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8 April 2021

COVID-19 Updates - April 8, 2021

COVID-19 Updates - April 8, 2021

Jackson County Public Health reports 88 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on April 8, 2021. This update brings the total COVID-19 cases to 9,546.

COVID-19 Related Deaths

Jackson County Public Health reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 126 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Jackson County's 125th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man who tested positive on March 13 and died on April 5 at Providence Medford Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.

Jackson County's 126th COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man who tested positive on March 16 and died on April 6 at Providence Medford Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.

Correction on Jackson County's 124th COVID-19, the person died on April 5.

COVID-19 Vaccine

We are in a race against getting people vaccinated and the rapid spread of COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants. “If you are eligible to get vaccinated, do it now,” states Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer. “Do not wait for a specific brand of the vaccine; get the one that is available to you. This is a lifesaving vaccine that people should not postpone in getting.”

“There are numerous locations in Jackson County to access the COVID-19 vaccine,” states Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion Manager for Jackson County Public. “You can schedule an appointment with Jackson County Public Health at our vaccination site at the Expo, there is the Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, La Clinica, numerous pharmacies, and other locations with primary care providers.”

This week, people in Group 7 who are 16 and older are now eligible for vaccination:

  • Frontline workers as defined by the CDC and the family members they live with.
  • People who live in multi-generational households.
  • Adults ages 16 to 44 with underlying health conditions with increased risk. Oregon has adopted the CDC guidance for underlying health conditions.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is FDA approved for individuals 16 years and older, and Moderna and the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are FDA approved for individuals 18 years and older. The Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, Walgreens, and Walmart have the Pfizer vaccine.

Please continue to check the Jackson County Health and Human Services COVID-19 Vaccine website for vaccine locations:, as new sites are being added.


Statewide, masks are required to be worn by all individuals at all times unless the individual:

  • Is at their own residence.
  • Is in their own personal vehicle, except when going through a drive-thru or if interacting with an individual outside the vehicle, such as at a gas station.
  • Is under five (5) years of age; or is under two (2) years of age and using public transportation or in transportation hubs.
  • Is eating or drinking.
  • Is engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face-covering or face shield not feasible, such as when taking a shower.
  • Is sleeping.
  • Is in a private, individual workspace.
  • Must remove the mask, face coverings or face shield briefly because the individual’s identity needs to be confirmed by visual comparisons, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement. If possible, individuals should limit speaking while the mask, face-covering, or face shield is off as speaking generates aerosols and droplets that can contain viruses.
  • Is fully vaccinated, or is at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease and is with others who are fully vaccinated, in accordance with the following:
    • In private indoor or outdoor settings, individuals who are fully vaccinated and individuals who are not vaccinated but are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, may visit without masks and without physical distancing.

Your best protection from COVID-19 will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds in poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often. No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic.

To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often
  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is your turn

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