Visitors arrive at Diamond Lake Resort in December. The resort is temporarily closing due to an outbreak of COVID-19. (Michael Sullivan/The News-Review)
Diamond Lake Resort will suspend operations for about two weeks to allow staff to recover from an outbreak of COVID-19, according to a note posted to the resort’s Facebook page Saturday night.
“This is John (Jonesburg), Operations Manager at Diamond Lake Resort. We are in the midst of a COVID outbreak here at the resort,” the post read. “At this time, for the safety of our guests and our staff, we need to take a break from resort operations. We are closing accommodation and food service on Monday, January 17 at noon. Re-opening on Friday, January 28, so that our employees can recover and self-quarantine.
“Our store, inner tubes and snowmobile rentals will be open at scheduled times. Someone will be available to pump fuel as needed. All accommodations, as well as food service, will be closed. Sorry for the inconvenience. “
The station declined to comment further on Monday.
The partial shutdown comes at a time when Douglas County and the state of Oregon have seen significant spikes in COVID-19 cases.
Last week, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported 517 new positive cases and 25 suspected coronavirus cases for the week, with the total number of cases to date now exceeding 15,000.
The past week has seen a spike in the number of new cases reported daily, with 205 positive cases reported on Wednesday. It was the fourth time since the start of the pandemic that the number of daily cases exceeded 200. The last time the county saw such high numbers was on August 24, 2021, when 251 cases were reported in one single day at the height of the delta. variant overvoltage.
“We are definitely in our next wave of COVID,” the county response team said in its weekly report. “As we mentioned earlier, if there’s any good news, it’s that the spike in omicron cases in other parts of the world was short-lived.”
The state is seeing a record increase in cases, much of which is associated with omicron. Earlier this month, more than 10,000 cases were reported in a single day, and Oregon’s seven-day case average jumped nearly 400%, state officials said.
Modeling predicted that cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus will peak in Oregon in late January, with 30% more hospitalizations than during last year’s peak of the delta variant.
What’s even more troubling is that with so many people testing at home and not reporting their results, the true number of cases is likely much higher than reported, authorities said.
State health officials said that at the start of the pandemic, official numbers likely accounted for between 50% and 70% of actual cases; but during this wave of omicron, those official counts are almost certainly missing even more cases.
Authorities warn that such a rapid spread of the virus could overwhelm local hospitals.
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