MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local public health officials began announcing new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in southern Oregon and northern California as of Thursday, April 16. Numbers from each individual county will be updated below as soon as NewsWatch 12 receives their latest figures.
Jackson County Public Health received one new positive test result for COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the countywide total at 49 cases.
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.
"Everyone’s efforts to stay home and practice physical distancing have helped Oregon to slow the spread of COVID-19," Jackson County Publc Health said. "Modeling from IDM has shown that measures Oregon put in place, in addition to communities increasing their hygiene and the use of other preventative measures, has resulted in approximately 18,000 fewer infections in Oregon than would have occurred without any interventions. These efforts have saved lives and assisted our healthcare system with their capacity to care for people."
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 one new confirmed case in the county on Saturday, bringing the countywide total number of confirmed cases to 30. Importantly, County officials also reported that 19 of those cases have recovered and are no longer active.
"Governor Brown announced a framework this week for lifting 'Stay home. Save lives.' There is no indication that what she calls 'reopening Oregon' will happen soon, as the intent is to prevent a spike in cases," the agency said. "She did indicate that lifting the 'stay home' order will involve the input from local leaders and business people throughout the state. Meanwhile, community members are asked to continue isolating best practices."
"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 County continued. "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 1,088 tests have been completed for COVID-19 in the county. Last week, 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, 18 of the confirmed cases are women, and 11 are men. Five of the 29 cases have been hospitalized for the virus.
At present, cases in Klamath County skew toward younger people — fairly unusual compared to other populations. Five cases have been between the ages of 20-29, nine in the 30-39 age group, five in 40-49, five 50-59, four 60-69, and one 70-79.
Josephine County Public Health officials last announced two new cases of coronavirus in the county on Sunday, bringing the countywide total number of cases to 19. The county marked the first death attributed to the virus in southern Oregon on Saturday.
"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 Josephine County officials, at least four of the area's cases have completely recovered. At least one person has been hospitalized.
As of 10 a.m. on April 12, a total of 670 COVID-19 tests from Josephine County have been reported to OHA, and a total of 19 tests have been positive. More samples have been sent to approved labs, but results have not yet been returned.
On April 5, 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 April 6, Siskiyou County officials say that there are now five confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county. Three of those people have since recovered from the illness.
Total number of confirmed cases by county for the southern Oregon and Siskiyou County region:
- Jackson: 47
- Klamath: 26
- Josephine: 19
- Lake: 0
- Curry: 3
- 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.