Coronavirus Watch: Jackson County saw 1,555 new COVID-19 cases last week, nearly tripling 2020 peak

Jackson County Public Health noted 1,555 cases last week alone, and more than 2,200 cases over the last two weeks.

Posted: Aug 16, 2021 10:46 AM
Updated: Aug 16, 2021 5:39 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County continues to break records for COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations as the Delta variant-fueled surge quickly surpasses the impact of previous peaks.

“For the week of August 8, Jackson County Public Health reported 1,555 new cases. This is the most COVID-19 cases reported in a week for Jackson County,” said Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion for Jackson County Public Health. “The highest number of cases we had in a week during the fall and winter surge was the week of November 29, with 557 COVID-19 cases.”


Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

Over the last two weeks, Jackson County has noted a total of 2,209 new cases, producing an unprecedented case rate of 989.5 cases per 100,000 in population.

Public health officials continue to underline that staff will be unable to contact all positive cases or their close contacts due to the extreme number of positive cases. Anyone who tests positive is asked to isolate immediately and notify all close contacts that they have been exposed. Close contacts should quarantine for 14 days and seek testing if they become symptomatic.

Hospitalizations at the overwhelmed healthcare centers in Jackson and Josephine County continue to tick upward. As of Monday morning, there were 163 patients hospitalized with coronavirus in the region, including 43 patients in intensive care.

Jackson County also reported three more fatalities attributed to the virus, bringing the local death toll since the beginning of the pandemic to 170. A 63-year-old man with underlying health conditions died August 12 at Providence Medford Medical Center; an 88-year-old man with underlying health conditions died August 13 at his residence; and a 90-year-old woman with underlying conditions died August 11 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

"Jackson County Public Health and the hospital systems are encouraging the community to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and provide relief to the hospital system," the agency said. "The best way to stop the spread of the Delta variant is to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks. Masks, face coverings, or face shields are required in all indoor spaces in Oregon."

Officials reiterated that all three COVID-19 vaccines in the United States can help to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, and are effective against the Delta variant. High vaccination coverage can reduce the spread of the virus in Jackson County and elsewhere, JCPH said — protecting the healthcare and public health infrastructure, and helping to prevent new variants from emerging.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
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Washington38782324
Marion36837455
Clackamas29779309
Lane27744302
Jackson23059310
Deschutes20336125
Umatilla14492150
Linn12911131
Douglas12118243
Josephine9384196
Yamhill8715113
Klamath8020119
Polk737381
Malheur563677
Benton549431
Coos503794
Columbia382644
Jefferson376052
Lincoln319939
Union319549
Crook291846
Wasco288841
Clatsop244328
Baker203529
Tillamook196932
Hood River192837
Morrow185023
Curry180625
Harney113927
Grant100013
Lake93912
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1523
Wheeler1121
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Cases: 4852216

Reported Deaths: 71350
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Los Angeles148510526549
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3678574183
San Bernardino3586775692
Orange3242885562
Sacramento1596362309
Kern1463481648
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921400
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Monterey50911586
Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
Placer39435429
Imperial36071766
Kings32938325
San Luis Obispo29973333
Madera23955285
Shasta23924352
Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
El Dorado17207149
Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen754347
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
Unassigned1460
Alpine1050
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