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COVID-19 Updates - August 16, 2021

COVID-19 Updates - August 16, 2021

Jackson County Public Health is reporting a new record for the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a week. Jackson County continues to see COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and outbreaks increase and remain extremely elevated. “For the week of August 8, Jackson County Public Health reported 1,555 new cases. This is the most COVID-19 cases reported in a week for Jackson County,” says Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion for Jackson County Public Health. “The highest number of cases we had in a week during the fall and winter surge was the week of November 29, with 557 COVID-19 cases.”​

Because of the extreme number of cases in Jackson County, it is unlikely that Jackson County Public Health staff will be able to contact all positive cases or close contacts; therefore, we recommend anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 to isolate immediately and notify all close contacts that they have been exposed and should quarantine for 14 days. Anyone in close contact with a COVID-19 case should quarantine for 14 days and seek testing if they become symptomatic.

Jackson County Public Health and the hospital systems are encouraging the community to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and provide relief to the hospital system. The best way to stop the spread of the Delta variant is to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks. Masks, face coverings, or face shields are required in all indoor spaces. Read the full Oregon Administrative Rule.

All three COVID-19 vaccines in the United States prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, and are effective against the Delta variant. High vaccination coverage will reduce the spread of the virus in Jackson County and elsewhere, protect our healthcare and public health infrastructure, and help prevent new variants from emerging.

Testing remains an important strategy in this pandemic, and the demand for testing has increased in Jackson County. It is important not to go to the Emergency Department just for COVID-19 testing. If you have a medical emergency, it remains critical that you access emergency care when needed.

Where to Get Tested in Jackson County

  • Asante COVID-19 Specimen Collection Center: 1321 Center Dr., Medford OR. 541- 789-2233
  • Providence Stewart Meadows Urgent Care: 70 Bower Dr. Suite 110, Medford OR. 541- 732-3962
  • Walgreens:
    o 210 E Barnett Rd., Medford
    o 2280 W. Main St., Medford
    o 433 N Front St., Central Point
  • Valley Immediate Care:
    o 1700 E. Barnett, Medford
    o 1600 Delta Waters Suite 107, Medford
    o 1401 Siskiyou Blvd. Suite 1, Ashland
  • Rite Aid: 636 N. Main St., Phoenix
  • La Clinica Wellness/Respiratory Center: 730 Biddle Rd., Medford

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Weekly Number of New COVID-19 Cases

For week 32 (August 8 –August 14), Jackson County Public Health reported 1,555 new COVID19 cases. The total number of cases reported since the pandemic is now 15,050.

For weeks 31 and 32 (August 1 – August 14), Jackson County Public Health reported 2,209 new COVID-19 cases. This is a case rate of 989.5 cases per 100,000 population.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties)

As of 9:20 a.m. on August 16, 2021, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 163, and there are 43 patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit.

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.

COVID-19 Related Deaths

Jackson County Public Health reports 3 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 170 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Jackson County’s 168th COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old man who tested positive on June 10 and died on August 12 at Providence Medford Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.

Jackson County’s 169th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old man who tested positive on July 13 and died on August 13 at their residence. They had underlying health conditions.

Jackson County’s 170th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman who tested positive on July 27 and died on August 11 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.

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