Beginning today, 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. Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority have implemented the new requirement due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations, which continues to strain the Region 5 hospital system.
Jackson County Public Health and the hospital systems continue to stress the importance that the community needs to do their part to stop 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.
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.
Vaccination and Testing Locations
Jackson County Public Health would like to remind the community about the COVID-19 testing and vaccination site located at the Jackson County Expo. This is not a mass testing or vaccination site but is serving as another location to access services. The Oregon Health Authority is providing the testing and vaccination services at the Jackson County Expo per a request from Jackson County Public Health.
For COVID-19 testing, this is a PCR test, and test results are typically available within 3 days. Registration is required for this testing site.
COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination at the Expo:
- Thursdays and Fridays: 2 pm – 8 pm
- Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am – 4 pm
Registration for Testing:
- Enter Gate 5 for testing
- Enter Gate 3 for vaccination
Daily Number of New COVID-19 Cases
As of 12:01 a.m. on August 27, 2021, Jackson County Public Health is reporting 313 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Jackson County to 17,742.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties)
As of 10:00 a.m. on August 27, 2021, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 214, and there are 61 patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit and 29 COVID-19 patients on ventilators.
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 6 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 199 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Jackson County’s 194th COVID-19 death is a 42-year-old woman who died on August 5 at their residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. No underlying health conditions were listed.
Jackson County’s 195th COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old man who tested positive on July 27 and died on August 25 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
Jackson County’s 196th COVID-19 death is a 45-year-old man who tested positive on July 27 and died on August 25 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
Jackson County’s 197th COVID-19 death is a 62-year-old man who tested positive on August 7 and died on August 25 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
Jackson County’s 198th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman who tested positive on August 11 and died on August 19 at their residence. They had underlying health conditions.
Jackson County’s 199th COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old woman who tested positive on August 19 and died on August 25 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
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