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Officials warn of potential for outbreaks, urge caution in Douglas County

Public health officer Bob Dannenhoffer said the virus is still very much alive.

Posted: Jun 17, 2020 6:22 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Even though COVID-19 case numbers are low in Douglas County, public health officials say an outbreak is likely if people aren’t more careful.

Currently, there are 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County. Officials said 28 of those cases have recovered.

However, he said the virus is still very much alive. He said the spike in cases seen in other parts of Oregon is a representation of that.

“We know there’s nothing special about Douglas County that immunizes us against getting it,” said public health officer Bob Dannenhoffer. “We certainly know we can see outbreaks here.”

Also, he said people need to be more cautious about slowing the spread of the virus, now that the county has been approved for phase two.

“It’s appropriate that we’re in phase two,” said Dannenhoffer. “But I think we need to be very vigilant so it won’t backslide.”

Roseburg resident Stephanie Newman told KEZI 9 News that she’s doing everything she can to keep her family and others safe. However, she feels like there are a number of people in Douglas County who don’t feel the same way.

“I think for a lot of people, it doesn’t seem real,” said Newman. “Or it seems misplaced here.”

Dannenhoffer said he encourages people to continue to follow CDC guidelines and get tested if they need it.

“I do wish more people would wear masks,” said Dannenhoffer. “Remember, we wear masks not to protect ourselves, but to protect other people.”

Douglas Public Health Network is still running their COVID-19 drive-through clinics.

The clinic is hosted every Tuesday and Friday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and on Saturdays in Reedsport.

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