Douglas County officials fear patient with coronavirus could face harassment

They said the person is medically stable and under full quarantine.

Posted: Mar 9, 2020 7:29 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 12:31 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Public health officials said they will not be releasing any information about the Douglas County coronavirus case for now.

Officials told KEZI 9 News that the case was identified Saturday. They said the person was tested in the morning and received positive results the same evening.

They said the person is medically stable and under full quarantine.

Officials said they will not be releasing any information regarding the person’s age, gender or where they live.

If that information is released, officials said the person is more at risk for harassment, especially because Douglas County consists of smaller towns.

Bob Dannenhoffer, the public health officer for Douglas County, said he doesn’t believe it’s necessary for the public to know that information.

“I think when you look through it, you realize that if it changes the advice we give, we would totally release that information,” said Dannenhoffer.

Dannenhoffer told KEZI 9 News that the only people who know that information are the ones who had interactions with the infected person.

He said they are monitoring those people now and they will get tested if they start to show symptoms.

Dannenhoffer said they believe this case was one of community spread, meaning the person did not contract the virus through travel or have contact with another known case.

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