesday,

February 24, 2021

Thursday,

February 25, 2021

Today, Friday,

February 26, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,356

2,390

2,417

2,442

2,457

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,231

2,266

2,293

2,317

2,332

Presumptive

125

124

124

125

125

Total Currently Hospitalized

19

19

16

16

16

Total Currently in Isolation

271

277

275

240

234

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

53

54

54

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays for the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility**

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Friday, February 26, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes.
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 4: Residents 70-years-of-age or older

 

Now Eligible: Phase 1-B, Group 4: Seniors 70 And Older**

According to the State, as of Monday, February 22, 2021, the next group of seniors, residents who are aged 70-years-old and older (Phase 1-B, Group 4), are now eligible to call and schedule an appointment with their local health care provider or local pharmacies who are signed up to be vaccinators in Douglas County.  As a reminder, we ask that you please be patient and gracious with the staff at DPHN, our vaccinators and health care partners, as they are doing the best they can to schedule appointments based on the supply of COVID-19 vaccine that has been sent to Douglas County.

 

I am Eligible, How Do I Sign Up to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Our local public health continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  Douglas County, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) set up their COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2, 3 & 4: SENIORS 70 AND OLDER

Are you 70-years-of-age or older?  Then, you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  As of Monday, February 22, 2021, residents 70-years-of-age and older became eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider or local pharmacy listed on our vaccinators list.  We updated our Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents on Thursday, February 25, 2021.  We originally released our plan on February 5, 2021. Click here to read the updated Douglas County Senior Population Vaccination Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID-19 Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

We ask that eligible seniors contact their health care provider FIRST, to see if they are administering the COVID vaccine.  If not, we encourage you to ask them to get signed up to be a vaccinator.  Also, if they are not vaccinating, ask them for a referral to another health care provider, clinic or pharmacy, that is administering the vaccine.  If they do not provide referrals, then please contact your regular pharmacy or a pharmacy listed on our vaccinators list and ask them about scheduling an appointment.  Please also note that many of our health care providers listed below on our vaccinators list are currently working through their eligible patient lists first.  So, they may not be scheduling appointments for new, referral or outside patients at this time. 

 

Our current list of local vaccinators includes:

 

Albertsons- Edenbower

Angela Jones, MD

Umpqua Valley Internists

Aviva Health – Glide

Aviva Health - Myrtle Creek

Aviva Health - North County

Aviva Health – Roseburg

Aviva Health - Roseburg SBHC

Aviva Health – Sutherlin

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 609

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 652

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 676

Canyonville Health & Urgent Care

Christine Seals

Confederated Tribes Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw Indians

Costco Pharmacy

Current Orthodontics

Douglas County Fire District 2

Evergreen Family Medicine

Evergreen Family Medicine Harvard Campus

Evergreen Family Medicine South

Excellence in Women’s Healthcare

Family Tree Medical Clinic

Fred Meyer Pharmacy 281

Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy - Roseburg

Gerald A Jaworski, MD, PC

Glendale Ambulance District

Gordons Pharmacy                            

Kidsdocs, PC

Lower Umpqua Hospital

Mercy Medical Center - Roseburg

North River Pediatrics PC

Nova Health - Goetz

Nova Health - Roseburg

One Peak Medical Clinic - Roseburg

Safeway - Stephens

Southriver Community Health Center

Steelhead Oncology

Two Rivers Integrative Medicine LLC

Umpqua Health - Newton Creek

Umpqua Valley Ambulance

Valley Ridge Family Medicine

 

 

**Please note that there are many more residents and seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines.

 

LOCAL TRIBAL HEALTH VACCINE PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.  Tribal Health Care Programs receive their vaccines directly from the Federal Government, and not through our local public health allocation from the State.

 

VA WORKERS AND ELIGIBLE U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VAMC.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for specific groups of veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Roseburg VAMC, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be a frontline essential worker, hemodialysis or organ transplant patient, or a chemotherapy patient receiving care at a clinic or hospital.  Also, note that according to the vaccine criteria established by the Federal Government and the CDC, at this time, spouses of veterans are not included on the list of eligible persons to get a COVID-19 vaccine from the Roseburg VAMC.  However, there is one exception that we have found, a Veteran’s Care Provider, who is being paid by the VA under the new Family Caregiver Assistance program might be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying for that program or to find out about veteran vaccine eligibility needs to contact Roseburg VAMC directly.  The Douglas County Veterans Service Office at the county does not have the authority or ability to get vaccines for veterans or their spouses.  VA Health Care Systems receive their vaccine directly from the Federal Government and not through our local public health allocation from the State.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

WHAT IF I AM NOT ON THE OHA ELIGIBLE LIST RIGHT NOW?

As we have mentioned before, if you are not specifically listed on one of OHA’s published eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

COVID Vaccine Update from Lower Umpqua Hospital District

Shared from Lower Umpqua Hospital District (LUHD).  Effective as of Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Lower Umpqua Hospital District now has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information.  The LUHD COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center number is (541) 271-2175, and is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  LUHD has been working diligently to provide our community with a call center where eligible residents can call to obtain COVID-19 vaccine information. The Call Center staff will contact eligible community members to invite them to upcoming vaccine clinics. COVID vaccine clinics are scheduled upon incremental distribution of vaccine to LUHD and at which time registration to our community is by invitation.  We ask that only vaccine eligible residents call the center. We are following CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines on phase distribution while receiving guidance from Douglas County Public Health. The Call Center staff will need your full name, date of birth, and phone number to pre-register you.  While state and national news communicate a specific age grouping is now eligible for vaccination, the prior age groups may still be receiving their initial dose due to incremental vaccine distribution. The graphic below provides a view of the current vaccination status in our community. The green represents those who have been vaccinated, yellow represents the current group we are working with and the orange represents the groups which are eligible when vaccine becomes available. It will be updated on a regular basis as we progress through the vaccination process. Please be patient as we work through our eligible groups. In addition, we are also distributing second doses to groups who have already received their first dose. Second doses can be given within 28 to 42 days from when the original dose was given. Therefore, de-pending on available vaccine, your second dose might not be at exactly 28 days. We will contact eligible individuals to schedule their second vaccine.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Allocation Information

Your Local Public Health Administrator and Douglas County Public Health Official, along with DPHN and our local health care partners have been working hard to acquire more vaccines and vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible.

 

We are finally seeing some hope on the horizon with our vaccine allocation from the State and Federal government with regards to our allocation of COVID-19 vaccines. As a reminder, in addition to the first dose vaccines that we receive from the State of Oregon, we also receive our allotment of second doses of the vaccine, which are paired with the first dose for each resident, and are not counted in our cumulative total of vaccines that we have received, because they are the match doses for the first dose.  Please note that our local cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government or their partners. 

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • At the present moment, we are told that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.   This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 26, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

Lower Umpqua Hospital District Names CEO

Shared from Lower Umpqua Hospital District (LUHD). The members of the Lower Umpqua Hospital District (LUHD) board of directors are pleased to announce that Paul Connolly has been named Chief Executive Officer for LUHD effective March 1, 2021. LUHD is a non-profit Special District which is comprised of a Critical Access Hospital, three clinics, and a Family Resource Center. Paul Connolly has over 20 years of leadership experience in the medical field; including positions as service line administrator, practice administrator, regional operations manager, medical group manager, and interim administrator. Connolly came to Reedsport to serve as Interim Clinic Director at Dunes Family Health Care. The board was impressed with his leadership skills and asked Connolly to remain onboard as Interim CEO, when that position became available in November 2020.

 

I believe Paul Connolly is the right person for the job,” said board president, Ron Kreskey. “The past year has been very difficult and challenging for the District. As Interim CEO, Connolly, took charge, researched and reviewed all the issues facing the District. He worked with the staff to put the District on track to survive in the face of a world-wide pandemic as well as all the other issues facing businesses today.”

 

Connolly has worked in hospitals in small communities and in rural areas, and we think his experience and expertise line up with the needs of our community and our hospital remarkably well,” continued Kreskey.

 

I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the District during these unprecedented, challenging times and look forward to working together with providers and staff to chart the future course of Lower Umpqua Hospital District” said Paul Connolly.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  

 

Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 25, 2021 - 02/25/21

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

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 25, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Thursday, February 25, 2021, there are TWENTY-FOUR (24) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and ONE (1) death to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptives) in Douglas County is now at 2,442*.  Currently, there are SIXTEEN (16) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, twelve locally and four out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID-19 Related Death of a Douglas County Resident

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of another Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus. Our fifty-fourth death is a 73-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. 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.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 240 cases in isolation, as well as another 499 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 739 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID.

 

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

Date

Sunday,

February 21, 2021

Monday,

February 22, 2021

Tuesday,

February 23, 2021

Wednesday,

February 24, 2021

Today, Thursday,

February 25, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,335

2,356

2,390

2,417

2,442

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,212

2,231

2,266

2,293

2,317

Presumptive

123

125

124

124

125

Total Currently Hospitalized

15

19

19

16

16

Total Currently in Isolation

282

271

277

275

240

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

53

54

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays for the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility**

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Thursday, February 25, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes.
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 4: Residents 70-years-of-age or older

 

Now Eligible: Phase 1-B, Group 4: Seniors 70 And Older**

According to the State, as of Monday, February 22, 2021, the next group of seniors, residents who are aged 70-years-old and older (Phase 1-B, Group 4), are now eligible to call and schedule an appointment with their local health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facilities who are signed up to be vaccinators in Douglas County.   As a reminder, we ask that you please be patient and gracious with the staff at DPHN, our vaccinators and health care partners, as they are doing the best they can to schedule appointments based on the supply of COVID-19 vaccine that has been sent to Douglas County.

 

I am Eligible, How Do I Sign Up to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Our local public health continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  Douglas County, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) set up their COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2, 3 & 4: SENIORS 70 AND OLDER

Are you 70-years-of-age or older?  Then, you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  As of Monday, February 22, 2021, residents 70-years-of-age and older became eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  We updated our Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents on Thursday, February 25, 2021.  We originally released our plan on February 5, 2021. Click here to read the updated Douglas County Senior Population Vaccination Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID-19 Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. (Please note that yesterday, we listed Albertson’s on Stephens, we have updated our list to correctly list Safeway on Stephens as a local vaccinator.)

 

Our current list of local vaccinators includes:

 

Albertsons- Edenbower

Angela Jones, MD

Umpqua Valley Internists

Aviva Health - Glide

Aviva Health - Myrtle Creek

Aviva Health - North County

Aviva Health - Roseburg

Aviva Health - Roseburg SBHC

Aviva Health - Sutherlin

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 609

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 652

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 676

Canyonville Health & Urgent Care

Christine Seals

Confederated Tribes Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw Indians

Costco Pharmacy

Current Orthodontics

Douglas County Fire District 2

Evergreen Family Medicine

Evergreen Family Medicine Harvard Campus

Evergreen Family Medicine South

Excellence in Women’s Healthcare

Family Tree Medical Clinic

Fred Meyer Pharmacy 281

Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy - Roseburg

Gerald A Jaworski, MD, PC

Glendale Ambulance District

Gordons Pharmacy

Kidsdocs, PC

Lower Umpqua Hospital

Mercy Medical Center - Roseburg

North River Pediatrics PC

Nova Health - Goetz

Nova Health - Roseburg

One Peak Medical Clinic - Roseburg

Safeway - Stephens

Southriver Community Health Center

Steelhead Oncology

Two Rivers Integrative Medicine LLC

Umpqua Health - Newton Creek

Umpqua Valley Ambulance

Valley Ridge Family Medicine

 

 

**Please note that there are many more residents and seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

LOCAL TRIBAL HEALTH VACCINE PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.  Tribal Health Care Programs receive their vaccines directly from the Federal Government, and not through our local public health allocation from the State.

 

VA WORKERS AND ELIGIBLE U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VAMC.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for specific groups of veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Roseburg VAMC, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be a frontline essential worker, hemodialysis or organ transplant patient, or a chemotherapy patient receiving care at a clinic or hospital.  Also, note that according to the vaccine criteria established by the Federal Government and the CDC, at this time, spouses of veterans are not included on the list of eligible persons to get a COVID-19 vaccine from the Roseburg VAMC.  However, there is one exception that we have found, a Veteran’s Care Provider, who is being paid by the VA under the new Family Caregiver Assistance program might be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying for that program or to find out about veteran vaccine eligibility needs to contact Roseburg VAMC directly.  The Douglas County Veterans Service Office at the county does not have the authority or ability to get vaccines for veterans or their spouses.  VA Health Care Systems receive their vaccine directly from the Federal Government and not through our local public health allocation from the State.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

WHAT IF I AM NOT ON THE OHA ELIGIBLE LIST RIGHT NOW?

As we have mentioned before, if you are not specifically listed on one of OHA’s published eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Allocation Information

Your Local Public Health Administrator and Douglas County Public Health Official, along with DPHN and our local health care partners have been working hard to acquire more vaccines and vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible.

 

We are finally seeing some hope on the horizon with our vaccine allocation from the State.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, has been an absolute stalwart advocate for the county and a burr in the State’s saddle for making the vaccine distribution equitable to Douglas County compared with the rest of the State. 

 

Previously, Douglas County had been left behind in getting our fair share of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the state, compared with other counties.  But, now it appears that Douglas County is moving towards a more equitable distribution of vaccines from the State.  At this time, I believe vaccine distribution has been normalized in Oregon, and Douglas County should be getting a reasonable and fair share of doses, which properly reflects the number of residents and seniors in our population.  Douglas County expects to get 2,500 new doses each week for the next 6 weeks, plus second doses to match doses from 4 weeks earlier from the State.  While it is great that we have so many willing local vaccinators, but it has been frustrating not to have enough vaccines to distribute.  Our efforts with the state have paid off with their recent allocation formula change,” commented Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer. 

 

As a reminder, in addition to the first dose vaccines that we receive from the State of Oregon, we also receive our allotment of second doses of the vaccine, which are paired with the first dose for each resident, and are not counted in our cumulative total of vaccines that we have received, because they are the match doses for the first dose.  Please note that our local cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government or their partners. 

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • At the present moment, we are told that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.   This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

Vaccine Voices: Leading by Example: “It was important to get the vaccine to show my children, friends, family, and community how much I want to keep them safe”

Shared from OHA. We wanted to share a message from Susan Prettyman, a Social Services Program Manager at Clatsop Community Action: "I was vaccinated at an event at the Armory in Astoria, Oregon, which was organized by Columbia Memorial Hospital.  Going into the appointment, I felt really anxious and concerned about what the side effects would be, but I also felt reassured, knowing that I was being vaccinated with the rest of my staff, and that this would be an experience we shared together.  Before we went in, our team talked about how we felt, our nerves, and how we could support each other during and after the experience. I was able to actually hold the hand of one of my coworkers who was feeling scared during her shot. The experience was really a lot to take in and process, but Columbia Memorial Hospital made the experience good for us, and overall, we were in and out within an hour. For myself, it was important to get the vaccine to show my children, friends, family, and community how much I want to keep them safe. We work with vulnerable populations, such as seniors, families, and the homeless in Clatsop County, and I want to keep them and myself healthy so we can stop the spread in our community. Sometimes, leading by example means doing things that seem scary, for the greater good of the community. I'm so fortunate that our entire staff at Clatsop Community Action chose to be vaccinated, so we can continue the work we do to help those most in need."  For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine log onto: covidvaccine.oregon.gov or vacunacovid.oregon.gov.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 26, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

New School Case Announced

Shared from Winston Dillard School District. In a notice released on February 22, 2021, Winston Dillard School District announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at Winston Middle School in Winston. WDSD officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Here is a copy of the notice released:

February 22, 2021. Dear Students, Families, and Staff.  We were notified by Douglas Public Health Network and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, that we have had a student or staff member at Winston Middle School test positive for COVID-19. We continuing to work very closely with Douglas Public Health to establish who needs to quarantine and to notify parents of the children in the cohort that the individual that tested positive was in.  If your child was in the same cohort, or if you are a staff member that needs to quarantine, you will be notified by the school officials this evening. If you do not hear from the school, your child is not affected by this quarantine. Douglas Public Health Network will work to contact you in the next 24 hours if you or your child need to quarantine. If you have general concerns or questions about COVID-19, please call the Douglas Public Health Network hotline at 541-464-6550, 7 days a week between 8-5:00 pm.”

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  

 

Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

 

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

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 24, 2021 (Photo) - 02/24/21

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

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 24, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Wednesday, February 24, 2021, there are TWENTY-SEVEN (27) people with new positive test results and TWO (2) deaths to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptives) in Douglas County is now at 2,417*.  Currently, there are SIXTEEN (16) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, twelve locally and four out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Two More COVID-19 Related Deaths of Douglas County Residents

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the deaths of two more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our fifty-second death is a 74-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, February 1, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Our fifty-third death is a 71-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, February 8, 2021 and passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. 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.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 275 cases in isolation, as well as another 567 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 842 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID.

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

Date

Saturday,

February 20, 2021

Sunday,

February 21, 2021

Monday,

February 22, 2021

Tuesday,

February 23, 2021

Today, Wednesday,

February 24, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,321

2,335

2,356

2,390

2,417

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,199

2,212

2,231

2,266

2,293

Presumptive

122

123

125

124

124

Total Currently Hospitalized

16

15

19

19

16

Total Currently in Isolation

269

282

271

277

275

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

53

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility**

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Wednesday, February 24, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes.
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 4: Residents 70-years-of-age or older

 

Now Eligible: Phase 1-B, Group 4: Seniors 70 And Older**

According to the State, as of Monday, February 22, 2021, the next group of seniors, residents who are aged 70-years-old and older (Phase 1-B, Group 4), are now eligible to call and schedule an appointment with their local health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facilities who are signed up to be vaccinators in Douglas County.   As a reminder, we ask that you please be patient and gracious with the staff at DPHN, our vaccinators and health care partners, as they are doing the best they can to schedule appointments based on the supply of COVID-19 vaccine that has been sent to Douglas County.

 

I am Eligible, How Do I Sign Up to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Our local public health continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  Douglas County, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) set up their COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2, 3 & 4: SENIORS 70 AND OLDER

Are you 70-years-of-age or older?  Then, you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  As of Monday, February 22, 2021, residents 70-years-of-age and older became eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find out more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID-19 Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

Our current list of local vaccinators includes:

Albertsons- Edenbower

Albertsons- Stephens

Angela Jones, MD

Umpqua Valley Internists

Aviva Health - Glide

Aviva Health - Myrtle Creek

Aviva Health - North County

Aviva Health - Roseburg

Aviva Health - Roseburg SBHC

Aviva Health - Sutherlin

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 609

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 652

Bi-Mart Pharmacy 676

Canyonville Health & Urgent Care

Christine Seals

Confederated Tribes Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw Indians

Costco Pharmacy

Current Orthodontics

Douglas County Fire District 2

Evergreen Family Medicine

Evergreen Family Medicine Harvard Campus

Evergreen Family Medicine South

Excellence in Women’s Healthcare

Family Tree Medical Clinic

Fred Meyer Pharmacy 281

Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy - Roseburg

Gerald A Jaworski, Md, PC

Glendale Ambulance District

Gordons Pharmacy

Kidsdocs, PC

Lower Umpqua Hospital

Mercy Medical Center - Roseburg

North River Pediatrics PC

Nova Health - Goetz

Nova Health - Roseburg

One Peak Medical Clinic - Roseburg

Southriver Community Health Center

Steelhead Oncology

Two Rivers Integrative Medicine LLC

Umpqua Health - Newton Creek

Umpqua Valley Ambulance

Valley Ridge Family Medicine

 

 

**Please note that there are many more residents and seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

LOCAL TRIBAL HEALTH VACCINE PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.  Tribal Health Care Programs receive their vaccines directly from the Federal Government, and not through our local public health allocation from the State.

 

VA WORKERS AND ELIGIBLE U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VAMC.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for specific groups of veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Roseburg VAMC, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be a frontline essential worker, hemodialysis or organ transplant patient, or a chemotherapy patient receiving care at a clinic or hospital.  Also, note that according to the vaccine criteria established by the Federal Government and the CDC, at this time, spouses of veterans are not included on the list of eligible persons to get a COVID-19 vaccine from the Roseburg VAMC.  However, there is one exception that we have found, a Veteran’s Care Provider, who is being paid by the VA under the new Family Caregiver Assistance program might be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying for that program or to find out about veteran vaccine eligibility needs to contact Roseburg VAMC directly.  The Douglas County Veterans Service Office at the county does not have the authority or ability to get vaccines for veterans or their spouses.  VA Health Care Systems receive their vaccine directly from the Federal Government and not through our local public health allocation from the State.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

WHAT IF I AM NOT ON THE OHA ELIGIBLE LIST RIGHT NOW?

