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Jackson County Public Health Reports 30 New COVID-19 Cases - JAN 17

Reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County now 6,895

Jackson County Public Health Reports 30 New COVID-19 Cases - JAN 17

Jackson County Public Health reports 30 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on January 17, 2021. This update brings the total COVID-19 cases to 6,895.

COVID-19 Deaths

Jackson County Public Health reports 1 new COVID-19 death.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 85.

Jackson County’s 85th COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old woman who tested positive on December 6 and died on December 25 at her residence.  She had underlying health conditions.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties) is 37, decreasing by 3 from the previous day.  There are 12 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), reducing 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. 

More information can be found on the OHA COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine 

Currently, those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are people in Phase 1A designated by the Oregon Health Authority.

It is highly recommended that you access the vaccine through these providers as soon as possible if you fall into this phase.

La Clinica, Rogue Community Health, Mercy Flights, and Oasis collaborate directly with entities in Phase 1A to provide the vaccine. They are developing and expanding their process and capacity to vaccinate others in Phase 1A.

Information is rapidly changing; it is best to check the Jackson County COVID-19 Vaccine website for updated information.

Please use the Oregon Health Authority Vaccine Dashboard to report daily vaccine data for the state and counties.  This data is updated Monday through Friday by the Oregon Health Authority.

Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Vaccination is the best way to keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are more than 94% effective and have undergone rigorous safety testing.
  • Vaccination gives us hope that the pandemic will end. Still, in the meantime, we need to continue safety measures to keep the virus from spreading: Wear a mask, physically distance from others, wash your hands, avoid gatherings, and stay home when you’re sick.

Clinical studies showed both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be more than 94% effective when both doses are received.  Neither vaccine showed serious safety issues and protected people from getting COVID-19 and getting seriously ill if they got the virus.

These vaccines were tested in large clinical trials and research studies with tens of thousands of people to ensure they met the safety standards. In fact, both vaccines were tested in many more people than a typical vaccine trail. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccine offers protection to people of different ages, races, ethnicities, and various medical conditions.  The FDA and a safety board reviewed every study, every phase, and every trial. 

Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated.  Common side effects include your arm may become sore, red, or warm to the touch.  These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week.  Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting the vaccine.  These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do.  It is working and building up protection against the disease.

Should people who have recovered from COVID-19 get vaccinated?

Unfortunately, re-infection is possible with COVID-19. Therefore, even if you have already had the virus and recovered, you may still be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to persons regardless of a history of COVID-19 infection, with or without symptoms. They don’t recommend testing to check for prior infection when deciding to get the vaccine. Natural immunity, which is gained from having the infection, varies from person to person. It is still unknown how long natural immunity lasts, though some evidence already indicates that it is not for an extensive period.  

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