MEDFORD, Ore. — After a single-day high for new coronavirus cases on Thursday, public health officials in Jackson County reported another record high on Friday.
Jackson County Public health said that there were 69 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, easily topping the 54 reported one day prior.
Public health officials underlined that the number of tests performed in Jackson County has remained steady, averaging 2,000 to 2,140 tests per week over the past three weeks. Test positivity, the ratio of positive tests out of total tests, has continued to climb — reaching 8.1 percent last week.
“The increase in the test positivity rate tells us that we truly have a rise in cases and that it is not due to the volume of tests performed in Jackson County,” said Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer. "To see these large numbers of new COVID-19 infections in the last couple of days is incredibly alarming.
"We believe that the rise in cases is because people are engaging in social gatherings and household gatherings. In these situations, people are most likely not staying home if they are feeling under the weather, are not wearing a mask or staying 6 feet or more away from other people, and are not keeping the indoor gathering size to 10 or fewer people.”
Jackson County is not alone in seeing cases spike. The increase mirrors developments in Oregon over the past several weeks, and in other states across the U.S.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.