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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - October 26, 2020 (Photo) - 10/26/20

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 – October 26, 2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team remains committed to our local COVID-19 response.  As of 12:00 pm today, Monday, October 26, 2020, there is ONE person with a new positive test result, ONE new presumptive and sadly ONE death since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 351*.  Currently, there are THREE Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized locally.

 

EIGHTH COVID-19 RELATED DEATH OF A DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENT

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of our eighth Douglas County resident from the COVID-19 virus. Our eighth COVID related death is a 64-year-old man who passed away last night, Sunday, October 25, 2020, at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland, Oregon.  He tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized on Friday, September 25, 2020.  In the interest of privacy for the individual’s loved ones, no additional information will be released.  Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN staff 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.

 

It is truly heartbreaking that we are announcing another COVID-19 related death today.  We have now lost three beloved Douglas County residents in the last two days.  On behalf of my family, my fellow Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN staff and the DCCRT team, we send our sincere condolences and prayers to all the family members and friends,” commented Commissioner Tim Freeman. “Over the last six weeks we have seen a 45% increase in reported cases in Douglas County, and we also sadly reported four of our eight deaths.  As you can see this virus continues to be actively spreading in our communities. We cannot stress enough the importance of staying vigilant in protecting yourselves, the ones you love and all of our communities from the continued spread of this deadly virus!

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update

Date

Thursday,

October 22, 2020

Friday,

October 23, 2020

Saturday,

October 24, 2020

Sunday,

October 25, 2020

Today, Monday,

October 26, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases

341

342

347

349

351

People with Positive

PCR or Antigen Test Results

303

304

308

309

310

Presumptive

38

38

39

40

41

Total Currently Hospitalized

4

6

5

4

3

Total Currently

in Isolation

49

50

50

49

49

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

5

5

5

7

8

Total Negative

Test Results

15,049

15,108

15,217

15,301

15,387

 

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. We provide a breakout of the people with positive test results and presumptives in the chart above. Please note 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, instead you will see an adjustment to our breakout numbers for positive test results and presumptives.

 

CHANGES COMING TO OUR COVID FACEBOOK Q&A WITH DR. BOB DANNENHOFFER

Please tune in on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm for the next and new weekly COVID Q&A video presentation with Dr. Bob, hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pageStarting this week (October 26, 2020), Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer and DPHN will be making changes to the days and formats for our COVID-19 Facebook Video broadcasts featuring Dr. Bob, your Douglas County Public Health Officer.  The videos will now be pre-recorded, and will be aired on DPHN’s Facebook page only on Friday nights at 6:00 pm.  Residents are still able to submit their COVID-19 questions to Dr. Bob, but we now ask that you email your questions for a response 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 in their weekly video recordings.

 

NEW VIDEO FOR PARENTS CONCERNED WITH COVID AND SCHOOLS

Dr. Bob and the team at DPHN did a quick FAQ video for parents of kids that are impacted by the school outbreaks. Click on the links to get some answers for the most commonly asked questions regarding COVID's impact on kids, parents, students and schools. You can check out the video on the DPHN Facebook page or the DPHN YouTube channel.

 

How Do We Stop the Spread of COVID-19 In Douglas County?  

The key to resolving the continued spread of the coronavirus is, YOU.  Yes, prevention is the best medicine.  Yes, prevention equals kindness to others.  It really is simple and true that we can control the spread of this deadly virus with prevention measures.  If each and every individual in our county would make a real concerted effort to follow the recommended COVID health and safety guidelines, we could see a huge decrease in our case numbers.  That means we need each and everyone one of you to make sound choices, evaluate and change how you interact with others and work on implementing COVID safe activities into your daily lives. These measures are not just for your safety, but for the safety of our kids, our grandparents, our coworkers, our first responders, our teachers and our businesses.  We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents.  With the Fall and Winter holidays on the horizon, people trying to plan social activities and parents expressing remote teaching fatigue, it’s important that everyone get back on track with COVID-19 prevention measures.  The DCCRT team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with Dr. Dannenhoffer and Douglas Public Health Network continue to encourage residents to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities by practicing prevention measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  Residents can help to protect themselves, their families and their friends by following these simple, basic health and safety precautions:

