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Coronavirus Watch: Jackson County requests field hospital, supplies and staff amid Delta surge

County Commissioner Rick Dyer says that if the state is unable to accommodate that request another request will be made for FEMA to do it.

Posted: Aug 11, 2021 1:02 PM
Updated: Aug 11, 2021 6:39 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — With local hospitals reaching maximum capacity, Jackson County has made requests to the state for the establishment of a field hospital, an influx of staffing, and the equipment necessary to keep patients with severe COVID-19 cases alive.

In Oregon's hospital Region 5, which covers Jackson and Josephine counties, 145 people are currently in the hospital with COVID-19. 43 people are in intensive care units. According to the Oregon Health Authority's data, there are 47 staffed hospital beds currently available in the region, but only four available ICU beds.

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Meanwhile, Jackson County continues to see a surge in cases. Public health officials reported 247 new cases on Wednesday — now the second-highest number of new daily cases since the pandemic began, beaten only by Tuesday's count.

“I would say it is very risky to go indoors among strangers in Jackson County at this moment in time there's just so much virus out there," said Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer.

With the increase in cases and hospitalizations comes a need for more staffing. Dr. Shames says that there have been conversations with the OHA about acquiring more ventilators for the hospitals.

“We are fully supportive of whatever the hospitals need — we are kind of all in this together. We are requesting help from the state in terms of supplies like ventilators but staffing is critical. We got to get staffing, we got to get a place to put the patients that can no longer be in the hospital. That's a really big deal . . . we need to figure out a way to have that nursing homes and the other long-term care facilities can except our patients back," Dr. Shames said

Dr. Shames told Newswatch 12 that this is a solvable problem but it’s also a team effort. They need help from the state and nursing homes as well.

“The work for that is happening between the hospitals and the Oregon Health Authority and the department of human resources. We are doing everything we can to help and encourage and to get the word out but that’s the problem that relates to the hospitals and they are working on solving it,” Dr. Shames added.

All of this comes as Jackson County Board of Commissioners sent a request to the State of Oregon for a field hospital in Jackson County.

County Commissioner Rick Dyer says that if the state is unable to accommodate that request, another request will be made for FEMA to do it. Dyer said the Expo has been listed as a potential site for the field hospital, but there is nothing concrete at this moment.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

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Cases: 345344

Reported Deaths: 4084
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Washington37724310
Marion35705439
Clackamas28835298
Lane26661291
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Linn12200114
Douglas11664238
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Yamhill8438108
Klamath7549106
Polk707380
Malheur542374
Benton521531
Coos481591
Columbia368143
Jefferson355650
Union309944
Lincoln306033
Wasco275839
Crook263643
Clatsop238027
Baker195628
Tillamook191926
Hood River186036
Morrow180223
Curry177019
Harney106424
Grant96512
Lake86910
Wallowa65712
Gilliam1484
Sherman1453
Wheeler941
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Cases: 4802761

Reported Deaths: 70456
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Los Angeles147341026379
Riverside3689534978
San Diego3631694151
San Bernardino3558485562
Orange3224975513
Sacramento1574982273
Santa Clara1443001886
Fresno1437452048
Kern1437161600
Alameda1197741365
San Joaquin1016431696
Ventura1004421162
Contra Costa99102969
Stanislaus849231310
Tulare78753945
San Francisco53974644
San Mateo53781618
Monterey50676582
Solano45734334
Santa Barbara44770518
Merced41680577
Sonoma40638400
Placer38813412
Imperial35591762
Kings32197312
San Luis Obispo29590330
Madera23420281
Butte23298257
Shasta23230334
Santa Cruz20830217
Yolo20092247
Marin17570243
El Dorado16947149
Sutter13762169
Napa12797100
Yuba992780
Tehama9240103
Humboldt9085108
Nevada902590
Mendocino751686
Lassen743743
San Benito735972
Tuolumne671793
Lake6499103
Amador536763
Siskiyou442742
Glenn429930
Calaveras380279
Del Norte355739
Colusa301618
Inyo194239
Mono16285
Plumas15476
Mariposa126215
Trinity85811
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