Jackson County Public Health reports 29 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on March 5, 2021. Through our quality assurance process, 15 previously reported cases have been removed from the total COVID-19 cases, and 3 additional cases with previous reporting dates were added. These updates bring the total COVID-19 cases to 8,542.
Jackson County Public Health reports 2 new COVID-19 death, bringing the total to 118 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Jackson County's 117th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old man who tested positive on January 27 and died on February 26 at their residence. They had underlying health conditions.
Jackson County's 118th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old man who tested positive on January 28 and died on March 3 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties) is 24, decreased by 2 from the previous day. There are 4 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), increased by 1 from the previous day.
The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.
For additional local COVID-19 data, visit the COVID-19 Data Dashboard at Situation in Jackson County, Oregon webpage. More information on hospitalizations and other COVID-19 can be found on the OHA COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Key things to know about the COVID-19 vaccine https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html.
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
Today, March 5, 2021, Asante, Jackson County Public Health, and Providence officially announced the opening of the Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. This is a joint partnership between Asante, Jackson County Public Health, and Providence with other healthcare partners' support. The Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is open to everyone who is currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine per Oregon's Prioritization and Sequencing Plan.
To schedule an appointment at the Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, call 541-789-2813 and press option 2 and option 3 for Spanish. Due to the high demand, there may be longer than expected wait times on the phone to schedule an appointment. We are working on an online scheduling platform.
People 65 and older are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. Jackson County has not moved onto Phase 1B, Groups 6 and 7; we are still prioritizing our senior population. There is still a vaccine supply shortage; therefore, eligible individuals may not get a vaccine appointment as quickly as they would like.
Jackson County Public Health is hopeful that the vaccine supply chain will increase in late March and April, allowing for more vaccines to be distributed to Jackson County and increasing access to the vaccine. Jackson County Public Health and our healthcare partners are encouraged by the number of people wanting to be vaccinated, and we are all eager to provide the vaccine. We appreciate the community's patience; we are all doing the best we can – as fast as we can – with the available resources we have.
Resources on vaccine eligibility and where to access the vaccine:
- Jackson County Health and Human Services COVID-19 Vaccine website: https://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/General/News-Information/covid-19-vaccine-1
- This website will provide information on where people can access the vaccine, how to make an appointment, and list additional resources if people need assistance with scheduling appointments.
- Register on the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool and check for county-specific information.
- 211 Information is also available to answer questions about vaccine eligibility and access.
- Text ORCOVID to 898211 to get text/SMS updates (English and Spanish only)
- Email ORCOVID@211info.org (All languages)
- Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155 from 6 am – 7 pm daily, including holidays
- Oregon Health Authority's COVID-19 Vaccine: https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/
Continue to Wear a Mask, Wash Your Hands and Watch Your Distance
Jackson County Public Health understands that people are ready to resume life as it was before the pandemic. Even though the vaccine provides us hope that society will operate as it did before the pandemic, we must continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Letting our guard down against preventing the spread of COVID-19 will increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading in Jackson County, which will put Jackson County at a higher risk level and jeopardize people's health.
To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others
- Avoid crowds
- Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
- Wash your hands often
- Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is your turn
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