Jackson County Public Health reports 24 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on October 9, 2020. Jackson County Public Health performs regular quality assurance checks on the COVID-19 data; it has been identified that an additional case has been added to our total case count. We are investigating this and will report our findings tomorrow. This update brings the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 1,335. 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.
The Oregon Health Authority published survey results conducted by DHS Research. The survey found that:
- Half of Oregonians report attending about four or more social gatherings in the previous two weeks.
- One in five Oregonians says they have attended at least one social gathering of more than 10 people in the past two weeks.
- 16% of respondents said they participated in 11 or more social gatherings in the previous two weeks.
“The data from this survey align with what we see here,” says Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer. “Many people are ignoring the safety guidelines by holding indoor gatherings, making assumptions that because they know the people attending the gathering, that it is safe.” Jackson County Public Health often see clusters or outbreaks related to indoor social gatherings. As we enter the holiday season, it will be critical for people to follow the indoor gathering safety guidelines to reduce and minimize the spread of COVID-19.
The holidays are approaching, and with COVID-19 still spreading in our community, we will need to rethink how we get together with friends and family this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides considerations to help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19 (CDC COVID-19 and Holiday Celebrations).
Several factors contribute to the risk of getting infected or infecting others with the virus that causes COVID-19 at a holiday celebration. In combination, these factors will create various amounts of risk, so it is important to consider them individually and together:
- Community levels of COVID-19 - Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, as well as where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees.
- The location of gathering - Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings with poor ventilation pose more risk than those with good ventilation, such as those with open windows or doors.
- The duration of the gathering - Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings.
- The number of people at the gathering - Gatherings with more people pose more risk than gatherings with fewer people. CDC does not have a limit or recommend a specific number of attendees for gatherings. The size of a holiday gathering should be determined based on the ability to reduce or limit contact between attendees, the risk of spread between attendees.
- The locations attendees are traveling from - Gatherings with attendees who are traveling from different places pose a higher risk than gatherings with attendees who live in the same area. Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, or where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees.
- The behaviors of attendees prior to the gathering - Gatherings with attendees who are not adhering to social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart), mask-wearing, hand washing, and other prevention behaviors pose more risk than gatherings with attendees who are engaging in these preventative behaviors.
- The behaviors of the attendees during the gathering - Gatherings with more preventive measures, such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and handwashing, in place pose less risk than gatherings where fewer or no preventive measures are being implemented.
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 (stay at least 6 ft away from others)
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
Oregon COVID-19 Testing Location Finder: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-19-testing