 

  • Make a habit of washing and sanitizing your hands, regularly.  That means washing after you eat, if you touch new surfaces, go to the bathroom, open a door, go to the store, go to the post office or after a meeting.  Remember, also to try to avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone that is not from your immediate household.  This means paying attention to the distance stickers at the store, the bank, at restaurants and at businesses.  Please be respectful and polite, by giving people ample space.
  • Stay home from work, school and play if you are sick.  This includes not running errands or going shopping or inviting visitors to your home.  If you need help, reach out to friends, family or utilize an app or businesses that offer no contact deliveries. 
  • Minimize travel, especially out of the state and limit visitors to your home.
  • Wear a mask were recommended.

 

UPDATED: OHA Definition for Recovered

We wanted to let you know that as per the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines, the number of recovered is no longer being assessed or reported.  Up until May 1st, 2020 recovery from COVID-19 was defined as being afebrile (not feverish), without the use of antiphyretics (medicine to reduce a fever), and having resolution of cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for at least 72 hours.  As more was learned about symptoms, recovery and contagious period, the definition of recovered changed.   Beginning May 1st, OHA stopped reporting recovered cases while also separating recovery from contagious or isolation period. Many cases were no longer contagious as they were outside of the contagious period, but still having lingering symptoms.  To be consistent with OHA and to adapt as we learn more about this new virus, we removed the column in our chart listing recovered cases.  At that point, we added the number of those in isolation, roughly indicating active or infectious cases of COVID-19.

 

Currently, DPHN is supporting 49 cases in isolation, as well as another 256 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 305 total contacts in isolation/quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done by our county and our public health to help control the spread of COVID-19.

 

Getting Tested & Testing Clinics

The next drive-through testing clinic is Tuesday, October 27, 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 1698 people tested in 84 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 at 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. Find additional information on the state or Federal COVID-19 response go to Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and 211Info.  

 

Oregon COVID-19 Presumptive

OHA expanded their reporting for COVID-19 case management to now include presumptive COVID-19 cases in their total case number.  DPHN is reporting the number of people with new positive test results and any new presumptives and uses 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 or antigen test for COVID-19.  Testing continues, as DPHN has been holding 2-3 clinics a week and hospitals, urgent cares and clinics continue to test.  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 and isolation.

 

COVID-19 Travel Caution: Please Limit Travel, Social Gatherings and Visitors

Our recent surge in cases can be attributed to travel and unwitting and unintentional behavior by residents choosing to attend or host social gatherings where COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing, food preparation, hand washing and masks are not being followed.  Cases have been linked to travel and social gatherings including: birthday parties, weddings, funerals, prayer groups, play dates, visiting family members and school events. Again, we ask that you take a moment and revisit how you are socializing and please protect yourself, your loved ones and our communities from the spread of this virus.  We encourage you to delay travel, consider stay-cations and reschedule visits from out-of-the-area friends and family to a later date.  We continue to identify people with positive test results that have chosen to travel out of Oregon to visit relatives or to take vacations.  While traveling those individuals and families have come in contact with someone with COVID-19 and brought it back to Douglas County.  Other cases and outbreaks were the direct result of someone coming to Douglas County to visit and bringing the virus with them and infecting their host family.  Please stay safe and remember to be kind to others. Stopping the increase of COVID-19 cases in our county is really up to YOU, our citizens.

 

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.

 

Upcoming Local Blood Drives:

Monday, October 26                 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm       Roseburg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd.

Monday, October 26                 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm      LDS Church, 2001 W. Bertha Ave., Roseburg

Wednesday, October 28            10:30 am - 3:30 pm      Glide Rural Fire Protection District, 18910 N Umpqua Hwy, Glide

Thursday, October 29               9:00 am - 2:00 pm        Winston Community Center, 440 SE Grape Ave, Winston

Friday, October 30                    10:00 am – 3:00 pm      Roseburg Public Safety Center, 700 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg

Monday, November 2               1:00 pm – 6:30 pm       Roseburg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd.

