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Coronavirus Watch: Jackson County's COVID-19 transmission hit record levels last week amid Delta spread

Not only did Jackson County hit the highest daily number of positive cases snice the pandemic began last week, it also set a weekly record for cases.

Posted: Aug 2, 2021 3:04 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2021 5:03 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Public health officials in Jackson County continue to sound the alarm about unprecedented spread of coronavirus, largely attributed to the highly-contagious Delta variant that is now believed to account for the vast majority of infections in Oregon.

Jackson County Public Health reported last Friday the highest daily count of new cases since the pandemic began — beating even the winter peaks. On Monday, the agency added that last week produced the highest weekly case count since the beginning of the pandemic, with 626 new cases.

"Jackson County Public Health is continuing to see a sharp increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases, COVID-19 outbreaks, and people hospitalized for COVID-19 at an alarming rate," the agency said in a statement. "Jackson County has a high level of transmission per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 data tracker."

The agency reported 132 new cases as of Monday morning, with includes cases from over the weekend. There were 83 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between Jackson and Josephine counties, with 23 in intensive care. JCPH also reported the death of an 81-year-old woman.

The CDC's new mask guidance, released last week, urged people in areas of high or substantial transmission to wear masks in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status. The Oregon Health Authority and JCPH quickly followed suit, reiterating those recommendations as the state began rapidly seeing the effects of Delta variant transmission.

By the CDC's critera, Jackson County has a "high" level of transmission.

Across the U.S., COVID-19 cases increased about 300 percent between June 19 and July 23, driven by the Delta variant. JCPH noted that the three vaccines still offer high levels of protection against severe illness and death from the Delta and other variants. The difference with Delta, based on current CDC data, is that it can result in high viral loads in both unvaccinated and vaccinated people who become infected, resulting in increased risk of transmission.

"Unlike with other variants, this raises the concern that vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta virus can transmit the virus," JCPH said.

Local public health officials continue to highly recommend that everyone 12 and older get a COVID-19 vaccination, as it still represents the best way to stop the spread of Delta. Due to the spike in cases, low local vaccination rate, and the prevalence of the Delta variant, JCPH is also still recommending that everyone age 5 and older wear face coverings indoors when in public.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55810707
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
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 4848946

Reported Deaths: 71328
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles148303126527
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3666614183
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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