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12 May 2021

COVID-19 Updates - May 12, 2021

COVID-19 Updates - May 12, 2021

On May 11, 2021, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority Director, Patrick Allen, provided an update on the state's new vaccination targets for reopening the economy, closing the vaccine equity gap at the county level, and the criteria for lifting the County Risk Level framework.

Statewide, Oregon must reach 70% of the population 16 and older with a first vaccine dose to more fully reopen Oregon’s economy by lifting most of the health and safety restrictions imposed by the Risk Level framework. After a 70% vaccination rate has been achieved, only mask and some physical distancing will stay in place, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations and Oregon’s COVID-19 conditions on the ground.

Beginning May 21, counties will be eligible for the option to move weekly to the Lower Risk health and safety restrictions in Oregon’s Risk Level Framework. To do so, they must:

  • Reach 65% of the county population 16 and older with a first vaccine dose and submit a complete plan to OHA, which details how the county plans to close the equity gaps in their vaccination efforts.

Counties will be eligible for state resources to help achieve these goals and be eligible for additional funding as they demonstrate making progress towards closing their equity gaps.

As of May 9, 2021, 45.9% of Jackson County residents 16 and older have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is below the state average of 56.6%. Jackson County Public Health will be preparing a plan to submit to the OHA to detail how the county plans to close the equity gap in their vaccination efforts. Jackson County Public Health is waiting for further guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.

“Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best option we have to fight this pandemic, save lives, reduce hospitalizations from COVID-19, reopen our economy and get back to the people and things we love,” states Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer. “These vaccines are safe and effective. You may have some side effects, but these are normal signs that your body is building protection, and they will go away within a few days. Some people have no side effects.”

“We are encouraging everyone to come to the Jackson County Expo to get their COVID-19 vaccine. We do not require appointments or insurance at this vaccination site, and we are open seven days a week. It is an effortless location to receive the vaccine, and we have both Moderna and Pfizer options at this location,” states Tanya Phillips, Jackson County Health Promotion Manager.

Daily Case Information

As of 12:01 am on May 12, 2021, Jackson County Public Health reports 42 new COVID-19 cases. Additionally, one previously reported case was removed from the COVID-19 case total. This brings the total COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 10,824.

COVID-19 Related Deaths

Jackson County Public Health reports 1 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 138 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Jackson County’s 138th COVID-19 death is a 25-year-old man who tested positive on April 28 and died on May 10 at Providence Medford Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.

Jackson County Vaccination Equity Center at the Expo:

The Jackson County Equity Vaccination Center at the Expo is available to everyone that needs a COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone 16 years and older is eligible to get vaccinated. The vaccine is free, and people do not need to bring ID or insurance information. The Vaccination Equity Center is a safe place, accessible to all, regardless of legal status. Language interpreters and support for disabilities are available.

Register for an appointment at or call 211. Appointments are encouraged, but they are not required.

Vaccination Options at the Jackson County Vaccination Equity Center:

  • Walk-through Moderna Site (for individuals 18 years and older)
    • Vaccine: Moderna
    • Operation Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • No appointment required
  • Drive-Through Pfizer Site (for individuals 16 years and older)
    • Vaccine: Pfizer
    • Operation Hours: Sunday- Saturday
    • Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • All other days: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • No appointment required

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