MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Public Health on Thursday reported 103 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day count in several weeks. Officials also reported several new potential workplace outbreaks and another death attributed to the virus.
The agency said that it began investigating a possible outbreak at Timber Products on December 21. As of Thursday, there were 15 cases linked to the outbreak between employees and their close contacts. Timber Products was previously the site of an outbreak in the spring.
Jackson County Public Health also listed two separate potential outbreaks at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, identified as "A" and "B." Six cases are linked to each of the outbreaks, and the investigation began on December 23.
The local COVID-19 death toll rose to 72 on Thursday. Officials said that an 82-year-old woman tested positive on November 10 and died on December 30 at Asante Rogue Regional. She had underlying conditions.
Beyond shipments of the Pfizer vaccine which have gone to local hospitals, Jackson County Public Health said that i has received 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine from the Oregon Health Authority. Officials said that they are working with other medical providers in the area to aid with the state's vaccination plan, beginning with Phase 1A, Group 1 — including hospitals, urgent care, skilled nursing, memory care facility staff and residents, and other first responders.