The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends urgent action to increase Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future. CDC strongly recommends COVID19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks.
As of September 27, 2021, more than 125,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in pregnant people, including more than 22,000 hospitalized cases and 161 deaths.1 The highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in pregnant people (n=22) in a single month of the pandemic was reported in August 2021. Data from the COVID-19-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network (COVID-NET) in 2021 indicate that approximately 97% of pregnant people hospitalized (either for illness or for labor and delivery) with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection were unvaccinated.2
In addition to the risks of severe illness and death for pregnant and recently pregnant people, there is an increased risk for adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes, including preterm birth and admission of their neonate(s) to an intensive care unit (ICU). Other adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as stillbirth, have been reported.
Despite the known risks of COVID-19, as of September 18, 2021, 31.0% of pregnant people were fully vaccinated before or during their pregnancy.3 In addition, there are racial and ethnic disparities in vaccination coverage for pregnant people.
Healthcare providers should communicate the risks of COVID-19, the benefits of vaccination, and information on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy. Healthcare providers should strongly recommend that people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future receive one of the authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.
FEMA Mobile Vaccination Unit (MVU) at the Jackson County Expo
Vaccination and testing through the MVU will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. All three COVID-19 vaccines will be available. ID or insurance information is not required at this site, and individuals will not be asked to provide this information. Services will be accessible through Gate 2 of the Expo. For people interested in getting testing, pre-registration is encouraged. To register, go to www.doineedacovid19test.com, or registration can be done on-site.
Daily Number of New COVID-19 Cases
As of 12:01 a.m. on September 30, 2021, Jackson County Public Health is reporting 76 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Jackson County to 21,751.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties)
As of 9:00 a.m. on September 30, 2021, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 96, and there are 40 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 278 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Correction for Jackson County’s 268 th COVID-19 death is a 35-year-old man who tested positive on August 18 and died on September 26 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had no known underlying health conditions.
Jackson County’s 276th COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old man who died on September 15 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. They had underlying health conditions.
Jackson County’s 277th COVID-19 death is a 51-year-old man who died on September 22 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. They had no known underlying health conditions.
Jackson County’s 278th COVID-19 death is a 46-year-old man who tested positive on August 23 and died on September 28 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
For more information:
1. COVID Data Tracker. Data on COVID-19 during Pregnancy: Severity of Maternal Illness. (accessed September 27, 2021)
2. COVID-19-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network (COVID-NET) (unpublished data)
3. COVID Data Tracker. Vaccinations Among Pregnant People. (accessed September 27, 2021)