MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local public health officials announced new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in southern Oregon and northern California as of Monday, April 6.
On Monday, Jackson County Public Health announced two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the countywide total to 39 cases.
Since Sunday, Jackson County reports that six people have been hospitalized with the illness. Cases have been almost evenly split between men and women and have been somewhat more prevalent in people age 60 or older — though a number of confirmed cases have occurred in people as young as their 20s.
"Cases in Jackson County are largely distributed throughout the county, which demonstrates community spread, and is widely dispersed," health officials said. "Therefore, one city is not safer than another. It is best that everyone stay at home, practice social distancing, wear an alternative mask when they are out accessing essential services, minimize the number of times they need to access essential services, refrain from hosting or attending social gatherings, and wash their hands frequently. These actions should be taken by all people during all times of the week, including the weekends."
Klamath County Public Health has announced six new confirmed cases in the county. The countywide total number of confirmed cases is now 21. Of those 21 cases, 20 are active, and one has fully recovered.
"New cases are not a surprise as testing is now more available," officials said in a statement. "It is important to look at the number of people who have been hospitalized, only three, in relation to the overall total of 21. Also, evidence is showing that people may contract the virus and have no symptoms. They may infect others without realizing it. This is why it is important to continue the practices of staying home, social or physical distancing of six feet, disinfecting surfaces, and frequent handwashing."
Klamath County Public Health says that at this time 355 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the county.
KCPH says that 13 of the confirmed cases are women, and eight are men. 3 of the 15 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, seven in the 30-39 age group, three in 40-49, three 50-59, three 60-69, and one 70-79.
Josephine County Public Health officials announced two new cases of Coronavirus in the county on Monday. This brings the countywide total number of cases to 16.
According to the City of Grants Pass as of April 3, three of the area's cases have completely recovered. One person has been hospitalized.
As of 7 a.m. on April 6, a total of 498 COVID-19 tests from Josephine County have been reported to OHA, and a total of 16 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: 39
- Klamath: 21
- Josephine: 16
- Lake: 0
- Curry: 3
- Siskiyou: 4
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