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Search and Rescue teams adjust their jobs during the pandemic

Southern Oregon Search and Rescue teams are taking extra precautions when going out and performing missions during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: May 26, 2020 6:39 PM
Updated: May 26, 2020 7:05 PM

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — With the weather warming up and people tired of being stuck inside, folks may begin flocking to southern Oregon's beautiful waterways. Search and rescue teams in the area are also gearing up for more water rescue calls.

But the way Jackson and Josephine County Search and Rescue teams are responding to those, and other mission calls is a bit different due to the ongoing pandemic.

Both counties sheriff departments said they are issuing PPE to the team members and limiting the number of people per vehicle whenever possible. Additionally, both of the counties canceled all group training sessions for the foreseeable future.

"Well our biggest challenge is vehicles," Josephine County Sheriff's Deputy Maria Valdez, who also serves as the county's search and rescue coordinator said. "Just with limiting the people in the vehicles, it may look like we have a lot of vehicles but when we have all these searches come out we don't so that has been quite a challenge for me trying to figure that out."

That challenge is exacerbated when multiple calls in at once. Because of that, the Josephine County Sheriff's Department is asking people to take extra precautions when venturing outside. And with limited resources, people will need to be patient and stay calm as it may take search and rescue teams longer to get to the people who need them.

"You have to have a balance between searcher safety and getting the job done," Valdez said. "COVID-19 has added some additional challenges to where are searchers are at risk before they even get on scene."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 390066

Reported Deaths: 5142
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60179836
Washington41910395
Marion39824506
Clackamas32722377
Lane30033354
Jackson24808357
Deschutes23460185
Umatilla15098180
Linn14610179
Douglas13323287
Josephine10134242
Yamhill9717142
Klamath9002145
Polk8162100
Benton608338
Malheur592086
Coos5600106
Columbia429255
Jefferson419366
Lincoln360752
Union338654
Crook332356
Wasco314946
Clatsop261235
Baker219133
Tillamook216345
Hood River211937
Morrow197125
Curry191039
Harney119532
Grant108515
Lake104216
Wallowa75413
Sherman1903
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

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Cases: 5078594

Reported Deaths: 74367
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San Diego4050994325
Riverside3873955358
San Bernardino3742565958
Orange3341765710
Sacramento1682422428
Kern1575251791
Fresno1566772252
Santa Clara1519051920
Alameda1251221504
San Joaquin1075271834
Ventura1039691190
Contra Costa1036861046
Stanislaus914651415
Tulare860701095
San Francisco56866669
San Mateo56265629
Monterey52477626
Solano47644356
Santa Barbara47268549
Merced45052667
Sonoma43127412
Placer42120470
Imperial38446773
Kings35204364
San Luis Obispo31463358
Madera26180311
Shasta26082444
Butte25441313
Santa Cruz22209224
Yolo21547257
Marin18447249
El Dorado18294166
Sutter14559186
Napa13419104
Yuba1075689
Tehama10275130
Humboldt10143118
Nevada10014105
Mendocino856097
Lassen796256
San Benito780778
Tuolumne772390
Lake7039110
Amador577066
Siskiyou474555
Glenn456636
Calaveras441288
Del Norte375442
Colusa325319
Inyo256846
Plumas19367
Mono18604
Mariposa159818
Trinity99617
Modoc7655
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