Jackson County Public Health is reporting 15 new COVID-19 cases, as of 12:01 am, July 26, 2020. This update brings the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 291. To access additional data on the total COVID-19 cases, visit the Situation in Jackson County, Oregon webpage.
Jackson County Public Health and Asante, with support from the Oregon Health Authority, are investigating a workplace outbreak of COVID-19 among a small group of employees at the Rogue Regional Medical Center. The outbreak investigation began on July 22, 2020, and is an ongoing investigation.
An outbreak consists when two or more confirmed or presumptive cases in different households are identified with an epi-link. To protect privacy, the Oregon Health Authority has set the standard of publicly announcing outbreaks in the workplace when there are 5 or more cases at a workplace with 30 or more employees. State and local public health officials work intensively with staff at workplaces where outbreaks are identified to isolate sick workers, test and quarantine those who have been exposed and implement workplace changes to reduce the risk of transmission.
Masks, face shields, or face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). Face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible. In addition, face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you cannot physically distance. The statewide masking requirements apply to all Oregonians ages five and older.
The science on COVID-19 is growing, and it is clear that masks slow the spread of COVID-19. There is emerging evidence that masks/face coverings protect the wearer from other people by filtering out some virus particles that can cause infection. 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). Wearing a mask/facial covering is an empowering way for each of us to protect our communities, our families, and ourselves.
Wear your Face Covering Correctly:
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure is under your chin
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
- Make sure you can breathe easily
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. Everyone should practice 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.
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