Jackson County Public Health reports 69 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on December 28, 2020. This update brings the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 5,686. Jackson County Public Health reports three new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total deaths to 69.
Jackson County’s 67th COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man who tested positive on November 22 and died on December 27 at Providence Medford Medical Center. The patient had underlying conditions.
Jackson County’s 68th COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man who tested positive on December 18 and died on December 26 at Ashland Community Hospital. The patient had underlying conditions.
Jackson County’s 69th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man who tested positive on December 24 and died on December 25 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
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.
Personal and Social Activities: Preventing COVID-19
As people prepare to engage in personal and social activities, such as attending gatherings, both large and small, there are actions you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. Remember, it is best to minimize the number of people you are around and limit the gathering size to 6 people and no more than two different households. The more people you are around, the greater the risk is for spreading and contracting COVID-19.
Jackson County is under the Extreme Risk level, and disease activity continues to be widespread in the county. Please follow the guidance under the Extreme Risk; following the guidance will help reduce community spread of COVID-19. Information can be found on the OHA website.
Prepare before you go
- Stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (symptoms of COVID-19), if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Check with the organizer or host for updated information about any COVID-19 safety guidelines and if they have steps in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Prioritize attending outdoor activities over indoor activities and stay within your local area as much as possible.
- Bring supplies to help you and others stay healthy—for example, masks (bring extra), hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, and drinking water.
- Wear a mask when interacting with other people to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus.
- Wearing masks is most important when social distancing is difficult.
- Masks are strongly encouraged in settings where individuals might raise their voices, such as shouting, chanting, or singing.
Use social distancing and limit physical contact
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet or more from people who don’t live in your household. Be particularly mindful in areas where it may be harder to keep this distance, such as check-in areas, parking lots, and entry routes and exit routes.
- Select seating or determine where to stand based on the ability to keep 6 feet of space from people who don’t live in your household, including if you will be eating or drinking.
- Arrive to the event early or at off-peak times to avoid crowding and congested areas.
- Avoid using restroom facilities or concession areas at high traffic times, such as intermission, half-time, or immediately at the end of the event.
Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items
- Use touchless garbage cans or pails and cashless payment options when possible. Otherwise, exchange cash or card by placing payment in a receipt tray, if available, or on the counter.
- Avoid any self-serve food or drink options, such as buffets, salad bars, and condiment or drink stations. Use grab-and-go meal options, if available.
- Use disposable food service items, including utensils and dishes, if available.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer immediately before eating food or after touching any common surfaces like hand railings, payment kiosks, door handles, and toilets.
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