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COVID-19 News & Information in Jackson County, Oregon

13 January 2021

Jackson County Public Health Reports 58 New COVID-19 Cases - JAN 13

Reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County now 6,684

Jackson County Public Health Reports 58 New COVID-19 Cases - JAN 13

Jackson County Public Health reports 58 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on January 13, 2021. Additionally, 3 previously reported cases were removed from the total number of COVID-19 cases. These updates bring the total COVID-19 cases to 6,684.

COVID-19 Deaths

Jackson County Public Health is reporting 1 new COVID-19 death.  This brings the total COVID-19 deaths in Jackson County to 82.

Jackson County’s 82nd COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old man who tested positive on December 10 and died on January 11 at Providence Medford Medical Center. The patient had underlying health conditions.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties) is 51, which is 9 more than yesterday. There are 16 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), which is 1 more than yesterday.

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.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

For additional information, visit the Jackson County COVID-19 Data Dashboard at Situation in Jackson County, Oregon webpage. The  Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard website does publish Jackson County COVID-19 data.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Yesterday, the Governor announced that Oregon would be expanding COVID-19 vaccination to include all individuals age 65 and older, as well as educators, following the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This will begin on January 23, pending increased vaccine deliveries from the federal government. This news was confirmed yesterday evening.

Getting the vaccine out to a large number of people quickly and safely will take multiple partners working together and many different vaccine strategies occurring simultaneously.  Jackson County Public Health, Asante, Providence, La Clinica, Rogue Community Health, Valley Immediate Care, Mercy Flights, Children and Adolescent Clinic, and other partners are collaborating on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Jackson County.  Jackson County Public Health will provide further information on when the vaccine will be available to individuals age 65 and older and educators and where they can access the vaccine in the coming days.  Please access the Jackson County HHS COVID-19 Vaccine website for updated information.

Currently, the vaccine is available to those in Phase 1A.

For people who are in Phase 1A, as defined by OHA, you can access the vaccine through these approved COVID-19 Vaccine Providers:

La Clinica, Rogue Community Health, and Mercy Flights are collaborating directly with organizations in Phase 1A to provide the vaccine. They are developing and expanding their process and capacity to vaccinate others in Phase 1A.

Valley immediate care is in the process of becoming an approved COVID-19 vaccine provider by the OHA.

Jackson County and Asante have received approval to hold a mass vaccination event in Jackson County to administer the COVID-19  vaccine.  Jackson County and Asante are working in collaboration on the planning and process development of this event and have received confirmation that the National Guard will be providing support.  What we know right now is that this mass vaccination event will be a drive-through clinic held at the Jackson County Expo on January 21, 22, and 23.  We will have more information on the hours of operation and who will be eligible to receive the vaccine in the coming days. Jackson County will follow the Oregon COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Sequencing Plan and additional directives from the state.   Asante will be developing a tool for those eligible to receive the vaccine at this event to inform us if they plan to attend. Again, we will provide additional information on the event in the coming days.

Information is rapidly changing; it is best to check the Jackson County COVID-19 Vaccine website for updated information.

Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Vaccination is the best way to keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are more than 94% effective and have undergone rigorous safety testing.
  • Vaccination gives us hope that the pandemic will end. Still, in the meantime, we need to continue safety measures to keep the virus from spreading: Wear a mask, physically distance from others, wash your hands, avoid gatherings, and stay home when you’re sick.

Clinical studies showed both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be more than 94% effective when both doses are received.  Neither vaccine showed serious safety issues and protected people from getting COVID-19 and from getting seriously ill if they did get the virus.

These vaccines were tested in large clinical trials and research studies with tens of thousands of people to make sure they met the safety standards. In fact, both vaccines were tested in many more people than a typical vaccine trail. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccine offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.  Every study, every phase and every trial was reviewed by the FDA and a safety board.  COVID-19 safety and effectiveness.

Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated.  Common side effects include your arm may become sore, red, or warm to the touch.  These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week.  Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting the vaccine.  These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do.  It is working and building up protection against the disease.

Should people who have recovered from COVID-19 get vaccinated?

Unfortunately, re-infection is possible with COVID-19. Therefore, even if you have already had the virus and recovered, you may still be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to persons regardless of a history of COVID-19 infection, with or without symptoms. They don’t recommend testing to check for prior infection when deciding to get the vaccine. Natural immunity, which is gained from having the infection, varies from person to person. It is still unknown how long natural immunity lasts, though some evidence already indicates that it is not for an extensive period of time.  

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