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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: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5061240

Reported Deaths: 74159
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152548627128
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
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