MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local public health officials began announcing new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in southern Oregon and northern California as of Monday, April 13. Figures from each individual county will be updated below as soon as NewsWatch 12 receives their latest figures.
On Monday, Jackson County Public Health said that it had received one new positive test for COVID-19, bringing the countywide total to 47 cases.
Health officials' demographic data shows that only seven of the County's 47 cases had been hospitalized from the virus. Though some cases were found in people as young as 0-19, the vast majority occurred in people age 30 or older.
"This week will continue to bring Southern Oregon sunshine and warm weather," health officials said. "This time of the year is when many of us attend or play in sporting events, have family gatherings, and enjoy other outdoor activities. For high school seniors, this time is usually spent hanging out with friends, creating new memories, and participating in other rites of passage as their high school journey comes to an end."
"Your efforts in physical distancing and following the recommendation to 'Stay Home. Save Lives.' is working to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Jackson County and the state of Oregon," Jackson County continued. "It remains very important that everyone continues to practice physical distancing when out in public accessing essential services, wear an alternative mask when in public, stay at home whenever possible, wash their hands frequently, avoid hosting or attending in-person social gatherings, and isolate themselves from others when feeling sick. By continuing to use these strategies, we will continue to flatten the curve in our community, and this will benefit everyone in Jackson County."
The County provided the following guidance for things you can do outdoors:
- If you’re able to maintain physical distancing, enjoy the outdoor areas of your residence.
- Have an outdoor picnic at your residence with the people you live with.
- Have a virtual picnic with friends.
- Get things done at home, such as gardening or washing your car.
- Open doors and windows to get fresh air while remaining inside.
- Enjoy solo physical activities or those with members of your immediate household such as walking, biking, running or rollerblading.
- Wave to your neighbors from a distance. Let them know you’re happy to see them.
When enjoying this beautiful weather, please don’t:
- Participate in group sports
- Hike on crowded trails
- Attend in-person social gatherings
- Go out in public if you are sick
Klamath County Public Health last announced two new confirmed cases in the county on Thursday, bringing the countywide total number of confirmed cases to 25. Importantly, County officials also reported that 11 of those cases have recovered and are no longer active.
"Due to conflicting national and statewide reports about the initiative to have people stay at home, many people are attempting to resume their normal lifestyle behaviors," Klamath County Public Health said. "Governor Brown’s closure of schools through the remainder of the school year is an indication that her order to 'Stay home. Save lives' will not end in the immediate future.
"It is important that community members continue to stay home, practice social or physical distancing of six feet, disinfect surfaces, and frequently washing their hands. Now that COVID-19 is in the community, these actions are urgent to prevent further spread."
Klamath County Public Health says that at this time 603 tests have been completed for COVID-19 in the county. On Monday, Sky Lakes Medical Center said that it would expand its drive-up testing to anyone who appears, not just those with a doctor's order.
Based on the County's demographic data, 16 of the confirmed cases are women, and nine are men. Four of the 23 cases have been hospitalized for the virus.
At present, cases in Klamath County skew toward younger people — fairly unusual compared to other populations. Five cases have been between the ages of 20-29, seven in the 30-39 age group, four in 40-49, four 50-59, four 60-69, and one 70-79.
Josephine County Public Health officials last announced two new cases of coronavirus in the county on Sunday. This brings the countywide total number of cases to 19. The county marked the first death attributed to the virus in southern Oregon on Saturday.
"Josephine County Public Health is investigating all cases to identify contacts and exposures and to isolate and monitor all individuals relevant to the cases," the agency said. "Public Health will reach out to anyone suspected of exposure to COVID-19."
According to Josephine County officials, at least four of the area's cases have completely recovered. At least one person has been hospitalized.
As of 10 a.m. on April 12, a total of 670 COVID-19 tests from Josephine County have been reported to OHA, and a total of 19 tests have been positive. More samples have been sent to approved labs, but results have not yet been returned.
On March 5, Curry County announced its first three confirmed cases of COVID-19:
"As of late this evening, Curry County Public Health has received information through Coos County Public Health of two Curry County residents who were tested for the COVID-19 virus. The tests were performed in Coos County and those tests were confirmed positive today for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The two individuals have been self-isolating. Also this afternoon, Curry General Hospital notified Curry County Public Health of another confirmed COVID-19 case of a Curry County resident who has also been self-isolating. This is unrelated to the first two cases."
Curry County Public Health said it has been in contact with all three individuals, and all three are symptom-free. Those patients will be monitored daily.
As of March 6, Siskiyou County officials say that there are now five confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county. Three of those people have since recovered from the illness.
There have been a total of 139 tests performed — 128 were negative, and seven are still awaiting results.
Total number of confirmed cases by county for the southern Oregon and Siskiyou County region:
- Jackson: 47
- Klamath: 25
- Josephine: 19
- Lake: 0
- Curry: 3
- Siskiyou: 5
Tune into NewsWatch 12 at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. tonight for the most up to date Coronavirus numbers and information.