GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- As Covid-19 cases rise in Oregon, Josephine County Public Health is working on vaccinating as many people as possible.
The public health department had a pop-up vaccine booth at the Josephine County Fair, vaccinating 49 people.
It has also planned additional pop-up vaccine booths at other events and churches in the area.
Josephine County's Deputy Health Officer, Leona O’Keefe, M.D. told Newswatch 12 the department is happy to set-up booths at businesses. Business owners must call the Josephine County Public Health Department to make that arrangement.
Josephine County Public Health is working on a long term plan for making Covid-19 testing easily accessible.
Right now, Asante is seeing long lines as it allows people to get testing using its drive-through clinic. Patients will not need to provide a doctor's order to get tested, but health professionals are recommending that the public bring a referall, as it helps Asante follow up with patients who may test positive.
Josephine County Public Health reports, 25% of tested individuals in the county receive positive results. The county is in the lead for the most coronavirus cases per 100,000.
O'Keefe said, "None of us are up here encouraging vaccination or talking about deaths in order to trick people into anything. We all sincerely care about every life in the community and are very concerned about what's happening."
Locations to get vaccinated or to get a Covid test can be found on the Josephine County Public Health website. To schedule vaccine appointments, people also have the option of calling (541) 916-7030 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to speak to an operator in English or Spanish.