As we have mentioned before, if you are not specifically listed on one of OHA’s published eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Allocation Information

Your Local Public Health Administrator and Douglas County Public Health Official, along with DPHN and our local health care partners have been working hard to acquire more vaccines and vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible.

 

We are finally seeing some hope on the horizon with our vaccine allocation from the State.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, has been an absolute stalwart advocate for the county and a burr in the State’s saddle for making the vaccine distribution equitable to Douglas County compared with the rest of the State. 

 

            “Previously, Douglas County had been left behind in getting our fair share of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the state, compared with other counties.  But, now it appears that Douglas County is moving towards a more equitable distribution of vaccines from the State.  At this time, I believe vaccine distribution has been normalized in Oregon, and Douglas County should be getting a reasonable and fair share of doses, which properly reflects the number of residents and seniors in our population.  Douglas County expects to get 2,500 new doses each week for the next 6 weeks, plus second doses to match doses from 4 weeks earlier from the State.  While it is great that we have so many willing local vaccinators, but it has been frustrating not to have enough vaccines to distribute.  Our efforts with the state have paid off with their recent allocation formula change,” commented Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer. 

 

As a reminder, in addition to the first dose vaccines that we receive from the State of Oregon, we also receive our allotment of second doses of the vaccine, which are paired with the first dose for each resident, and are not counted in our cumulative total of vaccines that we have received, because they are the match doses for the first dose.  Please note that our local cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government or their partners. 

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • At the present moment, we are told that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.   This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 26, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  

 

Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

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

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02-23-21 Douglas County Commissioners Issue Statement About Movement to State's Extreme Level - 02/23/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 23, 2021

 

Douglas County Commissioners Issue Statement About

Movement to State’s Extreme Level

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners are very concerned about our recent surge in COVID cases, and dismayed to learn that our case counts in the last two weeks have prompted the State of Oregon to move Douglas County from the State’s Mandated High COVID Risk Level to the State’s Mandated Extreme COVID Risk Level, thus imposing stricter guidelines on our residents and businesses.  We do painfully recognize that the impact of the State moving us to the Mandated Extreme COVID Risk Level will be felt the most by Douglas County’s small local businesses, especially our restaurants, bars and gyms, rather than by where the most recent rash of cases have been reported (i.e. our long-term care facilities, churches, schools and by residents who have chosen to host large events).  This scenario continues to illustrate the issue we have with the State’s “one-size-fits-all” approach to their COVID restriction metrics and programs. 

 

Now, as our county prepares to move to the State’s Mandated Extreme Risk Level beginning on Friday, February 26, 2021, your Commissioners realize that many local businesses are likely to stay open and challenge the State’s guidelines for this new risk level.  As your Commissioners always have and will continue to do, we stand with, represent and support the citizens and businesses operating in Douglas County.  We want our residents to be healthy and have access to necessary services; we want to help our businesses succeed; and we want everyone in our county to continue to move forward with social and economic stability.  While Douglas County currently has no ability to shield or protect our businesses from state sanctions, penalties and fines, we are here to help in any way we can.  We do want to encourage our local businesses to follow the appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, as well as, protect their businesses, their patrons and their ability to continue to keep their doors open.

 

Your Commissioners continue to be incredibly frustrated with the lack of local input being allowed at the state level, especially when determining the State’s current COVID Risk Level Program, instituted in December 2020.  The State’s new mandated program undeservedly punishes and brutally affects our local businesses ability to operate and stay financially stable during this pandemic.  Especially, when the businesses that have suffered the most during the State’s Mandated Risk Level restriction periods (our restaurants, our coffee houses, our dance studios, our senior centers, our small retail stores, our bars and our gyms), are among some of the safest places to go during the pandemic.  These businesses are required to follow some of the most stringent COVID safety and health guidelines.  For the most part, our businesses have been extremely responsible to our communities, and in following the COVID-19 guidance coming from the State. The adoption of the Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Standard in late 2020, further shows that Oregon workplaces are some of the most sanitary places for customers and employees to be. Public health officials, coupled with our local outbreak data and statistics, have stated very clearly that COVID-19 is spreading in Oregon and in Douglas County for reasons unrelated to our businesses being open.  In fact, cases at restaurants, bars and gyms accounted for only 1% of our total positive cases in the last two weeks.   Our local data for COVID cases showed that of the current 280 active COVID cases that DPHN is supporting in isolation:

  • There are NO COVID outbreaks created or active at any gyms, restaurants or bars in Douglas County.
  • Of those 280 active cases, we only have 4 positive cases associated with any gyms, restaurants or bars in Douglas County.
  • Currently, there are no other employees at any other gyms, restaurants or bars that have active or positive cases at this time.

As we have asserted before, your Douglas County Commissioners do not support county “enforcement’ of State issued COVID guidelines.  Instead, as the local public health authority, we feel it is paramount for State of Oregon Officials to provide easy to understand, timely access to the latest information, resources and medical guidance in order to educate residents about COVID-19 that allows them to make informed, responsible decisions.  We feel that most people will do the right thing, if given the opportunity and knowledge to do so.  We cannot in good conscience, condone citing or potentially arresting people for trying to make an honest living.  While we understand the need for increased measures to slow the spread of the virus due to the recent dramatic increase in local COVID-19 cases, we do not agree with a statewide mandated approach.  Further, Douglas County Government will not enforce the mandates for these somewhat draconian rules against our citizens mandated without local consultation.  We recommend that residents contact one of the state legislators representing your district, and ask them to engage in the fight to help our local business and residents.  There are seven state legislators that represent a portion of Douglas County.  

 

Your Commissioners believe that there must be a better balance between the socio-economic damage being done to our businesses, and the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, while also protecting the health and wellbeing of our residents.  While we have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases, we have also seen far too many businesses close; residents lose their jobs and struggle to get assistance to pay their bills; seniors continuing to live in isolation and anguish; and far too many families and children suffering with financial, mental and educational woes.  We are fearful that with the movement to the State’s Extreme Rick Level that there will be many more unintended consequences for our residents.  

 

As your Douglas County Commissioners, we still believe, as we always have, that if the citizens of Douglas County are provided with the proper information on how to make their own choices about what are best for them and their fellow citizens, that, most will choose to do so. 

 

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

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 23, 2021 - 02/23/21

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

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 23, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Sadly, our COVID case counts continue to rise, as once again we have over 30 new positive cases today.  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Tuesday, February 23, 2021, there are THIRTY-FOUR (34) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) presumptive that has moved to a positive, with a positive test result, to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptives) in Douglas County is now at 2,390*.  Currently, there are NINETEEN (19) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, fifteen locally and four out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 277 cases in isolation, as well as another 486 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 763 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID.

 

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

Date

Friday,

February 19, 2021

Saturday,

February 20, 2021

Sunday,

February 21, 2021

Monday,

February 22, 2021

Today, Tuesday,

February 23, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,302

2,321

2,335

2,356

2,390

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,181

2,199

2,212

2,231

2,266

Presumptive

121

122

123

125

124

Total Currently Hospitalized

15

16

15

19

19

Total Currently in Isolation

266

269

282

271

277

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

Small Business Administration Accepting More PPP Applications

Shared from the SBA. Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 and running until March 9, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will process Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications exclusively from businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. SBA has made some recent changes to the PPP program, which is a major step towards promoting equitable relief, supporting not only our nation’s smallest businesses and nonprofits, but also minority-owned small businesses that may have previously missed out on accessing emergency funds during the pandemic. 

 

Eligible small businesses and nonprofits, particularly those unable to access PPP with a traditional bank or credit union are encouraged to take advantage of the two-week application period! If you think your small business or nonprofit may be eligible for an initial PPP loan or a second draw loan Congress authorized at the end of 2020, now is the best time to contact a lender and find out how much relief may be available. Learn more at SBA.gov and the updated guidance here.  Eligible small businesses and non-profits can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program by downloading the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application and working with a participating PPP lender through the SBA Lender Match tool.

 

This two-week window is a huge opportunity for small businesses and nonprofits, especially those who have been hit the hardest due to COVID-19 and the Oregon wildfires. Again, if your organization has fewer than 20 employees, now is the time to apply for a PPP loan!

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility**

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Tuesday, February 23, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes.
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 4: Residents 70-years-of-age or older

 

Now Eligible: Phase 1-B, Group 4: Seniors 70 And Older**

According to the State, on February 22, 2021, the next group of seniors, residents who are ages 70-years-old and older (Phase 1-B, Group 4), became eligible to call and schedule an appointment with their local health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facilities who are signed up to be vaccinators in Douglas County.   As a reminder, we ask that you please be patient and gracious with the staff at DPHN, our vaccinators and health care partners, as they are doing the best they can to schedule appointments based on the supply of COVID-19 vaccine that has been sent to Douglas County. 

 

I am Eligible, How Do I Sign Up to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Our local public health continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  Douglas County, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) set up their COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2, 3 & 4: SENIORS 70 AND OLDER

Are you 70-years-of-age or older?  Then, you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  As of today, Monday, February 22, 2021, residents 70-years-of-age and older became eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find out more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID-19 Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

**Please note that there are many more residents and seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

LOCAL TRIBAL HEALTH VACCINE PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.  Tribal Health Care Programs receive their vaccines directly from the Federal Government, and not through our local public health allocation from the State.

 

VA WORKERS AND ELIGIBLE U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VAMC.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for specific groups of veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Roseburg VAMC, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be a frontline essential worker, hemodialysis or organ transplant patient, or a chemotherapy patient receiving care at a clinic or hospital.  Also, note that according to the vaccine criteria established by the Federal Government and the CDC, at this time, spouses of veterans are not included on the list of eligible persons to get a COVID-19 vaccine from the Roseburg VAMC.  However, there is one exception that we have found, a Veteran’s Care Provider, who is being paid by the VA under the new Family Caregiver Assistance program might be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying for that program or to find out about veteran vaccine eligibility needs to contact Roseburg VAMC directly.  The Douglas County Veterans Service Office at the county does not have the authority or ability to get vaccines for veterans or their spouses.  VA Health Care Systems receive their vaccine directly from the Federal Government and not through our local public health allocation from the State.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

WHAT IF I AM NOT ON THE OHA ELIGIBLE LIST RIGHT NOW?

As we have mentioned before, if you are not specifically listed on one of OHA’s published eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Allocation Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to acquire more vaccines and vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible.

 

Douglas County Local Public Health has received a total of 6,500 COVID-19 first dose vaccines from the State of Oregon to date, and has deployed all of those to local approved vaccinators throughout the county.  Unfortunately, this number is the same as last week, as Oregon’s allotment of COVID-19 vaccines did not arrive the week of February 14 from the Federal Government, because of the severe winter storms that wreaked havoc across the nation over Presidents’ Weekend and caused massive distribution delays. We are hopeful that we will receive both our allotment from the State for last week, as well as our vaccine allotment for this week soon. 

 

It is also important to understand that in addition to the first dose vaccines that we receive from the State of Oregon, we also receive our allotment of second doses of the vaccine, which are paired with the first dose for each resident, and are not counted in our cumulative total of vaccines that we have received, because they are the match doses for the first dose.  Please note that our local cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government or their partners. 

 

LIMITED VACCINE AVAILABILITY

As we mentioned before, there was an unfortunate delay with our COVID-19 Vaccine distribution last week due to the severe winter weather across the nation.  There continues to be a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, and we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest struggle remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue to send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we can vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • At the present moment, we are told that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.   This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 26, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  

 

Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

 

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

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

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02-22-21 Notice: Douglas County LPSCC - Justice Reinvestment Subcommittee Meeting - 02/22/21

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 22, 2021

 

** Notice of Virtual Meeting **

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)

Justice Reinvestment (JRI) Subcommittee

Thursday, February 25, 2021

 

(Roseburg, OR) The Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC), Justice Reinvestment (JRI) Subcommittee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, February 25, 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 email the LPSCC Coordinator, Melissa McRobbie-Toll at melissa@co.douglas.or.us or call (541) 450-9768.

 

The meeting agenda is attached and also available 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 at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time.

 

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Contact: Melissa McRobbie-Toll

Programs & Partnerships (LPSCC) Coordinator, Douglas County

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 22, 2021 - 02/22/21

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

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 22, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Monday, February 22, 2021, there are NINETEEN (19) people with new positive test results and TWO (2) new presumptives to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptives) in Douglas County is now at 2,356*.  Currently, there are NINETEEN (19) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, fifteen locally and four out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 271 cases in isolation, as well as another 542 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 813 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID.

 

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

Date

Thursday,

February 18, 2021

Friday,

February 19, 2021

Saturday,

February 20, 2021

Sunday,

February 21, 2021

Today, Monday,

February 22, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,282

2,302

2,321

2,335

2,356

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,162

2,181

2,199

2,212

2,231

Presumptive

120

121

122

123

125

Total Currently Hospitalized

14

15

16

15

19

Total Currently in Isolation

273

266

269

282

271

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility**

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Monday, February 22, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes.
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 4: Residents 70-years-of-age or older

 

ELIGIBLE STARTING TODAY: PHASE 1-B, GROUP 4: SENIORS 70 AND OLDER**

According to the State, starting today, February 22, 2021, the next eligible group of seniors, residents who are ages 70-years-old and older (Phase 1-B, Group 4), can begin to call to schedule an appointment with their local health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facilities who are signed up to be vaccinators in Douglas County.   As a reminder, please be patient and gracious with the staff at DPHN, our vaccinators and health care community, as they are doing the best they can to schedule appointments based on the supply of COVID-19 vaccine that has been sent to Douglas County. 

 

I am Eligible, How Do I Sign Up to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Our local public health continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  Douglas County, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) set up their COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2, 3 & 4: SENIORS 70 AND OLDER

Are you 70-years-of-age or older?  Then, you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  As of today, Monday, February 22, 2021, residents 70-years-of-age and older became eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find out more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID-19 Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

**Please note that there are many more residents and seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

LOCAL TRIBAL HEALTH VACCINE PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/.  Tribal Health Care Programs receive their vaccines directly from the Federal Government, and not through our local public health allocation from the State.

 

VA WORKERS AND ELIGIBLE U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VAMC.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for specific groups of veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Roseburg VAMC, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be a frontline essential worker, hemodialysis or organ transplant patient, or a chemotherapy patient receiving care at a clinic or hospital.  Also, note that according to the vaccine criteria established by the Federal Government and the CDC, at this time, spouses of veterans are not included on the list of eligible persons to get a COVID-19 vaccine from the Roseburg VAMC.  However, there is one exception that we have found, a Veteran’s Care Provider, who is being paid by the VA under the new Family Caregiver Assistance program might be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying for that program or to find out about veteran vaccine eligibility needs to contact Roseburg VAMC directly.  The Douglas County Veterans Service Office at the county does not have the authority or ability to get vaccines for veterans or their spouses.  VA Health Care Systems receive their vaccine directly from the Federal Government and not through our local public health allocation from the State.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

WHAT IF I AM NOT ON THE OHA ELIGIBLE LIST RIGHT NOW?

As we have mentioned before, if you are not specifically listed on one of OHA’s published eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Allocation Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to acquire more vaccines and vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible.

 

Douglas County Local Public Health has received a total of 6,500 COVID-19 first dose vaccines from the State of Oregon to date, and has deployed all of those to local approved vaccinators throughout the county.  Unfortunately, this number is the same as last week, as Oregon’s allotment of COVID-19 vaccines did not arrive the week of February 14 from the Federal Government, because of the severe winter storms that wreaked havoc across the nation over Presidents’ Weekend and caused massive distribution delays. We are hopeful that we will receive both our allotment from the State for last week, as well as our vaccine allotment for this week either today or tomorrow. 

 

It is also important to understand that in addition to the first dose vaccines that we receive from the State of Oregon, we also receive our allotment of second doses of the vaccine, which are paired with the first dose for each resident, and are not counted in our cumulative total of vaccines that we have received, because they are the match doses for the first dose.  Please note that our local cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government or their partners. 

 

LIMITED VACCINE AVAILABILITY

As we mentioned before, there was an unfortunate delay with our COVID-19 Vaccine distribution last week due to the severe winter weather across the nation.  There continues to be a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, and we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest struggle remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue to send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we can vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • At the present moment, we are told that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.   This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

Douglas ESD and Aviva Health Team Up Again to Offer Second Doses of The COVID-19 Vaccine

Aviva Health and Douglas ESD partnered to offer another invite-only mass vaccine event on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Cooperative health care and community organizations provided 710 second-dose COVID-19 vaccines to individuals who fell within Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Phase 1-A vaccine prioritization schedule and received their first dose at Aviva Health’s mass vaccination event on January 23, 2021.  This event comes on the heels of a Thursday vaccination effort when close to 80 Douglas County seniors received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  More than 120 Aviva Health and Douglas ESD staff along with several community volunteers helped make the fifth mass vaccine clinic event a success. Use of the county fairgrounds – a critical element to the success of events this size – was made possible by the support of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

 

These second-dose vaccinations are important to ensure our community members are fully protected from COVID-19, and we’re grateful to again partner with Douglas ESD to bring this service to Douglas County,” says KC Bolton, CEO of Aviva Health. “It’s our hope these large-scale vaccination events will soon allow us to begin transitioning our vaccination strategy to an in-clinic mode.”

 

As COVID-19 continues to impact our community, the partnership between Douglas ESD and Aviva Health continues to ensure that vaccinations are administered in a timely, caring and efficient manner,” says Michael Lasher, Douglas ESD superintendent. “The success of the mass vaccine events remains tied to the compassion and professionalism displayed by our respective employees and volunteers, including Douglas County Fairgrounds staff.”

 

Since it began holding mass vaccine clinics, Aviva Health, a member of the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT), and a designated local COVID-19 vaccinator, continues to help lead the effort to vaccinate community members with the COVID-19 vaccine. The organization has put nearly 2,900 vaccinations in the arms of citizens of Douglas County. And, they anticipate that number to continue to grow in the coming days, weeks and months.

 

Public health experts say the vaccine, in combination with other sensible safety measures like masking, social distancing and handwashing, offers the best protection from COVID-19 and continued community spread.  Aviva Health and Douglas ESD are planning to offer additional opportunities for community members to receive COVID-19 vaccines. The latest eligibility list published by OHA is available at https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/.  Aviva Health has also created an FAQ online blog to answer questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine regarding availability and scheduling at https://aviva.health/covid-19-vaccine-faqs/.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 26, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  

 

Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

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

Attached Media Files: DCCRT
School Quarantine Flyer
School Quarantine Flyer
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 21, 2021 - 02/21/21

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

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 21, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Sunday, February 21, 2021, there are THIRTEEN (13) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases FIFTEEN (15) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, twelve locally and three out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 282 cases in isolation, as well as another 599 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 881 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID.

 

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

Date

Wednesday,

February 17, 2021

Thursday,

February 18, 2021

Friday,

February 19, 2021

Saturday,

February 20, 2021

Today, Sunday,

February 21, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,254

2,282

2,302

2,321

2,335

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,133

2,162

2,181

2,199

2,212

Presumptive

121

120

121

122

123

Total Currently Hospitalized

15

14

15

16

15

Total Currently in Isolation

264

273

266

269

282

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility**

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Sunday, February 21, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes.
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older

 

NEXT ELIGIBLE GROUP PHASE 1-B, GROUP 4: SENIORS 70 AND OLDER**

According to the State, starting tomorrow, February 22, 2021, the next eligible group of seniors, residents who are ages 70-years-old and older (Phase 1-B, Group 4), can begin to call to schedule an appointment with their local health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility, who are signed up as vaccinators in Douglas County.   As a reminder, please be patient and gracious with our vaccinators, as they are doing the best they can to schedule appointments based on the supply of COVID-19 vaccine that they have on hand. 

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

ELIGIBLE PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2 & 3: SENIORS 75 AND OLDER

Are you 75-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine.  As of Monday, February 15, 2021, residents 75-years-of-age and older became eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find out more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

**Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

TRIBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

VA WORKERS AND U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VAMC.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for specific groups of veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Roseburg VAMC, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be a frontline essential worker, hemodialysis or organ transplant patient, or a chemotherapy patient receiving care at a clinic or hospital.  Also, note that according to the vaccine criteria established by the Federal Government and the CDC, at this time, spouses of veterans are not included on the list of eligible persons to get a COVID vaccine from the Roseburg VAMC.  However, there is one exception that we have found, a Veteran’s Care provider, who is being paid by the VA under the new Family Caregiver Assistance program might be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying for that program or to find out about vaccine eligibility needs to contact Roseburg VAMC directly.  The Douglas County Veterans Service Office at the county does not have the authority or ability to get vaccines for veterans or their spouses.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Allocation Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to acquire more vaccines and vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible.

