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77 Residents Remain Hospitalized, 5 More Deaths Announced

9:27 PM · Sep 27, 2021

As of 12:00 pm today, Monday, September 27, 2021, there are SEVENTEEN (17) 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 11,055*. Currently, there are SEVENTY-SEVEN (77) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, fifty-one locally and twenty-six 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: 16 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 12 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 11 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 8 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 34% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive. Of our hospitalized cases today, SIXTY-SEVEN (67) patients out of the 77 patients are not fully vaccinated. COVID-19 WEEKEND RECAP FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 On Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had THIRTY-TWO (32) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and FOUR (4) new COVID-19 related deaths to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 11,024*. We had SEVENTY-FIVE (75)Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, fifty locally and twenty-five 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: 18 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 8 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 13 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 11 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 42% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive. Of our hospitalized cases on Saturday, SIXTY-FIVE (65) patients out of the 75 patients are not fully vaccinated. On Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had ELEVEN (11) people with new positive test results, TWO (2) new presumptives 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 11,037*. We had SEVENTY-FIVE (75) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, fifty locally and twenty-five 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, however, the data for Sunday was not available at the time of this release. Of our hospitalized cases on Saturday, SIXTY-FIVE (65) patients out of the 75 patients are not fully vaccinated. COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS Douglas County Public Health has confirmed the deaths of five more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our two hundred and third COVID-19 related death was a 73-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, September 19, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021. He was not vaccinated. Our two hundred and fourth COVID-19 related death was a 71-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, September 11, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021. She was not vaccinated. Our two hundred and fifth COVID-19 related death was a 72-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021. She was not vaccinated. Our two hundred and sixth COVID-19 related death was a 70-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, September 13, 2021 and passed away on Friday, September 24, 2021. He was not vaccinated. Our two hundred and seventh COVID-19 related death was a 72-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, September 4, 2021 and passed away on Friday, September 24, 2021. He was not vaccinated. In the interest of privacy for the loved ones of these residents, 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.

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