Jackson County Public Health continues to see a sharp increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases, COVID-19 outbreaks, and people hospitalized for COVID-19 at an alarming rate. “Each day, we are experiencing new record highs for the number of new cases and hospitalizations in Jackson County. We are in a bad place for our public health and healthcare infrastructure, and for the health of our community,” states Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer. “Our public health and healthcare systems are nearing capacity, at capacity or have surpassed it.”
Jackson County Public Health is in the process of ramping back up to respond to the surge in cases by hiring more Case Investigators and moving staff that work in other public health programs to perform case investigation duties. “Recently, Jackson County Public Health adjusted to the decrease in cases. Many of the staff hired on during the first surge couldn’t stay with us due to the reduced hours being worked, and internal staff went back to their original job positions,” states Jackson Baures, Jackson County Public Health Division Manager. “The reality is, because of the number of new COVID-19 cases and how rapid the increase in cases has been, we do not have the staff needed to be able to contact and investigate every positive case or notify close contacts. Even when we were staffed to respond to the previous surge, we would still be beyond our capacity with the number of cases we have had this past week.”
“Because of the number of cases we are seeing, it is likely that Jackson County Public Health staff will not be able to contact you; therefore, we recommend anyone who tests positive for COVID19 to isolate immediately and notify all close contacts that they have been exposed and should quarantine for 14 days,” says Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion Manager for Jackson County Public Health. Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available). You can be around others after:
- You have no fever for 24 hours without the use of medicine and
- Your symptoms have improved, and
- At least 10 days have passed since your first symptoms
People will need to quarantine if they have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that fully vaccinated people get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
“It is more important than ever for people to get vaccinated and wear masks. We must protect our community, protect our public health and healthcare infrastructure and slow the spread of COVID19,” states Dr. Jim Shames.
Masks are required in all healthcare settings and must be worn by healthcare personnel, patients and visitors. Mask, Face Covering, and Face Shield Requirements for Healthcare Offices. Jackson County Public Health, along with the Oregon Health Authority and CDC, strongly recommend that everyone 5 years and older (2 and older if tolerated) wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Daily COVID-19 Cases
Today Jackson County Public Health is reporting 253 new cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. on August 3, 2021, bringing the total cases in Jackson County to 13,091. Today’s total includes additional cases from Saturday and Sunday.
The number of hospitalized patients and patients in the ICU with COVID-19 in Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties) continues to increase. As of 8:45 a.m. on August 3, 2021, there are 82 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, and 26 of those patients are in the intensive care unit.
COVID-19 Related Deaths
Jackson County Public Health reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 159 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Jackson County’s 158th COVID-19 death is a 43-year-old man who tested positive on July 15 and died on July 30 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
Jackson County’s 159th COVID-19 death is a 96-year-old man who tested positive on July 20 and died on August 1 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
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