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Klamath, Jackson counties announce new cases of coronavirus

Data on people who have recovered from the coronavirus has come only sporadically, at the discretion of individual counties. At present, the state of Oregon does not have any publicly available figures.

Posted: Apr 18, 2020 10:38 AM
Updated: Apr 18, 2020 11:11 AM

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:

 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
  • Travel
  • Go out in public if you are sick

KLAMATH: 

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: 

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.

CURRY:

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.

SISKIYOU:

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. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 12438

Reported Deaths: 237
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah296672
Marion189354
Washington189221
Umatilla10418
Clackamas100628
Malheur4002
Union3692
Lincoln3615
Lane3093
Deschutes2680
Yamhill2059
Linn18210
Jackson1810
Polk17912
Jefferson1680
Morrow1541
Klamath1381
Wasco1171
Benton1156
Hood River1060
Douglas640
Josephine571
Clatsop550
Columbia540
Coos540
Lake240
Crook181
Tillamook160
Wallowa150
Baker120
Curry90
Sherman50
Gilliam20
Harney20
Grant10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 333357

Reported Deaths: 7089
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Los Angeles1363573824
Riverside25748550
Orange25255424
San Diego19929422
San Bernardino19502307
Fresno828288
Imperial7977136
Alameda7976148
San Joaquin698870
Kern660198
Santa Clara6542167
Tulare5942152
Sacramento571483
Stanislaus497351
Contra Costa485290
San Francisco459050
Ventura424653
San Mateo4045112
Santa Barbara393131
Marin370232
Kings297039
Monterey279018
Solano207528
Merced188412
Sonoma181916
Placer111411
San Luis Obispo10065
Yolo92928
Madera8938
Santa Cruz5693
Napa5184
Lassen4280
Sutter4034
San Benito3622
Butte3384
El Dorado3070
Shasta2006
Yuba1983
Glenn1760
Humboldt1654
Nevada1631
Mendocino1320
Lake1211
Colusa1130
Tehama1071
Tuolumne730
Calaveras670
Del Norte610
Mono521
Siskiyou410
Amador400
Inyo351
Mariposa321
Plumas190
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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