MEDFORD, Ore– The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 20 new cases of the coronavirus in Jackson County on Saturday.
The 20 new cases now pushes Jackson County to 674 cases in a week in which the county has seen more than 100 new cases of the virus. Earlier this week, Governor Kate Brown put Jackson County of the Governor’s Watch List. Jackson County has seen a large increase in sporadic cases, reporting 263 new cases within the last three weeks.
The Oregon Health Authority is increasing its communication with Jackson County Public Health and will be providing technical assistance and resources. This support can range from epidemiological support, assistance with case investigation or contact tracing, training for workers, and testing resources.
“The residents of Jackson County have the most effect on COVID-19 transmission rates. Everyone has a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19. It will take all of us to help remove Jackson County from the watch list; to reduce the risks to our children and teachers so they can return to the classrooms this fall. It is a community’s responsibility to protect our elders and those at risk from getting this virus. We can keep Jackson County safe,” says Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer on Friday’s case counts.
There have been two deaths attributed to the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and there are currently 222 people who are considered active cases.
Most of the county’s cases are coming from people between the ages of 20 and 39. There have also been 37 people who have been infected with COVID-19 between the ages of 10 and 19.
Currently 58 have been hospitalized since the start of the pandemic.