[Medford, Oregon] — March 25, 2020, Jackson County Public Health is reporting one new COVID-19 case, bringing the total to four in Jackson County. Jackson County Public Health is investigating the case to identify how the individual was exposed to the disease and identify and isolate/quarantine any individuals who may have been in close contact with the person.
Most states have executive orders in place for citizens to practice social distancing that includes sheltering in place. Social distancing is the most important and valuable tool we have to slow the spread of COVID-19. We understand the difficulties of practicing social distancing, this is not something we are used to doing, and we miss being close to family and friends. But, by practicing social distancing and staying home, we are slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those who are more likely to suffer severe complications from COVID-19. Those most vulnerable are include adults 60 and older, or anyone with a serious health condition, including lung or heart disease, diabetes, or anyone who has a suppressed immune system.
Every resident should take these basic steps to protect themselves and those most at risk:
- Practice social distancing, stay home and save a life.
- It is best to not visit and stay over at older family members' homes or those that have health conditions that put them at risk, but do check on them using social distancing.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like bathrooms, desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, faucet handles, toys and cell phones.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home and away from others if you are ill.
Here are what individuals should and shouldn’t do under Governor Kate Brown’s executive orders that are in place to flatten the curve:
- Stay home as much as possible; this includes kids
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others any time you are out
- Go out only for essentials (groceries and medical care)
- Exercise outside (best to walk, jog and bike in your neighborhood) and practice social distancing
- Have video and phone chats
- Drop food off to neighbors who can’t go out
- Gather in groups
- Get together with friends and family outside your immediate household (no drinks or dinners)
- Have playdates for kids
- Make unnecessary trips
For more information:
The public can call 211-information with general questions
OHA Emerging Respiratory Disease page: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus
CDC COVID-19 page: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Jackson County Health and Human Services: http://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19