MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local public health officials began announcing new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in southern Oregon and northern California as of Monday, April 20. Numbers from each individual county will be updated below as soon as NewsWatch 12 receives their latest figures.
On Monday, Jackson County Public Health said that it had received no new positive test results for COVID-19, leaving the countywide total at 48 cases. The last confirmed case was announced last Thursday.
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.
"Staying home as much as possible during this time and practicing physical distancing remains an important strategy," Jackson County said on Monday.
The County provided the following guidance for things you can do outdoors:
- If you’re able to maintain physical distancing, enjoy the outdoor areas of your residence.
- Have an outdoor picnic at your residence with the people you live with.
- Have a virtual picnic with friends.
- Get things done at home, such as gardening or washing your car.
- Open doors and windows to get fresh air while remaining inside.
- Enjoy solo physical activities or those with members of your immediate household such as walking, biking, running or rollerblading.
- Wave to your neighbors from a distance. Let them know you’re happy to see them.
When enjoying this beautiful weather, please don’t:
- Participate in group sports
- Hike on crowded trails
- Attend in-person social gatherings
- Go out in public if you are sick
Klamath County Public Health announced three new confirmed cases in the county on Thursday, bringing the countywide total number of confirmed cases to 33. Importantly, County officials also reported that 19 of those cases have recovered and are no longer active.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 1,382 tests have been completed for COVID-19 in the county.
Based on the County's demographic data, 20 of the confirmed cases are women, and 13 are men. Five of the 29 cases have been hospitalized for the virus. Five cases have been between the ages of 20-29, nine in the 30-39 age group, five in 40-49, seven 50-59, six 60-69, and one 70-79.
Josephine County Public Health officials last announced two new cases of coronavirus in the county on April 12, bringing the countywide total number of cases to 19, and has not seen a new case since.
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 832 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. 111 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 Monday morning, Siskiyou County officials say that there remain five confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county. Four of those people have since recovered from the illness.
There have been a total of 202 negative test results, and eight tests remain pending.
Total number of confirmed cases by county for the southern Oregon and Siskiyou County region:
- Jackson: 48
- Klamath: 33
- Josephine: 19
- Lake: 0
- Curry: 4
- Siskiyou: 5
Tune into NewsWatch 12 at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. tonight for the most up to date Coronavirus numbers and information.