 

Douglas County Local Public Health has received a total of 6,500 COVID-19 first dose vaccines from the State of Oregon to date, and has deployed all of those to local approved vaccinators throughout the county.  Unfortunately, this number is the same as last week, as Oregon’s allotment of COVID-19 vaccines did not arrive the week of February 14 from the Federal Government, because of a distribution delay caused by the severe winter storms that wreaked havoc across the nation over Presidents’ Weekend. We are hopeful that we will receive both our allotment from the State for this last week, as well as our vaccine allotment for this week either Monday or Tuesday this week. 

 

It is also important to understand that in addition to the first dose vaccines that we receive from the State of Oregon, we also receive our allotment of second doses of the vaccine, which are paired with the first dose for each resident, and are not counted in our cumulative total of vaccines that we have received, because they are the match doses for the first dose.  Please note that our local cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government or their partners. 

 

LIMITED VACCINE AVAILABILITY

As we mentioned before, there is an unfortunate delay with our COVID-19 Vaccine distribution this last week due to the severe winter weather across the nation.  There continues to be a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, and we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest struggle remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue to send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we can vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Your Douglas County Public Health Administrator continues to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) set up their COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • At the present moment, we are told that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.   This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

DPHN: Updated Quarantine Flyer for Schools

DPHN has updated their helpful COVID quarantine flyer to provide specific information for school cohorts about what to do if your child, a staff member or educator has been exposed to a positive COVID case while at school or during after school activities. 

 

If you have additional questions about COVID-19, quarantining or vaccinations, residents can call our local COVID hotline at (541) 464-6550.  You can also tune in to watch Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer during his Facebook Live shows on the DPHN Facebook page every Tuesday and Friday nights.  The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook page. Or you can check out DPHN’s Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day on their website that answer questions to the latest questions we have received.  Click here to link to the DPHN website.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 26, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  

 

Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

 

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

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

Attached Media Files: School Quarantine Flyer , DCCRT
School Quarantine Flyer
School Quarantine Flyer
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 20, 2021 (Photo) - 02/20/21

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

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 20, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Saturday, February 20, 2021, there are EIGHTEEN (18) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,321*.  Currently, there are SIXTEEN (16) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, thirteen locally and three out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 269 cases in isolation, as well as another 610 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 879 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID.

 

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

Date

Tuesday,

February 16, 2021

Wednesday,

February 17, 2021

Thursday,

February 18, 2021

Friday,

February 19, 2021

Today, Saturday,

February 20, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,218

2,254

2,282

2,302

2,321

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,105

2,133

2,162

2,181

2,199

Presumptive

113

121

120

121

122

Total Currently Hospitalized

14

15

14

15

16

Total Currently in Isolation

239

264

273

266

269

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Saturday, February 20, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes.
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older

 

PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2 & 3: SENIORS 75 AND OLDER

Are you 75-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine.  As of Monday, February 15, 2021, residents 75-years-of-age and older became eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

According to the State, the next eligible group of seniors will be those residents ages 70-years-old and older (Phase 1-B, Group 4), starting on Monday, February 22, 2021.  Seniors 70-years-of-age and older can begin calling to schedule an appointment with their local health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility that are signed up as vaccinators in Douglas County starting on Monday the 22nd.

 

**Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

TRIBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

VA WORKERS AND U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VAMC.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Roseburg VAMC, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be a frontline essential worker, hemodialysis or organ transplant patient, or a chemotherapy patient receiving care at a clinic or hospital.  Also, note that according to the vaccine criteria established by the Federal Government and the CDC, at this time, spouses of veterans are not included on the list of eligible persons to get a COVID vaccine from the Roseburg VAMC.  However, there is one exception that we have found, a Veteran’s Care provider, who is being paid by the VA under the new Family Caregiver Assistance program might be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying for that program or to find out about vaccine eligibility needs to contact Roseburg VAMC directly.  The Douglas County Veterans Service Office at the county does not have the authority or ability to get vaccines for veterans or their spouses.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to acquire more vaccines and vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible. 

 

LIMITED VACCINE AVAILABILITY

As we mentioned before, there is an unfortunate delay with our COVID-19 Vaccine distribution this last week due to the severe winter weather across the nation.  There continues to be a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, and we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest struggle remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue to send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we can vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Your Douglas County Public Health Administrator continues to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) set up their COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • At the present moment, we are told that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.   This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

DPHN: Updated Quarantine Flyer for Schools

DPHN has updated their helpful COVID quarantine flyer to provide specific information for school cohorts about what to do if your child, a staff member or educator has been exposed to a positive COVID case while at school or during after school activities. 

 

If you have additional questions about COVID-19, quarantining or vaccinations, residents can call our local COVID hotline at (541) 464-6550.  You can also tune in to watch Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer during his Facebook Live shows on the DPHN Facebook page every Tuesday and Friday nights.  The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook page. Or you can check out DPHN’s Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day on their website that answer questions to the latest questions we have received.  Click here to link to the DPHN website.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

New School Cases Announced

Shared from Roseburg Public Schools.  In a notice released on February 19, 2021, Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent, Jared Cordon announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of positive COVID-19 cases at Eastwood Elementary and Roseburg High School in Roseburg.  RPS officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 26, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.  

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  

 

Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

 

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

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

Attached Media Files: School Quarantine Flyer , DCCRT
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LPSCC BH
02-19-21 NOTICE Douglas County LPSCC-Behavioral Health Subcommittee Meeting - 02/19/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY COORDINATING COUNCIL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 19, 2021

 

** Notice of Virtual Meeting **

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)

Behavioral Health Subcommittee

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

 

            (Roseburg, OR) The next Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) - Behavioral Health Subcommittee meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 23, 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 email the LPSCC Coordinator, Melissa McRobbie-Toll at melissa@co.douglas.or.us or call (541) 450-9768.

 

The meeting agenda is attached and also available 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 at least 48 hours 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: LPSCC BH
DCCRT
DCCRT
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 19, 2021 - 02/19/21

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

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 19, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Friday, February 19, 2021, there are NINETEEN (19) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,302*.  Currently, there are FIFTEEN (15) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eleven locally and four out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Update

Douglas County Local Public Health has received a total of 6,500 COVID-19 first dose vaccines from the State of Oregon to date, and has deployed all of those to local approved vaccinators throughout the county.  Unfortunately, this number is the same as last week, as Oregon’s allotment of COVID-19 vaccines did not arrive this week from the Federal Government, because of an unfortunate distribution delay due to the severe winter weather across the nation.  We are hopeful that we will receive both our allotment for this week, and our allotment for next week, early next week. 

 

It is also important to understand that in addition to the first dose vaccines that we receive from the State of Oregon on a weekly basis, we also receive our allocation of second dose vaccines, which are paired with the first doses, and are not counted in the overall total vaccines that we have received.   Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government or their partners. 

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 266 cases in isolation, as well as another 573 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 839 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID.

 

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

Date

Monday,

February 15, 2021

Tuesday,

February 16, 2021

Wednesday,

February 17, 2021

Thursday,

February 18, 2021

Today, Friday,

February 19, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,179

2,218

2,254

2,282

2,302

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,071

2,105

2,133

2,162

2,181

Presumptive

108

113

121

120

121

Total Currently Hospitalized

16

14

15

14

15

Total Currently in Isolation

228

239

264

273

266

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

Reminder: The State’s COVID Mandated Risk Level Movement Program

Douglas County, DPHN and the DCCRT Team members have received a flurry of calls from residents and businesses regarding the uncertainty about State’s upcoming risk level movement announcement regarding the State’s latest Mandated Risk Level Program for COVID-19 in Oregon.  Here are a few things you should know.  

 

  • Yes, we too are very worried about the high COVID case count in Douglas County over the last two weeks, and what that might mean for our local businesses and our residents.
  • At this time, we simply do not know what will happen.  It is not up to Douglas County to establish or control what the State does in regards to their mandated risk levels or COVID programs.
  • The State of Oregon is the one who developed, initiated and manages the State Mandated Risk Level Program for COVID.  The State, including the Governor, are also the ones who determine the risk level movement to different levels every two weeks.  If you have questions about their COVID Mandated Risk Program or guidelines, you will need to contact the State of Oregon, OHA or the Governor’s Office for more information. 
  • The State’s current two-week risk level count period started on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 12:01 am, and will run through this Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:00 am.
  • Please note that, WE HAVE NOT BEEN MOVED TO A DIFFRRENT RISK LEVEL YET. Our current State Mandated “High Risk” Level placement is effect through Thursday, February 25, 2021. 
  • We do not know what the State, the Governor or OHA are going to do regarding our increase in COVID cases.  The State will make a decision and announce their latest risk level movements on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.  The next risk window is set to go into effect on Friday, February 26, 2021, and will run through Thursday, March 11, 2021. 
  • In the meantime, make sure you sign up for our daily updates, on the Douglas County Oregon Government webpage. 
  • Please also remember to be kind and patient with others, we are all equally worried about our local businesses, and we wish we had more answers for you.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Friday, February 19, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes.
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older

 

PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2 & 3: SENIORS 75 AND OLDER

Are you 75-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine.  As of Monday, February 15, 2021, residents 75-years-of-age and older became eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

**Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

TRIBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

VA WORKERS AND U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VAMC.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Roseburg VAMC, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be a frontline essential worker, hemodialysis or organ transplant patient, or a chemotherapy patient receiving care at a clinic or hospital.  Also, note that according to the vaccine criteria established by the Federal Government and the CDC, at this time, spouses of veterans are not included on the list of eligible persons to get a COVID vaccine from the Roseburg VAMC.  However, there is one exception that we have found, a Veteran’s Care provider, who is being paid by the VA under the new Family Caregiver Assistance program might be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying for that program or to find out about vaccine eligibility needs to contact Roseburg VAMC directly.  The Douglas County Veterans Service Office at the county does not have the authority or ability to get vaccines for veterans or their spouses.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

Check Out DPHN’s Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day

In response to the huge increase in calls and emails that Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), the DCCRT, Douglas County and our local COVID Hotline have received in the last few weeks regarding COVID vaccinations, DPHN added a new segment to their website that will highlight answers to the Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the DayClick here to link to the DPHN website.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

As we mentioned before, there is an unfortunate delay with our COVID-19 Vaccine distribution this week due to the severe winter weather across the nation.  Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible. 

 

LIMITED VACCINE AVAILABILITY

There continues to be a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, and we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest struggle remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue to send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Your Douglas County Public Health Administrator continues to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) set up their COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • At the present moment, we are told that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.   This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

New School Case Announced

Shared from Roseburg Public Schools.  In a notice released on February 18, 2021, Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent, Jared Cordon announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at Hucrest Elementary in Roseburg.  RPS officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 19, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.   Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.   Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook pageFree Local e-Newsletter Subscription: You can also sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline (541) 464-6550: Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN continue to offer a local resource hotline for Douglas County residents for COVID-19. The hotline provides answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services. The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5: pm, 7 days a week.

 

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

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 18, 2021 - 02/18/21

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

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 18, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Thursday, February 18, 2021, there are TWENTY-EIGHT (28) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) presumptive that has moved to positive with a positive test result to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,282*.  Currently, there are FOURTEEN (14) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, nine locally and five out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 273 cases in isolation, as well as another 535 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 808 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID.

 

Currently, DPHN, their epi-teams and community partners are supporting contacts and cases in isolation and quarantine for 25 school outbreaks, three long term care center outbreaks, and multiple local workplace outbreaks. We are at a point now, where every single one of the 13 public school districts in Douglas County have reported a COVID outbreak.  The school outbreaks are a different breed than other outbreaks in the county, and represent a significant amount of staff time at all hours of the day from the epi-team leads, case investigators and contact tracers. The average contacts for each school outbreak is exponentially more than a usual case or workplace outbreak. We are also now seeing multiple cases at schools vs. the 1 or 2 we saw previously, so they are definitely illustrating more community spread. According to Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, we are not seeing spread necessarily in the school classrooms, but through the increase in outside activities, such as, play dates, study sessions, sporting events and practices, sleep overs, parties and other social gatherings since schools have opened back up to in-person instruction.  The biggest issue has been the exponential increase in spread to other residents from the school and workplace outbreaks, such as spread to parents, grandparents, friends, entire households, workplaces, other schools and care facilities.  The spread is also due to the laxity across our county in the use of protective face coverings, washing hands and using hand sanitizer, keeping and maintaining physical distance from others, staying home when you are sick and avoiding large group gatherings.  We do know that the COVID-19 virus is still very much with us. We do know that there are TWO approved and effective COVID vaccines out there.  We do know that the COVID-19 vaccines work, as is obvious from our recent nursing home outbreak. We encourage those who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, especially those in the medical field, nursing home workers & residents, educators and our senior population to get the vaccine.  We do know that the proven public health measures do work! Until such a time as the CDC and OHA can say that the worst of the virus has passed and safety measures can be reduced, we encourage everyone to continue to be vigilant in following the recommended and proven COVID prevention measures.       

 

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

Date

Sunday,

February 14, 2021

Monday,

February 15, 2021

Tuesday,

February 16, 2021

Wednesday,

February 17, 2021

Today, Thursday,

February 18, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,163

2,179

2,218

2,254

2,282

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,055

2,071

2,105

2,133

2,162

Presumptive

108

108

113

121

120

Total Currently Hospitalized

16

16

14

15

14

Total Currently in Isolation

269

228

239

264

273

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

The State’s COVID Mandated Risk Level Movement Program

Douglas County, DPHN and the DCCRT Team members have received a flurry of calls from residents and businesses regarding the uncertainty about State’s upcoming risk level movement announcement regarding the State’s latest Mandated Risk Level Program for COVID-19 in Oregon.  Here are a few things you should know.  

 

  • Yes, we too are very worried about the high COVID case count in Douglas County over the last two weeks, and what that might mean for our local businesses and our residents.
  • At this time, we simply do not know what will happen.  It is not up to Douglas County to establish or control what the State does in regards to their mandated risk levels or COVID programs.
  • The State of Oregon is the one who developed, initiated and manages the State Mandated Risk Level Program for COVID.  The State, including the Governor, are also the ones who determine the risk level movement to different levels every two weeks.  If you have questions about their COVID Mandated Risk Program or guidelines, you will need to contact the State of Oregon, OHA or the Governor’s Office for more information. 
  • The State’s current two-week risk level count period started on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 12:01 am, and will run through this Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:00 am.
  • Please note that, WE HAVE NOT BEEN MOVED TO A DIFFRRENT RISK LEVEL YET. Our current State Mandated “High Risk” Level placement is effect through Thursday, February 25, 2021. 
  • We do not know what the State, the Governor or OHA are going to do regarding our increase in COVID cases.  The State will make a decision and announce their latest risk level movements on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.  The next risk window is set to go into effect on Friday, February 26, 2021, and will run through Thursday, March 11, 2021. 
  • In the meantime, make sure you sign up for our daily updates, on the Douglas County Oregon Government webpage. 
  • Please also remember to be kind and patient with others, we are all equally worried about our local businesses, and we wish we had more answers for you.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Thursday, February 18, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes.
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older

 

PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and

DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2 & 3: SENIORS 75 AND OLDER

Are you 75-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine.  As of Monday, February 15, 2021, residents 75-years-of-age and older became eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

**Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

TRIBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

VA WORKERS AND U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

Check Out DPHN’s Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day

In response to the huge increase in calls and emails that Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), the DCCRT, Douglas County and our local COVID Hotline have received in the last few weeks regarding COVID vaccinations, DPHN added a new segment to their website that will highlight answers to the Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the DayClick here to link to the DPHN website.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

As we mentioned earlier, there is an unfortunate delay with our COVID-19 Vaccine distribution this week due to the severe winter weather across the nation.  Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible. 

 

LIMITED VACCINE AVAILABILITY

There continues to be a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, and we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest struggle remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue to send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Your Douglas County Public Health Administrator continues to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) set up their COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • At the present moment, we are told that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.   This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

New School Cases Announced

Shared from Roseburg Public Schools.  In a notice released on February 17, 2021, Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent, Jared Cordon announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of positive COVID-19 cases at Joseph Lane Middle School, Sunnyslope Elementary and Winchester Elementary, all in Roseburg.  RPS officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from RPS:

District responds to COVID cases.  Feb. 17, 2021 – The district received confirmation today from Douglas Public Health Network of separate positive COVID-19 cases at three of our schools, including one at Joseph Lane Middle School, one at Sunnyslope Elementary and one at Winchester Elementary. The district is working closely with DPHN to respond to this news and protect the health of our school community. At this time, individuals who need to quarantine have been contacted and are at home self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms. In order to protect their privacy, this will be the only information released by the school and district about these individuals.  Students who are in quarantine will transition temporarily to remote learning. School staff will be in touch with families to provide tech devices. In collaboration with Douglas Public Health Network, we continue to maintain safety protocols and guidelines established by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners plan.  For the most recent information about our schools, please visit the district website, www.roseburg.k12.or.us.”

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 19, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.   Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.   Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook pageFree Local e-Newsletter Subscription: You can also sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline (541) 464-6550: Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN continue to offer a local resource hotline for Douglas County residents for COVID-19. The hotline provides answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services. The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5: pm, 7 days a week.

 

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

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 17, 2021 - 02/17/21

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

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 17, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Wednesday, February 17, 2021, there are TWENTY-EIGHT (28) people with new positive test results and EIGHT (8) new presumptives to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,254*.  Currently, there are FIFTEEN (15) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, ten locally and five out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID Vaccine Shipments Will Be Delayed Because of Weather, CDC Says

Shared from the CDC.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday, Tuesday, February 16, 2021, that there will be "widespread delays" in COVID-19 vaccine shipments nationwide in the coming days because of the severe winter weather across much of the United States, that have also left millions of people without power.  Please note that this delay will affect the Oregon and Douglas County vaccine shipments for this week as well.

 

"Due to the severe winter weather currently impacting a large swath of the country, the U.S. government is projecting widespread delays in COVID-19 vaccine shipments and deliveries over the next few days," said CDC spokesperson Jasmine Reed. "Shipping partners are working to deliver vaccine where possible, contingent on local conditions, but the adverse weather is expected to continue to impact shipments out of the FedEx facility in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as the UPS facility in Louisville, Kentucky, which serve as vaccine shipping hubs for multiple states," Reed said.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 264 cases in isolation, as well as another 481 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 745 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

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

Date

Saturday,

February 13, 2021

Sunday,

February 14, 2021

Monday,

February 15, 2021

Tuesday,

February 16, 2021

Today, Wednesday,

February 17, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,146

2,163

2,179

2,218

2,254

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,038

2,055

2,071

2,105

2,133

Presumptive

108

108

108

113

121

Total Currently Hospitalized

14

16

16

14

15

Total Currently in Isolation

247

269

228

239

264

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Wednesday, February 17, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older

 

PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2 & 3: SENIORS 75 AND OLDER

Are you 75-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine.  As of Monday, February 15, 2021, residents 75-years-of-age and older are eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

**Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

TRIBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

VA WORKERS AND U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

As we mentioned earlier, there is an unfortunate delay with our COVID-19 Vaccine distribution this week due to the severe winter weather across the nation.  Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible. 

 

LIMITED VACCINE AVAILABILITY

There continues to be a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, and we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest struggle remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.  Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • As with everything about COVID and vaccines, guidelines are changing all the time.  At the present moment, we expect that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.
  • This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

New School Case Announced

Shared from Roseburg Public Schools.  In a notice released on February 16, 2021, Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent, Jared Cordon announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at Fir Grove Elementary School in Roseburg.  RPS officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from RPS:

District responds to COVID case. Feb. 16, 2021 – The district was notified this evening by Douglas Public Health Network that an individual at Fir Grove Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19. The district is working closely with DPHN to respond to this news and protect the health of our school community.  At this time, individuals who need to quarantine have been contacted and are at home self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms. In order to protect their privacy, this will be the only information released by the school and district about these individuals.  Students who are in quarantine will transition temporarily to remote learning. School staff will be in touch with families to provide tech devices. In collaboration with Douglas Public Health Network, we continue to maintain safety protocols and guidelines established by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners plan.  For the most recent information about our schools, please visit the district website, www.roseburg.k12.or.us.”

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 19, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.   Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  

 

Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Camp Hosts
Camp Hosts
02-17-21 Notice - Douglas County Parks - Camp Hosts Needed - 02/17/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 17, 2021

 

** NOTICE **

DOUGLAS COUNTY PARKS - CAMP HOSTS NEEDED

            (Roseburg, OR) Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners are sending out a recruitment notice for seasonal Camp Host positions for several of our Douglas County Parks Department operated campground facilities.  The camp host positions are limited duration positions that vary by location, and come with lots of great perks.  Individuals interested in applying to be a camp host can email or call the Douglas County Parks Department at the information provided below.

