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.


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“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: 155597

Reported Deaths: 2208
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Washington21211212
Marion18468285
Clackamas13380175
Lane10258126
Jackson8395112
Umatilla765982
Deschutes595259
Yamhill378364
Linn359056
Malheur335158
Polk306442
Klamath279155
Douglas247454
Benton234416
Josephine234050
Jefferson195828
Coos149119
Union128419
Columbia126521
Wasco122126
Lincoln113220
Hood River106929
Morrow104914
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6567
Curry4296
Tillamook4142
Lake3766
Harney2736
Grant2231
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3566914

Reported Deaths: 52158
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Los Angeles119192321435
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2866072874
Orange2612203917
San Diego2600913284
Santa Clara1106211777
Kern102627827
Fresno953931443
Sacramento932811472
Alameda806681242
Ventura77623844
San Joaquin665691101
Contra Costa62248681
Stanislaus56132946
Tulare47784758
Monterey42138328
San Mateo38998515
San Francisco34260412
Santa Barbara31805411
Solano30024164
Merced28915397
Sonoma28141298
Imperial26903591
Kings21955218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15467209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12834185
Shasta10985174
Butte10962160
El Dorado9095100
Napa903869
Sutter884597
San Benito576759
Yuba573337
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Nevada396074
Tuolumne394659
Mendocino379643
Amador346341
Humboldt318033
Lake315641
Glenn222523
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128737
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
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