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COVID-19 News & Information in Jackson County, Oregon

12 November 2020

Jackson County Public Health Reports 123 New COVID-19 Cases - NOV 12

Reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County now 2,606

Jackson County Public Health Reports 123 New COVID-19 Cases - NOV 12

Jackson County Public Health reports 123 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on November 12, 2020. Additionally, one previously reported case has been removed from the overall case total. These updates bring the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 2,606. Jackson County is reporting two new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total COVID-19 deaths to 10. To access additional data on the total COVID-19 cases, visit the Situation in Jackson County, Oregon webpage, or the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard website.

Jackson County is reporting the county’s 9th COVID-19 death. The patient was an 80-year-old male who tested positive on November 3 and died on November 10 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.  The patient had underlying medical conditions.

Jackson County is reporting the county’s 10th COVID-19 death.  The patient was an 87-year-old male who tested positive on November 6 and died on November 10 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.  The patient had underlying medical conditions.

First of all, I want to send my condolences to the families that have lost loved ones from COVID-19, I am sorry for your loss.” says Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer. “Jackson County has continued to set new daily and weekly records in the last five weeks, and I am really concerned about this. I cannot emphasize enough that we all need to make changes to limit the spread of COVID-19,” says Dr. Jim Shames “We know that many people have already made these changes, and the actions they are taken have helped. But we need everyone to reduce the number of gatherings they attend; it is best not to gather with people outside of your household.  Minimize the number of people you are around and the number of gatherings you attend in a week. Wear a mask in public settings, and especially wear a mask if you are gathering with people that are outside of your household, even if they are family and friends, wear a mask!”

The Centers for Disease Control has recently provided additional scientific evidence that the community benefit of wearing a mask prevents the transmission of COVID-19 and that wearing a mask reduces the inhalation of these droplets by the wearer. “Wearing a mask protects those around you and yourself from COVID-19, we are truly all in this together” says Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion Manager for Jackson County Public Health.

Jackson County Public Health and other health agencies are seeing an increase in call volume with basic COVID-19 questions and where to get tested for COVID. Here are the resources that are in place to answer your questions.

Do you have questions about COVID-19? Visit these sites or call 211-information.

Do you have questions about isolation and quarantine?

o   Scroll down to the bottom of the page; there are directives about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you are a close contact.  If you have a confirmed COVID-19 test or if you are a close contact of a confirmed case, follow these directions, even if you have not heard from your local public health department.

Where can I get tested in Jackson County?

When should I seek emergency medical care?

It is important to know when to seek emergency medical care for COVID-19, especially when the hospital system’s capacity may be limited due to the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. 

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to walk or stay away
  • Bluish lips or face

This list is not all possible symptoms.  Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.  Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Take these everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs like the flu and COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated for flu
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Limit your contact with others if you are sick
  • Wear a mask
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched
  • Watch your distance (stay at least 6 ft. away from others)

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