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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.

Confirmed Cases: 32820

Reported Deaths: 543
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah7184138
Marion468394
Washington451960
Umatilla297641
Clackamas240861
Malheur162723
Lane121017
Jackson11485
Deschutes84012
Yamhill75713
Jefferson5348
Polk53015
Linn52213
Morrow4996
Lincoln48213
Union4462
Benton3106
Wasco2923
Klamath2802
Hood River2510
Douglas2324
Clatsop2120
Josephine1982
Columbia1711
Coos1570
Baker942
Crook621
Tillamook530
Lake330
Curry310
Wallowa311
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant100
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 809890

Reported Deaths: 15606
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2678016514
Riverside581781189
San Bernardino54478925
Orange533151216
San Diego46610776
Kern31947369
Fresno28336382
Sacramento22269406
Alameda21189406
Santa Clara21153312
San Joaquin20194441
Contra Costa16572205
Stanislaus16452354
Tulare15970263
Ventura12729150
Imperial11835317
San Francisco11143101
Monterey988471
San Mateo9843150
Santa Barbara9061113
Merced8872142
Kings756980
Sonoma7412122
Marin6716118
Solano630963
Madera448165
Placer357745
San Luis Obispo354629
Butte282744
Yolo280355
Santa Cruz23589
Sutter170511
Napa168113
San Benito134511
Yuba11537
El Dorado11274
Mendocino93118
Shasta85617
Lassen7400
Glenn5783
Tehama5605
Lake54911
Nevada5347
Colusa5296
Humboldt5017
Calaveras31714
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1650
Del Norte1391
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc270
Trinity160
Sierra60
Alpine20
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