 

The Douglas County Parks Department is looking for park hosts at the following Douglas County operated Campgrounds for the upcoming Summer/Fall season:

• Whistler's Bend - Roseburg

• Chief Miwaleta - Azalea

• Stanton Park - Canyonville

• Umpqua Dunes - Winchester Bay

• Windy Cove - Winchester Bay

 

As we mentioned before, the dates will vary by campground location, but generally the term this year is from May 15, 2021 to October 30, 2021.   Camp hosts will be responsible for the following tasks: Be a Park Ambassador and assist park patrons; Checking in guest(s); Cleaning of restrooms facilities; Litter pick-up; Light outdoor maintenance and restocking supplies.  

 

Perks of being a Douglas County Parks, Camp Host include:

  • A campsite in a beautiful setting
  • A free full hook-up campsite
  • Paid utilities and garbage services
  • Laundry facilities
  • Orientation and training to perform your job well
  • Volunteer uniform identifying you as part of the team
  • Opportunity to meet new people from all over the country
  • A chance to learn new skills and challenge yourself
  • Opportunity to attend appreciation events and receive recognition items

 

If you are interested in applying to become a Douglas County Parks, Camp Host then, email: ks@co.douglas.or.us">parks@co.douglas.or.us or call (541) 957-7001 or log onto: www.co.douglas.or.us to learn more.

 

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

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 16, 2021 - 02/16/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  Sadly today, more dismal news on the local COVID front.  As of 12:00 pm Today, Tuesday, February 16, 2021, there are THIRTY-FOUR (34) people with new positive test results and FIVE (5) new presumptives to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,218*.  Currently, there are FOURTEEN (14) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, nine locally and five out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 239 cases in isolation, as well as another 558 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 797 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

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

Date

Friday,

February 12, 2021

Saturday,

February 13, 2021

Sunday,

February 14, 2021

Monday,

February 15, 2021

Today, Tuesday,

February 16, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,124

2,146

2,163

2,179

2,218

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,016

2,038

2,055

2,071

2,105

Presumptive

108

108

108

108

113

Total Currently Hospitalized

15

14

16

16

14

Total Currently in Isolation

226

247

269

228

239

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Tuesday, February 16, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older

 

PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2 & 3: SENIORS 75 AND OLDER

Are you 75-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine.  As of Monday, February 15, 2021, residents 75-years-of-age and older are eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

**Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

TRIBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

VA WORKERS AND U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

Umpqua Health Opens a New COVID Vaccine Information Call-In Line

Shared from Umpqua Health. As a part of the DCCRT and DPHN COVID-19 Team of local COVID vaccinators, Umpqua Health (UHA) is helping with our efforts to vaccinate Douglas County with the COVID-19 vaccine. As a part of their ongoing efforts to keep their patients informed, they have designated at new COVID Vaccine phone number and message voicemail box to call for more information. UHA patients can call (541) 464-4344 directly for COVID Vaccine information.  For more information about Umpqua Health, log onto: https://www.umpquahealth.com/

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible. 

 

LIMITED VACCINE AVAILABILITY

There continues to be a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, and we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest struggle remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.  Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • As with everything about COVID and vaccines, guidelines are changing all the time.  At the present moment, we expect that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.
  • This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

New School Case Announced

Shared from Roseburg Public Schools.  In a notice released on February 15, 2021, Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent, Jared Cordon announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at Hucrest Elementary School in Roseburg.  RPS officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from RPS:

District responds to COVID case.   The district was notified today, Monday, February 15, 2021, by Douglas Public Health Network that a student at Hucrest Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19. The district is working closely with DPHN to respond to this news and protect the health of our school community. After implementing contact tracing, DPHN has determined that one class will need to quarantine. At this time, the individuals have been contacted and are at home self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms. In order to protect their privacy, this will be the only information released by the school and district about these individuals.  Students who are in quarantine will transition temporarily to remote learning. School staff will be in touch with families to provide tech devices. In collaboration with Douglas Public Health Network, we continue to maintain safety protocols and guidelines established by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners plan. For the most recent information about our schools, please visit the district website, www.roseburg.k12.or.us.”

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 19, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tonight, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.   Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  

 

Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

 

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

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 15, 2021 - 02/15/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  We hope this Presidents’ Day Holiday finds you all safe and healthy. The DCCRT team understands that all of our holidays and memorial days have been decidedly different during this worldwide pandemic, but we hope you will join us in honoring this day, while continuing to make safe and healthy choices, and taking measures to protect those you love. Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Monday, February 15, 2021, there are SIXTEEN (16) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,179*.  Currently, there are SIXTEEN (16) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, twelve locally and four out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 228 cases in isolation, as well as another 634 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 862 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

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

Date

Thursday,

February 11, 2021

Friday,

February 12, 2021

Saturday,

February 13, 2021

Sunday,

February 14, 2021

Presidents’ Day Monday,

February 15, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,108

2,124

2,146

2,163

2179

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,000

2,016

2,038

2,055

2071

Presumptive

108

108

108

108

108

Total Currently Hospitalized

12

15

14

16

16

Total Currently in Isolation

227

226

247

269

228

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Starting today, Monday, February 15, 2021, the next eligible group of seniors, those 75-years-of-age or older (Phase 1-B, Group 3) can make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older

 

PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2 & 3: SENIORS 75 AND OLDER

Are you 75-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine.  As of Monday, February 15, 2021, residents 75-years-of-age and older are eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

**Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

TRIBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

VA WORKERS AND U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible. 

 

LIMITED VACCINE AVAILABILITY

There continues to be a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, and we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest struggle remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.  Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • As with everything about COVID and vaccines, guidelines are changing all the time.  At the present moment, we expect that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.
  • This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 19, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.   Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.   Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook pageFree Local e-Newsletter Subscription: You can also sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline (541) 464-6550: Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN continue to offer a local resource hotline for Douglas County residents for COVID-19. The hotline provides answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services. The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5: pm, 7 days a week.

 

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

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 14, 2021 - 02/14/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  Happy Valentine’s Day.  No matter how you say it, a sweet homemade gift to a surprise video call or an over the top flower, chocolate and balloon delivery, make sure to say Happy Valentine’s day to all your favorite valentine(s).  As of 12:00 pm Today, Sunday, February 14, 2021, there are SEVENTEEN (17) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,163*.  Currently, there are SIXTEEN (16) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, twelve locally and four out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 269 cases in isolation, as well as another 673 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 942 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

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

Date

Wednesday,

February 10, 2021

Thursday,

February 11, 2021

Friday,

February 12, 2021

Saturday,

February 13, 2021

Today, Sunday,

February 14, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,064

2,108

2,124

2,146

2163

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,959

2,000

2,016

2,038

2055

Presumptive

105

108

108

108

108

Total Currently Hospitalized

11

12

15

14

16

Total Currently in Isolation

216

227

226

247

269

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. 

 

Reminder/Change: Douglas County COVID Vaccine Distribution Update

On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Sunday, February 14, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older

 

Tomorrow, Monday, February 15, 2021, the next eligible group of seniors who can make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine, will be those 75-years-of-age or older (Phase 1-B, Group 3).

 

PHASE 1-A AND PHASE 1-B

Are you in Phase 1-A or Phase 1-B eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  For those residents in Phase 1-B (Educators, Childcare and Early Education), who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

TRIBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

VA WORKERS AND U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

SENIORS 80 AND OLDER

Are you 80-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine.  As of Monday, February 8, 2021, residents 80-years-of-age and older are eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID vaccine. Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible. 

 

Limited Vaccine Availability

We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.  Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • As with everything about COVID and vaccines, guidelines are changing all the time.  At the present moment, we expect that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.
  • This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?

  • The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 19, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.   Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.   Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook pageFree Local e-Newsletter Subscription: You can also sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline (541) 464-6550: Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN continue to offer a local resource hotline for Douglas County residents for COVID-19. The hotline provides answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services. The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5: pm, 7 days a week.

 

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

 

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 13, 2021 - 02/13/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Saturday, February 13, 2021, there are TWENTY-TWO (22) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,146*.  Currently, there are FOURTEEN (14) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eleven locally and three out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County Remains in States High Risk Level Until February 25

Yesterday, ten Oregon Counties celebrated their move down to the State Mandated High Risk Level from the Extreme Risk Level.  Meanwhile, Douglas County quietly celebrated the beginning of our fourth consecutive two-week stint in the State Mandated High Risk Level.  Douglas County started our fourth two-week period in the High Risk Level yesterday, Friday, February 12, 2021 and will stay there through Thursday, February 25, 2021. The high risk level allows ALL of our local business the opportunity to be OPEN, with some restrictions and limitations on capacity.  We wanted to make note, that as part of the state COVID risk and safety mandates instituted in December 2020, Senior Centers and Hookah Bars are not allowed to operate regardless of the risk level in their county. Click here to see the latest risk level movement information from OHA.  As a reminder, our state mandated risk level does not affect the ability of faith based organizations and local school districts to offer in-person services and classes.  Churches are able to make decisions for their own congregations.  And, local elected school boards are able to make independent decisions for their educational programs.  The next risk level movement announcement from the state will be sent on Monday, February 22, 2021, and will be effective from Friday, February 26, 2021 through Thursday, March 11, 2021. 

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 247 cases in isolation, as well as another 648 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 895 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

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

Date

Tuesday,

February 9, 2021

Wednesday,

February 10, 2021

Thursday,

February 11, 2021

Friday,

February 12, 2021

Today, Saturday,

February 13, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,027

2,064

2,108

2,124

2,146

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,924

1,959

2,000

2,016

2,038

Presumptive

103

105

108

108

108

Total Currently Hospitalized

10

11

12

15

14

Total Currently in Isolation

196

216

227

226

247

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

50

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. 

 

Reminder/Change: Douglas County COVID Vaccine Distribution Update

On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

Reminder: DPHN: Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day

In response to the huge increase in calls and emails that Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), the DCCRT, Douglas County and our local COVID Hotline have received in the last few weeks regarding COVID vaccinations, DPHN has added a new segment to their website that will highlight answers to the Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the DayClick here to link to the DPHN website, and access the Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day segment. 

 

Local Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible.   

 

Limited Vaccine Availability

We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.  Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

Are you 80-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine

This week, the first group of Douglas County Seniors became eligible to make an appointment to get their COVID vaccine. According to the State/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, those over 80-years-of-age are eligible to receive the vaccine as of Monday, February 8, 2021***. Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  Seniors in this group are asked to call and set up an appointment.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over the next 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County residents will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

The next eligible group, according to the State and OHA will be Seniors 75-years-of-age or older, who will be eligible to call and make an appointment to get their COVID vaccine starting on Monday, February 15, 2021.

 

Are you in Phase 1-A or Phase 1-B eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?

For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  For those residents in Phase 1-B (Educators, Childcare and Early Education), who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

Are you a U.S. Military Veteran?

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • As with everything about COVID and vaccines, guidelines are changing all the time.  At the present moment, we expect that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.
  • This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?

  • The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 19, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

New School Case Announced

Shared from South Umpqua School District.  In a notice released on February 13, 2021, South Umpqua School District Superintendent, Kate McLaughlin announced that they were notified by DPHN and South Umpqua High School in Myrtle Creek.  SUSD officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from SUSD:

School District Responds to Positive COVID-19 Case.  One student at South Umpqua High School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are working closely with the Douglas Public Health Network to respond to this news and protect the health of our community.  The South Umpqua School District is taking steps to ensure the safety of all students and staff.  As soon as the Douglas Public Health Network informed us that a student tested positive for COVID-19, we started notifying staff, and parents of the children in the cohort who were direct contacts, asking them to quarantine and monitor for symptoms. We provided quarantine guidance and informed parents of exposed children that someone from the DPHN will be in contact to provide additional monitoring.  We will continue to follow and maintain the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education guidelines; namely practicing handwashing, physical distancing to the degree we can, requiring people wear masks inside the building, and upholding cleaning and disinfecting protocols.  We understand families are concerned. We will keep families and the school community updated with any new information as it becomes available, while meeting the requirements to honor everyone's right to privacy.”

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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02-12-21 Meeting Notice - Douglas County Parks Advisory Board - 02/12/21

Douglas County Board of Commissioners

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 12, 2021

 

** Meeting Notice **

Douglas County Parks Advisory Board

February 18, 2021

 

 

(Roseburg, OR) The next meeting of the Douglas County Parks Advisory Board (PAB) will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:00 am, in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470.

 

For those wishing to attend the meeting, appropriate physical distancing, face mask and health safety measures will be in place and encouraged.  The meeting agenda is attached and the agenda packet can be found at www.co.douglas.or.us.

 

 

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

Please contact the Parks Department Office located in Room 116 of the Justice Building at the

Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave. Roseburg, OR 97470 or call (541) 957-7001,

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 Deb Pack, Division Business Manager, Douglas County Parks Department

(541) 440-6040 office – dmpack@co.douglas.or.us

 

About Douglas County Parks Department

The Douglas County Parks Department was established in 1950 and was the first County Parks system developed in the state of Oregon. The Parks Department has grown to over 2,800 acres of recreational opportunities for residents and tourists alike. With over 42 developed parks, located in the 100 valleys of the Umpqua River, it is the perfect place to go for picnicking, hiking, camping, boating, fishing, trail riding, and ocean dune recreation.

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02-12-21 Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council - Housing Subcommittee Meeting (Photo) - 02/12/21

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council - Housing Subcommittee

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 12, 2021

 

** Notice of Virtual Meeting **

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)

Housing Subcommittee

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

 

(Douglas County, OR) The next meeting for the Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council’s (LPSCC) – Housing Subcommittee will take place on Wednesday, February 17, 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

at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 12, 2021 - 02/12/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Friday, February 12, 2021, there are FIFTEEN (15) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) presumptive that has been moved to a positive case with a positive test result and ONE (1) new presumptive to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,124*.  Currently, there are FIFTEEN (15) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, twelve locally and three out-of-the-area.  Also, Douglas County Local Public Health has received a total of 6,500 COVID-19 vaccines from the State of Oregon to date, and has deployed all of those to local approved vaccinators throughout the county.  Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government or their partners.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 229 cases in isolation, as well as another 611 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 840 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

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

Date

Tuesday,

February 9, 2021

Tuesday,

February 9, 2021

Wednesday,

February 10, 2021

Thursday,

February 11, 2021

Today, Friday,

February 12, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,027

2,027

2,064

2,108

2,124

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,924

1,924

1,959

2,000

2,016

Presumptive

103

103

105

108

108

Total Currently Hospitalized

10

10

11

12

12

Total Currently in Isolation

196

196

216

227

226

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

50

50

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. 

 

**Reminder/Change: Douglas County COVID Vaccine Distribution Update

As of Thursday, February 11, 2021, we have removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators.  Also, as of today, Douglas County Local Public Health has received 6,500 COVID-19 vaccines from the State of Oregon and has deployed all of those to local approved vaccinators throughout the county.  A few weeks back, we added a line to our daily COVID chart in order to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  We will continue to provide this number, but now we will do so, once a week.  Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

Help Us Combat the Spread of COVID in Our County

Yesterday, we were pretty forward, and ‘rang the bell’ so to speak, with our daily COVID update, asking for your help and providing some insight about our recent outbreaks and spike in cases during the last week.  Our overall objective was sincere, and came from a place of deep concern.  It was intended to bring attention to our current COVID situation, as well as hopefully relight the COVID prevention spark in our residents in order to help us combat the future spread of this awful virus in Douglas County.  The biggest take away was the last paragraph in the message from Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer.  

 

These things we do know:

  • COVID is Still Very Much with Us.
  • Vaccines Do Work, as is obvious from our nursing home outbreak.  Those eligible for the COVID vaccine, especially nursing home workers and residents should get the vaccine.
  • Public Health Measures Do Work.  We encourage everyone to increase their vigilance to these measures, such as distancing, wearing masks and staying home when you are sick!

 

Reminder: DPHN: Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day

In response to the huge increase in calls and emails that Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), the DCCRT, Douglas County and our local COVID Hotline have received in the last few weeks regarding COVID vaccinations, DPHN has added a new segment to their website that will highlight answers to the Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the DayClick here to link to the DPHN website, and access the Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day segment. 

 

Vaccine Voices: An Extra Layer of Protection

Shared from OHA.  We wanted to share a message from Erin Johns, a Respiratory Therapist in Gresham, Oregon about her feelings on recently receiving the COVID-19 vaccine: “I was so excited for the opportunity to get vaccinated. I’ve seen COVID destroy lives,?and the stress of?potentially bringing it home has put a toll on my mental health. Getting the vaccine has given me an invisible superpower and an extra layer of protection to keep myself and family safe. I know people are reluctant to get the vaccine because of the possible side effects,?but the benefits totally outweigh the risks,?and it’s the only way we can start getting our lives back.”  For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine log onto: covidvaccine.oregon.gov  or vacunacovid.oregon.gov.

 

Local Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible.   

 

Limited Vaccine Availability

We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.  Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

Are you 80-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine

This week, the first group of Douglas County Seniors became eligible to make an appointment to get their COVID vaccine. According to the State/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, those over 80-years-of-age are eligible to receive the vaccine as of Monday, February 8, 2021***. Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  Seniors in this group are asked to call and set up an appointment.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over the next 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County residents will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

The next eligible group, according to the State and OHA will be Seniors 75-years-of-age or older, who will be eligible to call and make an appointment to get their COVID vaccine starting on Monday, February 15, 2021.

 

Are you in Phase 1-A or Phase 1-B eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?

For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  For those residents in Phase 1-B (Educators, Childcare and Early Education), who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

Are you a U.S. Military Veteran?

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  1. What about my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • As with everything about COVID and vaccines, guidelines are changing all the time.  At the present moment, we expect that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.
  • This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

  1. I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?
  • The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.

 

Helpful Vaccine FAQ’s from Aviva Health  

Shared from Aviva Health. As a part of the DCCRT and DPHN COVID-19 Team of local COVID vaccinators, Aviva Health continues to help lead our efforts to vaccinate Douglas County with the COVID-19 vaccine.  As a part of their ongoing efforts to keep the community informed, they have posted some COVID-19 Vaccine - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to our website with answers. This is a great resource for our residents.  They plan to continue to update these on a regular basis. To access the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ’s log onto to: https://aviva.health/covid-19-vaccine-faqs/.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Today, Friday, February 12, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Today, Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

New School Case Announced

Shared from Sutherlin School District.  In a notice released on February 11, 2021, Sutherlin School District announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of positive COVID-19 cases at both West Intermediate School and Sutherlin Middle School in Sutherlin.  SSD officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from SSD:

School District Responds to Positive COVID-19 Cases.  Sutherlin School District is taking steps to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Both West Intermediate School and Sutherlin Middle School each have one identified case of COVID-19. We are working closely with the Douglas Public Health Network to respond to this news and protect the health of our community.  The Douglas Public Health Network informed us of these cases today and we started notifying staff and parents of the children in the cohorts that a student tested positive, asking them to quarantine for 10 days and monitor for symptoms. We provided quarantine guidance and informed parents of exposed children that someone from the DPHN will be in daily telephone contact to provide additional monitoring.  At this time, in-person learning will resume for the students and staff who are not quarantined.  We will continue to follow and maintain the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education guidelines; namely practicing handwashing, physical distancing to the degree we can, requiring people wear masks inside the building, and upholding cleaning and disinfecting protocols.  We understand families are concerned. We will keep families and the school community updated with any new information as it becomes available, while meeting the requirements to honor everyone's right to privacy.  If you have concerns or questions about COVID-19, please call the Douglas Public Health Network hotline at 541-464-6550, seven days a week between 8 am - 5:00 pm.”

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  We cannot even begin to tell you how hard it was to see and report the case numbers today.  Disappointed would be an understatement.  Our team, after dedicating the last 340 days to making sure we are keeping everyone informed of the latest news; providing the best access we can to available testing and vaccines; working 24/7 to investigate and minimize case spread and endlessly encouraging our residents to protect themselves, their families, their friends and their coworkers from this deadly virus; feel like, for the first time that we are losing our edge in combating this pandemic.  But, do not get the wrong impression about our team, we are not giving up, this latest spike in local cases just means we are going to have to work harder than ever to protect our residents, our businesses and our communities from getting sick, enduring harsher state restrictions and being hit with more devastating economic hardships.  We have been very fortunate over the last 11 months to be one of the top five counties in the United States with the lowest case counts.  But, we are seeing that success slip away.  Now more than ever, we need your help. 

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:

Today, sadly, we are reporting our highest single day case count since the pandemic began with 44 new cases, this news is compounded with the fact that we have also reported the highest three-day consecutive total of 116 new cases.  As of 12:00 pm Today, Thursday, February 11, 2021, there are FORTY-ONE (41) people with new positive test results and THREE (3) new presumptives to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,108*.  Currently, there are TWELVE (12) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, nine locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

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

Date

Monday,

February 8, 2021

Tuesday,

February 9, 2021

Tuesday,

February 9, 2021

Wednesday,

February 10, 2021

Today, Thursday,

February 11, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,992

2,027

2,027

2,064

2,108

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,889

1,924

1,924

1,959

2,000

Presumptive

103

103

103

105

108

Total Currently Hospitalized

10

10

10

11

12

Total Currently in Isolation

162

196

196

216

227

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

49

50

50

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. 

