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Coronavirus Watch: Jackson County Commissioners worry Covid mandates will cause emergency workers to quit

Commissioner Rick Dyer said, "I don't know the number that are going to say 'absolutely not, I'm going to leave my position' but there's going to be some, and any is too many."

Posted: Aug 31, 2021 5:54 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Tuesday morning, August 31, Jackson County Commissioners discussed the criticism they have received regarding the board's response to Covid-19 challenges, cases, and deaths seen across the county.

Commissioner Colleen Roberts was the first to address a letter that the board had drafted to those who were concerned about the commissioners role in Covid-19. She highlighted the addition of a statement regarding how poor air quality for weeks on end can relate to people in Southern Oregon suffering from Covid-19.

"We don't get one or two days of bad air quality, we get months, and the fact that the Harvard study links that to Covid and the CDC verified that too recently."

The Harvard study finds, "People with COVID-19 who live in U.S. regions with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die from the disease than people who live in less polluted areas."

Roberts planned to send the letter out, but the board eventually decided they would send personalized versions of the letter individually, if they wanted to respond to the criticism.

In the meeting, commissioners also reflected on where they stand in regards to the Covid vaccine and vaccine mandates going into effect for the state of Oregon.

Jackson County Commissioners expressed concern that emergency workers would quit their positions due to mandates.

Commissioner, Rick Dyer said, "I think it's good that people are able to receive the information they need to make themselves comfortable and an informed decision to do it, and I think that's something we've always advocated for."

"I don't know the number that are going to say 'absolutely not, I'm going to leave my position' but there's going to be some, and any is too many."

Dyer said adult community members should expect to be trusted to make decisions around Covid on their own, without pressure from the government.

Though they did bring up these concerns, some members of the board celebrated additional vaccination over the weekend of August 28.

Jackson County Public Health told Newswatch 12, 50% of the county's population is vaccinated. Previously the state recorded a seven day running average of 294 vaccinations per day and the current running seven day average is 292 vaccinations per day.

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Reported Deaths: 4185
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Lane27309299
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Linn12617120
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Josephine9292195
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Polk719680
Malheur552774
Benton537630
Coos492593
Columbia375743
Jefferson366351
Union316247
Lincoln313338
Wasco282640
Crook277646
Clatsop240729
Baker199228
Tillamook194929
Hood River190137
Morrow183023
Curry178723
Harney110225
Grant98012
Lake89711
Wallowa67312
Gilliam1494
Sherman1463
Wheeler1031
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Reported Deaths: 70829
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Riverside3704095008
San Diego3649124169
San Bernardino3574215597
Orange3234075528
Sacramento1584372283
Fresno1451192063
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Tulare79513958
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Merced42047579
Sonoma40822402
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Kings32587315
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Lassen749946
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Lake6565104
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Modoc6758
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