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Jackson County reports two more COVID-19 deaths

According to public health officials, outbreaks at local long-term care facilities have resulted in 15 deaths as of Tuesday.

Posted: Nov 24, 2020 12:35 PM
Updated: Nov 24, 2020 12:36 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Public health officials in Jackson County reported two more deaths attributed to coronavirus, as ongoing outbreaks at local long-term care facilities continue to result in fatalities.

According to Jackson County Public Health, the patients were a 72-year-old woman who tested positive on October 26, and an 82-year-old man who tested positive on November 2. Both died November 21 at Asante Rogue Regional in Medford. While the man had underlying health conditions, the presence of other conditions is still being confirmed in the woman.

The two latest fatalities bring Jackson County's total to 25.

As of Tuesday, outbreaks at a handful of local long-term care facilities had resulted in 15 deaths — eight at Avamere Three Fountains, two at Avamere Health Services of Rogue Valley, and five at Table Rock Memory Care.

Daily coronavirus case rates have been trending downward somewhat in Jackson County. After multiple days with upwards of 100 new cases last week, Tuesday saw 56 new cases. Regardless, the concern remains that Thanksgiving gatherings could cause cases to skyrocket again in the weeks ahead.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that people postpone holiday travel. Oregon, Washington, and California have collectively issued a travel advisory, advising against non-essential travel, particularly out of state.

“It is not ideal to have to cancel or change your holiday plans,” states Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer. “But it is worth it to protect our friends, family, and loved ones. When we travel, the virus travels too.”

Jackson County Public Health underlined that getting a negative test result before a Thanksgiving gathering does not preclude the need to follow safety measures — including wearing a mask before and after your meal and limiting the time spent indoors. Because it takes 2-14 days after exposure to become infectious, you can get a negative test result in the morning and become infectious that night.

"The approach to Thanksgiving will be different this year," the agency said. "Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household . . . poses the lowest risk for spread."

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Reported Deaths: 1924
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Washington19476184
Marion16951255
Clackamas12251142
Lane8900113
Jackson726798
Umatilla705874
Deschutes530342
Yamhill335652
Linn325050
Malheur323355
Polk262241
Klamath258149
Josephine188436
Benton185514
Douglas181447
Jefferson174625
Union116117
Wasco112923
Columbia109018
Lincoln104517
Coos102916
Hood River99923
Morrow97311
Clatsop7225
Crook67615
Baker5875
Tillamook3742
Curry3275
Lake2635
Grant2171
Harney1916
Wallowa1003
Gilliam531
Sherman480
Wheeler201
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Cases: 3250649

Reported Deaths: 38817
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San Bernardino2693141746
Riverside2684903003
Orange2403142839
San Diego2314812465
Santa Clara997021314
Kern91119591
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Sacramento850621194
Alameda72024929
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Contra Costa55593492
Stanislaus49690808
Tulare43574542
Monterey38434261
San Mateo34738356
San Francisco30874296
Santa Barbara27321267
Solano27317121
Imperial25812514
Merced25743332
Sonoma25536254
Kings20223161
Placer18129192
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Madera14130175
Santa Cruz13088136
Marin12067166
Yolo11361147
Shasta10212138
Butte9943136
El Dorado824566
Napa814552
Sutter812984
Lassen530916
San Benito525152
Yuba522730
Tehama456446
Tuolumne351241
Nevada341073
Mendocino332236
Amador311333
Lake274832
Humboldt267227
Glenn203422
Colusa19079
Calaveras172323
Siskiyou150413
Mono11574
Inyo105329
Del Norte8783
Plumas6185
Modoc3974
Mariposa3585
Trinity3065
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Alpine740
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