[Medford, Oregon] —Jackson County Public Health has no new COVID-19 cases to announce, as of 12:01 AM, June 2, 2020. The total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County is 67. At this time, there are no fatalities from COVID-19 reported in Jackson County. To access additional data on the total COVID-19 cases, visit the Situation in Jackson County, Oregon webpage.
As people have begun to stay home less and attend social gatherings, it is important to understand that the virus has not been eliminated, and there is no vaccine available to prevent people from getting this infection. Therefore, there is still a risk for people to become ill with COVID-19 and pass the illness on to others. Jackson County Public Health expects to see an increase in COVID-19 cases as people have begun to move around more and are attending social gatherings with people outside of their immediate household.
Jackson County Public Health highly recommends that everyone take action to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It is recommended that everyone stay close to home, practice physical distancing (stay 6 feet away from people who are not in your household), and practice good hygiene. In addition, it is highly recommended that everyone wear a face covering, made from cloth or paper, while out in public settings, especially in settings that are indoors and where it may be difficult to ensure that you can stay 6 feet away from others at all times. Face coverings worn by others protect you from getting the virus from people carrying the virus.
Jackson County Public Health is recommending that people with mild symptoms of COVID-19 get tested. “Our messaging on testing has changed; we don’t want people to stay home and just recover. We want people with mild symptoms to be tested,” says Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer.
The testing capacity has increased in Jackson County; therefore, if anyone develops mild symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell), they should be tested for COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19-like symptoms follow the steps below:
- Stay home and separate yourself from other people in your home. This is known as home isolation. Do not go out in public, attend social gatherings, or travel if you are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have a pending COVID-19 test. It is important not to spread this illness to other people.
- Call your medical provider or a medical clinic that is testing for COVID-19. Let them know you have COVID-19-like symptoms and ask to be tested for COVID-19. Your medical provider may want to see you in person, make sure to wear a mask to your appointment. Be sure to access medical care if you begin to feel worse, or if it is an emergency.
- Get tested. People with mild symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested to see if they have the virus. People can go through their medical provider or contact one of the health centers that is testing for COVID-19.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands immediately. If you do not have tissues, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Wear a mask. When you leave your home to access medical care and when you go to get tested.
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 is providing testing. Testing for COVID-19 is available to all people, regardless of documentation status. Current health centers or health systems providing 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.
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
Jackson County Health and Human Services: http://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19
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