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Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team - Weekday Update - June 22, 2021 (Photo) - 06/22/21

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 – June 22, 2021

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM - WEEKDAY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021

As of 12:00 pm today, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, there are SEVEN (7) people with new positive test results and TWO (2) new presumptives to report since our noon update yesterday.  Also, please note that we have retracted ONE (1) positive case number from our totals from yesterday.†  After investigation, we determined that one person with a positive test result was not a Douglas County resident, and therefore the case has been moved to their respective County.  The chart below has been adjusted to reflect the retraction. The total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County is now at 3,899*. Currently, there are FIFTEEN (15) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, eight locally and seven 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, OR - COVID-19 - Case Update Chart*

Date

Thursday,

June 17, 2021

Friday,

June 18, 2021

Saturday/Sunday

June 19&20, 2021

Monday

June 21, 2021

Today, Tuesday,

June 22, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

3,853

3,867

3,883

3,890†

3,899

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

3,672

3,686

3,700

3,707

3,717

Presumptive

181

181

183

183

185

Total Currently Hospitalized

11

11

13

15

15

Total Currently in Isolation

155

154

152

155

155

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

82

83

84

84

84

*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. Please note that we have retracted ONE (1) positive case number from our totals from yesterday. After investigation, we determined that one person with a positive test result is not a Douglas County resident and therefor, the case has been moved to their respective County. 

 

LOCAL CONTACTS AND CASES BEING SUPPORTED IN ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE

Currently, DPHN is supporting 126 cases in isolation, as well as another 195 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 a total of 321 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.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES: COMMUNITY PARTNERS

UMPQUA VALLEY AMBULANCE

For the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team (DCCRT) members, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN) staff, managing all the aspects of our county wide COVID response, epidemiological investigations, communications, supply logistics, testing and vaccination programs often involves bringing in expert local partners.  Having expertly trained community partners that are ready and willing to step up at a moment’s notice and stay in it for the long-haul to provide specialized services, has greatly contributed to the success of our local COVID response. 

 

Meet Umpqua Valley Ambulance:

Umpqua Valley Ambulance (UVA) is part of the Metro West Family of Companies which are owned by JD Fuiten.  In 2011, Bay Cities Ambulance started meeting transportation needs of VA patients in Roseburg.  In 2016, Douglas County Fire District #2 sold the ambulance division to Metro West, which began operating under Bay Cities Ambulance for 911 responses.  In 2019 Bay Cities Ambulance Roseburg changed their name to Umpqua Valley Ambulance to reflect their community commitment.  UVA currently employs 75 full-time employees.  They have contracts for emergency response services with both Douglas County and the State of Oregon.  Recently they contracted with the State of California through FEMA to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccines for wildland firefighters. 

 

What They Bring to the Response:

We had a chance to catch up with Tom Krokoski, Operations Manager and Rodney Blake, Clinical Manager at UVA, to talk about how they have been an integral part of our counties outreach efforts during our COVID-19 response.  Much like DPHN, UVA has been training staff for years in preparation for a major emergency, disaster or pandemic.  Their extensive and ongoing training programs include medical & emergency acuity, infectious disease, blood borne pathogens, intermuscular injections, rescue techniques, mental health and customer service.  During the pandemic they have provided a valuable service to local residents, as their wheelchair transport service is capable of transporting COVID-19 patients due to specialized equipment and training.  DPHN contracted with UVA early in the COVID-19 battle to help with and be a resource for local COVID-19 testing, particularly for local law enforcement agencies, care facilities and home-bound residents.  Since then they have expanded their relationship with DPHN to include vaccinations for those same groups.  In addition, UVA was also commissioned as a major resource in the state to administer in-home vaccines for home-bound residents through-out southern Oregon.  They have traveled to Klamath, Lane, Curry and Josephine Counties to administer vaccines to home-bound residents. 

