[Medford, Oregon] —Jackson County Public Health is reporting two new COVID-19 cases, as of 12:01 AM, June 12, 2020. The total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County is 78. To access this data and additional data on the total COVID-19 cases, visit the Situation in Jackson County, Oregon webpage.
An outbreak of COVID-19 associated with Harry & David was reported by Jackson County Public Health on June 10, 2020. As of 12:01 AM, June 12, 2020, the outbreak consists of four employees at Harry & David and three close contacts. The outbreak investigation started on June 9, 2020. This outbreak remains under investigation by Jackson County Public Health.
Jackson County Public Health continues to work closely with Harry & David on this outbreak. Both agencies are working to ensure that employees that were in close contact with cases are tested. Harry & David and its employees are following Jackson County Public Health recommendations.
Yesterday, the Oregon Health Authority reported 178 new COVID-19 cases in Oregon. This marked the highest daily count since the onset of the pandemic in Oregon. The reasons for higher numbers are related to several factors that include widespread availability of testing, increased contact tracing, and active monitoring of close contacts of cases. Workplace outbreaks are another source of high numbers in Oregon.
Due to the increase in cases, Governor Kate Brown announced that she is putting all county applications for further reopening on pause for seven days. Multnomah County will not enter into Phase 1 at this time, and Hood River, Marion, and Polk Counties will not enter into Phase 2. The Governor stated in her press release that this will provide public health experts time to assess what factors are driving the spread of the virus and she will use the data for the next week to determine whether to lift the pause or extend it.
As people have begun to stay home less, are returning to work, are increasing their travel, and are attending social gatherings, it is important to understand that the virus has not been eliminated, and there is no vaccine available to prevent people from getting this infection. Therefore, there is still a risk for people to become ill with COVID-19 and pass the illness on to others. Jackson County Public Health expects to see an increase in COVID-19 cases as people have begun to move around more and are attending social gatherings with people outside of their immediate household more often.
Jackson County Public Health highly recommends that everyone take action to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It is recommended that everyone stay close to home, practice physical distancing (stay 6 feet away from people who are not in your household), and practice good hygiene.
In addition, it is highly recommended that everyone wear a face covering, made from cloth or paper, while out in public settings, especially in settings that are indoors and where it may be difficult to ensure that you can stay 6 feet away from others at all times. Face coverings worn by others protect you from getting the virus from people carrying the virus.
For more information:
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
Jackson County Health and Human Services: http://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19
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