[Medford, Oregon] —Jackson County Public Health has one new COVID-19 case to report, as of 12:01 AM, June 3, 2020. The total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County is 68. 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 more often.
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.
COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Do not travel if you are sick and have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell), if you have a pending COVID-19 test, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19. It is also important to not travel with someone who is sick with COVID-19-like symptoms.
If you are thinking about travel outside of your local community, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you are traveling? You can be infected while traveling.
- Is COVID-19 spreading in your community? Even if you do not have symptoms, you can spread the infection to others while traveling.
- Will you or those you are traveling with be within 6 feet of others during or after your trip? Being within 6 feet of others increases your chances of getting infected and infecting others. The virus mainly spreads through respiratory droplets that can spread to others when someone talks, sneezes, and coughs.
- Do you live with someone who is more likely to get very ill from COVID-19? If you get infected while traveling, you can spread COVID-19 to loved ones when you return, even if you do not have symptoms.
- If you are sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss work or school? People with COVID-19 disease need to stay home until they are no longer considered infectious.
If you do travel out of your local community, it is important to protect yourself and others during your trip:
- Clean your hands often.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, and before touching your face or eating
- If soap and water are not available, bring and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with others
- Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
- Wear a face covering in public.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
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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