Jackson County Public Health will be closed on January 1, 2020. We will not be issuing a press release or updating the COVID-19 Data Dashboard on this day. This function will resume on Saturday, January 2, 2020.
Jackson County Public Health reports 103 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on December 31, 2020. This update brings the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 5,884.
Jackson County Public Health reports one new COVID-19 death, bringing the total deaths to 72.
Jackson County’s 72nd COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman who tested positive on November 10 and died on December 30 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. The patient had underlying conditions.
For additional information, visit the Jackson County COVID-19 Data Dashboard at Situation in Jackson County, Oregon webpage. The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard website does publish Jackson County COVID-19 data.
Jackson County Public Health is investigating three new COVID-19 workplace outbreaks. Cases include workers and their close contacts.
- Jackson County Public Health began investigating a potential outbreak at Timber Products Company on December 21, 2020. At this time, there are 15 cases linked to this outbreak.
- Jackson County Public Health began investigating a potential outbreak at Rogue Regional Medical Center A on December 23, 2020. At this time, there are 6 cases linked to this outbreak.
- Jackson County Public Health began investigating a potential outbreak at Rogue Regional Medical Center B on December 23, 2020. At this time, there are 6 cases linked to this outbreak.
These investigations are ongoing, and for continued information, please access the Oregon Health Authority’s Weekly Outbreak Report.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Jackson County Public Health has received 600 doses of the Moderna Vaccine from the Oregon Health Authority. Jackson County Public Health is working with current COVID-19 vaccine providers and other medical partners in Jackson County to allocate these resources to vaccinate those in Phase 1A, Group 1. Jackson County Public Health is following the OHA’s Vaccine Distribution and Sequencing Plan for COVID-19.
- Phase 1A, Group 1 includes hospitals, urgent care, skilled nursing, and memory care facility HCP and residents; tribal health programs; EMS providers, and other first responders.
For more information on the OHA’s Vaccination Plan, please access the OHA’s Vaccine Prioritization website.
Safe Ways to Ring in the New Year
This year, the safest way to celebrate the start of 2021 is to stay home. With COVID-19 spreading rapidly in Oregon, going to a New Year’s Eve party can increase your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Eating, drinking, singing, and dancing with people outside your household are all high-risk activities. The best way to protect yourself and others is to celebrate virtually, or with just the people you live with.
Safer Activities this New Year:
- Have virtual celebrations with loved ones
- Plan a New Year’s party for the people you live with
- Reach out to family, friends, and neighbors
- Pick up a special meal from a local resultant to share with your household
- Plan outdoor activity with people you live with, such as a hike or sledding
If you attend a celebration with people outside of your household:
- It’s okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others. Do what’s best for you.
- If traveling for a celebration, know what to do before, during, and after travel.
- Bring your own food, drinks, and disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
- Wear a mask indoors and outdoors, and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs that can alter judgment and make it difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures.
- Avoid shouting and singing.
- Avoid areas where food is prepared, such as the kitchen.
- Use single-use options, like condiment packets.
For more information: