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Jackson County reaches two weeks without confirmed COVID-19 case

Data on people who have recovered from the coronavirus largely come sporadically, at the discretion of individual counties. The state of Oregon began releasing partial recovery numbers last week.

Posted: May 8, 2020 10:20 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local public health officials began announcing new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in southern Oregon and northern California as of Friday, May 8. Numbers from each individual county will be updated below as soon as NewsWatch 12 receives their latest figures.

JACKSON:

On Friday, Jackson County Public Health said that it had received no new positive test results for COVID-19, leaving the total at 49. The last confirmed case was announced on Friday, April 24 — precisely two weeks ago.

Of the 49 total cases, Jackson County says that 40 have fully recovered. Nine cases are still being monitored by public health staff.

Last week, officials said that Jackson County has "one of the lowest" rates for coronavirus in Oregon, at less than 22 cases per 100,000 people.

The County advised that the CDC has added additional symptoms to watch for with COVID-19, as people have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever of 100º or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

People who develop these symptoms and do not start to feel better within 3-4 days should contact a medical provider to find out if they should be tested for COVID-19.

"If you have these symptoms, it will be important that you isolate yourself from others in your household to prevent the infection from spreading, and stay home," Jackson County said. "If you access medical care while ill, please wear a mask. If you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face, you should seek medical care immediately."

The County asks that you not hesitate to access medical care, especially if it is an emergency, whether the symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 or not. Call ahead of time to schedule an appointment. Doctors may schedule a phone consultation or use telemedicine in replace of a face-to-face appointment.

"We can all continue to work together to keep our community healthy. Jackson County Public Health wants to thank the community for acting during this time, your efforts have helped to keep the community safe and healthy," the agency said.

KLAMATH: 

Klamath County Public Health last reported two newly confirmed cases in the county last Thursday, bringing the countywide total number of confirmed cases to 39. Importantly, County officials also reported that 31 of those cases have recovered and are no longer active.

The County said that 2,038 total tests have been processed — giving Klamath the highest testing ratio to population in the state of Oregon, a slot previously held by Jackson County.

"People needing to seek medical care beyond COVID-19 concerns are encouraged to do so," public health officials said. "Throughout the state and nation people with ongoing medical concerns have expressed hesitation to access care. Most local clinics are using telemedicine options whenever possible. Patients are urged to call ahead to their clinic to receive direction from staff members before arriving.

"It is important that community members continue to stay home, practice social or physical distancing of six feet, disinfect surfaces, and frequently wash their hands. These actions will prevent further spread. Because the outer wall of the coronavirus is made of fat, hand washing with soap and water is the best way to destroy the virus."

Based on the County's demographic data, 25 of the confirmed cases are women, and 14 are men. Five of the 37 cases have been hospitalized for the virus. Seven cases have been between the ages of 20-29, nine in the 30-39 age group, six in 40-49, nine 50-59, six 60-69, one 70-79, and one in the 80 or older group.

JOSEPHINE: 

On Thursday, Josephine County Public Health officials reported no new cases of coronavirus, leaving the county total at 21. Thirteen people have reportedly recovered from the virus.

The agency also said that it would follow new reporting strategies from the Oregon Health Authority, reporting presumptive positive cases alongside confirmed cases.

"Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present with COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient," Josephine County said. "If an individual with a presumptive case tests positive for COVID-19, that case will be moved from the 'presumptive' tally to the 'confirmed' tally. However, if an individual with a presumptive case tests negative for COVID-19, that case will remain in the 'presumptive' tally."

There are currently four presumptive cases in Josephine County.

The county marked the first death attributed to the virus in southern Oregon on April 11, an 81-year-old man.

As of Wednesday morning, a total of 1,386 COVID-19 test results from Josephine County have returned negative.

CURRY:

All four of Curry County's confirmed cases have reportedly recovered as of April 29. The County reports that 189 people have been tested and returned negative results.

SISKIYOU:

Siskiyou County officials say that there remain five confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, and all five of those people have since recovered from the illness.

There have been a total of 309 negative test results, and 17 tests remain pending.


Total number of confirmed cases by county for the southern Oregon and Siskiyou County region: 

  • Jackson: 49 (40 recovered)
  • Klamath: 39 (31 recovered)
  • Josephine: 21 (13 recovered)
  • Lake: 0
  • Curry: 4 (4 recovered)
  • Siskiyou: 5 (5 recovered)

Tune into NewsWatch 12 at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. tonight for the most up to date Coronavirus numbers and information. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 39794

Reported Deaths: 627
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah8588154
Marion5509105
Washington538570
Umatilla326743
Clackamas294265
Lane212825
Malheur184733
Jackson15106
Deschutes106213
Yamhill94415
Linn74514
Polk63115
Jefferson5939
Morrow5406
Lincoln50813
Union4562
Benton4166
Klamath3973
Wasco33215
Douglas3164
Hood River2681
Josephine2572
Columbia2471
Clatsop2350
Coos2220
Baker1122
Crook832
Tillamook700
Curry561
Wallowa402
Lake350
Sherman180
Harney130
Gilliam110
Grant100
Wheeler10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 879645

Reported Deaths: 16982
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Los Angeles2893666877
Riverside640751272
San Bernardino597791021
Orange570711410
San Diego52735853
Kern33448410
Fresno30051429
Sacramento24425468
Santa Clara23355378
Alameda22738433
San Joaquin21187484
Contra Costa18157234
Stanislaus17341392
Tulare17120275
Ventura13901160
Imperial12475335
San Francisco11901133
Monterey1109183
San Mateo10810157
Santa Barbara9608119
Merced9314152
Sonoma8934129
Kings815983
Solano711774
Marin7019124
Madera488673
San Luis Obispo400932
Placer397852
Yolo307356
Butte301950
Santa Cruz270623
Napa188214
Sutter179612
Shasta172329
San Benito140314
El Dorado12834
Yuba125310
Mendocino110321
Tehama7748
Lassen7571
Lake67015
Glenn6393
Nevada5828
Humboldt5549
Colusa5456
Calaveras33317
Amador31316
Tuolumne2494
Inyo21515
Siskiyou1840
Mono1752
Del Norte1731
Mariposa782
Plumas540
Modoc270
Trinity230
Sierra60
Alpine30
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