Jackson County Public Health reports 18 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on October 16, 2020. These updates bring the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 1,448. 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.
Jackson County Public Health began investigating a COVID-19 outbreak associated with Joy Church in Medford, Oregon, on October 10, 2020. Currently, Jackson County Public Health’s investigation has linked 18 cases to this outbreak, has also linked the outbreak to another Oregon County and identified possible secondary exposure to other workplace locations. Jackson County Public Health is working with the congregation, and this is an ongoing investigation. Joy Church has posted information on the current situation to its Facebook page.
Jackson County Public Health continues to see clusters and outbreaks associated with social get-togethers and gatherings. Overall, the more people someone is in contact with, and for extended periods, not wearing a mask or keeping 6 feet distance, increases the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading.
Under the Governor’s executive orders NO. 20-27, a gathering has a maximum capacity of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors for counties under Phase 2. A gathering is defined as a group of individuals meeting for a common purpose, including faith-based, civic, cultural, and other purposes, indoors or outdoors. A gathering does not include an indoor social get-together.
An indoor social get-together is defined as a group of individuals meeting for a common social or recreational purpose indoors. Indoor social get-togethers include but are not limited to indoor dinner parties, birthday parties, graduation parties, celebrations of any kind, potlucks, book clubs, game nights, and other similar indoor gatherings. Indoor social get-togethers do not include gatherings. Under the Governor’s executive orders, the maximum capacity for an indoor social get-together is 10 people, no matter what phase a county is under.
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