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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Local Update - June 25, 2020 (Photo) - 06/25/20

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY LOCAL UPDATE

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

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

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  We have shared a number of articles and info graphics with you about continued COVID-19 safety, testing and travel in recent weeks, with the onset of more and more areas around the county, state and country re-opening.  Plus, summer season is officially open and we are seeing a definite increase in out of area visitors, as well as residents traveling outside our county and state.  As we have stressed before, the COVID-19 virus is still here, still infectious and will be around for quite some time.  Current reports from state and local public health state that traveling and coming into contact with people from other areas does significantly increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. So, before you travel, host a party or invite your relatives from out of state to visit, you need to assess the risk to you, your family and to your local community.  The bottom line is that each and every person needs to take personal responsibility for their actions and adopt the proper precautionary measures for COVID-19 protection. 

 

Here a links to a few of our COVID-19 safety, testing and travel articles and info graphics that were recently posted:

 

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.  And, please, please if you are sick stay home. (Please see the attached testing graphic)

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: It is Thursday, June 25, 2020, and as of 12:00 pm today, there is ONE new confirmed case and one new presumptive case of COVID-19 in Douglas County.  The total number of confirmed positive cases in Douglas County is now at 35.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  Thirty-five people have tested positive in the county and twenty-eight of those thirty-five 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 35 confirmed cases in 109 days. 

 

Here are the current numbers for Douglas County:

New Cases

as of 12:00 pm

June 25, 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

1

35

28

0

1

4564

1

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.

 

Thank You Refuse and Recycling Workers in Douglas County

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners received a letter today from Lydia Emer, the Land Quality Administrator with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality thanking them, our county employees, local refuse collection businesses and our communities for our ongoing commitment to provide the crucial services of garbage, clean up and recycling collection during this very difficult time. They went on further to note that our Douglas County Solid Waste Department staff, landfill staff and transfer station staff, in conjunction with our local refuse collection and disposal contractors, have provided uninterrupted support to our communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

As Oregonians have been asked to stay home, the collection and transportation of solid waste, recycling and organic materials have allowed households and neighborhoods to avoid additional health and safety issues during these already challenging times. The hard work of transfer station and landfill workers, material process facility staff, and collectors have allowed the solid waste and recycling systems within Oregon to remain in full operation,” commented Emer.

 

We would like to take this time to send a shout out to all of our unsung local heroes in the refuse, disposal and recycling sector that have continued to do their part to help keep our communities clean, safe and free of trash.  Keep up the good work!   

 

COVID-19 Rent & Utility Relief Payments Available Locally Through UCAN

Umpqua Community Action Network (UCAN) announced rent and utility relief assistance for both Douglas and Josephine Counties.  The press release noted that if your household in Douglas or Josephine County has been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and your household income meets the criteria (at or below 80% of the Area Median Income), you may be eligible for rent and utility assistance through programs available from UCAN. The program can help with up to 6 months of rental credit support, and possibly past due rent dating back to April 2020, may be available. Rent payments will be made directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant. Tenants will be asked to provide information on COVID-19 impact. Utility assistance payments will also be made directly to the utility provider and will require income verification.  UCAN staff will determine eligibility and process applications in the order calls are received. Funds are limited and are distributed on a first come, first served basis. 

 

Residents interested in applying for assistance are to call and leave one detailed message with clear contact information:

Douglas County residents:      Rental Support 541-672-5392 Energy/Utility Support 541-672-3421

Josephine County residents:   Rental Support 541-956-4050 Energy/Utility Support 541-956-4050

 

UCAN officials state that these resources are made possible through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and by legislators on Oregon’s Joint Emergency Board. Funding is directed through Oregon Housing & Community Services (OHCS) and is distributed through the state wide Community Action Network, of which UCAN is a member.

 

Red Cross: Urgent Need for Blood Donations Continues

Summer is historically a season of fewer blood drives and lower donor turnout due to school breaks and travel. Although this summer looks different, the dip in blood inventory remains as hospitals resume surgical procedures and blood drive cancellations continue as some businesses and community organizations remain closed or have limited appointments. The American Red Cross 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. Donate your blood and save a life.

 

Local Blood Drives: Appointments are required, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767 to schedule today.

Friday, June 26           9:00 am – 2:30 pm        Roseburg Blood Donation Ctr., 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Monday, June 29        10:00 am – 3:00 pm      Holiday Inn Express, 375 W Harvard Ave, Roseburg

Tuesday, June 30        10:30 am – 3:30 pm      S. River Community Health Center, 671 SW Main St., Winston

Wednesday, July 1      12:00 pm – 5:00 pm      Roseburg Blood Donation Ctr., 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

Thursday, July 2         10:00 am – 3:30 pm      Roseburg Blood Donation Ctr., 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd

 

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

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