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Jackson County reports new single-day high in COVID-19 cases amid statewide spike

Public health officials reported 84 new cases on Friday, another daily record.

Posted: Nov 6, 2020 12:32 PM
Updated: Nov 6, 2020 12:40 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Public Health reported 84 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, again breaking single-day records amid a statewide surge in cases.

"The total number of cases in Jackson County are rising quickly, and our death rate is at eight and destined to go higher as well," said Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer. “It is time for each of us to do some soul searching concerning our personal behaviors which put others at risk.”

The new cases bring Jackson County's total case since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,198. At least 415 cases are still considered active infections. 140 people have been hospitalized since March, all but 10 added since the beginning of July.

The County's test positivity rate shot up to 10.5 percent over the last week of October, and is likely to drive even higher with the recent case trends.


RELATED: Oregon reports new record single-day high with more than 800 COVID-19 cases


“When you attend a birthday party, or a public gathering, or hang out with friends at a bar, the consequences are often tragic, even if you don’t see the results yourself," said Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion Manager for Jackson County. "We at Public Health do see those results. We can connect the dots from one infected person to others."

Health officials provided the two examples of the trends they've seen in contact tracing of late:

  • A multi-generational family has a birthday party. Everyone is so happy to get together and celebrate this special event. Within the week, over a dozen family members are infected with COVID-19. Those people then go about their daily routines, attending work that includes working with vulnerable populations at nursing homes in the valley, and sending kids to daycare facilities. Soon you have outbreaks at these facilities. Some of those cases end up in the hospital, some are desperately ill, and at least one person has died from COVID-19.
  • A church holds prayer events and attends out of area conclaves. Parishioners get infected and go back to their households and workplaces. The disease spreads all over the State. “Contact tracing is limited because of distrust of Public Health, and the actual number of affected individuals remains unknown, but dozens of cases are tracked to one or two individuals,” says Dr. Jim Shames.

“We are in this together. Your actions affect all of us, whether you see it or not, and frankly, whether you believe it or not. Please wear a mask. Please keep your distance. Please avoid indoor gatherings. Let’s do our part to keep our loved ones, our neighbors, and ourselves, safe,” said Dr. Shames.

Governor Kate Brown is scheduled to hold a press conference at 1 p.m. to address the surging cases, which will likely include new restrictions for counties that have seen the largest increases.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 193732

Reported Deaths: 2572
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah38352591
Washington25592233
Marion22026306
Clackamas17440214
Lane13007148
Jackson10862139
Deschutes896274
Umatilla820284
Linn492969
Yamhill446376
Klamath441164
Polk375752
Malheur351863
Josephine334570
Douglas327271
Benton310019
Jefferson219837
Coos206633
Columbia174427
Union144823
Lincoln137921
Wasco137728
Hood River118730
Crook111322
Morrow110716
Clatsop9858
Baker95414
Tillamook6493
Curry6469
Grant5095
Lake4517
Harney3448
Wallowa1845
Gilliam631
Sherman581
Wheeler321
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3764405

Reported Deaths: 62573
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles123645624067
Riverside2994554594
San Bernardino2967824715
San Diego2785913729
Orange2709835026
Santa Clara1190642096
Kern1091771374
Sacramento1048401686
Fresno1018381688
Alameda879401657
Ventura810011013
San Joaquin732201391
Contra Costa68741805
Stanislaus621421061
Tulare49654839
Monterey43613383
San Mateo42038568
San Francisco36720544
Santa Barbara34337456
Solano32953252
Merced31898460
Sonoma30035320
Imperial28443726
Kings22989246
Placer22679292
San Luis Obispo21308260
Madera16462242
Santa Cruz16264207
Marin14056227
Yolo13910210
Shasta12152226
Butte12026199
El Dorado10168112
Napa987082
Sutter9433112
Yuba626847
San Benito606563
Lassen570624
Tehama557262
Nevada474275
Tuolumne413166
Mendocino410149
Humboldt404641
Amador365847
Lake347643
Glenn239125
Colusa223416
Siskiyou223424
Calaveras212954
Inyo142838
Del Norte13938
Mono12844
Plumas7106
Modoc4994
Mariposa4487
Trinity4005
Sierra1120
Alpine880
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