MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County has again broken the record for coronavirus cases in a single day, with public health officials reporting 36 new cases on Wednesday.
“We are going in the wrong direction, and it is concerning,” said Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer. “Cases are rising exponentially across Europe, states in the U.S. are reporting increases, including Oregon, and here we are in Jackson County, reporting our highest daily total since the beginning of the pandemic. It is a concerning time because we are entering fall and winter, where people are indoors more, we all must do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Jackson County Public Health said that it has seen several remarkably high-case days within the past week, and set a weekly record for new cases.
With Wednesday's numbers, Jackson County has now seen 1,554 confirmed and presumptive cases since the beginning of the pandemic — the vast majority (over 1,400) confirmed by a positive test. Roughly 200 of those cases are still considered active.
111 people in Jackson County have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, up from 10 at the beginning of July.
The last recorded test positivity rate, gathered from data during the week of October 4, was 6.2 percent. With the most recent trends reported by Jackson County Public Health, that rate is likely to rise.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.