 

The response we have received from the community for our work has been tremendous,” commented Tom Krokoski.  “We have seen people cry with relief, express unbelievable joy, and exclaim that they haven’t left their homes in a year, and that this will help them to start getting their freedom back. We are thankful for all the life changing work being done in our county, as well as the all the partnerships created with the County, Commissioner Tim Freeman, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, DPHN (Teresa Mutschler and Mike Hansen), Aviva Health and Fire District #2 (Rob Bullock).”

 

Tiger Team Members:

In March, Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman came up with the idea for a local mobile medical team, to help with our rural vaccine outreach efforts.  He coordinated with Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Public Health Officer and the DPHN staff, to create the Douglas County Tiger Team.  They soon recognized that they would need to add a licensed vaccinator and medical assistant to the squad.  So, they once again reached out to UVA, and asked them to join the new team.  UVA gladly accepted the challenge.  Through the Tiger Team Pop Up Clinics all around Douglas County, UVA has been able to administer approximately 700 vaccines to residents. 

 

I cannot say enough about the team at UVA, and how amazing they have been as a resource for not only DPHN, but for our communities during this pandemic.  We know that we can always count on them to step up and assist when needed,” commented Teresa Mutschler, Executive Director at DPHN and the Co-Incident Commander of the DCCRT. 

 

UVA’s mantra should be, “We are here to help!”, because they are definitely more than willing, as well as capable of stepping up to any challenge presented before them.  UVA is another wonderful example of one of the amazing behind the scenes community partners that deserve more than a few accolades for their efforts over the last year (and beyond).  Thank you, Tom, Rodney and all of the staff at Umpqua Valley Ambulance for everything you do!

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY WEEKLY VACCINATION RATE

We are still making progress towards our goal.  As of Monday, June 22, 2021, 53.60% of eligible residents ages 16 and older in Douglas County have been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.  That means that a total of 50,837 residents have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  486 new vaccination doses were administered since last week for residents ages 16 and older, and 43 new vaccination doses were given to those 12-15 years of age.  We wanted to let everyone know that another 109 previously administered doses were finally added to the Oregon Alert IIS System this week to account for historical data from March and April from the Cow Creek Tribe.  As a reminder, we are still adding vaccine doses given to Douglas County residents at the Roseburg VA Health Care Center and Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians Health Care Community to the state reported numbers that have yet to be added to the Oregon Alert IIS System, as the State does not include these in their total weekly percentage. 

 

As we have stated numerous times before, our percentage of eligible residents that have been vaccinated will differ from the number that the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has on their daily online vaccination report.  This is because the OHA vaccination data DOES NOT include the all the vaccines given by Federally recognized sites in our county (Roseburg VA and Cow Creek).  The OHA report located here, clearly states that their data is “Because ALERT IIS does not capture doses administered at Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and Federal Bureau of Prisons, Oregon is measuring progress towards this statewide goal using CDC data which includes vaccinations at these federal sites. For counties, in order to be eligible to move to Lower Risk in Oregon's Risk Level Framework, 65% or more of the county population 16 and older must have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This is based on ALERT 11S data as well as federal doses from Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and Federal Bureau of Prisons. Federal doses from these entities are not shown below but are counted toward the county risk metric movement.”  Because these Federal sites receive their COVID-19 vaccines directly from the Federal Government, they are required to report their vaccination data directly to the Federal Government.  The Cow Creek Tribe is now entering data into BOTH the federal and state systems, but the data reconciliation is still not complete. The Fed’s and OHA say they have yet to find to good way to combine the state and federal vaccination data in their daily reports. So, there is an obvious discrepancy in the vaccination data.  That is why Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer continue to fervently ask OHA, the State of Oregon and our State Legislators to address and correct this problem.  Douglas County needs to vaccinate about 10,900 more eligible residents in order to reach the 65% goal. 

