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April 22, 2021
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Jackson County COVID-19 Updates

New interim guidance from the CDC for fully vaccinated people

Jackson County COVID-19 Updates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people on March 8, 2021. The guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of COVID-19, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines. 

This guidance is for people who are considered to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after receiving a single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If it has been less than two weeks since you received your vaccine, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected.

What has changed if you are fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household, without masks, unless any of those people have an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you have been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms. If you live in a group setting and are around someone with COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested even if you do not have symptoms.

What hasn’t changed, even if you are fully vaccinated:

  • Continue to protect yourself and others while in public, when gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one household, and when you are around someone who is at an increased risk of severe complications. You can continue to protect yourself and others by wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
  • Still watch for COVID-19 symptoms, especially if you have been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested, stay home and away from others.
  • You should still delay domestic and international travel.
  • You will still need to follow the guidance at your workplace.

COVID-19 Case Data

Jackson County Public Health reports 49 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on March 9, 2021. Additionally, a case with a previous reporting date has been added to the overall COVID-19 case total. These updates bring the total COVID-19 cases to 8,654.

COVID-19 Related Deaths

Jackson County Public Health reports 1 new COVID-19 death, bringing the total to 119 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Jackson County's 119th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man who tested positive on February 5 and died on March 5 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties) is 16, no change from the previous day. There are 6 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), increased by 1 from the previous day.

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 Vaccine Updates

People 65 and older are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. Jackson County has not moved onto Phase 1B, Groups 6 and 7. Individuals 65 and older are still the priority population, as well as individuals in Phase 1A. The vaccine supply remains limited, but Jackson County Public Health expects the supply to increase within the coming weeks. For the week of March 8, 2021, Jackson County has received a total of 6,280 primary doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine. This does not include vaccines supplied through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership.
Resources on vaccine eligibility and where to access the vaccine:

  • Jackson County Health and Human Services COVID-19 Vaccine website: https://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/General/News-Information/covid-19-vaccine-1
  • This website will provide information on where people can access the vaccine, how to make an appointment, and list additional resources if people need assistance with scheduling appointments.
  • ​To schedule an appointment at the Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, call 541-789-2813 and press option 2 and option 3 for Spanish. Due to the high demand, there may be longer than expected wait times on the phone to schedule an appointment. We are working on an online scheduling platform.
  • 211 Information is also available to answer questions about vaccine eligibility and access.
  • Text ORCOVID to 898211 to get text/SMS updates (English and Spanish only)
  • Email ORCOVID@211info.org (All languages)
  • Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155 from 6 am – 7 pm daily, including holidays
  • ​Register on the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool and check for county-specific information.

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