MEDFORD, Ore. — With the holidays now over, public health officials in Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties are not expecting a post-holiday surge. However, the counties are expecting by the end of this week or next week to see if there are any new trends or higher than normal case counts.
Valeree Lane from Klamath County Public Health and Dr. Jim Shames from Jackson County Public Health both saw a recent increase of Covid-19 cases from young adults in their 20s prior to the holidays.
Dr. Jim Shames also said that he does not expect a rise in cases with schools re-opening next week
"It's interesting that, that when schools do it right, that there really hasn't been much of a rise in cases. So I'm convinced that it can be done right," Shames said. "We'd like to work with our local schools to help them do it as safely as possible.
"Going back to work is not the same as opening up a school, opening up a restaurant, or a bar or a gym — it carries significantly greater risk than opening up a school. It's not a value judgment. It's just the nature of the facility and who goes there and how they behave."