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY TIGER TEAM HOSTS FREE POP-UP COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS

It’s another busy week for the Tiger Team.  The Douglas County Tiger Team continues to bring free COVID-19 vaccines directly to rural areas via our mobile medical vans (MMV) via their pop up vaccine clinics.  They are visiting businesses, farms, fire stations and other locations in our smaller remote communities in Douglas County. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, who have led the charge for our Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team efforts since the beginning, have coordinated with DPHN to organize our local Tiger Team to manage our vaccine outreach efforts through ‘pop-up’ vaccine clinics.

 

The Douglas County Tiger Team will be hosting FREE POP UP COVID VACCINE CLINICS at the locations listed below.  The clinics are currently open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not necessary:

 

  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021: Melqua-Melrose and surrounding area. Clinic will be at the Coles Valley Vineyards at 10003 Melqua Road in Umpqua from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021: Camas Valley and surrounding area. Clinic will be at the Camas Valley Fire Department at 142 Burma Road in Camas Valley from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021: Tenmile and surrounding area. Clinic will be at the Tenmile Fire Department at 158 Reston Road in Roseburg from 1:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

Our Tiger Team coordinates with Umpqua Valley Ambulance to bring a certified vaccinator and a medical assistant to each clinic.  If you are interested in having the Douglas County Tiger Team come to your business, fire department, farm or town to provide a pop-up vaccine clinic or if you have any questions about our Douglas County Tiger Teams and want a schedule of their upcoming pop-up vaccination clinics, please call (541) 670-3110 or our local COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 464-6550Click here for the calendar listing of the upcoming Tiger Team Pop Up Vaccine Clinics

 

FREE DRIVE-THROUGH COVID-19 VACCINATION EVENT SATURDAY, JUNE 26 AT THE DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), Douglas County Board of Commissioners, and Aviva Health are collaborating again to host the next mass drive-through COVID-19 vaccination event on Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

 

We are planning to utilize the Pfizer (two dose) and the J&J (single dose) vaccines at this event.  Eligibility for this event includes:

1) ALL residents of Douglas County ages 12 years old and older**.

2) Second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to those residents who received their first dose at one of our drive through COVID-19 vaccination events.

 

Residents DO NOT need to pre-register or schedule an appointment for this event.  If you have questions please contact the phone numbers provided below:

  • Call (541) 464-6500.
  • If you need help in Spanish, you can call and leave a message on our Spanish Help Line at (541) 671-1355.
  • Please do not call, contact or go to the Douglas County Fairgrounds to ask about the vaccination event.
  • For those residents that received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at one of our other drive-through events, you can just show up at this event.

 

Pre-registration is not required, just show up and get your vaccine.  All residents ages 12 and over are eligible! #itsyourturn; #itsfreeitseasy; #C19Vaccine.  **For those ages 12 to 14, it is required that a parent or guardian accompany you and give written consent for the vaccine.

 

AVIVA HAS A DEDICATED FREE COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC SITE IN ROSEBURG 

Shared from Aviva Health.  Aviva Health opened a dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinic site at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101 in Roseburg, just across the street from its main Roseburg Clinic location near Costco.  The new COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic opened Wednesday, May 18, 2021, and offers free COVID-19 vaccines by appointment.   The new COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and is open for residents ages 12 and older***.  To schedule an appointment during the week please call (541) 672-9596.

 

***As a reminder: Parental or guardian consent is required to vaccinate residents 12 to 14 years old.  Written consent can be obtained in advance.  Under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, when provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or other professionals operating under the license of these providers; however, families are encouraged to make decisions about vaccinations together.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY OPEN FOR EVERYONE 12 YEARS OLD AND OLDER****

According to the CDC, State of Oregon and OHA, ALL residents ages 12 years old and older**** are eligible to get the COVID-19 Vaccine.  As of May 13, 2021, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for people ages 12 to 15, joining those 16 and above who are already eligible.  The good news, according to Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, is that we have plenty of vaccine and will be giving to anyone 12 and above who wants it. Remember, “it’s your turn!” So, locate a vaccine location near you, get signed up and show up to get your COVID-19 vaccine today!

 

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