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DCBOC COVID19 UPDATE
DCBOC COVID19 UPDATE
Douglas County COVID-19 Update - Friday, September 17, 2021 (Photo) - 09/17/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE #629

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) A QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AS OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

Total Number of New Local COVID-19 Cases

Total Number of Residents Currently Hospitalized

Total Number of Hospitalized Patients that are NOT Fully Vaccinated**

51*

81

73 of the 81

*Our COVID quick look includes the total number of new cases in Douglas County, which combines people with positive test results and presumptives. **We follow the CDC definition for fully vaccinated, which states that a fully vaccinated person is someone who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

As of 12:00 pm today, Friday, September 17, 2021, there are FIFTY (50) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) new presumptive to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 10,620*. Currently, there are EIGHTY-ONE (81) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, fifty-six locally and twenty-five out-of-the-area, including one that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here. We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 23 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 8 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 15 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 12 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).  43% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases today, SEVENTY-THREE (73) patients out of the 81 patients are not fully vaccinated. 

 

COVID-19 RECAP FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

On Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had SEVENTY-ONE (71) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and ONE (1) new COVID-19 related death to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 10,569*. We had EIGHTY-ONE (81)Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, fifty-seven locally and twenty-four out-of-the-area, including one patient that has been transferred out of the state for specialized care not available here.  We continue to work with Mercy to provide information on our COVID patients being hospitalized locally: 19 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 9 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently, 14 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 15 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 45% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive.  Of our hospitalized cases on Thursday, SEVENTY-THREE (73) patients out of the 81 patients are not fully vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 RELATED DEATH OF A DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENT

Douglas County Public Health has confirmed the death of one more Douglas County resident related to the COVID-19 virus.   Our one hundred and eighty-fifth COVID-19 related death was a 78-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, September 13, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. He was partially vaccinated.  In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of this resident, and as our ethical responsibility to follow all medical laws, no additional information will be released.  We thoroughly scrutinize and investigate all deaths, and review all medical records to make sure that everyone we report has met the requirements for a COVID related death, as per the Oregon Disease Investigative Guidelines for COVID-19.  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

September 13, 2021

Tuesday,

September 14, 2021

Wednesday

September 15, 2021

Thursday,

September 16, 2021

Friday,

September 17, 2021

Total COVID-19 Cases

10,278

10,373

10,497

10,569

10,620

People w/ Positive PCR or Antigen Test Results

9,968

10,063

10,185

10,256

10,306

Presumptive

310

310

312

313

314

Total Currently Hospitalized

92

87

79

81

81

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths

173

177

184

185

185

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our COVID case 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 DEATH STATISTICS

We have sadly seen a stunning loss of life in Douglas County related to the COVID-19 virus in the last six weeks.  We have had 46 COVID-19 related deaths so far in September, and there have been a total of 95 COVID-19 related deaths since August 1, 2021.  Hence, the data is projecting that COVID-19 related deaths will almost certainly be our leading cause of death for the months of August and September in Douglas County.  Douglas County’s COVID-19 data shows that of the 46 COVID-19 related deaths in September, only five were fully vaccinated.  Currently, Douglas County has a 54% fully vaccinated rate among adults 18 years and older. Utilizing this data, it is estimated that right now the risk of dying from a COVID-19 related death is ten times higher for unvaccinated adults, and the vaccine efficiency for preventing hospitalizations and deaths is still over 90%.  It’s also important to note that among the 29 seniors who were reported as COVID-19 related deaths in September, only four were fully vaccinated, giving similar vaccine efficiency for the elderly for preventing hospitalizations and deaths.  Further, 17 of the 46 COVID-19 related deaths in September were among people less than 65 years of age.

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE

More Douglas County residents continue to get the COVID-19 vaccine each week.  In this past week, 1,628 total vaccines were administered in Douglas County.  And, 748 of those were the first vaccine for individuals ages 16 years and above.

  • Those 16 years old and above who have received one dose of vaccine.  This is the measure that the State of Oregon uses and is the best measure of vaccine uptake currently.  Taking into account the Federally reported Veterans Administration vaccine numbers (that are reported separately from the State’s numbers), Douglas County is now at 62.7% (59,196 residents) vaccinated who are age 16 years and above, with at least one dose. 
  • For those 18 years old and above who are fully vaccinated (as calculated by the CDC) Douglas County is currently at 53% fully vaccinated. 
  • For the percent of the ENTIRE population who are fully vaccinated (as calculated by the CDC), Douglas County is currently at 45% fully vaccinated. 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

The Federal and State Governments, and their agencies are the ones that set policy, issue mandates and provide the guidelines for a state of emergency like the current COVID pandemic. For information log onto U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  If you have questions about the current guidelines, mandates or the recommendations, please contact them directly for more information. OHA posts their daily updates at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus. Please do not call 911, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Douglas County Offices to report issues with the State of Oregon, OHA or the Governor’s mandates. 

