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Douglas County Cases and Hospitalizations Continue to Decline

10:56 PM · Oct 4, 2021

As of 12:00 pm today, Monday, October 4, 2021, there are THIRTY-THREE (33) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) presumptive that has been moved to positive with a positive test result, and ONE (1) new COVID- 19 related death to report, bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 11,376*. Currently, there are SIXTY (60) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, thirty-eight locally and twenty-two 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: 12 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 11 BiPAP’s (Non-invasive ventilation for breathing support) machines are currently in use, 7 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 6 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 21% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive. Of our hospitalized cases today, FIFTY-FOUR (54) patients out of the 60 patients are not fully vaccinated. On Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had ELEVEN (11) 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 11,343*. We had SIXTY-FIVE (65) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, forty-one 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. Mercy was able to take a step back from their weekend reporting for COVID-19 patients being hospitalized locally, so we will not be reporting weekend statistics. Of our hospitalized cases on Sunday, FIFTY-SEVEN (57) patients out of the 65 patients were not fully vaccinated. On Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had TWENTY-SEVEN (27) people with new positive test results and ONE (1) presumptive that has been moved to positive with a positive test result to report bringing our total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 11,331*. We had SIXTY-NINE (69) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, forty-five 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. Mercy was able to take a step back from their weekend reporting for COVID-19 patients being hospitalized locally, so we will not be reporting weekend statistics. Of our hospitalized cases on Saturday, SIXTY (60) patients out of the 69 patients were not fully vaccinated. As of 12:00 pm today, Friday, October 1, 2021, there are THIRTY-SEVEN (37) people with new positive test results, ONE (1) new presumptive and TWO (2) new COVID-19 related deaths to report bringing the total number of cases of people with positive test results and presumptives in Douglas County to 11,304*. Currently, there are SIXTY-NINE (69) Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, forty-five locally and twenty-four 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: 12 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 8 CPAP’s (Continuous positive airway pressure) machines are currently in use, 10 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 3 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 34% of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive. Of our hospitalized cases today, SIXTY (60) patients out of the 69 patients are not fully vaccinated. On Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 12:00 pm we had FORTY-SEVEN (47) 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 11,266*. We had SIXTY-EIGHT (68) Douglas County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, forty-five locally and twenty-three 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: 9 ventilators (invasive mechanical airway support) and 11 CPAP’s (Continuous positive airway pressure) machines are currently in use, 10 COVID positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 3 are in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). 374 of the total hospitalized patients at Mercy are COVID positive. Of our hospitalized cases on Tuesday, FIFTY-NINE (59) patients out of the 68 patients are not fully vaccinated. COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS Douglas County Public Health has confirmed the deaths of six more Douglas County residents related to the COVID-19 virus. Our two hundred and sixteenth COVID-19 related death was a 90-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 and passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021. He was not vaccinated. Our two hundred and seventeenth COVID-19 related death was a 68-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. She was not vaccinated. Our two hundred and eighteenth COVID-19 related death was a 57-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, September 13, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. She was not vaccinated. Our two hundred and nineteenth COVID-19 related death was a 69-year-old woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, September 23, 2021 and passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. She was not vaccinated. Our two hundred and twentieth COVID-19 related death was a 62-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, September 4, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, September 30, 2021. He was not vaccinated. Our two hundred and twenty-first COVID-19 related death was an 87-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, September 23, 2021 and passed away on Thursday, September 30, 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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