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Jackson County Public Health Reports 75 New COVID-19 Cases - JAN 14

Reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County now 6,759

Jackson County Public Health Reports 75 New COVID-19 Cases - JAN 14

Jackson County Public Health reports 75 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 am on January 14, 2021. This update brings the total COVID-19 cases to 6,759.

COVID-19 Deaths

Jackson County’s 76th reported COVID-19 death was transferred to another county, as the case was not a Jackson County resident. Jackson County Public Health is reporting 1 new COVID-19 death.  With these updates, the total number of COVID-19 deaths remains at 82.

Jackson County’s 82nd COVID-19 death is a 77-year-old woman who tested positive on November 10 and died on December 12 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 48.  There are 14 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).

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 about hospital capacity can be found here.

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 Update

Yesterday, it was announced that Jackson County and Asante received approval to hold a mass vaccination event in Jackson County to administer the COVID-19  vaccine.  Jackson County and Asante are working in collaboration on the planning and process development of this event. As the planning is underway, more information will be made available, such as what phase will be vaccinated at this event, the hours of operation, and other needed details.  We ask that the public not call Jackson County Public Health for those details at this time. Updated information will be provided via press releases and on the Jackson County Health and Human Service COVID-19 Vaccine website.

Oregon will be expanding COVID-19 vaccination to include all individuals ages 65 and older, as well as educators, following the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This will begin on January 23, pending increased vaccine deliveries from the federal government. Jackson County Health and Human Service COVID-19 Vaccine website for updated information.  This site will provide information on when these groups can begin accessing the vaccine and where. Jackson County Public Health is currently not scheduling appointments for these new expanded groups at this time.

Currently, the vaccine is available to those in Phase 1A.

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

La Clinica, Rogue Community Health, and Mercy Flights are collaborating directly with organizations 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.

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 from getting seriously ill if they did get the virus.

These vaccines were tested in large clinical trials and research studies with tens of thousands of people to make sure 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, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.  Every study, every phase and every trial was reviewed by the FDA and a safety board.  COVID-19 safety and effectiveness.

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 of time.  

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