MEDFORD, Ore.- Jackson County Public Health reports 39 new COVID-19 cases. Additionally, a previously reported case has been removed from the overall case total. These updates bring the total reported COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 6,525.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties) is 43, which is 5 more than yesterday. There are 11 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), which is 1 more than yesterday.
The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.
Jackson County Public Health continues to provide COVID-19 vaccination for those in Phase 1A, following the Oregon Health Authority's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Sequencing Plan. Public Health is collaborating with the hospitals and COVID-19 vaccine providers in Jackson County to coordinate vaccine distribution to those in Phase 1A. The collaboration is essential as Oregon prepares to vaccinate people in the other groups within Phase 1A and other phases.
Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine
• Vaccination is the best way to keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy.
• COVID-19 vaccines are more than 94% effective and have undergone rigorous safety testing.
• Vaccination gives us hope that the pandemic will end. Still, in the meantime, we need to continue safety measures to keep the virus from spreading: Wear a mask, physically distance from others, wash your hands, avoid gatherings, and stay home when you’re sick.
Clinical studies showed both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be more than 94% effective when both doses are received. Neither vaccine showed serious safety issues and protected people from getting COVID-19 and from getting seriously ill if they did get the virus.
These vaccines were tested in large clinical trials and research studies with tens of thousands of people to make sure they met the safety standards. In fact, both vaccines were tested in many more people than a typical vaccine trail. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccine offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions. Every study, every phase and every trial was reviewed by the FDA and a safety board. COVID-19 safety and effectiveness.
Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated. Common side effects include your arm may become sore, red, or warm to the touch. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting the vaccine. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is suppose to do. It is working and building up protection to the disease.
Should people who have recovered from COVID-19 get vaccinated?
Unfortunately, re-infection is possible with COVID-19. Therefore, even if you have already had the virus and recovered, you may still be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to persons regardless of a history of COVID-19 infection, with or without symptoms. They don’t recommend testing to check for prior infection when deciding to get the vaccine. Natural immunity, which is gained from having the infection, varies from person to person. It is still unknown how long natural immunity lasts, though some evidence already indicates that it is not for an extensive period of time.