Tuesday, November 3               10:00 am – 3:30 pm      Milo Academy, 324 Milo Drive, Days Creek

Friday, November 6                  10:30 am – 4:30 pm      Roseburg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd.

Friday, November 6                  10:30 am – 4:00 pm      Sutherlin Community Center, 150 S Willamette St., Sutherlin

Monday, November 9               10:30 am - 3:00 pm      Glide Rural Fire Protection District, 18910 N Umpqua Hwy, Glide

Thursday, November 12             10:00 am - 3:00 pm      Roseburg Blood Donation Center, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd.

Thursday, November 12             10:00 am - 3:00 pm      Lower Umpqua Hospital, 600 Ranch Rd, Reedsport

Monday, November 16             10:00 am - 3:00 pm      McMenamins Roseburg, 700 SE Sheridan, Roseburg

Tuesday, November 17             12:00 pm - 5:00 pm      Abby's Legendary Pizza, 2585 Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg

Tuesday, November 17             1:00 pm - 6:00 pm        New Life Church, 1723 NE Vine Street, Roseburg

 

REMINDER: Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Friday, October 30 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

DPHN, partnering with emergency management and medical personnel from around Douglas County, is conducting a second drive-thru point of dispensing (POD) emergency preparedness exercise to practice for a rapid dispensing of medications during a public health emergency on Friday, October 30, 2020 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  The exercise will include dispensing free flu vaccines to community members 6 months and older to the first 300 participants each day.  POD participants will receive a free flu vaccination administered by area health professionals. They will remain socially distanced in their vehicle throughout the exercise. During the event, participants will be directed through the exercise with local officials and community volunteers. They will be asked to complete a brief intake form, receive medical screening if indicated, proceed to a vaccination station for a free flu vaccine and then exit the exercise. The intake form may be completed and printed prior to arrival by using the Dispense Assist website at https://www.dispenseassist.net/flu.html.  These exercises help our community prepare for public health emergencies and are in partnership with several local and state agencies including Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Oregon Health Authority, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Umpqua Community College and Red Cross.

 

REMINDER: Aviva Health Offering Veterans Free Drive-Thru Flu Shots at the 2020 Veterans’ Day Parade

Shared from Aviva Health. Aviva Health is providing area veterans with the option to get a free drive-thru flu shot at this year’s ‘Reverse’ Douglas County Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, November 11, starting at 11:00 am. The 2020 Veterans Day Parade will be a reverse format at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  The Douglas County Veterans Day Parade Committee have planned a reverse parade, where floats and other elements of the parade remain stationary while visitors to the event drive by them in their cars. Proper social distancing and masking guidelines will be followed to protect people from COVID-19.  Aviva Health typically hosts a Veterans Day event at its Roseburg campus called Vets and Their Pets, but the pandemic forced the organization to cancel this year’s festivities. Still, Aviva Health intends to honor and assist those who have served in a meaningful way. 

 

 

LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Stay Informed with Accurate Local Information

 

Stay up to date on COVID-19 in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or the DPHN website.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Our local COVID-19 updates represent the coordinated effort of the agencies that make up the DCCRT. 

 

Douglas County Resource/COVID-19 Hotline: (541) 464-6550:

Douglas County Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network have added a resource and referral service to the current COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The added service will help residents get connected to resources and services due to the local wildfires.  Referral and resource information will be available about local emergency shelters, livestock and animal boarding options, donation locations, volunteer opportunities, welfare check referrals, food and water resources and help with health and wellness questions.  This is NOT the hotline for Fire Updates or Evacuation information.  Please contact or follow DFPA and DCSO for the most up-to-date wildfire information.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

 

Questions about Governor’s Reopening or Statewide Rules?  If you have questions or need more information go to the Governor’s COVID-19 website at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/ or call the Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at (833) 604-0880.  For information on COVID-19 in Oregon, call 211 or visit 211info

 

Who Do You Contact to Report Compliance Issues with the Governor’s Statewide Rules?  Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the 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 COVID-related rules.  For more information or to report compliance issues contact:

OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

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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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