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COVID-19 News & Information in Jackson County, Oregon

8 January 2021

Jackson County Public Health Reports 83 New COVID-19 Cases - JAN 8

Reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County now 6,366

Jackson County Public Health Reports 83 New COVID-19 Cases - JAN 8

Jackson County Public Health reports 83 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 AM on January 8, 2021. This update brings the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 6,366.

COVID-19 Deaths

Jackson County Public Health reports three new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total deaths to 78.

Jackson County’s 76th COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old man who tested positive on December 12 and died on December 17 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Jackson County’s 77th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man who tested positive on December 22 and died on January 4 at his residence. The presence of an underlying health condition is being verified.

Jackson County’s 78th COVID-19 death is a 62-year-old man who tested positive on December 29 and died on January 6 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties) is 47, 6 fewer than yesterday.  There are 13 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), which is the same as 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

Jackson County Public Health is working with the hospitals and current COVID-19 vaccine providers to vaccinate those in Phase 1A, Group 1.  Read about priority groups in Oregon’s Phase 1A COVID-19 Vaccine Plan. Jackson County Public Health will continue to collaborate with the hospitals and COVID-19 vaccine providers to coordinate the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The collaboration will be important as Oregon prepares to vaccinate people within the other Groups.

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 getting seriously ill if they got the virus.

These vaccines were tested in large clinical trials and research studies with tens of thousands of people to ensure 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, ethnicities, and various medical conditions.  The FDA and a safety board reviewed every study, every phase and every trial.  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.  

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