 

A Message from Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Public Health Officer

We have seen a terribly disturbing increase in the number of COVID cases in the past week, with over 115 NEW CASES in the last three days alone.  We have also seen THREE deaths, 687 TOTAL CONTACTS in in isolation or quarantine, and we currently have TWELVE residents hospitalized.  This surge in local cases comes at a time when cases in much of the rest of the country are declining.  As you know, Douglas County has been in the State mandated "HIGH" risk level for about 6 weeks now, and that has allowed restaurants, bars and gyms to open to in-person services.  It has also given local elected school boards the confidence to re-open schools and resume sports practices.  With the increase in accessibility and services, as I move about the county, I have seen more gatherings and some unfortunate laxity with physical distancing and the use of face masks. While the source of the new cases and clusters in the last week are nothing new, and very similar to what we've seen in the past, we have just seen a lot more of them, affecting a larger number of residents. 

 

Our biggest outbreak is at a skilled nursing facility in Roseburg.  In less than a week, they went from one positive case on Friday, February 5, 2021, to over THIRTY-THREE (33) positive cases as of today, Thursday, February 11, 2021.  At the current time, there have been no hospitalizations or deaths associated with this outbreak, although it is too early to tell.  We would like to point out that the facility is cooperating with DPHN and OHA to do everything they can to help prevent further spread of the virus by performing frequent screenings, identifying cases in the pre-symptomatic period and doing good job of quarantining patients and staff.  The only bright side is that staff and residents that chose to get the COVID vaccine were almost all protected from contracting the virus.  Unfortunately, that means that almost all of the cases are among unvaccinated patients and staff, that while eligible to get the COVID vaccine in the first phase of vaccine distribution for front line health care workers (since December 2020), have not got vaccinated with the COVID vaccine. In a recent survey by AARP, who surveyed roughly 90 percent of facilities in the United States that are participating in the federal vaccination program that have received COVID vaccines since December 15, 2020, but found that only a median of 37.5 percent of nursing home workers had opted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.   While we definitely cannot force anyone to get the vaccine, we can urge those that are eligible, especially those that work closely with others, care for others or work with the public, to seriously consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible.  While the closures, distance learning, masking, hand washing and six-foot distancing measures do help; the only way we are going to see life return to some normalcy is with residents choosing to get vaccinated.  We only have to look at the history of pandemics and disease to see that vaccines have had a huge impact on the future transmission of diseases.  

 

"The COVID-19 Vaccine was offered to staff and patients at this facility.  Those who were vaccinated had over 90% protection and almost all of the cases among staff were from those who were not vaccinated.  This is proof that the vaccine works.  If you are a front line care giver and are eligible for the vaccine, please get it!" urged Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer.

 

As far as community spread, we are seeing an increase in the number of school cases, more local church clusters, more cases associated with parties, gatherings and celebrations, cases related to travel and visitors and a few workplace outbreaks, all related to people who are congregating without six-foot social distancing and not using face coverings.  As a reminder, our state mandated risk level does not affect the ability of faith based organizations and local school districts to offer in-person services and classes.  Churches are able to make decisions for their own congregations.  And, local elected school boards are able to make independent decisions for their educational programs.

 

Since the first of the year, we have seen NINETEEN (19) K-12 schools and TWO (2) daycares with positive cases.  44% of our current outbreaks are associated with the nineteen local schools in all parts of the county.   In almost all of the cases, the disease is brought from the outside to school by students or staff.  We have also seen spread among sports team members, but no obvious spread between students and teachers or among students in the classroom.  As educators, students and staff may have lots of contacts at school, we are currently quarantining over 300 students and staff. So although schools usually only have 1-3 positive cases and 30-100 contacts, the sheer number of people and communities that each of these school outbreaks affects is significant.

 

We have seen a few workplace outbreaks.  These are reported each Wednesday by the OHA and expect more of our recent cases to be published next week.  Most of the spread in workplaces seems to occur among staff during close, unprotected contact during breaks and lunch periods or in after work activities.  Additionally, many young people work multiple jobs and have spouses who work, so workplace outbreaks spread quickly and can affect multiple businesses all at once. We do want to point out that we have not had any large outbreaks related to the gyms, restaurants or bars that have re-opened over the past six weeks, while we are in our current State mandated risk level.  The large church outbreaks from the holiday period have quieted, but we are seeing another surge in church case clusters happening.  We continue to see cases related to parties and gatherings, as well as cases associated with travel to and from COVID hot spots. 

 

There are some things we do not know.  We do not know if variants of the Sar-CoV2 are associated with these outbreaks.  We have sent samples for genomic analysis, but the results take time.  Also, we do not know how these cases will affect our county risk level, as we are only a few days in this measurement period.  But, if we keep on the current trend with case numbers and outbreaks, we will definitely see movement to the State’s Extreme Risk Level. 

 

However, these things we do know:

  • COVID is still very much with us.
  • Vaccines do work, as is obvious from our nursing home outbreak.  Those eligible for the COVID vaccine, especially nursing home workers and residents should get the vaccine.
  • Public health measures do work.  We encourage everyone to increase their vigilance to these measures, such as distancing, wearing masks and staying home when you are sick!

 

**Update/Changes: Douglas County COVID Vaccine Distribution Update

As of today, Thursday, February 11, 2021, Douglas County local public health we have removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart and instead will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators.  A few weeks back, we added a line to our daily COVID chart in order to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  We will continue to provide this number, but now we will do so, once a week.  Please be aware that our numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 227 cases in isolation, as well as another 460 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 687 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Reminder: DPHN: Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day

In response to the huge increase in calls and emails that Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), the DCCRT, Douglas County and our local COVID Hotline have received in the last few weeks regarding COVID vaccinations, DPHN has added a new segment to their website that will highlight answers to the Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the DayClick here to link to the DPHN website, and access the Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day segment. 

 

Local Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible.   

 

Limited Vaccine Availability

We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.  Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

Are you 80-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine

Earlier this week, the first group of Douglas County Seniors became eligible to make an appointment to get their COVID vaccine. According to the State/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, those over 80-years-of-age were eligible to receive the vaccine as of Monday, February 8, 2021***. Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  Seniors in this group are asked to call and set up an appointment.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over the next 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County residents will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

Are you in Phase 1-A or Phase 1-B eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?

For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  For those residents in Phase 1-B (Educators, Childcare and Early Education), who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

Are you a U.S. Military Veteran?

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  1. What about my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • As with everything about COVID and vaccines, guidelines are changing all the time.  At the present moment, we expect that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.
  • This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

  1. I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?
  • The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 12, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

New School Case Announced

Shared from South Umpqua School District.  In a notice released on February 10, 2021, South Umpqua School District Superintendent, Kate McLaughlin announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at Tri City Elementary School in Myrtle Creek.  SUSD officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from SUSD:

School District Responds to Positive COVID-19 Case.  One staff member at Tri City Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are working closely with the Douglas Public Health Network to respond to this news and protect the health of our community.  The South Umpqua School District is taking steps to ensure the safety of all students and staff.  As soon as the Douglas Public Health Network informed us that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, we started notifying staff, and parents of the children in the cohort who were direct contacts, asking them to quarantine and monitor for symptoms. We provided quarantine guidance and informed parents of exposed children that someone from the DPHN will be in contact to provide additional monitoring. We will continue to follow and maintain the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education guidelines; namely practicing handwashing, physical distancing to the degree we can, requiring people wear masks inside the building, and upholding cleaning and disinfecting protocols. We understand families are concerned. We will keep families and the school community updated with any new information as it becomes available, while meeting the requirements to honor everyone's right to privacy.”

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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02-10-21 NOTICE OF HOLIDAY CLOSURE - Presidents' Day - 02/10/21

Douglas County Board of Commissioners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 10, 2021

 

***NOTICE OF HOLIDAY CLOSURE***

Presidents’ Day (Washington’s Birthday)

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners would like to remind citizens that government offices in the Douglas County Courthouse, located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, as well as the Douglas County Justice Building, Douglas County Courthouse Annex in Reedsport, Douglas County Museum, Douglas County Landfill and Transfer Station s, Douglas County Fairgrounds and All External Douglas County Government Offices will be closed to the public on Monday, February 15, 2021, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

 

            As always, even when Douglas County government offices are closed, many officials and public employees are still working. Our Sheriff’s Deputies, 911 communications and DCSO staff will continue to provide law enforcement protection and emergency assistance for our residents.  If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.  If you need to reach dispatch for a non-emergency, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at (541) 440-4471.   

 

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

 

Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February, in accordance with the Uniform Federal Holidays Act of 1971, to honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732.   The day is now widely referred to as Presidents' Day, and is often an occasion to honor all who have served as president, not just George Washington.

 

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

                                                      

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

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

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DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: Another day with not very good news.  In the past two days we have reported an astonishing 70 new positive COVID cases.  This brings our current weekly total (since Sunday, February 7, 2021) to 97 new cases, with three days left this week to report.  As of 12:00 pm Today, Wednesday, February 10, 2021, there are THIRTY-FIVE (35) people with new positive test results, TWO (2) new presumptives and ONE (1) death to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2064*.  Currently, there are ELEVEN (11) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eight locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID-19 Related Death of a Douglas County Resident

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of another Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus. Our fifty-first death is an 89-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, January 24, 2021 and passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, no additional information will be released. Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT team extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all family members, friends, relatives, co-workers and community members of those who have passed after contracting this deadly virus.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 216 cases in isolation, as well as another 402 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 618 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Saturday,

February 6, 2021

Sunday,

February 7, 2021

Monday,

February 8, 2021

Tuesday,

February 9, 2021

Today, Wednesday,

February 10, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,967

1,986

1,992

2,027

2064

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,865

1,884

1,889

1,924

1959

Presumptive

102

102

103

103

105

Total Currently Hospitalized

9

8

10

10

11

Total Currently in Isolation

154

171

162

196

216

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

48

49

49

50

51

Total COVID-19 vaccines received by Local Public Health and Total deployed to local vaccinators

4500/4500

4500/4500

4500/4500

4500/4500

6500/6500**

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted.   

 

**Update/Changes: Douglas County COVID Vaccine Distribution Update

As of today, Wednesday, February 10, 2021, Douglas County local public health has received, and then deployed 6500 doses of the COVID vaccine to our local vaccinators.  We wanted to let you know that we are changing our vaccine distribution reporting in our updates.  After today, we will be removing this row from our daily COVID chart and instead providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators.  A few weeks back, we added a line to our daily COVID chart in order to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  We will continue to provide this number, but now we will do so, once a week.  Please be aware that our numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

DPHN: Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day

In response to the huge increase in calls and emails that Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), the DCCRT, Douglas County and our local COVID Hotline have received in the last few weeks regarding COVID vaccinations, DPHN has added a new segment to their website that will highlight answers to the Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the DayClick here to link to the DPHN website, and access the Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day segment. 

 

Today, Wednesday, February 10, 2021, DPHN posted these three most asked Q&A’s:

  1. I called one of the vaccinators on the list, and they don’t know anything about it? Why don’t they know or have the vaccine ready for me now if they are on the list?

Please be patient, the providers on the list below have agreed to provide vaccines to their patients, but they may not have vaccine in their clinics yet. Also, they may still be working on notifying all their staff and creating internal processes on how to schedule patients for their vaccines once they have the vaccines.

  1. I don’t have a primary care provider in Douglas County and I’m eligible for the vaccine now (I’m 82), how do I get the vaccine?

If your primary care provider is in another county, we recommend that you start by reaching out to that provider to ask if they are going to have the vaccine. If they don’t, we recommend looking at the pharmacies that have signed up to be vaccinators in Douglas County and giving them a call to set up an appointment.

  1. What happens if I wait more than 21 days between the first and second vaccine?

It is not absolutely necessary to get your second vaccine exactly by the 21-day mark. You will get your second vaccine from the organization that gave you your first, as the doses are paired. Please be patient, and wait to hear from the organization about when they will have the paired second vaccine dose, and how they plan to administer it.

 

Douglas County Seniors 80+ Now Eligible for COVID Vaccine

Earlier this week, the first group of Douglas County Seniors became eligible to make an appointment to get their COVID vaccine. According to the State/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, those over 80-years-of-age are eligible to receive the vaccine as of Monday, February 8, 2021***. Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  Seniors in this group are asked to call and set up an appointment.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

As a reminder, there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over the next 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County residents will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

The current COVID vaccine eligibility plan from the State and OHA, is to add new eligible groups each week, however, again, we want to stress that even though you are eligible to get the vaccine, it does not mean there are available vaccines to administer.  Next week, starting on Monday, February 15, 2021, those over 75-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine. Then starting on Monday, February 22, 2021, those over 70-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine.  Then starting on Monday, March 1, 2021, those over 65-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine. Please, be patient and please do not call to set up an appointment for the vaccine if you are not on the current eligible list.  We expect our list of vaccinators to continue to grow, and we will provide updates as the list changes. 

 

We expect that many seniors will have questions. To help answer those questions, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, will answers questions on his Facebook Live events on the Douglas Public Health Network’s Facebook Page on Fridays at 4:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Residents can pre-submit their COVID related questions to ookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">Facebookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org, and we will do our best to respond to them during our Facebook Live events.  Residents can also call our local COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550, that has been active 7-days-a-week since March of 2020.  *** Remember there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to strive for as much vaccine as possible.

 

Local Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that wish to receive the vaccine who are listed on OHA’s eligible list. Please, if you are not in an eligible group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call or email until your group is eligible.     

 

We Continue to Experience Limited Vaccine Availability

We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.

Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.

 

Are you in Phase 1-A, an Educator or an Early Childhood/Child Care Worker, but did get the vaccine yet?

For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  For those residents in Phase 1-B (Educators, Childcare and Early Education), who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two e -mails about your eligibility.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an e -mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

Are you a Member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

Are you a U.S. Military Veteran?

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 12, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

New School Cases Announced

Shared from Roseburg Public Schools.  In a notice released on February 9, 2021, Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent, Jared Cordon announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of positive COVID-19 cases at both Winchester Elementary School in Winchester and Melrose Elementary in Roseburg.  RPS officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from RPS:

District responds to COVID-19 cases.  The district received confirmation today from Douglas Public Health Network that one student at Winchester Elementary and one student at Melrose Elementary have tested positive for COVID-19. The district is working closely with DPHN to respond to this news and protect the health of our school community.  At this time, the individuals who may have been exposed have been contacted and are at home self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms. In order to protect their privacy, this will be the only information released by the school and district about these individuals.  Students who are in quarantine will transition temporarily to remote learning. School staff will be in touch with families to provide technology devices. In collaboration with the Douglas Public Health Network, we continue to maintain safety protocols and guidelines established by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners plan.  For the most recent information about our schools, please visit the district website, www.roseburg.k12.or.us.”

 

Shared from McGovern Elementary School Facebook page.  In a notice released on February 9, 2021, on their Facebook page, McGovern Elementary School announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at McGovern Elementary School in Winston.  WDPS officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from RPS:

“Dear Students, Families, and Staff.  We were notified by Douglas Public Health Network and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, that we have a person at McGovern Elementary School test positive for COVID-19. We are continuing to work very closely with Douglas Public Health to establish who needs to quarantine and to notify parents of the children in the cohort that the individual that tested positive was in. We are asking them to quarantine for 10 days. In this case the 10 days began on February 4 and will end on February 14.  If your child was in the same cohort, or if you are a staff member that needs to quarantine, you will be notified by the school officials this evening. Douglas Public Health Network will work to contact you if you or your child need to quarantine. If you have general concerns or questions about COVID-19, please call the Douglas Public Health Network hotline at 541-464-6550, 7 days a week between 8-5:00 pm.”

 

Shared from Glide School DistrictIn a notice released on February 9, 2021, on their district website, Glide School District announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at Glide Elementary School in Glide.  GSD officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from GSD:

“Dear GES Bobcats. We received word today, February 9th, that a Glide Elementary School employee has tested positive for COVID. All students that were in contact with this staff member have been notified. If you did not receive a phone call from GES, your child does not need to quarantine and will return to school on Tuesday, February 16th.  In collaboration with the Douglas Public Health Network, we continue to maintain safety protocols and guidelines established by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners plan.  The district is working closely with DPHN to respond to this news and protect the health of our school community. If you have any questions, please contact me on ParentSquare, via email (tbeard@glide.k12.or.us), or by phone (541-496-3524).  Sincerely, Mrs. Tammy Beard

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: Very sad and alarming news today, while this is not our highest day of reported cases, it is still a very high number of cases in a single day.  Our highest single day reporting of new COVID cases was on Saturday, November 21, 2020, with 38 new cases.  As of 12:00 pm Today, Tuesday, February 9, 2021, there are THIRTY-FIVE (35) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) death to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2027*.  Currently, there are TEN (10) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seven locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Our 50th COVID-19 Related Death of a Douglas County Resident

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of another Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus. Our fiftieth death is a 73-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 and passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021. In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, no additional information will be released. Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT team extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all family members, friends, relatives, co-workers and community members of those who have passed after contracting this deadly virus.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Friday,

February 5, 2021

Saturday,

February 6, 2021

Sunday,

February 7, 2021

Monday,

February 8, 2021

Today, Tuesday,

February 9, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,954

1,967

1,986

1,992

2027

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,853

1,865

1,884

1,889

1924

Presumptive

101

102

102

103

103

Total Currently Hospitalized

8

9

8

10

10

Total Currently in Isolation

140

154

171

162

196

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

48

48

49

49

50

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed to Local Public Health and Total deployed to local vaccinators

4500/4500

4500/4500

4500/4500

4500/4500

4500/4500

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. We added a line to our chart to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  Our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.  

 

Douglas County Staying in Current State Mandated Risk Level

The good news for Douglas County residents and businesses is that we will remain in our current State mandated risk level.  The State of Oregon notified Douglas County yesterday, that we will NOT be moving out of the current level based on our COVID-19 case count over the last two weeks.  Douglas County will remain in the High Risk Level for the next two-week period, beginning Friday, February 12, 2021 and continuing through Thursday, February 25, 2021. The high risk level allows ALL of our local business the opportunity to be OPEN, with some restrictions and limitations on capacity.  We wanted to make note, that as part of the state COVID risk and safety mandates instituted in December 2020, Senior Centers and Hookah Bars are not allowed to operate regardless of the risk level in their county. Statewide, 13 counties have shown some improvement with case counts and will be moving to a lower risk level, this includes 10 counties moving from Extreme Level to High Level risk.  Click here to see the latest risk level movement information from OHA.  We want to continue to applaud the efforts of our residents and businesses for staying within the recommended guidelines, and for making good decisions in order for our communities to stay open.  The new risk level does not affect the ability of faith based organizations and local school districts to offer in-person services and classes.  They are able to make decisions for their own congregations and educational programs.  The next risk level movement announcement from the state will be sent on Monday, February 22, 2021, and will be effective from Friday, February 26, 2021 through Thursday, March 11, 2021. 

 

Douglas County COVID Case Counts Still Too High

While we managed to stay in the high risk level, our positive case count, especially today is still very concerning.  Over the past two weeks, we reported 200 new COVID cases.  Sadly, today, our spike in positive cases is related to a large outbreak at a care facility.  We cannot stress enough that if you are visiting, delivering, volunteering or working in a care facility, please use the upmost care in following the proven health and safety measures to protect yourself and others, especially our vulnerable populations, from contracting or spreading the COVID virus.  Please, stay home if you are sick, wear face coverings while indoors or when physical distance cannot be maintained, try to keep at least six feet apart from others, wash your hands frequently, choose to visit virtually or by phone, and follow the facilities protocols with regards to out-of-state travel and quarantining.  Also to note, we have had 18 school outbreaks since January 1, 2021, which has had a dramatic impact on our schools, staff, educators, parents and students.  We do want to point out that we have not had any large outbreaks related to the gyms, restaurants or bars that have re-opened over the past six weeks while we are in our current State mandated risk level.  Again, we want to send out a kudos to all of businesses that are working hard to keep COVID-19 from entering or effecting their ability to stay open during these trying times.  The rest of the recent cases are the unfortunate consequence of residents who continue to host celebrations and parties, travel to COVID hot spot areas, invite people to visit from out of the area and attended in-person unprotected congregate social gatherings where COVID-19 safety measures were not being followed.  Please, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, we encourage you to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you. 

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine? 

