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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Daily Update - February 19, 2021 - 02/19/21

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 – February 19, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - DAILY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County COVID-19 Test Results:  As of 12:00 pm Today, Friday, February 19, 2021, there are NINETEEN (19) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report since our noon case update yesterday.  The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,302*.  Currently, there are FIFTEEN (15) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eleven locally and four out-of-the-area. Our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team, under the direction of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, continue to devote all resources available to our local COVID response.

 

Douglas County COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Update

Douglas County Local Public Health has received a total of 6,500 COVID-19 first dose vaccines from the State of Oregon to date, and has deployed all of those to local approved vaccinators throughout the county.  Unfortunately, this number is the same as last week, as Oregon’s allotment of COVID-19 vaccines did not arrive this week from the Federal Government, because of an unfortunate distribution delay due to the severe winter weather across the nation.  We are hopeful that we will receive both our allotment for this week, and our allotment for next week, early next week. 

 

It is also important to understand that in addition to the first dose vaccines that we receive from the State of Oregon on a weekly basis, we also receive our allocation of second dose vaccines, which are paired with the first doses, and are not counted in the overall total vaccines that we have received.   Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government or their partners. 

 

Local Contacts and Cases Being Supported in Isolation and Quarantine

Currently, DPHN is supporting 266 cases in isolation, as well as another 573 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 an astounding 839 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.  This number represents a snapshot of the significant amount of work being done locally to help control the spread of COVID.

 

Douglas County, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update Chart*

Date

Monday,

February 15, 2021

Tuesday,

February 16, 2021

Wednesday,

February 17, 2021

Thursday,

February 18, 2021

Today, Friday,

February 19, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

2,179

2,218

2,254

2,282

2,302

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

2,071

2,105

2,133

2,162

2,181

Presumptive

108

113

121

120

121

Total Currently Hospitalized

16

14

15

14

15

Total Currently in Isolation

228

239

264

273

266

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

51

51

51

51

51

*Our daily update includes the total number of cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives, as well as a breakout of those case numbers. 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. On Thursday, February 11, 2021, we removed the vaccination distribution row from our daily COVID chart, and instead we will be providing a vaccine tally once a week on Fridays, of the vaccines received by our local public health, and then deployed to local vaccinators. Please note that our cumulative vaccine numbers do NOT include other vaccination sites like the Roseburg VA, Mercy Medical Center, EMS, Cow Creek Tribe, Pharmacies and local care facilities that have received their vaccines directly from the Federal and State Government.

 

Reminder: The State’s COVID Mandated Risk Level Movement Program

Douglas County, DPHN and the DCCRT Team members have received a flurry of calls from residents and businesses regarding the uncertainty about State’s upcoming risk level movement announcement regarding the State’s latest Mandated Risk Level Program for COVID-19 in Oregon.  Here are a few things you should know.  

 

  • Yes, we too are very worried about the high COVID case count in Douglas County over the last two weeks, and what that might mean for our local businesses and our residents.
  • At this time, we simply do not know what will happen.  It is not up to Douglas County to establish or control what the State does in regards to their mandated risk levels or COVID programs.
  • The State of Oregon is the one who developed, initiated and manages the State Mandated Risk Level Program for COVID.  The State, including the Governor, are also the ones who determine the risk level movement to different levels every two weeks.  If you have questions about their COVID Mandated Risk Program or guidelines, you will need to contact the State of Oregon, OHA or the Governor’s Office for more information. 
  • The State’s current two-week risk level count period started on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 12:01 am, and will run through this Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:00 am.
  • Please note that, WE HAVE NOT BEEN MOVED TO A DIFFRRENT RISK LEVEL YET. Our current State Mandated “High Risk” Level placement is effect through Thursday, February 25, 2021. 
  • We do not know what the State, the Governor or OHA are going to do regarding our increase in COVID cases.  The State will make a decision and announce their latest risk level movements on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.  The next risk window is set to go into effect on Friday, February 26, 2021, and will run through Thursday, March 11, 2021. 
  • In the meantime, make sure you sign up for our daily updates, on the Douglas County Oregon Government webpage. 
  • Please also remember to be kind and patient with others, we are all equally worried about our local businesses, and we wish we had more answers for you.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

According to the State of Oregon/OHA’s vaccination eligibility plan, as of today, Friday, February 19, 2021, residents in the following categories are eligible to make an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Phase 1-A, Groups 1-4: All health care facilities, providers and workers; first responders; EMS, skilled, long term and memory care facilities; correctional facility workers; tribal health programs; VA workers and qualifying Veterans; caregivers of medically fragile individuals who live at home; age-eligible individuals with a medical condition or disability who receive services in their homes.
  • Phase 1-B, Group 1: Child care providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. 
  • Phase 1-B, Group 2: Residents 80-years-of-age or older
  • Phase 1-B, Group 3: Residents 75-years-of-age or older

 

PHASE 1-A, GROUPS 1-4

Are you in a Phase 1-A eligibility group, but have not got the vaccine yet?  For those residents who are included in Phase 1-A, but have not received the COVID vaccine, please send an e-mail to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org and DPHN will connect you with a local vaccine provider. Please only send a request to get a vaccine to this email if you are Phase 1-A eligible.  

