Jackson County Public Health is reporting 24 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am, on August 19, 2020. This update brings the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 618. 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 reported 93 new cases, which is a case rate of 42 cases per 100,000, and an average of 13.3 cases per day. This was the most cases reported in a week since the beginning of the pandemic. During the current week of August 16, 2020, Jackson County has continued to see an increase in COVID-19. The three-day average during the week of August 16, 2020, is 20.3 cases per day, and today’s reporting marks the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in a day that Jackson County has reported since the beginning of the pandemic.
Jackson County Public Health is seeing an increase of COVID-19 spread in social gatherings among family and friends. These gatherings include people from the same household, extended families, and friends. “People assume that because they are home, with family and friends, that they are safe, that it is a trusted environment, therefore they aren’t at risk for contracting COVID-19,” says Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer.
Jackson County Public Health and Amy’s Kitchen are investigating a workplace outbreak of 18 COVID-19 cases. The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee. The outbreak investigation began on July 28, 2020, and is an ongoing investigation. Jackson County Public Health’s investigation has found that the spread is mostly occurring outside of the workplace setting in social gatherings among co-workers, family, and friends. Amy’s Kitchen has been a good partner in the investigation process and has continued to implement measures that will reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace setting.
Know Your Risk
Jackson County Public Health continues to stress the importance of everyone in Jackson County to take preventative action and wear a facial covering, practice physical distancing, wash your hands regularly, frequently disinfect surfaces that or touched often. These actions will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Jackson County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control do not recommend using a masks or face coverings that have an exhalation valve or vent. Masks/facial coverings with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others.
The more people a person interacts with and for extended amounts of time, the higher the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. By knowing and understanding the risk of our actions and activities, we can make informed decisions that not only impact our own health but also protect the health of everyone around us. It is important that people not treat one location safer than another and continue wearing a face covering, use physical distancing, and washing your hands.
Activities that take place outdoors that allow for enough room to maintain physical distancing and involve fewer people are lower risk activities compared to activities that take place indoors that do not allow for physical distancing and involve more people. Below are some extra tips for enjoying the summer weather:
- Stay home if you’re sick, have a pending COVID-19 test, or if you have an underlying medical condition that puts you at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- If you host a gathering, provide hand sanitizer or give people easy access to places where they can frequently wash their hands.
- Adjust your food offerings to avoid sharing utensils and offer individual servings. Don’t share drinks.
- During and afterward, thoroughly clean all frequently touched areas your guest had access to.
- Wear a face covering if you cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
Overall, people in Oregon should follow the three W’s:
- WEAR a face covering
- WATCH your distance
- WASH your hands
Wear your Face Covering Correctly:
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
- Make sure you can breathe easily
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
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