 

ACCESS TO LOCAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

💻 Local Online Access to Updates: Stay up to date with accurate and local COVID-19 information by visiting the Douglas County Government Website or DCGOV Facebook page or the DPHN Website or DPHN Facebook page.  

📝 Free Local e-Newsletter Subscription: You can also sign up for the free Douglas County e-Newsletter that publishes and sends out the update to our subscription base. Log onto: www.co.douglas.or.us

📞 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 answers to frequently asked questions, basic COVID information and referrals to local resources and services. Our local hotline number is (541) 464-6550 and is staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week. 

🔍 DPHN Vaccine Information: Want more information on the vaccines? Log onto: http://DougCoVaccine.com.

🔍 DPHN Informational Videos: Check out DPHN’s YouTube Channel for informational videos about COVID-19.

🐯 Douglas County Tiger Team: The Tiger Team organizes our county-wide COVID-19 vaccine program via free pop-up vaccine clinics, with Umpqua Valley Ambulance, who provide a certified vaccinator and medical assistant.  The clinics are open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and preregistration is not required. Click here for the calendar of upcoming clinics or call (541) 670-3110 or (541) 464-6550, if you are interested in having team come to your location.

👩‍⚕️ Aviva Health: Offering free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination and testing services to all symptomatic residents, as well as registered Aviva Health patients who are asymptomatic.  No appointment needed.  Patients must be Douglas County residents and be 12 years of age or older***.  The drive-through is located at 4221 NE Stephens Street, Suite 101A in Roseburg and is open M-F: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Vaccinations are also available on a limited basis at Aviva Health’s outlying clinics in North County, Sutherlin, Glide, and Myrtle Creek. People seeking vaccinations at their outlying clinics should call (541) 672-9596, to determine availability. For more information please visit www.aviva.health/covid-19-resources/.  Aviva also has an online COVID FAQ page with answers to frequently asked questions. 

🏥 Lower Umpqua Hospital District: Lower Umpqua Hospital District has a COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for COVID-19 vaccine information in the Reedsport area. Call (541) 271-2175, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. 

👨‍⚕️ Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center: Effective Monday, September 13, ALL COVID Testing will be held via drive thru clinics in Roseburg at 2360 NE Stephens Street, and at the South Clinic in Canyonville at 480 Wartahoo Lane from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The last test will be administered at 12:45 pm. Testing is free, available for all community members and done on a first-come first-served basis.  Those accessing this service should be prepared for a minimum of a 30-minute wait time. This testing is for medical diagnostic purposes to assist exposed and symptomatic individuals only; all individuals being tested will be asked to self-attest they are being tested for medical purposes only.  Effective Monday, September 20, ALL COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered at the Public Health Site at Seven Feathers Casino Resort, South Parking Lot by appointment only, please call (541) 670-2949 to schedule an appointment. You must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.  If you are waiting to receive a COVID booster from Cow Creek Public Health, call and ask to be placed on a list, and they will call you to schedule your booster when available.  In addition, effective Monday, October 11, 2021, Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center will no longer offer community testing. They will be transitioning back to the clinic based COVID-19 testing model at both locations.  Testing will be available by appointment for Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center patients, Tribal Members, Employees of Cow Creek Government Offices and affiliated businesses at the new Roseburg Clinic at 2589 NW Edenbower Blvd and the South Clinic in Canyonville at 480 Wartahoo Lane.

🏥 Roseburg VA Health Care System: Veterans can set up an appointment COVID-19 vaccine, by calling the Roseburg VAMC at (541) 440-1000.

👵 Douglas County Senior Services can help seniors with questions, find testing and vaccines at (541) 440-3677.

 

***Please note for residents ages 12 to 14, this will require a parent or guardian to accompany them and give written consent for the vaccine.  Written consent can also 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.

 

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Contact Tamara Howell, Douglas County Public Information Officer & Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Phone: (541) 670-2804 | Cell: (541) 957-4896 | Email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us 

Contact Vanessa Becker, Public Information Officer, Douglas Public Health Network – Cell: (541) 817-6552 – Email: vanessa@douglaspublichealthnetwork.org

Attached Media Files: DCBOC COVID19 UPDATE
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