MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local public health officials began announcing new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in southern Oregon and northern California as of Wednesday, May 27. Numbers from each individual county will be updated below as soon as NewsWatch 12 receives their latest figures.
On Wednesday, Jackson County Public Health reported five newly confirmed COVID-19 cases bringing the county total to 65.
Of the 65 total cases, Jackson County says that at least 47 have fully recovered. Eighteen cases are still being monitored by public health staff.
"As people begin staying home less and attend gatherings, it is important to understand that the virus has not been eliminated, and there is no vaccine available to prevent people from getting this infection," health officials said in a statement. "Therefore, there is still a risk for people to become ill with COVID-19 and pass the illness on to others. Jackson County Public Health expects to see an increase in COVID-19 cases as people begin to move around more."
Jackson County Public Health recommended that everyone continue to act in order to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
"Everyone taking preventative action will help to protect the health and wellness of the community and it will also help keep Jackson County open," officials said.
Klamath County Public Health last reported one new "presumptive" case in the county on May 12, later adjusting the County total to 41. Importantly, County officials also reported that at least 33 of those cases had recovered and are no longer active.
"Going forward, Klamath County’s total cases will include both confirmed and presumptive numbers," the public health agency said. "Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Presumptive cases are counted in the county’s positive case tally."
On Wednesday, Josephine County Public Health officials reported no new coronavirus cases, leaving the county total of confirmed cases at 25. Of all those cases, 24 are considered recovered.
As of Thursday morning, a total of 2,400 COVID-19 test results from Josephine County have returned negative.
Lake County reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus on Tuesday. According to health officials, that person was asymptomatic and got tested as a precaution before a medical procedure.
As of Tuesday, Lake had 183 tests return negative results, and six remained pending.
Curry County reported a new positive case on Tuesday, bringing the county total to 7. Five of those cases have since recovered.
The County last reported that 276 people have been tested and returned negative results.
Siskiyou County officials say that there remain six confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, and all six of those people have since recovered from the illness.
There have been a total of 1,530 negative test results, and 17 tests remain pending.
Total number of cases (presumptive and confirmed) by county for the southern Oregon and Siskiyou County region:
- Jackson: 65 (47 recovered)
- Klamath: 41 (33 recovered)
- Josephine: 25 (24 recovered)
- Lake: 1
- Curry: 7 (5 recovered)
- Siskiyou: 6 (6 recovered)
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