[Medford, Oregon] — Jackson County Public Health has no new COVID-19 cases to announce, as of 12:01 AM, May 26, 2020. The total reported COVID-19 cases remain at 60 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 are attending 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 important that we all understand that each and every one of us has a role to play in preventing and minimizing the spread of this virus,” says Dr. Jim Shames.
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 made from cloth or paper prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading respiratory droplets when talking, sneezing, or coughing. If everyone wears a cloth face covering when out in public, such as when going to the grocery store, the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 can be reduced for the community. Since people can spread the virus before symptoms start, or even if people never have symptoms, wearing a face covering can protect others around you. Face coverings worn by others protect you from getting the virus from others who are carrying it.
When using a cloth or paper face covering, make sure:
- The mouth and nose are fully covered
- The covering fits snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps
- You do not have any difficulty breathing while wearing the cloth face covering
- The cloth or paper face covering can be tied or otherwise secured to prevent the mask from moving around
Other tips while using a cloth or paper face covering:
- Avoid touching your face as much as possible
- Keep the face covering clean, frequently wash the face covering
- Clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately before putting on, after touching or adjusting, and after removing the cloth face coverings
- Do not share it with anyone else, unless you have washed and dried it first
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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