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4 November 2020

Jackson County Public Health Reports 52 New COVID-19 Cases - NOV 4

COVID-19 cases in Jackson County now 2,049, 8th Fatality

Jackson County Public Health Reports 52 New COVID-19 Cases - NOV 4

Jackson County Public Health reports 52 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on November 4, 2020. Through the quality assurance process, Jackson County Public Health has removed a previously reported case due to a lab processing error. These updates bring the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 2,049. 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 Public Health is reporting the county’s 8th COVID-19 death. The patient was a 69-year-old female who tested positive on October 27 and died on November 2 at Providence Medford Medical Center. The patient had underlying medical conditions.

 Jackson County Public Health is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak associated with Andersen Construction Co.  Jackson County Public Health began investigating this as a potential outbreak on October 20, 2020.  At this time, there are 16 cases linked to this outbreak, 13 employees, and 3 close contacts that are not employees of Andersen Construction Co.  This is an ongoing investigation, and for continued information, please access the Oregon Health Authority’s Weekly COVID-19 Report.

 Jackson County is continuing to see clusters of cases related to social gatherings of various sizes. People from these gatherings, who now have COVID-19,  are spreading the infection to workplaces, schools, and childcare facilities as people continue their normal routines. Many people continue to work or send their children to schools and daycare until they receive a positive lab report, possibly exposing others in the workplace, school, and childcare facilities. It is critical that if someone has been around a close contact and have COVID-19-like symptoms, that they remain home and quarantine. 

The colder weather and holidays bring people indoors, which increases the risk of COVID-19 spreading. If you are holding a family/friend gathering, consider implementing the following steps to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19:

  • Gatherings are for well people: people who are sick, have COVID-19, are a close contact to a confirmed case, have a pending COVID-19 test should not attend the gathering
  • Increase indoor ventilation: ensuring proper ventilation can reduce airborne contaminants, including viruses, indoors.  Open window, use HVAC system, consider upgrading filters, turn bathroom fans on and run them continuously, or use a portable air cleaner or purifier. Indoor gathers with poor ventilation pose more risk than those with good ventilation. For more information, visit the EPA Indoor Air in Homes and Coronavirus.
  • Wear a mask- despite being with family and friends, wearing a mask continues to be an effective way of reducing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Limit the number of guests- it is best to limit the number of people indoors; the Governor of Oregon has an indoor gathering limit of 10 or fewer people with physical distancing.
  • Practice physical distancing- space out chairs at the table and consider not staying with family and friends in their home.

For more information on how to celebrate Fall and Winter holidays safely, visit the CDC COVID-19 Holiday Celebrations webpage. 

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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