Jackson County Public Health reports 10 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on October 20, 2020. During the quality assurance process, a previously reported case was identified as a duplicate and has been removed from the total cases reported. These updates bring the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 1,519. To access additional data on the total COVID-19 cases, visit the Situation in Jackson County, Oregon webpage, or the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard website.
OHA Revises Statewide Face Covering Guidance
Yesterday, October 19, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority announced revised statewide face cover and masking guidance. The new guidance is effective as of October 19, 2020. In Oregon, children age 5 and older are required to wear a face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodations from a business, public space, or workspace if they cannot wear one.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recommends wearing a face covering or a mask INSTEAD of a face shield, except in limited situations when a face shield by itself is appropriate, like talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.
Face shields can be very good at blocking droplets that individuals release, but they are not effective at limiting the release of aerosols that can go around the shield. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the OHA do not recommend the use of face shields as a substitute for face coverings or masks.
Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.
Face coverings are now required in all private and public workplaces. Face coverings are also required in outdoor and indoor markets, street fairs, private career schools and public and private colleges and universities.
Fall Holiday Gatherings
Halloween and other fall holiday activities can be high-risk for spreading COVID-19 and flu. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
It is best to engage in lower-risk activities and limit or avoid activities that carry a higher risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19. During the fall celebrations, it remains critical that everyone wear a mask, maintain a physical distancing and limit close contact, wash your hands frequently, and get your flu vaccination.
Take these everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs like the flu and COVID-19:
- Get vaccinated for flu
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Limit your contact with others if you are sick
- Wear a mask
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched
- Watch your distance (stay at least 6 ft away from others)
For more information on how to celebrate Halloween safely, visit the CDC COVID-19 Holiday Celebrations webpage.
For more information on COVID-19:
The public can call 211-information with general questions
OHA Emerging Respiratory Disease page: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus
CDC COVID-19 page: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDC Travel within the US: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
Jackson County Health and Human Services: http://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19
Oregon COVID-19 Testing Location Finder: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-19-testing