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  1. What about my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • As with everything about COVID and vaccines, guidelines are changing all the time.  At the present moment, we expect that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.
  • This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

  1. I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?
  • The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.

 

A Message from Aviva Health, One of Our COVID-19 Vaccinators

Shared from Aviva Health.  As a part of the DCCRT and DPHN COVID-19 Team of local COVID vaccinators, Aviva Health is developing plans for COVID-19 vaccination appointments and events for people in selected age and eligibility groups. Their goal is to offer vaccinations to these eligible groups as soon as possible.  Once the plans are finalized, they will begin contacting eligible patients and scheduling them for the vaccine based on contact information they have in their records. The date, time and location of these vaccination appointments and events will be announced shortly.  Additionally, if you received your first COVID-19 vaccine at one of Aviva Health’s (or Douglas ESD) vaccine clinics at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, they will contact you to schedule your second dose very soon. While you should get your second dose within three to four weeks of the first dose (depending on which vaccine you were given), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now say patients may extend the interval between doses to six weeks if getting the second dose sooner is not possible.  Please know their ability to administer COVID-19 vaccinations is dependent on the local availability of the vaccine. The supply of the vaccine for our County comes from the State of Oregon/OHA, so it is difficult to determine the quantity of vaccine that they will receive from week to week. They hope to administer second doses within the previously mentioned three- to four-week window, but if their supply of vaccine dictates a longer wait, that window can be pushed back to six weeks without compromising the effectiveness of the vaccine.  They sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as they work with local partners to protect patients, staff, residents and our community. They wanted to say thank you for entrusting Aviva Health with your health care needs. For more information about Aviva Health, log onto: https://aviva.health/

 

Douglas County Seniors 80+ Now Eligible for COVID Vaccine

Yesterday, the first group of Douglas County Seniors were eligible to make an appointment to get their COVID vaccine. According to the State/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, those over 80-years-of-age are eligible to receive the vaccine as of Monday, February 8, 2021**. Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  Seniors in this group are asked to call and set up an appointment.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

As a remember, there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over the next 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County residents will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  For example, this week we expect to only receive 700 doses to vaccinate the 7,200 seniors in our county. Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

The current COVID vaccine eligibility plan from the State and OHA, is to add new eligible groups each week, however, again, we want to stress that even though you are eligible to get the vaccine, it does not mean there are available vaccines to administer.  Next week, starting on Monday, February 15, 2021, those over 75-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine. Then starting on Monday, February 22, 2021, those over 70-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine.  Then starting on Monday, March 1, 2021, those over 65-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine. Please, be patient and please do not call to set up an appointment for the vaccine if you are not on the current eligible list.  We expect our list of vaccinators to continue to grow, and we will provide updates as the list changes. 

 

We expect that many seniors will have questions. To help answer those questions, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, will answers questions on his Facebook Live events on the Douglas Public Health Network’s Facebook Page on Fridays at 4:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Residents can pre-submit their COVID related questions to ookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">Facebookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org, and we will do our best to respond to them during our Facebook Live events.  Residents can also call our local COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550, that has been active 7-days-a-week since March of 2020.  ** Remember there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to strive for as much vaccine as possible.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 196 cases in isolation, as well as another 328 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 524 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Local Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that wish to receive the vaccine who are listed on OHA’s eligible list. Please, if you are not in an eligible group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call or email until your group is eligible.     

 

We Continue to Experience Limited Vaccine Availability

We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.

Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.

 

Are you in Phase 1A, an Educator or an Early Childhood/Child Care Worker, but did get the vaccine yet?

For those residents who are included in Phase 1A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1A eligible.  For those residents in Phase 1B (Educators, Childcare and Early Education), who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two e -mails about your eligibility.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an e -mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

Are you a Member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

Are you a U.S. Military Veteran?

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 12, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tonight, Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

New School Cases Announced

Glide School District.  In a notice posted to their district website on February 8, 2021, Glide School District Office announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of positive COVID-19 cases at Glide High School in Glide.  GSD officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from GSD:

Glide Students, Families and Staff, we have three confirmed positive COVID cases at Glide High School as of today.  Due to the crossover of siblings and bus cohorts we have 59 possible exposures in the Elementary and Middle Schools. Therefore, we are transitioning ALL Kindergarten – 12th grade students to Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) starting tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9, 2021.  We are planning for K-12 students to be in CDL until Tuesday, February 16th, if no other positive case results are reported. Please watch for updates on ParentSquare regarding nutrition services and our projected return to in-person instruction.  Glide School District Transportation will be delivering meals to all K thru 12th grades during this time of Distance Learning. The buses will leave GHS at 10:30 am and drive the normal routes delivering food to each address on that route that has a student(s) in grades K thru 12. Please be watching for the buses after 10:30 am and meet them at your child’s regular pick up location. (Most routes take about an hour, so expect them between 10:30 am and 11:30 am). If you have any questions, please call your child’s school.”

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

DCCRT
DCCRT
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 8, 2021 - 02/08/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Monday, February 8, 2021, there are FIVE (5) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) presumptive to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,992*.  Currently, there are TEN (10) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seven locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Thursday,

February 4, 2021

Friday,

February 5, 2021

Saturday,

February 6, 2021

Sunday,

February 7, 2021

Today, Monday,

February 8, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,931

1,954

1,967

1,986

1992

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,829

1,853

1,865

1,884

1889

Presumptive

102

101

102

102

103

Total Currently Hospitalized

10

8

9

8

10

Total Currently in Isolation

142

140

154

171

162

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

48

48

48

49

49

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed to Local Public Health and Total deployed to local vaccinators

4500/4500

4500/4500

4500/4500

4500/4500

4500/4500

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. We added a line to our chart to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  Our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.  

 

Douglas County Seniors 80+ Now Eligible for COVID Vaccine

Today, the first group of Douglas County Seniors are eligible to make an appointment to get the COVID vaccine. Our Senior Vaccination Plan in Douglas County is to have seniors get the COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan. Click here to review the plan.  According to the State/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, those over 80-years-of-age are now eligible to receive the vaccine starting today, Monday, February 8, 2021**.  As a remember, there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over the next 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County residents will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  For example, this week we expect to only receive 700 doses to vaccinate the 7,200 seniors in our county. The list of vaccinators below is not a guarantee they will have vaccine; it represents organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

The current COVID vaccine eligibility plan from the State and OHA, is to add new eligible groups each week, however, again, we want to stress that even though you are eligible to get the vaccine, it does not mean there are available vaccines to administer.  Next week, starting on Monday, February 15, 2021, those over 75-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine. Then starting on Monday, February 22, 2021, those over 70-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine.  Then starting on Monday, March 1, 2021, those over 65-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine. Please, be patient and please do not call to set up an appointment for the vaccine if you are not on the current eligible list yet.  We expect our list of vaccinators to continue to grow, and we will provide updates as the list changes.

 

  • For seniors, who are 80-years-of age or older, who’s primary care doctor or regular health care provider is on our list of local vaccinators, they can call them starting today, February 8, 2021 to set up an appointment for the COVID vaccine.  Because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers will be doing vaccines on a scheduled appointment only basis.  Medical and Urgent Care Clinics will not and cannot do walk-in appointments.

 

  • For those seniors, who are over 80-years-of age or older, who do not have a primary care doctor or regular health care provider or their doctor/provider does not offer the COVID vaccine, can get the COVID vaccine at one of our cooperating pharmacies, or at other clinics who have agreed to provide the COVID vaccine. Please call your pharmacy starting on February 8, 2021 to set up an appointment for the vaccine. Because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers will be doing vaccines on a scheduled appointment only basis.  Our pharmacy partners will not and cannot do walk-in appointments.

 

Current Vaccinators Assisting with the Douglas County SENIOR 80+ COVID Vaccine Plan**

AVIVA HEALTH - GLIDE                                                    GERALD A JAWORSKI, MD, PC

AVIVA HEALTH - MYRTLE CREEK                                  VALLEY RIDGE FAMILY MEDICINE

AVIVA HEALTH - NORTH COUNTY                                 GORDONS PHARMACY

AVIVA HEALTH - ROSEBURG SBHC                                EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE SOUTH

AVIVA HEALTH - SUTHERLIN                                          BI-MART PHARMACY 609

AVIVA HEALTH - ROSEBURG                                           BI-MART PHARMACY 652

EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE                                    BI-MART PHARMACY 676

DOUGLAS COUNTY FIRE DIST 2                                       EXCELLENCE IN WOMENS HEALTHCARE

LOWER UMPQUA HOSPITAL                                            KIDSDOCS PC

ANGELA JONES, MD UMPQUA VALLEY INTERNISTS  NORTH RIVER PEDIATRICS PC

EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE HARVARD CAMPUS ONE PEAK MEDICAL CLINIC - ROSEBURG

GLENDALE AMBULANCE DISTRICT                               STEELHEAD ONCOLOGY

SOUTHRIVER COMMUNITY HLTH CTR                         TWO RIVERS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE LLC

CANYONVILLE HEALTH & URGENT CARE                   UMPQUA HEALTH - NEWTON CREEK

FAMILY TREE MEDICAL CLINIC                                     CURRENT ORTHODONTICS

FRED MEYER PHARMACY 281     

 

We expect that many seniors will have questions. To help answer those questions, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, will answers questions on his Facebook Live events on the Douglas Public Health Network’s Facebook Page on Fridays at 4:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Residents can pre-submit their COVID related questions to ookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">Facebookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org, and we will do our best to respond to them during our Facebook Live events.  Residents can also call a local COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550, that has been live 7-days-a-week since March of 2020.  ** Remember there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to strive for as much vaccine as possible. The list above is not a guarantee they will have vaccine; it represents organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 162 cases in isolation, as well as another 330 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 492 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Local Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard over the last several weeks to vaccinate residents who are eligible to get the COVID vaccine.  Please, if you are not in an eligible group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call or email until your group is eligible.     

 

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.

Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY signing up and making appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  Our approved list of local vaccinators is working hard to vaccinate those that wish to receive the vaccine whom are listed on OHA’s eligible list.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.

 

We Continue to Experience Limited Vaccine Availability

We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has continued to receive a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait for more information to be released for your group.  Also, we ask that you not contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline until a local vaccination plan is released for your group.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

U.S. Military Veterans

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 12, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

New School Cases Announced

South Umpqua School District.  In press releases issued on February 6, 2021, South Umpqua School District Superintendent Kate McLaughlin and Principal Ariel Mainz, announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at Myrtle Creek Elementary School in Myrtle Creek.  SUSD officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from SUSD:

“Dear Students, Families, and Staff: We were notified by Douglas Public Health Network that we had a student test positive for COVID-19 at Myrtle Creek Elementary School.  We are working closely with local public health to notify parents of the students in the cohort and provide them with quarantine information. If you have concerns or questions about COVID-19, please call the Douglas Public Health Network hotline at 541-464-6550, 7 days a week between 8-5:00 pm. Sincerely, Kate McLaughlin, Superintendent and Ariel Mainz, Principal.”

 

Roseburg Public Schools.  In press releases issued on February 7, 2021, Roseburg School District Superintendent Jared Cordon, announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at Fir Grove Elementary School in Green.  RPS officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from RPS:  

“District responds to COVID-19 case. The district was notified today by Douglas Public Health Network that a student at Fir Grove Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. The district is working closely with DPHN to respond to this news and protect the health of our school community.  At this time, the individuals who may have been exposed have been contacted and are at home self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms. In order to protect their privacy, this will be the only information released by the school and district about these individuals.  Students who are in quarantine will transition temporarily to remote learning. School staff will be in touch with families to provide technology devices. In collaboration with the Douglas Public Health Network, we continue to maintain safety protocols and guidelines established by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners plan.  For the most recent information about our schools, please visit the district website, www.roseburg.k12.or.us.”

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 7, 2021 - 02/07/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Sunday, February 7, 2021, there are NINETEEN (19) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) death to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,986*.  Currently, there are EIGHT (8) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, five locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

COVID-19 Related Death of a Douglas County Resident

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of another Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus. Our forty-ninth death is an 85-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 and passed away today, February 7, 2021. In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, no additional information will be released. Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT team extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all family members, friends, relatives, co-workers and community members of those who have passed after contracting this deadly virus.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Wednesday,

February 3, 2021

Thursday,

February 4, 2021

Friday,

February 5, 2021

Saturday,

February 6, 2021

Today, Sunday,

February 7, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,903

1,931

1,954

1,967

1986

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,803

1,829

1,853

1,865

1884

Presumptive

100

102

101

102

102

Total Currently Hospitalized

11

10

8

9

8

Total Currently in Isolation

122

142

140

154

171

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

48

48

48

48

49

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed

to Local Public Health and Total

deployed to local vaccinators

2600/2600

4500/4500

4500/4500

4500/4500

4500/4500

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. We added a line to our chart to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  Our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.  

 

Douglas County Senior Population Vaccination Plan

Friday, we published the Douglas County Senior Population Vaccination Plan.  According to the State’s (OHA’s) vaccination eligibility plan those over 80-years-of-age will be eligible to receive vaccine starting tomorrow, February 8, 2021.  Those over 75-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine starting on February 15, 2021.  Those over 70-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine starting on February 22, 2021.  Those over 65-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine starting on March 1, 2021.Unfortunately, there are many more seniors who need and want the vaccine than there are available doses. Over the next 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County residents will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to receive only a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  For example, next week we will receive only 700 doses to vaccinate the 7,200 seniors in our county. Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to request and strive for as much vaccine as to be delivered to Douglas County as possible.  Some areas have chosen on-line web sign-ups, drive through events with many hour lines or huge events at convention centers. We have chosen a different strategy.  We have worked with many health care partners in our communities, and have been able to sign up over 40 vaccine providers locally, including doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, emergency medical providers and even dentist’s offices. Our list of vaccinators is comprised of locations all across the county, from Glendale in the south to Drain in the North, Reedsport to the west and many in between.   A survey of those over 80 showed 90% of them have doctors who will provide the COVID vaccine, and are willing to vaccinate their patients.  The list of those who currently have signed up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is below.  Please note, that at this time there is not enough vaccine to supply all of our currently registered vaccinators.  Many of those sites are pharmacies, who may receive vaccine directly from the federal government.

 

Our plan is simple; seniors should get the COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.

  • For those seniors, who are over 80-years-of age or older, who’s primary care doctor or regular health care provider is on our list of local vaccinators, they can call them starting on February 8, 2021 to set up an appointment for the COVID vaccine.  Because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers will be doing vaccines on a scheduled appointment only basis.  Medical and Urgent Care Clinics will not and cannot do walk-in appointments.

 

  • For those seniors, who are over 80-years-of age or older, who do not have a primary care doctor or regular health care provider or their doctor/provider does not offer the COVID vaccine, can get the COVID vaccine at one of our cooperating pharmacies, or at other clinics who have agreed to provide the COVID vaccine. Please call your pharmacy starting on February 8, 2021 to set up an appointment for the vaccine. Because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers will be doing vaccines on a scheduled appointment only basis.  Our pharmacy partners will not and cannot do walk-in appointments.

 

Current Vaccinators Assisting with the Douglas County SENIOR 80+ COVID Vaccine Plan**

AVIVA HEALTH - GLIDE                                                      GERALD A JAWORSKI, MD, PC

AVIVA HEALTH - MYRTLE CREEK                                     VALLEY RIDGE FAMILY MEDICINE

AVIVA HEALTH - NORTH COUNTY                                    GORDONS PHARMACY

AVIVA HEALTH - ROSEBURG SBHC                                   EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE SOUTH

AVIVA HEALTH - SUTHERLIN                                             BI-MART PHARMACY 609

AVIVA HEALTH - ROSEBURG                                             BI-MART PHARMACY 652

EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE                                        BI-MART PHARMACY 676

DOUGLAS COUNTY FIRE DIST 2                                         EXCELLENCE IN WOMENS HEALTHCARE

LOWER UMPQUA HOSPITAL                                               KIDSDOCS PC

ANGELA JONES, MD UMPQUA VALLEY INTERNISTS      NORTH RIVER PEDIATRICS PC

EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE HARVARD CAMPUS     ONE PEAK MEDICAL CLINIC - ROSEBURG

GLENDALE AMBULANCE DISTRICT                                  STEELHEAD ONCOLOGY

SOUTHRIVER COMMUNITY HLTH CTR                              TWO RIVERS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE LLC

CANYONVILLE HEALTH & URGENT CARE                       UMPQUA HEALTH - NEWTON CREEK

FAMILY TREE MEDICAL CLINIC                                         CURRENT ORTHODONTICS

FRED MEYER PHARMACY 281       

 

We expect that many seniors will have questions. To help answer those questions, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, will answers questions on his Facebook Live events on the Douglas Public Health Network’s Facebook Page on Fridays at 4:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Residents can also call a local COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550, that has been live 7-days-a-week since March of 2020.  The hotline is available for COVID related questions, but we ask that seniors wait until Monday, February 8, 2021 at 8:00 am to call with questions about the COVID vaccine.  At that time, they will be ready to answer your questions, and will be assisted by several volunteers who have worked with seniors on other projects. 

 

If you have other questions, please submit them to ookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">Facebookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org, and we will do our best to respond to them during our Facebook Liv event on Friday, February 5, 2021 starting at 4:00 pm.

 

 ** Remember there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to strive for as much vaccine as possible. The list above is not a guarantee they will have vaccine; it represents organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.

 

Reminder: Please Celebrate Safely While Watching Super Bowl LV**

We know a large number of residents in our county enjoy sports, hosting parties and spending time with friends and family while they watch and celebrate their favorite team or sport or while watching the big game.  Today is the day for the final National Football League (NFL) contest of the season with Super Bowl LV** between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,  And we want to encourage you to keep you, your family, your friends, as well as local businesses safe from contracting or spreading COVID-19.  This will help this event from turning into another COVID-19 super spreader.  Here are a few tips to help you stay safe, as public health experts are urging everyone to please tone it down and take extra precautions while watching the big game this year. **Super Bowl LV is a registered trademark with the NFL.   

 

Keep the event small and only include household members

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the safest way to watch the game is at home with only the people that live with you. Gathering with people from outside your household is taking a risk.

You can still include other family and friends virtually

The CDC recommends connecting with others by sharing recipes, starting text chains or hosting an online party.  You can use Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Live or streaming services with virtual group watch features.

Avoid big buffets and opt for single servings instead

We all love to snack while watching the big game, but instead of pouring out big bowls of community chips or sharing that plate of nachos, offer individual size bags of chips and dips and order your own plate of nachos.  Instead of a punch bowl, pitcher or drink dispenser, offer or order single serve bottles or cans of drinks. Offer to serve up plates for guests instead of letting them graze at a buffet table.   

If you do go out, keep these safety tips in mind

Consider opting for an outside venue where you can spread out. We encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended, do not share food or drinks with others and try to keep the screaming or shouting to a minimum.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 171 cases in isolation, as well as another 344 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 515 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Local Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health and Douglas ESD have been working hard over the last week to vaccinate the most recent group of eligible residents, which include educators and child care providers, as well as residents listed in the previously eligibility groups.  Please, if you are not in an eligible group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call or email until we release the plan for your group.     

 

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.

Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY signing up residents that are listed on the list of currently eligible groups at this time.  Our approved list of local vaccinators is working hard to vaccinate those that wish to receive the vaccine whom are listed on OHA’s eligible list.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.

 

We Continue to Experience Limited Vaccine Availability

We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has continued to receive a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county.  If you are NOT listed in one of the eligible groups, then we ask for your continued patience and ask that you wait to contact us. 

 

Who is eligible for the COVID vaccine right now?

Click here for OHA's latest list of residents who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  If you are a part of any of the eligible groups listed by OHA, and you want a vaccine, then please email vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information available and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait for more information to be released for your group.  Also, we ask that you not contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline until a local vaccination plan is released for your group.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

U.S. Military Veterans

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

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

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 12, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 6, 2021 - 02/06/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Today, we are publishing our 450th edition of the Douglas County COVID Response Teams COVID update.  We published our first notice on March 3rd, 2020.  We would like to take a moment and send a shout out to the amazing Douglas County Joint Information Team, for their dedication in making sure our daily COVID updates go out every single day without fail, as well as all of our special reports.  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Saturday, February 6, 2021, there are TWELVE (12) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,967*.  Currently, there are NINE (9) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, six locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Tuesday,

February 2, 2021

Wednesday,

February 3, 2021

Thursday,

February 4, 2021

Friday,

February 5, 2021

Today, Saturday,

February 6, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,885

1,903

1,931

1,954

1967

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,786

1,803

1,829

1,853

1865

Presumptive

99

100

102

101

102

Total Currently Hospitalized

8

11

10

8

9

Total Currently in Isolation

123

122

142

140

154

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

48

48

48

48

48

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed

to Local Public Health and Total

deployed to local vaccinators

2600/2600

2600/2600

4500/4500

4500/4500

4500/4500

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. We added a line to our chart to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  Our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.  