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 1

For those residents in Phase 1-B, Group 1: educators, childcare and early education workers, who were eligible as of January 25, 2021, you should have already received two emails about your eligibility from DPHN or Douglas ESD.  If you are in that group and still want a vaccine, please send an email to vaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org">educatorvaccines@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork.org.  If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact your employer.

 

PHASE 1-B, GROUP 2 & 3: SENIORS 75 AND OLDER

Are you 75-years-of-age or older?  You are eligible for the COVID vaccine.  As of Monday, February 15, 2021, residents 75-years-of-age and older became eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID vaccine. Eligible seniors are asked to call and set up an appointment with their health care provider, local pharmacy or local health care facility on our current local vaccinators list.  On Friday, February 5, 2021, we published the Douglas County Senior Population COVID Vaccination Plan**, complete with a list of local health care agencies that have signed up vaccinate residents. Click here to review and find our more information about Douglas County's Senior Population Plan.  Our plan for Senior COVID Vaccinations in Douglas County is to have eligible seniors get their COVID vaccine where they get their regular health care or flu vaccine.  As a reminder, because the COVID vaccines have very specific handling constraints, all providers offering to vaccinate eligible residents will be administering vaccines with a scheduled appointment only.  Doctor’s offices, medical facilities, Urgent Care Clinics and Pharmacy’s will not and cannot do walk-in appointments. 

 

**Please note that there are many more seniors who need and want vaccine than there are available doses.  Vaccine supply is beyond our control, but we continue to submit requests and strive to get as much vaccine sent to Douglas County as possible. Over a period of 5 weeks, about 30,000 Douglas County seniors will become eligible for the vaccine, but we expect to only receive a small fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate them.  Even though a medical facility or office is listed as a vaccinator, does not guarantee they will have vaccine; they are organizations that have signed up to help vaccinate.  We ask for your patience as we work with the State and OHA to acquire more vaccines. 

 

TRIBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

Are you a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians?  If you are a member of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, please contact them for information on their COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs at (541) 672-9405 or log onto: https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/public-health/

 

VA WORKERS AND U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran, you might be eligible to get vaccinated at the Roseburg VAMC.  The Roseburg VA Health Care System is setting up appointments for veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  To qualify for the current round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Roseburg VAMC, veterans must be 75 or older, or be homeless, or be a frontline essential worker, hemodialysis or organ transplant patient, or a chemotherapy patient receiving care at a clinic or hospital.  Also, note that according to the vaccine criteria established by the Federal Government and the CDC, at this time, spouses of veterans are not included on the list of eligible persons to get a COVID vaccine from the Roseburg VAMC.  However, there is one exception that we have found, a Veteran’s Care provider, who is being paid by the VA under the new Family Caregiver Assistance program might be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying for that program or to find out about vaccine eligibility needs to contact Roseburg VAMC directly.  The Douglas County Veterans Service Office at the county does not have the authority or ability to get vaccines for veterans or their spouses.  For more information, call the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000 or log onto: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

 

Check Out DPHN’s Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the Day

In response to the huge increase in calls and emails that Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), the DCCRT, Douglas County and our local COVID Hotline have received in the last few weeks regarding COVID vaccinations, DPHN added a new segment to their website that will highlight answers to the Top Three COVID Vaccine Questions of the DayClick here to link to the DPHN website.

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

As we mentioned before, there is an unfortunate delay with our COVID-19 Vaccine distribution this week due to the severe winter weather across the nation.  Your Local Public Health Administrators (LPHA), DPHN, the DCCRT, Aviva Health, Douglas ESD and our local health care partners have been working hard to vaccinate those that want the vaccine, that are eligible. 

 

LIMITED VACCINE AVAILABILITY

There continues to be a limited supply of vaccines being sent to Oregon from the Federal government, and we are hopeful that more vaccines will be sent to Douglas County soon.  Our biggest struggle remains the fact that even though we continue to request more vaccines, Douglas County has received a disproportionate supply of vaccines compared with the rest of the State.  We continue to send requests to the State to rectify this issue, so we are able to vaccinate the ever growing list of eligible residents in our county. 

 

Local Vaccine Scheduling

Your Douglas County Public Health Administrator continues to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) eligibility guidelines, and are ONLY scheduling appointments for residents that are listed on OHA’s list of currently eligible groups at this time.  As a reminder, Douglas County, DPHN or your Doctor’s Office did not set the guidelines for who is eligible to get the vaccine.  For more information, on how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) set up their COVID vaccine guidelines, please contact them directly.  As a reminder, eligibility dates and vaccine availability are always subject to change, and eligibility does not mean availability.  Please, if you are not in an eligible vaccine group right now, we ask that you continue to be patient, and wait to call, email or try to set up an appointment until after your age or eligibility group becomes eligible.     

 

What if I am not on the OHA eligible list right now?

