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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Local Update - June 26, 2020 (Photo) - 06/26/20

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY LOCAL UPDATE

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 26, 2020

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

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  We know we sound like a broken record, but we will continue to provide health and safety tips and information to our residents as long as the COVID-19 virus continues to pose a threat to the health and wellbeing of our residents. 

 

Yes, we are seeing more and more people heading back out on road trips and outdoor adventures; firing up their BBQ’s and cooking up good eats for friends and family; visiting museums and destinations that have reopened and finally rescheduling those postponed family activities, but all this is happening amidst a spike in cases in our area, in the state and in the nation.  We know you are anxious to get back to living your life, but we ask that you still continue to be vigilant in protecting the health and safety of you and your family from the spread of the coronavirus.  Please remember these tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19, stay home if you are sick, keep your distance (six-feet please) from others, cover your cough, minimize your interactions with others not in your household, wash your hands, consider face coverings, limit travel and get tested if you are having symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results: It is Friday, June 26, 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 36.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test. 

 

Thirty-six people have tested positive in the county and twenty-eight of those thirty-six 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 36 confirmed cases in 110 days. 

 

Here are the current numbers for Douglas County:

New Cases

as of 12:00 pm

June 26, 2020

Total

Positive 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

36

28

0

1

4572

2

 

DPHN is following Oregon Health Authority’s 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.  OHA recently expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include 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. 

 

Please Note: In Douglas County, we have chosen to report our positive confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases separately on our daily report and on our chart above.  OHA combines their positive confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 case numbers in their daily and weekly reports, so there will be times when you will see a difference in the reported case numbers. 

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic will be today, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Roseburg.  There will also be another drive-through clinic in Reedsport on Saturday, June 27, 2020.  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.

 

Umpqua National Forest Announced Reopening of Some Campgrounds

The Umpqua National Forest (UNF) announced that they are re-opening the Diamond Lake South Campground to recreational users beginning Friday, June 26. Diamond Lake North Campground opened last week.  All Diamond Lake campgrounds will be available by advance reservation only through www.recreation.gov. No payments will be accepted at the campground. Reservations can be made through www.recreation.gov, which began accepting reservations again on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, after a COVID-19 hiatus.  Reservations must be made two days in advance of your intended visit. Please note, local UNF District offices have no ability to make reservations for you. Unless you have been notified to the contrary, all existing reservations are still valid. 

 

UNF officials said that personnel are working to reopen other campgrounds on the forest in the upcoming weeks.  Their first priority is mitigating storm and insect damage that have weakened and killed a significant number of trees in their campgrounds over the winter.  They said damage is most prevalent in the Diamond Lake campgrounds where hundreds of trees continue to be removed by staff to eliminate them as a safety risk to our users and staff. Further announcements will be forthcoming as they remove more trees that allow them to safely open campgrounds around Diamond Lake and elsewhere on the Umpqua National Forest.

 

We are working hard to get these campgrounds open,” said Alice Carlton, Forest Supervisor, Umpqua National Forest. “We have employees out preparing these sites every day and are excited to be able to offer these again to the public in the near future.”

 

Many facilities, such as vault bathrooms, showers and water points will be open for public use. UNF noted that, members of the public wishing to utilize these facilities are doing so at their own discretion and must take all necessary precautions to ensure their own personal health and safety. UNF stated that while they are maintaining a cleaning schedule of these facilities, they cannot guarantee COVID-19 free facilities.  UNF will continue the closure of developed recreation sites not listed above, such as the Umpqua Hot Springs and its access trail, South Umpqua Falls, group campsites and all cabins rentals and fire lookouts.   Please see the current Forest Closure Order #06-15-00-20-415, located on the UNF website, for the specific details.  This order is in effect until September 30, 2020 and may be modified or rescinded prior to that date.  They expect to have additional campgrounds open by the first week of July, so they can increase recreation opportunities to the public at their developed sites.  As a reminder, they asked that visitors please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focus on protecting yourself, your family, and your community.?For the most up-to-date information please continue to monitor UNF Facebook posts, as well as their official website.

 

State Fire Marshal Asks Oregonians To Keep Fireworks Use Legal And Safe
In addition to keeping you and your family safe from the spread of COVId-19, the Office of State Fire Marshal, the Oregon Fire Service, natural resource agencies, Oregon licensed fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts are asking Oregonians to “keep it legal and keep it safe” when using all fireworks.

The 2020 Oregon fireworks retail sales season opened June 23 and runs through July 6. The OSFM and its partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal to use in Oregon without a permit, where they are allowed to be used, and how to use fireworks safely.

 

“In Oregon, consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “State regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. Starting in July, risks for wildfire in many parts of Oregon will be high. Fireworks can also start structural fires that threaten lives and property, as we have seen in past years.”

 

Residents who plan to visit public lands and parks for the July Fourth holiday are asked to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited in national parks and forests, on Bureau of Land Management lands, on U.S. Fish and Wildlife properties, on state beaches, in state parks, and in state campgrounds. 

 

For residents who purchase legal fireworks, the OSFM encourages everyone to practice the four B’s of safe fireworks use:

  • Be prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
  • Be safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
  • Be responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
  • Be aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

 

Oregon law prohibits the possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit. For the last reported five years through 2019, there were 1,173 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon, resulting in more than $4.9 million in property loss and contents damage. During that same period, fires resulting from fireworks resulted in one death and 36 injuries. The data from structural fire agencies do not include incidents that occurred on federal and other state lands.  Officials may seize illegal fireworks and charge offenders with a class B misdemeanor, which could result in a fine of up to $2,500 per violation and a civil penalty of up to $500. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children. 

 

All of us share the responsibility to use only Oregon consumer legal fireworks and use them carefully,” adds Walker. “Please also consider your neighbors and their pets before deciding on when and where you choose to light legal fireworks.”

 

The OSFM has published FAQs for commonly answered questions about the sale and legal use of consumer fireworks, permits for the retail sale of fireworks, and state rules for their use and enforcement activities. OSFM’s fireworks education materials for sharing on social media also can be found on its website

 

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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