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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Local Update - June 24, 2020 (Photo) - 06/24/20

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY LOCAL UPDATE

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

Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the 14 agencies that make up the DCCRT

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)   It has been a while since we have provided a global picture of COVD-19, so according to the CDC, as of today, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, cases of COVID-19, have surpassed 9.3 million worldwide, with more than 2.3 million cases in the United States and 7,472 positive and presumptive cases in Oregon.  We are fortunate that here in Douglas County our outbreak has been small, with 34 confirmed cases to date.  As we see more business reopen and more workers returning to work, now, more than ever, personal safety is crucial both inside and outside your home, in the workplace and in your community.  June is National Safety Month (NSM). NSM is promoted annually by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that focuses on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to anyplace.  Given the current state of the world, safety month will look a little different than past years. Instead of focusing on a single topic each week, they have relevant resources on a variety of topics for keeping workers safe while we are living our new temporary normal.  In April this year, Safe Actions for Employee Returns (SAFER) was established and is a multifaceted, comprehensive effort aimed at helping employers prioritize safety as they return employees to traditional work environments and schedules in a post-quarantine world. At the center of SAFER is a task force – comprised of large and small Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, legal experts, public health professionals, medical professionals and government agency representatives – that makes recommendations based on best practices and proven workplace safety strategies. The task force delivers resources, such as guidebooks and checklists, to equip employers with the tools they need to protect workers during this time of uncertainty.  These tools are available free for businesses to help them create a safer work environment; assess their vulnerability to COVID-19 transmission; provide a directory of providers offering products and services during the pandemic; view sample playbooks with general and industry specific guidance; tips for employee wellbeing; access to health and safety materials and a resource library.  Click here for more information.

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: It is Wednesday, June 24, 2020, and as of 12:00 pm today, there are NO new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.  The total number of confirmed positive cases in Douglas County remains at 34.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  Thirty-four people have tested positive in the county and twenty-eight of those thirty-four have recovered.  DPHN defines recovery as an end to all symptoms after a positive test for COVID-19.  DPHN continues their epidemiologic investigations, identifying individuals who may have had close contact with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, advising and supporting quarantine. The majority of the individuals who have tested positive earlier have now recovered.  The first positive COVID-19 case in Douglas County was announced on March 8, 2020.  Thanks to the great work that Douglas County has done social distancing and staying home, we’ve had 34 cases in 108 days. 

 

Here are the current numbers for Douglas County:

New Cases

as of 12:00 pm

June 24, 2020

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Recovered

Cases

Of those that tested positive

Total COVID-19

Deaths

Total

Currently

Hospitalized

Of those that tested positive

Total Negative Test Result

Total Presumptive Cases

0

34

28

0

1

4528

0

 

DPHN is following OHA policy related to outbreaks and will be reporting workplace outbreaks with 5 or more cases and only for workplaces where there are at least 30 employees.  The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management and now includes presumptive COVID-19 cases.  DPHN will also be reporting presumptive cases and will use the OHA’s definition of presumptive as having had close contact with a known, confirmed COVID-19 case, showing symptoms and not yet having a positive nasal swab/PCR test for COVID-19. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, June 26, 2020, in Roseburg.  As a reminder, if you are having symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, sore throat or decreased sense of smell and taste, talk to your health care provider about being tested for COVID-19.  Patients without a Primary Care Provider, that are looking for a COVID-19 test should contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. The first drive-through testing site was piloted in the county on March 17, 2020, there have been 802 people tested in 38 drive-through clinics, while additional testing continues in hospitals, urgent cares and clinics. The drive-through clinics are led by DPHN, in conjunction with partner agencies including; Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Public Works, local volunteers and local health professionals.

 

Oregon COVID-19 Case Update

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

 

ATRIO Health Plans donates $10,000 to Douglas Public Health Network COVID-19 Relief Efforts (Photo)

This week ATRIO Health Plans announced a donation of $10,000 to the Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN) COVID-19 relief efforts.  DPHN will direct these funds to support a local initiative to create medical gowns and capes so badly needed by front line health care workers and by personal service workers in the community.  Their press release went on to say that the first positive COVID-19 case in Douglas County was announced on March 8, 2020.  Since then the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, along with Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer, have been working hard to provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents.

 

When ATRIO inquired about how best to support the local community, Dr. Dannenhoffer knew right away.  “We were already experiencing a significant shortage of medical gowns and had received many inquiries for the same from local barbers and salons. Supply shortages were immediate, so we knew we would have to look elsewhere.  It made perfect sense to work with groups of local sewers to create and develop gowns and capes to meet our local needs.”

 

Wendy Edwards, President, ATRIO Health Plans added, “As COVID-19 continues to spread, we want to provide assistance to organizations serving the critical needs of those impacted.  We’re pleased to partner with the DCPHN to support this unique community initiative to keep our health care workers safe, and to help local businesses operate consistent with the stricter requirements of Phase 2 reopening.”

 

“We’re delighted to receive this generous donation on behalf of the many health care workers, barbers and salons who will directly benefit by having what they need to remain safe and resume services,” said Teresa Mutschler, DCPHN Executive Director. “We’re excited to partner with local sewers to enlist their support to meet this important need.  It’s another great example of our local community coming together and helping each other through difficult times.”

 

Update for Small Businesses

The Oregon Secretary of State’s office issued an update for small businesses letting them know that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Small Business Advocates Department within their office continues to provide guidance and support for small businesses trying to understand the new, fluctuating regulations. Oregon’s SBA office provides free, confidential help for your small business.  Businesses can contact the team by email at usiness.sos@oregon.gov">business.sos@oregon.gov, by phone at (844) 469-5512, or by filling out the online form here.

 

  • Phased Reopening – Businesses resuming operations can find sector specific health and safety guidance and requirements, which vary by industry, available on the Oregon COVID-19 Phased Reopening website by clicking here
  • New Operating Models – Need help developing a post-pandemic business model? Contact your local Small Business Development Center for help with SBA loan applications and to set you up for success. Locally, the Umpqua Small Business Development Center, offers assistance to Douglas County Residents.  Log onto their website here, or call (541) 440-7824 for more information. 
  • Secure Communications and Scam Awareness – Unfortunately, scammers are loving the pandemic and are out in force trying to swindle and deceive people. So, as a reminer, never send personal, confidential information by email. This includes social security numbers and credit card numbers. Check out the Oregon Business Alerts page for information and help understanding on the latest scams.
  • Small Business Navigator – Business Oregon keeps updated information on federal, state, and local financial resources for small businesses, along with tips on getting PPE, online on their website located here.

 

Additionally, they announced that the Reopen Oregon Business Survey is ready for use! This voluntary survey is meant for businesses to identify that they are open, provide details about their hours of operation, customer and employee requirements (such as use of facial coverings), and to describe what services they provide. The information entered will automatically appear in an interactive map that allows the public to search a business by name or address. Businesses can access the survey here. The public can search for information about businesses here.

 

Stay Informed with the Accurate Information

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020. 

 

Local COVID-19 Hotline: If you have questions about resources available, call the COVID-19 hotline, staffed by local volunteers at (541) 464-6550 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.   

 

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

 

Got Questions about the Governor’s Phased Reopening Plans?  If you have questions or need more information about the Governor’s Phased Reopening Plans or Sector Specific Guidelines go to https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon.  There is also a video presentation about Phase Two available here. Or you may contact the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) or the Oregon State Office responsible for regulating your business or agency, or the business or venue that you wish to visit.

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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: ATRIO CHECK , DCCRT
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