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03-21-20 Daily Local Update COVID-19 - 03/21/20

DAILY LOCAL UPDATE COVID-19

Joint Release from Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network

(Douglas County, Ore.) As state officials work on the new statewide “Stay Home and Stay Healthy” orders this weekend, your Douglas County Commissioners encourage residents to work together to slow the spread of the virus, by minimizing person-to-person interactions, practice aggressive six feet or more social distancing, staying home if you are sick, and make sure you are taking good care of yourself and your family.  We understand that none of these requests are easy or comfortable, but they are crucial in minimizing the impact on our already taxed medical community, keeping you healthy, saving lives and shortening the timeline of the pandemic.

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

Oregon’s confirmed COVID-19 count has risen to 137 cases, now spanning over 17 counties.  The breakdown of cases: Washington County has 42 cases; Linn and Marion County have 19 cases each, Multnomah County 18 cases; Clackamas County 11 cases; Deschutes County 9 cases; Yamhill County 4 cases; Lane County has 3 cases; Benton, Jackson and Umatilla County have 2 cases each; and Douglas, Grants, Klamath, Union, Josephine and Polk County have 1 case each.  Oregon had its fourth COVID-19 death on March 20, as a 72-year-old woman in Marion County, who tested positive on March 15, succumbed to her symptoms at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

Local COVID-19 Testing

DPHN is still awaiting test results for the 17 samples taken at the first COVID-19 drive-through testing clinic piloted in the county on March 17, 2020.  A second successful drive-through test was conducted on Friday, March 20, in which 35 more samples were taken.  Residents that were tested were identified by their health care provider, as a patient that was symptomatic, and needed to be tested.  The hope is to gather enough testing materials and PPE to do these clinics twice weekly for several weeks.  We do not have a third clinic scheduled yet, but are aiming for next week.  As a reminder, you can only get a COVID-19 test order through your healthcare provider.

Donate Blood

Blood donations are desperately needed.  According to the American Red Cross, as new safety limitations on work and travel are implemented in the state, it is important for people to understand that leaving home to donate blood is considered a lifesaving and essential need. Those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).?

There are several upcoming blood drives scheduled in Douglas County next week.

Red Cross Donor Center – 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd in Roseburg

  • Friday, March 20th from 9am to 3:30pm
  • Monday, March 23rd from 11:30am to 6:30pm
  • Friday, March 27th from 9am to 3pm
  • Monday, March 30th from 12:30pm to 6:30pm

Community Blood Drives

  • Friday, March 27th between 1pm to 6pm, Grocery Outlet, 130 Petite Street, Myrtle Creek
  • Tuesday, March 31st from 9am to 3pm, First Presbyterian Church, 823 SW Lane Ave, Roseburg

Be Wary of COVID-19 Scams

Sadly, there are already several fraudulent con-artists and scammers out there looking to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic.  Protect your personal information and your money by doing your homework before clicking on new or unfamiliar links or donating money online.  Here is a list of the three most common scams:

Fake emails, websites and apps:  Be wary of unsolicited emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other health organizations offering new and critical information on the pandemic.  Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Scammers are using malicious emails and websites to steal information, as well as infect and lock computers until payment is received. 

Phishing Emails: Look out for emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your personal information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to offer: charitable contributions, financial relief, airline carrier refunds, fake cures and vaccines and fake testing kits. 

Counterfeit treatments or equipment: Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as cheap N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns and gloves. More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh.

If you are looking for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, we strongly encourage you to check sites with accurate information listed below.  You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.

Next Facebook Live COVID-19 Q&A with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer

Join Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer for the next Facebook Live COVID-19 Q&A session on Monday, March 23, 2020 starting at 6:00 pm on DPHN Facebook page.  Questions are welcome in the comments section and will be answered as time allows.   

Stay Informed with the Accurate Information

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Official, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, officials from Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Emergency Management, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Evergreen Family Medicine and Umpqua Health Alliance have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely COVID-19 information and response to Douglas County residents.  If you have questions about resources available, call the COVID-19 hotline, staffed by local volunteers at (541) 464-6550

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the DPHN website at www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org.  Find additional information on state, federal and international COVID-19 response from the following websites: Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.

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