Jackson County Public Health reports 67 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on November 5, 2020. Through the quality assurance process, Jackson County Public Health has removed two previously reported cases as they were duplicates. These updates bring the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 2,114. 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 set yet another weekly record number of COVID-19 cases. For week 44 (October 25 – October 31), Jackson County reported 245 new COVID-19 cases; this is a 39% increase from the previous week (week 43, October 18 – October 24). During week 44, the test positivity rate was 10.5%.
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 everyday 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.
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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