COVID-19 Update: Douglas County Reports 22 New Suspected Cases | Coronavirus

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Douglas County’s COVID-19 Response Team announced 21 new confirmed cases and one suspected case in its press release on Saturday.

The new positive cases bring the county’s total to 2,603 ​​cases since the coronavirus pandemic was declared almost a year ago. There have been 55 deaths of Douglas County residents related to the coronavirus.

The team is currently monitoring 189 confirmed cases that are in isolation and 577 contacts who are in quarantine.

Fourteen Douglas County residents are being hospitalized for the coronavirus, 10 locally and four outside the county.

While doses of the vaccine are expected to become more available in Douglas County in the coming weeks, the response team issued a warning from the Oregon Health Authority of possible vaccination-related scams:

  • People can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine. If someone calls to offer an appointment to pay, it is a scam;
  • Do not pay to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who wants money to put you on a list, make an appointment for you, or reserve a place in the queue for you is a scammer;
  • If you’re uninsured, have Medicare, an employer plan, private insurance, or the Oregon Health Plan, you don’t have to pay for the vaccine;
  • Ignore ads for sale of the vaccine. The vaccine is only available through federal, state, or local health partners. It cannot be bought;
  • No legitimate healthcare provider will text or email about the vaccine and request a person’s social security number, bank account, or credit card number;
  • You do not need to provide a social security number when registering for a vaccination appointment.

The vaccine is currently eligible for Phase 1-B, Group 5, which includes seniors aged 65 and over. Eligible persons wishing to receive the vaccine are encouraged to contact their local health care provider or qualified local pharmacy to schedule an appointment.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 202 new confirmed and suspected cases and three deaths on Saturday: a 58-year-old woman from Benton County, a 75-year-old woman from Clackamas County, and an 82-year-old man from Curry County.


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