Jackson County Public Health reports 21 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on December 7, 2020. Additionally, one case was removed that had a previous reporting date. These updates bring the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 4,408.
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.
How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Jackson County Public Health understands that most people are burnt out from hearing about COVID-19 and using the strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “There is light at the end of the tunnel,” states Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer. “The vaccine will be available to the general population soon, but in the meantime, we must hold on and continue using the multiple strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19. These strategies will help save lives; they will help protect our healthcare system so that everyone who needs urgent medical care can access it, and will protect our essential workers.” Currently, COVID-19 activity is widespread in Jackson County, and the county is under the Extreme Risk Level.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone should take the following steps:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask
- Avoid close contact and keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who do not live in your household. The fewer people you are around, the better.
- Wash your hands often
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently with common EPA registered household disinfectants
- Monitor your health, be alert for symptoms
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow, and do not spit
- Jackson County is under the Extreme Risk level, and disease activity is widespread in the county. Please follow the guidance under the Extreme Risk; following the guidance will help reduce community spread of COVID-19. Information can be found on the OHA website.
If you Test Positive for COVID-19 or are a Close Contact with someone who has COVID-19
Due to the surge in cases and depending on when test results are reported to the local public health authority, cases and close contacts may not hear from local health departments in a timely fashion. If a case is reluctant to name their contacts during the interview process or refuse to answer calls from public health departments. In that case, contact tracers will not be able to notify close contacts of cases.
To help address some of these obstacles, Jackson County Public Health provides guidance on the COVID-19 page to assist people with what they need to do if they test positive or are a close contact. That information is at https://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19.
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