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Gov. Brown: Jackson County added to Oregon's COVID-19 'watch list'

As the number of coronavirus cases in Jackson County continues to rise, Governor Kate Brown says that it has been added to the state's county 'watch list.'

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 5:27 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2020 3:02 PM

SALEM, Ore. — As the number of coronavirus cases in Jackson County continues to rise, Governor Kate Brown says that it has been added to the state's county "watch list."

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Governor announced that Marion and Wasco counties had succeeded in reducing the virus' spread, allowing them to graduate from the list. Jackson County was added onto the list, bringing the total number of "watch list" counties to eight.

“I want to applaud county officials and community members in Marion and Wasco Counties for their efforts in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. This is yet another example of how we can combat this disease by working together,” said Governor Brown.


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Jackson County reported its highest-ever daily count of new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, following a record high case rate the week before.

According to Brown's office, counties are placed on the watch list when COVID-19 is spreading quickly and local public health officials have increasing trouble with tracing those cases to a specific source — what the Oregon Health Authority calls "sporadic cases," or ones caused by community spread.

"Specific markers of this rapid community spread include when there is a sporadic case rate of 50 or more per 100,000 people in the last two weeks and the county has had more than five sporadic cases in the last two weeks," Brown's office said.

Counties remain on the watch list for at least three weeks, until the sporadic case rates drop below those thresholds.

In the short-term, watch list status means that the OHA steps up its monitoring and resources for the county, including epidemiological support, case investigation and contact tracing assistance.

In some cases, when the spread of COVID-19 continues in spite of these measures, counties have been rolled back to a prior phase of reopening from Brown's "stay-at-home order."

"As always, I'm urging all Oregonians to continue abiding by state orders and guidelines, including maintaining physical distancing, wearing a face covering, and practicing good hygiene. Remember, we are all in this together," Brown said.

The complete County Watch List now includes the following eight counties: Baker, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Malheur, Morrow, Multnomah, and Umatilla.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 66333

Reported Deaths: 826
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah15240213
Washington903896
Marion8436130
Clackamas547276
Umatilla415648
Lane389037
Jackson343623
Malheur231839
Deschutes195514
Yamhill158216
Linn127518
Polk107615
Douglas82215
Jefferson77311
Benton7197
Union7172
Klamath6854
Morrow6257
Lincoln56513
Wasco47918
Josephine4434
Columbia4383
Coos3901
Hood River3661
Clatsop3350
Baker2593
Crook1986
Grant1231
Tillamook1120
Curry1052
Lake1010
Harney871
Wallowa702
Sherman230
Gilliam210
Wheeler30
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1128219

Reported Deaths: 18753
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3706367446
San Bernardino851761129
Riverside815651413
San Diego72815968
Orange711161554
Kern38519445
Fresno36315471
Sacramento33421546
Santa Clara31103464
Alameda27622499
San Joaquin24649503
Contra Costa22482258
Stanislaus20658418
Tulare19818303
Ventura18105174
Imperial15257355
San Francisco14542158
Monterey13887114
San Mateo13334169
Sonoma11486155
Merced10986176
Santa Barbara10946133
Kings1011586
Solano936380
Marin7560128
Placer607167
Madera588580
San Luis Obispo566435
Yolo425775
Shasta410042
Santa Cruz389627
Butte371259
Napa277817
Sutter267713
El Dorado19304
San Benito174615
Yuba173210
Lassen14803
Tehama145723
Mendocino142422
Nevada10529
Lake83418
Glenn8326
Humboldt7849
Tuolumne7848
Colusa6426
Mono4993
Siskiyou4951
Amador45016
Calaveras43421
Inyo27916
Del Norte2731
Plumas1770
Modoc1140
Trinity1140
Mariposa1122
Alpine420
Sierra170
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