MEDFORD, Ore. — Amid continued high daily case counts, Jackson County Public Health provided updates on Friday concerning outbreaks at long-term care facilities that have already resulted in three deaths.
Officials reported 91 new cases of COVID-19 for Friday, bringing the county total since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,695. According to Jackson County Public Health, many of these cases stem from social gatherings.
"These types of gatherings have led to outbreaks in care facilities, senior living communities, and congregate living settings," the agency said. "People living in these settings are at the highest risk of severe complications from COVID-19, including death.
"The Oregon Health Authority publishes weekly data on cases and deaths in these settings when there are three or more confirmed cases or one or more deaths. Due to the spike in cases and outbreaks in these settings, Jackson County Public Health will provide daily information on outbreaks in care facilities, senior living communities, and congregate living settings during the surge of cases in Jackson County."
Jackson County provided the following information on long-term care facility outbreaks as of Friday morning:
- Avamere Three Fountains - Investigation began November 2; currently 98 cases, 2 deaths
- Avamere Health Services of Rogue Valley - Investigation began October 4; currently 53 cases, 1 death
- Avamere Waterford - Investigation began November 4; currently 3 cases, no deaths
- Hearthstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Investigation began October 10; currently 4 cases, no deaths
- Linda Vista - Investigation began October 16; currently 10 cases, no deaths
- Orchard Assisted Living - Investigation began October 5; currently 8 cases, no deaths
- Rogue Valley Manor - Investigation began October 6; currently 12 cases, no deaths
- Table Rock Memory Care - Investigation began on November 8; currently 49 cases, no deaths
“We need to do things differently this Thanksgiving to protect our loved ones, ourselves, and the community as a whole. We know that social gatherings are one of the main reasons we are seeing COVID-19 increase and spread throughout communities right now,” states Dr. Jim Shames. “This Thanksgiving, it is best to stay local and only gather with people you live with. If you do gather with others outside of your household, limit it to only one other household and to six or fewer people, wear a mask, and do what you can to increase the indoor ventilation, and let’s not forget to wash your hands and use physical distancing.”
In response to the surging cases, Governor Kate Brown ordered a two-week "freeze" statewide on many business and social activities. She also joined the governors of Washington and California in issuing a travel advisory, urging residents to limit non-essential travel and self-quarantine if traveling out-of-state.