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DCBOC C19 RECOVERY
DCBOC C19 RECOVERY
Douglas County COVID-19 Recovery Update - July 16, 2021 - 07/16/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - JULY 16, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RECOVERY UPDATE

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Welcome to the Friday, July 16, 2021 edition of our Douglas County COVID-19 Recovery Update.

 

COVID-19 RECOVERY RECAP FOR THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021: 

On Thursday, July 15, 2021 we had SEVEN (7) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report, bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 4,105*.  We had NINE (9) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, five locally and four out-of-the-area.  Also, DPHN was supporting 101 cases in isolation, 121 cases in quarantine for a total of 222 in isolation and quarantine. 

 

COVID-19 RECOVERY UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2021: 

As of 12:00 pm today, Friday, July 16, 2021, there are SEVENTEEN (17) people with new positive test results to report following our Thursday recap listed above.  The total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County is now at 4,122*. Currently, there are NINE (9) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, five locally and four out-of-the-area.

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATH OF A DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENT

Our Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, has confirmed the death of a Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus. Our eighty-sixth COVID-19 related death is a 68-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, no additional information will be released. Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Douglas County residents, and a sad reminder of the terrible impact COVID-19 has had in our local communities. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Dannenhoffer, DPHN 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.

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

Date

Monday,

July 12, 2021

Tuesday,

July 13, 2021

Wednesday,

July 14, 2021

Thursday

July 15, 2021

Today, Friday,

July 16, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

4,072

4,080

4,097

4,105

4,122

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

3,883

3,891

3,906

3,913

3,930

Presumptive

189

189

191

192

192

Total Currently Hospitalized

9

9

11

9

9

Total Currently in Isolation

95

98

101

101

116

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

85

85

85

85

86

*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.

LOCAL CONTACTS AND CASES BEING SUPPORTED IN ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE

Currently, DPHN is supporting 116 cases in isolation, as well as another 133 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 249 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.

 

DELTA VARIANT ARRIVES IN DOUGLAS COUNTY 

Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer and the epidemiology team at Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN), have identified three Douglas County residents that have tested positive for the COVID Delta Variant (also referred to as B.1.617.2).  DPHN has been sequencing COVID positive patients for several weeks, but these are the first cases of the Delta variant that have been confirmed in Douglas County.  The Delta variant was recently identified by U.S. public health officials as the predominant COVID variant in many states, accounting for up to 80% of new cases in some areas of the U.S.  Interviews with our local Delta variant positive patients discovered that they had not been vaccinated, and had recently traveled outside of Oregon to a COVID Delta variant hot spot in the United States.   In Oregon, Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 dashboard notes that the Delta variant currently accounts for less than 3% of our total COVID variant cases, while the Alpha or B.1.1.7 variant is the most common variant found at 54%.

 

Although this is not surprising, it is disconcerting. We don’t know a lot about this variant yet, but it does appear to be more contagious with rapid spread and accounts for the majority of new cases in hot spot states like Arkansas and Oklahoma.  We were expecting this variant to show up here eventually, and the epidemiology team at DPHN has been working actively to get as many patients sequenced with the State Public Health laboratory, in order to gain a better understanding of how variants are affecting our case load. The good news is that all three vaccines that are available e locally are effective against this virus variant. We are seeing that the efficacy is lower with the Delta variant, but it is still showing to be overwhelmingly protective,” commented Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer.

 

As with any virus or disease, the more time a virus is given to spread and mutate the greater the concern for the potency of the variant strains.   The Delta variant is listed as a “Variant of Concern”, by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) because there is evidence that the variant is showing an increase in transmissibility; more severe disease with increased hospitalizations and deaths; a significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infection or vaccination and reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines.  According to the latest estimates from the CDC, the highly contagious Delta COVID-19 variant now accounts for more than 51% of the COVID-19 cases in the United States, most notably in areas of the U.S. where COVID vaccination rates remain low.  The CDC says the good news is the current COVID vaccines being used in the United States all appear to be highly effective at protecting against serious disease, hospitalizations and death from the coronavirus and it’s mutated variants. That is why public health officials across the U.S. continue to urge the roughly 140 million to 150 million people in the United States who remain unvaccinated, to get vaccinated, sooner, rather than later. 

 

LONG OVERDUE HOMECOMING FOR DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENT

While we cannot release the name of the individual, for obvious reasons, we wanted to share that this week family and friends celebrated the homecoming of our longest hospitalized Douglas County resident due to complications from contracting the COVID virus.  The individual was released from an Oregon hospital after spending an incredible 180 days in critical, respiratory and recovery care units, while receiving treatment for various medical issues brought on by the COVID virus.  The homecoming is also bittersweet, as the individual is not out-of-the-woods yet.  They now begin a long, difficult journey as a “COVID long-hauler”, which is a person who has measurable long-term medical issues due to the manifestation of the coronavirus in their body.  One of those long-term complications was irreparable damage to their lungs, as they are currently on a wait list for a lung transplant. This case represents the one of the many sad, life altering, economically devastating and preventable battles that someone has faced due to this relentless virus.  As they face the long difficult journey to recovery that still lies ahead, we hope you will keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 RECOVERY UPDATE

Reminder, we are publishing our Douglas County COVID-19 Recovery Updates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  We will continue to report and recap daily numbers in each of our updates for the days that we do not publish a local COVID-19 Recovery Update. Our next COVID-19 Update will be on Monday, July 19, 2021.

 

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

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 all around 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, July 20, 2021: Roseburg and surrounding area.  Clinic will be at the Music on the Half Shell located in Stewart Park at 1003 Stewart Park Drive in Roseburg from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021: Winston and surrounding area.  Clinic will be at the Grocery Outlet located at 151 NW Douglas Blvd in Winston from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Look for the Douglas County Tiger Team at local events and festivals and around our communities offering bottled water and access to vaccinations.  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) 464-6550. 

 

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

Shared from Aviva Health.  Aviva Health has 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 and offers free COVID-19 vaccines by appointment.   The 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 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.  The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for people ages 12 to 15.  The good news, according to Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, is that we have plenty of vaccines, they are safe and effective and we will be administering then to anyone 12 and above who wants it. Remember, “it’s your turn!” So, locate a vaccine location near you and show up to get your COVID-19 vaccine today!

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