Jackson County reports record daily high of 23 COVID-19 cases

Friday's update marks the highest number of new coronavirus cases in Jackson County since the beginning of the pandemic.

Posted: Aug 14, 2020 11:22 AM
Updated: Aug 14, 2020 11:29 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Public Health reported 23 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, the highest daily total since the pandemic reached southern Oregon in March.

Friday's update brought the county total to 536 total cases, at least 157 of which are considered active infectious cases. Two deaths have been attributed to the virus, and Jackson County reports 44 total hospitalizations since the pandemic began — up from 10 at the beginning of July.

One case reported on Thursday was a "duplicate," health officials said, and has been removed from the total case count.

"The more people a person interacts with and for extended amounts of time, the higher the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19," Jackson County said. "By knowing and understanding the risk of our actions and activities, we can make informed decisions that not only impact our own health but also protect the health of everyone around us. It is important that people not treat one location safer than another and continue wearing a face covering, use physical distancing, and washing your hands."

Jackson County has been tracking its test positivity rate, which has become vital for schools looking to reopen under state COVID-19 metrics. The last available full week of testing, August 2 to 8, produced a positivity rate of 4.3 percent — an improvement over prior weeks, and good news for school officials.

The county positivity rate must be 5 percent or less for three weeks in a row for in-person classes to resume for at least grades K-3, but schools are also beholden to a case rate of fewer than 30 cases per 100,000 people in the county.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 175121

Reported Deaths: 2460
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah34937568
Washington23491229
Marion20195299
Clackamas15386204
Lane11591144
Jackson9923127
Umatilla796883
Deschutes712972
Linn416063
Yamhill410175
Klamath349059
Polk344252
Malheur342858
Josephine306362
Douglas304765
Benton273218
Jefferson207032
Coos197531
Columbia154526
Union141624
Lincoln130220
Wasco129128
Hood River112529
Morrow107915
Clatsop8958
Crook88019
Baker85814
Curry5959
Tillamook5813
Lake4137
Grant4124
Harney3066
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam561
Wheeler251
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3718210

Reported Deaths: 61038
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122899723653
Riverside2972154525
San Bernardino2947794555
San Diego2749603674
Orange2689624896
Santa Clara1170812013
Kern1078591322
Sacramento1011721646
Fresno1005621646
Alameda853671477
Ventura802301000
San Joaquin714311334
Contra Costa67019782
Stanislaus603831028
Tulare49383829
Monterey43267357
San Mateo41157560
San Francisco36032523
Santa Barbara33896446
Solano31875239
Merced31196452
Sonoma29696311
Imperial27987719
Kings22774245
Placer21751283
San Luis Obispo20917256
Madera16260239
Santa Cruz15571204
Marin13861226
Yolo13580200
Shasta11677217
Butte11573196
El Dorado9719109
Napa966679
Sutter9268109
Yuba609844
San Benito598663
Lassen566924
Tehama543056
Nevada445775
Tuolumne406664
Mendocino398747
Amador362551
Humboldt358737
Lake340943
Glenn235725
Colusa219816
Calaveras205551
Siskiyou194021
Inyo141738
Del Norte12747
Mono12734
Plumas6906
Modoc4884
Mariposa4247
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
Unassigned610
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