Jackson County Public Health reports 36 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on December 29, 2020. This update brings the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 5,722.
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.
Personal and Social Activities: Preventing COVID-19
As people prepare to engage in personal and social activities, such as attending gatherings, both large and small, there are actions you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. Remember, it is best to minimize the number of people you are around and limit the gathering size to 6 people and no more than two different households. The more people you are around, the greater the risk is for spreading and contracting COVID-19.
Jackson County is under the Extreme Risk level, and disease activity continues to be 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.
Prepare before you go
- Stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (symptoms of COVID-19), if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Check with the organizer or host for updated information about any COVID-19 safety guidelines and if they have steps in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Prioritize attending outdoor activities over indoor activities and stay within your local area as much as possible.
- Bring supplies to help you and others stay healthy—for example, masks (bring extra), hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, and drinking water.
- Wear a mask when interacting with other people to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus.
- Wearing masks is most important when social distancing is difficult.
- Masks are strongly encouraged in settings where individuals might raise their voices, such as shouting, chanting, or singing.
Use social distancing and limit physical contact
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet or more from people who don’t live in your household. Be particularly mindful in areas where it may be harder to keep this distance, such as check-in areas, parking lots, and entry routes and exit routes.
- Select seating or determine where to stand based on the ability to keep 6 feet of space from people who don’t live in your household, including if you will be eating or drinking.
- Arrive to the event early or at off-peak times to avoid crowding and congested areas.
- Avoid using restroom facilities or concession areas at high traffic times, such as intermission, half-time, or immediately at the end of the event.
Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items
- Use touchless garbage cans or pails and cashless payment options when possible. Otherwise, exchange cash or card by placing payment in a receipt tray, if available, or on the counter.
- Avoid any self-serve food or drink options, such as buffets, salad bars, and condiment or drink stations. Use grab-and-go meal options, if available.
- Use disposable food service items, including utensils and dishes, if available.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer immediately before eating food or after touching any common surfaces like hand railings, payment kiosks, door handles, and toilets.
How the COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Distributed
For the most recent information on the vaccine's availability, it is best to visit the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Vaccine website. The OHA has provided an FAQ about the vaccine in Oregon and information on the vaccine for OHP members.
COVID-19 vaccines are 95% effective and have undergone rigorous safety testing. Vaccination gives us hope that the pandemic will end. Our best protection from COVID-19 will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often. No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic.
The vaccine is currently not available to the general population; Oregon is in the 1A phase of distribution. As the Oregon Health Authority and community partners work to make vaccines widely available, the fastest way to get our schools, businesses, and communities back open is to keep working together. We're going to have to continue to use the tried-and-true methods we know to stop the spread of this disease: wear a face covering, limit group size, keep distance, wash hands and stay home when sick.
Oregon's Phase 1A COVID-19 Vaccine Plan and Recommended Sequencing aligns with the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for broad groups to be included in the initial phase of vaccine distribution.
The plan also creates a framework for distributing and sequencing COVID-19 vaccines throughout Oregon based on equity, individual, environmental, and activity factors that put people more at risk for contracting or spreading the virus or experiencing serious health consequences from the virus.
- Phase 1A: Examples include but are not limited to:
- Group 1: Hospitals; urgent care; skilled nursing and memory care facility health care providers and residents; tribal health programs; emergency medical services providers, and other first responders.
- Group 2: Other long-term care facilities and congregate care sites, including health care providers and residents; hospice programs; mobile crisis care and related services; individuals working in a correctional setting; personnel of group homes for children or adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Group 3: Outpatient settings serving specific high-risk groups; in-home care; day treatment services; non-emergency medical transportation.
- Group 4: Health care personnel working in other outpatient and public health settings.
- 1B: Essential workers such as teachers, bus drivers, food processors, and other people who keep our society open and economy moving. The OHA Vaccine Advisory Committee, representing community perspectives, will identify and prioritize this group.
- 1C: People with underlying health conditions and people over the age of 65. (B and C completed in late spring, depending on vaccine availability).
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