Jackson County continues to experience a record number of new COVID-19 cases that are larger than we have previously experienced. The surge in cases, people seeking testing to return to work and for travel purposes are pushing the local testing capacity to its limit.
“The Medical Community and Jackson County Public Health are encouraging people to make wise choices about when to seek testing and which type of test you request,” states Dr. O’keefe, Health Officer for Jackson County Public Health. “The medical community and Jackson County Public Health are doing everything it can to meet testing needs, but the realities of limited staff and the limited supply chain means we cannot fully meet all of these needs.”
Jackson County Public Health is not recommending employers require a test to return to work, and it is not a requirement of the Oregon Health Authority’s isolation and quarantine guidance.
PCR testing is excellent for picking up on a COVID-19 diagnosis early in the course of infection. However, these tests can remain positive in some people for 2-3 months, so do not use a PCR test to determine whether or not you are still infectious, nor to determine if you can return to work. Antigen testing is excellent for helping determine if you are infectious. Antigen tests are most effective when someone is symptomatic. A rapid antigen test may need to be repeated if someone initially tests negative but is symptomatic.
Because there is still the risk of being contagious after day 5 of isolation, a well-fitted mask should be worn for 5 additional days. A KN95 or N95 masks are well-fitted masks that better protect the wearer and prevent droplets from spreading to others. Any mask is better than no mask, and all masks should cover the nose and mouth.
Federal Supply of At-Home
Test Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Click on the link to place your order https://special.usps.com/testkits.
If You Test Positive for COVID-19
- If you test positive and have questions or need support, call the Oregon Health Authority hotline 1-866-917-8881
- Isolate yourself from others • Let your contacts know they have been exposed Page 2 of 3
- Connect with your medical provider about whether treatment is right for you
- Complete the case interview survey (English / Spanish)
The following resources are available for people who have tested positive or were exposed to COVID-19
Where to get tested in Jackson County
Call 211 for information for vaccine locations, visit the Oregon Health Authority Testing Finder site or visit the Jackson County Health and Human Services Testing Information page.
Daily Number of New COVID-19 Cases
As of 12:01 a.m. on January 19, 2022, Jackson County Public Health is reporting 551 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Jackson County to 33,311.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties)
As of 9:45 a.m. on January 19, 2022, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 98, and there are 19 patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit.
COVID-19 Related Deaths
Jackson County Public Health reports 1 new COVID-19 death, bringing the total to 408 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Jackson County’s 408th COVID-19 death is a 67-year-old man who tested positive on December 29 and died on January 16 at Providence Medford Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
For more information:
References 1. CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population Media Statement. CDC.gov. Released December 27, 2021. Accessed January 3, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html.
References 1. Food and Drug Administration. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Takes Multiple Actions to Expand Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Released January 3, 2022. Accessed January 7, 2022. www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronaviruscovid-19-update-fda-takes-multiple-actions-expand-use-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine.