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Jackson County submits reopening plan to Governor Brown's office

Possibly the last of the southern Oregon region's counties to submit a plan, Jackson County officials announced that they had done so on Thursday.

Posted: May 7, 2020 5:41 PM
Updated: May 7, 2020 5:54 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The same day that Governor Kate Brown unveiled Oregon's specific Phase One plans for reopening, Jackson County submitted its own proposal to the Governor's office to be considered for entering that phase on May 15.

Most counties in southern Oregon had already submitted their plans this week or earlier — including Lake, Josephine, Klamath and Curry. Regardless, the Governor has stipulated that the earliest any county will enter Phase One is next Friday.

Jackson County's plan was submitted electronically by County administrator Danny Jorden attached to an introductory letter on Thursday.

"Jackson County is currently meeting, and we believe will continue to meet, the seven prerequisites found in the Prerequisites for a Phased Reopening of Oregon and feel that this status and plan demonstrates that," Jordan wrote. "Jackson County is ready to safely reopen at a Phase 1 level."


CLICK HERE to read Jackson County's full plan for reopening


According to the county's proposal, emergency department visits peaked in Jackson County over the week of March 15-22 and have been steadily declining ever since — for both COVID and other types of admissions.

"A clear declining trend in confirmed [COVID-19] and suspect admissions is evident [over the past 4.5 weeks]," the plan states. "Confirmed COVID-19 hospitalized cases have remained very low — one or less since April 13."

Jackson County estimates that it has capacity to run at least 1,000 tests per week with rapid turnaround due to the regional medical resources available, at a "conservative estimate." Asante, Providence, and La Clinica are each cited for their out-patient testing ability, in addition to a contract with Mercy Flights for at-home sample collection.

"The prerequisite requirement for Reopening Oregon requires a testing capacity of at least 30 tests per 10,000 population per week," the County says. "For Jackson County, this equates to a needed testing capacity of 660 tests per week, well below our current minimum capacity estimate of 1,000 tests per week."

According to the County's proposal Asante has furnished enough contact tracers to meet the 33 required for the areas, and they are working on expanding the program should there be a surge in cases.

"The Jackson County Board of Commissioners respectfully requests that you, Governor Brown, grant an exception to Executive Order No. 20-12, or take whatever other action is necessary, to allow Jackson County's businesses, non-profits, governmental entities and, most importantly, its individual citizens and residents to reopen under Phase 1 guidelines," Jordan concluded. "These have been challenging times across our County, the State, and the nation and your assistance is appreciated."

According to Oregon Health Authority director Patrick Allen, it's "safe to assume that the majority of Oregon counties" will likely be ready to enter Phase One by next Friday, though he claimed that OHA had not yet received any applications for reopening.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 40443

Reported Deaths: 635
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah8743155
Marion5590106
Washington546973
Umatilla329543
Clackamas299065
Lane221226
Malheur186634
Jackson15556
Deschutes107413
Yamhill95615
Linn76414
Polk63915
Jefferson5979
Morrow5426
Lincoln50913
Union4582
Benton4186
Klamath4013
Wasco33515
Douglas3314
Hood River2721
Josephine2583
Columbia2491
Clatsop2340
Coos2290
Baker1132
Crook872
Tillamook700
Curry561
Wallowa402
Lake340
Sherman180
Harney170
Gilliam110
Grant100
Wheeler10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 886939

Reported Deaths: 17167
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2904866944
Riverside650561275
San Bernardino609451065
Orange576351423
San Diego53263863
Kern33551413
Fresno30220430
Sacramento24811474
Santa Clara23591382
Alameda22932435
San Joaquin21436484
Contra Costa18273238
Stanislaus17403394
Tulare17317279
Ventura13930160
Imperial12610336
San Francisco11969137
Monterey1115884
San Mateo10918157
Santa Barbara9671119
Merced9386153
Sonoma9016134
Kings817383
Solano720574
Marin7036127
Madera492873
San Luis Obispo408032
Placer402355
Yolo309958
Butte302651
Santa Cruz272524
Napa190814
Sutter182112
Shasta178629
San Benito141114
El Dorado13024
Yuba128010
Mendocino111121
Tehama7938
Lassen7611
Lake67815
Glenn6473
Nevada5988
Humboldt5609
Colusa5486
Calaveras33917
Amador31316
Tuolumne2574
Inyo21815
Siskiyou1860
Del Norte1751
Mono1752
Mariposa782
Plumas610
Modoc270
Trinity250
Sierra60
Alpine30
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