Jackson County Public Health reports 12 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on March 1, 2021. Additionally, 2 previously reported cases have been removed from the total COVID-19 cases since. These updates bring the total COVID-19 cases to 8,405.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties) is 28, increased by 4 from the previous day. There are 3 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), no change from the previous day.
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.
For additional local COVID-19 data, visit the COVID-19 Data Dashboard at Situation in Jackson County, Oregon webpage. More information on hospitalizations and other COVID-19 can be found on the OHA COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
Individuals 65 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting today, Monday, March 1, 2021.
Currently, the federal COVID-19 vaccine supply chain remains limited, impacting the vaccine supply in Jackson County. With the short supply and high demand, we know more seniors will want to get vaccinated than there will be vaccines available to them in the coming weeks. This means that every older adult will not be able to get an appointment as soon as they want one, even if they are currently eligible per the state's prioritization.
Jackson County Public Health is hopeful that the vaccine supply chain will increase in March, allowing for more vaccines to be distributed to Jackson County and increasing access to the vaccine.
Resources on vaccine eligibility and where to access the vaccine:
COVID-19 Vaccine Sequencing Update:
On Friday, February 26, 2021, the Governor and Oregon Health Authority announced the next groups eligible to receive the vaccine. All COVID-19 Vaccine Providers follow the Oregon Vaccine Sequencing Plan to determine who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
Phase 6: No later than March 29:
- Adults age 45-64 with one or more CDC-defined underlying health conditions with increased risk;
- Food and agricultural workers
- People living in low-income senior housing, senior congregate and independent living
- People experiencing houselessness who are sheltered or unsheltered.
- Wildland firefighters.
- Currently displaced wildfire victims.
Phase 7: No later than May 1:
- Adults 16-44 with one or more CDC-defined underlying health conditions with increased risk.
- Frontline workers as defined by the CDC/ including state and local frontline employees.
- People who live in multigenerational households.
Phase 2: Oregon expects to open vaccines to the general population starting in June.
- No later than June 1: Oregonians ages 45-64 in the general population will be eligible.
- No later than July 1: All Oregonians over age 16 will be eligible to get vaccinated.
Oregon is using the CDC category of underlying conditions with increased risk. This includes people who have one or more of the following conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or HIV;
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or more)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
For more information: