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.

Cases: 154878

Reported Deaths: 2206
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31824528
Washington21099212
Marion18373285
Clackamas13328175
Lane10200126
Jackson8315111
Umatilla763982
Deschutes593459
Yamhill376764
Linn357756
Malheur334458
Polk303942
Klamath278455
Douglas244754
Josephine232849
Benton232516
Jefferson195128
Coos144019
Union128119
Columbia124821
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106429
Morrow104614
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6507
Curry4246
Tillamook4142
Lake3746
Harney2736
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3559311

Reported Deaths: 51794
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118923221241
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2860772783
Orange2607213982
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1102371777
Kern102627811
Fresno950151422
Sacramento929611464
Alameda802791241
Ventura77395834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55887946
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38872515
San Francisco34138398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano30024164
Merced28915395
Sonoma28004298
Imperial26855589
Kings21951218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15414209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12787185
Shasta10969174
Butte10922160
El Dorado9095100
Napa899869
Sutter884597
San Benito575259
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada394074
Mendocino379643
Amador344841
Humboldt318033
Lake314140
Glenn221923
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
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