 

Reminder: Douglas County Senior Population Vaccination Plan

Yesterday we published the Douglas County Senior Population Vaccination Plan.  We wanted to publish the information again as a reminder.  The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially difficult on our senior population.  It is no secret that they have had a terrible time over the last 11 months dealing with the virus.  In Douglas County, those over 60 have accounted for a large number of our COVID cases, most of our hospitalizations and sadly all of our deaths. We know that the recommended public health measures such as avoiding crowds, wearing masks, washing hands, staying home when you are sick, social distancing and remote or distancing work conditions, IN ADDITION to getting the vaccine, will be necessary for quite some time.  We will continue to encouraged everyone, not just seniors, to follow these measures until this disease is at very low levels. Fortunately, we now have two vaccines that are safe, effective and available soon for our seniors.  Our top priority is to safely vaccinate seniors in Douglas County. 

 

According to the State’s (OHA’s) vaccination eligibility plan those over 80-years-of-age will be eligible to receive vaccine starting February 8, 2021.  Those over 75-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine starting on February 15, 2021.  Those over 70-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine starting on February 22, 2021.  Those over 65-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine starting on March 1, 2021.

 

Unfortunately, there are many more seniors who need and want the vaccine than there are available doses. Over the next 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County residents will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to receive only a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  For example, next week we will receive only 700 doses to vaccinate the 7,200 seniors in our county. Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to request and strive for as much vaccine as to be delivered to Douglas County as possible.  Some areas have chosen on-line web sign-ups, drive through events with many hour lines or huge events at convention centers. We have chosen a different strategy.  We have worked with many health care partners in our communities, and have been able to sign up over 40 vaccine providers locally, including doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, emergency medical providers and even dentist’s offices. Our list of vaccinators is comprised of locations all across the county, from Glendale in the south to Drain in the North, Reedsport to the west and many in between.   A survey of those over 80 showed 90% of them have doctors who will provide the COVID vaccine, and are willing to vaccinate their patients.  The list of those who currently have signed up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is below.  Please note, that at this time there is not enough vaccine to supply all of our currently registered vaccinators.  Many of those sites are pharmacies, who may receive vaccine directly from the federal government.

 

Our plan is simple; seniors should get the COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.

 

Let’s Start with the first group of eligible seniors, residents who are 80-years-of-age or older:

 

  • For those seniors, who are over 80-years-of age or older, who’s primary care doctor or regular health care provider is on our list of local vaccinators, they can call them starting on February 8, 2021 to set up an appointment for the COVID vaccine.  Because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers will be doing vaccines on a scheduled appointment only basis.  Medical and Urgent Care Clinics will not and cannot do walk-in appointments.

 

  • For those seniors, who are over 80-years-of age or older, who do not have a primary care doctor or regular health care provider or their doctor/provider does not offer the COVID vaccine, can get the COVID vaccine at one of our cooperating pharmacies, or at other clinics who have agreed to provide the COVID vaccine. Please call your pharmacy starting on February 8, 2021 to set up an appointment for the vaccine. Because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers will be doing vaccines on a scheduled appointment only basis.  Our pharmacy partners will not and cannot do walk-in appointments.

 

Current Vaccinators Assisting with the Douglas County SENIOR 80+ COVID Vaccine Plan**

AVIVA HEALTH - GLIDE                                                      GERALD A JAWORSKI, MD, PC

AVIVA HEALTH - MYRTLE CREEK                                     VALLEY RIDGE FAMILY MEDICINE

AVIVA HEALTH - NORTH COUNTY                                    GORDONS PHARMACY

AVIVA HEALTH - ROSEBURG SBHC                                   EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE SOUTH

AVIVA HEALTH - SUTHERLIN                                             BI-MART PHARMACY 609

AVIVA HEALTH - ROSEBURG                                             BI-MART PHARMACY 652

EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE                                        BI-MART PHARMACY 676

DOUGLAS COUNTY FIRE DIST 2                                         EXCELLENCE IN WOMENS HEALTHCARE

LOWER UMPQUA HOSPITAL                                               KIDSDOCS PC

ANGELA JONES, MD UMPQUA VALLEY INTERNISTS      NORTH RIVER PEDIATRICS PC

EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE HARVARD CAMPUS     ONE PEAK MEDICAL CLINIC - ROSEBURG

GLENDALE AMBULANCE DISTRICT                                  STEELHEAD ONCOLOGY

SOUTHRIVER COMMUNITY HLTH CTR                              TWO RIVERS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE LLC

CANYONVILLE HEALTH & URGENT CARE                       UMPQUA HEALTH - NEWTON CREEK

FAMILY TREE MEDICAL CLINIC                                         CURRENT ORTHODONTICS

FRED MEYER PHARMACY 281       

 

We expect that many seniors will have questions. To help answer those questions, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, will answers questions on his Facebook Live events on the Douglas Public Health Network’s Facebook Page on Fridays at 4:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Residents can also call a local COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550, that has been live 7-days-a-week since March of 2020.  The hotline is available for COVID related questions, but we ask that seniors wait until Monday, February 8, 2021 at 8:00 am to call with questions about the COVID vaccine.  At that time, they will be ready to answer your questions, and will be assisted by several volunteers who have worked with seniors on other projects. 

 

Here are answers to some of the questions we have received thus far:

  • Which vaccine will be given?  For seniors, we expect that it will be the Moderna vaccine.
  • If I get the first dose, what about the second dose?  As with everything about vaccines, things change all the time.  At the current time, we expect that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4 weeks after the first. You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change. You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • Will there be a charge for the vaccine?  The federal government has purchased all of the COVID vaccine. Our vaccinators will receive the vaccine at no cost to them.  They will charge an administration fee to cover the cost of storage recordkeeping and labor.  They will bill your insurance, but you should not receive a bill or charge for the service.
  • How can I find out more?  Please sign up for and read our daily COVID updates, join us on Facebook Live on Tuesdays at 6 pm or Fridays at 4 pm on the DPHN Facebook Page or log onto the DPHN website, the Douglas County Facebook Page or the Douglas County website for more information.  In addition, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer will be on KQEN Radio, AM 1240 at 12:30 pm on Monday, February 8, 2021.  If you have other questions, please call our hotline at (541) 464-6550.  The hotline is available for COVID related questions, but we ask that seniors wait until Monday, February 8, 2021 at 8:00 am to call with questions about the COVID vaccine.
  • I am not over 80, but have an underlying condition.  Am eligible for a vaccine?  The current guidelines do not include those with underlying conditions.
  • I got a first vaccine elsewhere, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second doses are “paired” to the first dose and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • I am a patient at the VA?  I am a U.S. Military Veteran? Where do I get the vaccine?  The Roseburg VA Health Care System, as well as other VA Health Care Centers receive a supply of COVID vaccines separate from what is being providing by the state.  They are scheduling appointments to vaccine eligible seniors at most VA Health Care Centers.  Please call your health care provider at the VA to set up an appointment.  For more information, call Roseburg VA Health Care System at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/. 
  • Can I get a COVID vaccine and another vaccine at the same time?  The current recommendation is that there be at least 14 days between a COVID vaccine and any other vaccine.
  • I was in Phase 1A, but did not receive a vaccine?  How can I sign up?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider.  Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1A eligible. 
  • I am an educator, early childhood or child care worker who was previously eligible for the COVID vaccine, but I did not get one. How can I sign up?  For those residents who were eligible beginning on January 25, 2021, you should have already received two e-mails about your eligibility for our mass vaccination events that took place on January 30 and February 3, 2021.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org  If you did not receive an e-mail, please ask your employer.

 

If you have other questions, please submit them to ookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">Facebookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org, and we will do our best to respond to them during our Facebook Liv event on Friday, February 5, 2021 starting at 4:00 pm.

 

 ** Remember there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to strive for as much vaccine as possible. The list above is not a guarantee they will have vaccine; it represents organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 154 cases in isolation, as well as another 324 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 478 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Local Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health and Douglas ESD have been working hard over the last week to vaccinate the most recent group of eligible residents, which include educators and child care providers, as well as residents listed in the previously eligibility groups.  Please, if you are not in an eligible group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call or email until we release the plan for your group.     

 

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.

Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY signing up residents that are listed on the list of currently eligible groups at this time.  Our approved list of local vaccinators is working hard to vaccinate those that wish to receive the vaccine whom are listed on OHA’s eligible list.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.

 

We Continue to Experience Limited Vaccine Availability

We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has continued to receive a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county.  If you are NOT listed in one of the eligible groups, then we ask for your continued patience and ask that you wait to contact us. 

 

Who is eligible for the COVID vaccine right now?

Click here for OHA's latest list of residents who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  If you are a part of any of the eligible groups listed by OHA, and you want a vaccine, then please email vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information available and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait for more information to be released for your group.  Also, we ask that you not contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline until a local vaccination plan is released for your group.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

U.S. Military Veterans

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

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

 

New School Case Announced

Shared from the Roseburg Public Schools In a notice released yesterday, Friday, February 5, 2021, Roseburg Public Schools (RPS) Superintendent, Jared Cordon, announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of positive COVID-19 cases at Winchester Elementary in Winchester.  RPS officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the notice that was released:

District responds to COVID-19 cases

The district received confirmation today from Douglas Public Health Network that two students at Winchester Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. The district is working closely with DPHN to respond to this news and protect the health of our school community. At this time, the students who tested positive and the individuals who may have been exposed have been contacted and are at home self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms. In order to protect their privacy, this will be the only information released by the school and district about these individuals.  Students who are in quarantine will transition temporarily to remote learning. School staff will be in touch with families to provide technology devices.  In collaboration with the Douglas Public Health Network, we continue to maintain safety protocols and guidelines established by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners plan.  For the most recent information about our schools, please visit the district website, www.roseburg.k12.or.us.”

 

For reference: The Oregon Health Authority issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 12, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

DCCRT
DCCRT
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 5, 2021 - 02/05/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Friday, February 5, 2021, there are TWENTY-THREE (23) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) presumptive that has moved to a positive with a positive test result to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,954*.  Currently, there are EIGHT (8) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, five locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Monday,

February 1, 2021

Tuesday,

February 2, 2021

Wednesday,

February 3, 2021

Thursday,

February 4, 2021

Today, Friday,

February 5, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,871

1,885

1,903

1,931

1954

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,772

1,786

1,803

1,829

1853

Presumptive

99

99

100

102

101

Total Currently Hospitalized

7

8

11

10

8

Total Currently in Isolation

138

123

122

142

140

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

48

48

48

48

48

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed

to Local Public Health and Total

deployed to local vaccinators

2600/2600

2600/2600

2600/2600

4500/4500

4500/4500

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. We added a line to our chart to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  Our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.  

 

Douglas County Senior Population Vaccination Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially difficult on our senior population.  It is no secret that they have had a terrible time over the last 11 months dealing with the virus.  In Douglas County, those over 60 have accounted for a large number of our COVID cases, most of our hospitalizations and sadly all of our deaths. We know that the recommended public health measures such as avoiding crowds, wearing masks, washing hands, staying home when you are sick, social distancing and remote or distancing work conditions, IN ADDITION to getting the vaccine, will be necessary for quite some time.  We will continue to encouraged everyone, not just seniors, to follow these measures until this disease is at very low levels. Fortunately, we now have two vaccines that are safe, effective and available soon for our seniors.  Our top priority is to safely vaccinate seniors in Douglas County. 

 

According to the State’s (OHA’s) vaccination eligibility plan those over 80-years-of-age will be eligible to receive vaccine starting February 8, 2021.  Those over 75-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine starting on February 15, 2021.  Those over 70-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine starting on February 22, 2021.  Those over 65-years-of-age, will be eligible to get the vaccine starting on March 1, 2021.

 

Unfortunately, there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses. Over the next 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County residents will become eligible for vaccine, but we expect to receive only a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  For example, next week we will receive only 700 doses to vaccinate the 7,200 seniors in our county. Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to request and strive for as much vaccine as to be delivered to Douglas County as possible.  Some areas have chosen on-line web sign-ups, drive through events with many hour lines or huge events at convention centers. We have chosen a different strategy.  We have worked with many health care partners in our communities, and have been able to sign up over 40 vaccine providers locally, including doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, emergency medical providers and even dentist’s offices. Our list of vaccinators is comprised of locations all across the county, from Glendale in the south to Drain in the North, Reedsport to the west and many in between.   A survey of those over 80 showed 90% of them have doctors who will provide the COVID vaccine, and are willing to vaccinate their patients.  The list of those who currently have signed up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is below.  Please note, that at this time there is not enough vaccine to supply all of our currently registered vaccinators.  Many of those sites are pharmacies, who may receive vaccine directly from the federal government.

 

Our plan is simple; seniors should get the COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.

 

Let’s Start with the first group of eligible seniors, residents who are 80-years-of-age or older:

 

  • For those seniors, who are over 80-years-of age or older, who’s primary care doctor or regular health care provider is on our list of local vaccinators, they can call them starting on February 8, 2021 to set up an appointment for the COVID vaccine.  Because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers will be doing vaccines on a scheduled appointment only basis.  Medical and Urgent Care Clinics will not and cannot do walk-in appointments.

 

  • For those seniors, who are over 80-years-of age or older, who do not have a primary care doctor or regular health care provider or their doctor/provider does not offer the COVID vaccine, can get the COVID vaccine at one of our cooperating pharmacies, or at other clinics who have agreed to provide the COVID vaccine. Please call your pharmacy starting on February 8, 2021 to set up an appointment for the vaccine. Because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers will be doing vaccines on a scheduled appointment only basis.  Our pharmacy partners will not and cannot do walk-in appointments.

 

We expect that many seniors will have questions. To help answer those questions, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, will be doing a Facebook Live event on the Douglas Public Health Network’s Facebook Page on Friday, February 5, 2021 starting at 4:00 pm, and will take your questions about the COVID vaccine.  We also have a local COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550, that has been live 7-days-a-week since March of 2020.  The hotline is available for COVID related questions, but we ask that seniors wait until Monday, February 8, 2021 at 8:00 am to call with questions about the COVID vaccine.  At that time, they will be ready to answer your questions, and will be assisted by several volunteers who have worked with seniors on other projects. 

 

Here are answers to some of the questions we have received thus far:

  • Which vaccine will be given?  For seniors, we expect that it will be the Moderna vaccine.
  • If I get the first dose, what about the second dose?  As with everything about vaccines, things change all the time.  At the current time, we expect that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4 weeks after the first. You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change. You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • Will there be a charge for the vaccine?  The federal government has purchased all of the COVID vaccine. Our vaccinators will receive the vaccine at no cost to them.  They will charge an administration fee to cover the cost of storage recordkeeping and labor.  They will bill your insurance, but you should not receive a bill or charge for the service.
  • How can I find out more?  Please sign up for or read our daily COVID updates, join us on Facebook Live on Tuesdays at 6 or Fridays at 4 on the DPHN Facebook Page or log onto the DPHN website, the Douglas County Facebook Page or the Douglas County website for more information.  In addition, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer will be on KQEN Radio, AM 1240 at 12:30 pm on Monday, February 8, 2021.  If you have other questions, please call our hotline at (541) 464-6550.  The hotline is available for COVID related questions, but we ask that seniors wait until Monday, February 8, 2021 at 8:00 am to call with questions about the COVID vaccine.
  • I am not over 80, but have an underlying condition.  Am eligible for a vaccine?  The current guidelines do not include those with underlying conditions.
  • I got a first vaccine elsewhere, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second doses are “paired” to the first dose and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • I am a patient at the VA?  I am a U.S. Military Veteran? Where do I get the vaccine?  The Roseburg VA Health Care System, as well as other VA Health Care Centers receive a supply of COVID vaccines separate from what is being providing by the state.  They are scheduling appointments to vaccine eligible seniors at most VA Health Care Centers.  Please call your health care provider at the VA to set up an appointment.  For more information, call Roseburg VA Health Care System at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/. 
  • Can I get a COVID vaccine and another vaccine at the same time?  The current recommendation is that there be at least 14 days between a COVID vaccine and any other vaccine.
  • I was in Phase 1A, but did not receive a vaccine?  How can I sign up?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider.  Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1A eligible. 
  • I am an educator, early childhood or child care worker who was previously eligible for the COVID vaccine, but I did not get one. How can I sign up?  For those residents who were eligible beginning on January 25, 2021, you should have already received two e-mails about your eligibility for our mass vaccination events that took place on January 30 and February 3, 2021.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org  If you did not receive an e-mail, please ask your employer.

 

If you have other questions, please submit them to ookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">Facebookquestions@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org, and we will do our best to respond to them during our Facebook Liv event on Friday, February 5, 2021 starting at 4:00 pm.

 

Current Vaccinators Assisting with the Douglas County SENIOR 80+ COVID Vaccine Plan**

 

AVIVA HEALTH - GLIDE

GERALD A JAWORSKI, MD, PC

 

AVIVA HEALTH - MYRTLE CREEK

VALLEY RIDGE FAMILY MEDICINE

 

AVIVA HEALTH - NORTH COUNTY

GORDONS PHARMACY

 

AVIVA HEALTH - ROSEBURG SBHC

EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE SOUTH

 

AVIVA HEALTH - SUTHERLIN

BI-MART PHARMACY 609

 

AVIVA HEALTH - ROSEBURG

BI-MART PHARMACY 652

 

EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE

BI-MART PHARMACY 676

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY FIRE DIST 2

EXCELLENCE IN WOMENS HEALTHCARE

 

LOWER UMPQUA HOSPITAL

KIDSDOCS PC

 

ANGELA JONES, MD UMPQUA VALLEY INTERNISTS

NORTH RIVER PEDIATRICS PC

 

EVERGREEN FAMILY MEDICINE HARVARD CAMPUS

ONE PEAK MEDICAL CLINIC - ROSEBURG

 

GLENDALE AMBULANCE DISTRICT

STEELHEAD ONCOLOGY

 

SOUTHRIVER COMMUNITY HLTH CTR

TWO RIVERS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE LLC

 

CANYONVILLE HEALTH & URGENT CARE

UMPQUA HEALTH - NEWTON CREEK

 

FAMILY TREE MEDICAL CLINIC

CURRENT ORTHODONTICS

 

FRED MEYER PHARMACY 281

 

 

 ** Remember there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to strive for as much vaccine as possible. The list above is not a guarantee they will have vaccine; it represents organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 140 cases in isolation, as well as another 273 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 413 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Local Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health and Douglas ESD have been working hard over the last week to vaccinate the most recent group of eligible residents, which include educators and child care providers, as well as residents listed in the previously eligibility groups.  Please, if you are not in an eligible group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call or email until we release the plan for your group.     

 

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.

Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY signing up residents that are listed on the list of currently eligible groups at this time.  Our approved list of local vaccinators is working hard to vaccinate those that wish to receive the vaccine whom are listed on OHA’s eligible list.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.

 

We Continue to Experience Limited Vaccine Availability

We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has continued to receive a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county.  If you are NOT listed in one of the eligible groups, then we ask for your continued patience and ask that you wait to contact us. 

 

Who is eligible for the COVID vaccine right now?

Click here for OHA's latest list of residents who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  If you are a part of any of the eligible groups listed by OHA, and you want a vaccine, then please email vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information available and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait for more information to be released for your group.  Also, we ask that you not contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline until a local vaccination plan is released for your group.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

U.S. Military Veterans

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

Douglas ESD & Aviva Health Team Up to Vaccinate More School Staff

Shared from Douglas ESD and Aviva Health. A Multi-agency effort was held to ensure Douglas County's early learning and K-12 staff receive vaccinations as quickly as possibleDouglas ESD partnered with Aviva Health and administered more than 129 COVID-19 vaccines on February 3, 2021 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. This mass vaccine event marked the second invite-only opportunity for early learning and K-12 staff who fall within Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Phase 1b vaccine prioritization.   Aviva Health provided an online preregistration link for qualified individuals to receive the Moderna vaccine on a first come, first served basis.  In cooperation with Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT), Umpqua Health Alliance, Aviva Health and Douglas ESD, a total of 58 staff members and volunteers helped make the event a success.

 

The partnership we’ve formed with Aviva Health is an example of community-minded organizations who come together to offer people hope. During the days leading up to the COVID-19 vaccine events, respective staff members joined forces to collaborate. The success of the event is also tied to the compassion and professionalism displayed by the volunteers, including Douglas County Fairgrounds staff,” says Michael Lasher, Douglas ESD superintendent.

 

Aviva Health and Douglas ESD are planning options for more people to receive vaccinations as more vaccines become available. The latest eligibility list published by OHA is available at https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/

 

This was another great event with Douglas ESD,” says KC Bolton, CEO of Aviva Health. “We’re proud of our partnership and look forward to getting even more of our Douglas County neighbors vaccinated in the weeks to come.”

