GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County Public Health reported 18 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, representing cases identified over the weekend and through to Monday morning.
While Josephine County's 18 cases pales in comparison to the recent totals out of Jackson County — where daily cases have been consistently in the 60s, 70s, and even 80s within in the past several weeks — it could mark a turning point in the less-populous county, which has managed to maintain relatively low case counts since reopening began.
Cases have been spiking statewide in Oregon of late, prompting Governor Kate Brown's announcement last week of a two-week "pause" on certain social activities in counties with the highest indicators of spread.
Public health officials said that they were notified of the new cases by the Oregon Health Authority's official medical record system.
"Josephine County Public Health is investigating all cases to identify contacts and exposures and to isolate and monitor all individuals relevant to the cases," the agency said. "Public Health will reach out to anyone suspected of exposure to COVID-19."
Of Josephine County's 316 total cases, 276 are considered confirmed with 40 presumptive. As of Monday morning, officials were actively monitoring 55 cases, with the rest considered "no longer infectious."
EDIT: The original version of this story noted that Monday's report was Josephine County's single-day high for new cases. While it does appear to be the highest count on single report, it was corrected with more information from public health officials to reflect that the count included cases identified from Saturday through Monday, not a "single-day" high.