Jackson County Public Health reports 40 new COVID-19 cases of 12:01 am on January 4, 2021. This update brings the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 6,109.
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.
Extreme Risk: What’s Open in My County?
The best way to find accurate information on the COVID-19 Risk Level for Oregon Counties and what activities are open is to access the Governor’s website, What’s Open in My County page. This website also provides the metrics for the COVID-19 Risk Levels. Currently, Jackson County is under the Extreme Risk level, and disease activity continues to be widespread in the county.
Masks are currently required statewide at all times unless you are:
- At your own residence
- In your own personal vehicle
- Under 5 years of age
- Eating or drinking
- Engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face-covering or face shield not feasible, such as when taking a shower.
- In a private, individual workspace
- Removing the mask briefly because your identity needs to be confirmed by visual comparisons, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement
If you have a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe or a disability that prevents you from wearing a mask, you can request an accommodation from the business or venue or transit authority. OHA does not recommend wearing a plastic face shield alone. While face shields can be very good at blocking droplets, they are not as good at stopping aerosols that can go around the shield. OHA recommends face shields only be used on a limited basis, for example, when talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.
Healthy Resolutions for 2021
Quit smoking or vaping: As a smoker, you or the people who care about you may be worried about a connection between COVID-19 and smoking. Scientists are still learning about the disease, but we know that:
- Being a current smoker increases your risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Teens and young adults who vape face a higher risk of COVID-19 than their peers who do not vape.
- Smoking and vaping weakens the immune system, which makes it harder for your body to fight disease.
- If you continue to smoke, you have a greater risk for respiratory infections like pneumonia, colds, or flu.
- COVID-19 impacts many of the same organs of the body as smoking or vaping. For those with heart or lung disease caused by smoking, you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
But there is good news: Soon after you stop smoking, your body begins to heal. Within the first few weeks and months, your lungs start to work better, and your risk for a heart attack goes down. The longer you go without smoking, the more time your body has to recover. No matter how old you are or how long you've been smoking, quitting smoking improves your health and can add years to your life.
Free resources to help you quit smoking or vaping are available to everyone in Oregon. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit quitnow.net/Oregon for information in English. For Spanish speakers, call 1-800-DEJALO-YA or visit quitnow.net/mve/quitnow and select Español.
Get vaccinated: It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Since COVID-19 and flu could spread at the same time this winter, it’s important to get a flu vaccine to protect against flu illness and serious flu complications, such as lasting conditions getting worse or pneumonia. Find a flu vaccinator near you at vaccinefinder.org.
And when it’s your turn, resolve to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are 95% effective and have gone through rigorous testing. The FDA and a safety board reviewed every study, every phase, and every trial. Getting the vaccine will keep you and your family safe.
As the rollout continues in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority and Jackson County will keep you up to date.
Jackson County Public Health is following the OHA’s Vaccine Distribution and Sequencing Plan for COVID-19. Oregon is currently in the Phase 1A, Group 1 of the Vaccine Distribution and Sequencing Plan for COVID-19.
- Phase 1A, Group 1 includes hospitals, urgent care, skilled nursing, and memory care facility HCP and residents; tribal health programs; EMS providers, and other first responders.
For more information on the OHA’s Vaccination Plan, please access the OHA’s Vaccine Prioritization website.
Support your mental health: It’s OK if you’re not OK. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or if you feel like you want to harm yourself or others, call:
- Call 911
- Jackson County Mental Health Crisis line (541)774-8201
- Suicide Lifeline (800) 273-8255
- Stay + Strong Help Line: (800)-923-4357 (800-923-HELP)
- Senior Loneliness Line (503) 200-1633
- Military Helpline (888) 457-4838
- YouthLine (877) 968-8491 or Text HELLO to 741741
- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
- Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline or call 1-800-985-5990 and TTY 1-800-846-8517 Or text TalkWithUs to 66746
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