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Twenty-eight new positive COVID-19 cases, vaccines delayed due to weather

Written by on February 17, 2021

Corona Virus, COVID-19

Douglas County, Ore. – Douglas County health officials report, as of 12:00 pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2021, there are twenty-eight people with new positive test results and eight new presumptive test results to report since Tuesday’s noon case update.

The total number of cases (people with positive test results and presumptive) in Douglas County is now at 2,254. Currently, there are fifteen Douglas County COVID-19 patients that are being hospitalized, ten locally and five out-of-the-area.

Currently, DPHN is supporting 264 cases in isolation, as well as another 481 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 745 total contacts and cases in isolation or quarantine.

In a notice released on February 16, 2021, Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent, Jared Cordon announced that they were notified by DPHN and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, of a positive COVID-19 case at Fir Grove Elementary School in Roseburg.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced, Tuesday, February 16, 2021, that there will be “widespread delays” in COVID-19 vaccine shipments nationwide in the coming days because of the severe winter weather across much of the United States, that have also left millions of people without power. The delay will affect the Oregon and Douglas County vaccine shipments for this week.

“Due to the severe winter weather currently impacting a large swath of the country, the U.S. government is projecting widespread delays in COVID-19 vaccine shipments and deliveries over the next few days,” said CDC spokesperson Jasmine Reed. “Shipping partners are working to deliver vaccine where possible, contingent on local conditions, but the adverse weather is expected to continue to impact shipments out of the FedEx facility in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as the UPS facility in Louisville, Kentucky, which serve as vaccine shipping hubs for multiple states,” Reed said.

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