MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local public health officials began announcing new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in southern Oregon and northern California as of Thursday, April 9. Figures from each individual county will be updated below as soon as NewsWatch 12 receives their latest figures.
On Thursday, Jackson County Public Health announced two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the countywide total to 43 cases. The County says that it has now seen a case in every age group.
By Wednesday, health officials' demographic data showed that only seven of the County's 41 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 50 or older.
"In the days ahead, we are going to experience sunshine and warm weather in Jackson County and most of Oregon," health officials said. "Understandably, many of us will want to go outside and feel the warmth of the sun. Today, we want to provide you guidance on how to stay safe and save lives while enjoying the great weather.
"Your efforts in physical distancing and following the recommendation to 'Stay Home. Save Lives.' is working to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Jackson County and Oregon as a whole. We must continue life-saving physical distancing and limit the number of times we are accessing essential services (groceries, medical care, pharmacies)."
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
Klamath County Public Health announced one new confirmed case in the county on Thursday. The countywide total number of confirmed cases is now 23. Importantly, County officials also reported that 9 cases have recovered and are no longer active.
"Many local individuals are beginning to watch the Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation model for Oregon’s COVID-19 experience," Klamath County Public Health said. "It indicates the daily use of resources to meet the COVID-19 crisis will be at its highest point later this month. The model shows resource use tapering off afterward. That projection depends upon continued practices of staying home, social or physical distancing of six feet, disinfecting surfaces, and frequent handwashing.
"The model is an important scientific tool, but any change in the environment, such as being less vigilant about any of the practices now in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, changes the date of when the most resources would be used."
Klamath County Public Health says that at this time 506 tests have been completed for COVID-19 in the county. On Monday, Sky Lakes Medical Center said that it would expand its drive-up testing to anyone who appears, not just those with a doctor's order.
Based on the County's demographic data, 14 of the confirmed cases are women, and nine are men. Only three of the 23 cases have been hospitalized for the virus.
At present, cases in Klamath County skew toward younger people — fairly unusual compared to other populations. Four cases have been between the ages of 20-29, eight in the 30-39 age group, three in 40-49, three 50-59, four 60-69, and one 70-79.
Josephine County Public Health officials announced one new case of coronavirus in the county on Thursday. This brings the countywide total number of cases at 17.
"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."
According to the City of Grants Pass as of April 3, at least three of the area's cases have completely recovered. At least one person has been hospitalized.
As of 10 a.m. on April 9, a total of 553 COVID-19 tests from Josephine County have been reported to OHA, and a total of 17 tests have been positive. More samples have been sent to approved labs, but results have not yet been returned.
On Sunday night, Curry County announced its first three confirmed cases of COVID-19:
"As of late this evening, Curry County Public Health has received information through Coos County Public Health of two Curry County residents who were tested for the COVID-19 virus. The tests were performed in Coos County and those tests were confirmed positive today for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The two individuals have been self-isolating. Also this afternoon, Curry General Hospital notified Curry County Public Health of another confirmed COVID-19 case of a Curry County resident who has also been self-isolating. This is unrelated to the first two cases."
Curry County Public Health said it has been in contact with all three individuals, and all three are symptom-free. Those patients will be monitored daily.
As of Monday morning, Siskiyou County officials say that there are four confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county. Three of those people have since recovered from the illness.
There have been a total of 104 tests performed — 91 were negative, and nine are still awaiting results.
Total number of confirmed cases by county for the southern Oregon and Siskiyou County region:
- Jackson: 41
- Klamath: 23
- Josephine: 16
- Lake: 0
- Curry: 3
- Siskiyou: 4
Tune into NewsWatch 12 at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. tonight for the most up to date Coronavirus numbers and information.