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

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

 

New School Case Announced

Shared from the North Douglas School District. In a notice released yesterday, Thursday, February 4, 2021, North Douglas School District (NDSD) Superintendent, Jody Cyr, announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at North Douglas Elementary School in Drain.  NDSD officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the notice that was released:

Dear Students, Families and Staff,

We were notified by Douglas Public Health Network and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, that we have had a staff member at North Douglas Elementary test positive for COIVD-19.  We are working very closely with local public health and the Oregon Health Authority to notify parents of the children in the cohort that the individual tested positive was in and are asking them to quarantine for 10 days and monitor 14 days for symptoms of illness that include, but are not limited to, headache, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell, runny nose, fever, diarrhea, feeling nauseas or vomiting, feeling fatigued, or loss of appetite.  If your child was in the same cohort, or a staff member in the same cohort, and need to quarantine, you will be notified by school officials this evening, January 19.  If you have concerns or questions about COVID-19, call the Douglas Public Health Network hotline at (541) 464-6550, 7 days a week between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Thank you, Jody Cyr, Superintendent”

 

For reference: The Oregon Health Authority issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Today, Friday, February 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Today, Friday, February 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

Attached Media Files: DCCRT
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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 4, 2021 - 02/04/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Thursday, February 4, 2021, there are TWENTY-SIX (26) people with new positive test results and TWO (2) new presumptives to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,931*.  Currently, there are TEN (10) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, six locally and four out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Sunday,

January 31, 2021

Monday,

February 1, 2021

Tuesday,

February 2, 2021

Wednesday,

February 3, 2021

Today, Thursday,

February 4, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,864

1,871

1,885

1,903

1931

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,765

1,772

1,786

1,803

1829

Presumptive

99

99

99

100

102

Total Currently Hospitalized

7

7

8

11

10

Total Currently in Isolation

151

138

123

122

142

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

48

48

48

48

48

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed

to Local Public Health and Total

deployed to local vaccinators

2600/2600

2600/2600

2600/2600

2600/2600

4500/4500

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. We added a line to our chart to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  Our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.  

 

Make Sure to Celebrate Safely While Watching Super Bowl LV**

A large number of residents in our county enjoy sports, hosting parties and spending time with friends and family while they watch and celebrate their favorite team or sport or while watching the big game.  As we count down to the final National Football League (NFL) contest of the season with Super Bowl LV** between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we want to encourage you to keep you, your family, your friends, as well as local businesses safe from contracting or spreading COVID-19.  This will help this event from turning into another COVID-19 super spreader.  Here are a few tips to help you stay safe, as public health experts are urging everyone to please tone it down and take extra precautions while watching the big game this year. **Super Bowl LV is a registered trademark with the NFL.   

 

Keep the event small and only include household members

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the safest way to watch the game is at home with only the people that live with you. Gathering with people from outside your household is taking a risk.

You can still include other family and friends virtually

The CDC recommends connecting with others by sharing recipes, starting text chains or hosting an online party.  You can use Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Live or streaming services with virtual group watch features.

Avoid big buffets and opt for single servings instead

We all love to snack while watching the big game, but instead of pouring out big bowls of community chips or sharing that plate of nachos, offer individual size bags of chips and dips and order your own plate of nachos.  Instead of a punch bowl, pitcher or drink dispenser, offer or order single serve bottles or cans of drinks. Offer to serve up plates for guests instead of letting them graze at a buffet table.   

If you do go out, keep these safety tips in mind

Consider opting for an outside venue where you can spread out. We encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended, do not share food or drinks with others and try to keep the screaming or shouting to a minimum.

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 142 cases in isolation, as well as another 282 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 424 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Local Covid-19 Vaccine Information

The good news is that we have received 1900 COVID vaccines this week from the State.  Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, Aviva Health and Douglas ESD have been working hard over the last week to vaccinate the most recent group of eligible residents, which include educators and child care providers, as well as residents listed in the previously eligibility groups.  Please, if you are not in an eligible group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call or email until we release the plan for your group.     

 

Douglas County Senior Population Vaccination Plan, Coming Soon!

At this time, OHA has determined that the next eligible group to receive vaccines will be residents who are 80-years-old or older, beginning on Monday, February 8, 2021.  They will be followed by those residents who are 75-years-old and older beginning on February 15, and then those residents who are 70-years-old or older beginning on February 22.  Your LPHA, DPHN and the DCCRT are currently finalizing the Senior Population Vaccination Plan for the upcoming eligible groups.  The Senior Population Vaccination Plan will be released tomorrow, Friday, February 5, 2021 in our daily update.  We ask for your patience and understanding as we work to match up available vaccines with eligible residents.  As a reminder, just because you are eligible for the vaccine, does not mean we have enough vaccines to vaccinate everyone in your eligible group.  Please know that vaccine availability is dependent on our allocation from the State, and their vaccine availability is dependent on their allocation from the Federal Government.  Rest assured, that as soon as we have vaccines in hand, we will systematically offer them to eligible populations in an orderly, fair and equitable manner.

 

Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.

Your Local Public Health Administrators continue to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY signing up residents that are listed on the list of currently eligible groups at this time.  Our approved list of local vaccinators is working hard to vaccinate those that wish to receive the vaccine whom are listed on OHA’s eligible list.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not necessarily mean availability.

 

We Continue to Experience Limited Vaccine Availability

We know we have mentioned that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, but we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has continued to receive a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county.  If you are NOT listed in one of the eligible groups, then we ask for your continued patience and ask that you wait to contact us. 

 

Who is eligible for the COVID vaccine right now?

Click here for OHA's latest list of residents who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  According to OHA, health care providers and workers; first responders; skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health members; VA Workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes; educators and child care providers are on the eligible list right now.  If you are a part of any of these groups, and you want a vaccine, then please email vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information available and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait for more information to be released for your group.  Also, we ask that you not contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline until a local vaccination plan is released for your group.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

U.S. Military Veterans

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VA.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

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

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or you can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

DCCRT
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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 3, 2021 - 02/03/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Wednesday, February 3, 2021, there are SEVENTEEN (17) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,903*.  Currently, there are ELEVEN (11) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, seven locally and four out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Monday, February 1, 2021

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Today, Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,854

1,864

1,871

1,885

1903

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,755

1,765

1,772

1,786

1803

Presumptive

99

99

99

99

100

Total Currently Hospitalized

8

7

7

8

11

Total Currently in Isolation

141

151

138

123

122

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

48

48

48

48

48

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed to Local Public Health and Total deployed to local vaccinators

2600/2600

2600/2600

2600/2600

2600/2600

2600/2600

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. We added a line to our chart to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  Our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.  

 

Local Contacts And Cases Being Supported In Isolation And Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 122 cases in isolation, as well as another 253 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 375 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Please Be Patient, We Are Doing Everything We Can with The Guidelines We Have Been Given!

There is a lot of confusing information out there, so we ask for your continued patience as Local Public Health continues to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines and is ONLY signing up residents that are listed on their list of eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them.  Our local approved vaccinators are working hard to vaccinate those that wish to receive the vaccine in the current identified eligible priority populations.  Click here for Oregon's most up-to-date list of residents who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  We are sharing the information we have available.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change.  We also want to stress that eligibility does not mean availability.

 

Limited Vaccine Availability

We know that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government.  We are hopeful that more vaccine will head our way soon.  But, our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has continued to receive a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue to ask the State to fix this issue, so we are able to vaccinate more of our eligible groups in our county. We have not received enough vaccines to vaccinate all residents in the current eligible groups, let alone the new groups coming up.   Local Public Health has only received a fraction of the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the State needed in order to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents.  Even though Federal and State Health Officials continue to issue new eligibility guidelines, it does not mean that the vaccine is available for everyone that is eligible in Douglas County.  If you are NOT listed in the eligible groups, then we ask for your continued patience and ask that you wait to contact us.  We too are awaiting more information on eligibility dates, as well as availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

Local Public Health will continue to work on plans for vaccine distribution for the next eligible groups.  As soon as we have more information on allocation of vaccines from the State, and confirmation of eligible dates for the next groups, we will release a vaccination plan for the next eligible group.  Please, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call or email until you are in an eligible group for the vaccine. Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.  Rest assured, that as soon as we start to receive more vaccines, we will begin to systematically offer them to eligible populations in an orderly, fair and equitable manner.

 

Who is eligible for the COVID vaccine right now?

According to OHA, ONLY health care providers and workers; first responders; skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health members; VA Workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes; educators and child care providers are on the eligible list right now.  If you are a part of any of these groups, and you want a vaccine, then please email vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information available and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Click here for a detailed list of Oregon's most up-to-date list of eligible residents for the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

If you are not a part OHA’s vaccine groups listed above, then you are not eligible to get the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait for more information to be released for your group.  Also, we ask that you not contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline until a local vaccination plan is released for your age group.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

OHA Partners with 211info to Provide Vaccination Information

Shared from OHA. OHA recently announced an enhanced partnership with 211info to provide vaccination information. 211info is available to answer general COVID-19 questions, as well as questions about vaccine eligibility and how to find locations to get the vaccine locally. 

To get COVID-19 vaccine eligibility information and updates contact:

FYI: OHA also said that wait times might be long due to an influx in calls with this new partnership. The best way to get information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon is still to visit the COVID-19 vaccine website. It is updated regularly with the latest information on things like who can get a vaccine, when you will be eligible for vaccination and where you can expect to get a vaccine.

 

I am eligible to get the vaccine who do I contact?

If are part of the current eligible COVID-19 vaccine population in Douglas County, per the latest OHA COVID Vaccine Eligibility Guidelines released by the State and OHA, then please contact DPHN via email at: vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information available and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available.  If you are not, then please wait until a vaccination plan is released for your age group. In the meantime, you can visit https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/ or call 211 for more information on vaccine availability. 

 

Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/Shared from the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

 

U.S. Military Veterans

The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/. Shared from the Roseburg VA.

 

Vaccine Distribution to Local Public Health in Douglas County

The latest round of vaccines distributed to Douglas County have all been deployed to our approved local health care providers (vaccinators) in Douglas County.  Those approved vaccinators are quickly working to vaccinate the current identified list of ELIGIBLE Douglas County residents in accordance with the priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Vaccinators are still working to vaccinate those that wish to receive the vaccine in the identified priority populations.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We Continue to Encourage You to Protect You and Your Family

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

 

New School Cases Announced

 

 

Roseburg Public Schools.  In press releases issued February 1st and 2nd, 2021, Roseburg School District Superintendent Jared Cordon, confirmed that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of two positive COVID-19 cases at Green Elementary School in Green.  RPS officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Below is a copy of the news release from RPS:  

“The district was notified on February 1, 2021, by Douglas Public Health Network that an adult at Green Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. They were also notified on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 that a student at Green Elementary School also tested positive for COVID-19. The district is working closely with DPHN to respond to this news and protect the health of our school community.  At this time the individuals who may have been exposed have been contacted and are at home self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms. In order to protect their privacy, this will be the only information released by the school and district about these individuals.  Students who are in quarantine will transition temporarily to remote learning. School staff will be in touch with families to provide technology devices.  In collaboration with the Douglas Public Health Network, we continue to maintain safety protocols and guidelines established by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners plan.  For the most recent information about our schools, please visit the district website, www.roseburg.k12.or.us.”

 

For reference: The Oregon Health Authority issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

 

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

Red Cross: Please Consider Donating Blood

 

 

The American Red Cross still has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage. Donors are needed to make and keep scheduled appointments to help meet the current need. If you are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, you are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible. COVID-19 safe donation measure are in place.  Donate your blood and save a life.  Remember, appointments are required, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767 to schedule today.  Sign up today to join the “Fire Fighters Care Blood Drive” hosted by the Roseburg Fire Department on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the Roseburg Red Cross Donation Center from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to show your support for our local fire fighters and donate blood.

 

Upcoming Local Upcoming Blood Drives:

Friday, February 5        10:30 am – 4:30 pm      Rsbg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Monday, February 8     1:00 pm – 6:30 pm       Rsbg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Tuesday, February 9     10:00 am – 3:00 pm      Rsbg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Thursday, February 11 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm        Roseburg Church on the Rise, 3500 NE Diamond Lake Blvd
Friday, February 12      9:00 am – 3:00 pm        Rsbg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Tuesday, March 16       12:30 pm - 5:30 pm      Coastal Farm & Ranch Roseburg, 782 NE Garden Valley Blvd
Friday, March 19          10:30 am – 4:00 pm      Elks Lodge #326 Roseburg, 749 SE Jackson

 

Oregon & Federal Covid-19 Information

Oregon and Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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

 

Oregon's COVID-19 Case Information

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

 

Oregon and Federal COVID-19 Guidelines and Compliance Information

For more information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority or U.S. Centers for Disease Control or 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on the current statewide guidelines and risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 RESOURCES

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

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

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

Attached Media Files: DCCRT
Red Cross
Red Cross
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 2, 2021 - 02/02/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) It’s National Groundhog Day.  And, according to Punxsutawney Phil, the famous weather forecasting groundhog, we will endure six more weeks of winter this year.  That’s right at 7:25 am this morning, February 2, 2021, Phil saw his shadow during the 135th annual celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Whether you welcome the possibility of more snow days or pray for sunshine, we all can agree that the legendary weather groundhog’s prediction is always up for debate, as groundhog Phil has only been correct with his annual forecast about 50% of the time in the last 10 years.    

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Tuesday, February 2, 2021, there are FOURTEEN (14) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,885*.  Currently, there are EIGHT (8) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, four locally and four out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Friday,

January 29, 2021

Saturday,

January 30, 2021

Sunday,

January 31, 2021

Monday,

February 1, 2021

Today, Tuesday,

February 2, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,848

1,854

1,864

1,871

1885

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,749

1,755

1,765

1,772

1786

Presumptive

99

99

99

99

99

Total Currently Hospitalized

7

8

7

7

8

Total Currently in Isolation

138

141

151

138

123

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

48

48

48

48

48

Total COVID-19 vaccines distributed

to Local Public Health and Total

deployed to local vaccinators

2600/2600

2600/2600

2600/2600

2600/2600

2600/2600

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. There will be times when a presumptive will move to a positive test result, and our total case number will not change because the case has already been counted. We added a line to our chart to provide an accurate total of the number of vaccines that Local Public Health has received to date, as well as the number we have deployed to local vaccinators.  Our numbers do NOT include other sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe and local care facilities that received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.  

 

LOCAL CONTACTS AND CASES BEING SUPPORTED IN ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE

Currently, DPHN is supporting 123 cases in isolation, as well as another 281 contacts in quarantine in Douglas County. Isolation is recommended for confirmed and presumptive cases, quarantine is recommended for contacts of confirmed or presumptive cases.  Currently, staff is supporting an astounding 404 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Please Be Patient, We Are Doing Everything We Can with The Guidelines We Have Been Given!

There is a lot of confusing information out there, so we ask for your continued patience as Local Public Health continues to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines and is ONLY signing up residents that are listed on their list of eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, Local Public Health, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not and do not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the CDC and OHA set up the COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them.  Our local approved vaccinators are working hard to vaccinate those that wish to receive the vaccine in the current identified eligible priority populations.  Click here for Oregon's most up-to-date list of residents who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  We are sharing the information we have available.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change.  We also want to stress that eligibility does not mean availability.

 

Limited Vaccine Availability

We know that there is still a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government.  We are hopeful that more vaccine will head our way soon.  But, our biggest frustration remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has continued to receive a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue to ask the State to fix this issue, so we are able to vaccinate more of our eligible groups in our county. We have not received enough vaccines to vaccinate all residents in the current eligible groups, let alone the new groups coming up.   Local Public Health has only received a fraction of the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the State needed in order to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents.  Even though Federal and State Health Officials continue to issue new eligibility guidelines, it does not mean that the vaccine is available for everyone that is eligible in Douglas County.  If you are NOT listed in the eligible groups, then we ask for your continued patience and ask that you wait to contact us.  We too are awaiting more information on eligibility dates, as well as availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

Local Public Health will continue to work on plans for vaccine distribution for the next eligible groups.  As soon as we have more information on allocation of vaccines from the State, and confirmation of eligible dates for the next groups, we will release a vaccination plan for the next eligible group.  Please, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call or email until you are in an eligible group for the vaccine. Please know that if you want the vaccine, we want you to have it and are working 24/7 to make that happen.  Rest assured, that as soon as we start to receive more vaccines, we will begin to systematically offer them to eligible populations in an orderly, fair and equitable manner.

 

Who is eligible for the COVID vaccine right now?

According to OHA, ONLY health care providers and workers; first responders; long term care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health members; VA workers; educators and child care providers are on the eligible list right now.  If you are a part of any of these groups, and you want a vaccine, then please email vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information available and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

If you are not a part OHA’s vaccine groups listed above, then you are not eligible to get the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait for more information to be released for your group.  Also, we ask that you not contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline until a local vaccination plan is released for your age group.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group. 

 

I am eligible to get the vaccine who do I contact?

If are part of the current eligible COVID-19 vaccine population in Douglas County, per the latest OHA COVID Vaccine Eligibility Guidelines released by the State and OHA, then please contact DPHN via email at: vaccines@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  DPHN will do their best to respond with the most current information available and connect those that are eligible for the vaccine with those that have the vaccine, as soon as the vaccine becomes available.  If you are not, then please wait until a vaccination plan is released for your age group. In the meantime, you can visit https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/ or call 211 for more information on vaccine availability. 

 

Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians

If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/Shared from the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

 

U.S. Military Veterans

The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be frontline essential workers, hemodialysis or organ transplant patients, or chemotherapy patients receiving care at a clinic or hospital. For more information, call (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/. Shared from the Roseburg VA.

 

Vaccine Distribution to Local Public Health in Douglas County

The latest round of vaccines distributed to Douglas County have all been deployed to our approved local health care providers (vaccinators) in Douglas County.  Those approved vaccinators are quickly working to vaccinate the current identified list of ELIGIBLE Douglas County residents in accordance with the priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Vaccinators are still working to vaccinate those that wish to receive the vaccine in the identified priority populations.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We Continue to Encourage You to Protect You and Your Family

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

 

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

 

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 5, 2021, in Roseburg.   As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider that are looking for a COVID-19 test can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Today, Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageResidents are encouraged to submit their questions during the live show or can email questions to: ookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org">Facebookquestions@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Dr. Bob and the DPHN team will do their best to respond to as many questions as they can during the live shows.

 

Red Cross: Please Consider Donating Blood

 

 

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

 

Sign up today to join the “Fire Fighters Care Blood Drive” hosted by the Roseburg Fire Department on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the Roseburg Red Cross Donation Center from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to show your support for our local fire fighters and donate blood.

 

Local Upcoming Blood Drives:

Tuesday, February 2     10:00 am – 3:00 pm      Rsbg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Friday, February 5        10:30 am – 4:30 pm        Rsbg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Monday, February 8     1:00 pm – 6:30 pm       Rsbg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Tuesday, February 9     10:00 am – 3:00 pm      Rsbg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Thursday, February 11  12:30 pm - 5:30 pm      Roseburg Church on the Rise, 3500 NE Diamond Lake Blvd

Friday, February 12      9:00 am – 3:00 pm        Rsbg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Tuesday, March 16       12:30 pm - 5:30 pm      Coastal Farm & Ranch Roseburg, 782 NE Garden Valley Blvd

Friday, March 19          10:30 am – 4:00 pm      Elks Lodge #326 Roseburg, 749 SE Jackson

 

Oregon & Federal COVID-19 INFORMATION

Oregon and Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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

 

Oregon's COVID-19 Case Information

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

 

Oregon and Federal COVID-19 Guidelines and Compliance Information

For more information on the State of Oregon and Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority or U.S. Centers for Disease Control or 211Info.  If you have questions or need more information on the current statewide guidelines and risk levels, go to the State’s Building a Safe and Strong Oregon website or the Governor’s COVID-19 website or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880

 

Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or Governor’s orders. The Governor has directed the State offices for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to be the enforcement agencies responsible for ensuring restaurants, bars, and other businesses comply with the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 RESOURCES

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local Online Access to Updates

Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on 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 daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

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

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

 

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

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

Attached Media Files: Red Cross , DCCRT
DCCRT Positive Test Chart
DCCRT Positive Test Chart
Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 1, 2021 - 02/01/21

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

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Today, we eclipse month 11 since the COVID pandemic reached Douglas County.  Welcome February 2021, here’s to hopeful wishes for sunnier and COVID-free days ahead.  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: As of 12:00 pm Today, Monday, February 1, 2021, there are SEVEN (7) people with new positive test results to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 1,871*.  Currently, there are SEVEN (7) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, four locally and three out-of-the-area.  Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who administer our local public health program and oversee the work by Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Thursday,

January 28, 2021

Friday,

January 29, 2021

Saturday,

January 30, 2021

Sunday,

January 31, 2021

Today, Monday,

February 1, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

1,841

1,848

1,854

1,864

1871

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

1,743

1,749

1,755

1,765

1772

Presumptive

98

99

99

99

99

Total Currently Hospitalized

10

7

8

7

7

Total C