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JACKSON COUNTY, OREGON
10 S OAKDALE AVE
MEDFORD, OR 97501
August 12, 2020
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Jackson County Public Health Reports New COVID-19 Cases - July 14

New Masking and Gathering Requirements for Oregonians

Jackson County Public Health Reports New COVID-19 Cases - July 14

Jackson County Public Health is reporting seven new COVID-19 cases, as of 12:01 AM, July 14, 2020. A previously reported case was determined not to be a presumptive case and has been reclassified to a suspect case. This update brings the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 187. To access additional data on the total COVID-19 cases, visit the Situation in Jackson County, Oregon webpage.

Governor Kate Brown announced new requirements for face coverings and limits on social get-togethers. Effective on July 15, 2020, Oregon’s face covering requirement will be expanded to apply to outdoor public spaces when six feet distance cannot be maintained. This might come up at a crowded trailhead, on sidewalks while awaiting entry to a business or at an outdoor event. In addition, indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people will be prohibited. The gathering limit applies only to indoor social get-togethers. This includes gatherings such as dinner parties, birthday parties, potlucks and book clubs taking place indoors. This new rule does not change the operation of businesses or churches at this time.

Currently, Oregonians statewide are now required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces.  The guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces.   The guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces. Wearing a face covering will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores and restaurants). Overall, face coverings worn by others protect you from getting the virus from people carrying the virus.  For children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12, it is recommended, but not required, that they wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Some people are unable to wear face coverings for medical reasons. When a person with a disability is unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons, they should be offered a reasonable accommodation.

Wear your Face Covering Correctly:

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure is under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

Face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public and social settings. COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is continuously changing.  Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying close to home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. It is recommended that everyone practices physical distancing (stay six feet away from people who are not in your household), practice good hand hygiene, and frequently disinfect surfaces that or touched often.  It is also important to stay home and isolate yourself from other people in your household if you are sick or if you have a pending COVID-19 test; do not attend social gatherings, go to work or travel.

Overall, people in Oregon should follow the three W’s:

  • WEAR a face covering
  • WATCH your distance
  • WASH your hands

This virus is extremely contagious, and many people don’t show symptoms for days. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, or vomiting, diarrhea.

If you develop mild symptoms of COVID-19 you should contact your medical provider. Your medical provider can make a referral for you to get tested at the appropriate location. You can also contact one of the medical clinics or healthcare systems that are providing testing. Testing for COVID-19 is available to all people, regardless of documentation status. Current health centers or health systems providing testing for those that meet the criteria for testing in Jackson County are:

  • Asante: Services are available to everyone. Call your medical provider first, or call the Asante COVID-19 hotline at 541-789-2813. You can also visit https://www treatment.asante.org/.  
  • Providence: Services are available to everyone. If you are an established Providence patient, contact your medical provider.  If you are a new patient, you can call 541-732-7700. If you are not an established patient, call Stewart Meadows Urgent Care 541-732-9362. You can also visit the Providence website https://coronavirus.providence.org/.
  • La Clinica: Testing is available for current La Clinica patients, anyone in the community who is uninsured, has no other doctor, or anyone who speaks Spanish only.  Call 541-535-6239 to speak with a nurse.
  • Valley Immediate Care: Services are available to everyone. Valley Immediate Care is open seven days a week and their main phone number is 541-734-9030.

For more information:

The public can call 211-information with general questions

OHA Emerging Respiratory Disease page: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus    

CDC COVID-19 page: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html  

CDC Travel within the US: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

Jackson County Health and Human Services: http://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19    

 

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