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Backtracking confirmed COVID-19 cases to help slow the virus' spread

Health agencies in Josephine and Jackson County work to compile a list of contacts from positive coronavirus patients.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 5:34 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 6:36 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — When a new case of the novel coronavirus is confirmed, a team of case investigators works backward from 14 days of the first sign of symptoms to try and find people who may have been exposed.

The case investigators in Josephine County will work with the patient, the patient's health care provider and any organizations the patient has contact with.


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It's a multi-agency task force that helps retrace the steps of the patient. In Josephine County, there are currently nine agencies working together to collect this information.

"Through a thorough contact investigation, we are able to gain demographic information. Phone numbers, address, things of that nature," Anthony Perry, a communicable disease specialist for Josephine County Public Health, said.

With that information, investigators create a contact list of people who could've come in contact with. The process typically takes three to six days per case but varies based on a patient and the social interactions they typically have with others.

When those contacts are identified, the team interviews the contact and then finds out if they are at risk to have been exposed.

"With symptomatic individuals, they will become persons under investigation," said Perry. "We will then conduct monitoring with them, but for individuals who do not have any symptoms, those individuals are just recommended to self-isolate at home, monitor their fever and their symptoms and then from there, if they develop, then we will proceed further with either testing or treatment of their symptoms.”

"There are certain groups of people who are at high risk for complications for COVID-19, so those people would be more likely to be tested," said Josephine County Public Health Officer Dr. David Candelaria. "These would be people who are older people with morbidities, people who are residents of long term care facilities. But what’s different in this case investigation is because of the scarcity in supplies for testing and the test itself, not everyone who becomes symptomatic will become tested.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 4086

Reported Deaths: 151
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah110359
Marion93125
Washington71517
Clackamas30411
Deschutes1210
Linn1159
Umatilla1143
Polk9811
Yamhill697
Lane672
Jackson650
Benton555
Clatsop450
Klamath410
Malheur330
Coos310
Douglas250
Jefferson250
Josephine251
Wasco211
Columbia160
Hood River130
Morrow120
Lincoln100
Crook60
Curry60
Union60
Tillamook60
Wallowa20
Lake20
Sherman10
Harney10
Grant10
Baker10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 103813

Reported Deaths: 3993
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Los Angeles498602241
Riverside7341313
San Diego7100260
Orange5744142
San Bernardino4914190
Alameda309794
Santa Clara2701140
San Francisco243740
San Mateo202282
Kern200737
Tulare183580
Fresno165832
Santa Barbara163612
Imperial144326
Contra Costa138437
Sacramento134956
Ventura106232
San Joaquin84235
Kings7043
Stanislaus68328
Sonoma5304
Solano50922
Monterey4699
Marin43614
Merced2807
San Luis Obispo2681
Yolo20723
Santa Cruz2062
Placer1969
Napa1113
Humboldt983
Madera942
San Benito852
El Dorado840
Del Norte440
Sutter422
Nevada411
Butte400
Shasta374
Mono351
Yuba281
Mendocino250
Lake230
Inyo191
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Glenn140
Amador100
Siskiyou60
Colusa50
Lassen50
Tuolumne40
Plumas40
Tehama41
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
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