Jackson County Public Health is reporting 12 new COVID-19 cases, as of 12:01 AM, July 17, 2020. This update brings the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 215. To access additional data on the total COVID-19 cases, visit the Situation in Jackson County, Oregon webpage.
All Oregonians statewide are required to wear face coverings when accessing public indoor spaces; this applies to businesses and members visiting these spaces. Face coverings are required to be worn in outdoor public spaces when six feet distance cannot be maintained. This might come up at a crowded trailhead, on sidewalks while awaiting entry to a business or at an outdoor event.
Wearing a face covering will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores and restaurants). Overall, face coverings worn by others protect you from getting the virus from people carrying the virus. For children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12, it is recommended, but not required, that they wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Some people are unable to wear face coverings for medical reasons. When a person with a disability is unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons, they should be offered a reasonable accommodation.
Wear your Face Covering Correctly:
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
- Make sure you can breathe easily
Tips to Help Kids Feel Comfortable Wearing a Face Covering:
- Let your child pick out and decorate their own face covering.
- Try different styles to find one that is a comfortable fit.
- Put a face covering on a favorite stuffed animal or draw one a favorite book character.
- Introduce the mask when everyone is relaxed and comfortable but not too sleepy.
- Practice wearing the face covering at home to help your child get used to it.
- Play some pretend games with characters that wear masks.
- Point out other people wearing masks while you are out.
Face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public and social settings. COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is continuously changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying close to home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. It is recommended that everyone practices physical distancing (stay six feet away from people who are not in your household), practice good hand hygiene, and frequently disinfect surfaces that or touched often. It is also important to stay home and isolate yourself from other people in your household if you are sick or if you have a pending COVID-19 test; do not attend social gatherings, go to work or travel.
Overall, people in Oregon should follow the three W’s:
- WEAR a face covering
- WATCH your distance
- WASH your hands
For more information:
The public can call 211-information with general questions
OHA Emerging Respiratory Disease page: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus
CDC COVID-19 page: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDC Travel within the US: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
Jackson County Health and Human Services: http://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19