MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local public health officials began announcing new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in southern Oregon and northern California as of Thursday, May 7. Numbers from each individual county will be updated below as soon as NewsWatch 12 receives their latest figures.
On Thursday, Jackson County Public Health said that it had received no new positive test results for COVID-19. In addition, a case reported on Wednesday "was transferred to another state after residency was confirmed," health officials said, bringing the total back down to 49. The last confirmed case was announced on Friday, April 24.
Of the 49 total cases, Jackson County says that 40 have fully recovered. Nine cases are still being monitored by public health staff, now that the latest case has been transferred.
Last week, officials said that Jackson County has "one of the lowest" rates for coronavirus in Oregon, at 22 cases per 100,000 people.
The County advised that the CDC has added additional symptoms to watch for with COVID-19, as people have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
- Fever of 100º or higher
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
People who develop these symptoms and do not start to feel better within 3-4 days should contact a medical provider to find out if they should be tested for COVID-19.
"If you have these symptoms, it will be important that you isolate yourself from others in your household to prevent the infection from spreading, and stay home," Jackson County said. "If you access medical care while ill, please wear a mask. If you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face, you should seek medical care immediately."
The County asks that you not hesitate to access medical care, especially if it is an emergency, whether the symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 or not. Call ahead of time to schedule an appointment. Doctors may schedule a phone consultation or use telemedicine in replace of a face-to-face appointment.
"We can all continue to work together to keep our community healthy. Jackson County Public Health wants to thank the community for acting during this time, your efforts have helped to keep the community safe and healthy," the agency said.
Klamath County Public Health last reported two newly confirmed cases in the county last Thursday, bringing the countywide total number of confirmed cases to 39. Importantly, County officials also reported that 31 of those cases have recovered and are no longer active.
The County said that 2,038 total tests have been processed — giving Klamath the highest testing ratio to population in the state of Oregon, a slot previously held by Jackson County.
"People needing to seek medical care beyond COVID-19 concerns are encouraged to do so," public health officials said. "Throughout the state and nation people with ongoing medical concerns have expressed hesitation to access care. Most local clinics are using telemedicine options whenever possible. Patients are urged to call ahead to their clinic to receive direction from staff members before arriving.
"It is important that community members continue to stay home, practice social or physical distancing of six feet, disinfect surfaces, and frequently wash their hands. These actions will prevent further spread. Because the outer wall of the coronavirus is made of fat, hand washing with soap and water is the best way to destroy the virus."
Based on the County's demographic data, 25 of the confirmed cases are women, and 14 are men. Five of the 37 cases have been hospitalized for the virus. Seven cases have been between the ages of 20-29, nine in the 30-39 age group, six in 40-49, nine 50-59, six 60-69, one 70-79, and one in the 80 or older group.
On Thursday, Josephine County Public Health officials reported no new cases of coronavirus, leaving the county total at 21. Thirteen people have reportedly recovered from the virus.
The agency also said that it would follow new reporting strategies from the Oregon Health Authority, reporting presumptive positive cases alongside confirmed cases.
"Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present with COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient," Josephine County said. "If an individual with a presumptive case tests positive for COVID-19, that case will be moved from the 'presumptive' tally to the 'confirmed' tally. However, if an individual with a presumptive case tests negative for COVID-19, that case will remain in the 'presumptive' tally."
There are currently four presumptive cases in Josephine County.
As of Wednesday morning, a total of 1,386 COVID-19 test results from Josephine County have returned negative.
All four of Curry County's confirmed cases have reportedly recovered as of April 29. The County reports that 184 people have been tested and returned negative results.
Siskiyou County officials say that there remain five confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, and all five of those people have since recovered from the illness.
There have been a total of 301 negative test results, and 17 tests remain pending.
Total number of confirmed cases by county for the southern Oregon and Siskiyou County region:
- Jackson: 49 (40 recovered)
- Klamath: 39 (31 recovered)
- Josephine: 21 (13 recovered)
- Lake: 0
- Curry: 4 (4 recovered)
- Siskiyou: 5 (5 recovered)
Tune into NewsWatch 12 at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. tonight for the most up to date Coronavirus numbers and information.