As we have mentioned several times before, if you are not a part of one of OHA’s listed eligible vaccine groups, then you are not eligible to get or sign up for the vaccine yet.  We ask that you please be patient and wait until you are eligible to contact your doctor, health care provider, DPHN, Douglas County, local hospitals and our hotline.  Again, just because you will be in an upcoming eligibility group does not mean we have vaccines available for you, or that we know when we might receive vaccines for your group.

 

How Do I Get My Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine?  

For those residents who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, here are a few answers to questions about your second and final dose.

  • At the present moment, we are told that those who get vaccinated can expect a second dose about 4-6 weeks after the first dose. Currently, the State/OHA and the Federal Government are considerably behind on sending the second dose of the vaccine out.
  • You should have received a vaccination card when you received your first dose that details the brand of vaccine, its lot number, and the date the vaccine was given.   This card is for your records only, and is not official proof that you have received the vaccine. Proof of your vaccination rests with the State Alert System, which is accessible by medical facilities.
  • You should get your second dose from the same provider or organization from which you received your first. However, the physical address where you receive the second dose may change.
  • You will be notified by the provider or organization that gave you your first dose about where and when you’ll receive your second dose.
  • I got a first vaccine out of the area, can I get my second vaccine in Douglas County?  The second vaccine dose is “paired” to the first dose, and your second dose will be sent to wherever you got your first dose.  So, except in rare circumstances, you will need to return to where you got your first dose.
  • If you have questions, please contact the provider or organization where you received your first dose.

 

Please Keep You and Your Family Safe

We are not able to predict when we will receive more vaccines, or when State guidelines might change or when we can start to resume some sort of normality in our lives, but, we can continue encourage everyone, for the sake of our local businesses, services and residents, to gauge your risk level, and make the best choice in order protect yourself and those around you from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  We have provided education on the widely proven COVID-19 safety measures, and encourage you to limit your contact with others not from your household, stay home if you are sick, and wear face coverings where recommended.  Click here, for a graphic on how to protect you and your family from the spread of COVID-19.  We know how important family, businesses and faith are to you, so we ask that you consider all options available in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities to help protect the ones you love, the businesses you love and the places you love to go.

 

New School Case Announced

Shared from Roseburg Public Schools.  In a notice released on February 18, 2021, Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent, Jared Cordon announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at Hucrest Elementary in Roseburg.  RPS officials have been very proactive in their approach in dealing with this event to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

For reference: OHA issues a weekly COVID-19 report that publishes data on K-12 schools with in-person instruction, child/day care centers, businesses and care facilities that meet their outbreak criteria. As of last week, OHA’s policy related to school outbreaks is to report outbreaks with 1 or more cases in school settings at any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. Case counts includes employees, staff, volunteers or students at the school. According to OHA, the notice is to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure and to provide transparency surrounding COVID-19 in schools. School is defined as any place of learning for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, or a subset, with at least 30 students enrolled. This includes, but is not limited to, public schools, private schools, parochial and charter schools. Staff is defined as any person who works full time or part-time at the school, regardless of their position. A volunteer is defined as any person who volunteers onsite.

 

Local COVID-19 Testing and Facebook Live

Douglas County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Clinics

Due to widely available COVID-19 testing opportunities in Douglas County, your local public health authority and DPHN have decided to step-back our drive-through testing clinics to one day a week for the time being.  If needs increase, we are prepared to increase testing to 2-3 times a week again.  As we have reported before, we were one of the first counties in the state to do a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, and we have done 2-3 clinics a week since March 2020 in Roseburg, as well as drive-through testing clinics in Reedsport.  DPHN has also been part of increasing the availability and types of testing at multiple sites and locations across the county, also leading the state in rapid testing availability.  The next drive-through testing clinic will be Friday, February 19, 2021, 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 can contact the Sutherlin Aviva Health Clinic at (541) 459-3788. 

 

Facebook Live with Dr. Bob

Join us Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm for the next Facebook Live with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. The show is hosted by DPHN on the DPHN Facebook pagePlease submit your questions during the live show or you can email questions 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 during the live shows.

 

State and Federal COVID-19 Info

Again, it is important to note that we are not the ones setting the guidelines for vaccine eligibility or availability. We are following the current priority group guidelines and criteria set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Go online or contact the CDC or OHA directly for more information.  OHA posts it’s COVID updates and reports at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.   Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report compliance issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or 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 the current State COVID guidelines.  If you have concerns, questions or wish to report compliance issues contact these state agencies directly:  OSHA: (800) 922-2689 or OSHA website or OLCC (503) 872-5000 or OLCC website

 

Local COVID-19 Resources

Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.   Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information in Douglas County on the Douglas County Government website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN website or DPHN Facebook pageFree Local e-Newsletter Subscription: You can also sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the daily update to our subscription base for free.  You can sign up for the Douglas County e-Newsletter at www.co.douglas.or.us.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, DPHN and the DCCRT have been working hard to cooperatively provide accurate and timely information to Douglas County residents since March 8, 2020.  Douglas County COVID-19 Hotline (541) 464-6550: Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN continue to offer a local resource hotline for Douglas County residents for COVID-19. The hotline provides answer to frequently asked questions, basic information and referrals to resources and services. The Hotline is staffed from 8:00 am to 5: pm, 7 days a week.

 

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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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