MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local public health officials began announcing new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in southern Oregon and northern California as of Monday, June 22. Numbers from each individual county will be updated below as soon as NewsWatch 12 receives their latest figures.
Jackson County Public Health reported on new case on Monday, bringing the total to 91. As of Monday, at least 65 people were considered recovered from the virus.
These latest cases are not linked to a recent outbreak at Harry & David, Jackson County officials said. At last report, eight employees and three close contacts had tested positive for coronavirus, and a contact tracing investigation is ongoing.
"People are staying home less: they are returning to work, are increasing their travels, attending social gatherings, and participating in physical activities," County health officials said. "It is important to understand that the virus has not been eliminated, and there is no vaccine available to prevent people from getting this infection. Therefore, there is still a risk for people to become ill with COVID-19 and pass the illness on to others. Jackson County Public Health expects to see an increase in COVID-19 cases as people resume their daily routines."
Klamath County Public Health reported 6 new confirmed cases on Monday, bringing the County total to 94. County officials say that 45 of those cases had recovered and are no longer active.
An increasing number of the recent cases have been among younger people. 12 cases are between the ages of 0-19, 12 more cases 20-29, 21 cases are 30-39, and 17 cases 40-49. Though 19 cases have been reported among adults ages 50-59, far fewer cases have been among people older than that range.
"The recent growth in COVID-19 cases is largely because of successful contact tracing," public health officials said. "The tracing is done to identify and test those who have been exposed. The honesty and cooperation of positive cases and their contacts in answering calls and assisting in the protection of the community is a valuable contribution to helping keep the community safe and healthy.
"The Klamath community is known for doing the right thing, especially when it concerns our friends and neighbors. Public Health is proud to participate in a process that demonstrates that our community rises to a challenge with integrity and respect for one another."
As of June 22, 4,664 Klamath County tests had been processed by laboratories.
Josephine County Public Health last reported a new positive case on Wednesday, bringing the county total to 26 total cases. Of those cases, 22 are considered recovered.
The agency said that it will now provide data weekly on Friday afternoons with an update posted if a new presumptive or confirmed case occurs.
Lake County last reported 6 confirmed cases of coronavirus. One test was still pending as of the last update.
Curry County last reported a total of 7 cases, all considered recovered. 600 people have tested negative for the virus.
Siskiyou County officials reported one new case of coronavirus on Sunday. There are now 23 total confirmed cases in the county. 12 of those cases have since recovered. There 11 active cases in the county.
Siskiyou county has tested 2,763 people. 2,525 tests have been negative. There are 215 tests currently awaiting results.
Total number of cases (presumptive and confirmed) by county for the southern Oregon and Siskiyou County region:
- Jackson: 91 (65 recovered)
- Klamath: 94 (45 recovered)
- Josephine: 26 (22 recovered, 1 death)
- Lake: 6
- Curry: 7 (7 recovered)
- Siskiyou: 23 (11 recovered)
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