MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local public health officials began announcing new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in southern Oregon and northern California as of Friday, April 24. 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 one new positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the countywide total to 49 cases. The last confirmed case was announced last Thursday.
For the first time, the County reported the number of cases that have fully recovered as of this week. Of the 49 cases in the area, at least 33 have recovered while 15 are still being monitored by public health staff.
"The Oregon Health Authority and Jackson County Public Health began assessing the recovery of COVID-19 cases by calling each case to determine if they have recovered and the date of recovery," the County said in a statement. "A person is considered to be recovered once they are free of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications), cough, and shortness of breath for 72 hours. COVID-19 cases without symptoms are considered recovered seven days after the last positive test."
Health officials' demographic data shows that seven of the County's 48 cases had been hospitalized from the virus. Though some cases were found in people as young as 0-19, the vast majority occurred in people age 40 or older.
"COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact (within 6ft) of one another, through droplets from coughing, sneezing, and even talking. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, staying home as much as possible and practicing physical distancing remain important strategies. It is also important to continue washing your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to soap and water, stay home if you are sick, and wear an alternative mask when in public and accessing essential services," Jackson County said on Friday.
Klamath County Public Health reported three new confirmed cases in the county on Thursday, bringing the countywide total number of confirmed cases to 36. Importantly, County officials also reported that 23 of those cases have recovered and are no longer active.
"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," the agency said. "Now that COVID-19 is in the community, these actions are urgent to prevent further spread."
Klamath County Public Health says that at this time 1,506 tests have returned negative for COVID-19 in the county.
Based on the County's demographic data, 22 of the confirmed cases are women, and 14 are men. Five of the 36 cases have been hospitalized for the virus. Six cases have been between the ages of 20-29, nine in the 30-39 age group, five in 40-49, nine 50-59, six 60-69, and one 70-79.
After twelve straight days of no new cases, Josephine County Public Health officials announced one new case on Saturday, bringing the total in the county to 20. Officials also announced nine new recoveries. Prior to today's announcement, Josephine County did not have a new case since April 12th.
According to Josephine County officials last weekend, at least four of the area's cases have completely recovered. At least one person has been hospitalized.
As of Friday morning, a total of 989 COVID-19 tests from Josephine County have returned negative results — which the County says was calculated using "internal data" and will likely appear higher than the Oregon Health Authority's records.
The County's demographic data shows four cases in the 20-29 age range, three cases in 30-39, four cases 40-49, three cases 50-59, one case 60-69, two cases 70-79, and two cases 80 or older. Eight cases were in men and 11 in women.
On Saturday, Curry County announced its fourth confirmed cases of COVID-19. 114 tests for the virus have returned negative. The new case was confirmed at a hospital lab in Coos Bay, similar to several of the earlier cases.
"Curry County Public Health has reached out to the individual who tested positive and is now working on contact investigation and tracing for those who possibly have been in prolonged close contact with the individual," the agency said. "The three previous cases reported in Curry County have all been under monitoring and self-isolating and will be considered recovered from the virus as of Monday April 20, 2020."
As Wednesday morning, Siskiyou County officials say that there remain five confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county. All five of those people have since recovered from the illness.
There have been a total of 221 negative test results, and two tests remain pending.
Total number of confirmed cases by county for the southern Oregon and Siskiyou County region:
- Jackson: 49
- Klamath: 36
- Josephine: 19
- Lake: 0
- Curry: 4
- Siskiyou: 5
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