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3 September 2021

COVID-19 Updates - September 3, 2021

COVID-19 Updates - September 3, 2021

Jackson County Public Health will be closed on Monday, September 6, in observation of Labor Day. Therefore, on September 6, Jackson County Public Health will not publish COVID-19 data on the county data dashboard.

Holiday Travel and Gathering Guidance

For many people, Labor Day is a final opportunity to celebrate summer. Barbecues, gatherings with our friends, and last chance summer travels fill our plans. Once again, the COVID-19 pandemic means this holiday weekend will need to look different.  

You may have already made plans for the Labor Day weekend before Oregon saw cases and hospitalizations surge. If your plans involve large outdoor gatherings or indoor activities that put you and others at risk for COVID-19, it’s important to reconsider what you have planned.  

Playing it safe is the best choice right now. Here’s why:

  • The Delta variant is highly transmissible and is spreading rapidly, especially in areas with low COVID-19 vaccination rates.  
  • Oregon hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and may not have enough space for emergencies. 

Accessing medical care may be more difficult for things like a broken leg or food poisoning this year due to the hospital capacity from COVID-19. So even if you’re taking precautions to avoid COVID-19 transmission, avoiding other risky behavior is also an important way to support our hospital system in this time of crisis.

While we've grown tired of having to limit our activities, it’s worth it to protect our loved ones and others in our communities. Staying close to home, spending time with members of our household, avoiding crowds and wearing face coverings in indoor public spaces and outdoors when we can’t maintain six feet of physical distance can help end this surge.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s Domestic Travel or International Travel recommendations for unvaccinated people. If you will be traveling with unvaccinated people, such as children younger than 12 who are not eligible for Page 2 of 3 vaccines, follow recommendations for unvaccinated people and choose the safer travel options. Everyone, even people who are fully vaccinated, will still be required to wear a mask on public transportation. If you are considering traveling for a holiday or event, visit CDC’s Travel page to help you decide what is best for you and your family.

Remember, getting vaccinated is the safest and most effective way for all people in Jackson County to get back to doing the things they love.

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Daily Number of New COVID-19 Cases

As of 12:01 a.m. on September 3, 2021, Jackson County Public Health is reporting 195 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Jackson County to 18,970.

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

As of 8:15 a.m. on September 3, 2021, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 218, and there are 65 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 1 new COVID-19 death, bringing the total to 215 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Correction on the Jackson County’s 214th COVID-19 death of an 83-year-old woman, underlying health conditions are being confirmed.

Jackson County’s 215th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman who tested positive on August 18 and died on August 30 at their residence. They had underlying health conditions.

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