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30 August 2021

COVID-19 Updates - August 30, 2021

COVID-19 Updates - August 30, 2021

Jackson County Public Health is reporting a new record for the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a week. “For the week of August 22, Jackson County Public Health reported 1,947 new cases. This is the most COVID-19 cases reported in a week for Jackson County,” says Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion for Jackson County Public Health.

Because of the extreme number of cases in Jackson County, it is unlikely that Jackson County Public Health staff will be able to contact all positive cases or close contacts; therefore, we recommend anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 to isolate immediately and notify all close contacts that they have been exposed and they need to quarantine for 14 days. Anyone in close contact with a COVID-19 case should quarantine for 14 days and seek testing if they become symptomatic.

What Can the Community Do to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Jackson County Public Health and the hospital systems continue to inform the community that their help is needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and provide relief to the hospital and public health systems. The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks. Masks, face coverings, or face shields are required in all public indoor and outdoor spaces in Oregon. Read the full Oregon Administrative Rule.

All three COVID-19 vaccines in the United States prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, and are effective against the Delta variant. High vaccination coverage will reduce the spread of the virus in Jackson County and elsewhere, protect our healthcare and public health infrastructure, and help prevent new variants from emerging.



CDC Issues a Health Advisory

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Health Alert Network advisory warning that people should not use ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19.

There is a growing interest in a drug called ivermectin to treat humans with COVID-19. Ivermectin is often used in the U.S. to treat or prevent parasites in animals. While ivermectin is FDA-approved to treat certain infections caused by parasites, it has not been proven to prevent or treat COVID-19. Adverse effects associated with ivermectin misuse and overdose are increasing, as shown by a rise in calls to poison control centers reporting overdoses and more people experiencing adverse effects.

Recommendations for the public:

  • Be aware that currently, ivermectin has not been proven as a way to prevent or treat COVID-19.
  • Do not swallow ivermectin products that should be used on skin (e.g., lotions and creams) or are not meant for human use, such as veterinary ivermectin products.
  • Seek immediate medical attention or call the poison control center hotline (1-800-222- 1222) for advice if you have taken ivermectin or a product that contains ivermectin and are having symptoms. Signs and symptoms include gastrointestinal effects (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea), headache, blurred vision, dizziness, fast heart rate, and low blood pressure. Other severe nervous system effects have been reported, including tremors, seizures, hallucinations, confusion, loss of coordination and balance, decreased alertness, and coma.
  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination is approved by FDA and is the safest and most effective way to prevent getting sick and protect against severe disease and death from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including the Delta variant.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick with COVID-19. In addition to vaccination, wear masks in indoor public places, practice staying at least six feet from other people who don’t live in your household, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer that has at least 60 percent alcohol.

Weekly Number of New COVID-19 Cases

As of 12:01 a.m. on August 30, 2021, the total number of new COVID-19 cases for the last three days is 484. For week 34 (August 22 –August 28), Jackson County Public Health reported 1,947 new COVID-19 cases. The total number of cases reported since the pandemic is now 18,223.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties)

As of 8:30 a.m. on August 30, 2021, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 205, and there are 58 patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

COVID-19 Related Deaths

Jackson County Public Health reports 6 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 199 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Jackson County’s 200th COVID-19 death is a 65-year-old man who tested positive on August 3 and died on August 28 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.

Jackson County’s 201st COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old woman who tested positive on August 12 and died on August 26 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.

Jackson County’s 202nd COVID-19 death is a 92-year-old man who tested positive on August 18 and died on August 26 at Providence Medford Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.

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