Jackson County Public Health reports 27 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on February 18, 2021. Additionally, 4 previously reported cases were removed from the total COVID-19 cases. These updates bring the total COVID-19 cases to 8,027.
COVID-19 Workplace Outbreaks
Jackson County Public Health is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak associated with Timber Products Co. Jackson County Public Health began investigating this as a potential outbreak on February 5, 2021. At this time, there are 6 cases linked to this outbreak. This is an ongoing investigation, and for continued information, please access the Oregon Health Authority’s Weekly Outbreak Report.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) publishes data on cases in workplace outbreaks. Given a cluster of cases in space and time, within plausible incubation periods for the pathogen, OHA epidemiologists will consider cases to be related. OHA only reports workplace outbreaks with five or more cases and only for workplaces with at least 30 workers to protect privacy.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties) is 21, decreasing by 1 from the previous day. There are 6 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
Due to the winter weather in Oregon and across the nation, Jackson County Public Health will not receive its vaccine allotment of 1,800 prime doses of Moderna, with 1,300 dedicated for individuals over 75 this week. The Oregon Health Authority is monitoring the situation. Some pharmacies and other COVID-19 vaccine providers may have to delay or cancel appointments.
Currently, the federal COVID-19 vaccine supply chain is scarce, 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 and our healthcare partners are encouraged by the number of people wanting to be vaccinated, and we are all eager to provide the vaccine. We appreciate the community's patience; we are all doing the best we can – as fast as we can – with the available resources we have.
Resources on vaccine eligibility and where to access the vaccine:
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