[Medford, Oregon] —Jackson County Public Health has no new COVID-19 cases to announce, as of 12:01 AM, May 29, 2020. The total reported COVID-19 cases remain at 65 in Jackson County. 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 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.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus and not know it. It is important to know how the virus spreads:
- The virus spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- This spread mainly happens through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- These respiratory droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- COVID-19 may spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
This weekend begins a time where high school and college students graduate and celebrate their achievements. These celebrations include home parties, bringing family and friends from other households and people from other parts of the country together. While it is best to not bring large groups of people or people from other households together or attend such gatherings, here are some recommendations on how to protect your health and others from COVID-19 if you are attending a graduation party:
- If you are sick with COVID-19-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) or waiting for COVID-19 test results, DO NOT attend the graduation party or other social gatherings.
- If you are over 60 years of age or have health conditions, it is best to stay home and join the celebration using technology such as Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime.
- Stay close to home.
- Practice physical distancing, remain 6 feet from others.
- Wear a face covering, especially if the celebration is indoors and remaining 6 feet away from others cannot be maintained at all times. Face coverings worn by others protect you from getting the virus from people carrying the virus.
- Wash your hands frequently.
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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