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.