Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Health Authority leaders enacted an indoor masking mandate in response to surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on August 13. Cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, reaching all-time record highs in Oregon and specifically in Jackson County. Yesterday, the Governor announced that the new rule would extend that mask requirement to outside areas.
Beginning Friday, August 27, masks will be required in most public outdoor settings — regardless of vaccination status — where physical distancing is not possible. While the rule does not apply to outdoor gatherings at private residences, masks are still strongly recommended when individuals from different households cannot maintain physical distance.
Full Approval of COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer
For full approval of a new drug, the FDA requires extensive data on safety and effectiveness, inspection of manufacturing facilities, and a comprehensive review of all clinical and “realworld” use. August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee) for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of the third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
This week, Moderna has announced that it completed its submission to the FDA for full approval of its COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 and older.
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 in Oregon. 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.
Where to get vaccinated in Jackson County:
Call 211 information for vaccination sites or visit the Oregon Health Authority Vaccine Finder site.
Daily Number of New COVID-19 Cases
As of 12:01 a.m. on August 25, 2021, Jackson County Public Health is reporting 614 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Jackson County to 17,218.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties)
As of 9:30 a.m. on August 25, 2021, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 221, and there are 60 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 2 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 192 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Jackson County’s 191st COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old woman who tested positive on July 21 and died on August 23 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
Jackson County’s 192nd COVID-19 death is a 65-year-old man who tested positive on July 24 and died on August 23 at Providence Medford Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
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