Jackson County Public Health is reporting 13 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on October 2, 2020. This update brings the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 1,229. 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.
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) publishes data on workplace outbreaks. To protect privacy, OHA is only reporting workplace outbreaks with 5 or more cases and only for workplaces with at least 30 workers. Information on all workplace outbreaks that meet these criteria in Jackson County and Oregon can be accessed in the OHA COVID-19 Weekly Report.
Jackson County Public Health began investigating a possible workplace outbreak at the VA SORCC on September 23, 2020. Currently, there are a total of 10 cases in this outbreak, 6 are employees, and 4 are household contacts. The VA SORCC is a collaborative partner in this process and working closely with our department during this ongoing investigation.
Know Your Risk and Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
The more people a person interacts with and for extended amounts of time increases a person’s risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19. This includes attending and hosting social gatherings with extended family and friends.
Activities that take place outdoors that allow for enough room to maintain physical distancing and involve fewer people are lower risk activities than activities that take place indoors that do not allow for physical distancing and involve more people.
Wearing a mask remains an important strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Studies have shown that mask protects both the people around us and us from spreading and catching COVID-19. Masks are more effective when the nose and mouth are covered.
Staying with Friends and Family:
Many have opened up their homes to people who were evacuated or lost their homes due to the recent fires. Because this can increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading within these settings, it is essential to take extra steps to stay safe.
- Everyone should wear a mask inside the home.
- Follow everyday preventive actions, including covering coughs and sneezes, washing your hands often, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Consider taking extra precautions for people living in close quarters.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched.
- If anyone develops COVID-19-like symptoms, even if mild symptoms, they should seek testing.
This fall and winter, we must take extra precautions to prevent the spread of flu and COVID-19.
- Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season, especially people at high risk.
Take these everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs like the flu and COVID-19:
- 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
For more information on the Differences between Flu and COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.
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