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Unvaccinated Are Majority Of Those Sick And Dying From COVID In Douglas Co.

Mercy Health Center

Each day, Douglas County continues to see triple digit COVID-19 cases --many resulting in hospitalization and too often, in deaths.

Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer said an overwhelming majority of the sick in Mercy Medical Center are unvaccinated.

“The two most striking statistics I’ve seen this week is that 16 out of 17 people in the ICU at Mercy are among the unvaccinated,” he said. “The other striking thing is when I looked at the people who were on ventilators, that’s the sickest of the sick—every single one of them was younger than me.”

Dannenhoffer is 65.

He asked those who are still vaccine hesitant to look at the case rates and hospitalizations and recognize the best way to help is to get the shot. He added there are up to twenty vaccination sites operating around the county.

So far, 140 Douglas County residents have died from COVID-19.

Credit Douglas County Public Health
Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer says the current situation in Douglas County is heartbreaking. He's seeing too many hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 and implores everyone physically able to get the vaccine.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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